Elaskia – “Lying to Myself”

With smooth vocals that intertwine with her piano, Central Coast’s ELASKIA elicits raw emotion, rarely heard in a young emerging artist.

ELASKIA’S new single ‘Lying to Myself’ was written and co-produced by herself, produced and mixed by one of Australia’s top producers, ROD MCCORMACK and mastered by Grammy-winning CHRIS GEHRINGER at Sterling Sound New Jersey, (Rihanna’s Loud, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Drake).

ABOUT

With previous success in her song writing, her debut single ‘Calling Out My Name’ was featured in the hit American TV broadcast and worldwide Netflix series ‘Dynasty’ as well as ‘Marvel’s Runaways’.

ELASKIA’S follow up single ‘I Will Do Anything’ also landed on an episode of one of Australia’s most successful media exports ‘Home and Away’ as well as having a featured article in the popular teenage magazine ‘Total Girl’.

ELASKIA’S feature track with artist and producer GEM ‘Rich Girl Remix’ was featured in the Billboard magazine Grammy edition in 2019 where it was announced, along with ELASKIA’S single ‘Calling Out My Name’ in ballot one for the Grammys┬«.

ELASKIA has a sound that can best be compared to the artists she’s opened for Vera Blue, Alpine, and has also shared the line-up with acts RUFUS, Peking Duk, Gang of Youths, The Preatures, The Jungle Giants, Ocean Alley, Skeggs and Amy Shark.

I get many songs across my desk these days, even in this Covid time, but this one stood out from the pack and I hope you agree.

Check out this exciting new Australian talent.

Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories

Who can forget Alice Cooper’s unforgettable performance at Fire Fight last year in front of 70,000+ fans?

Well, rock is back as Alice Cooper unleashes his 27th studio album “Detroit Stories” on the 26th February.

The album is named after his city of birth. “I was born here” said Alice Cooper, “and so was the sound and spirit of Alice Cooper .”

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is a living legend and one of the most appreciated and inspiring rock stars of all time with more than 50 million units sold.

This album sees Alice team up with original and long-time producer Bob Ezrin,(KISS, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Thirty Seconds To Mars + many others) who was and is integral to the Alice Cooper sound.

Liyah Knight, Nerve – CHEERS

Brisbane’s NERVE and Sydney’s LIYAH KNIGHT have joined forces for a brand new collab titled ‘Cheers’.

“If you’re across these two, the result is unsurprisingly excellent. Over production courtesy of Korky Buchek, Knight and Nerve prove exactly why they’re two of the country’s most exciting rising names.

Liyah ‘s vocals are superb, showing range and emotional vulnerability, and immediately captivate you as soon as the track starts (a perfect example of why we named her an Artist to Watch in 2021).

Nerve is on his A-game as always, delivering witty bars with precision over the funk-infused beat. Created during lockdown in 2020, ‘Cheers’ shows that there is indeed SOME good things to come from the mess that was last year.”

You Am I – The Waterboy

You Am I release new single from forthcoming studio album

“Edinburgh, Galway, Nashville, Ulladulla / Breakin’ my heart / In four places.”

The lines are from The Waterboy, released today via Caroline Australia, the first taste of new music from You Am I’s forthcoming 11th studio album. You Am I fans know how many great songs Tim Rogers has written since the band released their debut album Sound As Ever in 1993. This one is right up there with them.

The Waterboy is a song about inspiration, being lifted up by a song, wondering if and how there was still a way to find a way forward in music. The conclusion is there for all to hear in the song – “Ventricle, aorta, muscle and blood / Building a heart in four places”.

Rogers says: “On the Waterboys album Modern Blues I found a Mike Scott song called I Can See Elvis. It just killed me, I couldn’t stop listening to it. Mike is a big-hearted person, he really puts it all out there and I like that. I was on the New South Wales south coast listening to a Scottish guy living in Ireland singing about Elvis and that led to the four places line.”

Rogers sent the song to You Am I guitarist Davey Lane, who says: “The first time I heard the song it hit me right in the guts. It packs such an emotional punch.”

