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Posted 19 Dec 2012 @ 6:16am

If you’re super psyched about seeing Converge and fancy a special show then I must recommend getting some cheap Tassie tickets and heading south to see them play in Hobart. Converge…in Hobart. Resist just announced the February 14 show last week and this will most definitely be a thing to behold. Tickets available now.

 

Mike Patton’s Tomahawk have revealed Soundwave sideshows...

Posted 12 Dec 2012 @ 4:23pm

It was nice to see promoter Michael Gudinski in the press this week desperately trying to explain to our friends out West why they missed out on a Bruce Springsteen show. Maybe it’s because I’m a spoilt little Melburnian lass but boy is it exhausting to hear our relos over yonder screaming blue murder at promoters for not bringing tours to their beloved cities that – let’s be honest – often...

Posted 5 Dec 2012 @ 6:57am

I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming Alexisonfire shows this week, and wondering why it hasn’t been done more often (or perhaps it has and I’ve been totally oblivious to it?). I really appreciate that the band have decided to do a brief, but spectacular farewell tour and that it’s clearly going to culminate in one fitting final fling for the band. I love that they’re selling out...

Posted 28 Nov 2012 @ 6:12am

I was in Wellington, New Zealand this weekend and I thought it best if I track down a local gig and see how the Kiwis do their thing. As always, it was nothing short of fascinating to see how things rolled out. Even in New Zealand (a place whose cultural proximity I once assumed matched its geographical) things are a little different. For once, the lack of a massive scene, complete with dozens...

Posted 21 Nov 2012 @ 11:16am

It seems like the promoter gods (I dare you to disagree that those with the power, persuasion and money to bring excellent bands to our shores are anything less than mystical deities) are pleased with us this month, as just as crowds were departing Refused's final Melbourne show, satisfied and sweaty with an almost post-coital glow about them, they picked up flyers informing them of...

Posted 14 Nov 2012 @ 3:42pm

I gave Thrice’s new Anthlogy album a listen yesterday and realised, quite sheepishly, that I’d probably been a bit rough on the ol’ Californian melodic punkers. Listening to their extensive back catalogue from Phoenix Ignition right through to more mellowed Beggars and Alchemy Index, they’ve got a fairly flawless run of music going on. In fact, there’s something to be admired in the...

Posted 8 Nov 2012 @ 10:32am

The most shocking news item of the week (aside from the terrible loss of Mitch Lucker – as below) might actually come from Pennywise’s camp. In a move no one saw coming, the band rather nonchalantly announced that former vocalist Jim Linberg would return to the band after quitting rather ceremoniously over three years ago. As you’ll recall, Lindberg was replaced by Ignite signer Zoli Teglas...

Posted 31 Oct 2012 @ 7:14am

While venues around Melbourne open and shut, ebb and flow, (or get ‘firebombed’, in the case of The Tote on the weekend), it seems that for those of us nonplussed about the formalities or aesthetics involved in live music, there’ll always be a place to find good live music in Melbourne. Last weekend, that place was THE Place, a little known rehearsal room buried deep within Preston’s...

Posted 24 Oct 2012 @ 12:12pm

Californian pop punkers The Story So Far will tour Australia for the first time this summer with Anchors. They’re currently in the studio with New Found Glory’s Steve Klein (apparently the go-to-guy for pop punk albums now) but they’ll be at the Corner Hotel on Tuesday January 15.

 

Trusty Chords and Bombshell will combine the talents of Austin Lucas, PJ Bond and Jamie Hay on the...

Posted 17 Oct 2012 @ 2:28pm

If you haven’t watched the footage of The Ataris’ Kris Roe cracking the shits with his drummer mid-set at a recent US show, then I strongly suggest you seek it out and giggle in glee as he picks up his bandmate’s drum gear and throws it at his head. Then watch as he very courteously returns to the mic to apologise and play some lovely solo acoustic tunes for his befuddled audience. It’s one of...

Posted 12 Oct 2012 @ 10:55am

ARIA announced their official nominees for the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal release last week. Frenzal Rhomb, Buried In Verona, House Vs Hurricane and Sleepmakeswaves are all in contention to take out the coveted award. Said Frenzal on Twitter, “Never heard of half the bands in our category. Can’t lose surely”.  They then thanked ARIA by saying “Can’t wait to do bulbs and throw up all over your...

Posted 3 Oct 2012 @ 9:15pm

Melbourne hardcore band Outright introduced a pretty excellent concept for their current Dedication tour. In order to celebrate the “music, ideas and DIY community spirit” that the Melbourne scene shares, they’re setting up a Mix Tape Lucky Dip at their merch desk each night. They’re encouraging punters to put together a mixtape, add it to the box, then take another one in return. Said the...

Posted 25 Sep 2012 @ 9:11pm

Sydney-based music journalist Andrew P Street submitted what he called music journalism’s obituary to popular blog Pan Magazine last week. He had just had his role as Music Editor at a magazine downgraded to that of ‘Contributing Editor’ and he announced the death of the print media music journalist as we know it, suggesting the realm of writing about music had been passed on to “barely...

Posted 19 Sep 2012 @ 5:40am

I’m utterly incapacitated this week and unable to string a coherent sentence together so please forgive any rampant misuse of the English language in today’s column. Instead I’ll copy a post from Poison City Records’ Facebook page wherein they celebrated (and rightly so) the Poison City Weekender’s raging success- not just in orchestrating a bunch of bands, but in highlighting why Melbourne is...

Posted 12 Sep 2012 @ 8:15am

The annual Poison City Weekender Festival is THIS WEEK! Slowly, the interstate folk with exceptional taste will descend upon Australia’s home of live music to devour some excellent live music. It seems like almost everyone has committed themselves to every single show available to them this coming weekend, which should have some hilarious consequences come the final show of the festival on...

