Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tame Impala and Flume were among the big winners at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards in Sydney on Sunday (01Dec13). Aussie rockers Tame Impala won a slew of trophies for their hit record Lonerism, which was named Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album, and they were also named Best Group.
Cave and his band were also big winners, taking home the Best Independent Release prize for Push The Sky Away, while the album was also named Best Adult Contemporary Album.
Rising DJ Flume, who led the nominations with eight nods, claimed the Breakthrough Artist title as well as Best Male Artist and Best Dance Release.
Other winners at the ceremony included Jessica Mauboy, who was named Best Female Artist, Guy Sebastian, who won Best Pop Release for his album Armageddon, and British/Irish pop band One Direction (Best International Artist).
Rock duo Air Supply was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.
Performers at the event included Alicia Keys, Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala and Lorde.
Australian singer Guy Sebastian's day at the beach over the weekend (14-15Sep13) was ruined when criminals swooped in and stole his possessions while he was in the sea. The star was enjoying a day surfing at Santa Monica, Los Angeles when he returned to the beach to find his clothes and car keys had been taken by thieves.
He tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "I was at the beach trying out my new board and trying to keep an eye on my stuff.
"When I came back in someone had flogged my towel, my shorts, my old T-shirt and stolen my car keys. I had to get a tow truck out and call a friend for help."
Sebastian has been the victim of theft several times in recent years - he fought off a would-be burglar at his home in Sydney last year (12) and was robbed of $150 (£100) cash at knifepoint by thieves in the U.S. in 2009.
Rihanna, Coldplay and Carly Rae Jepsen are among the artists who will do battle for prizes at the upcoming 2013 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards. The Umbrella hitmaker has scored a nomination in the Pop Work of the Year category for her hit track Diamonds and she will take on Australian artists including Delta Goodrem (Sitting on Top of the World) and Guy Sebastian (Don't Worry Be Happy) at the songwriting prizegiving. The other nominee in the category is singer-songwriter Timomatic, who has scored two nods with his tracks If Looks Could Kill and Set it Off.
The International Work of the Year prize will be fiercely contested by big names including Coldplay (Paradise), Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe), The Black Keys (Lonely Boy), Ed Sheeran (Lego House) and fun. (We Are Young).
Other stars who look set to dominate the event include rapper 360, who scored four nominations, and rockers Tame Impala, who have two nods for the coveted Song of the Year trophy with Elephant and Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.
The band will go up against Guy Sebastian (Get Along), Courtney Barnett (History Eraser), and Mia Dyson (When the Moment Comes).
The prizes will be handed out at a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia on 17 June (13).
This week’s episode of Once Upon a Time is a healthy balance of flashbacks, Storybrooke, and present-day fairytale land. While Henry and Charming are desperately searching for portal, Emma and Snow are doing the exact the same thing — but in a totally different realm. Emma, who is usually so fearless, is completely out of her element as she encounters new problems like untrustworthy witches, ogres, and bat-shit crazy princesses. Plus, “The Lady of the Lake” introduces us to one of Snow’s dearest friends: Lancelot. Of the roundtable you ask? Yep!
Mommy (in-law) Dearest: Charming’s (Josh Dallas) attempt to take back the kingdom from his “father” King George is put on hold when their camp is raided by the king’s nights. Leading the charge is a secret weapon known as “The Leviathan,” but Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) quickly learns that the true identity of this masked knight is Lancelot. He brings Snow to the castle and we then listen to king’s monologue. It basically went like this, “Blag blah blah — my kingdom — blah blah — I was in love once — blah blah blah — now you can’t have babies.” That’s right, George cursed the water that he so graciously offered Snow so that Charming will feel the pain of knowing that he will never be able to make a family. Dick move, dude.
