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Cyberbullying Amanda Todd May Get Dad's Band Booted Off Music Fest

Cyberbullying Amanda Todd May Get Dad's Band Booted Off Music Fest
Although the group has yet to be removed from its roster, there's mounting pressure facing organizers of Australia's WOMADelaide music festival to remove the act Swamp Thing. The drummer's teenage son (and occasional band member) is notorious for internet trolling, including targeting Amanda Todd, the Canadian teenager who committed suicide last October due to bullying. She was 15.

According to Adelaide Now, Swamp Thing — consisting of Grant Haua and former Split Enz and John Butler Trio member and drummer Michael Barker (and occasionally his son Tristan) — were confirmed to play the the Adelaide event. However, things may change following news over the weekend of Tristan's caustic, hate-filled tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube posts over the years, including tweets about Amanda Todd.

After Todd's death made headlines internationally, Tristan Barker posted a 10-minute rant on YouTube regarding the incident about "another teenage girl's slutty histrionic behavior" and how she made a "sad
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Will 'The Hobbit' end with an Oscar-winning song?

Will 'The Hobbit' end with an Oscar-winning song?
Oscar winner Peter Jackson turned to fellow New Zealander Neil Finn to pen a tune for the first film in "The Hobbit" trilogy, "An Unexpected Journey."  -Insertgroups:12- Finn, who fronted the chart-topping Split Enz and Crowded House, does double duty, crooning the "Song of the Lonely Mountain" over the end credits of the picture.  He says the song was inspired by the work of the dwarves who populate this first of three prequels to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. As Finn recounts to Rolling Stone, Jackson encouraged him to get in a "dwarven state of mind."   The result is a song that soars, moving from the mines where the dwarves toil to the heights they must cross. Take a listen here.  It certainly sounds like an Oscar contender, in the vein of the two nominated tracks that played over the end credits of the first and last of
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Cane Toads 3D: a true tale of survival

They might seem unlikely stars for a 3D film, but for Cane Toads: The Conquest director Mark Lewis it was a natural choice. He tells Ed Gibbs about Australia's love-hate relationship with this unwanted intruder

They ran over them with cars, bashed them with cricket bats, took swings at them with golf clubs – and nothing made any difference. Their lethal toxic venom ensured that anything that ate them came off second best. Some people boiled them, others made pets of them, and at least one (musician Tim Finn) wrote a song about them. The cane toad, Australia's plague species, was immortalised in a 1987 documentary Cane Toads: An Unnatural History. Now, some 25 years on, the toads are back – bigger and badder than ever, in Cane Toads: The Conquest, Australia's first-ever 3D film.

At least part of the reason behind the unexpected success of Mark Lewis's original film – with a domestic
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Just In Time For 'Shark Week,' Here's A Playlist With Some Teeth

Here in the Newsroom, we spent plenty of time in the morning looking at the day and week ahead. But it was clear this Am that Discovery's "Shark Week" was also very much on our minds. We were still reveling in the magic that was "Ultimate Air Jaws" when we started brainstorming the perfect songs to play when staring a toothy great white shark down.

"Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" by Radiohead"Shark Attack" by Split Enz"Teeth" by Lady Gaga (She Talks About Her 'Teeth' Below)

"Barracuda" by Heart"Fish Heads" by Barnes and Barnes"With Teeth" by Nine Inch Nails"Swim (To Reach the End)" by Surfer Blood"Sharks" by Morphine"Season of the Shark" by Yo La Tengo"Hammerhead Shark" by David Lee Roth"The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin"King Of the Beach" by Waaves"Another One Bites the Dust" by QueenHonorary and Obvious Pick: "Theme From "Jaws"" by John WilliamsOh,
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Music: Music Review: Liam Finn: Fomo

Liam Finn’s moody but mannered debut featured a song called “The Shadow Of Your Man.” Why be coy, though? I’ll Be Lightning bore the musical DNA of Elliott Smith, but Liam himself bears the genetic material of Crowded House and Split Enz frontman Neil Finn. His sophomore effort, Fomo, is a valiant, largely successful attempt to carve out a unique identity by dint of buzzing guitars, overdubbed harmonies, and busy production. It helps that Finn has never been as convincingly unhinged as he is on “The Struggle,” where he wails “Are you worth the trouble?” over a seesawing ...
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Liam Finn: Fomo

When Liam Finn sings, “I knew I couldn’t have you / right from the very start / and that’s why you see right through me / the boy who ate your heart,” during Fomo‘s earliest moments, he sounds humbled, but also resigned to his place in an existence often fraught with anxiety, obsession, maladjustment. It’s a good look on him, the Kiwi songwriter and son of Crowded House/Split Enz music vet, Neil. Fomo isn’t as long or excitable as Finn’s 2007 debut, I’ll Be Lightning, nor is at as aggressive or raucous as his live show, but that suits...
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Hayley Westenra To Perform At Celebrity Charity Gala Dinner In New Zealand

One of the biggest nights on the New Zealand music calendar, the Raukatauri Gala Dinner, is proud to announce another streak of star power to its stellar 2011 line-up.

As part of her long awaited return home, classical star and Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust patron Hayley Westenra will perform at this year’s event. And Kenny Rogers has donated a signed guitar to the evening’s auction.

In one of his first public performances since his recent cycling accident, Don McGlashan’s performance will also be a must-see. Don and Hayley will take the stage alongside some of New Zealand’s finest artists including Tim Finn, Anika Moa, Opshop’s Jason Kerrison, Lawrence Arabia and Nesian Mystik.

