Music News

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 1:56pm

When the students at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts were promised a masterclass from a special guest, they weren't expecting this.


On Tuesday November 22, superstar performer Justin Timberlake took time out from promoting his latest animated feature, Dreamworks Animation's Trolls, to drop in on the local...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 10:49am

Violent Femmes are heading off on their biggest tour since 2005.


It comes in the wake of their sold-out national jaunt in March that took them through headline spots at festivals including Golden Plains and A Day On The Green.

As well as taking on major cities, the 'Australia All Over Tour' will see them cover regional areas. The tour is promising both old...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 10:37am

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their watershed self-titled EP, Dead Letter Circus have locked in a very special tour.


The band will be reimagining and reinterpreting tracks from their debut EP, giving a new spin on a record that inspired a generation of musicians to follow in its footsteps. 


The tour comes in part as a response to fans, who...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 4:12pm

Australia's favourite soul and funk crew The Bamboos are playing their first Basement gig since 2006, accompanied by a collection of friends and the iconic Sydney fireworks.


If you're sick of going to the same house party every New Year's Eve, The Bamboos have the perfect escape for you.


Along with a performance from the band, DJs Frenzie, Meem and Paris Pompor...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 1:15pm

Three Sydney bands are coming together for a dual album launch.


After 13 months without a gig, The Prehistorics will be hitting the stage to launch their fourth album, Storm The Gates.


The Stukas will also be releasing their album on the night. The record is titled Ju-87 and is the debut full-length from the band after 30 years of touring together.


Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 1:11pm

Freedom 1.0, presented by Volumes and Oxford Art Factory, will be the first of four free events that OAF is hosting to celebrate its tenth birthday year in 2017.


With an assortment of some of Australia's most exciting newcomers, the night is sure to be memorable.


Freedom 1.0 has been curated by Volumes, locking in the likes of The Gooch Palms, Middle Kids and...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 1:02pm

Glasgow's exciting hitmaker is heading to Sydney for a night of non-stop dance-inducing beats.


The producer will be bringing together some of Australia's most innovative acts in the electronic music scene right now, like friendships, Fossa Beats, and GXNXYS. 


Hudson Mohawke is currently a big name in the electronic world, having worked with icons like ...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 12:21pm

Well, this should be suitably bonkers. Shock comedy king Eric Andre is taking over Rage.


Whether it's offending celebrities, smashing furniture or eating his own vomit, Eric Andre always goes to the extreme for a gag (pun intended). Most well known for his surreal faux talk show The Eric Andre Show, Andre is the modern master of pushing the boundaries of taste and decency in...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 11:06am

Next year, Sydney Festival's Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park will host three weeks' worth of free music for the family to enjoy.


The village will host an all-Australian lineup over the 21 nights, accompanied by a tasty selection of food stalls.


Included in the lineup are Broadway Sounds, Electric Fields and Mighty Duke & The Lords. There will also be a...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 10:06am

Sydney's divisive lockout laws and alcohol trading regulations will be changed after an announcement from Premier Mike Baird today.


Update: Mike Baird has officially announced the changes, which will apply to "live music venues" from January, while the restraints will remain in place for other venues. Small bars (with an increased capacity of 100 people) will be able to trade...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 5:59pm

During a show at Sydney's Enmore Theatre last night, US songwriter Ryan Adams treated the audience to several new songs.


Most of the new material came from Adams' forthcoming record, Prisoner, but he surprised everyone - including his band - with an improvised song about... toast.



Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 4:36pm

Legendary DJ Z-Trip is heading to Sydney.


Considered one of the sharpest live DJs in the game, Z-Trip has found acclaim from tastemakers and fans alike the world over, taking over the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, SXSW and Big Day Out (RIP) with lauded sets. 


Most recently, he collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry to rework Bob Marley’s classic...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 3:56pm

Two kits. One stage. One legendary pair of drummers.


Two of the drumming world's biggest names, Carmine and Vinny Appice will hit Sydney as part of their 'Drum Wars' tour.


The legendary brothers have been the engine room for some of the most lauded bands of recent times, spanning everything from Black Sabbath and Dio to Ozzy Osbourne and Rod Stewart....

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 2:07pm

Kingswood have emerged from hibernation with a new album under their arm, ready to take on Australia with a national tour. 


Recorded in Nashville's Sound Emporium (which was where influential records from Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes and Pharell were created), new record After Hours, Close To Dawn is due out Friday March 3, 2017. 


Their forthcoming album...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:54am

Courtyard Sessions is returning to the Seymour Centre in 2017, bringing back the beloved and free Friday night sunset gigs for another year.


The 2017 program features a diverse range of acts including CMC-nominated Imogen Clark, Frank Sultana, the honky-tonk sounds of The Cruisin’ Deuces, and Nashville regular Amber Rae Slade. 


