Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 4:27pm

1. The First Song I Wrote


The first song I wrote (and finished) was when I was 19; it’s the only song that has survived and stayed relevant (in a way) through the years too. It’s called ‘Father Song’ – it’s about the capacity or lack of that my father had to communicate pretty much anything to me. Its relevance has been kept by me becoming a father myself, and with that the...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 4:11pm

1. Growing Up


Growing up, my older sister had piano lessons and got mildly into it, whereas it took me years to formalise my love of music via theory lessons. Instead, I would sit for hours and hours improvising on the piano. I also learned how to play guitar by copying metal riffs. My parents were into ’50s rock’n’roll, ’60s folk and classical music. 


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Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 3:58pm

1. Growing Up


I have a very vivid memory of being about five or six and being mesmerised by my Uncle Leo’s record collection, particularly the artwork. It would have been around 1986 – artists like Simple Minds, The Cars and Pat Benatar. I was obsessed with the song ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac. My parents were hard-working Italians and not that musical so I was the black...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 3:23pm

1. Growing Up


I bought my first record at four years old with some money I was given for my birthday, and after that all I wanted to do was learn the guitar. My folks weren’t musicians, but they were avid fans of music. I just remember music was always a staple part of my upbringing. It was always playing, and I have these memories of sifting through my parents’ record...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 2:24pm

Emo versus pop-punk: which will win? It's a question for the ages.


The ages 14 through 23, to be exact, but now us big kids can relive the glory days of emo and pop-punk with a new party at Sydney's Hudson Ballroom.


The announcement follows the recent addition of a monthly emo party to the...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 1:41pm

Indigenous collective Black Arm Band will celebrate a milestone with a career-spanning set at the City Recital Hall in April.


Soul singer Emma Donovan will lead this eight-strong ensemble of singers and musicians, including virtuoso didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, to mark ten years of Black Arm Band's music and art.


Expect to witness stories of Aboriginal history...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 1:27pm

DMA'S, Royal Headache and Green Buzzard are among our favourite Sydney bands, and they're all in on one of the Inner West's best kept secrets.


DMA'S, The Jezabels, Royal Headache, Sampa The Great, Shining Bird, Green Buzzard, Bec Sandridge, Flowertruck, Scabz and more are set to take over Railway Parade in Marrickville for the annual Bad Friday festival on Good Friday this year...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 12:20pm

The energetic, frenzied live show of Spanish groove merchants La Pegatina is hitting Australia for a small run of small club shows in May.


The band have been touring nonstop for 14 years, hitting up Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile, Japan, and Canada, but never reaching Australia – until now.


The band have scored a number of awards over the years:...

Posted 27 Mar 2017 @ 10:51am

Reviewed on Thursday March 23


I can’t imagine anyone could catch a Kate Miller-Heidke gig and not enjoy themselves.


Even if the music ain’t your cup of tea, she’s a well-seasoned performer these days and able to sprinkle wonderful (and risque) anecdotes and observations through her show with ease, like a petite, operatic Dean Martin. To up the ante even further...

Posted 27 Mar 2017 @ 10:17am

Reviewed on Thursday March 23 (photo by Ashley Mar)


Mike Noga has the devil in him. The one-time drummer for The Drones has emerged from the shadows and become a verifiable onstage horror, bolstered in no small part by the release of his excellent new upcoming record King.


Indeed, taking to the Metro Theatre stage on Thursday, the man drank up the spotlight as...

Posted 27 Mar 2017 @ 10:14am

Vivid Sydney is one of the main events on the Sydney arts calendar, seeing major national and international artists flood into the city to celebrate art, culture, and pretty, pretty lights.


Now Sydney musicians will get prime billing alongside these artists as part of X|Celerate: a collaboration with Destination NSW - which owns and manages Vivid Sydney - and City of Sydney. In...

Posted 27 Mar 2017 @ 10:02am

Reviewed on Friday March 24 (photo by Ashley Mar)


When it comes to explaining post-rock to people, it’s usually easiest to say something like, “Think adventurous alternative rock without the lyrics.” The support at the anticipated Sleepmakeswaves Sydney show were a good example. Caligula’s Horse are a solid – if not always thrilling – outfit that represent the metal side of the...

Posted 25 Mar 2017 @ 11:12am

It seems like the only thing that people in the music world are talking about right now is the new Gorillaz album, but considering we’ve been treated to a preview of the star-studded lineup of guests on the album, and ...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 11:35am

Hip hop? Hooray!


A lineup of four of the biggest names in hip hop from the early 2000s is joining forces for an Australian tour this year, all under the banner of Hip Hop Hooray.


And you can be sure they'll be delivering a no-holds-barred show.


Atlanta sound pioneers Ying Yang Twins, Chicago's rapid-fire rapper Twista, Miami's Trina and Nashville...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 11:26am

The 51st edition of the National Folk Festival is around the corner.


We're now three weeks away from the Easter long weekend and the annual takeover of Exhibition Park in Canberra by this feast of music, performance, talks and family-friendly fun.


