The MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards for 2013 was heralded in on Thursday night. The night began with the red carpet in which each of the artists in the award’s shows 18 categories.
The big winners of the night were band I Am Sam taking out the award for the Australian Artist of the year. Other winners included Mama Kin taking out two awards on the night including the Blues and Roots Award. Silver Cities took out the award for Christian/ Spiritual. Battleships, who are currently touring with Boy and Bear, won the award for Alternative. Jono Fernandez took out the award for Producer of the Year.
There were some stellar performances on the night from Aussie rock legends Irwin Thomas and Steve Balbi who were also recognized under the Aussie Rock Legends category. There were also some great performances from some of the nominated artists including Kid Mac, Blind Munkee, and Neon City. There was also a performance from former Australia’s Got Talent contestant Liam Burrows.
Although, the execution of the awards felt somewhat unorganized on the night, the awards show itself was a pure celebration of local talent; and the atmosphere in the room was one of local artists supporting each other.
The whole Australian Independent Music Awards has helped to launch up and coming faces of Australian music as well as provide them with a pedestal to have their music recognized locally and internationally.
Photographs from the Australian Independent Music Awards are available at Mosca Media Australia
Tonight will herald the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards presented by MusicOz. Heading up the night will be a host of independent Australian artists including Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Tania Doko, Peking Duk, Bernard Fanning and Jimmy Barnes. There will also be performances from Spirit of the Land and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
The Australian Independent Music Awards work to provide a platform for unsigned artists with over 180 finalists in all genres and the Producer of the Year Finalists. You can party at the Star and get your tickets here: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MUSICAWA13
Red Carpet 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Pirrama Rd Entrance to The Star
Pre-Show Event 6.00pm – 7.30pm
The Deck – outside the Event Centre
Award Show 7.30pm – 9.45pm
Event Centre at The Star
EventAfter Party 10.00pm – 3.00am
Marquee Nightclub at The Star
Erykah Abi Wright better know as Erykah Badu is best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a Grammy- award winning American soul singer and songwriter. Badu is ‘regarded as the Queen of Neo Soul. Her sound — a concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz — cannot be contained to a single genre. Self-described as a “mother first”, Badu is a touring artist, dj, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, vegan, recycler, and conscious spirit.
Baduizm, Badu’s highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 went triple platinum and, along with “On & On“, won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremony. This spring, Badu released her fifth studio album, and second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series.
New Amerykah, Part 1: Fourth World War, a concept album that was digitally produced and political in tone, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Rolling Stone named it one of the year’s best albums.
New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ahnk, which features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships, made its debut at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Definitely a must-see show!
Badu will be performing at:
General release tickets on sale midday Monday November 11.
Blacktown Youth Services, The Street University and Headspace have partnered up to create a FREE All-Ages music event HEATWAVE at Dawson Mall, Mount Druitt between 5pm to 8pm. The event’s target group is youth but is open to everyone. The aim of Heatwave is to raise awareness about Youth Mental Health and will feature recent X-Factor contests Zac Hakos, Stephanie Lambell, X & Hype and Tee!
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Director and screenwriter, Nimród Antal and producer, Charlotte Huggins opens the door to the legendary heavy metal sensation, in this extraordinary 3D motion picture and rendition; ‘Metallica: Through the Never’.
Welcome to Metallica –James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo –the band that screams a triumph of menacing and exhilarating soundtracks that could never disappoint fans. Accordingly, ‘Metallica: Through the Never’, brings to life an epic 3D concert and adventure, upon a monstrous stage and through apocalyptic streets, to deliver the best musical performance ever.
The narrative progression within the film is transmitted through a series of music videos (and footage from previous concerts), where the lyrics from different Metallica song compilations translate into the story. The journey begins with Fuel, “Give me fuel, Give me fire, Give me that which I desire”, where a young roadie, Trip (Dane DeHaan) is sent on the road to collect a mysterious bag for the band, using a map and fuel canister.
In an effort to remain entertained, Trip consumes a pill that is half blue and red (definitely a Matrix drug), before starting his van and unknowingly venturing towards Never Never land. After an unsuspecting incident, Trip’s path dramatically changes and he must survive the rest of the night from the horrors of the dark horsemen with a noose, and the crowds of masked criminals rioting against the shielded police troops. One of the most mesmerising scenes in ‘Metallica: Through the Never’, is when Trip transforms into a man on fire, to escape the dangers obstructing him from returning the top-secret bag to the band.
I was extremely impressed with the stunning 3D visual projections and special sound effects from the monstrous stage floor, creating the perfect atmosphere to highlight the power of Metallica; with lightning, flames, explosions, shooting rays and constructed models of the electric chair and rotating Lady Justice Statue.