As well as superb live music, the...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:50am

The Goochies are back in business, locking in new Sydney shows as they return to Australia.


You could say 2016 has been a stellar year for the beloved duo. They managed to write, record and self-release their sophomore album, Introverted Extroverts to acclaimed reviews, launch their very own record label and tour three different continents multiple times.


Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:49am

Future Folk is coming in 2017 to keep the summertime party going with a lineup that not only embraces but celebrates the innovative, new and weird.


Brisbane's high-powered dub/bass dance outfit Dubmarine are headlining, and they'll be joined by Kiwi singer Matiu Te Huki, percussionists Circle Of Rhythm, seven-piece soul group New Venusians, swinging swamp blues band Queen...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 5:19pm

Riff lords Helmet are heading our way on a newly announced Sydney show.


The band will be playing their classic album Betty from start to finish, as well as cuts from their latest record Dead To The World. 


Released in 1994, Betty spawned tracks including 'Wilma's Rainbow', 'Milquetoast' and 'Biscuits for Smut'. 


Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 12:17pm

The Twilight At Taronga series is almost upon us for another summer, and shows are selling fast.


Organisers have confirmed that Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants have joined the growing list of sold-out acts in the stunning harbourside location for 2017, while returning rock heroes Jet have locked in their local supports.


Indie rockers WildHoney will join...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 12:06pm

Next week's instalment of Live At The Sly has some extra special musical treats in store for attendees.


Headlining the night is a blooming flower among the indie rock community, Tom Stephens. His appearance follows the release of his debut...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 11:59am

Conor Oberst, the musician behind esteemed projects Bright Eyes, Monsters Of Folk and Desaparecidos, is bringing his solo show to the Sydney Opera House in February.


The one-off show, exclusive to Sydney, will see the Nebraskan songwriter perform his seventh solo album Ruminations in its entirety.


The record was released in October and has gone on to achieve...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 5:48pm

American post-hardcore band I Prevail will be landing on Australian shores for the first time next year in celebration of their first studio album, Lifelines.


Forming in late 2014, the six-piece group gained popularity after posting a cover of Taylor Swift's song Blank Space to YouTube.

The band from Michigan, USA have already garnered the attention of...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 2:37pm

Sydney's own genre-benders Sticky Fingers will go on an "indefinite hiatus" following their summer festival commitments.



The news follows Sticky Fingers' previously documented time away in 2015, when they cancelled a string of UK and...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 2:04pm

Lovers of techno, grab your favourite pair of raving shoes because British DJ and house music pioneer Carl Cox will be touring the country with a new sound and an exciting lineup of musicians behind him.


Ending his 15 year Space Ibiza residency this year, Cox will be returning to Sydney to further showcase Pure, his next techno venture, event and brand.


Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 11:06am

After an extended hiatus, Fleet Foxes are returning to the touring circuit - detailing plans of a world tour that looks to take them back Down Under once more.


Fleet Foxes frontman and chief songwriter Robin Pecknold shared a rough tour schedule via Instagram, bringing the group to live shows in Europe, the US, and Australia. 


"Australia in May, EU in...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 9:57am

Live Nation Entertainment has bought into 51 per cent of Secret Sounds, the promoter behind the 24-year-old Falls Festival  (Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, Fremantle) and Byron Bay’s 16-year-old Splendour In The Grass. 


Secret Sounds is run by co-CEOs Jessica Ducrou and ex-Powderfinger manager Paul Piticco. The news was announced this morning.


The two festival...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 9:46am

A wealth of artists will get together to celebrate the late, great musician in January.


The loss of visionary David Bowie was one of the hardest to bear in a year that has been made infamous for the deaths of some of music's greatest. 


The talent and extraordinary life of Bowie will be celebrated in style by a number of artists in Sydney next year, including...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 6:03pm

The dance legend will play Darling Harbour locations Bungalow 8 and The Loft.


Three-time Grammy-nominated Paul Oakenfold will top the lineup for a massive New Year's Day party in Darling Harbour. 


The Englishman has become a stalwart of the dance scene, and has earned residenices at super-clubs Amnesia and Pacha. He has worked in collaboration with and remixed...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 2:54pm

On ‘Beach Fires’, Carus Thompson shines a light on Australia’s troubling rural ice epidemic with the help of producer Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac, Dan Sultan, Eskimo Joe).


The single is lifted off his forthcoming sixth album Island – his first release since Caravan in 2011 – and proves to paint a vivid lyrical of escape, breaking out, leaving an imploding town behind and starting...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 1:25pm

The award-winning singer-songwriter is taking his fourth LP to some of Australia’s most eclectic towns and venues.


After recently marrying, Carty’s insurgence has seen him take the stage at the coveted Primavera Sound music festival, receive the much-maligned, biannual APRA Professional Development Award and release bedroom product Home State.


The album was...