The band was separated by the pandemic, with Lane and Rogers in Melbourne and bassist Andy Kent and drummer Russell Hopkinson in Sydney. They couldn’t meet so they moved things forward the only way they could. Rogers and Lane recorded a demo of The Waterboy in Melbourne to send to their bandmates.

Kent and Hopkinson recorded parts in a Sydney studio and what they sent back was like a shot of adrenaline. Rogers says: “What they did was very different to what I had imagined for the song and made it so much better.”

He continues, “The Waterboy began as a folk tune set to fingerpicking but when peak “pining” for our band hit I imagined being in a room together and changed the whole feel of the toon. Typically, what Russ, Davey and AK came back with eviscerated all my daydreamin’s and replaced them with jumpin round the room enthusiasms.”

With their Enmore Theatre, Sydney show confirmed for Thursday April 15, the band is understandably excited about playing live again, after a Covid induced layoff of some 18 months or more. As Rogers says, “Who wants solo fingerpickin when you have thunderous friends? Not this ol’ showgirl. I felt my heart being replaced. In all four places. 3000 plus shows and there’s a lotta memories but the reason you wake up is for the NEXT one. I’ve day dreamt and night tussled thinking about this show in ways that have ruined three sets of linen. We wanna be together. Come join the band.”

Andy Kent concurs: “The Enmore Theatre stage holds some very special memories for us as a band. So to be able to put 2020 well behind us all and step back out there to share a night of loud rock and roll with our strong, faithful and beautiful audience is something we are very much looking forward to. GBTFLoU!”

And with the prospect of their new album dropping later this year, Hopkinson says: “There is a reason why this band has been together for a long time and it’s not just because we are really good friends. We’re resilient to the things that go on outside the band, for better or worse.

“There was an idea that we would be able to be together at some point to finish the record. Fate had a way of making sure that didn’t happen. Yet we’ve made an album since the last time we were all together in a room, made the best of the situation to create this piece of art.

“It has been a cathartic experience which is what we all needed after a year when those have been few and far between if you are a touring musician.”

Billie Eilish – ilomilo (Live From The Film – Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry)

APPLE TV+ ANNOUNCES “BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD’S A LITTLE BLURRY” LIVE PREMIERE EVENT ON FEBRUARY 25

EVENT WILL INCLUDE AN EXCLUSIVE AND INTIMATE PERFORMANCE AND CONVERSATION WITH EILISH, DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR R.J. CUTLER AND OTHER SPECIAL SURPRISES BEFORE THE FILM DEBUTS EARLY ON APPLE TV+

BILLIE EILISH RELEASES LIVE AUDIO PERFORMANCE OF HER SONG ‘ilomilo,’ AS FEATURED IN THE FILM

On Thursday, February 25, fans around the world are invited to take part in a global live premiere event to celebrate the release of “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” a new Apple Original Film from award-winning director R.J. Cutler.

The event will include an exclusive stripped down performance by Eilish, special video packages from the film, an interview with Cutler, and an intimate conversation with Eilish especially for her fans, all hosted by Apple Music host & DJ Zane Lowe.

The festivities kick off at 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET, and the event will be available to stream for free through the Apple TV App, Apple Music App, and Eilish’s own YouTube channel. Immediately following the event, “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” will debut on Apple TV+ for all subscribers.

Ahead of the highly anticipated global premiere of “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” Eilish has revealed a live audio performance of “ilomilo” [LISTEN
HERE], the song that features the very lyric from which the film loans its title. Performed at the Toyota Center in Houston on October 10, 2019, a portion of the performance appears in the forthcoming film; however, fans get the chance to hear the entire performance for the first time today.

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the film offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just seventeen years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is from Apple Original Films, an Interscope Films, The Darkroom, This Machine production in association with Lighthouse Management + Media.

