Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:40pm

One man, one guitar, and a record collection full of (presumably) James Taylor and Nick Drake is how troubadour Patrick James rolls.


And that’s how he’ll be rolling when he gets home from a 21 date tour with Emma Louise to play two intimate, acoustic, all ages shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Catch him at Paddington Uniting Church in Sydney on July 5 (tickets on sale now).

Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:34pm

Sydney songwriter Amy Rose deals in fragile electronic pop powered by her emotive, haunting voice. 


Her new single ‘Running’ may or may not have anything to do with having grown up in a religious cult in Queensland; what we do know is that she’s put together a full band to launch the single at FBi Social this Thursday, and if you miss that there's another show coming up in July...

Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:31pm

Are they Melbourne’s answer to !!! or The Rapture circa Pieces of the People We Love? 


Find out for yourself when World’s End Press bring their disco-punk-funk vibes to Brighton Up Bar for a three night residency in August – Friday 2, Thursday 8 and Thursday 15. Before that happens, you should be able to get your hands on their debut LP – stay tuned here for more news on that...

Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:27pm

Contrary to reports earlier in the week, iconic Sydney live music venue the Annandale Hotel isn't going to be turned into flats, nor will it sit abandoned as a sad indictment of gentrification (like the Hopetoun).


It's been bought, but by a publican, so we can expect more awesome beery nights of amplified rawk. Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne said saving the Annandale is the first...

Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:19pm

Have you heard the Rumours?


It’s probably Second Hand News by now, but many a Fleetwood Mac fan’s Dreams will come true this November when the iconic band Go Their Own Way back to Australian shores with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:06pm

More two-piece heavy blues-noise-rock with more than a nod to Jack White, but this time from two dudes from Brisbane. 


Udays Tiger have just finished putting together their second EP with Neil Coombe, Dead Attention, due on June 14. Apparently legendary rock critic Everett True is a fan, saying “Fucking Udays Tiger man. They understand dynamics… Sometimes it’s enough to get...

Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:03pm

Brag is presenting Deap Vally’s Splendour sideshows because we want to have their babies.


We’ll even forgive them for the ridiculous spelling of their band name. We’ve no idea how two people can raise such a righteous rock’n’roll storm of spit and bile, but what we do know is that we want to be there when they play Oxford Art Factory on Thursday July 25.

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:32am

Welcome to London Fields where the food’s hearty and cocktails sweet. Located upstairs at The London Hotel this newbie is Paddington’s latest wine bar-cum-restaurant hidey-hole perfect for the post work winter escape. Think fresh, seasonal produce, genius cocktails and vintage surrounds. Dig in folks!


The team: Mrs Sippy’s Ian Oakes has expanded his role to oversee the London...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 4:20pm

Psych-rock-power-pop Sydney four-piece Hailer are taking their new pressing Another Way for a trip around the country, stopping at Brighton Up Bar on Friday June 7


Interesting fact – college radio in the US are loving them, with 83 stations around North America spinning their new material. So go see them locally before the bugger off to the States forever.

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 4:18pm

The Brooklyn indie darlings are headed our way for the first time ever!


Just in time for summer, Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils (spiritual cousins to The Drums indie-surf-pop sound) will make their first ever visit to our shores in September, stopping by The Standard on Friday September 20 – tickets are on sale now via handsometours.com...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 4:13pm

Before he heads off for a string of dates with You Am I (check out our interview on page 14), Davey Lane is tackling Sydney solo. 


Davey Lane’s Four Night One-Man Racket string of intimate, stripped-back shows will launch single ‘You’re the Cop, I’m the Crime’, slated for release this June and taken from forthcoming debut album The Good Borne of Bad Tymes. You can catch Lane on...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 4:09pm

Perth rockers Vida Cain embark on their debut east coast tour this month. 


The band will be hitting the other side of the country for the first time this May and June to promote new singles ‘Reloader’ and ‘Remote Controls’ ahead of their upcoming debut album, scheduled for release this September. You can catch Vida Cain in Sydney at Scruffy Murphy’s on Tuesday June 4, the Bald...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 4:07pm

For a while there, it seemed as though Lawrence Greenwood AKA Whitley may have disappeared from the public eye forever (even his Wikipedia page is gone). 


But in joyous news, he wasn’t gone, simply on temporary hiatus, and he’s back as of Monday with a new single ‘My Heart Is Not A Machine’, with new album Even The Stars Are A Mess due on July 5. You can also catch him in the...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 3:53pm

triple j’s Unearthed High returns for its sixth year, in a quest to find Australia’s best high school music act. 


triple j are giving ambitious young songwriters, bands, producers and MCs the chance to win flights to the triple j studio to have a song professionally recorded – plus you get guaranteed play on triple j and Unearthed. Winners will also play a gig at their high...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 3:49pm

The High Priests of Antipodean Soul are back! 


Fat Freddy’s new album Blackbird is slated to drop on June 21 and first tastes ‘Clean the House’ and ‘Silver and Gold’ promise more good vibes than a Club X shop. If you’ve got Splendour tickets, lucky you – you’ll be among the first in the world to hear Blackbird played in full. If not, you can catch the sassy seven-piece at the...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 3:44pm

Brilliant ruin of a man Pete Doherty and his band of sharply dressed enablers are coming out to Australia in July (if he makes it through Customs) and we couldn't be more excited if it were The Libertines themselves.