So now it’s about time we meet a mother who is actually, you know, motherly. Charming’s mom Ruth is as sweet as can be, and she is beyond thrilled to be meeting her future daughter-in-law. Unfortunately King George sends his knights to attack Ruth’s cabin, and even though Charming tells his mom to stay inside, she is shot in the chest with an arrow. Snow and Lancelot arrive a few seconds too late and they quickly determine that this arrow is poisoned and deadly. This is too dark for fairies to fix so Charming suggests that they travel back to Lake Nostos so that the magical waters may heal his momma.
But of course it’s never that easy. Since Charming killed the siren of the lake last season, there has been no one around to protect the precious water, so all that’s left is a bed of dust. While the men are searching for water, the ladies are doing their best to create some mother/daughter bonding and Snow tells Ruth about her can't-have-a-baby curse. Lancelot finds enough water for one person to drink and although it looks like Ruth gulped it all down, Snow unknowingly drinks the magic elixir in an impromptu wedding ceremony. (I know that sounds weird but it was quite cute.) Once Mama Charming passes away, Snow learns that her curse has been broken and that someday she and her new husband will have a baby girl.
Lancelot Lies: We first see the ladies where we last left off. Snow is unconscious and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is chatting it up with Cora, who is desperately trying to play the “I’m not evil” card. Snow wakes up and goes into mama bear mode telling Emma that Cora (Barbara Hershey) cannot be trusted. Before we see another good versus evil showdown, the Storybrooke girls are summoned to see the leader of the camp. Surprise, surprise, it’s Lancelot! The knight explains that the Curse stripped Cora of her powers and for some reason this part of fairytale land remained untouched by the evil magic. Snow is determined to find a portal back to Maine and she believes the wardrobe (the one that sent Emma away) may still have some magic left in it. Lancelot agrees to let his old friend go but insists that Mulan (Jamie Chung) goes with them because the ogres have returned. Yikes!
At one point on their travels, Emma — like an idiot — fires her gun and the loud sound causes an ogre to attack. Just as it looks like Emma is going to be killed, Snow bellows, “Back away from my daughter!” The princess channels her inner Katniss and shoots the ogre straight in the eye. It’s been 28 years since she last held a bow and arrow, but when you’re a true badass, none of that matters. Snow, Emma, Mulan, and Aurora (yeah, she tagged along too) arrive at the castle and Emma is stunned to see everything that her mother gave up to save her. Snow whispers, “I was going to teach you how to walk in here, how to talk, how to dress for your first ball.” It seems that Emma is finally starting to open up to her newfound mother, but their connection is interrupted when Lancelot enters the room.
Lancelot, who is obviously very intrigued by the wardrobe, masks his lust by saying, “I just want you to get home to your husband and son Henry.“ At that point Snow knew that her friend was an imposter because Emma only mentioned her son’s name to one person: Cora. Yes, it appears that Cora killed Lancelot long ago and has been posing as him until she found a portal to Stoybrooke. Emma starts a fire and the wicked witch flees, but unfortunately the wardrobe (and their only hope of getting home) is now engulfed in flames. Mulan gifts Snow with the title of their new leader and ladies leave the nursery, but once they exit Cora returns and scoops up some of the wardrobe’s magical ashes.
Daddy Issues: Henry (Jared Gilmore) is bummed when Charming says that he is not allowed to help him search for a portal to fairytale land. “All magic comes at a price,” he reminds his slightly annoying grandson. But does Henry listen? Of course not! But it’s alright, I’m not mad because Henry leads us straight to the best character of the show: Jefferson (Sebastian Stan). The Mad Hatter is currently perfecting his sexy brooding look on the pier and he quickly brushes off Henry’s requests for help. “I’m the wrong person to talk to kid, magic is not my thing try your mother. Maybe she’s got something in that vault of hers,” he mumbles. To thank Jefferson for this nugget of information, Henry encourages the Mad Hatter to reunite with his daughter. Grace and Jefferson have a sweet embrace and once again we get to witness a beyond adorable fairytale reunion.
