Their new album Dark Night Sweet Light is out May 15.
Catch them on the Dark Night Sweet Light Tour in June. Also appearing at roovin The Moo (April/May).
Friday, June 12 – Metropolis, Fremantle WA – Tickets
Thursday, June 18 – HQ, Adelaide SA – Tickets
Friday, June 19 – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC – Tickets
Friday, June 26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Tickets
Saturday, June 27 – The Met, Brisbane QLD – Tickets
Watch the original ‘Through The Roof’ video by Hermitude feat. Young Tapz below:
It was almost a full house at the Enmore Theatre as last minute fans were ushered to their little red seats. You’d expect nothing less for the Grammy award winning soul singer, Macy Gray, who burst out into the music scene more than fifteen years ago with her album On How Life Is. Now, with the 2014 release of her eighth album, The Way, fans were restless to see what Macy was going to bring to the stage this time round.
Rocking illuminating LED ties, the band members got behind their instruments and let the smooth sounds of live music take over the room. The banging of the snare drum built up the audience’s vibe as they clapped for Macy Gray while she strutted on to the stage in a confident demeanour.
Wearing a red and gold glitter dress, Macy ran her hands down the pink feather boa that sat gracefully around her neck. Gripping her blinged out microphone stand with her black leather gloves, Macy stared into the crowd and let her husky voice speak the words that said ‘hello sexy people, my name is Macy Gray’.
Performing a mix of songs from her new and old albums, Macy’s voice was no different from what you would hear on her CDs. The raw talent of her extensive vocals were portrayed through songs like ‘Sweet Baby’, ‘Ghetto Love’ and ‘Relating to a Psychopath’.
Coming back from a costume change, Macy rocked another feather boa and brown glittery dress as she dropped the song ‘Sexual Revolution’. It was in that moment that everyone got up out of their little red seats and overtook the aisles to show off their funky dance moves. Hips were shaking as the track went into a cover of Rod Stewarts ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’, where people let themselves be care free, all under Macy’s demand.
Throughout the night, Macy gave a comedic insight of her life and her songs that made you nostalgic, especially when she sang her huge hit, ‘I Try’. Sounding like a choir recital, the audience sang every lyric back to Macy as she put her hands on her head and took it all in.
With a final costume change of another feather boa and dress, Macy came back on to the stage for a final performance of her song ‘The Way’. Bringing a cameraman out, Macy announced that the next video would have clips from the Sydney show, so everybody continued on with the feel good vibes. As she kept addressing the crowd as ‘you sexy people’, Macy created a bond with the audience that felt like a true friendship. You couldn’t help but get excited to see what’s in store for Macy in 2015.
American Grammy award winner-songwriter Macy Gray has returned to Australian shores and is halfway through her tour to celebrate her latest release The Way (2014 LP).
Since Macy’s last visit for her Covered Tour in 2012 performing to an array of sold-out shows, she has developed a greater love for the Aussie fans and the fans have fell in love with this smooth soul songstress.
Macy Gray’s hit singles dates back to the late 90s and early 2000s during what seemed to be the era of popular Soul/ R&B releases. Her hit singles included ‘I Try’, ‘Sweet Baby’ and ‘When I See You’. Be sure to catch her at one of her upcoming shows in Newcastle, Port Macquarie and finishing off with Sydney! See below for more tour information.
Don’t forget to check out our last review from Macy Gray’s Sydney show at the Opera House Concert Hall on her last visit in 2012. Click here to view.
Macy Gray’s upcoming shows in Australia
Tuesday, 17th March 2015
Tickets: via Lizotte
Wednesday, 18th March 2015
Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
Tickets: Glasshouse Theatre | 02 6581 8888
Thursday, 19th March 2015
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: via Ticketek | 132 84
Sweaty fans in tight dresses and sticky floors are what you’d expect at a club appearance by the international R&B superstar, Ciara. As the artist took the the intimate stage at Red Room, Hotel Chambers, the club was ready to ‘1,2 step’ the night away with Ciara . .or at least for half an hour.
Dressed head to toe in black attire; Ciara rocked a thin coat and simple gold accessories. With her hair being rich in black simple waves, you felt like you were looking at the same girl who was in the ‘Like a Boy’ video clip. With that video dating back to 2007, you soon realise that this was not the same girl who was rocking a snapback and XL trackies, but in fact a grown woman, a mother and an artist who was about to release her sixth studio album, which is named after her own mother, Jackie.
