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Posted 21 Oct 2014 @ 12:20pm

 

Four brand new episodes of True Trans starring Laura Jane Grace have been made available internationally. The ten episode docu-series will be released in full in later November and the first four are definitely strong enough to warrant return visits. Having watched the first four, I found that the brief episodes did the heavy subject matter some serious injustice, but then again the...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 2:10pm

 

Mastadon have gone and upset some fans with their new video for excellent track The Motherload. They’ve dipped into hip hop territory and enlisted some buxom babes to shake their wobbly bits very violently at the camera (mostly in slow motion) and a lot of people aren’t stoked. Drummer Brann shrugged, “I don’t know, I just don’t see the sexism in it… I thought the girls were awesome...

Posted 7 Oct 2014 @ 4:24pm

 

Remember The Matches? They were signed to Epitaph in their day and had a few quirky rock hits that were so addictive and saccharine they even crossed over to the dark side for a bit. They are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album E. Von Dhal Killed The Locals and playing the album in full with their original line up. See it go down at The Corner Hotel on Saturday...

Posted 30 Sep 2014 @ 4:29pm

 

I saw Luca Brasi kick out some jams at Ding Dong Lounge last weekend, and in keeping with every live Luca Brasi show I’ve ever seen, it was a jolly good time. The band are in possession of several key elements of an endearing live show. I will one day determine the perfect formula and then publish a book called The Secret and make millions. For now though, I know for sure that having...

Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 4:35pm

 

Locals Hand Of Mercy have finished their new album and set its release date for Friday October 31. They’re going to compliment the release with a massive national tour with Hellions and Void Of Vision. They’ll  be taking on the Evelyn Hotel on Thursday November 13 then the Phoenix Youth Centre on Friday November 14. Tickets are available now so buy up and support quality local tune-...

Posted 16 Sep 2014 @ 3:26pm

 

Dead Letter Circus dropped a bit of a surprise acoustic tour that sold out a solid month in advance, so they’ve made the right call by announced a big ol’ national tour for December with seven shows hitting all capital cities. This will be their last lap before returning to the studio to record their third album. See ‘em with sleepmakeswaves and Voyager at The Hi-Fi in Melbourne on...

Posted 8 Sep 2014 @ 6:34pm

 

Martin Scorsese has been confirmed to direct an upcoming Ramones feature film that looks likely to be a cinematic dramatization of the Ramones story. It also looks like there’s likely to be a musical based on the band in coming years. Ramo-verload?
 
Shihad released new album Fvey to lovely reviews recently, and now they’re going to tour the album with High Tension and New...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:40pm

 

The Poison City Weekender is done for another year, and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Melbourne residents awoke on Monday morning to emptied slushie machines, curly straws, burnt out paper bags, beer soaked shoes, and bedraggled bodies lining the streets. I’m not one to be overly cocky about living in Melbourne – most of the time I can be heard mourning the weather on our...

Posted 26 Aug 2014 @ 12:39pm

 

Horsell Common are back! They’re dusting off the instruments to play a one-off show at The Bendigo on September 27. We last saw those guys at The Arty’s Farewell shows over three years ago, so don’t miss this chance to see ‘em again. They’ll have support from My Echo, Captives and Have/Hold. Sick! Tickets available from Thursday.
 
After their inaugural year was a success...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 7:42pm

 

If you missed Samiam playing with Bodyjar at the Corner Hotel this weekend just passed, then don’t fret. Our overseas visitors are making the most of their time spent on our fair shores and they’re chucking a last minute gig at The Reverence this Wednesday night alongside Fear Like Us and Freak Wave. Tickets are only available at the door so get down early to avoid missing out....

Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 2:00pm

 

Progfest, which had previously announced only its headliners (Closure In Moscow), have unleashed the full list of bands that are set to play The Espy on Saturday August 30. You can see Voyager, Breaking Orbit, Helm, Branch Arterial, Caligula’s Horse, Mushroom Giant, Toehider, Glass Empire, Orsome Welles, A Lonely Crowd, Full Code, Bear The Mammoth, The Electric I, Kettlespider,...

Posted 4 Aug 2014 @ 6:48pm

 

Much loved band The Front Bottoms have revealed an interesting new project. The quirky punk band will release a split with Jersey rapper GDP, who is currently performing in an outfit called Hash Money with a DJ called Space Jesus. The band love his lyrics and have admitted the project is about “keeping things freaky”.
 
Title Fight have signed with Epitaph Records offshoot...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:36pm

 

Toxic Holocaust have had their Australian tour cancelled for the second time in a row. The tour was originally announced for early 2014 then cancelled due to illness, now the scheduled replacement tour has been pulled. It seems it’s the straw that has broken promoter Heathen Skulls’ back, as he took to social media to release a full, detailed account of what transpired and what the...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 6:07pm

 

Mixtapes have told fans that their upcoming set at Florida’s Fest will be their last for a while. They’ve kept their options open for the future but it seems Aussie fans will be waiting a while to see them again. Their recent Facebook post said “Mixtapes is gonna go on a break. We’re not breaking up for good – eventually we want to play as Mixtapes again – but as of now we’re not sure...

Posted 14 Jul 2014 @ 6:30pm

 

Poor Upon A Burning Body. The lads probably thought that they had cooked up the best PR stunt of all time when their singer Danny Leal started tweeting about a mysterious vehicle driving past his home and how anxious it was making him. It was a fairly elaborate set up for what would turn out to be a bit of a bid for attention. The band then posted on their Faceboook page: “Breaking...

