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Music Features

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:04pm

Helmed by independent music legends Mushroom Group and supported by the Victorian Government arrives Voice for Change – a brand new community-focused project that champions creativity as a force to combat some of the issues affecting local youth today, inspiring the next generation to follow their dreams and ambitions. How will they be doing that?  By assembling some of the finest names in the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 3:27pm

There’s no guaranteed path to becoming a successful musician. There’s plenty that can go wrong along the way, but that doesn’t stop some folk from holding onto the dream regardless of where it leads.

 

For Bec Sandridge, that path has seen her meander all over the world and has led to a significant transformation of her music along the way. The secret is to find your audience...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:55pm

Sunnyboys offer so much thirst-quenching tetrahedron shaped freshness.

 

You may say the same for the ‘80s post-punk pop band of the same name. They dished out fresh hits to the thirsty masses and have done so sporadically over the last 35 years. Now the guys are snipping off the corner and allowing us access to their cool sweetness once more.
 
This February, the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:02pm

A studio recording whets a palate glazed by expertise or feigning – the live stage embodying music at its core is where a band’s true offering lies.

 

Creating an alluring live set can be difficult and limitations often revolve around stringency of instrumentation or composition. Nevertheless, musical dexterity is commonly met with esteem and embellishing a live production with...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:00pm

The dream of becoming a chart-topping, wildly successful musician comes with its own little asterisk, a gentle reminder that as big as you might get, you’re always going to have to deal with the nitty-gritty.

 

Just ask Ella Hooper, a musician whose significant highs have also come with their own fair share of boring, irritatingly necessary associated tasks.
 
“I’ve...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:49pm

With a career that started due to fulfilling their neighborhood’s demand for a brass band to lead marches at community events – sadly, mainly funerals – New Orleans act Hot 8 Brass Band have become their city’s most prolific global export.

 

That is, besides Creole and Cajun cuisine with restaurants serving this style of food popping up in practically every city around the world...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:45pm

Everywhere you look these days in the broad, ever-growing landscape of music, there are collaborations.

 

One musician who has completely bucked this trend is Melbourne based singer/songwriter/producer/uber talent, Harts, real name Darren Hart, who unapologetically prefers the solitude of his spare bedroom and his own musicality to a recording studio.
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Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:41pm

With a name like Matt Savage, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the lead singer of Melbourne post-punk rising stars Destrends has had his fair share of wild gigs.

 

The provocateur and bandleader has an electrifying presence live, constantly pushing his band’s hooky melodies into wilder and wilder territory – and yes, every now and then, things start to buckle a little under that...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:35pm

A lot has changed in the years since four school friends that had kicked around in pop punk bands after class decided to make a go of something new back in 2006.

 

Then again, a lot has also stayed the same – The Menzingers still hold the exact same lineup they did when they started out; and their dedication to making heartfelt, honest and endearing melodic punk by ways of...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:33pm

If you’ve been to a Brian El Dorado show you’ll know that the good people of Fitzroy’s live music hotspot, The Night Cat, are preparing to host one hell of a party.

 

Together with his hand-picked band of musical marvels known as The Tuesday People, El Dorado promises a night of epic solos, killer grooves and good times aplenty.
 
“I’ll be playing with my seven-piece...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:31pm

Where most have succumbed to the pressures of life as a collective, Neurosis continue to offer forward-thinking and boundless music.

 

“Our progression has always been one of forward-thinking,” says Von Till. “As far as developing new music goes, we’ve never once looked backwards. We’re always trying to open ourselves up to the creative force that’s so much bigger than us and...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:29pm

Sydney alt pop four-piece Tigertown have just completed a whirlwind tour of the country in support of US rockers and buddies, Panic! at the Disco.

 

Since the release of their second EP Papernotes late last year, guitarist Chris Collins and his songwriting partner (and wife) Charlie have devoted any downtime to penning Tigertown’s story. “It’s been a dream for us to release an...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 11:56am

Gretta Ray has the world at her feet right now. But don't think for a second she's going to let that faze her. Instead, the young Melbourne songwriter is taking it all in her stride. Following a watershed year in 2016, Ray's career took off after winning triple j's Unearthed High, as well as taking out the prestigious $50,000 Vanda & Young songwriting competition. It all culminated with...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 2:53pm

Jan Haußels is an accidental musician. The drummer for acclaimed Austrian rock band Mother’s Cake never planned to make a living wage from music, and he stumbled into his current life almost entirely by accident. He’s not someone who spent his childhood singing into a hairbrush in the mirror, and as a result views his life now with a particular kind of humbled surprise.

 

“I was...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:13pm

From their roots in Russell Street out to the Footscray store, Davis Music Centre have been an enormous part of the community for over 100 years.

 

Unfortunately, a combination of there being no apparent heir to the throne and the advent of online shopping has meant that the store will be closing down in the near future.
 
“Davis Music started in 1901, and Mr Davis...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:19pm

Some 11 years ago, george took to the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House and said goodbye.

