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Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:40pm

Having been established in 2009, High Street Music in Preston have carved out a niche for themselves through offering a range of quality products and services, but also through their relationship with Cole Clark.

 

As one of the leading guitar manufacturers in Australia, Cole Clark have been leading design innovation in the world of acoustic guitars since 2001. The Melbourne...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:16pm

After 25 years, the era of crazy-sexy-cool is drawing to a close. TLC – one of the most celebrated pop acts of the ‘90s and the highest selling all-female group of all time – have announced that their upcoming world tour will be their last; as well as a fifth and final studio album to come in 2017.

 

Even with the conclusion of their career under this instantly-recognisable name...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:13pm

Some 30 years ago, the ruling class of Australia’s pop and rock scenes gathered together for a series of concerts that would go on to define a generation.

 

The Australian Made tour ran from late December 1986 into the new year, making its way to each of the six state capitals and attracting flocks of fans in the process.
 
The lineup was unbeatable: alt-rock legends...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:11pm

Jim White is best known as the drummer in the Dirty Three. His revelatory approach to the drum kit has earned him a crowd of admirers, resulting in records with Cat Power, Marianne Faithfull and PJ Harvey. Xylouris White is a duo with Cretan lute player and singer, George Xylouris.

 

Xylouris and White’s shared history is far longer than the band’s existence, whose first album...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:09pm

As romantic as it is to assume that art is some passing whim, a fancy that takes hold of you sporadically, out of the blue, reality simply doesn’t support that hypothesis.

 

Want to make music full time? Then you have to work at it, the way you work at any other job, pouring in hours both wasted and fruitful.
 
Just ask Hayden Quinn, a beatsmith who records under the...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:07pm

Steve Poltz has a handful of discernible skills. He's a singer, an acclaimed songwriter, an accomplished guitar player, worldly traveller and a skilled storyteller.

 

What only a select few know, however, is that he's also a pioneer of animal-based legal rights. In a series of videos starting last year, Poltz began referring to himself as the ‘attorney for dogs,’ explaining...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:05pm

Once upon a time ‘progressive rock’ meant high-pitched vocals, dudes in capes, and extended concept albums about the life journey of an ancient aardvark or a post-apocalyptic revolution.

 

That stuff’s still out there and it still kicks arse, but modern prog tends to lean more on the metallic and atmospheric elements and less on the flutes and fringes. Australia has a very strong...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 12:45pm

Melbourne-via-Torquay septet King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard have always had a thing for out-of-the-ordinary album titles.

 

Past examples include I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon and even their most recent LP, April's endlessly looping Nonagon Infinity. With the announcement of their ninth album, however, it seemed as though the Gizz had truly outdone...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 12:34pm

“It’s hard sometimes to just enjoy what you’re doing, because everything seems like a means to an end.”

 

Julia Jacklin was ten years old when she first had a crisis about wasting her life. After chancing upon a Britney Spears documentary on a family holiday, the pint-sized Jacklin was intimidated by how much Spears had accomplished before the age of 12, and swiftly insisted she...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 5:44pm

“On stage is where I feel most at home. I do enjoy writing and singing alone, but it's one of those things where you can over analyse things and get stuck in the process a bit much." 

 

“But when you’re playing live, you’re in the moment. Living in the moment, that's what it’s all about. You worry you may screw it up, but that's the moment. That's what it’s about,...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:33pm

Fairy Floss, Byron Bay pioneers of alternative clothing, has just opened on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. We sat down with designer Revital to chat about the brand’s philosophy and their Melbourne launch.

 

When was Fairy Floss launched? Fairy Floss was established in magical Byron Bay back in 1998 where creative, alternative lifestyles and fashion have more freedom to express....

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:24pm

 

Who are we talking to and what do you do at Pro Guitar Setups? My name is Mark Tonelli, I service electric, acoustic and bass guitars.
 
How long have you been in the industry? I’ve had a passion for guitars and have been servicing many different types accommodating people’s individual needs for over ten years. I’ve been a musician for 34 years and know how a well-playing...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 1:10pm

We all have our vices. Big or small, varying levels of intensity, they exist.

 

Tim Hulsman’s latest single, Monster, is in his own words about “addiction in all its forms.” Though it's easy to muster up thoughts of rock’n’roll type addictions, and while the song is about that, Hulsman says, it’s also about the everyday vices, about the addictions masquerading as...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 1:01pm

Amber Galloway is turning the way we think about music upside down, using her voice to speak volumes for others, who may otherwise never be heard.

 

Through a unique and deeply expressive form of sign language, Galloway provides the deaf community with an opportunity to experience the power of music.
 
Galloway recalls being thrown in the deaf world as an interpreter...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:59pm

Not one to shy away from the unconventional, Sui Zhen is an artist fully prepared to take risks within her music.