With the bass dropping, Ciara opened the show with her 2004 debut single that gave her the title of the ‘Princess of Crunk’. The infamous beat of Goodies had everyone raising their Alize and lemonades in the air, along with their iPhones, of course. You were taken back to the time of the early 2000s where crunk music dominated the charts with those energised heavy basslines. People were hyped up and you couldn’t help but sing along to the sensual lyrics.
As glasses were now half empty and people kept on stepping to the beat, Ciara continued to smash out all the hits that have helped develop her career into an amazing 11-year ‘ride’. From tracks like ‘Oh’, ‘Body Party’ and ‘Love, Sex & Magic’, you were taken from album to album, where each infectious track proved its reason for success.
Ciara ended the show with I Bet, which is her first release from her forthcoming album that is said to be released this year. With the single showing a more stripped version of Ciara, you could see how much the song meant to her as it showed a different, more sincere side. With the song being her big comeback for 2015, the wait for Jackie remains highly anticipated.
Director, Morgan Matthews brings to screen X+Y, a beautiful film that was inspired by his 2007 documentary, Beautiful Young Minds. Following the footsteps of Daniel Lightwing, one of the mathematic geniuses on the autistic spectrum is Asa Butterfield, who is cast as Nathan Ellis in X+Y.
Nathan is a unique and gifted boy with mild autism, who develops an extraordinary liking for patterns and a special superpower of mathematics at a young age. Michael Ellis (Martin McCann) could not have given us a better description of his son, “you’re a wizard, like Harry Potter, and the rest of us are muggles”.
What changes the beautiful young mind of Nathan, is the tragic loss of his father at the age of nine. Unable to re-establish the same loving bond with his mother, Nathan finds comfort in his numerical patterns – eating a meal with a prime number of items, having a specific routine and order to make sense of life. To help ease with the painful transition and assist her son in following what he loves, Julie Ellis (Sally Hawkins) gets Nathan private maths tutoring from a well-renowned young maths whizz, turned middle-aged secondary teacher with multiple sclerosis, Martin Humphreys (Rafe Spall).
As an incentive to join the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), an annual international high school maths competition that Humphreys once competed in, Nathan studies to the best of his ability with his tutor over seven years. During this period, Humphreys becomes a fatherly figure for Nathan, helping him grow out of his shell and learn to accept himself. To no one’s surprise, Nathan is selected to join the top sixteen best mathematics students from England, in the Taiwan IMO pre-competition for two weeks.
In a like-minded environment, where everyone is “painstakingly average” for their mathematical abilities, Nathan is forced to adapt to the social group of the British squad and work alongside his selected partner from the Chinese squad, Zhang Mei (Jo Yang). Much to the contrary, Humphreys finds himself a much needed companion in Julie, when his condition of multiple sclerosis worsens and he is let off work.
The relationships that form are pivotal to the character development and progression of X+Y, with the underlying theme being the importance and power of love. With the flawless intertwining of flashbacks between Nathan and Michael, the haunting patterns of life and death reinforce the theme. Nathan sums up perfectly his predicament at the beginning of the film, “I have lots of things to say, I’m just afraid to say them”. Through his interaction with Zhang Mei, Humphreys and Julie, Nathan finally comes to terms with the words that he has been struggling to say.
I cannot comprehend or even begin to understand an autistic mind, yet part of me feels that X+Y brought to life the reality of this spectrum. I think the audience would agree with me, in saying that – it is good to be different and even more significant to rejoice our differences with others.
Thank you Morgan Matthews and screenwriter, James Graham for giving the world a memorable and heartwarming film.
Release Date: 9th April 2015
The intimate venue of the Oxford Art Factory was perfect for Raury and his opening act, Milwaukee Banks. As the duo from Melbourne took the stage, the night kicked off with a thumping bass that had heads nodding and bodies slowly moving.
As producer Edo and vocalist Dyl worked off the energy of the room, the smooth mix of electronic and hip hop brought a nice feeling of the local Australian scene. Performing tracks from their EP, Rose Water, as well as songs from their upcoming album, Milwaukee Banks had the crowd intrigued with their unique sound. Songs like ‘Sweater Made of Gold’, ‘Faded’, ‘Monitor’ and ‘Van Gogh’ had a large response, which got everyone hyped up for Raury.
