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Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 9:36am

A.B Original have taken out the top spot in the 12th annual Australian Music Prize, making them the first Indigenous act to do so. 

 

A team of judges consisting of artists, journalists and retailers selected A.B. Original's acclaimed album Reclaim Australia as the best album of 2016, awarding the duo $30,000 in prize money. 
 
Comprised of Briggs and Trials, the pair...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 4:02pm

The APRA Professional Development Awards are back for another year, an initiative which has helped grow the career of countless music success stories. 

 

Gotye, Abbe May, screen composer Caitlin Yeo, Husky Gawenda, Georgi Kay, Jack Carty, Ngaiire, Morgan Evans and many more have been involved in the past, and now the opportunity has arisen for the next crop to join their ranks. ...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 3:20pm

It's about to get real tropical up in here. 

 

The Melbourne Aquarium will be throwing a silent disco, taking place inside and around a floor-to-ceiling display of tropical fish, boasting some of the most magnificent sea creatures known to man. 

 

Boogie on with the fish as DJs blast tunes direct to your headphones, playing old school hits and contemporary jams....

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 3:00pm

It's that time of year again. The sun shines down on us for a final burst of heat, park parties kick on for that little bit longer, and beers taste that little bit sweeter as the summer ends. Oh, and the Westgate Park lake turns pink. 

 

The salt lake turns a shade of bright pink when a perfect trifecta of temperature, sunlight and low rainfall combine to turn the lake the colour...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 2:51pm

Auckland four-piece The Beths are set to hit up Australian shores for a run of shows before taking over By The Meadow Festival. 

 

Turning countless heads in their hometown, The Beths have graced stages alongside The Kills, Frankie Cosmos, Alex Lahey, Bec Sandridge and Cosmic Psychos. 

 

They'll be heading our way off the back of their 2016 EP, Warm Blood - loaded...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 2:06pm

As far as lineups go, this one is pretty damn tasty. 

 

Before The Goon Sax head off to Europe for a run of shows and festivals, they'll be taking to The Gaso for a farewell set with some of their favourite bands - including Suss Cunts, RVG and Parsnip. 

 

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 1:49pm

Spoon will be performing a stripped back, intimate set at one of Melbourne's favourite record stores. 

 

The in-store appearances by Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel will grant select audiences a rare glimpse of Spoon's new record Hot Thoughts at its most immediate and stripped back, marking very special performances for Australian fans and newcomers. 

 

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:15am

Playing times for the ninth annual Hills Are Alive festival have landed. 

 

Gretta Ray and Ocean Alley have landed the much coveted 'sunset slots' whilst REMI, Dope Lemon, Cloud Control, and Northeast Party House will be bringing the night time party vibes.

 

In addition to the solid lineup, tickets to the festival include free camping, BYO alcohol, licensed bars,...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 9:54am

Independent songwriter and instrumetalist Tanya George has dropped a delicious slice of dark pop, cemented with stunning visuals to match. 

 

Working with up-and-coming filmmaker Mitch Mey, The Lie is the first single taken from her Sonder EP - produced by Tommy Spender, who has previously brought to life tunes from Gotye, Clairy Browne, Mphazes and more. 

 

“I...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 6:53pm

Little Wise has dropped her brand new video, cementing her position in the Australian folk scene. 

 

Favourite Song is the third single off Little Wise's acclaimed album, Silver Birch and co-written with Melbourne-based John Flanagan. 

 

The duet tells a story about a secret love affair between two people, longing to be dancing together but trapped both on the dance...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 4:38pm

Liz Stringer has just returned from touring Canada and the US, and is now ready to take on a run of shows throughout Victoria and New South Wales. 

 

Released in 2016, All The Bridges took Stringer to a new level of acclaim - recorded at Adam Selzer’s Type Foundry Studio in Portland has taken her to festival stages across the country and lauded overseas show. 

 

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 4:02pm

All Our Exes Live in Texas are hitting the road in support of new music. 

 

A testament to their musical strength, When We Fall is a collection of songs that show the Exes' deep passion for vocal harmonies and heartbreakingly good songwriting.
 
To celebrate the album, the alt-folk band have also announced a massive national tour this June and July.

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 3:51pm

New Jersey indie-rockers Real Estate have had a big year already. Their latest album In Mind draws tantalisingly close, but they've still managed to deliver both a fresh release and a free music lession in Stained Glass.

 

In an inventive twist, the band posted a silent...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:22pm

Consumer advocacy group Choice has lodged a formal complaint against select ticket resale sites, including Ticketmaster Resale - a subsidiary of Ticketmaster Australia.  

 

Tickets found on resale sites for sold-out shows often appear at outrageously inflated prices, with Choice citing Justin Beiber's recent tour as a pertinent example. 
 
"We found Ticketmaster...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:20pm

Meet Melbourne's newest label - Hysterical Records. 

 

Since their inception in 2014, Future Popes have been delivering a selection of killer international acts to Australian audiences including The Courtneys, Chastity Belt, Screaming Females, Cable Ties and more.
 
With natural progression and a whole lot of hard work, Amanda Vitartas of Future Popes, Grace Kindellan...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:07pm

Revered Australian songwriter Sarah Blasko will be hitting the road, unveiling 'The Soloist' tour that will see her perform without a band for the first time.         

