Monthly Archives: November 2013

Kaylens Rain Bringing Cool Change through Country in 2014

Kaylens Rain Bringing Cool Change through Country in 2014

It certainly has been quite the year for Kaylens Rain – since the release of their debut album Found in October last year, Kaylee and Glen Harrison have multiple noteworthy achievements under their belts. The duo have been taking to stages at the Gympie Muster, Deni Ute Muster and CMC Rocks the Hunter along with their young dynamic band, as well as supporting Morgan Evans and appearing at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), harnessing their live shows and proving to be more than just your average brother-sister act.
Says Glen of the past year of touring, “This year has been a blast we have had so much fun on tour and everyone has just been so supportive, we are so pumped for next year.”
Most recently, the sibling duo have been awarded two Golden Guitar nominations in the CMAA Country Music Awards in both the “Group or Duo of the Year” and “QANTASLINK New Talent of the Year” categories. Nominated alongside the likes of The Wolfe Brothers, Kaylee Bell, Ashleigh Dallas and the Adam Eckersley Band, Kaylens Rain are stoked to have been acknowledged in the same league as some of the best new talent in Australian Country Music and offer their congratulations to their fellow nominees.
Performing at the official nominations event at Sydney’s Hard Rock Café, it’s clear that Kaylens Rain has definitely developed into a live music unit that industry, as well as the public, have taken serious note of over the past year.
For the duo out of Sydney’s north west, the remaining months of 2013 are still packed with the goods, with their current single, “She’s a Wildflower”, continuing to build a strong radio presence since its initial service in October. A fitting follow up to the popular “Waiting on a Bus”, the newest Kaylens Rain track is one both Kaylee and Glen are excited about releasing.
For Kaylee, the past year really has been a dream come true. “We have had a ball this year touring and promoting the album. The support has been amazing and we can’t wait to keep living the dream in 2014”.
Already locking down a night time slot at the 2014 CMC Rocks the Hunter festival and a trip to Nashville in June, performing as part of the prestigious CMA Festival Global Artist Showcase (where they’ll be showcasing in front of some US Country Music heavyweights), plus much more in the pipeline, the next 12 months are looking to be massive for Kaylens Rain. A name already being talked about, the duo is planning on ensuring they remain at the front of the pack of great up and coming Australian country talent.

Tamworth Shows
Saturday 18th – West Diggers Courtyard – 7:30 – 10:30pm
Sunday 19th – Wests Leagues Legends Bar – 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Monday 20th – West Diggers Courtyard – 7:30 – 10:30pm
Tuesday 21st – TSA Awards Longyard – 7:30pm
Wednesday 22nd – Imerial Hotel – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday 23rd – Shoppingworld – 11:45am
Thursday 23rd – Longyard – 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday 24th – Family Hotel – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 25th – Good Companions 3:00pm – 4:00pm Acoustic Album Set


The Deni Blues & Roots Festival has certainly hit the calendar with a bang taking out two Awards at last night’s NSW Tourism Awards at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The inaugural Deni Blues & Roots Festival won the Best Festival & Event category and the Bronze Award in the New Tourism Development category.

The Deni Blues & Roots Festival, which took place over the 2013 Easter long weekend, saw thousands of music lovers descend on Deniliquin in New South Wales for the inaugural event which took world class music to inland Australian including international superstars Santana, Status Quo, Jason Mraz, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Zac Brown Band and Newton Faulkner.

The two day Deni Blues & Roots Festival is unique for southern NSW and provides a great festival for music fans in the Southern States utilising the massive Deni Ute Muster site which is just 3 hours from Melbourne, 4 hours from Canberra and less than 5 hours by road from Adelaide. The purpose built site has had millions of dollars of permanent staging and lighting infrastructure, toilets and showers and bar facilities installed in recent years. Both events have been underpinned by overwhelming community support with an army of volunteers, contributions from many local businesses and great vision from the steering committee that established and built the site at Deniliquin. The inaugural Deni Blues & Roots Festival also took out the Best Festival Award at the Inland Tourism Awards earlier this year.

And there’s no time to rest on our laurels, the 2014 Deni Blues & Roots Festival is already set to outshine its debut with an amazing list of iconic artists already announced including John Mayer, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Doobie Brothers, Gary Clark Jr, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Boz Scaggs, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many, many more (see below for full list).

Chugg Entertainment, Rob Potts Entertainment and Deni Play on the Plains Festival Ltd co-presented the event and were represented at last night’s ceremony by Project Manager, Nick Chugg, who accepted the Award on behalf of the promoter team, and Kathie Heyman, GM of Deni Play on the Plains.

