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Lake Minnetonka give us in-depth look into ‘Melbourneapolis’

Melbourneapolis is out now digitally. Lake Minnetonka will live launch the album at Howler on Friday February 23, where CDs and vinyl will be available.

Bashka: the urge to merge traditional music with an electronic twist

Bashka will perform as part of WOMADelaide 2018, held from Friday March 9 until Monday March 12 in Botanic Park, Adelaide. 

Django Django's third album, Marble Skies, takes fans back to the freedom of the band's debut

Django Django’s third album Marble Skies is out now on Because Music/Caroline Australia.

Nick Cave, Gender Politics, and What it Means to be a Fan: Inside the Australian Music Vault Talks

Australian Music Vault Talks will take place at Arts Centre Melbourne from March until June 2018. It’ll open with Gender Imbalance in the Music Industry on Thursday March 1.

Littlefoot: sarcasm, touring, and the dirtiest dive-bars Melbourne has to offer

Littlefoot will play at Cherry Bar on Saturday February 24. Their EP Fear Out East is out now.

Vance Joy quietly considers new album, Nation of Two

Vance Joy will release Nation of Two on Friday February 23 via Liberation Records. He’ll perform at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday September 15.

Shigeto on his need for experimentation and how Detroit seeps into his music

Shigeto will perform at Oxford Art Factory on Friday February 23 and The Night Cat in Fitzroy on Saturday February 24. Tickets available here. The New Monday is out now via Ghostly Intl.

GUM: lavish psych-pop borne from Jay Watson's experimental streak

GUM will play By The Meadow Festival in Bambra, Victoria taking place from Friday April 6 until Sunday April 8. The festival also features Fazerdaze, Tiny Little Houses, and Nadia Reid, among others.

Moving on and up: Benjamin Booker on guilt and growth

Benjamin Booker will perform at Byron Bay Bluesfest, taking place from Thursday March 29 until Monday April 2 featuring Lionel Ritchie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Ms Lauryn Hill, Kesha, and more. He’ll headline the Corner Hotel on Saturday May 31, with support from Jade Imagine and Baby Blue.

Pow! Negro: The next generation of Australian hip hop

Pow! Negro will perform at WOMADelaide, coming to Botanic Park from Friday March 9 until Monday March 12. They’ll headline Northcote Social Club on Saturday March 10, with Allysha Joy and Kuzich. b

Beck on preparing his extensive back catalogue for a live performance

Beck will perform at Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday February 28. Colors is out now via EMI Music Australia.

First Aid Kit on why they needed to step away from the band

First Aid Kit’s Ruins is out now via Sony Music Australia. They’ll perform at Byron Bay Bluesfest, taking place from Thursday March 19 until Monday April 2. They’ll also headline The Croxton on Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6, and Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday April 7.

Lake Minnetonka bring together the sound of Melbourne and Minneapolis

Melbourneapolis is out now digitally. Lake Minnetonka will live launch the album at Howler on Friday February 23, where CDs and vinyl will be available.

Alice Ivy on the lead up to her debut album ‘I’m Dreaming’

Alice Ivy’s debut album I’m Dreaming is out now via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia. She’ll perform at Howler on Saturday February 24 with Nasty Mars & The Martians, François, Sophiegrophy and more, and at Star Bar, Bendigo on Thursday March 29.

What travel taught Tim Hart

Tim Hart’s album The Narrow Corner is out now via Island Records/UMA. He’ll perform at Wesley Anne on Friday February 16.

Andrew Swift on finding his way to country music

Andrew Swift will release Call Out For the Cavalry on Friday March 2. He’ll launch the album with his full band at The Skylark Room on the same day, before performing at The Spotted Mallard on Monday March 12.

How Saharan blues band Tinariwen joined forces with Kurt Vile

Tinariwen will perform at WOMADelaide, coming to Botanic Park from Friday March 9 until Monday March 12. They’ll also perform at Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday March 14. Elwan is out now.

The making of Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams will release Make Way for Love on Friday February 16 via Caroline Australia. He’ll perform with his band The Yarra Benders at The Forum on Saturday May 12, with special guest The Weather Station.

Ne Obliviscaris on their latest album ‘Urn’

Ne Obliviscaris will perform at Max Watt’s on Saturday February 10. Urn is out now via Season of Mist.

J-Milla on using music to raise awareness of the struggles facing Indigenous people

J-Milla’s EP Straight Up is out now through iTunes, and streaming on Spotify. His video for ‘My People’ is online now.

Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival are keeping things intimate

The Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, situated 300kms east of Melbourne on the Omeo Highway/Great Alpine Road, will be held from Friday February 16 until Sunday February 18.

Biffy Clyro on the way fans have received their latest album ‘Ellipsis’

Biffy Clyro will perform at The Forum on Friday April 27.

Pagan vocalist Nikki Brumen on why diversity on lineups is so important

Pagan will perform at the inaugural Pool House Party, taking over Coburg Velodrome on Saturday March 17, with The Smith Street Band, The Sugarcanes, Tired Lion, Tropical Fuck Storm, Ecca Vandal, Ceres, Bec Sandridge, and more.

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos on rebirth, staying grounded, and always moving forward

Franz Ferdinand will release their fifth album Always Ascending on Friday February 9 via Domino.

Benny Walker on making changes ahead of Yalukut Weelam NgargeeYalukut Weelam Ngargee

Benny Walker will perform at Yalukut Weelam Ngargee Indigenous Arts & Cultural Festival, taking place at O’Donnell Gardens St Kilda on Saturday February 3. The lineup also includes Lady Lash, Emily Wurramara, Baker Boy, and more.