Music News

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 3:08pm

Indie music event company Mikado has programmed its last lineup at the Newtown institution Slyfox.


The final Live At The Sly has been announced after two years of putting together some of the finest bills. 


The send-off party will feature Inner West groovy six-piece Midnight Tea Party, Portugese Jazz babe Inês, and eclectic, hard-to-define La Tarantella....

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 12:47pm

Ahead of the release of their new album Everyone We Know, Blue Mountains hip hop group Thundamentals are touring the country with an art exhibition.


In collaboration with Sydney artist and designer April77 Creative (AKA Ben Funnell), whose work fans will recognise from the So We Can Remember and Everyone We Know albums, the Everyone We Know: Exhibition Tour will feature a...

Posted 26 Jan 2017 @ 11:03am

It’s been a tragic week in Australian music following the death of professional stuntman Johann Ofner on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video, but it’s heartening to see an outpouring of support from the community in an effort to aid the family he leaves behind.



It’s been a tragic week in Australian music following the death of professional stuntman Johann Ofner on the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 6:41pm

Three years since resurrecting the beloved Sando, Newtown Social Club has announced it will close its doors this April.


An email circulated from Newtown Social Club representative Sally Mather dated today, Wednesday January 25, has confirmed the sad news.


In the email, the Newtown Social Club owners say: "Whilst the live music part of the business was a...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 12:16pm

Tour promoter Penny Drop has announced that flight delays may disrupt the sold-out Car Seat Headrest show at Oxford Art Factory tonight, Wednesday January 25.


Thankfully, however, frontman and bandleader Will Toledo has already arrived in town, and is preparing to perform solo if need be.


Meanwhile, his three bandmates' flights are now due to land in Sydney at 8...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 12:01pm

Japanese artist/musician/didgeridoo player Goma has announced a one-night-only Sydney show this February.


Goma (real name Hiroki Morimoto) discovered his love of the didge in 1994, and it helped him recover from a near-fatal car accident in 2009. As a result of that accident, he suffered amnesia, and to recover, he used art and the didgeridoo as a form of therapy. 

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:55am

London hard-rock five-piece Thunder are set to play their first Australian dates in their 28-year career this March.


Beginning in 1989, Thunder have been a solid heavy metal attraction in their homeland, securing a respected reputation amoung fans. After break-ups and reformations, Thunder are finally bringing the storm to the Factory Theatre on Tuesday March 7.

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 11:55am

28-year-old Gold Coast actor Johann Ofner has been identified as the man shot and killed during the filming of a Bliss N Eso music video.


Ofner was shot in the chest inside Brisbane bar Brooklyn Standard at 1:55pm yesterday.


According to a post...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 11:44am

Until now, if an Aussie band wanted to press up a vinyl record for a decent price, its best option was to manufacture overseas.


This can be fraught with difficulty, as test pressings, file transfer, the differences between mastering audio for separate formats, the huge beginners’ curve, and all the other annoying intricacies of pressing onto vinyl can often be compounded:...

Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 4:53pm

An actor in his 20s was killed on the set of a video shoot “following a workplace incident in Brisbane city this afternoon”, A QLD Police spokesperson has confirmed.


Despite earlier claims that the shots were fired on the set on Pacific Rim, which is filming in the city, the production house have denied the incident happened on their set.


Many reports are coming...

Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 2:25pm

It seems Bluesfest just won’t stop growing.


Despite suffering the loss of both Neil Young and Barry Gibb, the festival organisers have recovered from their setbacks and delivered a truly impressive lineup.


The newest addition to the bill is Australia’s own living legend, Courtney Barnett, a noted Patti Smith-ophile who will also be playing an exclusive show with...

Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 9:07am

They're in our blood.


It's a good time to be a fan of The Veronicas. After a not inconsiderable break from the spotlight, the brace of belters returned last year with anthemic banger 'In My Blood' and since then their comeback has seen them launch from strength to strength.


Now, thrillingly, the two have been announced as part of the 2017 Mardi Gras lineup,...

Posted 22 Jan 2017 @ 3:52pm

Mere days after NSW police blocked yesterday's Keep Sydney Open protest march via legal action, a new, bigger march has been scheduled for February 18th.


After yesterday's Keep Sydney Open march was thwarted by the NSW Police Commissioner's rushed legal action on Thursday...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 3:58pm

Democracy in action.


The NSW Supreme Court has blocked Keep Sydney Open's third scheduled rally, which was set to take place in Kings Cross this Saturday January 21.


According to a post on the Keep Sydney Open Facebook page, the authorities were notified of the plans to protest back on Monday...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:31pm

The Victorian alt-soul babes will hit the road this February. 


The seven-member band, which formed in high school, was quickly initiated into the main soul scene of Melbourne. Since then, though, The Cactus Channel have continously evolved, blending jazz, hip hop and alternative rock sounds into their catalogue. 


