Nov 21

AURA DIONE

Danish chanteuse Aura Dione is truly a citizen of the world as the first seven years of her life were spent sailing the high seas on her parents’ boat! Originally born in New York City but raised in the rocky Danish island of Bornholm, trapped in the waters between southern Sweden, Germany and the Baltic countries. Aura writes all her own music and lyrics, with influences ranging from Dolly Parton and Tracy Chapman to Antony & the Johnsons and Jeff Buckley. At 26 years of age, she’s already drawn comparisons to Feist, Shania Twain and Gwen Stefani, all while tackling darker subject matter than the average pop singer. “I write about subjects like incest, suicide, prostitution, homosexuality, and what it must be like to have a dick,” she reveals. “But also simple love songs and poems–I want to bring it all, no censorship. I’ll camouflage it in simple pop melodies and hope that it will reach the masses. I write with humor and irony and with a wish to make a positive difference with my music and my voice, my life, while I’m here.” The critics seem to appreciate this approach: Berlingske, the Danish equivalent of the Herald Tribune, raved, “One of the best Danish debuts ever… already the world star she deserves to be.” Universal Music released her sophomore effort, Before the Dinosaurs, with the lead single, “Geronimo,” in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. The song reached No. 1 in both Denmark and Germany; making her the first Danish artist to debut at No, 1 in Germany.

STREAM: “Geronimo”

LINK: www.auradione.com

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Nov 15

SHADOWCLUB

South Africa’s Shadowclub is comprised of Jacques Moolman (vox/guitar), Louis Roux (bass) and Isaac Klawanksy (drums). Their debut album, Guns & Money, is an appealing mix of blues, punk, soul and old fashioned rock and roll, completed in just nine days. Their sound was born from the members playing eclectic styles and musical influences; Shadowclub’s music hints at rock legends from the 60s and 70s, but its frontman Moolman’s vocals that makes this group truly a unique act. Their live show is a ferocious, untainted and uninhibited rock and roll experience. The trio’s debut was produced by Matthew Fink and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Jane’s Addiction at Magic Garden Studios). Shadowclub’s desire to make stripped down songs stems partly from the bands they were listening to when they formed at the end of 2007. “We were big White Stripes fans,” says drummer drummer Klawansky. “We liked Kings Of Leon who, back then, were still quite tough and bluesy and a bit underground. Wolfmother had just come out and we adored The Black Keys. Throw in the old blues that Jacques grew up with – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson – and that combination became the basis of our sound.” Shadowclub is currently touring South Africa now until the end of 2011 with gigs in Johannesburg, Cape Town and more. They are currently available for signing, licensing, publishing and booking (ex-South Africa).

STREAM: “Good Morning Killer”

LINK: www.myspace.com/theshadowclub

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Nov 2

PASSPORT APPROVED PRESENTS…

Nov 1

BLONDE ON BLONDE

Blonde On Blonde are an established Australian five-piece consisting of friends drawn together by a love of music, Jack Daniels and the burning desire to quit their day jobs. After uploading demos onto their MySpace page and garnering worldwide attention for their debut track “Oh My Oh My,” they decided to temporarily withdraw from the debauchery of the Brisbane Valley, save their money and make a record. Ably assisted by Brisbane legend Dave Atkins (Resin Dogs, Wolfmother), the group entered the studio to record their debut EP. Many months of mixing and mastering later, Blonde on Blonde unleashed the eagerly anticipated EP, Tease, upon the world. The Tease EP received rave reviews from street press and online blogs including whothehell.net, and Time Off magazine, beating out other artists such as Weezer and Jay-Z to take out the “Single of the week” spot. The EP was added to high rotation on local Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ, and reached the number one spot in the Top 20 charts, two weeks in a row. Momentum continued to build for the band as they played alongside Wolfmother, Sugar Army, The Art, and an east coast tour with Dead Letter Circus. The band also graced the cover of “Brisbane News” labeled as one of the cities “next big things.” Their latest material, in the form of the No Lust EP, was produced by Aidan Nemeth of Wolfmother and shines with the single, “Oh My Oh My.

STREAM: “Oh My Oh My”

LINK: www.myspace.com/blondeonblondetheband