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Music Features

The Australian psychedelic revolution as told through eight bands

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RocKwiz’s much-loved Really Really Good Friday is back for another year

RocKwiz’s Really Really Good Friday is at Hamer Hall on Friday March 30, with special guests including pecial guests including Joe Camilleri, Hayley Mary, Alex The Astronaut, and Paul Dempsey. Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Melbourne website. 

Sex on Toast’s Angus Leslie on keeping things eccentric

Sex on Toast will perform at Max Watt’s on Saturday March 24, supported by The Do Yo Thangs and Tiaryn.

Music Victoria is offering free professional training for promoters, venue managers and band bookers

Applications for the 2018 Live Music Professionals program are open until 5pm on Tuesday April 3. For more information and to apply, head to the Music Victoria website. Live Music Professionals is brought to you by Music Under Wings, a Victorian Government initiative.

High Tension on the band’s new direction ahead of Download Festival

High Tension will perform at Download Festival, taking over Flemington Racecourse on Saturday March 24, with Good Charlotte, Linkin Park, Korn, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and more.

Josh Owen on the beauty and unpredictability of outdoor festivals

Josh Owen will perform at Mokoan Music Festival, taking place at Winton Wetlands on Saturday March 31. The lineup also features Dan Sultan, George & Noriko, and more.

Get the inside scoop on the Music Victoria Membership Drive with Project/Marketing Manager Laura Imbruglia

Music Victoria Membership Drive is on now. Head to musicvictoria.com.au to show your support for local music and become eligible for a range of industry services.

Jose Gonzalez is going back to his roots for his Melbourne show

Jose Gonzalez will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday April 2 and Tuesday April 3, with special guest Hachiku. He’s also part of 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, and more.

Up-Late Playlists: Amy Shark programmed your late‐night antics

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Billy Ray Cyrus on why David Lynch is responsible for Miley Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus will appear at The Palms at Crown on Thursday March 22, with special guest Travis Collins. He’ll release his new album Thin Line on Friday March 16 via Sony.

Gengahr: driven by dreams and doubt

Gengahr’s sophomore record Where Wildness Grows is out now via Liberator Music. 

SSHH on their passionate and gritty new single

SSHH's new single 'Rising Tide' is out now.

The Smith Street band on the Pool House Party lineup and why Wil Wagner needed some country air

The Smith Street Band will helm their inaugural Pool House Party across two stages at the Coburg Velodrome on Saturday March 17. The Bennies, Press Club, Jess Locke, Baker Boy, Bec Sandridge and more will feature on the lineup when it all goes down.

In the face of indefinite hiatus, Wet Lips reflect on their own brand of punk

Wet Lips will appear as part of the Psychic Hysteria show for Brunswick Music Festival, taking place at Brunswick Mechanics Institute on Saturday March 17, with Fair Maiden and Plaster of Paris. They’ll also headline Wetfest, taking over Howler on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22. 

Press Club are making punk democratic

Press Club will release their debut album Late Teens on Friday March 16. Press Club will live launch it at the Grace Darling Hotel on the same night.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: The next in line for Australia's psych throne

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will play at Boogie Festival when it goes down at Our Friend’s Farm, Tallarook from Friday March 30 until Sunday April 1. Head to Boogie’s website for full lineup details and tickets.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 20 years of reinvention

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will play The Forum on Saturday March 24, before an intimate show at the Corner Hotel on Sunday March 25. Wrong Creatures is out now on Abstract Dragon via [PIAS] Co-Op.

Inner Varnika is nourishing the soul with a weekend of good times

Inner Varnika will take place in country Victoria, within three hours from Melbourne, over Easter Weekend, from Friday March 30 until Sunday April 1.

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird on always searching for the answer

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird’s debut album Electric Brown is out now via Sony. They’ll perform at The Gasometer on Thursday March 22, Karova Lounge on Friday May 4, Barwon Club on Sunday May 6, and Gold Dust Lounge Bendigo on Friday May 11.

Anthem for a Generation: A career-spanning interview with Good Charlotte

Good Charlotte will perform at Download Festival, coming to Flemington Racecourse on Saturday March 24, also featuring Korn, Limp Bizkit, Good Charlotte, Neck Deep, and more. Their latest album, Youth Authority is out now.

Up-Late Playlists: Mansionair has made you a mixtape of late-night tracks

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The Brungas

The Brungas will play Revolver Upstairs on Thursday March 8, supported by Jungle Breed, Smash Bros and the Belair Lip Bombs. Their self-titled EP is out now.

Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq on the raw state of their second record

Camp Cope’s second album How To Socialise & Make Friends is available now via Poison City Records. They’ll perform at Fang It! live for International Women's Day at PBS 106.7FM’s headquarters, Resist the Stolenwealth Games at Rubix Warehouse on Friday March 9, and at The Thornbury Theatre, with Chastity Belt, on Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16.

Bad Cop/Bad Cop are breaking society's mold

Bad Cop/Bad Cop will perform at Download Festival, coming to Flemington Racecourse on Saturday March 24, also featuring Korn, Limp Bizkit, Good Charlotte, Neck Deep, and more. 

Kerryn Fields on making sure women are up front

Kerryn Fields will feature as part of The Retreat Hotel’s Women Up Front Series on International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8. Alongside comes Little Wise and Maja when it all goes down from 8.30pm, with free entry. The Women Up Front Series will continue its run until Wednesday March 14.

Live at Warrawee: The park concert brightening up Oakleigh

Live at Warrawee will take place at Warrawee Park in Oakleigh on Saturday March 17, featuring Jazz Party, Mental As Anything, Dorsal Fins, and more. Jazz Party’s album Monday Night is out now.

Anoushka Shankar is keeping the sitar's legacy alive

 Anoushka Shankar will perform as part of WOMADelaide, taking place from Friday March 9 until Monday March 12 at Botanic Park, Adelaide. She’ll also perform at Hamer Hall on Tuesday March 13.

The Hills Are Alive: A truly grassroots festival experience

The Hills Are Alive will celebrate their tenth birthday at The Farm – located ten minutes from Loch Village and 95 minutes South-East of Melbourne. The festival runs from Friday March 23 until Sunday March 25 with Alex The Astronaut, Alice Ivy, Halcyon Drive, These New South Whales, and more.