With water bottles placed on the stage and final mic checks, the intensity was building up amongst the audience. All of a sudden, the lights went down and cheers erupted throughout the crowd. The one and only Raury Tullis had arrived.
Wearing that infamous brimmed hat, Raury’s energy was instant and infectious. Bringing a Michael Jackson vibe, Raury’s red shoes and red jacket had him shining like a star as he danced to each beat that hit.
Being completely under Raury’s spell, the crowd responded to every request he made, whether it was to clap or to put your lighters up. The participation of the audience was constant with nonstop dancing and singing, though when he spoke, everyone listened. As Raury took a moment to express his feelings of happiness to the audience, his optimism had everyone smiling. Passion lit up in Raury’s eyes as he told everyone to follow their dreams and do whatever makes them happy, no matter what it is.
Performing tracks from his EP, Indigo Child, Raury’s gig can’t be categorised under one genre. As he mixed rap, hip hop, acoustic and rock, there was something for everyone. Tracks like ‘Cigarette Song’, ‘Lost Souls’, ‘Higher’ and ‘God’s Whisper’ had the crowd going insane. So insane that after the encore, Raury made everyone have a water fight. As he jumped down into the crowd, people waved their water bottles in the air, making sure that everyone was some kind of soaked.
Being only 18 years old, Raury’s stage presence was mesmerising. Having wisdom beyond his years, this young artist from Atlanta is one to look out for. With his infatuating ways, Raury is setting the path for Indigo Children around the world.
With dimmed lights and a mysterious vibe, The Vanguard is a venue based in Newtown that creates a relaxed atmosphere combining food and entertainment. As people found seating by the candlelit tables, Fulton Street kicked off the night as they opened for Thando‘s East Coast Tour.
Squishing on to the intimate stage with their numerous instruments, the Melbourne band got ready to open the show. The sassy lead singer Shannen walked out and belted her incredible vocals while Andrew played on keys, Scott on guitar, Jamie on bass, Daniel on drums, Hanna on sax, Anthony on the trumpet and Connor played the trombone. As they let the smooth sounds of funk and soul overtake the room, Fulton Street were like a small family with the way they worked off each other’s vibe. They performed songs like Roll On Home, Wasting My Time and Tell Me, as well as a mind blowing cover of the Sesame Street song. It was a perfect way to begin the night.
Next up on the list was Sydney based band, Beaten Bodies. Bringing a more electronic vibe, the band sang songs from their EP, The Royal Road, and even let the audience hear a new track called ‘Wrap the Arrow’. The song had an emotional connection to lead singer Marli, as she talked about the significance of the song and how it represented the importance of people being the tools to get their art out into the world. The happiness shone from the band as they performed the new track to the audience.
The moment people were waiting for had arrived. As the band got ready on stage, Thando walked up from the back of the room and waited for the right moment. She took a sip of her water, adjusted her black sequenced headband and breathed in and out as she transformed into the amazing creative artist that she is. With Thando’s count of “1,2,3,4” the show began.
The electrifying voice that came from Thando could’ve shut the place down. With the support of her amazing band, the set was everything you could’ve imagined. Full of compassion and empathy, Thando and her band performed tracks like ‘Work’, ‘Faded’ and ‘Inferno’. The big notes and loud sounds of soul had the Vanguard echoing.
Bringing up Tommy, one of Thando’s dear friends to the stage, the two of them performed a moving duet to Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Aint Got You’. With loving looks to each other that illustrated a sense of appreciation, they held hands in happiness. You couldn’t help but smile and feel all warm and tingly.
The night finished with Thando’s new single called ‘Won’t You Be Mine (WYBM)’. With the live band, the song had an authentic feel to it, which made you feel like you were being drifted into a world of nusoul and synth. Consisting of multiple layers, each band member contributed something beautiful to the final performance. As they harmonised and moved to the smooth beats of the final song, Thando showed her appreciation to her band and the audience as everybody clapped and showed her the love that she deserved.
