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Posted 19 Mar 2014 @ 9:08am

National touring fest Hits and Pits is due to kick off in just over a month and the first SOLD OUT sign has just gone up – Saturday May 17 at The Hi-Fi – Allocation Exhausted.

 

The festival makes its way around the country starting on Friday May 9 in Brisbane and features international acts Strung Out, Unwritten Law (playing the fan favourite S/T album in full), Face To Face,...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 1:28pm

Biffy Clyro sure aren’t wasting any time. They’d barely left the country before they announced their plans to return six months later for a national headlining tour. Bold move, Clyro. They will play all major capital cities on the tour, landing at the Palais in Melbourne on September 7. Tickets will go on sale from March 13.


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Posted 5 Mar 2014 @ 9:16am

One of the most promising new bands to arise from Melbourne in recent months, Ceres, have announced the release date for their new album I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here via Hobbledehoy Records on April 4. They’ll also tour in support of the release, hitting the John Curtin Hotel on March 21, Karova Lounge in Ballarat on March 23 and Reverence Hotel on March 28.

 

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Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 2:01pm

Tassie’s Luca Brasi have announced supports for their upcoming By A Thread album tour. Their show in Melbourne at the John Curtin will now feature Ceres and Kissing Booth as well as Postblue. As if you needed further incentive.

 

Propagandhi are coming! Propagandhi are coming! Finally Blue Murder have answered our prayers and confirmed an Australia tour for this May. We get two...

Posted 20 Feb 2014 @ 10:09am

Nothing puts the cost of seeing international bands in perspective like the price of an international comedy show. For all the whinging we do about ticket prices these days, at least we’re not regularly being sodomised by comedy promoters. With tickets to Dave Chappelle heading into triple digits, and most international comedians insisting on charging similarly for a 60 minute set with no...

Posted 13 Feb 2014 @ 2:42pm

3 Inches Of Blood have cancelled their Australian tour, recently announcing to fans that “due to circumstances beyond our control, we unfortunately have to cancel…this decision was not made lightly.” I’m starting to think that reasons for cancelling tours need to be a little more detailed. After The Locust tour was scrapped last month, a friend of mine lost thousands in flights and...

Posted 11 Feb 2014 @ 1:58pm

The Smith Street Band have announced support acts for their upcoming lap of the country with TheMenzingers and Perth’s Grim Fandango. Freak Wave will support on their sold out Corner Hotel show and Regrets will jump aboard the fast selling follow up gig at the Corner on March 16.


If you want all the live music without having to endure a festival then once again Soundwave...

Posted 31 Jan 2014 @ 1:18pm

US band Caspian will release their third full-length album Waking Season via Adelaide-based indie label Hobbledhoy on Friday March 7 and then promptly kick off a lap of the country with thanks to The Bird’s Robe Collective. See them at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel on Friday March 21.

 

Former Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa frontman Jonny Craig will revisit Australia this May to...

Posted 21 Jan 2014 @ 8:03pm

Well, Hits and Pits are kind of making all my teenage dreams come true lately. Just weeks after the conclusion of their last festival, they’ve secured more of your (old) favourite bands for another festival to take place this May. Strung Out, Face To Face, The Casualties, Ten Foot Pole, Death By Stereo, Big D and The Kids Table, Masked Intruder, Heartsounds (and more to be announced) will all...

Posted 15 Jan 2014 @ 9:24am

Sevendust have withdrawn from this year’s Soundwave lineup. It’s the third time the band has cancelled an Australian tour. Fans will remember they pulled out of an Avenged Sevenfold stadium tour in 2011 and in their heyday, cancelled a show alongside Creed.  Though the band officially sites ‘issues out of our control’ on their Twitter account, promoter AJ Maddah offered some more insightful...

Posted 9 Jan 2014 @ 4:47pm

The Boys Of Summer Tour has suffered a last minute lineup change after headliners Like Moths To Flames withdrew from the tour due to unforeseen circumstances. They will be replaced on most dates by local legends Prepared Like A Bride. Blessthefall and The Colour Morale are scheduled to appear as usual. Catch them all at The Arrow on Swanston on Wednesday January 15 with Glorified and Storm The...

Posted 29 Dec 2013 @ 11:09am

Every year Core is delighted to point you in the direction of quality live music for New Year’s Eve. Almost every one of my New Year’s Eves have been seen in with live music of some description and I couldn’t image a more perfect conclusion to 2013. This year you have options coming out the wazoo. Here’s what’s happening:

 

Mid Youth Crisis, Rise Of The Rat, Stoackades, Join The...

Posted 19 Dec 2013 @ 4:08pm

This Christmas, I’m not letting friends and family get in the way of my generous gift giving. This Christmas I’m buying something for myself. Something that I’ve needed for years but didn’t even realise. Something only I can purchase for myself. A gift that will continue to give well into my retirement, resentful shift into an aged care facility and eventual demise: earplugs motherfucker....

Posted 11 Dec 2013 @ 6:59am

In a fit of spontaneity and perhaps Christmas cheer, I decided to purchase some cheap tickets to see Bon Jovi last week. Nothing like a bit of stadium rock on a Sunday night to really kick that festive spirit into gear. Etihad was glowing, buzzing; dedicated fans had, after all, been waiting at least twelve months to see some live music, and if this atmosphere was anything to go by, then old...

Posted 4 Dec 2013 @ 2:04pm

It’s tempting not to dignify all last week’s Black Flag nonsense with any kind of coverage or response, but the discussion on bands ceremoniously destroying the considerable reputations they once had in a bit for fast cash or fame deserves to be had. So many friends of mine (far bigger Black Flag fans than I saw Flag play earlier in the year at Groezrock and got a little bored of it all, truth...

Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 8:51am

Expectations firmly in check, I went to The Reverence last week to witness Boysetsfire. It had been ten years since I had seen them live and they had been largely inactive for most of that decade so how good could they possibly be? The slight chance of witnessing just a couple of their hits was enough to entice me to The Rev that night. I wasn’t asking for much. Within moments of opener...

Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 4:53am

Last weekend was a particularly glorious one for Melbourne music. It was an absolute joy to witness a mixed bill at The Tote on Friday night, which combined Tassie rockers Captives with grunge-tinged A-Gender, the ever-entrancing Hoodlum Shouts and headliners High Tension. Sure High Tension are heavily hyped, but they ensured it was for good reason within about a minute of their set’s...

Posted 14 Nov 2013 @ 1:13pm

It’s pretty amusing how divisive a Christmas album can be. Not from former X Factor contestants or Susan Boyle because we all understand their sole purpose within the industry is to pollute the minds of the general population and reduce their taste and cultural comprehension into lukewarm mush like KFC potato and gravy left on a park bench for a week. But when otherwise reputable artists give...

Posted 6 Nov 2013 @ 8:49am

Very much enjoyed the Bodyjar album launch at the Corner Hotel last Saturday night. Not just because the Jar smashed it, playing a meaty, balanced collection of bangers from then and now; not just because they are still tight as hell and nail those harmonies every single time (finally a band that doesn’t back out of more complex vocals in a live context); but because the opening acts really...

Posted 30 Oct 2013 @ 9:03am

Poison City Records will celebrate their tenth birthday next month by chucking two rather huge shows at two of Melbourne best live music venues. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you’re reading this and haven’t hunted down tickets yet, you might just be shit outta luck. You know what to do. Get on the forums and funs a way to get to The Gasometer on Thursday December 19 (Harmony,...

Posted 22 Oct 2013 @ 4:25pm

Poison City Records are going to celebrate their ten year anniversary later this year and they’ve booked in two huge shows in December to ensure the event is as memorable as possible. Blow off your work Christmas party plans ‘cause these ones are going to be a blast. Thursday December 19 sees Harmony, Lincoln LeFEvre, Infinite Voice, Apart From This, Freak Wave and PostBlue play at The...

Posted 16 Oct 2013 @ 9:04am

The always amazing, forever entertaining Future Of The Left are returning in January for a string of shows in support of their new album How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident. Their pledge campaign to fund the recording of the album reached its goal in just five hours (Andy Falkous was a bit sceptical about crowd funding apparently, saying “I must admit that there are certain projects on...

Posted 9 Oct 2013 @ 9:31am

Three of the country’s most talented solo performers have been touring together this week just past and Melbourne can expect their own dose of morose, soulful acoustic balladry shortly. Lincoln Le Fevre, Jen Buxton and Lucy Wilson will bring the Lemon, Lime and Jitters tour to The Reverence on Sunday October 27. The show will also serve as the official launch of Lucy’s new EP (one of the best...

Posted 3 Oct 2013 @ 5:01pm

The Bouncing Souls will steal Hot Water Music’s drummer George REbelo for stix duties for the foreseeabke future. Rebelo played his first show as official drummer over the weekend in the band’s home town of New Jersey. HWM/BS Tour Take Two 2014?

 

Andrew WK is publishing a book titled The Party Bible and has said of his new project “This book is the culmination of my entire life...

Posted 26 Sep 2013 @ 2:54pm

Look I’ve got to admit that I’m still a little baffled by the resurgence of vinyl at the moment. It’s like the music community had a general meeting about two years ago and decided vinyl was once again a totally legitimate way to listen to music and nobody sent me the memo in which they managed to justify it. Let the record state (puns!) that I have no issues with said revival and am fully...

Posted 18 Sep 2013 @ 7:06pm

Whatchoo doing on Grand Final Day? If you’re like me you’ll be stewing over your team’s inability to get to the bloody Grand Final, while directing all your spite and envy at the teams that did. Anyway, best drown your misery over at The Reverence on Saturday . The footy will be playing and so will Lincoln LeFevre, The Union Pacific, Grenadiers, Kissing Booth, Toy Boats, TNNLCNTS, Lucy Wilson...

Posted 11 Sep 2013 @ 10:04am

Poison City Weekender 2013 highlights: The John Curtin being grossly underrated as a live venue in Melbourne. How everyone realised Cheap Girls were amazing about an hour before Weekender started. Clowns’ cocksure stage antics and smashing party anthems. Hoodlum Shouts and that feeling in my gut every time they play Guns, Germs, Steel. Red wine, how good is it? The Nation Blue and how no one...

Posted 5 Sep 2013 @ 10:16am

Japandroids’ Celebration Rock has been on high rotation on my stereo for some time now. It’s been stewing in my consciousness like a pork belly, getting sweeter, stickier and more delightful with every listen. I could barely control my excitement when they announced a Corner Hotel show. However, three songs into their set last Friday night, I had a rather serious realisation: two people doth...

Posted 28 Aug 2013 @ 9:24am

Soundwave is here! As always it was joyous experience hearing the lineup announced and then seeing the internet explode into vast seas of righteous little dickholes who felt that it was their formal duty to criticize and analyse the festival to within an inch of its life. It’s odd that Australians have become so complacent and spoiled in their live music offerings that they can feel personally...

Posted 21 Aug 2013 @ 2:11pm

Never really gave Kid Dynamite a shot. I felt like that window in which everyone was invited to jump on board that huge, lumbering, obsessive bandwagon was pretty tiny to begin with, and had truly well and truly passed in 2013. It was some subconscious reasoning- hidden deep beneath my psyche in that place where you keep all those shameful personality faults – that stopped me from ever giving...

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