 

It's the first time since 2013 that Blasko has undertaken such an extensive tour. 

 

“It feels like the right time to challenge myself, take the leap and finally do some headline shows on my own,"...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 11:07am

Legendary hip hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth are in the country for the first time ever, getting together for a free Melbourne show while they're here. 

 

Hitting our shores for their Mecca & The Soul Brother 25th-anniverary tour, they'll be bringing a treasure trove of classic break beats and jazz-heavy samples with them. 

 

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 10:39am

Just when you think it can't get any bigger, Bluesfest goes and adds some more stellar acts to their 2017 lineup. 

 

Legendary rapper Nas will be taking to the stage alongside New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels in an Australian exclusive - meaning we've got no hope of a Melbourne sideshow. 

 

Elsewhere, Australian country legend Kasey Chambers will be heading to...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 9:30am

Fleet Foxes have finally unveiled new material after an extended hiatus. 

 

Third of May / Ōdaigahara is the first taste of the band's forthcoming album, Crack-Up - the first new album since Fleet Foxes' acclaimed 2011 album Helplessness Blues. 

 

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 6:04pm

The Velvet Addiction have dropped their debut release with a ripper video clip to accompany the single.

 

Take Me Back is a classic rock'n'roll banger, loaded with chunky riffs, beer drinking, and a driving backbeat. But there's more to it than meets the eye. 

 

After boozing the night away at a local Melbourne bar, the four musicians came together after bonding...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 4:22pm

Strap on a back brace, because the groove is heavy with MAYA's new track. 

 

What After Now is a bold step forward for MAYA, boasting soaring vocals and lush production over a driving beat. 

 

“What After Now is about living in the moment, loving who you are and being who you love,” says MAYA. “It was inspired by all the times I have been challenged by my future,...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:35pm

Bringing together talent from across the country for one of the most important record stores in Melbourne’s rock’n’roll revival.

 

Spanning Friday and Saturday nights, the celebration will be laced with other means of festivity as Brat Farrar launches his latest album, Adelaide’s The Molting Vultures unveil their new LP and Beat Taboo play their first-ever gig. Mod Vigil will...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:31pm

Having already become good mates after a rollicking gig at the Grace Darling Hotel late last year, Good Boy and Jarrow are set to enhance that friendship with a new split vinyl.

 

Think spirited, fun garage rock and you have Good Boy. The vivacious and well-behaved Brisbane trio of boys recall the likes of Cloud Nothings and even Eddy Current Suppression Ring with their grating...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:30pm

The acclaimed festival for publicity and talent exposure welcomes the Australian juggernauts for an afternoon of musical enlightenment.

 

Brought to you by Secret Sounds, the occasion greets two of Australia’s most exciting acts alongside a host of wunderkinds from the likes of Norway, the UK and the US.

 

Hockey Dad and Tkay Maidza will perform on a day which will...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:28pm

The South Coast four-piece reach new heights on a release divulging stories about friendship, girls, booze and life on the road.

 

A teaser for their debut album, Shake The Hand That Picks The Fight is The VANNS third EP and comes off the back of impressive performances at Party In The Paddock and Yours and Owls festivals.

 

A band with an unrelenting hunger for the...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:27pm

A former drummer of influential stoner bands Kyuss and Fu Manchu, Brant Bjork is one of the first pioneers of desert rock.

 

Returning for the first time since 2014, Bjork brings his admired 2016 LP Tao Of The Devil in tow – a solidification of his solo repute garnished with bending guitar licks and an understated groove.

 

Certified desert legend Sean Wheeler will...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 12:26pm

Celebrating International Women's Day, both triple j, Double J and triple j Unearthed will be airing nothing but female artists all day long. 

 

Moreover, the stations will feature a female-only hosting roster including Zan Rowe, Gen Fricker, Coda Conduct, Sarah McVeigh, Linda Marigliano and Bridget Hustwaite, capped off with Pagan's Nikki Bruman taking care of business for Short...

Posted 6 Mar 2017 @ 11:21pm

Indonesia’s underground music scene is enthralling but understated and up until now our access to this burgeoning circuit has been restricted – enter Sacred Blue Records.

 

With a vision to help bridge the musical divide between Indonesia and Australia, Sacred Blue Records are the fuses of a new evolution. A fantastic idea and the fire is already lit – label managers and owners...

Posted 6 Mar 2017 @ 3:47pm

The lauded duo are putting their projects aside for an intimate tour showcasing their powerful and raw melodies.

 

Georgia Maq and Bec Stevens had an incredibly busy 2016 in the wake of impressive releases – Camp Cope's self-titled debut album was one of the year’s finest releases while Stevens also put out her solo debut More Scared Than Me as Hyder Seek.  

 

With...

Posted 6 Mar 2017 @ 3:39pm

Alright. What the actual fuck is going on with Clive Palmer right now? 

 

The latest installment in Palmer's absurd viral moments comes in the form of a video, in which he professes how keen he is to catch Peking Duk's next show. 

 

"My lips are licking for a nice Peking Duk, but it's a different sort of Peking Duk," says Palmer in what must be the best joke...

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