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Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:12pm

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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 17 Mar 2017 @ 4:00pm

Aussie musical comedy outfit Tripod have been performing together for more than two decades now, and if the last few years are anything to go by, they’ve no intention of winding things down.

 

Forming in 1997, the boys known as Scod, Gatesy and Yon are veterans of the performing circuit and masters of their trade.

 

It’s clear that Australian audiences still value...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:23pm

Stick around long enough on Sydney’s music scene and you’re bound to witness some changes – not just to the city’s musical landscape, but to your band itself.

 

Stalwarts of the punk rock scene for well over 30 years, Hard-Ons are one of Australia’s most prevalent groups, and have certainly experienced their share of adjustments. This year alone they’ve undergone a colossal...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 4:55pm

A music lover's paradise, hidden in the bush.

 

The three-day music and arts festival The Gum Ball will take place at Dashville once again, home to its fellow Dashville Skyline, PigSty In July and Thrashville festivals in the Hunter Valley. The Gum Ball is cozy, family-friendly and BYO (but leave glass at home!).

 

The festival focuses on developing an eclectic mix...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 11:00am

This September marks 20 years since the release of Shihad’s eponymous third LP, commonly known as The Fish Album.

 

To celebrate, the Kiwi hard rockers have remastered and reissued the album on vinyl, and they’re heading out on a national Australian tour. It’d be an exaggeration to say Shihad still sounds brand new, but the production doesn’t seem dated, allowing the songs to...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 5:31pm

Pigsty In July has announced their first group of artists.

 

The little sister of The Gum Ball and Dashville Skyline is a one-day bush bash with a second-hand formal dress code.
 
This year's festival will be headlined by New Zealand rockers Shihad, who are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1996 self-titled album. Fans can expect a set of old and new...

Posted 11 Apr 2016 @ 9:00am

The Davidson Brothers, Hamish and Lachlan, have been at the forefront of Australian bluegrass for over 20 years now.

 

They have witnessed first-hand the peaks and troughs the scene has experienced over that time, from a virtual drought in their youth, to the widespread resurgence it is enjoying today. Their first album, Blue Spruce, was recorded when the 13- and 15-year-old...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 4:36pm

I first fell in unhealthy, hiding-outside-his-kitchen-window-with-a-lute love with Jeff Lang at the Woodford Folk Festival.

 

The passion of his playing and the commitment to each song was a revelation, and though I’ve since had the fortune to catch him playing solo gigs in enclosed venues, I feel that witnessing the ‘disturbed folk’ muso in full festival mode is ideal. Lucky,...

Posted 27 Mar 2016 @ 11:00am

“I can’t believe you can hear me all the way over in Australia!” Kristin Hersh – author of two books, mother of four children and indie darling – cackles down the line as she candidly chats away in the apartment she has just moved into in New Orleans.

 

“We had the phone line installed two days ago,” she explains. “We’ve only had trouble with it so far. I had a friend call me...

Posted 26 Mar 2016 @ 10:00am

Darvid Thor has a beautiful voice. Not that you’d know by listening to his albums.

 

The Cactus Channel, the ten-piece neo-soul band for which Thor serves as guitarist, eschew vocals altogether, save for the odd collaboration with the likes of Chet Faker. It’s a shame – resonant and deep, Thor’s tones make every word coming out of his mouth sound wise and considered, even when he...

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