“Elephant In The Room…one of the centrepieces of So We Can Remember lashes out at 21st century ignorance and avarice and is about as challenging as any slice of rap music in this brave new post-Kendrick world. The Vine
Thundamentals are not stopping. Now announcing a tour that coincides with the 12-month anniversary of their 3rd LP So We Can Remember, the Blue Mountains crew have not had much time for visits home lately. Since first single ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ went gangbusters the guys have been adopted, loved and championed all over the country.
So We Can Remember – “possibly…the best Australian rap album ever released” according to The Vine – was the release that Australia was ready for, as evidenced by #1 positions on Digital, Independent, Australian & Urban ARIA Album charts, and clocking #3 on the overall ARIA Charts.
The record [rel. 2 May 2014, Obese Records] was a Feature Album on Triple J and Fbi FM, spawned a sold out tour following the success of singles ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ and ‘Something I Said [Ft. Thom Crawford]’, prompted the release of singles ‘Quit Your Job’, ‘Got Love ft. Solo’ and ‘Missing You’ and saw combined single sales of over 60,000, pushing their YouTube views get within a Thundakat whisker of 5 million.
The only 2014 record nominated for a J Award [Album Of The Year], a Carlton Dry Independent Music Award [Best Independent Hip Hop Album], an ARIA Award [Best Urban Album], an Fbi SMAC Award [Record Of The Year] and the critically acclaimed, nationally coveted Australian Music Prize, So We Can Remember spotlighted the crew’s mind-bending outlook, positioning them at the spearhead of a direction not-previously-realised in this country’s hip hop.
Not that Thundamentals had time to stop and pat themselves on the back. After massive appearances at Falls Festivals, Groovin The Moo and their biggest SOLD OUT headline tour to date they were invited on the road with industry legends Hilltop Hoods, playing to over 50,000 people in far flung locations around Australia. Finishing the year-long whirlwind with an incredible all-star hip hop performance in front of 25,000 fans alongside the Hoods, Illy, Horrorshow, Drapht, Seth Sentry and Tkay Maidza for the triple j 40th Birthday Celebrations in Sydney’s Domain, Thundamentals are in a well-deserved place in the history of Australian hip hop.
Energised by the huge love from their amazing fans, new and old, spring-boarding from the support of the hip hop scene at large, and thrilled with the reception from Australia and beyond, Thundamentals are kicking the door open to 2015, with ‘Elephant In The Room’ a reminder that just under the surface there’s an individuality and purpose that is purely their own.
If 2014 was #YearOfTheThundakat – 2015 is set to be seriously something to remember.”
THUNDAMENTALS Elephant In The Room Tour
March 5th @ Manning Bar, Sydney NSW
March 6th @ Katoomba RSL, Katoomba NSW
April 10th @ Waves, Wollongong NSW
April 11th @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
April 17th @ The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
April 23rd @ Star Bar, Bendigo VIC
April 24th @ The Corner, Melbourne VIC
May 1st @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide SA
May 2nd @ Capitol Theatre, Perth WA
May 3rd @ Prince Of Wales, Bunbury WA
May 7th @ The Jack, Cairns QLD
May 8th @ Base Backpackers, Magnetic Island QLD
Tickets on sale Wed 28 Jan
Just the sound of that word would send a flood of emotions into the mind of any self-respecting hip-hop head. Illmatic is arguably the most revered rap album in the genre’s history by one of the greatest MCs ever to touch the mic. And for the first time ever, Nas will perform Illmatic live in Australia from start to finish.
To celebrate the album’s twentieth anniversary, Nas has taken his sold out Illmatic tour all over the globe during the past year to enormous critical acclaim, and now it’s Australia’s turn. Off the back of his recently-announced headlining slot at Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain festival on January 24, where he’ll perform Illmatic in full, Nas will give fans in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth the same opportunity to experience the classic album live. Each show will be a one-night-only affair.
When Nas released Illmatic in 1994, it was off the back of tremendous hype he’d built through his debut appearance on Main Source’s ‘Live at the Barbeque’ and 1992’s ‘Halftime’, his debut solo release and Illmatic’s first single. The album was a relative commercial fizzer, debuting at #12 on the Billboard 200 and its five singles failing to gain much traction on radio. But it sent critics and hip-hop lovers into an absolute frenzy. The Source magazine, hip-hop’s bible in the ‘90s, gave Illmatic a five-mic review – an extremely prestigious achievement and unheard of for a debut release. In the years following, word steadily spread and a consensus was reached – the hip-hop world had a masterpiece on its hands.
