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Review: 360’s Utopia Tour

“If you don’t know we were sent to kill. Some have mentioned and said we’re ill.” It’s 2011. I’ve switched on Channel V just in time to witness this line escaping the mouth of a tattooed white guy wearing a Will Smith t-shirt. He’s rapping over an unusual musical cocktail of indie guitar, robotic synth and heavy bass, and I find myself growing more and more intrigued with every bass drop. Little do I know that it’s 360, aka Matt Colwell, and he’s rapping his single, ‘Killer’ from his soon-to-be double platinum album, Falling & Flying. Flash forward three years to Friday September 5, 2014, and I am navigating my way through an assorted crowd of avid Aussie hip hop fans that are swarming Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion to catch a glimpse of the Melbourne rapper.

Rise Against To Return To Australia Twice In 2015

AJ Maddah, the man behind Soundwave Festival, has confirmed that Rise Against will be visiting Australian shores not once, but twice next year. According to Maddah, the Chicago punk-rock outfit will tour Australia in support of another act, before returning for their own headline tour later in the year.

23 Jump Street

It seems there’s no rest for the wicked, or at least the old impersonated the young, with the second sequel to 21 Jump Street seemingly announced this week. 23 Jump Street looks to be moving ahead in spite of recently released 22 Jump Street lampooning sequels and making fun of the idea that there could possibly more Jump Street to visit.

Movie industry site Deadline is reporting that Sony has hired writer Rodney Rothman, who penned 22 Jump Street and is also a head writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, to get to work on a sequel. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are reportedly producing the film at the very least, with the directors’ chairs theirs for the taking should they want them. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum involvement is yet to be confirmed, but could we really revisit Jump Street without these two?

Illy Bottled On Stage In Victoria

Melbourne rapper Illy had to cut his set short last night after being bottled on-stage. The MC was only five songs into his show at the Kay Street Entertainment Complex when a glass, thrown in his direction by a hostile crowd member, narrowly missed his eye.

Illy abruptly cancelled his set, to ensure the safety of himself and his stage family, much to the dismay of hundreds of fans who were gathered to watch him perform.

Dead Letter Circus Australian Tour December 2014

One of Brisbane’s finest hard rock exports Dead Letter Circus has announced a national tour for December 2014. The lads, Kim, Stuart, Luke, Tom and Clint, last toured electrically opening for Karnivool last summer, which was followed by a sold out acoustic tour in support of their Stand Apart EP. Never a group to sit and rest, the boys will be visiting Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Wollongong from December 11 through to December 21.

Hand Of Mercy Australian Tour November 2014

Sydney hardcore outfit Hand Of Mercy will embark on a string of shows across Australia this November to promote the release of their third album, Resolve.

Forming in 2007, the five-piece recently underwent a shocking line-up change, when they parted ways with vocalist Scott Bird. Now, complete with a new front-man, Nick Bellringer (former Take Us To Vegas), Hand Of Mercy will play a massive 18-date run of shows in both major cities and smaller towns.

Imogen Heap To Release New Album ‘Sparks’

Imogen Heap… If the name doesn’t ring a bell, then perhaps you remember her 2005 hit ‘Hide And Seek’, a song that became synonymous with the season two finale of The OC where Marissa shot Trey.

This year marks five years since the release of her last album, Ellipse. However, fans of the British singer-songwriter are in for a treat, because it has been revealed that Imogen Heap will release her new album, Sparks exclusively to Australian fans on iTunes this Friday September 5, ahead of a wider release of the album next month.

Northlane’s Former Vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes Releases Official Statement

Former Northlane vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes has taken to Facebook to release an official statement regarding his departure from the Western Sydney metalcore outfit. He went on to says that, although he understands that the news comes as a shock to fans of the band, he had to put his health, both physical and mental, first.

The Walking Dead To Receive Spin Off Series

Love the zombie action of The Walking Dead? Well this is sure to whet your appetite! American TV network AMC has confirmed that they are working on a spin off companion series to the zombie horror drama that will see the effects of the zombie apocalypse around the world. A pilot episode of the series is currently being planned – with producers claiming they are looking to expand the world of the show and offer something truly compelling, original and distinct from The Walking Dead.

Northlane Vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes Leaves Band

Sydney metalcore outfit Northlane has announced the departure of vocalist, Adrian Fitipaldes.

Forming in 2009, Fitipaldes had been a member of the Blacktown five-piece since the band’s inception. However, the band’s rigorous touring schedule grew to be too much for the frontman, taking its toll on him both physically and mentally, which lead to his decision to part ways with the band.

Sam Smith Australian Tour 2015 – Riverstage, Brisbane

It seems like Sam Smith cannot get enough of Australia. The British soul and r’n’b singer has confirmed a six-date, all-ages Australian tour, just months after last being here for July’s Splendour In The Grass festival. The vocalist and pop star will be dropping to visit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth across April and May of 2015.

Sheppard Australian Tour October 2015 – Old Museum, Brisbane

Say Geronimo! Brisbane indie-pop act, Sheppard will return home this October to play a string of shows in support of their acclaimed Gold album, Bombs Away.

The title-holders of the highest-selling single of 2014, ‘Geronimo’, Sheppard will play nine shows across the country, including both major cities and regional dates, as well as a stint at the 2014 Deni Ute Muster. Yee-haw!

Cold War Kids Announce ‘Hold Me Home’ Release Date

California soul rockers Cold War Kids will release their highly-anticipate fifth album Hold Me Home on October 17 through Downtown Records.

Produced by guitarist, and former Modest Mouse member, Dann Gallucci and Lars Stalfors (Funeral Party, Mars Volta), the record is the follow up to last year’s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Often striving to make honest songs about the human experience, in orchards, hotel rooms, churches and laundromats, the indie quartet last visited Australian shores in 2013 for Splendour In The Grass.

Broods Release New Album ‘Evergreen’

It has been less that two weeks since dropping their debut album Evergreen, but New Zealand brother-sister duo Broods are already climbing the music charts.

Released on August 22 through Capitol Records, Evergreen is the follow-up to the sibling’s self-titled EP. Currently sitting at No.5 on the ARIA Albums Chart, just below the Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Broods’ latest release is reminiscent of London Grammar – dark, dance-y beats and ethereal vocals.

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