Now that Henry knows that Regina’s vault is actually in Storybrooke, he calls up his mom for a lunch date and a very excited Regina quickly leaves the house. (Side-Note: Being stood up — even if you’re an evil queen who probably deserves it — sucks. Not cool, you little brat.) Henry steals Regina’s keys, moves a stone coffin (that appears to weigh nothing) and hops down into the super secret vault. He picks up a random box and somehow the very first key he tries (out of a huge keychain) opens the lock and two very angry snakes rise gear up to attack.
Luckily, Charming pops out of nowhere and saves his grandson just in time. Henry gets out of all punishment by playing the sympathy card. “I just want them back. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I’m supposed to be there with them, riding horses and learning how to sword fight,” he wines. The episode ends on a cute note when Charming presents Henry with his very own wooden sword. “You’re the grandson of a prince I think it’s about time you learn how to use a sword,” he beams. The two begin perfecting their sword fighting skills but across the street King George is glaring at them from his car.
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S2E7: The night started off with a Tweet sent my way from Voice contestants The Shields Brothers, saying the latest episode was “gonna be shocking!” It definitely started off that way with two great battles, one with the aforementioned Shields that absolutely was the craziest thing on TV since Gary Busey. The rest of the night cooled off a bit until the world witnesses the absolute strength of Erin Willett, who lost her father to cancer right after she wowed the world and made it to the live rounds. What a finish!
Neck Ties vs. Nerves
“Pip’s the guy ... he can do everything.” - Blake
Pip, our favorite bow-tie-and-suspenders-wearing sprite, was pitted against Nathan Parrett; both are such old souls. Apparently Nathan did not bring it in the blind auditions because Adam kept gushing over how he improved, leaving Pip a little jealous. Robin Thicke did all he could to help the ultra nervous Nathan break out of his shell, but Pip stepped out on the stage and immediately sounded like Michael Buble singing “You Know I’m No Good.” The battle was great and the two worked so well together; they're both stylish and their sounds blended so effortlessly. Adam chose the better performer - Pip - over the stronger voice in Nathan. Pip Wins!
Quiet vs. Riot “That was so weird, that was so weird, that was so weird.” - Adam Former model Erin Martin came next facing off against The Shields Brothers. It was rock and roll punching America in the face against a fluttery beauty with an upside. What a song choice by Cee Lo: “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” This has to be the most unique matchup The Voice has EVER seen. Erin, usually quiet, was showing her teeth early and became downright nasty at times. Ne-Yo wasn’t impressed with the beauty either. “I see you. Okay, you’re cute, what else you got?” Erin came out for battle dressed like the evil queen in Once Upon A Time or Snow White and the Huntsman and the Shields Brothers were their usual crazy selves in leather jackets and t-shirts. It was such an amazing, bizarre performance. It seemed like two different songs altogether. At times Erin sounded like a condor or a dinosaur but her unique style pushed Cee Lo to pick her. Don’t fret, the Shield Brothers already have a retaliation video. Erin Wins! Sexy vs. Seventeen “When I was singing to Christina, I did get lost a little bit. I just kept looking into those beautiful Blue eyes.” - Jonathas Jonathas got a little too lost. There was no way to live up to the Shields Brothers, but Jonathas and Ashley De La Rosa sure tried. The two sang “No Air” by Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks; it seemed a perfect match for the two. At times, Jonathas really sounded just like Usher with smooth sounds and sensual rhythms but other times he was just flat and reached his plateau. Ashley started off slow and scared but had some fleeting break out moments that showed her potential. In the end, Christina picked the 17 year-old, who just needs a little training to take her farther in this competition. Ashley Wins! Uptight vs. Unbelievable “Jermaine, you took this song and kicked its ass man!” - Adam Next came Jermaine Paul - Alicia Keys’ backup singer - against Alyx, who's probably the most prepackaged, cold teen singer on the show. The two had to sing Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” but it was never a contest. Blake tried to get the both to cut lose, which Jermaine took to heart. As for Alyx, even her cutting lose looked fake and pre-planned. Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert said she doubted that the young Alyx has ever let loose or had pure fun. Jermaine was the complete opposite, impressing Kelly Clarkson so much, she offered to bring him on tour with her. We can skip the battle because it was more like a massacre. Alyx gave a lame attempt at the end to cut lose and screamed “What the hell,” but no one was buying. Jermaine Wins! Underdog vs. Uncomfortable “As much as I love Angel’s voice, I think Katrina just flat out won this battle.” - Blake Angel Taylor battled Katrina Parker next to “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis and from the start, this song was better suited for Angel, who is on the show after dealing with an abusive father, but that didn’t seem to matter in the end when Hurricane Katrina brought it! Both of the coaches, Thicke and Alanis, wanted the two contestants to be vulnerable and feel the song. Adam even said to take those nerves and use them, even if you forget the words. When it was over, Christina compared Katrina to Adele - that's some big praise! Adam was hiding in his sweater when it was decision time, probably because he knew he had to go with the underdog who stole the show while Angel was kind of timid. Katrina Wins! Country vs. Catastrophe “I hope he knows I’m doing this for him.” - Erin He knows! No jokes here, what Erin Willett did next was nothing short of amazing. She faced off against her friend and country singer Gwen Sebastian singing “We Belong” but right before it was time to go on, she found out her father Chuck’s cancer had taken a turn for the worse and he had 24 hours left to live. Before this Erin was concerned that she didn’t want to overuse her powerful voice during the battle. That was all thrown out the window and the entire crowd, coaching panel and world was rooting for Erin. Even Gwen was smiling at Erin, rooting for her while they were actually battling. It was a finish to the show that had everyone a little teary eyed. Blake went with the powerful Erin, who sang her heart out for dad. Erin Wins! This battle round was the epitome of a classic bookend show, where the beginning and the end really made it a great episode. After watching Erin’s struggle, you forget about a flat performance or two and just get caught up in all the drama. Next week, we welcome the last battle round and prepare for the live shows. Every time you get comfortable, this show changes on you. Are you ready? What did you think of Erin’s performance? What did you think of The Shields Brothers? Do you think the right people were chosen? Let us know in the comments section below.
S2E2: NBC did a nice job of packing three weeks worth of blind auditions on The Voice into two, back-to-back nights. It’s amazing how last night’s two-hour special quickly tripled the team members and brought the total to 13 singers. Every coach is pretty even at this point with three singers except Christina, who has four, and keeps displaying her need to show off a little too much cleavage (I’m not complaining). It was a “jam”-packed night that saw some ultra-creative song renditions of Adele’s “Someone Like You” to a coffee-house cover of Trey Songz “Say Aah.” Oh, and the judges threw in a mini Prince concert to kick it all off. Let’s get this party started!
“As soon as I heard the second voice kick in, I was really, really intrigued.” - Christina
Our first duo of the season, The Line (consisting of Hailey and Leland) hit the judges early with “American Girl,” a song I’m proud to say was inspired in Gainesville at the campus of my Florida Gators (just saying). The group got together after Leland approached this buxom blonde by offering her a shot of Jack Daniels (my kind of guy). Apparently this couple is not involved even though you can tell Leland is playing the long con. Keep at it man, it will happen someday. Blake jumped on The Line first, later followed by the trio of Christina, Cee-Lo and Adam, almost at the same time. Blake was not happy. He was even less pleased when they chose Christina, who laughed and gloated a little too much.
The next singer selected is one who will definitely use the show’s platform to spread his message. Jamar Rogers got off Crystal Meth six years ago only to find out he had HIV. Cee-Lo is his personal idol and after he made a bold choice by singing “Seven Nation Army,” it was kismet as Cee was the only coach to turn his chair around and select the young man. It was a goosebumps kind of moment. He actually kind of sounded like a mix of Cee and Adam during the performance. Rogers put it best when he said “There is beauty that does come from ashes.” Okay, I’m done being sentimental, let’s move on.