Nick Chugg, Deni Blues & Roots Festival Project Manager said “We are thrilled to have won two NSW Tourism Awards last night. On behalf of the promoters I want congratulate all the staff and volunteers who worked on the Festival – these Awards wouldn’t have been possible without you. And particular thanks to all the patrons who came to the Festival earlier this year. We look forward to seeing you next year!”
Deni Blues & Roots Festival

Conargo Road, Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Sunday, 20 April 2014



Sally street will be launching her latest single “Love Drunk” TOMORROW night, Thursday 28 November, live at Bondi. Entry is free and you can pick up a free Sally Street CD as a gift at the bar!

VENUE: 34 Degree South Lounge

ADDRESS: 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach. (Note the “Bucket Lounge” downstairs at 34 Degree South is NOT “The Bucket List” venue which is further down the road! Lol! x)

KICK OFF: 8.30pm

She will be performing with 3 other exciting bands: the magical reggae of Declan Kelly, the folk inspiration of Fiona and Steve and the groove rock of Tony Deveaux.

Police are investigating the theft of earth-moving equipment and truck in Albury

Police are investigating the theft of earth-moving equipment and truck in Albury.

The theft occurred from a construction site on David Street between 12pm on Saturday 23 November and 7am on Monday 25 November 2013.

The stolen white Mitsubishi tipper truck, New South Wales registration BC46QR, and was carrying a model T190 tracked Bobcat and a grey plant trailer, with auger and grab attachments, Victorian registration U47265.

The truck, with attached equipment, was last seen about 12.30am on Monday 25 November travelling west along the Riverina Highway towards Howlong.

The matter is currently being investigated by Albury Local Area Proactive Team and Albury Detectives. If you have any information please call Triple 0.


After selling out her first ever ticketed show at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2013, Tori Darke is gearing up for a massive 2014 festival. After spending a considerable amount of 2013 penning tracks for her next album – and working with some of the world’s most well-respected songwriters – she’s ready to give audiences a sneak peek of some of the tracks destined for her new release. Its not just new tracks that will be featuring as part of her rockin’ show either, Tori will also be performing tracks from her debut EP and debut long-player, including all the hit singles.

Tori’s debut long-player Dreams & Chances has already spawned several high charting singles, including Great Mistake and the recent release No You No Me. The single peaked at #6 on the Australian Country Tracks Top 30 [also reaching #1 on Cool Country 2KA and #2 on Mildura’s HOT FM]. Now comes the tricky task of picking material for her forthcoming second album, due for release in 2014. Tori has penned around 30 songs and is now working out which ones make the final cut. In fact, her upcoming show at Tamworth might just be the perfect opportunity to seek some fan feedback on the new songs.

“Sharing new tracks with fans is always fun,” Tori says. “Their reaction to the track can tell you a lot about how the song may do if it is released on an album or to radio. It is always good to hear your fans thoughts on the new songs as they will be the ones listening and buying your records.”

The tracks from the new album have been a work in progress over the past two years. Tori says she has made a conserted effort to really focus on her songwriting and it shows. This incredible musician has grown a lot since the release of her debut album and its evident in the maturity of her new material. She collaborated on co-writes with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters as well, refining her skills and creating a selection of songs which will set her apart from her contemporaries.

Its certainly been a busy few years for this country starlet. She’s travelled to Nashville twice for songwriting trips and performed in Nashville at a selection of venues, showcasing her material to American audiences and industry professionals. The 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival was Tori’s first ever ticketed show and sold out – an impressive achievement indeed. The showroom was jam-packed and Tori put on a high energy, unforgettable show. Her concert at the 2014 festival promises to be bigger and better.

“I was completely blown away by the response and to see such a packed house,” she says of last year’s concert. “For my first ever ticketed show to be a total sell-out was absolutely amazing. I’m so proud my first show sold out. Tamworth is the home of country music, so to be able to return again each year and play for country music fans is a massive higlight. I look forward to starting my year with that every year.”

Don’t miss Tori Darke’s only Tamworth Country Music Festival show. This show will sell-out so get your tickets early.

Tuesday 21st January 2014 | 8pm

The Outback Bar, Wests Leagues Club, Tamworth NSW


Courage to Care Exhibition Extended

The Courage to Care Exhibition has been received extremely well by school and community groups alike. The lessons have been invaluable and the stories inspiring. Courage to Care has now drawn to the end of its stay here in Wagga and come Monday the stories and objects will find themselves on their way to another community spreading their messages of co-operation and taking a stand against injustice.