As the narrative events unfold, the intensity of Metallica soundtracks increase; Ride the Lightning, Creeping Death, Cyanide, Whiplash, For Whom the Bells Tolls, …And Justice for All. The overlay of chaos and hopelessness surrounding Trip and the defective equipment on stage signify the inevitable destruction between the concert and world beyond the music.
‘Metallica: Through the Never’ (3D) is a mind-blowing movie, that excels in terms of creating the first music-related action film to explore the visionary possibilities of Metallica, and ultimately achieves an unforgettable film for a remarkable band.
The famous acrobatic circus brings their new show to Australia, a celebration of the life and music of the King Of Pop – Michael Jackson.
As you would expect from a Cirque show, it is full of colour, creative sets and amazingly talented performers. The choreography was superb. Unlike normal Cirque shows, this one really focused on the music and less on the extraordinary human performance. Having said that, there was still plenty of moments that dropped jaws and make you gasp as trapeze artists flew across the sky and contortionists manipulated their bodies in breathtaking ways.
Each act in the show had a different Jackson song as its theme. ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ was set at the gates of Jackson’s famed Neverland property with a large ensemble of dancers and acrobats. ‘Dancing Machine’ took on a more industrial setting with high flying trapeze and some stunning costumes and set designs. Gangsters took over for ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Dangerous’ before a stunning trapeze display backed by the night sky, and complete with body LED light displays as the trapeze artists floated across the sky like shooting starts.
‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ was a beautiful piece with two artists on the high wire dancing through the air like two ballerinas which resembled Swan Lake in its performance. However the show stoppers were the hits of Michael Jackson. ‘Thriller’ was recreated with dancing zombies mimicking those famed dance moves. ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Black Or White’ got the audience on their feet and ‘Man In The Mirror’ closed out the 90 minute performance.
The cast of dancers and acrobats were superb. As were the stunning sets and costumes that add colour and vibrancy to enhance the performers unique talents. The highlight being Jean Sok, who with one leg on crutches displayed moves most two legged people could never imagine doing.
A live band was employed behind Jackson’s vocals to add more of a concert feel to the production along with footage of film clips and video and audio archives throughout his life. The message was one close to Michael’s heart, unity. The dream of a world without hate or prejudice. A theme he used a lot in his music but I feel is sometimes over shadowed by the catchy pop tunes, the dancing and sadly his personal life. Those socio-political themes are quite unheard of in pop music. I try to imagine someone like Bieber or Miley singing about harmony and racism and I just can’t see it happening. I guess that’s why Michael Jackson was the King Of Pop and will forever be music’s immortal.
Rating (out of 5 stars):
Written by Jason Strange for Mosca Media Australia
Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour: Cirque Du Soleil (Official Trailer)
After watching the trailer, I was looking forward to Warm Bodies. A zombie film that would have me caring about the zombie more than its victims? How refreshing.
A few minutes into the show, you get the gist that R (the lead character played by Nicholas Hoult) is not like the other zombies. He is young and insightful and the story is narrated from his point of view. The zombies have taken over the airport as their roaming ground, along with the Bonies, who are zombies wilted away. R occupied an airplane as his home.
They venture out to the city when they are hungry, and it is during one of these trips that R meets the girl (Julie) who would change the fate of their lives and, well, ‘undeath’, forever. Unlike other zombie movies I’ve seen, much less one that is told from the point of view of the zombie, the zombie experiences the memories of the victim when the victim’s brain is consumed. It is by killing and eating Julie’s boyfriend’s brain that R knows Julie (played by Teresa Palmer), the girl he saved from being attacked by other zombies. Teresa Palmer reminds me of Kristen Stewart (in Twilight) in terms of her looks and facial expressions (or lack thereof). I really wanted her to express herself more.
I didn’t think there was enough character development in this film. You get to meet R who couldn’t remember his past. You don’t get to know his character much before Julie was introduced. You feel the relationship develop a little, but the scenes fail to convey the depth of the relationship that supposedly have developed between the characters. Having said that, Nicholas Hoult played his character well. I must applaud his ability to not blink during scenes where he has long lines, and more importantly, the skill to deliver his lines slowly and purposefully as to not rush a scene.
The story continues… R helped Julie escape from the airport and she made it back to the safegrounds where his father leads the rest of the population in the fight against these zombies. R, having felt that Julie is changing him and the other zombies, left the airport and made their ways to the city. The Bonies found out about the zombies coming back to life and their plan, hence chased after them into the city.
A war broke out. The fighting scenes between the living humans, R and the zombies, and the Bonies had some funny and good moments. But I wasn’t drawn into the action as much as I expected to, or as I wanted to. The fight was over before I knew it, when R was brought back to life with a kiss, only to result in being shot by Julie’s father. But not to worry, R lives. The climax was more of an anti-climax to me. The beginning of the end till the end seems really short and the end came abruptly.
