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Posted 14 Aug 2013 @ 9:41am

What a weekend. It felt like a bit of an honour to be able to squeeze myself into the totally sold out Smith Street Band shows at The Old Bar this weekend. God knows it’s pretty tricky for Melburnians to get their hands on tickets to see those guys these days. The Old Bar seemed gorgeously receptive to the weekend-long party too. Some of the best shows I’ve seen this winter have been at the...

Posted 7 Aug 2013 @ 11:57am

Japandroids are selling out shows all over the country so this should serve as a very stern warning to those of you who are yet to secure a ticket for the second Melbourne show on Wednesday August 28. Drunk Mums will support for this show and The Frowning Clouds and Black Night Crash DJs have been secured for the sold out Saturday show.

 

The lovable crew in rowdy gypsy punk band...

Posted 31 Jul 2013 @ 9:11am

Pleased to say I stumbled into The Old Bar on Saturday night, expecting to do nothing but sink obscene amounts of Melbourne Bitter, and happily stumbled across my new favourite bands. Win! Please make sure you add local bands Ceres and Sinking Teeth to your list of bands to track down over the next couples weeks. Both are gigging on the regular and both are worthy of your time. Promise....

Posted 24 Jul 2013 @ 9:19am

The Smith Street Band will play two EP launches at The Old Bar on Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10 to celebrate the release of their upcoming effort Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams. Singer Wil Wagner has revealed that they’re trying to give their mates at the Old Bar a helping hand, “The Old Bar gave us so many of our first shows and has been a real home to young, up and coming bands in...

Posted 17 Jul 2013 @ 9:40am

Well the Vans Warped Tour Australia announcement is heee-yaaaah. Touring this November and December, Warped Tour will hit six Australian cities. The lineup consists of The Offspring (Returning for the second time this year after playing Soundwave), Parkway Drive, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, The Used, Hatebreed, Tonight Alive,  The Summer Set, Kids In Glass Houses, We Came As Romans, Man...

Posted 10 Jul 2013 @ 9:13am

Melbourne band Clowns have been announced as the latest band to join the Poison City Records roster. PCR will release their brand new album later this year in October. The guys are touring the country still as part of their winter tour. You can catch them at Public Bar on Friday July 26 or at The Reverence on Saturday July 27.

 

Deez Nuts are kicking off their national tour in...

Posted 3 Jul 2013 @ 8:59am

The ol’ Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are pimping their new EP Et Tu Brut and they’re bringing their audacious live show to our shores. Sweet Apes and Red Beard will join the tour but there are no guarantees it’s coming to your town. In a slightly confusing but undoubtedly intriguing twist, the band have announced three to four locations for each show but fans must decide which location they play at...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:19pm

Some turkey paid me out via social media for listening to ridiculous amount of Bon Iver recently (damn you Spotify feed, you deceitful wench). Before I protested, I wanted to assure them that I hadn’t always been a Bon Iver fan. That I was a relatively new convert, and that’s why I was exploring their catalogue with such fervor. I’d always prided myself on being that douchelord that shut down...

Posted 19 Jun 2013 @ 4:46pm

Neurosis founder Scott Kelly will return to our fair shores this November with his band The Road Home. He’ll bring ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe with him when he performs some stripped back acoustic ditties at the Corner Hotel on Thursday November 7.

 

Cartel are coming baaack. They’ll be in the country this August on the back of their new one, Collider. You can see them at The Hi-Fi...

Posted 6 Jun 2013 @ 11:14am

Recent Melbourne import Mara Threat has posted her Romantic Things EP with a ‘pay as you please’ download on Bandcamp. So you pay whatever you like for SEVEN new songs. YIEW! Grab it now and keep an eye out for upcoming show details.

 

Guttermouth are spent. Done. Dusted. But they’re chucking us one last sympathy tour before they boot. We get to see them in the super cosy Evelyn...

Posted 29 May 2013 @ 8:07am

Happy Birthday to everyone’s new favourite pub of awesome, The Reverence Hotel. The team behind The Arthouse are celebrating their new baby’s first birthday by hosting The Smith Street Band, Infinite Void, The Gun Runners, High Tension, Grenadiers and heaps more this Saturday. See yas there!

 

Hits and Pits is BACK! And much sooner than we anticipated. The mini-fest is returning...

Posted 22 May 2013 @ 4:37pm

Guys I hate to be the cynic (I’ve been accused of being one more often than I’d like to admit) but I found this Daft Punk business mildly irritating. The ease with which a bumper marketing spend managed to convince the country that Daft Punk’s album was the second coming was staggering. Especially in light of the reviews which now tend to suggest that the album is – for the most part – wildly...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 7:51pm

Here’s a question. How many days post festival does one get to revel in their own excellence by continuing to wear their festival wristband? What if said wristband is soft to the touch and brightly coloured? What if each glance at said wristband brings waves of joy? What if the owner enjoys the sentimentality of it all, and in some small way the wristband delivers a sense of achievement and...

Posted 8 May 2013 @ 12:59pm

I am delighted to report that I survived Belgium's Groezrock Festival 2013 with only a banging red wine hangover and a mild cold. First impression of the festival was that in comparison with our Australian punk rock festival de rigur Soundwave, Groezrock is significantly smaller. Not that this detracts from the experience of course. It's quite delightful to swan about the festival's ample...

Posted 2 May 2013 @ 7:20am

Have been in Amsterdam this week, readying my mind and soul for Groezrock2013. By which I mean visiting coffee shops and waxing intellectual about whether Iron Chic are more worthy of our afternoon than Flatliners. Friends and I believe we have coined the term "music tourism" (complex concept I know) to best describe the joy of choosing holiday destinations according to where the great gigs/...