They’ve got a brand new, long awaited album in the works, which they’ll be premiering here before they event kick off their September UK tour! So if you’re a fan...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 3:40pm

As we all know, Converse are pretty much the best footwear for braving the tidal shifts of a crowded gig audience – the more trashed they get, the better they look.  


So you’ll probably want to fish out your pair for the series of ‘Get Loud’ live gigs that Converse is hosting around the country this June. In Sydney, catch troublemakers King Khan and BBQ Show with favoured...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 1:09pm

As part of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art 2013, CoFA is presenting Running the City, an exhibition brining together artists who use cities as their raw material.


Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs’ work Run Motherfucker Run is the centerpiece of the exhibition and is a massive immersive installation asking gallerygoers to literally run in order to traverse the...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 1:05pm

Pandora’s Comedy Genome Project has turned two.


Designed to offer listeners a personalised listening experience to help them discover comedy they love and to connect comedians with fans, Pandora Comedy has grown from 10,000 tracks to over 25,000 and from 700 to 1,700 comedians. To that end BRAG says wowza and congrats. Featured comedians include Jason Love, Don Friesen, Beth...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:59pm

MCA ARTBAR will bring the party on Friday May 31 to celebrate its first birthday. 


The theme for MCA’s special edition, curated by Sydney artist Keg de Souza, is ‘weird science’ drawing inspiration from the teen sci-fi classic John Hughes.While you get your booze on you’ll also be able to enjoy an inflatable planetarium, screenings from the infamous Mu Meson archives, an...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:48pm

Hurrah! The Sydney Film Festival’s (SFF) full program has officially launched and we’ve got the shivers because the lineup’s pretty damn exciting.


The SFF 2013 bill offers more screenings of more films from more countries in more venues than ever before, opening with the world premiere of Australian film, Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road and closing with Australian premiere of Morgan...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:27pm

The Finders Keepers Autumn/Winter Markets are moving into a new space at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh (2 Locomotive St).


On Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1, designers and artists will gather to showcase their work in amongst live music, a food lane, bar and food trucks. Feature stalls include: Frankie Magazine’s vintage booth and The SuperCool Emporium for all...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:23pm

The newest kid on Redfern’s small bar block, Hustle & Flow (105 Regent St), is showing promising signs of infusing hip hop culture into every part of its Regent Street operation.


So what’re seeing? With no financial backing, co-owner Tim Duhigg (who runs the place with his wife Lisette Duhigg) has decked out most of the place himself with the help of local graffiti artists...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:14pm

Sydney-based illustrator, art director and jewellery designer Elke Kramer has launched the third installment in her collaboration with Colab Eyewear, Revolte.


Kramer has art directed her own art and fashion zine and illustrated for glossy powerhouses like Russh and Yen. Her jewellery can also be found in Paris’ Colette, the infamous fashion concept store. And her eyewear?...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:07pm

The Hills’ Spanish-inspired pub The Carrington heard our cries for hearty roasts in the lead up to colder months and they’ve delivered!


They’re serving Spanglish roasts – Spanish/English roasts for the pun-slow among us – every Sunday from 3pm. 20 bucks will get you English or Spanish meat (think roast beef or roast chicken with sobrasada stuffing), veggies, gravy, pudding and...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:29pm

The Welsh rockers are back. Stereophonics are gracing Australian shores in July to play three shows with special guests and SXSW darlings Atlas Genius.


For the past 15 years, the band has toured the globe chalking up five UK number ones along the way. They play Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Thursday July 18, The Hi-Fi Bar in Brisbane on Friday July 19 and The Palace in Melbourne...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:25pm

Bowie may have a new album out, but word around the traps is that it’s unlikely he’ll be touring anytime soon (a delicate heart and loaded bank account precluding any work on the road).


But you can see the next best thing at The Opera House in five shows across July on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20. Jeff Duff, Steve Balbi and Brydon Stace are reuniting for a tribute to...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:21pm

Flume’s other project, with Chris ‘Emoh’ Emerson, is releasing a fresh EP The Quack.


The Quack launches on June 14 and following it up will be a tour – they’ll be at the Greenwood this Thursday May 16 and at Chinese Laundry on Saturday June 15. Listen out for The Quack single, which features the Ill Prosciutto himself Action Bronson – you might get a sneak preview of it when...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:16pm

All this sideshow news is getting ridiculous – dust off that yearly planner your Nan got you for Christmas and start taking serious notes.


Scuzzy surf-rock beach kings Wavves are teaming up with psychedelic “ffunny ffrends” Unknown Mortal Orchestra for a sideshow of epic genre mashing proportions. With their powers combined they’ll be bringing a night of bubble gum grunge to ...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:09pm

Missed out on one of those golden tickets to Splendour ’13? Well stop that sniffling because your favourite street press is here with some serious sideshow action


The BRAG is presenting gigs from some of the most buzz-worthy acts in the lead-up to the festival. Game of Thrones soundtrackers MS MR will be dazzling fans on Friday July 26 at the Metro Theatre, and while we can’t...