Australian Shorts

Brisbane manager and booker Tim Price launched Underscore Agency to cover hard rock, prog, hardcore and alt-rock acts.

Its initial roster includes SydoniaForever The OptimistBound For RuinGuards of May and Spitfireliar. “There isn’t enough resources and help for artists in this area, and it was high time someone did something about it,” said Price, who operates Pricewar Music Management, Collision Course PR and El Grande Festival.

Aussie singer-songwriter Gossling signed a record deal with Nettwerk Music Group in the wake of dates through the United States and Britain. Her debut album, Harvest Of Gold, drops in North America in September. She joins fellow Aussies Boy & Bear on the roster. 

Empire Touring’s Jimi Hendrix tribute at the Sydney Enmore Theatre sold out for the past four years. This year, The Experience Jimi Hendrix Concert is expanded to five clubs in two cities July 11-30. Seventeen Aussie guitarists take part, including Brett Garsed (Nelson) and Randall Waller (Shania Twain).

Jessica Mauboy, who performed to 180 million global viewers at the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark, will play to a potential audience of 1 billion when she takes to the stage at the official Flag Handover Ceremony during the close of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast will host the 2018 Games.