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Posted 5 Oct 2011 @ 11:13am

Well it's been some time since I've been this impressed by a Big Day Out lineup. Just when I'd resigned myself to abandoning the festival after too many afternoons spent sunburned, scrambling for shade and the unending indignity that is paying $5 for water, it may actually lure me back next year. 

 

The festival has announced massive drawcards that include Kanye West,...

Posted 28 Sep 2011 @ 10:56am

OK. Ok. Listen. I love Nirvana as much as the next Gen Y dipshit. I do. In fact, I can genuinely say they played a role in transforming my taste in music. My brother grew so tired in my horrific penchant for Top 30 Ace Of Base ‘90s techno trash that he literally locked me in his room one day and force fed me Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins and – of course- Nirvana.

 

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Posted 21 Sep 2011 @ 11:20am

Punk, Ska, Hardcore news, reviews & gossip by Emily Kelly

 

Congratulations go out to Poison City Records and everyone who was involved in this year’s Weekender Festival. Though organisers admitted they felt a bit homeless this year after the demise of the Arthouse is seemed Melbourne’s other iconic live music venues stepped up to the plate. The wonderful thing about Poison...

Posted 7 Sep 2011 @ 10:06am

Brokencyde, largely believed to be one of the biggest musical abortions of all time, have announced their first ever tour to Australia this October. I wanna be the bigger person here guys, but fuck it's difficult to avoid the temptation to bleat endlessly about how appalling this band is in every single sense of the word.

 

It'd bring tears to my eyes were it not so genuinely...

Posted 31 Aug 2011 @ 8:41am

Yeah, so did I mention how much I'm digging Balance And Composure at the moment? Are ya'll sick of the endless, guffawing praise spewing forth from this tiny corner of Beat yet? Well, their performance at Next! last Thursday night did nothing to stifle the mad, all-consuming love. The sound at the venue did the powerful five-piece no real favours though. The ball-tearing guitar volume kinda...

Posted 18 Aug 2011 @ 9:27am

So. Soundwave Revolution got boned. A lot of people claimed to have seen it coming after the announcement of the 'second headliners' was continually postponed. Can't say anyone could have really anticipated an entire festival biting the dust. Promoter AJ Maddah said in an official statement, "we could have taken the option of limping through with the lineup as we have now, but we didn't want...

Posted 10 Aug 2011 @ 8:26am

Well the news of the week must surely be the most unexpected, yet not super surprising, split of Canadian band Alexisonfire. I mean, on one hand, you never expect a band this incredibly popular to call it quits. Bands work so hard reach the levels of success Alexis' did, so disbanding seemed more and more unlikely the more records they sold.

 

And damn, Old Crows Young...

Posted 3 Aug 2011 @ 10:08am

The Amity Affliction have announced a huge headlining tour of Australia for this October, and they'll be taking Gold Coast's Skyway and huge international act Asking Alexandria with them. They've booked in two shows at Melbourne's Billboard on Wednesday October 12 (18+) and Thursday October 13 (underage). This is gonna be one epic tour, and the addition of UK's wunderkinds Asking Alexandria...

Posted 27 Jul 2011 @ 3:20pm

One of my favourite bands of all time, Strung Out, released a collection of re-mastered songs last week. Titled Top Contenders it was a kind of best of (not including three new tracks), and I've gotta say that despite me loving this band with every inch of my being (especially the portion that is wildly sentimental, as I suspect this is what's fuelling the flame at the moment), releasing...

Posted 20 Jul 2011 @ 2:27pm

I feel like we have a lot of fantastic local releases to be excited about at the moment. Just as it seems that all our international acts have deserted us in the face of our brutal winter, it would appear local talent has come through with the goods. Firstly the new album from

 

The Smith Street Band (Poison City),No One Gets Lost Anymore,is a corker and singer Wil Wagner seems to...
Posted 7 Jul 2011 @ 10:05am

Sebadoh have announced that their Melbourne show at the Corner Hotel on Sunday September 18 is now thoroughly sold out, prompting them to book a second show for the following night. Get your tickets quickly for this one via Oztix, Corner box office, or Polyester Records.

 

The date of Melbourne's Evening With Anberlin has been changed to Monday August 29 at The Palace Theatre....

Posted 29 Jun 2011 @ 11:02am

Anberlin are heading to Australia this August for a special Australian tour titled An Evening With Anberlin. Stoked? Confused? Vocalist Stephen Christian explains "Each of the shows we will be doing different things, different feels than we have ever done in any one show. We might be doing some special covers, different variations on our own songs, telling stories behind the recordings and...

Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:19am

Everyone’s favourite anarchists Against Me! proved that they’ve still got a rebellious streak after inciting a bit of chaos at a show in Rochester, New York last week. They found out that the venue was overcharging for tickets at the door, so frontman Tom Gabel demanded they refund the fans the difference. They also took to stage and slagged the venue for being shifty bastards, “to this piece...

Posted 14 Jun 2011 @ 5:14pm

So I hear along a grapevine, a twisted, mangled mess of good intentions and miscommunications probably, that a well-known hardcore band who recently employed a new singer, made the dude sign a contractual agreement that insisted that he do so many pit calls and shout outs per live set.

 

First it seemed completely implausible but the more I thought about it, the more likely it...

Posted 7 Jun 2011 @ 10:27am

So friends and I got to arguing about what makes a good live show. And apart from all the intricacies of being in a room with a hundred sweaty, over-stimulated strangers, when it comes to the actual band on stage, there’s something to be said for energy. I see local bands every week, all of varying status and talent, but I’ll be damned if the one sure fire way to send me shuffling awkwardly...

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