Tertiary Links


Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 5:03pm


Define your genre in five words or less:
Whiskey-infused, tropical pop-blues.
When are you releasing your EP?
My debut, Aloha, Au Revoir is set for release on Friday April 25, at the Northcote Uniting Church. A full-band show, with special guests; Dan Parsons & Eva McGowan. Needless to say...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 5:01pm


1. Growing Up
Growing up, music was everywhere. Most of us all went to high school together and played music. Sam (bass) and I would often cop it in year 12 for spending more time on our guitars than studying, but it all worked out. I’ve always been drawn to the lyrics and meanings of songs since I was little. I can remember watching documentaries about Tupac when I was about...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 4:58pm


Define your genre in five words or less:
Aussie indie folk.
How long have you been gigging and writing?
The four of us met around this time last year, so that's about how long we've been gigging. I (Lauren) have been writing songs solo for a long time. Now the songs are written specifically for the band to play, so they've taken on a new sound.

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 4:56pm


Define your genre in five words or less:
Fun, dark, thoughtful, hip-shaking blues-pop-soul.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Probably Nick Cave backed by Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys. We look more like Pierce Brosnan backed by various Fraggle Rock characters.
What part of making...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 4:54pm
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1. Zounds?! What's the big idea?
Didn't you know this weekend is Shakespeare's 550th birthday? What better way to celebrate than with a totally non-literary rock festival at the Tote. Gadzooks!
2. Hope you have a good headline act...
Of course. We have Van Walker's Heartbrokers – Australia's newest supergroup in their second only headline show. That's Van, Cal...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 4:15pm


Cultivating the eerie starkness of the Australian landscape, Courtney Barnett brandishes her distinctive vocal chops and disarming knack for frank lyricisms on Anonymous Club, the tranquil closer on EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose. It’s Courtney at her least rock-y, but most spectacular. Fingers crossed we receive her debut album proper sometime in 2014.

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 3:09pm

Two of Melbourne's most cherished and respected musicians Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen will team up to perform for one night in Melbourne this May.


Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music, with a career that has taken in everything from the ground breaking experimental punktonica of Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with The Dark Horses. In...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 3:06pm

Vancouver Sleep Clinic has announced he will embark on his first ever headline tour to support the release of his debut EP Winter, this May.


The tour will see Vancouver Sleep Clinic aka Brisbanite Tim Bettinson take in intimate venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. After cutting his teeth as an international support on sold out tours with the likes of London Grammar and...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 3:02pm

International singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris has announced he is heading Down Under this May.


Harris began his musical career in 1987 as the front man of Atlanta rock group, Follow for Now. In the decade that followed the split in 1994, Harris has written, produced and toured with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews and Carlos Santana. Within Australia, Harris and Guy...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 2:58pm

German heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced that they will be heading to Australia for the first time ever this November.


With a career spanning more than three decades, three reunions and a 14th studio album due out this July, the tour has been a long time coming for the five-piece. In the last twelve months ACCEPT have played at some of the largest music festivals on the...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 2:09pm

To say Yacht Club DJs know how to rock a guilty pleasure is an understatement. The born and bred Ballarat duo Guy Chappell and Gaz Harrison may as well own the term. Before they’d started their Oddity Number Five tour, Gaz, the hairier face of the two, told Beat that guilty pleasures are a  “bunch of bullshit”. “If you like it as a guilty pleasure then you genuinely like that music.” On Friday...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 2:00pm

In celebrating Easter on Good Friday we remember the sacrifice made to save the souls of all men and women… or fuck all that and let’s go to the punk rock show. Ditching the usual passive aggressive mess of family get-togethers, The Old Bar entertained a capacity crowd for the first show of the Mesa Cosa/Clowns Crucial Dudes Tour.
Mesa Cosa are Mexican fused garage punk, whose...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 1:55pm


Acknowledging Badu as one of her musical inspirations back at a Northcote Social Club gig last year, Nai Palm was giddy when recalling the moment she found out that the queen of soul was digging her beats with Hiatus Kaiyote. Who would have thought that less than a year later, she and her band would be joining Badu on an Australian tour. The quirky, polyrhythmic Melbourne band are an...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 1:51pm


The Copacabana might sound like an odd venue selection, but it was just one of the several gloriously-unusual aspects of tonight’s rock'n'roll hedonism.
Newcastle's The Gooch Palms are one of the country's finest niche-owning garage rock acts right now. The vocals-sharing male/female pair are perfectly matched. Dressed in skimpy leather print (guitarist Leroy in G-string...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 1:37pm

Melbourne lyricist REMI will hit the road this coming June and July to celebrate the release of his forthcoming album RAW X INFINITY.


The 11-stop tour covers all capital cities and a number of regional areas across the country, and will see REMi on stage with a full band. RAW X INFINITY is due for release Friday June 6 through REMI’s own DIY label House of Beige.

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 12:53pm

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Bodyjar are teaming up with Samiam, Blueline Medic and Clowns to form one of the best punk-rock lineups seen in Australia for a long time.


