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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton to launch STRANGERS ‘Mirrorland’.

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #137 Ben Britton (STRANGERS launch ‘Mirrorland’).

Strangers lead singer Ben Britton & I met at the world’s largest music, film and interactive conference, South By South West (SXSW) back in 2013 when his kick-ass Australian heavy rock band Strangers were selected to play the conference and was I immediately blown away by their explosive live set in the basement at The Aussie BBQ Australian showcase event in Austin (Texas).

The Aussie BBQ SXSW boasted an A-grade line-up of the likes Vance Joy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flume, Emma Louse, Seth Sentry, 360, Dune Rats, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Alpine, Jackson Firebird, San Cisco, The Rubens, Jack Carty, Gold Fields, The Beards, The Falls & shit-tons more… 37 amazing Australian bands and artists playing 3 stages in one venue across 13 hours in Texas!!!! Blew my mind!

And for those who haven’t been before, the most wonderful thing about touring the USA with Sounds Australia and all the Aussie bands performing every year at SXSW is that you spend time with your music industry peeps that you know from back home whom you haven’t seen for ages, make a whole swag of new music biz friends and soak up the most beautiful and generous sense of community that Austin and SXSW have on offer. Benny and I kept bumping into each other at different bars and live music showcases around Austin, became buddies that week and I was quite struck by what a friendly, chatty and genuine dude he is.

Flash forward 4 years and I am super excited to feature Strangers launch of their 2nd album ‘Mirrorland’ on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Benny and I catch-up to discuss just what it’s like for Australian artists/bands looking to take on SXSW, the differences between the Melbourne and Sydney music scenes, He generously shares his experiences battling anxiety and mental health, which have come to be a massive learning experience and part of the ‘Mirrorland’ album and yep, I’ll even give you an exclusive sneak peek of 3 tracks from the new album by just simply downloading the podcast.

Over the next 2 weeks this Sydney born, Melbourne based 4-piece are carving out their next steps with 2 explosive ‘Mirrorland’ album launch shows in Melbourne (Saturday Just 1st – The Evelyn Hotel) and Sydney (Friday July 14th – The Chippo Hotel).

Last time I saw them play in Texas, Benny was on some dude’s shoulders in the crowd singing mid-set, the guitarist brought his axe out into the crowd too and then I think Mr. Britton capped it all off by stage-diving back ONTO the stage and tackling the drummer and drum-kit in one fell swoop… Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!

Download this shit and come see the show with me in Sydney! #GetSome #RocknRoll 🤘🏼✨🎸

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

Pocket rocket alert! Bec Laughton taking on the world!

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Bec Laughton live at SXSW
Bec Laughton live at SXSW. Photo credit: D.Wilkinson

Pocket rocket alert! Pumped!

Off to see Bec Laughton tonight at The Toff In Town. I first met Bec back in Austin (TX) last year at South By South West when I was there shooting pics for the Sounds Australia and The Aussie BBQ. Bumped into Bec quite a number of times at SXSW and what I noticed about her that week is a magic little smile that sets the room alight wherever she goes, amazing stage presence, energy and damn.. can that girl sing!

After galavanting the globe yet again, Bec Laughton has dropped her latest bit of magic, the new M & R EP, simultaneously releasing the title track and video of the same name, complete with national Australian tour. Can’t wait to hear these jams live tonight!

So much soul and so fuckin’ sexy!

Bec Laughton Tour

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Without Parachutes – ‘When We Fall’. Captivated by it’s beauty!

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Without Parachutes on repeat. Captivated by this wonderful new jam from Wollongong indie rock trio..   ‘When We Fall’ opens with beautiful, angelic Temper Trap-esque falsettos and then the song just soars!  

Kick back, close your eyes and turn volume levels up to 10 

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Magic live Sydney band Little Bastard back with ‘Be My Kind’

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Little Bastard

One of my fave Sydney bands, Little Bastard, have released this wicked new vid ahead of their national tour next month. Love it!

First saw the boys a couple of years ago live at Sydney’s renown Oxford Arts Factory and was blown away by their sound and cheeky banter.

Need new music? Get on this. These guys are great!

 

Little Bastard National album tour commences in June:

Thursday June 12 – Rad, Wollongong NSW
Friday June 13 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Saturday June 14 – Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
Thursday June 19 – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury WA
Friday June 20 – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Saturday June 21 – Mojo’s, Fremantle WA
Thursday July 3 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC
Friday July 4 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Saturday July 5 – Baha’s, Rye VIC
Thursday July 10 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
Friday July 11 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD
Saturday July 12 – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay NSW
Sunday July 13 – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW

Tickets on sale now!

iTunes album pre-order – http://bit.ly/LittleBastardiTunes

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Kimbra’s brand new single ’90’s Music’ drops.. smokin’!

