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Posted 2 May 2012 @ 2:43pm


Even heavier than its precursor, Electricity is the B-side to R U Mine?,released to support Record Store Day. This one is a mess of distortion, the vocals buried beneath the slapping would-be Dave Grohl drums and the rolling QOTSA guitar line. Doesn’t sound like it was much of a song to start with, but the production makes it one big forgettable stew of sound.

Posted 30 Apr 2012 @ 9:55am

With a growing reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, Joe Bonamassa is coming to Melbourne to play the Palais Theatre in October.


The charismatic blues-rock musician continues to create more and more of a virtuoso mix of roots-influenced Delta sounds and lively 1960s British blues-rock enthusiasm, heard through his work on his...

Posted 25 Apr 2012 @ 6:55pm


The second single from A+E has a churning Velvet Underground vibe, with Graham’s beloved guitar distortion married to a lazy but flowing vocal melody, a cruising sixties garage sound with a buried hook. Not mind-blowing, but quietly charming.



Posted 25 Apr 2012 @ 8:24am


In the 1970s Leonard Nimoy held audiences spellbound with his sombre, occasionally dire, narratives of natural events and unexplained supernatural phenomena in the television series In Search Of…. At age six I was convinced a swarm of killer bees would descend upon my parents’ house, hopefully just after witnessing the inevitable invasion of aliens from outer space.  At age 11,...

Posted 24 Apr 2012 @ 12:51pm


Another ripping night of Melbourne alternative music. An extremely varied bill more suited to the open minded among us. Thankfully, there are a number of those in Melbourne, and a very solid crowd jammed into the classic surrounds of the mighty Evelyn this cool early autumn Melbourne evening.


Featuring two members of one of Melbourne’s best known alternative/heavy acts...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 1:47pm


A preview of the second album by Ned Collette & Wirewalker, called 2. The single is a heady mix of squirreling electric guitar played in an acoustic Spanish style, deadpan vocal delivery and muted drums; a collection of sounds all struggling mightily to seem blasé, the energy dampened by Ned’s now-customary hipster gothic style. I dunno. It’s incredibly interesting but also kind...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 1:28pm


A second single from the soon-to-be-released solo album. Bird On The Buffalo is a West Coast desert rambler, a hazy, peyote cowboy shuffle under endless blood orange skies. The rhythm slaps, the electric guitar spirals and Angus sings like Dylan, relaxed and reborn.



Posted 11 Apr 2012 @ 1:13pm

This formidable debut is as picturesque as the moment you decided to shelf your first pill, swig the remaining dregs from last week's goon bag, tonsil slap your best friends younger sister and donkey punch your way into the mosh pit. So, in layman's terms, Infernal Cakewalk is one fuck-off debut! Mesa Cosa are six suburban rat bags thrown into a city of unknowns, living in (no doubt)...

Posted 10 Apr 2012 @ 10:37am

Define your genre in five words or less: Chaotic Australian Thrash Metal.


When’s the gig and with who?

Unholy Good Friday is being massacred on Friday April 6 from 6pm by six of the most ungodly Thrash Metal acts in Australia. Hobb's Angel of Death are possibly the biggest cult metal act to ever come out of Australia, and right beside them are recently re-activated...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 2:12pm


There’s a southern blues breeze astir in the USA – a growing crop of much-hyped bands playing soulful, classic rock music that is unconcerned with contemporary music trends; a blessed absence of synth. At the head of the pack are Alabama Shakes, a four-piece from Athens, Alabama fronted by the matronly-looking Brittany Howard. The 22-year-old former post woman has a voice that makes...


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