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Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:19pm

With Peter Hodgson

 

Opeth are in town for two shows at 170 Russell with one more to go on Wednesday February 8. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums to become one of the best bands on the planet, whether...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:18pm

With Michael Cusack

 

Goddamn Melbourne, you’re really turning it up this week. First up on Thursday we’ve got another installment of Nude, going down in the Mercat Basement. Miris is doing a live hypnotic techno set, look forward to hearing him push the boundaries of sonic exploration and slow burning mood builders. On the decks for the rest of the night are Tim...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:16pm

With Declan Burgess

 

The Push and Arts Centre Melbourne are on the lookout for a team of teen tastemakers for New Slang. If you’re not up to speed, New Slang is a series of live monthly gigs held at The Channel with lineups toting totally tantalising touring and local artists for all ages. Last year New Slang featured acts like Alex Lahey, Tiny Little Houses, Jarrow, and now...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:15pm

With Georgia Spanos

 

In just short of a week we will witness Melbourne transform into a citywide date night for Valentine’s Day, and for some reason, Italian food just feels right. Whether you’re treating your lady, confronting your crush or having absolutely nothing to do with this ghastly celebration, I have all of your Italian cravings covered. Tucked away in the sweet 'Bond...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:38pm

With Georgia Spanos

 

It's a pleasure to open this week's column with something equally as soulful as it is delicious. It all started when the builders and developers over at PACE reached near completion of their stylish Collingwood apartments. An unused space out the back became very intriguing to PACE and also to the hospitality eye. With rent, electricity, water and building...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:36pm

With Joe Hansen

 

Seminal punk/post-punk innovators Wire have announced the upcoming release of a new full-length album. Entitled Silver/Lead, the record will be released Friday March 31 on the band’s own Pinkflag record label. Although most well known for their perfect trio of albums in the 1970s, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154, the band has regrouped periodically since then...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:35pm

With Peter Hodgson

 

Finnish melodic metallers Battle Beast unleash their new album Bringer of Pain via Nuclear Blast on Friday February 17. Recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, the ten track album was also mixed alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, while mastering was done by Mika Jussila at the world famous Finnvox Studios. 
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Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:33pm

With Michael Cusack

 

The UK’s Paul Woolford hits town this week and he’s got a couple of things lined up under different aliases. First up on Thursday February 2, he’s set to play at Stable Music’s aptly named SecretlyI Am A Junglist party at Howler, doing a set under his Special Request alias. Woolford’s released a heap of 12” records, EPs and remixes as Special...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:27pm

With Declan Burgess

 

There’s only a few days left to apply for The Music Industry Pathways program. If you didn’t know that then it sure is lucky you’re reading this, because The Music IndustryPathways program might be the best platform for any young people who want to launch themselves into the music industry. It’s got everything you need including one-on-one mentoring,...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:17pm

With Peter Hodgson

 

Hey folks. I’m writing this week’s column from Anaheim, California, where I’ve been attending the NAMM Show with the guitar pickup company Seymour Duncan. On Thursday, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares dropped by our booth to say hi and check out some new gear, and Testament’s Alex Skolnick played some incredible music with effect pedals and loopers. On Friday,...

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