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Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 9:52am

Emerging Australian songwriter Gretta Ray has unleashed a brand new track, capping the news off with details of a Melbourne launch show. 

 

Clocking in at just over four minutes, Towers is a shimmering slice of guitar-driven alt-pop that twists and turns with melodies characteristic of Ray. A slow burning tune, the chorus opens up to something seriously anthemic. 

 

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Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 9:24am

Nic Cester is heading out on his first ever run of solo shows. 

 

The intimate performance will treat a small audience to new material from Cester, who was been slowly knocking out new jams in the serene settings of Berlin, Milan and Como. 
 
Recently, his band Jet reformed to support Springsteen on his Australian tour, as well as taking to a sold out show at The...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 4:58pm

D.D Dumbo is hitting the road, joined by a full band for the first time. 

 

It comes in the wake of his well-loved debut LP Utopia Defeated, that garnered him acclaim both at home and overseas - topping off 2016 by scoring the J Award for Australian Album of the Year. 

 

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 3:56pm

Groovin The Moo have announced the lineup for their Fresh Produce stage, giving punters a taste of Australia's finest emerging acts. 

 

With separate artists hand selected for each state, Victoria will be treated to music from Alex Lahey, Birdz, Lanks, Slum Sociable and Tusk - all taking to the Fresh Produce stage. 
 
Leading the jam-packed lineup is Violent Soho, The...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 3:46pm

Iconic Melbourne live music venue The Espy has been sold following over two years of speculation surrounding the hotel's fate. 

 

The deal struck will see the venue taken over be Sand Hill Road - the same owners of pubs including the Terminus Hotel, Prahran Hotel and more. 
 
According to ...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:55pm

William Eggleston's vivid images of mid-century American life will be exhibited at the NGV as part of their large-scale photography festival. 

 

Eggleston’s images of people in diners, petrol stations, phone booths and supermarkets have inspired contemporary Hollywood filmmakers including Sophia Coppola, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch.
 
Direct from the National...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:42pm

Two of Australia's brightest comedians are set to host the Victorian heats of the 2017 Raw Comedy competition. 

 

Anne Edmonds and Geraldine Hickey will each host one of the Preliminary Finals for the Victorian heats of RAW, with Tom Cashman hosting the State Final. The winner of the state final will compete in the National Grand Final as part of this year’s Melbourne...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 1:33pm

The full lineup for Vivid LIVE has landed, and it's an absolute belter. 

 

Aside from the already-announced Fleet Foxes, Vivid LIVE will feature more than 31 international and Australian performances across the Opera House and its world renowned sails. 
 
For the first time in nearly a decade, French electronic duo AIR will return for their second shows in Australia...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:38am

The 2017 Glenmaggie Blues and Roots festival is ready to go, bolstered with some of Australia's finest blues and folk acts. 

 

Leading the charge this year is Mike Elrington, Dreamboogie, Justin Yap Band, Nardia Rose Band, The Detonators, Miss Whiskey, The Steaming Monzas, and more. 

 

Capping it off, there'll be food and camping available for the all-ages festival'...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:06am

Aussie rock legends Killing Heidi are heading out on their first national tour in more than a decade. 

 

After getting the band back together for the 20th anniversary of Queenscliff Music Festival, Ella and Jesse Hooper are hitting the road in full force once more, bringing a slew of hits with them. 

 

In added bonus, their hit album Reflector will be released...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 7:06pm

Hard-rock group Shortfall have been hard at work, passionately organising a special charity event for a truly worthy cause. Together with the likes of Melbourne heavy-hitters Schikain, Arakeye and Headtorch, the band hope to raise as much money as they can for donation to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

 

Every year, around 1600 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 5:50pm

Acoustic troubadour Bob Evans is picking up his guitar and hitting the road. 

 

The ARIA-award winning frontman of Jebediah - AKA Kevin Mitchell - will be heading out on an extensive national tour. Gracing the Australian music scene for more than two decades, Mitchell is a self-confessed romantic who has written some of the country’s most beloved songs.  Under the alias of Bob...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 5:33pm

Horrorshow are hitting the road, playing the largest stages of their career yet. 

 

It comes in the wake of their fourth studio release, Bardo State, hitting theatres and venues across the country - revealing never before heard music in the process. 

 

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 4:01pm

Faith Healer is an extraordinary production presented in four beautifully sculpted monologues starring Colin Friels and directed by Judy Davis.

 

The production takes turns wrestling with the past, showing that memory can be as unreliable, and as contradictory, as faith.
 
Director Judy Davis said, "To quote Brian Friel himself, 'Memory is about what has happened in...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 3:34pm

Melbourne punks Clowns have dropped their new single Pickle, taken from their forthcoming album Lucid Again, out on May 12.

 

 Bursting with psychedelic swirling guitars and electrifying riffs, Pickle is the second  single from Clowns' forthcoming third LP and seamlessly combines a powerful punch of pop, punk and hardcore.  

 

To celebrate the release of the album,...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 3:28pm

With the release of their debut self-titled EP, Melbourne folk duo Deer Prudence are excited to hit the road.

