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Posted 27 Mar 2014 @ 3:18pm

Regarded as one of New Zealand’s most electric and sonically powerful live bands, Kora have announced they will be returning to Melbourne this Good Friday.


With the 2012 release of their second album Light Years, Kora mapped a new constellation that warps between future-shocked funk, soul and r’n’b and has been self-dubbed ‘alien funk’. The five-piece have already built a...

Posted 27 Mar 2014 @ 1:53pm

Hip hop heavyweight Xzibit has announced he will be returning to our shores next month on a tour that will see him cover nine venues in two countries in just over a fortnight.


This will be Xzibit's first appearance in Australia in almost three years. He first came to public attention in the late '90s with his debut album At The Speed of Light (1996) and 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz...

Posted 20 Mar 2014 @ 12:51pm

Australian icon Daryl Braithwaite has announced that he will treat fans to a special free show this Easter Sunday at The Espy.


Over the course of his 35 year career, the singer has reached a number of milestones. Braithwaite's debut 1988 solo album Edge spawned hit singles As the Days Go By, All I Do, Let Me Be, and One Summer, in addition to becoming CBS Australia's highest...

Posted 19 Mar 2014 @ 2:55pm

Alternative rockers Shihad are set to make their return to The Espy next month.


The kiwis recently completed the mix of their ninth album, produced in collaboration with Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke), who was also the man behind their 1993 debut. As of now, the title and release date are undecided. Shihad will be joined by special guests Villany and My Echo.

Posted 13 Mar 2014 @ 8:53am

Every metalhead can most likely remember the exact moment they discovered their one true genre love. Kobi Farhi counts himself no different – although the circumstances in which he discovered what would eventually become his greatest passion are significantly different to his Western peers, having grown up in Jaffa, a port city in the north west of Israel.


“In the newspaper,...

Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 10:40am

The Espy has announced the first bill of its Swarm 2014 lineup.


Headlining the music extravaganza will be Jericco, a rocking band that has delivered us four glorious releases over the past four years, including Nice To See You EP and their LP debut Beautiful in Danger. Joining these metallic men will be Dead In A Second, who will be releasing their mini-album The Double Treblio...

Posted 19 Feb 2014 @ 2:00pm

The inaugural Japanese Music Festival will be coming in hot to Melbourne with four of Japan's most revered J-pop, J-rock and J-alt bands.


Festival promoter Sonny King is working tightly with Japanese companies both in Australia and Japan to ensure the premier Japanese music concert experience for fans. This year's lineup features Jill, 101A, Kaimokujisho and Sparky Quano.

Posted 13 Feb 2014 @ 4:12pm

Even more Soundwave sideshows continue to be announced.


After being catapulted into the spotlight following an invitation to tour with Metallica in 2009, Denmark's Volbeat have continued their ever-growing domination of the genre. Now they are finally bringing their highly acclaimed live show Down Under. Joining them on both shows are Cleveland rockers Filter and UK five-piece...

Posted 12 Feb 2014 @ 2:36pm

Japanese funksters Osaka Monaurail have unveiled that they will continue on from Golden Plains to Melbourne for a special show next month.


For 20 years, the outfit has toured around the world, including a huge tour of Australia in early 2013. Osaka Monaurail are renowned for their stellar showmanship and driving funk energy, making them one of the hottest funk bands around.

Posted 10 Feb 2014 @ 9:40am

The well worn path of writing an album, rehearsing songs, booking studio time with a producer, laying down those tracks, mixing, mastering and having an album in a few months is tried and tested. However there’s a new breed of artists and producers who are turning their back on this successful pathway to releasing an album.


Andy Bull is one of a raft of artists who, instead of...


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