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Aussies clean up at International Songwriting Awards

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Sarah Blasko and Chris Cheney were part of the large scoop of Aussie undertakings at the recent International Songwriting Awards in the US.

Trumping competitors with the alluring ‘Bird On A Wire’, Blasko took out first place in the  Folk/Singer-Songwriter category.  Living End veteran Cheney scored first place in the Rock category for ‘White Noise’.

Geelong sibling duo Emma and Anthony Hewitt of Missing Hours won the adult contemporary award for ‘Missing You’, while the amiable Kevin Mitchell aka Bob Evans rounded out the winnings, earning best pop/top 40 artist for ‘Pasha Bulker’.

Aussies that took out third place gongs included Eskimo Joe in the Rock category for ‘Foreign Land’ and Alexander Gow and Thomas Savage of Oh Mercy for Adult Contemporary for ‘Get You Back’.

A massive list of honourable mentions acknowledged the talents of Andy Bull, Alexander Burnett (Sparkadia), Michael Tomlinson (YKB) , John Mackay (Children Collide), Tommaso Parisi (Tom Ugly) and Ryan Ritchie (True Live) to name a few.

This year’s judges included  Tom Waits, Ben Folds, Ben Harper, Jeff Beck and Robert Smith of The Cure.

Go team.

Parades -‘ Loserspeak in New Tongue’ (video)

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Parades – Loserspeak In New Tongue from Parades on Vimeo.

When I posted this track on here last week, I actually had no idea it was going to be the next single, I just thought it was a clear highlight. Apparently the band and the label agree and have released this clip for ‘Loserspeak in New Tongue,’ a track that isn’t an obvious choice for a single but deserves the special attention. It shows off why Parades are different from almost every other band in the country and that they do their own thing pretty fucking well.

Splendour In The Grass acts

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So it’s just under a week until music fans book out entire computer labs wait patiently by their laptop to get their hands on some Splendour In The Grass tix. The killer line-up they’ve amassed may even offset the expected drop in bottlenecks following an increase in capacity, increase in price, a move to Woodford and restrictions on patrons under 18. Either way, tickets go on sale at 9am next Thursday the 6th of May, and you probably don’t want to wait until lunch time to hit the site.

Anyway, below is a list of the Australian artists on the bill and links to related posts we’ve featured on the, plus a video on the new Woodford site in case you missed it last week.


WIN double passes to Party Catchers Syd & Melb events!

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Thanks to Telstra and MySpace, PartyCatchers will be is holding simultaneous parties in Sydney and Melbourne, jam-packed with Aussie bands, DJ’s and loads of extra digs. We have some free passes for y’all!

To get a hold of these limited tickets normally, you’ll need to log and download the Party Catchers app and hit the streets of your city on Saturday to track down the ticketholders via GPS.

We know that you’d rather be in bed resonating in the aftermath of Friday night instead of going on a Saturday morning jog, so we’ve got  3 Melbourne double passes and 3 Sydney double passes up for grabs!

All you need to do is follow us on twitter ( and retweet this event on your status by 3pm Friday 30th April (tomorrow!) to go in the running!


The Leafs play Builders Arms Hotel

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the leafs by david payne

Mike and Gus, members of Battlesnake, make up the poptastic sounding Leafs. Short punches of pop that slap you about, kinda like the concords – if they were more rock.
These guys played with the Bon Scotts, who were also very intense and great, at the Builders Arms in Fitzroy. A small dining room gets taken over for the evening, and 100 peeps squeeze in with a minimal stage setup and down lights with red gels gaffered on. Third support slot by Frontiers in Photography rounded off a very nice evening of intimate sets.

The Leafs play about town so check em out here –

The Leafs – ‘Figs’ (mp3)

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