“If you look across this panel here, you’ll see spikes and you’ll see tattoos, and things like that. I’m your county guy, I’m your man.” - Blake
Oh Blake, you smooth talker you. That plea cajoled Gwen Sebastian, who is putting off having a family to pursue music, to join his team after everyone except Christina buzzed in. The girl had a wide range from the start singing country hit “Stay” and Cee-Lo mixed it up by getting in the action. That would have been an interesting pair! Adam felt left out, poor baby, so he buzzed in as well. Blake and Cee hit the nail on the head by calling her rendition kind, considerate and tender in all the right places. We know what Blake meant by this but lord only knows what Cee meant and that’s probably for the best.
In addition to our first duo of the season, we saw our first 50 year-old in Kim Yarbrough. No early bird special jokes here. This woman is as cool as the other side of the pillow, once having worked security for Dave Matthews Band. You kidding me? There was also the little detail of her working in a potato chip factory (I can’t make this stuff up). The woman doesn’t look a day over 49 and with deep soothing tones, she belted out “Tell Me Something Good” to the delight of Cee-Lo, who started to hump his chair (again, not kidding). After Adam used his best Willy Loman (look it up people), she gladly chose the rock star.
“But you’re beautiful obviously, so congrats on that.” - Adam
It was a bad day for the hotties as Pamela Rose, who Adam congratulated on her looks, and Dez Duron, a Yale football star, were sent packing. Christina took one look at Duron, who sang Backstreet Boys and said “How adorable are you?” Obviously not cute enough.
“I saw a woman in a military outfit singing an incredible Adele song. I was like look at this hot chick singing who’s defending our country.” - Carson
Air Force hottie Angie Johnson has been deployed to the Middle East seven times, and that alone should earn her a spot on the show, but her voice was a nice addition. Carson actually helped get Johnson on the show after seeing a YouTube video of her with over a million hits. Johnson busted out “Heartbreaker” to the delight of Cee-Lo, who was obviously smitten. Even Christina could not pry this war vet away from Cee’s strong, yet little hands. Mark one for Team Cee-Lo.
The highlight of the night for me was Lindsey Pavao who had the stones to sing an acoustic version of “Say Aah” by Trey Songz, who tweeted #LOVE right after her performance. Her Fiona Apple influence was apparent to Christina, Cee and Blake who all buzzed in. Despite Christina creepily saying she wanted to “play” and “experiment” with Pavao, she still got her aboard the Aguilera train.
“I could hear the swag, it sounded like swag” - Cee-Lo
This was one of the more interesting pairings of the night. Jermaine Paul used to sing background vocals for Alicia Keys, but his audition piece was a soulful “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne and instead of going with the natural fit Cee-Lo, he went with Blake. That’s punk, R&B and county all rolled into one blind audition. Now, I think Paul made the right choice here and one that may catapult his career. Blake is not going to give Paul anything and he does not care one bit that he used to sing for Keys. You can just tell these two are going to push each other to their limits. Worse comes to worse, it will make for some entertaining TV.
I swear there must be some singers out there who had a normal life, but they are not on The Voice. Angel Taylor comes from an abusive father and used music as an escape. It was fitting that her audition was “Someone Like You” by Adele and prompted Adam, Blake and Cee-Lo to all fight for her. With a very smoky tone, this girl was absolutely nervous to start but even I could tell there was serious raw talent there. And even though she admitted to having a serious crush on Blake, she chose Adam who we all know has “Moves Like Jagger” (even thought Jagger is 70 and probably has a hip replacement).
After two intense nights, we get a well deserved week off from The Voice to marinate on the singers already chosen by the coaches. It’s time for everyone to pick a side and root for a team. So, the only question I have for you is what’s it going to be: Team Christina, Adam, Cee-Lo or Blake?
What did you think of the show last night? Do you like who was chosen for the teams? Do any of the backstories touch your heart? Let us know with some comments below and find me on Twitter @TheRealRothman.