For the first time, National Folk Festival has announced it'll host a new talks, forums and conversations program,...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 11:16am

It’s no wonder Parramatta is being heralded as Australia’s next major city.


From vast proposals for urban renewal, to new initiatives for live music, and the opening of trendy cafes and restaurants en masse throughout Western Sydney, the attraction to this new cultural capital is plain to see. 


With Sydney’s most culturally diverse population residing in the...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 9:00am

As it happens, I’ve known Heath Cullen for over 20 years now.


We became friends at school, bonding over Pearl Jam and Neil Young (though I don’t think he ever forgave my affection for ‘A Man Needs A Maid’), drinking cheap liquor and chasing rogue cows through the valley underbrush. I recall brewing tea while he sat at the piano trying to learn The Whitlams’ ‘Buy Now Pay Later (...

Posted 23 Mar 2017 @ 4:00pm

Trying to track both the recording and touring history of Bonnie Raitt is like trying to chart the family tree of the British monarchy – it’s an extensive process, but the results are impressive.


The American blues singer has toured extensively for nearly ten months out of each year she’s been active, won ten Grammy Awards and released an arsenal of material. Last year’s Dig In...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 4:41pm

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours sessions were among the most emotionally fraught in history, and you can hear it in every note on the demo for ‘Dreams’. 



The group was comprised of two couples – John and Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham – both of whom were going through break-ups at the time, writing kiss-off anthems, coded barbs and tales of...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 2:06pm

The Support Act music industry charity will honour Jenny Morris' contributions to charity and humanitarian work at this year's Music In The House event.


The event will be hosted by Rachel Ward and feature performances from Jimmy Barnes, Neil Finn, Montaigne and more.


Jenny Morris' music career spans back to 1979 with The Crocodiles, QED and multiple solo albums...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 1:14pm

The Tea Party have long been the dark horses of alt-rock.


Between 1993 and 2014 their eight albums have studiously refused to be pinned to one style or sound, and even after enjoying mainstream success – like their Canadian number one hit on the rock charts, ‘Heaven Coming Down’ – the trio maintain a mercurial personality. Australia has been a second home (literally, in the...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:53pm

When Dorsal Fins burst onto the scene back in 2015 with Mind Renovation, their debut album, they made an immediate impression. Their music seemed to function effortlessly, making all nine of their voices sound as one.


Helmed by Liam McGorry of Melbourne’s Eagle and The Worm and Saskwatch, what started out as an exchange of demos between him and songwriters Ella Thompson and...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:49pm

Ticket scalping has become a scourge on the music industry, both in Australia and overseas. But fighting the scalpers - and the bots - isn't a simple thing to do, reports JOSEPH EARP.




Bots And Bastards: The Contemporary Scalping Scene


“We’re sick and tired of the public being what we believe to be deceived.”
–  Mark Rowe of Her Majesty’s...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:10pm

Normally, it’s pretty easy to find Steel Panther – they’re almost always out on the road, taking their OTT glam metal style to their legion of adoring fans.


Failing that, they’ll be found in the back corner of some VIP bar, drinking anyone and everyone under the table as the clock ticks over into the early hours. In a rare moment of downtime, however, drummer Stix Zadinia...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 8:00am

Ask anyone – your nanna, a firefighter, that shop window over there – if they’re keen for Bluesfest this year, and you’ll find uniform expressions of terrified excitement.


It’s a lineup that strikes fear in the hearts of your enemies, that seduces you oceanside beneath a full moon (even if Neil Young has regretfully...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:50pm

The Northern Beaches' all-genre festival will return this April with a huge lineup. 


With a successful debut under its belt, Housefox Studios has announced that its festival, Housefox Fest, will be back in 2017.


While Housefox prides itself on showcasing music and artists of all genres, this year's headliners are definitely on the heavier side of things with...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:19pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in a pretty musical household. My dad played folk music. My mum was a great singer and they used to do duets at weddings, parties, et cetera. We had a piano and some nice guitars lying around, including the ’50s Gretsch hollow body that I play now. My dad bought it from his barber in the ’70s for 100 bucks. My parents were stupidly encouraging with...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:12pm

1. Your Profile


We’ll probably remind you, simultaneously, of the ’80s (without the hair) and early Tom Petty, with an Australian heart beating at the centre of every song. We love to play festivals outside in the gums, among some of our best people, and all we ask is that the punters dance (externally or internally) and allow themselves to be taken off into the many diverse...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 1:51pm

1. The First Record I Bought


l started playing the cello when l was five and took up the guitar when l was 14. At the time l was into punk and the first album l bought was Dookie by Green Day. That record changed my life – with songs like ‘Basket Case’, ‘She’ and ‘When I Come Around’ it was all l needed to start rocking!


2. The Last Record I Bought


Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 12:38pm

Reviewed on Saturday March 18


Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, socks and shoes, Wayne and Garth, and most importantly, wine and music. How could that not be a winning combination? The man behind Hot Dub Time Machine, Tom Loud, sure thought so. After the success of his aptly named Hot Dub Wine Machine event in McLaren Vale in 2016, Loud decided to bring his...