Eilish has a long history with Apple. In addition to being a frequent and favorite interview guest of Apple Music’s own Zane Lowe, the Up Next alumnus has hosted not one, but two radio shows of her own on Apple Music with “Groupies Have Feelings Too” and “Me and Dad Radio.” In 2018, Apple tapped Eilish to pen an original ballad for the company’s 2018 holiday campaign. The following year she set the record for Apple Music’s most pre-added album ever leading up to the release of “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” and is consistently among the top most popular artists on the service. In December 2019 Eilish received top honors for Global Artist of the Year, Top Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year with her brother FINNEAS at the first ever Apple Music Awards.

Sheppard – ‘M.I.A’

The Australian pop powerhouse drop their third album alongside a new single & video ‘M.I.A’.

Exactly one year to the day since their year-long ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ project began, with the release of the first single ‘Don’t Believe In Love’, Sheppard have finally unveiled their third pop masterpiece in all its glory, alongside a brand new single and music video for ‘M.I.A’.

With a song unmasked every month throughout in what was a tumultuous year, fans have taken a journey through love, loss, pain, joy, heartbreak, humour and more, with tracks including ‘Symphony’ and ‘Learning to Fly’ which have added to the band’s already impressive swag of radio hits and lit up airwaves across Europe, Latin America and more.

With the track ‘Solid Gold’ chosen for the US NBC broadcast of the 2021 Olympics and the band’s stunning performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final still fresh in minds, ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ is the perfect insight into a band celebrating who they are and standing firm in the face of adversity to bring positivity and joy to their fans around the globe.

The new single ‘M.I.A.’ is indicative of the album more broadly, an upbeat stomper preaching self-determination and the overall message of ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’: living your life on your own terms.

The album comes off the back of their 2018 ARIA #1 album ‘Watching The Sky’ as well as five gold, platinum and multi-platinum releases, including the worldwide smash hits ‘Geronimo’ and ‘Coming Home’. Proudly still based in Brisbane and taking on both the industry and life on their own terms, the Sheppard siblings have settled into a genuine space on their new album, presenting the music they want in the way they choose and opening themselves up to fans like they never have before.

“The release today of ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ feels like the end of a journey as well as the opening of a new door to the future,” said George Sheppard. “As a band and as siblings, this new album has been a real journey of growth, bringing our fans along for the ride as each single has been revealed and shown a new side to who we are. Whether it’s been coming to terms with years of global touring, figuring out who we are as people in the public eye, or simply discovering who we are and what we want to say as musicians, ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ has been about that discovery. We know that so many of our fans have been on that same journey with us over the last twelve months as the rolling out of the album has coincided with such a tumultuous time of self-discovery for all of us in world history.”

Whether through the ubiquitous ‘Geronimo’, Amy Sheppard’s inspirational ‘Kiss My Fat Ass’ campaign against body shaming, George’s famous entry to Rock In Rio via zipline or their tours with artists like Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Keith Urban and Elton John, Sheppard are simply a Brisbane family taking life as it comes and letting the world in on their incredible journey.

“In the end, on our journey so far we’ve learned that there’s only two things in life you can control– your attitude and your art and with ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ we’re proud of what we have produced and we look forward to what comes next now it’s found its place in the world with our fans,” said George Sheppard. “We are eternally grateful for everyone across the world who have chosen to be on this positive journey with us.”

Sheppard will celebrate the release of their third studio album tonight, with an exclusive performance at Brisbane’s iconic Fortitude Music Hall in their hometown of Brisbane.

As a special treat for fans, Sheppard’s one-off performance will also be filmed and beamed around the world, for fans from LA to Tokyo, who are unable to secure a ticket to see the show in person.

Taylor Swift – Gasoline / 3 AM

HAIM THE FIRST ALL FEMALE ROCK GROUP TO BE NOMINATED FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT GRAMMYS

Multiple Grammy Award nominees HAIM are set to release an expanded version of their critically acclaimed #1 album ‘Women In Music Pt. III,’ via Polydor Records. The expanded edition features newly recorded versions of WIMPIII tracks Gasoline (featuring Taylor Swift) and 3AM (featuring Thundercat), see below for full track list. ‘Women In Music Pt. III’. III is nominated for Album of the Year at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, marking the first time an album by an all female rock group has been in the category. Their single “The Steps” has also been Grammy nominated for Best Rock Song. Listen to the expanded version on ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ here.

