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Posted 22 Aug 2014 @ 3:55pm

Melbourne's only regular record fair, Crate Digger Record Fair, and the Hello Sailor Vintage Fair have both found new homes and will be kicking things off this weekend.


Both fairs are moving from Yah Yah's on Smith Street to their new home at Brunswick Street's Bar Open. Regulars to the record fair can find many of the usual suspect stallholders, as well as some new crew coming...

Posted 29 Jan 2014 @ 2:09pm

For those on the hunt for their 15 minutes of fame, grunge, soul and funk outfit Soul Safari will be filming a new music video during their show next weekend and want you to be a part of it.


Known for their passionate and energetic performances, Soul Safari have quickly gained a following around Australia with their new single The Weather receiving outpourings of praise.

Posted 27 Dec 2013 @ 6:46pm

How the hell seven people manage to agree on a band name, let alone create a coherent song, let alone produce a cache of technically bright and goodtime-guaranteed tracks is beyond me. But Melbourne-based psychedelic folk crew Lamarama have ticked all those boxes, and then popped a flute on top.


“The flute, well it’s kind of funny,” says heavily bearded frontman Dave Adams. “We...

Posted 18 Nov 2013 @ 6:41pm

The Spasms will be visiting Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra for their first east coast tour this month.


Since forming at the beginning of this year, the Melbourne three-piece have been taking their garage-punk around Australia and abroad. Now The Spasms are set to play three cities in three weeks in support of their debut album We Better Operate and playing a few support spots...

Posted 24 Apr 2013 @ 12:02pm

Define your genre in five words or less: 



Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? 

Usually people say we sound like early Muse, minus the classical influence and Queen-like falsettos. We get referenced to Cog as well, which is flattering, but you get that when you're an Aussie three-piece....

Posted 19 Feb 2013 @ 2:36pm

At the time of this writing, Melbourne’s premier 15-piece “pseudo-reggae” act, The Dub Captains is halfway through a Friday night residency at Fitzroy’s Bar Open, and bassist Jim Grimwade is sounding pretty pleased with himself and his juggernaut of a band. Thirteen people were on the venue’s notoriously small stage the first two Fridays, and the whole 15 will be present for the last two....

Posted 17 Dec 2012 @ 11:09am

Brian Shimkovitz, the man behind the widely acclaimed blog Awesome Tapes From Africa, will be heading down under for the first time early next.


After researching the local hip hop movement in Ghana, Brooklyn dweller Shimkovitz is a trained ethnomusicologist who has accumulated hundreds of cassette tapes of rare African music from Zimbabwe to Ethipia to Senegal. Bar Open will be...

Posted 17 Aug 2012 @ 3:20pm

Melbourne quartet Sleep Decade has finally put their dream pop tunes into something tangible with the release of their debut album Into Spinning Lights.


The album was recorded in between “eating tim tams, surfing glennies and kicking the footy” at A Pocket Full Of Stones Studios in point Lonsdale, with the help of producer Nick Huggins.
To give the fans a little...

Posted 31 Jul 2012 @ 11:52am

Define your genre in 5 words or less:

In five words?! Well I’d…


Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?

A psych-funkadelic-folktronic-auralgasm. But they might have trouble pronouncing that. It’s a bit different to your...

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