It’s not too late for you to experience the exhibition which is currently on display at the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site. Open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, and 12pm – 4pm on Sunday for you to learn the stories of survival and the power of not being a bystander when you see prejudice or injustice.

Complementing this exhibition, and closing on the same day, is a display of finalists from B’nai B’rith’s Harmony Day Poster Design Competition, which ask the important question, ‘What Can I Do?’

So if Courage to Care is something that’s been on your to-do list, now is your last chance; get down to the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site this weekend.

ALEX LLOYD Urban Wilderness: The New Single ‘Waterfall’

Multi-layered harmonies, loops, songs of family and romance, tracks written across the globe: Urban Wilderness is the long-awaited return of one of Australia’s most acclaimed songwriters, Alex Lloyd.

Five years on from his last solo effort, 2008’s Good In The Face Of A Stranger, Urban Wilderness is 12 tracks of pure, pop-tinged song craft, the 4 x ARIA Award winner finally returning home after 5 years living and working abroad in London.

Introduced to the masses via the radio hit, Better The Less You Know, Alex now presents single number two, the infectious sing-a-long summer pop anthem, Waterfall.  Written as a nod to his firstborn son Jake, Waterfall is 3:30 minutes of upbeat and up-tempo soulful groove combined with soaring vocals resulting in yet another classic pop gem, a la Alex Lloyd style.

Accompanying the release of Waterfall is a brand new video filmed at various NSW coastal locations.  Directed by the very talented actor/musician Israel Cannan (who also just happens to be Alex’s support band, The Young Lions), the video features a skate/surf theme and has summer written all over it! Check it out right here:

Five years in the making, for fans at home Alex Lloyd’s latest listen is long overdue. “I don’t want to jinx this record, but it’s great. I did things I hadn’t really done before – and I’m proud of that.”

To coincide with the release of Urban Wilderness and the new single Waterfall, Alex continues his first full band tour in five years, starting with the East Coast of Australia with special guests, The Young Lions (


Full details below.



Urban Wilderness Tour 2013

Special Guests: The Young Lions


Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Studio, Sydney Opera House, NSW

Tickets available from Sydney Opera House Box Office,,

Phone: 02 9250 7777


Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW

Tickets available from and the venue, Phone 02 4969 1848


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Wellers, Kangaroo Ground (Melbourne) VIC

Tickets available from and the venue, Phone 03 9712 0266


Friday, 29 November 2013

The Kelvin Club, Melbourne VIC

Tickets available from and


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully VIC

Tickets available from and the venue, Phone 03 9758 6544


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury VIC

Tickets available from, Phone 03 9484 9831


Review: The Wolverine (2013)

Whilst I have mildly enjoyed the X-Men series of films I think this latest instalment is milking the 220px-The_Wolverine_posterUSfranchise somewhat.

The film had all the spills and thrills of its predecessors, despite being something of a Hong Kong action film (set in Japan) but it somehow failed to really get really very interesting….

Of course I would say that because super hero films are not really my scene, so being fair if you enjoyed the previous five films, you will thoroughly enjoy this one and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about!

The Wolverine goes to visit a dying friend whom he saved from the Nagasaki Nuclear blast during WWII and suddenly starts to feel weak, like he’s almost losing his super powers…No its not from surviving a nuclear blast (that’s kids stuff) its a sinister plot which the film spends the next two hours or so unravelling.


Review: The Suspect (2013)

A very interesting film from director Stuart Connelly. Two African-American university professorssuspect conduct a sociological experiment in small towns of America to see whether local law enforcement will simply arrest the first black man they find.

To conduct this one of them robs a bank while the other wanders into town as the obvious perpetrator and then the psychological mind games begin. After they collect their results they move onto the next town and repeat the process. If you think I have just ruined the entire film for you, then think again because their turns out to be a lot more to it than just the experiment!

This looks like it might have been a stage play at some point, it contains lengthy and intricate dialogues that flesh out the central themes of the film which make it very much a presentation piece despite it having a quite tricky and twisting narrative as well.



Review: The East (2013)

The East is a very interesting flick about a group of eco-terrorists who commit large scale acts of eastsabotage against large corporations who pollute the environment.

The film is not very sympathetic towards them and for the most part tends to paint as villains people who a lot of the world might actually agree with, although perhaps not their methods. Instead the film through its main protagonist suggests that simply talking about these things will stop the same corporations from destroying the planet over and over again.

All in all a very interesting flick sure to raise a lot of discussion in your household, my only criticism of it was probably the casting of Ellen Page beside the tall lanky Alexander Skarsgård, at times it made Page look sort of like an angry puppet!