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Jemaine Clement Is In A Predicament! An Exclusive Early Look At Jason Stutter's Gothic Crime Comedy!

Following a pair of sold out and raucously received festival screenings in Wellington, Jason Stutter's New Zealand gothic crime comedy Predicament is all set to launch its official site tomorrow offering most the first look at the film's full theatrical trailer. But you, the faithful Twitch reader, are not among that 'most'. For here, right now, we have an exclusive early look.

Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement plays a major role in this one, along with Heath Franklin and Hayden Frost as a trio of would-be blackmail artists who have things go badly wrong.

The production design on this looks bang on, almost as bang on as the sense of deliciously macabre comic timing. Clement - always fantastic - looks to keep his fans coming back for more as the pasty faced con man, while the young stars are engaging and, yes, that Is musician Tim Finn
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The Flight Of The Conchords' Jemaine Clement Is Caught In A Predicament

Though it isn't drawing nearly as much attention or producing nearly as many films as is neighboring Australia, there is a growing wave of genre tinted film coming from New Zealand. Peter Jackson is the big name there, of course, followed by Black Sheep director Jonathan King, and now get ready to start hearing about Jason Stutter.

Already well known on the short film circuit thanks to his hysterical Careful With trilogy - Careful With That Axe and Careful With That Power Tool are being joined by Careful With That Crossbow this summer - Stutter will soon be hitting screens with his dark comedy feature Predicament as well.

Naive teenager, Cedric Williamson, conspires with two misfits to photograph and blackmail adulterous couples,  When the scam goes wrong they end up with blood on their hands.  Tortured by lust, roped into blackmail and possible an accessory to murder, Cedric is in a predicament.
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Music: Review:7 Worlds Collide: The Sun Came Out

New Zealand’s venerable Neil Finn—best known as the frontman for Crowded House—has a history of assembling ad hoc supergroups that dates back to his Rock Party project in the ’80s. He’s used the 7 Worlds Collide name twice now, once for a live album benefiting Medicins Sans Frontiers in 2001 and now for The Sun Came Out, which reunites most of those players for a studio-bound sequel benefiting Oxfam. This time out, KT Tunstall and most of Wilco round out a cast that also includes 7 Worlds Collide vets Tim Finn, Johnny Marr, Lisa Germano, and ...
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Compact Reviews of This Week's Compact Discs, For Those Who Still Care #5

Pick Of The Week. 7 Worlds Collide -- The Sun Came Out The brainstorm of singer-songwriter and New Zealand pop legend Neil Finn, 7 Worlds Collide first came about in 2002, when Finn and a stellar group of musicians that included Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien & Phil Selway of Radiohead, and Neil's brother, Split Enz founder Tim Finn, put on a series of concerts to benefit the international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres. This time, sans Eddie Vedder, but including Wilco, the concerts happened again, as well as this 2 CD studio LP, that is just remarkable from top to bottom. This year the benficiary of all proceeds will go to Oxfam, which you could read all about here and the full roster of musicians can be found here. Alice In Chains -- Black Gives Way To Blue First studio album in...
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Sound Relief Melbourne show breaks record

Sound Relief Melbourne show breaks record
Brisbane, Australia -- The Melbourne leg of the March 14 Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts has become the biggest live music show in Australia's history after selling out its capacity of 78,000-plus tickets, organizers said today.

The boxoffice feat for the Melbourne Cricket Ground show eclipses the previous record for a paying event of 74,600 tickets sold for a Guns 'N Roses concert at Melbourne's Calder Park motor racing track in 1993.

With tickets for the benefit concerts priced at $75 Australian ($47), the Melbourne event alone has generated more than $5.85 million Australian ($3.7 million). All profits will be donated to help rebuild communities shattered by bush fires in the state of Victoria.

Frontier Touring managing director Michael Gudinski, who is steering the Melbourne Cricket Ground show confirmed the record today, when he announced the addition of Kylie Minogue to the star-studded bill. Minogue, who will also co-host the concert, will grace the stadium's stage with
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Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon sign on for Aussie Benefits

Help from all quarters of the world is coming to Australia to raise money for victims of the massive bushfire and flood devastation that has hit Eastern portions of the country. Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and a reunited Midnight Oil and Split Enz will play the March 14 concerts that will take place simultaneously in Melbourne and Sydney. The benefits, billed Sound Relief, were announced todayat the Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the sites of the shows, according to Billboard. lead the star-studded line-up for Australia's March 14 bushfire and flood benefit concerts, to be held simultaneously in Sydney...
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Morissette, Finn contribute to 'Narnia' soundtrack

Morissette, Finn contribute to 'Narnia' soundtrack
Singer/songwriters Alanis Morissette, Tim Finn, Imogen Heap and Lisbeth Scott have contributed songs for the soundtrack to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Due Dec. 13 via Walt Disney Records, the set also features 13 tracks of Harry Gregson-Williams' orchestral score to the film version of the C.S. Lewis adventure. The film opens Dec. 9 via Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. Morissette contributes the song "Wunderkind", former Split Enz principal Tim Finn adds "Winter Light", and Scott offers "Where", which is exclusive to the soundtrack and does not appear in the film. As for Heap's Narnia contribution, "Can't Take It In", the former Frou Frou singer recently told Billboard.com that it presented something of a challenge for her.

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