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Music Features

Bill Ryder-Jones on being a self-contained musician and creating mystery with his songwriting

Bill Ryder-Jones’ fifth studio album, Yawn, is out through Domino Records on Friday November 2. Find more info via his website.

Irish folk duo Saint Sister on their radical, unexpected first trip Down Under

Saint Sister will play Northcote Social Club on Sunday November 11 as part of their Australian run. Shape of Silence is out now.

Channel Tres is the smooth new rapping producer taking the world by storm

Catch Channel Tres play City Loop festival at RMIT City Campus on Saturday November 10, or his headline show at Howler on Sunday November 11. Head to the Frontier Touring website to snag yourself a ticket. 

Rising UK rapper Nadia Rose fills us in on her upcoming Australian tour

Nadia Rose plays at ACMI as part of Melbourne Music Week on Saturday November 24, and will take to Meredith Music Festival when it goes down from Friday December 7 until Sunday December 9. 

Wreckless Eric about his relentless touring appetite and being, well, reckless

Wreckless Eric will tour Australia throughout November, hitting The Tote on Sunday November 11, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on Friday November 23, Northcote Social Club on Saturday November 24 (matinee) and Caravan Music Club that night. More details and tickets via the DRW website. 

Pseudo Echo on how they kickstarted Australia's new wave evolution

Psuedo Echo will play The Toff on Friday November 9. Grab your tickets via Moshtix.

Healesville Music Festival is a picturesque extravaganza taking over Melbourne

Healesville Music Festival comes to Healesville from Friday November 16 – Sunday November 18. Head to the festival website for the lineup and ticket information.

Don Letts on making punk documentaries and hosting his own radio show

Don Letts will be In Conversation at the Thornbury Theatre on Tuesday November 6. Head to the venue website for tickets.

Open Sounds is bringing world-class music and diversity to Abbotsford Convent

Open Sounds goes down as part of Open Spaces on Saturday November 17 from 12-9pm and Sunday November 18 from 12-6pm at Abbotsford Convent. Tickets are $5 on entry.

Kaiit is a creative fighter lighting up Australia's hip hop scene

Kaiit will round out her national EP tour with an appearance at Strawberry Fields Festival which goes down from Friday November 16 - Sunday November 18. Live From Her Room is out now via Alt. Music Group.

Defiant, not divisive: Yungblud on genre-bending punk with a conscience

Grab your tickets via Secret Sounds. Yungblud's debut album 21st Century Liability is out now through Locomotion/Geffen Records.

Five gigs well worth checking out this week

Hungry for more gigs, check out our gig guide. 

The Bronx aren't afraid of doing some damage on their Australian tour

The Bronx will roar into The Croxton on Wednesday October 31. Grab your tickets via Destroy All Lines. 

Carmouflage Rose is leading an exciting Australian hip hop evolution

Carmouflage Rose will play the Northcote Social Club on Friday November 2. Tickets via Eventbrite.

CC:DISCO! on Strawberry Fields, the electronic music festival set in her backyard

Strawberry Fields will take over The Wild Lands, Tocumwal, NSW, from Friday November 16 to Sunday November 18. Check out the lineup via the festival website. 

We chat to the festival director of Dogapalooza, Melbourne's 'Coachella for Dogs'

Dogapalooza goes down on Sunday November 11 at Burnley Park. Grab your tickets via Oztix. Adult ticket buyers can use the code «rescue» at checkout for a 30% discount. 

Experience the next evolution of headphones with Melbourne's nura SoundStudios

The nura SoundStudios are open at Melbourne Central and Westfield Doncaster. They open at The Glen on Thursday October 25 and Highpoint on Monday October 29. Find out more at the nuraphone website.

Sleepy West unpack their Americana sound and the influences that made them

Sleepy West will launch Blood & Wine at The Golden Vine in Bendigo on Friday October 26 before dropping into Melbourne for a show at Bar Open on Saturday November 3.

Jade McInally on the Darebin Music Feast and the crafting of her stellar band Jade Imagine

Catch Jade Imagine at the Darebin Music Feast Closing Party on Sunday October 28. Head to the Darebin Music Feast website for the full lineup and more details. 

We chatted to Kim Salmon, Australia's forefather of punk

Kim Salmon and The Surrealists come to Swamplands Bar, previously known as Tago Mago, on Saturday October 27. Grab your tickets on the door.

'The Rolling Stones Tribute' teams a host of Melbourne music legends on the one stage

The ‘Rolling Stones - Kooyong Concert 45th Anniversary’ will take place at The Yarraville Club on Monday November 5. Grab your tickets via the venue website.

Mona Foma curator Brian Ritchie on the surrealist behemoth he's crafted for 2019

Get down to Launceston for Mona Foma from Sunday January 13 to Sunday January 20. You can snag yourself a ticket on the Mona Foma website. 

Matt Corby on moving to the country, starting a family and his simplified new album

Rainbow Valley is out Friday November 2 via Universal Music Australia.

Katchafire are taking their music to the world

Catch Katchafire this Thursday October 18 at The Prince in St Kilda, or Friday October 19 at Plaza Tavern in Hoppers Crossing. Tickets available through the band’s website.

Harping on with Electric Blue Collective

Electric Blues Collective will be playing at the Docklands Blues Music Festival on Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21.

Beat's Guide to Darebin Music Feast 2018

Darebin Music Feast kicks off Thursday October 18 until Sunday October 28. The full program can be found on the Darebin Music Feast website, as well as tickets for all events.

'Roadies' explores the mental health struggles of road crews

Grab yourself a copy of Roadies by Stuart Coupe, out now through Hachette Australia. If you are struggling with your mental health, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636.

Ian R. Atwood on writing 800 songs

Check out Ian R. Atwood’s bevvy of music at massivehitz.com.

Alpha Booking Agency is breaking through the boys club

Check out the artists and services Alpha provides at alphabookingagency.com.