Bodyjar's first show (to the best of Mr Baines' memory) was at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond in August 1994. This was the first of thousands of shows around the globe. This tour adds five more shows...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 9:48am

My interview with Ambrose Kenny-Smith, vocalist, harmonica player and songwriter with psychedelic blues band The Murlocs, gets off to an aborted start. Twice I go through the laborious process of keying in the details of the record company’s phone card and Smith’s mobile number; on the completion of the first attempt, I’m greeted by the halting voice of a teenager, who professes complete...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 9:47am

These days it’s not uncommon to hear rock bands cite a hip hop influence. Sometimes it just means they’ve listened to stacks of Wu-Tang and bought baggier jeans, but occasionally a band manages to successfully integrate specific hip hop qualities into their own material.   


“We kind of got obsessed with this idea of making a fully-fledged hip hop record – like a rock’n’roll...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 9:44am

“Can we not talk about St Kilda?” says Jack Davies, the Tom Waits incarnate who fronts blues-rock act Bitter Sweet Kicks (BSK). Davies’ comment is met by a blank face from your correspondent and confused looks by band-mates Johnny Kicks (bass), Brendan Charlie (guitar/trumpet), Chris Taranto (guitar) and Harley McLeod.


The reason for the confounded looks is that the band has...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 9:36am

The name Dallas Crane has not been seen around as much recently, as it was in the mid-to-late 2000s, when it was kind of everywhere in Aussie rock circles. Between approximately 2004 and 2009, the band’s profile experienced a steady rise, releasing their third and fourth albums, touring relentlessly and garnering multiple ARIA Award nominations.


There has been a good reason why...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 4:20pm

This year’s Stonnington Jazz will see two musical families perform together.


James Morrison will be joined by his sons William and Harry in the James Morrison Inheritance. Clarinet player Denis Ball pairs with son, trumpeter Eugene in the Dennis Ball - Eugene Ball Sextet.
Two inspiring jazz singers return to Melbourne to play the event.  Chris McNulty has been...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 4:16pm

Melbourne eight-piece The Good China have announced they are splitting after six years – and will play two farewell shows.


The first is at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond on Saturday April 26, alongside Grizzly Jim Lawrie.
The second and final is at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday June 7 where they’ll be joined by two of their favourite bands, Spun...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 3:23pm


UV Race frontman Marcus Rechsteiner runs us through a stream of consciousness recount of share house malaise towards the end of Pantry Shelf, his internal monologue at war as he tries to rationalise the ethics of racking his housemates’ food and the unwillingness to walk down to the shops. It’s nice and laid back, a little bit like a stripped back UV Race cut with its solid acoustic...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 3:16pm


It is undeniable that in hardcore music there has been a shift towards rock'n'roll that has resulted in the genre receiving an 'amp up' - pardon the pun. Plague Vendor are the latest hard-edge band to release an album, that while unrelenting, offers a few hooks to let those of us without shaved heads or black tear tattoos to access their music.
The listener is not left...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 1:44pm

Having spent 2010 to 2012 pursuing a heavy touring schedule and generally kicking goals, Melbourne’s Eagle and the Worm took some time out to wash their clothes, detox/rehab, and get down to writing a big swag of songs for their forthcoming LP. 


They recently emerged with a bangin’ new single Automatic, along with a set of glorious new coats, brightly shining eyes, and a brand...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 12:15pm

This Queen’s Birthday, Howler are taking a cue from the matriarch herself and celebrating the public holiday with a stellar all-day party that combines music and art to create the sweetest mini-festival fit for the Queen herself. 


Howler will be transformed with local art installations, music, record and market stalls, the finest food trucks and even an in-house hairdresser....

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 11:28am

It’s not actually that long ago that Australian hip hop was a divisive, underground subgenre. Over the last decade it’s evolved from being a minority movement to a chart-dominating force and acts like Bliss N Eso now seem inextricably woven into the fabric of the local music scene. The Sydney trio’s latest record Circus In The Sky has just gone platinum and MC Bliss (aka Jonathan Notley)...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:55am

Three additional artists have been added to the lineup of what will be the final ever CherryRock.


Leading the pack is Brant Bjork, a man who is revered for his impeccable stoner rock pedigree in KYUSS and Fu Manchu on drums, and has taken lead vocals and guitar via the Californian Desert to a new transcendental high on his seminal stoner albums Somera Sol, Punk Rock Guilt and...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:46am

Melbourne’s own cheeky masters of punk rock party times The Bennies have announced a headline tour, supported by Sydney's psychedelic comrades Fait Accompli. 


The Bennies stormed into 2014 with their Knights Forever tour, which was their biggest, wildest, loudest and most successful tour to date. Add to that their first ever tour of NZ, a coveted slot on the Soundwave lineup...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 8:12am

Already mourning the end of the 2013/2014 summer festival season? Never fear - the lineup for the 14th incarnation of Splendour In The Grass is here to get you looking forward.


The 2014 Splendour will feature Outkast (only Australian show), Two Door Cinema Club (only Australian show), Lily Allen, Interpol (only Australian show), Foster The People, Angus & Julia Stone, City...