They are preparing to record the follow-up to...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:14pm

Seven new artists round out an epic line up of psych, fuzz and noise. 


Brisbane rockers Dreamtime will join a host of local talent for the third instalment of Sydney Psych Fest. Grinding Eyes and Unity Floors will both be making their Psych Fest debut, whille heavier sounds will come from Comacozer and Thorax. 


The Jim Mitchells will bring their usual surfy acid...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:10pm

Award-winning and emerging indigenous artists will take the stage in April. 


The First Peoples' Program has been announced by the National Folk Festival, joining a massive lineup for 2017.


Leading the pack will be Genise and Nicholas Williams, Aranda people from the Northern Territory. Hailing from Aboriginal country music royalty, their music tells the story of...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:03pm

The NSW State Government has announced the first three Sydney venues to be given an exemption from the controversial lockout laws... but only for an extra half an hour.


CBD venues the Palace Hotel, the Observer Hotel and the ArtHouse Hotel have qualified under the Government's...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 11:10am

Following NSW Premier Mike Baird’s shock departure from parliament yesterday, the BRAG can exclusively reveal details of the official Mike Baird Retirement Party.


Taking place tomorrow night (Saturday January 21) at Darlinghurst’s anti-establishment drinking venue The Oxford Circus, the...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 9:10am

The New South Wales Police Commissioner has launched legal proceedings to prevent Keep Sydney Open from hosting a rally in Kings Cross this Saturday night, January 21.


The protest march was announced earlier this week, and is due to include a DJ set by Sydney dance legends...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 8:14am

It’s been a long, long wait, but your favourite animated band are back with a brand new track, the apocalyptic ‘Hallelujah Money’.


People are feeling a bit testy about Donald Trump’s imminent inauguration, and the Gorillaz are no different, detailing the themes at work here in an announcement this morning.


“Dark times – u need someone to look up to. Me. Here’s a...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 4:02pm

The blues master will be playing an intimate gig at the saloon this Sunday.


Since 1995, Ross Ward has appeared at ten separate Bluesfests and has performed at virtually every major blues festival Australia has to offer.


His band Wards Xpress released their EP Five Lanes in 2012, which hit number one on the Australian Blues & Roots Most Played chart.

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

The first of the markets for this year will have all the rock'n'roll accessories you could need along with live bands and DJs.


The February edition of the Sydney Rock 'N' Roll & Alternative Market will be filled with the live sounds of Spurs For Jesus, A Band Called Twang, The Hellcat III, The Drey Rollan Band and DJ performances from Limpin' Jimmy and The Swingin' Kitten,...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 2:18pm

As the announcement of the triple j Hottest 100 on Australia Day draws near, two A.B. Original tracks have been recognised in APRA AMCOS’ own top songs list, the shortlist for the esteemed APRA Song of the Year.


The tracks about the often dismissed side of Australia Day (‘January 26’) and the celebration of strength (‘2 Black 2 Strong’) – both from ARIA top ten-charting album...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 2:06pm

Before Shannon Noll, there was Moving Pictures.


Forming in 1978, the band came into the spotlight afer the release of its 1982 hit 'What About Me', which reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.


In 2004, the song was brought back to the public's attention when Aussie legend Nollsie covered it after being robbed on Australian Idol.



Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

Celebrate the vibrant culture of Latin America as the festival returns for its 37th year.


After a two-year hiatus, the Latin American Festival returned last year and drew record crowds to Bondi. 


The festival is a chance for Sydney's 106,000 Latin American Australians to celebrate and share their culture.


The day will feature performances from a...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:43pm

The launch party is named Punk Out with Camp Out, and will be raising money for LGBTQIA+ youth.


Stellar Addiction, a five-piece pop-punk band from Sydney, have been touring their debut album Full Moon Sky around Europe and Japan over the past couple of years. Now, they're ready to release new music to their hometown fans.


On the night of the launch party, the...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 9:45am

It looks like Mike Baird's time has come.


The New South Wales Premier has just announced his resignation from the role and his retirement from politics, effective next week.


I'm retiring from politics. It's been an honour to serve you, NSW. pic.twitter.com/eFInOqoC19

— Mike Baird (@...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 9:18am

Cult Nigerian electronic music artist William Onyeabor has died at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, aged 70.


Onyeabor's musical career peaked between 1977 and 1985, during which time he released nine full-length albums of electronic funk. One of the most remarkable aspects of his recording career was that he pressed and printed his own records at Wilfilms Limited, his personal...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 7:42pm

Ngaiire, No Zu and Broadway Sounds lead the charge when the party hits Marrickville this Feb.


Apparently inspired by "kerbside parties from around the globe", the brilliant LGBTIQ+ party-starters of Heaps Gay are throwing one hell of a gig, with a lineup that'd make plenty of mini-festivals jealous.


Having just picked up the FBi Radio SMAC award last night for '...