Posted 3 Jul 2014 @ 1:52pm

Relatively young UK hardcore band Heights are quitting after just five years. Pretty early to call it a day. Nevertheless, they’re ensuring they see Australia again before the go. They’ve announced ten east coast dates with supports from Caulfield and Bare Bones. See all three at The Evelyn on Thursday September 18 or Wrangler Studios on Friday September 19.
 
Obits have announced...

Posted 1 Jul 2014 @ 4:13pm

Poison City’s primo troubadour Lincoln LeFevre will embark upon a month-long residency at the Reverence Hotel every Sunday throughout July from 4pm. Entry is free and different supports will accompany every week. Sound pretty good? I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday.
 
Speaking of Footscray’s Reverence Hotel, the pub has announced the details of their second birthday...

Posted 24 Jun 2014 @ 2:43pm

 

The Wonder Years are coming back to our shores! Philly’s finest pop punk outfit will return for the first time since their Soundwave 2013 visit but this time they’ll be in full headline mode. Their tour kicks off in Melbourne on Thursday September 4 at The Hi-Fi. Lock that shit in!
 
The Amity Affliction have managed to snatch number one position in the ARIA charts on the...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 3:56pm

 

The older and more cynical I get the more I seem to be preoccupied with crowd behavior at shows. I seem to be forever fucking furious about how the people around me are behaving, as opposed to what’s going down onstage. I’m going to safely assume this is due to my tolerance for other people in general reaching lifelong lows, and not the behavior of the general public changing...

Posted 9 Jun 2014 @ 6:59pm

 

What a bloody delight to witness Propagandhi live again this weekend, lest we forget that they’re one of the most perfectly succinct, talented, no-shit bands of our generation. Giving the required zero fucks about looking cool or sounding shmick, the Canucks promptly marched on stage in cut-off sleeves and basketball shorts, hoisted their guitars high up onto their stomachs where they...

Posted 2 Jun 2014 @ 6:46pm

 

One of my fondest memories of this year’s SXSW festival in Texas isn’t catching the latest indie buzz band in a corner cubicle of a restored crematorium, and it sure isn’t the cues or abundance of Pabs Blue Ribbon available. It’s seeing Aussie bands tear up every venue they touched. Bands from little old Melbourne strutting around Texas’ raddest rooms while locals and industry types...

Posted 22 May 2014 @ 11:56am

 

Heading to Propagandhi at the Corner Hotel next week? Get there early to see Crisis Alert and Outright on Thursday May 22. Catch an earlier bus on Friday May 23 to see Crisis Alert and Deep Heat on Saturday May 24 (sold out though, soz).
 
Heading to La Dispute and Balance and Composure next month? Get there early to see Have/Hold on Thursday June 12. Catch the early train...

Posted 14 May 2014 @ 9:13am

Taking Back Sunday and The Used have announced a huge co-headlining tour of Australia. After taking their combined bill on the road throughout the USA, they’re bringing the good vibes to us. Both bands have a new album under their belt and both are renowned for excellent live shows so paying $69 for a ticket to see them at 170 Russell on Sunday August 24 is totally justified.
 
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Posted 7 May 2014 @ 9:33am

Deez Nuts and Confession will join their considerable forces for the Rampage Tour this June. Their mostly all ages dates boast supports from Hand Of Mercy and Thorns. The two headliners will alternate with each show, just to keep you on your toes. Check it out at The Workers Club on Friday June 27 or if you’re underage, head to Arrow On Swanston on Wednesday May 28. Tickets are available now....

Posted 6 May 2014 @ 12:53pm

NOFX have announced that they’ll play their best album Punk In Drublic in full for their fans in Belgium at this weekend’s Groezrock festival. It’s the 20th anniversary of this classic punk rock piece, which has of course in turn sparked rumours that the band will visit Australia once more to do the same.
 
Propagandhi’s Melbourne show on Friday May 30 has officially sold out so you...

Posted 29 Apr 2014 @ 2:55pm

 

You may have heard that The Bronx were added to this winter’s excellent Dark Mofo lineup down in Tassie. Before any of you start planning your trips down south, you can rest assured that one of the greatest live rock bands in the world are stopping in Melbourne before they leave. The Bronx will play 170 Russell with High Tension on Tuesday June 17. You’d be mental to miss it.
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Posted 22 Apr 2014 @ 5:23pm

The Weekender is back! Steadily, but very organically, growing into the biggest, best and most anticipated date on the Melbourne music calendar, The Poison City Weekender revealed its new lineup last week. Two international bands – Knapsack and Pity Sex – will headline, with an exciting collection of local talents to accompany. The Bennies, Luca Brasi, Harmony, The Gifthorse, Clowns, Wil...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 1:44pm

Surprising even their most fervent supporters, Violent Soho and The Smith Street Band sold out almost all of the shows announced for their national tour in record time last week include two gigs at The Hi-Fi in Melbourne. Barely a ticket remains for the tour at time of print. Just a couple in Sydney and Brisbane that are sure to disappear in hours. It remains to be seen whether more shows will...

Posted 8 Apr 2014 @ 5:06pm

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I need to discuss your new favourite band, Melbourne four-piece Ceres, and more importantly, their new album I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here that’s coming out this week. How a fresh and completely unknown band from Melbourne sprung from the starting blocks and managed to muster a debut so crisp, inspired and consistent (all killer, no filler) is slightly...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 @ 6:42pm

 

So I know that someone telling you to check out this ‘am-ah-zing’ new band they saw at South By Southwest Festival in Texas is akin to someone kicking your kitten and recording the entire event and posting it to Instagram with the Valencia filter and tagging you, BUT I have a great new band that I would like you to look into. Austin locals American Sharks performed almost every day...

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