TOMMY EMMANUEL ON TOUR
Australian guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel returns to his home country for five capital city theatre shows this August, including Saturday August 15 at Hamer Hall. “When people watch me play, I hope that they feel that they’re watching someone who’s doing when they’re meant to do,” he says. “It’s like a calling, and I've always known that when I played, something good happened to people who have heard it. I can’t wait to get back home and play for old friends and new fans.”
DEVIN TOWNSEND & PERIPHERY TOUR
This is going to go down as one of the biggest tours of the year: the Devin Townsend Project and Periphery return to Australia for a co-headlining tour in October. Devin’s Z2 double album is about to be released as two individual discs (Sky Blue and Dark Matters), and Periphery are on the road in support of their double album, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday June 19 for the show at 170 Russell on October 25.
NEW GRAVEYARD ROCKSTARS VIDEO
Sydney's favourite ghoulish sons the Graveyard Rockstars have released a wicked new video for the song “The Killing” from their Doomsday album. Having just supported KISS great Ace Frehley, the Rockstars are hitting the road for shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in June and July. Catch them at Yah Yah’s on Saturday July 18.
ORPHEUS OMEGA HIT THE ROAD FOR NEW ALBUM
Orpheus Omega will be touring across Australia in July and August in support of their highly anticipated third album, Partum Vita Mortem. Due out worldwide on July 24 through Kolony Records and in Australia via Rocket/ Nerve Gas, it’s a concept album exploring the human condition through birth, life and death across an hour of unrelenting musicianship. You can catch them at the following Victorian shows: 30th July at The Barwon Club, Geelong; 31st July at The Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 6th August at Carrier Arms, Wodonga; 9th August at Musicland, Melbourne (AA); 29th August at Musicman Megastore, Bendigo; and 9th October at The Loft, Warrnambool.
RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP THIS WEEKEND
Don’t forget, this weekend is the Reclink Community Cup at Elsternwick Park. The Rockdogs vs Triple R 102.7FM/ PBS 106.7FM Megahertz square off to raise funds for Reclink Australia and celebrate Melbourne’s dynamic music and community broadcasting cultures. And of course there’s plenty of musical entertainment. Entry is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 16.
NEW ALBUM FROM BROOZER
Tech-stoner riff-laden metal trio Broozer emerge from the darker, scenic realms with their scientific slab of a divine intervention cum masterful recording, II.Seeping out from the seedy Melbourne underbelly, Broozer have played on nightmare visions, manifesting a multi headed beast that’s been screaming an apocalyptic sound on stages across Australia since 2010. II is a solid kick in the solar plexus, knocking you into another dimension, yet still breathing and bleeding true to the dark grudges and purges of their previous release: 12.04.2012.
THE SMITH STREET BAND ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Just days after they play the prestigious Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, The Smith Street Band will return home for another huge Australian tour this September. In what will be their most far reaching tour to date, the national run will visit every state and territory, making the trip to North Queensland for the very first time. Recent American tour buddies, anti-folk troupe Andrew Jackson Jihad are also on the tour, along with Ohio's indie darlings The Sidekicks and Melbourne’s new soul rockers The Sugarcanes. It all begins at an already sold out hometown show at 170 Russell (part of Poison City Weekender) and finishes up at Wollongong's Yours & Owls Festival Weekender, taking in most of Australia in between. Here are the Melbourne dates: Friday September 4, Poison City Weekender at 170 Russell, (SOLD OUT); Sunday September 6, Poison City Weekender at Corner Hotel (U18); Saturday September 19 at the Corner Hotel.