Music News

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:32pm

Red Bull Sound Select makes a return to Paddington Uniting Church for its first event in 2017, bringing Kelsey Lu, Jack Grace and Bec Sandridge.


Sound Select is back to continue its monthly schedule of showcasing upcoming music talent.


Artists featuring on the lineup for February 2017 include Brooklyn-based cellist Kelsey Lu, making her Aussie live debut....

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 9:16am

The Australian Music Prize is one step closer to announcing the best Australian album of 2016.


The 12th AMP is set to be awarded in March, with $30,000 in prize money going to the winner courtesy PPCA. Now, the 16 AMP judges have revealed their shortlist of nine albums in the running, whittled down from 364 new releases in...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

The return of the long-haired lotharios!


France's acclaimed experimental metal duo Alcest have announced their triumphant antipodean return. The head-banging overlords are set to head back to Sydney on what is sure to be a blistering, uncompromised tour through our fair land, bringing with them a swathe of new material.


The band is well known for belting out a...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 4:24pm

This wasn't the preparation Fanny Lumsden had in mind ahead of her massive shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival this year.


The youthful star of Aussie country songwriting landed in Tamworth ahead of the festival, which begins this weekend, but a nasty surprise awaited her when her beloved acoustic guitar came off the plane.

This is...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 11:51am

As part of our ongoing strategy to champion local music, arts, comedy and food (glorious food), the BRAG team are delighted to announce we’ve entered a deal with new music media publishing company Seventh Street Media.


Along with online music media publisher Tone Deaf, B2B music industry hub...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 12:18pm

Keep Sydney Open, the movement opposing the lockout laws that have crippled Sydney's entertainment scene, will host its first night rally this Saturday.


The rally will march through Kings Cross, perhaps the suburb most severely affected by venue closures in the wake of the lockout laws' introduction in 2014.


It will feature a performance from leading Sydney...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 12:00pm

Forward-thinking prog metal outfit Protest The Hero will be back on Aussie shores this year. 


It’s an appropriate moment for the Canadian rockers to cross the Pacific, as their new record Pacific Myth – initially a subscription-based release – landed in full last year.

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 11:42am

At last, some good news for any Sydney entertainment venue that doesn’t happen to be a multi-billion-dollar casino with governmental stakeholders.​


Venues can apply for a later lockout time of 2am and last drinks of 3:30am on nights they provide live entertainment after midnight.


“Live entertainment” is classified as:

​events where people are engaged to...
Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 4:25pm

Beer lovers and wannabe pirates alike, gather round. Lagerfest is coming back to town with its usual combination of beer, bands and buckets of fun. (Try saying that one five times fast!)


For the fourth year running, Lagerfest will take over The Bald Faced Stag with Lagerstein, Darker Half, The Stiffys, Valhalore, Keggin, Saralisse, Head In A Jar and Eightball Junkies as well as...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 4:20pm

After five years, Sydney-based blues trio Chase The Sun are back with a brand new single and a huge run of east coast tour dates this February, starting right here in Sydney. 


'Live It Up' is the first single from the band's upcoming, as-yet-untitled third album and is a celebration of life in all its glory. It features blistering guitar work, punchy rhythms and funk-laden bass...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 2:48pm

Veteran rockers Eskimo Joe and Blue Mountains hip hop outfit Thundamentals are set to head a stellar lineup of artists playing this year's all-day Australia Day bash at Parramatta Park. 


R&B singer Thandi Phoenix and Western Sydney’s own girl-group sensation BEATZ will also take the stage.


Thundamentals' MC Jeswon says they're super pumped to be playing for...

Posted 10 Jan 2017 @ 12:42pm

UK rockers Kasabian have locked in two exclusive shows at the Sydney Opera House this year.


Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno and friends will make their way Down Under for two nights only, and the famous sails are the only place to see them.


Kasabian have cemented their reputation as the latest torch-bearers in a long line of mega British rock bands, and the only...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 3:36pm

The Aussie roots ensemble will play Mona Vale Hotel in January.


Blue King Brown, formed in Byron Bay by Natalie Pa'apa'a and Carlo Santone, have three albums under their belt and have supported big names such as Damien Marley, Silverchair, Carlos Santana and The Cat Empire. Now, they will bring their beats-driven sound to Sydney early 2017.


Hailed as "the voice...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 1:01pm

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) has revealed the details for its new Sydney campus launching in 2017.


The Surry Hills location, located 150m from Central Station and directly opposite Prince Alfred Park on Chalmers Street.


AMPA's flagship Tom Mann Theatre at the new campus will be a venue capable of hosting live music, theatre, musicals, dance,...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 12:47pm

The indie pop twins have long been advocates, but now they'll officially be fighting for the rights of LGBTQ women under their new foundation. 


The Tegan and Sara Foundation will focus on improving the "economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women" as announced via their website.


The duo began building their foundation on their...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 12:42pm

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have unleashed the latest taste from their forthcoming album.