 

Zhen first caught the attention of fans and critics with her debut album Secretly Susan, a release that explores how we construct our identity online through the guise of a character named Susan. Now working towards her next release, Zhen remains firmly grounded in...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:56pm

“We, the queer community, are still fighting for equality, we’re still fighting for acceptance. We’ve got a US president that is not supportive of the LGBQIT+ community in 2016. The discrimination throughout the wider community is still very apparent, especially in the trans community, and that's why it's so great that there’s communities like Heaps Gay.”

 

This sad truth is one...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:46pm

Julien Baker is walking the streets of Memphis.

 

The singer/songwriter is enjoying a rare break from an intensive year of touring, one that’s seen her perform sold out shows across the country, playing for fans desperate to see songs off her debut Sprained Ankle performed live. It’s easy to imagine that such moments of respite are warmly-received by the musician, but Baker finds...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:44pm

If Amored Dawn’s Eduardo Parras ever gives up on playing music, he could always find new work as a motivational speaker.

 

After all, the frontman of the São Paulo-based band is a thoughtful interviewee, and at times his considered answers to questions about playing music, the gruelling nature of touring and his band’s sonic direction moving forward become genuinely inspiring....

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:43pm

The Cult are innovators. Their music has always carried a certain darkness to it, a melancholy sensibility that endears them to fans of gothic alternative rock and LA hard rock fans in equal measure.

 

Guitarist Billy Duffy is a driving force of that sensibility, offsetting his crunchy rock rhythms with dark, atmospheric melodies and screaming solos.
 
Hidden City is...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:33pm

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait - and that couldn’t be truer for fans of the Frankston-born hit-maker, Illy, with the release of his fifth album Two Degrees.

 

Three years on from the release of his ARIA certified gold album, Cinematic, this time the rapper left everyone waiting, including his record company. “I think I’ve given the people at Warner [Music...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 10:41am

The pinnacle of Melbourne Music Week is the hallowed Live Music Safari – offering a veritable slew of live music in a huge night of free gigs and parties on Thursday November 17. Fourteen of Melbourne's most revered, iconic and well-loved music venues will throw their doors open to acts and bands covering everything from neo-soul and future-jazz to hip hop, tehcno and heavy-hitting rock. Think...

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 5:58pm

Battle 8 looked pretty epic this year, what was your 2016 experience like? 

Pretty intense to say the least. The fact that we went up against good friends in the first round was a bit of an advantage as we knew what to expect and what their weaknesses would be. The same certainly couldn't be said for later rounds but that first win really built our confidence to take on all comers. The...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:35pm

Melbourne Music Week is back again and with it comes the lauded Live Music Safari. Featuring over 50 artists, Melbourne’s famed live music venues will open their doors for a night of free gigs and parties. We've picked out some of our favourites shows and venues, offering a handy guide that'll keep you satisfied with tasty food and even tastier tunes.

 

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Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm

As one of many guitar stores around Melbourne, High Street Music differentiate themselves from the pack with their extensive Cole Clark range, their in-store customisation and music lessons and their true interest in customer service. We spoke to store manager Thom Jackson and owner Peter to find out a bit more about their Preston store.

 

What are the main brands and musical...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:36pm

Henry Saiz is up to something extraordinary.

 

The 34-year-old electronic sensation, DJ/producer has accumulated profound attention worldwide since circa 2013, with his radical creative philosophies and forward thinking approaches to his craft. His 2013 debut LP Reality Is for Those Who Are Not Strong Enough to Confront Their Dreams saw him ask his fans for their own recordings...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:34pm

It’s two years since Melbourne six-piece Ne Obliviscaris released their second LP, Citadel.

 

While listeners may be growing impatient waiting for album three, the progressive-extreme metal act have spent the ensuing period spreading their message across the globe. They’re currently wrapping up a seven-week European tour before a run of Australian headline shows in late November...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:33pm

As well as being a talented musician and producer, Malcura’s percussionist Simon Wood can hook you up with a pair of army fatigues.

 

“I’m sitting in the back of a camping store as we speak,” he says. “I’ve worked at Aussie Disposals in Melbourne for ten years. This is my bread and butter, this is what keeps the rent paid, but I wouldn’t keep making time to play music unless I...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:31pm

For synthpop artist Zola Jesus – aka Nika Roza Danilova, place is a potent force in her life.

 

“I dearly love Seattle,” Jesus says. “I moved out of Washington [State] just a few months ago, but I love and miss it very much. The atmosphere is always foggy and misty, but it's never too cold, and you can go to the mountains where there's volcanoes, desert and forest, or you can go...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:26pm

The Age Music Victoria Awards celebrates its 11th year in 2016.

 

It’s one of the largest publicly voted music awards in the country, with over 800 nominees on the long list whittled down to five in each category (including Best Band, Best Regional Act, Best Venue Over and Under 500 Capacity and Best Festival). Then there are industry expert nominees in categories like Best Album...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:24pm

Pegging shit at public figures as a way of expressing praise has a long and illustrious history that dates back all the way to Ancient Greece and Rome. After all, ol’ mate Draco, he of the Draconian laws, was so popular he suffocated to death after being smothered in thrown, assorted apparel during a coliseum appearance.

 

So when Gareth Liddiard of The Drones had a beer can...

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