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Dec 26, 2016

Just went it seemed like 2016 couldn't get any worse, we've woken to the news that singing superstar George Michael passed away in his sleep over the weekend.

The British singer first found fame with Andrew Ridgeley in the group Wham! in the 80s, before embarking on a successful solo career. Although his musical achievements have been overshadowed by a string of controversies since the turn of the century, Michael will go down in history as not only a wonderful singer, but an artist who helped push the sexual revolution in music, along with contemporaries David Bowie and Prince, two greats who also left us this year.

Below is a statement from Michael's publicist about the stars passing.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."

On a personal level, I've always been a fan of not only Michael's voice, but his fearlessness as an artist who never compromised his beliefs. He was able to reinvent himself over the decades and despite a number of run-ins with the law, never lost the support of the fans or his peers.

Picking a favorite song of his is hard, and while "Last Christmas" with Wham! is perfect for this time of year, I can't look past "Careless Whisper" for the memories it conjures overtime I listen to it. While the song is about someone reflecting on a affair and the pain it's caused, the song reminds me of a time in my life when I was young, carefree and living it up overseas.


Vale George Michael.

Jami Selikow

Jami Selikow

Jun 28, 2017

The National are teasing fans with a 9 second clip of their new song "Guilty Party." Sleep Well Beast, their new album, will be released in September 2017 and they've been taunting fans about it with short clips on Social Media. The band have also released their first single off the album "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," which you can listen to below. 

The National Tease New Song "Guilty Party"

The latest teaser arrived June 27th and it's pretty awesome...as far as 9 second clips go. We've got some rolling skies, a house in the corner that hints at their new logo with some visuals thrown onto it. Instrumentally, there's some percussion and an electronic sound for maybe a second or two. Check it out:


So while that's pretty exciting and all, 9 seconds just isn't enough don't you think? So how about something more? 

The National at Glastonbury 

The National performed at Glastonbury 2017 which was streamed live via BBC iPlayer. You can watch it on the BBC site. They played the two tracks from Sleep Well Beast–"The System Only Dreams in Darkness" and "Guilty Party"–as well as solid favorites like "Fake Empire" and "Bloodbuzz Ohio." You can have a look at the full setlist for The National's Glastonbury show below. 


Sea of Love
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Fake Empire
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The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
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Walk It Back
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Guilty Party
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Day I Die
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I Need My Girl
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Bloodbuzz Ohio
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Mr. November
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Terrible Love
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Delia Bartle

Delia Bartle

Jun 26, 2017

BIGSOUND is one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, and the 2017 event is set to be one of the best in the event’s 16-year history. More than 60 artists and speakers will take to the stage at 17 venues over four days in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from September 5–8.

It’s not just the artist line-up that’s exciting; the festival is packed with a stellar list of speakers, A&R reps and talent scouts from all around the globe. Quentin Tarantino’s music supervisor Mary Ramos – responsible for iconic soundtracks including Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn – will be in attendance, alongside American publicist Adel Hattem (BIGSOUND 2014 alumni and Flume’s South American promotional representative), and many more. Australian icons Tina Arena and Archie Roach have been announced as the first keynote speakers on this year’s line-up.

A panel of international delegates will face the tricky task of determining winners of the $100,000 Levi’s Music Prize – the largest music prize pool in Australian history. The prize serves to provide up-and-coming artists with the financial support they need to enable them to pursue a successful international trajectory.

"The Levi’s Music Prize creates an important new link in the support chain, enabling artists to capitalise on the opportunities created by showcasing in front of over a hundred international industry players at BIGSOUND,” QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmonson said, “This partnership with the Levi’s brand is a game-changer for Australian music export.”

Tickets are available through the BIGSOUND website here, starting from AUD$45 for a single-night pass.

The current line-up is already bursting at the seams with talented acts, with more names to be announced in the coming months:

Alex The Astronaut
Alexander Biggs
Baker Boy Bespin (NZ)
Body Type
Daggy Man
Dobby Donny Benét
Dream Rimmy
Endless Heights
Fanny Lumsden
Good Morning
Haiku Hands
Hayden Calnin
Hockey Dad
Horace Bones
IV League
Jess Locke
Jim Lawrie
Kirridarra (Sandhill Women)
Kylie Auldist
Maddy Jane
Mama Kin spender
Maribelle Merk (NZ)
Obscura Hail
Pagan Pandamic
Party Dozen
Peter Bibby
POW! Negro
Sloan Peterson
Spirit Bunny Splashh (UK)
The Cactus Channel
The Creases
The Teskey Brothers
Willaris. K
Winston Surfshirt
Ziggy Ramo

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