 

After releasing their second single Judgement Call earlier this year they'll be taking their guitar-laden and violin-dabbled sound across a string of live shows this Autumn.

 

Here's a small teaser of their incredible live set.

 

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 3:25pm

undergroundLOVERS have dropped their latest track ahead of a hotly anticipated Melbourne show. 

 

Their new clip for The Rerun acts as the latest single from their forthcoming record Staring At You Staring At Me, due out May 5 through label partner Rubber Records. 

 

An ode to the band's hometown of Melbourne, it comes in the wake of already released singles Conde...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 1:26pm

Espresso martinis are good. We all know that. But a festival dedicated to them? That's even better. Put that festival on the beach, however, and you've got yourself a certified winner. That's exactly what the crew at Melbourne Martini have done. 

 

South St Kilda Beach will be transformed into a hub of all things espresso martini - offering cold dripping goodness with unique...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 1:05pm

Two limited edition David Bowie albums will be released on Record Store Day, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. 

 

The first record to be unveiled is Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974) - featuring a live set recorded during the Philly Dogs Tour that will be officially released for the first time ever. 

 

The second, Bowpromo, is an officially...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 10:34am

$UICIDEBOY$ have announced their debut tour of Australia and New Zealand. 

 

Setting the hip hop world alight, cousins Ruby da Cherry and $lick $loth, aka $UICIDEBOY$, produce a dark blend of horrorcore glitch-trap beats, brooding hallucinogenic rhymes and haunting atmospheric soundscapes, making tidal waves around the world with their unique blend of synth-laden trap beats and...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 9:36am

A.B Original have taken out the top spot in the 12th annual Australian Music Prize, making them the first Indigenous act to do so. 

 

A team of judges consisting of artists, journalists and retailers selected A.B. Original's acclaimed album Reclaim Australia as the best album of 2016, awarding the duo $30,000 in prize money. 
 
Comprised of Briggs and Trials, the pair...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 4:49pm

The Astor has lifted the lid off their latest program, bursting at the seams with cult classics and film festivals aplenty. 

 

Kicking things off are will be a James Dean marathon, screening East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause back-to-back. Elsewhere comes Blade Runner, a double feature of Trainspotting and T2 Trainspotting, La La Land paired with Jackie and the opening night...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 4:02pm

The APRA Professional Development Awards are back for another year, an initiative which has helped grow the career of countless music success stories. 

 

Gotye, Abbe May, screen composer Caitlin Yeo, Husky Gawenda, Georgi Kay, Jack Carty, Ngaiire, Morgan Evans and many more have been involved in the past, and now the opportunity has arisen for the next crop to join their ranks. ...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 3:20pm

It's about to get real tropical up in here. 

 

The Melbourne Aquarium will be throwing a silent disco, taking place inside and around a floor-to-ceiling display of tropical fish, boasting some of the most magnificent sea creatures known to man. 

 

Boogie on with the fish as DJs blast tunes direct to your headphones, playing old school hits and contemporary jams....

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 3:00pm

It's that time of year again. The sun shines down on us for a final burst of heat, park parties kick on for that little bit longer, and beers taste that little bit sweeter as the summer ends. Oh, and the Westgate Park lake turns pink. 

 

The salt lake turns a shade of bright pink when a perfect trifecta of temperature, sunlight and low rainfall combine to turn the lake the colour...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 2:51pm

Auckland four-piece The Beths are set to hit up Australian shores for a run of shows before taking over By The Meadow Festival. 

 

Turning countless heads in their hometown, The Beths have graced stages alongside The Kills, Frankie Cosmos, Alex Lahey, Bec Sandridge and Cosmic Psychos. 

 

They'll be heading our way off the back of their 2016 EP, Warm Blood - loaded...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 2:06pm

As far as lineups go, this one is pretty damn tasty. 

 

Before The Goon Sax head off to Europe for a run of shows and festivals, they'll be taking to The Gaso for a farewell set with some of their favourite bands - including Suss Cunts, RVG and Parsnip. 

 

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 1:49pm

Spoon will be performing a stripped back, intimate set at one of Melbourne's favourite record stores. 

 

The in-store appearances by Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel will grant select audiences a rare glimpse of Spoon's new record Hot Thoughts at its most immediate and stripped back, marking very special performances for Australian fans and newcomers. 

 

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:15am

Playing times for the ninth annual Hills Are Alive festival have landed. 

 

Gretta Ray and Ocean Alley have landed the much coveted 'sunset slots' whilst REMI, Dope Lemon, Cloud Control, and Northeast Party House will be bringing the night time party vibes.

 

In addition to the solid lineup, tickets to the festival include free camping, BYO alcohol, licensed bars,...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 9:54am

Independent songwriter and instrumetalist Tanya George has dropped a delicious slice of dark pop, cemented with stunning visuals to match. 

 

Working with up-and-coming filmmaker Mitch Mey, The Lie is the first single taken from her Sonder EP - produced by Tommy Spender, who has previously brought to life tunes from Gotye, Clairy Browne, Mphazes and more. 

 

“I...

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