Released in June of 2020, ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ was lauded as HAIM’s most compelling and strongest album yet. The band released several music videos from the album and delivered dozens of noteworthy performances across television and online platforms. ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ was also overwhelmingly celebrated globally as one of the best albums of 2020 by media partners.

Crowded House – To The Island (Single Mix)

Iconic band CROWDED HOUSE reveal a new single “To The Island” and announce their forthcoming album “Dreamers Are Waiting” will be available June 4 from EMI Recorded Music Australia.

The video for “To The Island” can be seen HERE and was filmed at various locations including New Zealand, Los Angeles and Ireland with Neil Finn and Mark Simon Brown serving as directors.

The band also begins their “To The Island” tour in New Zealand March 4th. The tour and new music feature founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour along with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and his younger brother, drummer Elroy Finn.

Finn explains, “I’ve always been afraid of just repeating the same formulas, and somehow this feels like a fresh and authentic way to re-approach Crowded House today with an awareness of all our history and where, how and why it began in the first place. The original band mentality and philosophy in still in there, especially with Mitchell now part of it again, working in a different way along with Nick and I.” At the same time Finn clearly treasures all the new energy and talent brought to the party by Liam and Elroy.

Following Neil Finn’s surprise star turn and an extremely successful world tour with Fleetwood Mac, Neil and Nick Seymour are energised and inspired to begin a new chapter in the Crowded House story. A new generation has grown up and connected with their songs and will now get to experience the band live as they perform legendary anthems from the bands 35-year career, along with fresh new music.

“We were fortunate to be recording in the studio right before lockdown and so began this album with band tracks recorded live in a room, all brimming with character and energy. We then spent our strangest year, 2020, at distance from each other but connecting daily, swapping files and making those tracks complete. We’re so excited and grateful to be back in one room together now, rehearsing, first to play live in front of audiences in NZ and soon we hope for the rest of the world,” said Neil Finn.

Upsahl – STOP!

Rising indie-pop star UPSAHL releases new single ‘STOP!’ featuring bassist Blu de Tiger.

The single arrives only months after the release of UPSAHL’s new EP “Young Life Crisis” which received critical acclaim including from NME and Nylon, as well as praise from Billie Eilish for two singles ‘12345Sex’ and ‘Drugs’.

An ode to the excitement and anxiety tied to attraction, “STOP!” is UPSAHL at her best, complete with stellar production, an irresistible beat, and her signature unfiltered lyricism.

About the track, UPSAHL says “It’s a sexually empowering song about the feeling of attraction. Like you’re so attracted to somebody that your heart might STOP! I’m unapologetic about being a sexual person, so here’s a song about being horny and the thirst for another person”.

UPSAHL is quickly becoming renowned for her ironic and biting lyrics, with ‘STOP!’ no exception. Her lyrics have come to life over the last few months, including Dork Magazine’s huge Homeschool Festival line-up headlined by Love Fame Tragedy and an EP release day livestream via her YouTube channel.

Ash The Kid, Ford Miskin – “Lonely Love”

These two brothers from Byron Bay and Sydney have jointly collaborated on “Lonely Love”, a song that is the first of potential future joint productions.

ABOUT

Ash the Kid

Cody Miskin a.k.a. Ash the Kid is a 17 year old singer/multi-instrumentalist out of Byron Bay. He is a classically trained pianist, drummer and guitarist. Taking Influence from a wide variety of Artists such as Radiohead, The Kid LAROI, and The Weeknd, he has quickly developed his own sound.

Ford Miskin

Ford has spent the year of 2018 in Los Angeles producing with artists such as TY$, Lil Mosey, Whethan and Bipolar Sunshine. His sound takes many forms in Future Pop, R&B and Hip Hop. During the last year, his sound has evolved into a fusion of Rock, Dancehall, Hip-hop and R&B. After writing with many singers through the years he has honed in on his songwriting and began singing for himself. Since lock down he has been working almost exclusively with his brother Cody on the project ‘Ash the Kid’.”