‘A classic album is supposed to change or define its time. Illmatic did both. No album better reflected the sound of New York, ‘94. The alembic of soul jazz samples, SP-1200s, broken nose breaks, and raw rap distilled the Henny, no chaser ideal of boom-bap. The loops rummage through their parent’s collection: Donald Byrd, Joe Chambers, Ahmad Jamal, Parliament, Michael Jackson. The styles and stories that formed him fuse into something that withstands outdated slang and popular taste: it is a story of a gifted writer born into squalor, trying to claw his way out of the trap.’ – Pitchfork
The album has been the subject of books, academic studies and this year’s widely acclaimed Time is Illmatic documentary, which will be released in Australia in January to coincide with this historic tour.
On top of his full Illmatic performance, Nas will also treat the crowd to a selection of hits from his celebrated catalogue. Each show is a guaranteed sell-out. Don’t sleep (‘cause sleep is the cousin of death).” (Illusive)
TUE 20 JAN
The Tivoli (18+)
THU 22 JAN
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
(Licensed All Ages)
FRI 23 JAN
Enmore Theatre, Sydney – SOLD OUT
SAT 24 JAN
Sugar Mountain, Melbourne (18+)
SUN 25 JAN
Forum Theatre, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
TUE 27 JAN
Metro City, Perth (18+)
1300 762 545
THU 29 JAN
HQ, Adelaide (18+)
1300 762 545
” Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce Grammy award-nominated, pop and R&B superstar Jessie J will return to Australia in March 2015 for a series of headline shows.
With swag loads of songs spanning multiple genres, Jessie J’s musical styling has redefined pop music for a generation. Blending vintage and modern music, Jessie J has been making waves since the release of full-length debut album Who You Are.
To date, Who You Are has sold over 3 million copies worldwide, debuting in the top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 and certifying multi-platinum in over 15 countries. The album’s debut single ‘Price Tag’ [featuring B.o.B] reached number #1 in 18 major territories, earning her numerous award nominations and accolades.
“I have poured my heart and soul into this record,” says Jessie of her latest album Sweet Talker (available now through Universal Music), “I am so happy to finally be able to share it with the fans all over the world!” Featuring the likes of Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, De La Soul and American violinist Lindsay Sterling, the album dominated worldwide charts, reaching number #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries and selling over 2 million copies worldwide. Standout tracks include ‘Burnin’ Up’ ft. 2 Chainz as well as her new smash hit ‘Bang Bang’ featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj that the trio recently performed to hug acclaim at the American Music Awards.
Renowned for putting on a spectacular live show, UK-born Jessie J was named 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador. She dominated the stage performing ‘Price Tag’ at the closing ceremony, finishing with a rendition of ‘We Will Rock You’ alongside original Queen band members and music legends Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Just announced is the news that Jessie J will be heading to Australia this year to join the Coaching panel of the fourth season of Channel Nine’s hit show The Voice, with fellow coaches Joel and Benji Madden, Delta Goodrem and Ricky Martin.
Joining Jessie J on her national tour is Tim Omaji (aka Timomatic), one of Australia’s most exciting rising singer-songwriters and dancers. Tim rose to fame as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance (Australia) in 2009 where he placed seventh in the competition. In 2011, he appeared as a contestant on the fifth season of Australia’s Got Talent and was placed third. Later that year, Tim signed with Sony Music Australia and released his first single, ‘Set It Off’, in November 2011, which peaked at number two on the ARIA singles chart and was certified four times platinum. Since then Tim has gone on to release 4 x top ten singles, appeared as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent and collected a heap of awards and nominations. In the first quarter of 2015 Tim is set to release a brand new artillery of tracks onto Australian audiences with a highly anticipated new album.
Live on stage Jessie J is a powerhouse and not to be missed. Tickets on-sale Friday 23 January – be quick!
Friday 13 March – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (All Ages*)
Saturday 14 March – Big Top Luna Park, Sydney (All Ages)
Tuesday 17 March – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)
Wednesday 18 March – AEC Theatre, Adelaide (All Ages)
Friday 20 March – Crown Theatre, Perth (All Ages)
* U18s accompanied to the venue by a parent/guardian. For more info, contact (07) 3325 6777 “