Posted 5 Sep 2012 @ 6:57am

Another local promoter cancelled an Australian tour this weekend, further weakening our collective faith in local tours in general. Is it just me or are tours being cancelled at the drop of a hat at the moment. It feels like no performance big or small is truly guaranteed until the artist appears before you. Heathen Skulls have unexpectedly canned the upcoming Sunn 0)) tour, admitting that it...

Posted 29 Aug 2012 @ 6:22am

A friend recalled to me last week how she took such great offence to the people sitting behind her at Bon Iver’s recent show, that she was forced, out of sheer desperation, to take action. Apparently the giddy girls seated directly behind her were so enamored with Iver’s auto tuned stylings that they couldn’t help but sing along to every word. Incensed that the gig she had paid so much for was...

Posted 22 Aug 2012 @ 12:11pm

A couple people were announcing last weekend to mark the official death of nu-metal as an interview with Fred Durst was published in which he said “In 2000 there were 35 million people who connected to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and its over”. It’s a shocking revelation on two fronts. Firstly that Durst’s monster ego has allowed...

Posted 15 Aug 2012 @ 2:17pm

The Smith Street Band have promptly added a new Melbourne launch  show after their first Melbourne show in months sold out rather hastily. If you missed tickets to their Tote gig you can now see them at The Reverence on Sunday August 26 with Jamie Hay, Maricopa Wells and Sweet Teens. Gig starts at 3pm.

 

Alexisonfire fans can breathe easy. Australia is on their list of countries...

Posted 7 Aug 2012 @ 4:13pm

There’s no shitter way to start a day than scrolling through your twitter feeds upon waking up and discovering that someone relevant, young and talented has died. When I saw the Tony Sly tweets last week my heart sank. I had only met Tony a couple of times when No Use For A Name toured, each time I remember him being modest and overwhelmingly friendly, which tends to be somewhat of a rarity...

Posted 2 Aug 2012 @ 7:05am

When I was younger I used to have a set of rules pertaining to music and associated fandom. It was in the days when accusing people of being posers was rife, and the word ‘teenybopper’ was legitimately in use. For some reason we were all so protective of our music back then and we were so desperately keen to weed out the betrayers amongst us and expose them for faking fandom for social status...

Posted 24 Jul 2012 @ 5:32pm

For all my whinging about bands who profess to break up and then reform, I must admit I’m always the chump that’s front and center when they finally do re-emerge. It was such a joy to see Blueline Medic and The Nation Blue this weekend. Though the bands themselves will probably insist they were rusty (how could they not be), the truth is they still sounded tight as hell, perhaps tighter than...

Posted 18 Jul 2012 @ 3:09pm

So Swedish metal legends At The Gates have announced an Aussie tour despite very rarely performing shows and no longer recording new material. The band released what is generally considered to be their greatest ‘genre defining’ album way back in 1995 then split up. They reformed about ten years later to tour intermittently but still refuse to record any new material saying new stuff “would...

Posted 11 Jul 2012 @ 3:00pm

Doom metal bros SUNN O))) have announced another Aussie tour for this October. They’ll be bringing labelmates Pelican with them when they hit The Hi-Fi on Saturday October 27. Tickets are available now. DUUUUUUUNNNNNNDUUNNNNNNNNNNDUUUNNNNN.

 

Lamb Of God are enduring quite the shit storm at the moment following their singer’s arrest for manslaughter. At time of print the band...

Posted 5 Jul 2012 @ 8:32am

Get excited! Melbourne’s much loved Smith Street Band have set a release date for their new album as well as announcing a huge headlining national tour this September. Poison City Records revealed this week that the Smith Street Band’s second album will be titled Sunshine & Technology and will hit stores on August 24. Melbourne will get an album launch on August 25 at The Tote. Shit yeh!...

Posted 26 Jun 2012 @ 9:00pm

Hey ya’ll. Did you hear that WHEATUS are touring?...Y’know. Wheatus. That band. That band that had that song. The dirtbag one? Imagine the burden that movie producer must feel, having created a beast by placing that moderately catchy pop tune in American Pie, the biggest blockbuster of the year. Look what they’ve done. They granted that two-bit band not only its immediate success and stardom,...

Posted 20 Jun 2012 @ 3:27pm

Sweet potato pie, what is happening to The Offspring? I am so bamboozled at their recent output that my tiny brain can barely cope.Cruisin’ California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk). Really dudes? REALLY? I know they’re an easy and obvious target and have hardly put out anything worth listening to for several decades but their new music certainly cements their place as the ultimate example of what not...

Posted 13 Jun 2012 @ 1:34pm

The Amity Affliction (pitcured) have released details on their upcoming album, revealing that Chasing Ghosts will drop on September 14. It’s the band’s first album since Youngbloods which landed at #6 on the ARIA charts upon debut. Recorded in Florida with Michael Baskette, anticipation is rather palpable for this one especially on the  back of the artwork which is pretty damn confronting. The...

Posted 7 Jun 2012 @ 7:52am

After recently attending several drawn out weeknight shows wherein one eye is placed upon the band on stage and the other firmly on my watch, I've taken particular interest in live practices that I deem unnecessary. While this clearly indicates I’m ageing at an accelerated rate, and taking firmly into account that my opinion counts for jack shit, I nevertheless wish to henceforth abolish the...

Posted 30 May 2012 @ 6:12am

I went along to the Melbourne leg of the Anti-Flag (pictured), Strike Anywhere, Flatliners tour on the weekend. It’s a fair feat to get me off the goddamn couch on a wintery Sunday night but I can safely say that it was worth it. Watching Strike Anywhere again actually got me excited about music with a message. In a most unexpected twist, instead of rolling my eyes at their politically-charged...

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