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Music Features

Ray LaMontagne on mastering his unique method of performing

Ray LaMontagne comes to Bluesfest, performing at the Mojo Stage on Monday April 22. He’ll also perform at Palais Theatre on Saturday April 27 (sold out) and Sunday April 28. Tickets via respective festival and venue websites. 

George Clinton on relinquishing the reins of Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton will perform for the final time with Parliament-Funkadelic on their Bluesfest tour. They’ll play two sets at Bluesfest on Sunday April 21 and Monday April 22. They’ll also come to The Forum on Thursday April 25. Tickets via respective festival and venue websites. 

'In Between Two' uncovers the intricacy of growing up a mixed race Australian in the '90s

In Between Two comes to Sydney's Lennox Theatre from Thursday March 28 to Saturday March 30. Grab your tickets via the Riverside Parramatta website.

It's taken 15 years, but Sasquatch are making their Australian debut

Sasquatch come to The Bendigo Hotel on Thursday March 28. Grab your tickets via Eventbrite.

The Merri Clan is the socially conscious pub putting Preston on the map

The Merri Clan is open Wednesday to Sunday at 15 Gilbert Road, Preston. Head to the venue website for the menu and event information.

Best Served Loud is dishing up the best local music at the best Melbourne venues

The second instalment of Young Henrys’ Best Served Loud welcomes Jade Imagine and Gena Rose Bruce to The Tramway Hotel on Saturday March 23. Check out the event information via the venue’s Facebook page.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats on the cost of living the dream

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will perform two sets at Bluesfest on Sunday April 21 and Monday April 22. They’ll also drop into The Croxton on Wednesday April 17 and Thursday April 18 (sold out). Head to respective festival and venue websites for tickets.

Melbourne's improvised jazz revival begins in the laneways

Speakeasy Jazz Jam is on at Red Betty on Sunday March 17 from 6pm until 8pm. Find Red Betty at 589 Sydney Road, Brunswick. 

'The Simpsons' references and Aussie bands inspired Funk Dancing For Self Defence's sound

Funk Dancing For Self Defence come to Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar on Friday March 22. The band’s new single ‘Pretend’ is out now on all streaming services.

Live music, footy and banter revived at the Royal Oak Hotel

Royal Oak is located at 442 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North and is open 12pm-12am each day of the week. Check out the venue website for menu and gig information.

Amanda Palmer on her adventurous, fear-provoking new record

There Will Be No Intermission is out Friday March 8 through Cooking Vinyl. 

The Japanese House's overly personal debut album isn't relatable listening

The Japanese House’s debut album Good at Falling is out now via Dirty Hit.

Mojo Juju on her sudden claim to fame

Mojo Juju performs at Bendigo Autumn Music festival which comes to Bendigo from Thursday April 25 to Sunday April 28. Grab your tickets via the festival website.

SASAMI hasn't been able to write a happy song just yet

SASAMI’s self-titled debut album is out now via Domino Recording Company.

Dean Lewis and the quest for the perfect sound

Dean Lewis’ debut album, A Place We Knew, is released on Friday March 22 via Universal Music Australia. He’ll be launching the album at The Forum on Friday May 17 (sold out) and Saturday May 18. Grab your tickets via Frontier Touring.

The Murlocs stay true to their style, but experiment further with their fourth album

The Murlocs’ fourth studio album, Manic Candid Episode, comes out on Friday March 22 through Flightless Records. They’ll be launching it as part of Brunswick Music Festival at the Moreland Hotel on Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15. Grab your tickets via the festival website.

Unpacking the pop rock party in Melbourne’s south-east

Live at Warrawee will be held on Saturday March 16, from 4pm-9pm at Warrawee Park in Oakleigh. Head to the City of Monash website for more details.

Emma Donovan and The Putbacks gear up for the inaugural Jazz Roots Festival

Jazz Roots Festival comes to The Coopers Malthouse Theatre Courtyard on Sunday April 28. You can get your tickets via the festival’s website.

There's sunshine after the rain for 'Halestorm' upon the release of their album 'Vicious'

Halestorm will play Download Festival’s Dogtooth Stage at 9pm on Monday March 11. Head to the festival website for the full lineup.

'Chain' might be older now, but they can still bring it 52 years later

Chain come to The Yarraville Club on Saturday March 9. Head to the venue website for tickets.

The trials and tribulations of The Jesus and Mary Chain's latest album

The Jesus and Mary Chain come to The Forum on Tuesday March 12 and The Croxton on Thursday March 14. Head to the respective venue websites for tickets. They’ll also play Golden Plains (sold out) which takes over the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from Saturday March 9 to Monday March 11.

50 years on, Melanie explains how Woodstock was a different time for women

Melanie performs at Port Fairy Folk Festival which comes to the beachside town from Friday March 8 to Monday March 11. Head to the festival website for tickets.

Cactus Room is the Thornbury rehearsal space keeping garage punk thriving

Cactus Room is located at 614 High Street, Thornbury. Head to the Cactus Room website to book out a space or check out the upcoming events. 

Stella Donnelly channels her homesickness into punk, without the punk

Stella Donnelly’s debut album Beware of the Dogs is due for release Friday March 8th. She plays at Estonian House for Brunswick Music Festival on Saturday March 9 at 2pm (All Ages) and 7.30pm. Grab your tickets via the festival website.

How Ghost kept to the shadows to grow their unrivalled cult following

Ghost come to Flemington Racecourse for Download Festival on Monday March 11. They’ll be hitting the Avalanche Stage at 8.55pm. Head to the festival website for tickets.

A two-day seafood and jazz street party is taking over Melbourne

Catch Chelsea Wilson with the Adam Rudegeair Trio at the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival from Saturday March 9 to Sunday March 10 at South Melbourne Market. Entry is free.

Italy's Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are bringing a signature slice of Europe to Australia

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will perform at the Thornbury Theatre as part of Taranta Festival on Friday March 15. Grab your tickets via the festival website.

The Mirrorstone fulfils a childhood dream in 'Rukma Vimana'

Rukma Vimana is available now on all major streaming platforms.

J Mascis' non-stop creative streak lands him seven albums in a decade

J Mascis comes to Howler as part of Brunswick Music Festival on Wednesday March 13, Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15 (sold out). Head to the venue website for tickets.