Posted 24 Apr 2013 @ 5:08pm

This week, my friends, I venture to the Northern Hemisphere to tackle the great unknown. For the first time ever I will experience the much famed Belgian punk rock music festival – the utterly unpronounceable GROEZROCK festival. I will stand in some vast field several hours out of Brussels and watch Bad Religion, Kid Dynamite and Bring Me The Horizon tear up the turf. I will also camp...

Posted 18 Apr 2013 @ 12:34pm

Seriously guys, seriously. You can now stream COACHELLA LIVE IN UNINTERRPTED HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO. My workday was pretty much rendered completely useless on Monday when I watched Wu-Tang and co. unleash a live show worthy of a Coachella headlining spot ON MY FUCKING LAPTOP. When you can watch such quality performances, as they happen, in such startling quality, I can’t help but wonder whether...

Posted 11 Apr 2013 @ 12:02pm

I was having a friendly chat with a rather popular international act of whom I am quite fond of mere days ago when suddenly there was a unexpected lull in conversion, so I enquired about the setlist for their headlining set later that evening (what a zinger of a question. Perhaps I should have asked where they got their band name, or what their inspirations were. Fuck). They dutifully informed...

Posted 28 Mar 2013 @ 11:18am

Byron Bay’s In Hearts Wake have announced the Survival Tour which will stretch across Australia in winter. They’re bringing The Storm Picturesque and Canada’s Counterparts with them when they hit The Workers Club on Saturday June 22 and Phoenix Youth Center on Sunday June 23. The latter is all ages, obvs. Tickets available from Thursday March 28.

 

Needing further incentive to...

Posted 19 Mar 2013 @ 5:28pm

You know how there are all kinds of reality TV shows these days documenting the lives of messed up units, who have messed up habits, caused by deeply messed up psychological issues? You know, like Hoarders, or that Addiction show where people are compelled to eat coach cushions and hair? There needs to be a series exploring the reasons behind people leaking music to the public. So often it...

Posted 13 Mar 2013 @ 2:12pm

Well Soundwave Festival is wrapped for another year. My hearing is gone, my liver is bruised, my back aches like an malnourished old lady and my insides are sufficiently scrambled from standing too close to too many speakers. I was finally privy to how the entire tour rolls out across the country this year and I must say, the sheer scale of it all is totally fucking mind-blowing. It really has...

Posted 27 Feb 2013 @ 7:10am

Vans. Warped. Tour. IS BACK! I remember petitioning for this festival’s return when I was about 19-years-old. Being a general teenage fangirl I’m pretty sure I sent several emails to industry types demanding the festival return to satisfy all my punk/ska cravings. Vans Warped Tour returning to Australia was also a pretty prevalent April Fool’s Day joke there for a while. So I’m sure my...

Posted 21 Feb 2013 @ 9:23am

So old mate Travis Barker has failed in his quest to overcome a fear of flying in time for Soundwave Festival. Apparently the plan was to drug him and smuggle him on the plane (I guess it beats catching a boat). Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion fame will be filling in for Blink 182’s upcoming performances. Not a bad trade.

 

The Smith Street Band have added an extra Melbourne...

Posted 13 Feb 2013 @ 2:01pm

Small Sydney hardcore band Vigilante have been signed to one of Australia’s finest heavy labels, Resist Records. Populated by members who’ve served time in hardcore bands including Right Idea, Urban Mayhem, Bad Blood and Last Nerve, Vigilante will release their 12” debut EP via the label on March 1. Preorders are available now.

 

The Bronx will come to Australia for their first...

Posted 6 Feb 2013 @ 4:25pm

So keen for the big Descendents show this weekend. (Despite the sad news that Frenzal Rhomb have withdrawn from the shows with promoters announcing rather suddenly that a member of the band has experienced an unexpected illness and has been hospitalised as a result. No word as to what’s happened but love and hugs to the legends in Frenzal’s camp.) To celebrate the appearance of Descendents,...

Posted 31 Jan 2013 @ 7:09am

Watching Against Me at The Hi-Fi Bar last Tuesday, it was like nothing had changed. For all the hoopla about Laura Jane Grace and the unavoidable media circus that inevitably followed, it was apparent from the instant that she took the stage that really, nothing had changed. Of course we waited eagerly to see whether the vocals had varied, whether the passion had waned, but Against Me remained...

Posted 23 Jan 2013 @ 1:41pm

Resist Records have announced that US outfit Black Breath will tour the country for the first time ever this April. They’re teaming up with Canberra’s I Exist and will arrive in Melbourne on Thursday April 11 to play at The Rev in Footscray.

 

Don’t forget, this weekend The Reverence celebrates Australia Day by hosting a swag of local talent and donating all the proceeds to...

Posted 16 Jan 2013 @ 1:20pm

Silverstein have announced that they’ll be in our country shortly after the release of their seventh album This Is How The Wind Shifts which is released on February 8 via Roadrunner. You can see Silverstein play at The Corner Hotel on April 18 with special guests Issues. Tickets are on sale now.

 

More Soundwave sidewaves were announced last week. This February if you missed out...

Posted 9 Jan 2013 @ 10:54pm

Happy New Year! In a supremely positive start to 2013, Nielsen recent reported that digital music now accounts for 55.9% of all music sales (in the US) of both singles and full albums. While CD sales decreased by more than 10%, music sales in general are up 3% overall which is a modest, but definite win after a decade of declining sales which many believed to be the death knell of the entire...

Posted 27 Dec 2012 @ 6:10pm

End of year lists. Not buying it. Not participating in an official ranking of albums whose importance to me will shift throughout the next 12 months. Or even worse, forgetting to rank albums and then sulking in the realisation that I’ve done the artist a great injustice. It’s funny how you get an odd sense of importance when you rank other people’s art. Like they should be so lucky to have...

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