Nuclear Fusion is the newest cut from their hotly anticipated album, Flying Microtonal Banana and comes in the wake of previous banger, Rattlesnake. 


King Gizz's Stu Mackenzie has alluded to microtonal experimentation on their forthcoming release, telling...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 4:49pm

Australia’s very own starman is returning to The Basement in January for the first show in a national tour of Bowie Unzipped.


Jeff Duff's tribute show marks the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death and is one of what is sure to be many tributes to the original Ziggy Stardust coming up to the date.


With Bowie Unzipped shows having been an integral part of...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 3:33pm

Head down to Marrickville on NYD to catch some great live bands, party-starting DJs and good food and drink.


All day there will be live bands playing including Hockey Dad, Unity Floors, Betty & Oswald and Greenwave Beth.


Once the bands wrap up, Aussie legends Donny Benet and Kirin J Callinan will be jumping on the decks to keep the party going all night....

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 2:34pm

Catch Deep Sea Arcade and Yeo at El Topo in Bondi next year as the venue continues its live music series in 2017. 


Throughout November and December of this year, El Topo Basement has been hosting some of the best Australian up-and-coming acts. Bands like The Lulu Raes, WildHoney and Ocean Alley have already performed as part of the ongoing series that happens every Friday at...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 1:05pm

Singer/songwriter Evan Klar is hitting the road.


The tour comes in the wake of his debut single, Sleep. The 27-year-old artist cut his teeth working as a session player alongside the likes of Charli XCX and Alex Metric before moving to Melbourne and developing a sound of his own, signing to EMI before he'd even played his first official show. 


"Before I start...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 11:53am

The five-piece jazz combo led by Michael Griffin will be playing a show in early January at Foundry616.


The Sydney-born saxophonist is making a big name for himself in the jazz community worldwide.


He's worked with jazz legend Billy Kaye in New York, been a finalist four times for the Generations In Jazz James Morrison Scholarship, and this year he was nominated...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 11:53am

Join King Tide and friends as they usher in the New Year with a party at Lazybones Lounge.


If you still haven't made plans for NYE, King Tide have got you covered as they bring in DJ Nothing and DJ Ted Vassall for what's sure to be a swell night.


The ARIA-nominated band will also be playing a special set of roots and reggae tunes on the night.



Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 11:51am

For the final Live At The Sly of 2016, you can expect a big show with Narla, Taylor King and Maroota Joe set to perform.


Slyfox in Enmore has been working hard all year to provide sweet live gigs for Sydneysiders with its Live At The Sly series.


To end the year, it'll be hosting what's sure to be a night of headbanging as three Sydney rock acts take the stage....

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 9:40am

Western Australian native, surfer and X Factor alumnus Matt Gresham will be back on Aussie shores next year in support of his brand new single 'Survive On Love.'


Gresham released his debut album One Night Away in 2014 and has been charming audiences with beautiful ballads and a swoonworthy voice pretty much ever since.


He's been living in Berlin and working on a...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:47am

Austrian psych/prog trio Mother’s Cake are making the big trek down to Australian soil in support of their third full release album.


The tour will see Mother’s Cake make their second ever appearance in the country, with Aussie punters not having caught the group since their 2014 tour.


Having played with the likes of AC/DC, Iggy Pop, Deftones, Wolfmother,...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 10:33am

Fresh from wrapping up a headline tour with Birds of Tokyo, Melbourne rock outfit Strangers have locked in a headline show.


The four-piece will be giving audiences a taste of their forthcoming second album MIRRORLAND. It's been a big year for the group, who have recently signed with Sony Music and head into the studio with Shihad's Tom Larkin.

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 5:13pm

Barry Gibb has cancelled his Australian tour plans citing "a change in international commitments".


As it is not possible to reschedule the performances, refunds will be available to all ticket holders of the Live Nation produced headline shows. Ticketholders do not have to take any action.


For Byron Bay Bluesfest patrons, Monday Single Day Tickets are...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 5:05pm

Following on from their last two successful tours, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox is coming back for more.


2016 saw the group take on a 75-date sold-out European tour, as well as covering North America and selling out their debut Australian tour the year prior. 


An internet phenomonen, Postmodern Jukebox have amassed millions of views for their style...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 3:18pm

Sydney Psych Fest is bringing the good vibes back to town for a third time in 2017.


The independent-run and diversity-focused music festival will return to the Factory Theatre in February with a pair of international headliners.


Carsick Cars and White+, two of China's best indie exports, lead a first round lineup that's also packed with Aussie talent. Flyying...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 12:09pm

Melbourne punk rockers Lazertits are bringing the party to Sydney in 2017.


It'll be the triple j Unearthed favourites' first trip to our fine city, and they'll bring some of their finest hits along with them, including 'Boss Bitch' and 'Ladies'.


And if you need some more Lazertits to get you through the holiday season, the band has announced a 2017 calendar. 50...