 

The Brisbane-based outfit had been making music for almost a decade, providing the soundtrack for the romance and heartbreak of thousands of adolescents around the country in the process, and reshaping Australian pop for years to come.
 
Yet it was never designed to be a...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:04pm

When I first met Luke Dubber (AKA Luke Dubs), one half of the hip hop duo Hermitude, he told me he and his buddy Angus Stuart (better known as Elgusto) were just a couple of music nerds.

 

Years later and the award-winning pair have travelled all over the globe performing to thousands of fans and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, including SXSW,...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:02pm

Kyle Lionhart has the surprising distinguishment of having a sizable following with only a single EP under his belt.

 

His story of success speaks volumes about his methods – grassroots efforts to promote himself through streaming services, busking and live performances built on connection and emotion.
 
“I think the biggest thing for me was firstly Spotify where I’d...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:00pm

For its fourth year, Wyndham City is bringing a mammoth lineup of free live music to its residents in the form of the Friday LIVE Series.

 

The three consecutive Fridays will see Werribee’s Station Place light up with a passionate and diverse music scene, each with a unique theme.
 
The first Friday of the series will see Aussie new wave act Pseudo Echo take to the...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 11:59am

Murder, madness and mayhem – three essential elements for an unforgettable night of opera.

 

Set within the grounds of Prahran’s exquisite Victoria Gardens, the City of Stonnington’s three-part concert series, The Classics, kicks off again this Saturday with the best of bel canto.
 
Literally translated, ‘bel canto’ means beautiful song or singing, and defines Italian...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 11:56am

As technology bolsters its credibility – however fraudulent or authentic it may be – traditional news mediums can no longer invest in the support of consumer loyalty.

 

Further experimentation in client engagement is the key to reconsolidation and through its forward-thinking Drive Live program, PBS 106.7FM is paving the way for the future.
 
A radio station bearing...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 11:50am

A few years ago, a humble punk band from east coast of Tasmania achieved a lifelong dream by playing at Falls Festival in Marion Bay. With a crowd full of mates donning Hawaiian shirts – as documented in the band's music video for Viva Tassie Cabrones – the band now reflect on that debut festival appearance as both a major turning point and a sign of what was to come.

 

“At the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 4:44pm

As the cream of the music industry prepare for their night of nights, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Best Metal Performance nominees, Periphery, will be half a world away.

 

Returning to Australia for the seventh time, the six-piece – often referred to as the ‘League of the Extraordinary Djentlemen’ – will debut their fifth studio album Periphery 111: Select Difficulty on a...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 4:32pm

Based off his foreboding presence, one might gain the impression that Jarrod Quarrell, the driving force behind Lost Animal, prefers to keep his fans and the media at a distance.

 

Quarrell is however someone who revels in the opportunity to speak to their music and is quick to explain his intention when his music is misconstrued. Through pairing dark narratives with upbeat...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:36pm

It’s a difficult task, these days, for a musician to distinguish themselves entirely from the sea of artists.

 

The digital age could be a cold place, with music websites entirely replacing the tactile experience of holding a record. But it also makes way for a personal connection between an artist and their fans never before possible.
 
Mr. Carmack -...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:34pm

As one of Canberra’s biggest musical exports, Hands Like Houses rose to fame from vigorous international touring and strong bonds developed in the US.

 

As the band looks towards reuniting with the Australian scene, bass player Joel Tyrrell attributes part of this homegrown success to a few factors; UNFD’s strong marketing efforts for their last album Dissonants and strong...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:32pm

This coming weekend is the Bendigo Hotel’s birthday.

 

But being the kind, giving friend that she is, it’s the punters who get the presents. We chatted to The Bendigo Hotel band booker Dave Collins about his time with the pub and what they have in store at their birthday bash. It’s a birthday celebration years in the making, but when you see the lineup, you’ll agree it’s been...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:29pm

Sydney-based artist Kristy Lee Peters, AKA KLP, has accrued plenty of recognition through her multiple roles as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, radio host and DJ.

 

She’s written solo tracks, which have been a success; last year’s single Recover (ft. Remi) was played on triple j for over six months. Now she’s released her new single Back In The Room, taken from her 2016 EP...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:26pm

“Everybody wants to feel seen, when you feel seen, you feel understood,” says The xx vocalist and guitarist Romy Madley Croft.

 

“I know that’s when I feel happy, when I have human connection. And we realised that's such a big part of our band, our friendship.
 
“I really struggled to define the album’s themes at the time, but looking back I think there...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:25pm

When Sir George Martin CBE kicked the mortal coil in 2016, like too many of our other musical heroes, You Am I’s axe-wielding wunderkind and self-confessed “Beatles nerd” Davey Lane mourned his passing.

 

 Martin, a one-time quality surveyor and former Brit Naval officer, slipped off in his sleep at the ripe old age of 90,  but not before producing over 30 number-one hit singles...

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