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Kimbra - '90's Music'

I clearly remember the first time I saw Kimbra live as if it were yesterday… oh man, those pipes!

Wandering through Spiegeltent getting organized for another night of amazing entertainment at the centre-piece of Brisbane Festival, I stopped momentarily to check out Kimbra’s soundcheck. There were only 4 – 5 of us in the room, but from the second her voice soared above the band I was captivated… immediately!

Those precious few songs were even more special as it felt like our own little private show and at that moment I knew she was destined for great things. To this day I still get tingles. Seriously one of the best live female vocalists I’ve ever seen and man.. have you seen those dresses… H.O.T.!

The crew at Viceroyalty are exceedingly proud to present  ‘90’s Music‘, the brand new single from Kimbra and first taste of her forthcoming second record.

Kimbra will be touring throughout Australia and New Zealand this May with Janelle Monae and guaranteed to be an amazing show!

Do yourself a favour.. get on it!

Sat May 17 – Forum Theatre – Melbourne
Mon May 19 – Sydney Opera House – Sydney 
Wed May 21 – Brisbane Convention Centre – Brisbane 
Sat May 24 – Vector Arena – Auckland 
Mon May 26 – The Plenary – Melbourne 

Tix available through via LiveNation: http://bit.ly/1mAhAZq

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Georgia Fair – ‘Love Free Me’ evokes exciting flashbacks & this edgy, folk rock jam has me soaring!

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Georgia Fair live at The Aussie BBQ - SXSW

I can still tell you the first time I saw Georgia Fair live.

Severely hungover after four days of partying hard in L.A. in the lead-up to SXSW, I had my first taste at The Aussie BBQ – LA showcase, as the latest wicked Aussie talent took to the global stage.

Instantly captivated, Georgia Fair swiftly became a part of my USA tour listening rotation, shooting them live twice in the next week in Austin (TX) at the Sounds Australia – Sound Gallery on 6th St and The Aussie BBQ – Official SXSW Showcase.

Now Georgia Fair are back with their latest single ‘Love Free Me’ and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Recorded in Los Angeles, ‘Love Free Me’ evokes exciting flashbacks of my first music biz trip to the USA earlier this year and yes this edgy, folk rock jam has me soaring!

Listen – Georgia Fair ‘Love Free Me’

Catch Georgia Fair live on tour with The Paper Kites national album tour in August & September:

FRI 30 AUG | THE SMALL BALLROOM, Newcastle

SAT 31 AUG | METRO THEATRE, Sydney (ALL AGES)

THU 05 SEP | THE SOUNDLOUNGE, Gold Coast

FRI 06 SEP | THE HI-­FI, Brisbane

SAT 07 SEP | THE NORTHERN, Byron Bay

SUN 15 SEP | THE HI-FI, Melbourne (U18S MATINEE)

FRI 20 SEP | JIVE, Adelaide

SAT 21 SEP | FLY BY NIGHT, Fremantle

FRI 27 SEP | THE WARATAH HOTEL, Hobart

SAT 28 SEP | THE FORUM, Melbourne

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Kingswood + Bertie Blackman live at The Corner Hotel.. Possibly the best rock photography you’ve ever seen 😉

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Kingswood live at The CornerJet-set everybody! Kingswood have wrapped a killer Australian tour and they are USA bound!

Last Thursday Hot & Delicious hit Kingswood’s sold-out ‘Ohio’ single launch at The Corner Hotel (Melbourne). Supported by Bertie Blackman + Lurch & Chief, Kingswood delivered their usual punch of wicked riffs, soaring vocals, cheeky chat between tracks and kick-ass live show. And when lead singer Fergus Linacre stopped the last song halfway through to have the whole Corner Hotel crowd get down on their knees.. cherry on the cake! Seriously one of our favourite live bands right now.

The 2nd half of 2013 sees the Melbourne lads jetting off to Nashville’s Blackbird Studio to record their debut album with Jack White’s long-time Grammy-winning producer, Vance Powell, back to Australia for a couple of festivals, a string of USA shows and then back to Aussie again for the summer festival circuit.

The banter, the stage-craft, balls & all rock & roll.. Kingswood are destined for glory!

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Kingswood – Images by Bianca Morgans (Hot & Delicious Group)

Bertie Blackman – Images by Bianca Morgans (Hot & Delicious Group)