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I feel like we have a lot of fantastic local releases to be excited about at the moment. Just as it seems that all our international acts have deserted us in the face of our brutal winter, it would appear local talent has come through with the goods. Firstly the new album from

The Smith Street Band (Poison City),No One Gets Lost Anymore,is a corker and singer Wil Wagner seems to be everywhere at the moment so you'd be crazy not to catch a set. There's stacks of anticipation brewing for the new
Frenzal Rhomb album and they're gradually leaking Smoko At The Pet Food Factory to a bloody rabid fanbase. Tassie dudes Luca Brasi will release their new album via local Melbourne label Broken Bones and their masterfully-shot teasers are building a bit of suspense. Pluuuussss, one of the Aussie bands of the moment  , I Exist are hitting the road with Doomriders this week. The Melbourne show takes place at The East Brunswick Club next Friday and tickets are only available at the door so get in fast. Sydney kids Tonight Alive seem like they're about to take off with news of their support slot on the upcoming Anberlin tour causing disproportionate amount of ruckus. Finally, one of Melbourne's finest live actsHawaiian Islands are playing with Night Hag this Saturday night at The Gasometer. Phew. See yas there.

And now the news that everyone's weeing over, Lucero will visit Australia this October with Boston's Dropkick Murphys . Melbourne folk will be delighted to know that the show is taking place at The Forum Theatre. Book your tickets this Friday for the show on Tuesday October 25.


New Jerseyband Man Overboard have announced an Australian tour with I Am Villain this August. They play at The East Brunswick Club on Sunday August 28.


Sevendust fans were shattered to find out that the band has pulled out of their supporting slot with Avenged Sevenfold at the last minute. The 'Dust were due to play at Festival Hall with A7X at the start of October but informed fans that "unforeseen circumstances" had prevented them from touring Australia. They have, of course, promised a return visit ASAP.


Poison City's Weekender has revealed that an art show will run from 1-5pm at the Old Bar on the afternoon of Saturday September 17. It will feature artworks and photos from a variety of local artists, as well as acoustic performances from Will Wagner, Jamie Hay, Darren Gibson and Linc Le Fevre. Entry is free.


The Melbourne International Arts Festival has developed quite a reputation for bringing some interesting bands to our shores. You might remember last year they brought Mariachi El Bronx down here for one show only before swiftly flying them back home (MEAN). This year the festival boasts Japanese rockers Mono, as well as Jello Biafra who has promised a night of spoken word. "Part history lesson, part political comment, part protest. Jello's incendiary live show guarantees an unforgettable close to this year's program", the press release reads. Biafra will appear at The Forum on Saturday October 22.