It is one of those films where the trailer is pretty much the whole film. I left the cinema asking myself “Is that it?”, feeling unsatisfied and wanting more.
The classy French indie-music label has endorsed this rare vintage fashioned by a local Melbourne artist, Chela. The lo-fi sound quality of the keyboard synth oozes a flavourful fusion that compliments Chela’s snappy vocals.
This electro-indie pop bubble gum is pure creativity, from the faded animation colours to the classy interpretive dance moves; she definitely rocks her music video with a hip bohemian panache.
To be included in a ‘Kitsuné Maison’ record, it requires particular requisites; ‘Romanticise’ certainly showcases a unique musical taste. An original piece that is overwhelming with chic. This is one composition that is truly worthy of a nod from the house of Kitsuné.
Cristian Mungiu attempts reaching Beyond the Hills and retelling writer, Tatiana Niculescu Bran’s documented events of 2005, in which a young woman was mistreated for being possessed by evil spirits instead of suffering a mental illness; resulting in her traumatic death by the hands of the Orthodox Church in Moldovia.
The intense Romanian drama, originally titled “Dupa dealuri”, draws the audience into a life-like horror story, where the evil presence is within the Monastery and not the perpetrated victim. Beyond the Hills explores the depths of belief in God and how it influences followers in their actions and duty to serve Him, even if that means performing the unthinkable.
From the very beginning of the film we see the first sign as a forewarning, embedded on the fence outside the Monastery: THIS IS THE HOUSE OF GOD. FORBIDDEN TO ANYBODY OF A DIFFERENT RELIGION. BELIEVE AND DON’T DOUBT. The audience enters the sacred Orthodox convent as a temporary visitor from Germany, following the path of Alina, stunningly performed by Cristina Flutur. On the other side of the fence is a devoted nun, Voichita, brilliantly performed by Cosmina Stratan.
The inseparable bond between Voichita and Alina is stronger than the love of a close friendship; growing up together in an orphanage, protecting each other from the abuse and torment of vulnerability and finding a way to intimately be together from this experience. I found the most heart-warming scene to be Voichita holding and singing to Alina in their shared bed, before crying in each other’s arms to sleep.
However, as the film progresses the path for Alina changes and she becomes a ‘permanent’ visitor on the righteous passage to God. In the event of several strange incidences, the priest and nuns decide that it is best to save her mind, body and soul by a means so disturbing and sickening, it will send shivers down your spine.
Mungiu’s film adaption powerfully represents the true story of how one wish to be together becomes a nightmare to rest in peace. Beyond the Hills brings to surface the importance of love above family and religion and that there is more to life than following only one path.
“You’re only allowed to blink to liquidate your eyes, no smiling is allowed, no facial expressions and no body contact. Any of the above and you’re OUT!!” These are the rules for the first ice-breaker of the night at Alphamama‘s first show for “13 Trips” based on her debut album Truth, Trips and Revelations.
Once the first winner was established, Alphamama decides that we’re going to have two more rounds and asked for contestants – I bravely put my hand up. The rules are repeated again and then I deeply stare into my opponents eyes, all the while thinking what a funky and creative way to start the night. I win my first round but lose the semis, but as a participant receive an EP with a collection of Alphamama’s songs – ‘If Ya Gon Lie’, ‘Bad Appel’ (feat. Ngaiire), ‘Moodjack’, ‘Dawning’, ‘Bad Appel Shadow Remix’ and ‘Bad Appel Studio Tann Dubstep Remix’.
Our show starts and is infused with an excerpt of a pre-recorded story of which the audience need to follow, at first it took me a couple of minutes to decipher the story and how Alphamama very boldly incorporated this with her first music set, the song being “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat T.I. & Pharrell.
The night continues with the video excerpts, all the while keeping the audience thinking, deciphering the message. Fully supported by the various song covers. Being a “90′s” child myself I loved hearing “Creep” by TLC to a backing of “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison and other such covers.
The vocal arrangements were definitely a highlight of the night, and having two very different styled singers accompany Alphamama really blended well, especially when hearing “Indie” reminded me of an Amy Winehouse meets Janis Joplin type voice. Being the first time hearing Alphamama, her charismatic stage presence did not disappoint – she had my full attention.
Aside from the soulful voices we had a freestyling rap / poetry segment that occurred. The topics / themes were based on lies that our audience had told at some stage of their life and we were requested to write these down prior to the start of the evening of which, Alphamama and her creative team would then apply a lyrical flow. The hook was amazing, but to see the creative standard of the freestyling ebbs and flows was something from another world. Whilst I would just see words, the Alphamama team see lyrics to a song, lyrics to a rap, a meaningful and deep source to create a number one selling single maybe?
All in all Alphamama is definitely not a show that you want to miss!!! A very confident young woman with style and grace who knows how to grab your attention through her art and even more-so knows how to captivate, maintain and command the attention of her audience.