Star Scene: Jack Howard’s Epic Brass

December 6, 2017 Maryanne Window

Jack Howard has had a busy year. Not only has he been touring the world with Midnight Oil playing trumpet and keyboards, he’s also been playing his own shows when in Melbourne with his band the Long Lost Brothers. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also been seen playing the occasional gig with The Violent Femmes, The Break and countless others. When it comes to brass, Jack Howard, who made his mark playing trumpet in the iconic Hunters and Collectors as an original and continuing member, is pretty much Australian rock’s go to man. […]

Review Scene: A Day on the Green with Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders, Rochford Winery, 18th November 2017

November 23, 2017 Maryanne Window

The weather was not looking good as I drove towards Rochford Estate nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley about an hour’s drive out of Melbourne. Heavy rain continued as I made my way through the soggy throngs of people all decked out in rain ponchos towards the main entrance. Miraculously as Melbourne singer songwriter Ali Barter began her 3rd song, the torrential downpour stopped and the skies cleared much to the delight of the crowd and no doubt the bands. […]

Review Scene: Kim Salmon & the Scientists, The Barwon Club, Geellong – 30th October 2017

November 2, 2017 Maryanne Window

Geelong has an interesting culture when it comes to rock music. Having spent quite a good percentage of my life in and around the Bellarine Peninsula, I discovered pretty early in my live music options that if something was worth seeing it was going to be on at the Barwon Club. There has been a long tradition where touring bands from here and abroad play the big smoke, Melbourne and then add an extra date to span the gap between there and the next major destination. This unassuming little pub opposite Kardinia Park, home of the Geelong Football Club has a back bar and band room that hasn’t changed since the first time I was there in about 1990 and it was the perfect venue to see the reformed Scientists on an otherwise quiet Sunday night. […]

Star Scene Trish Young – The Clouds

October 24, 2017 Maryanne Window

Having formed in Sydney in 1989, The Clouds emerged along side an indie-pop resurgence of the time emanating largely from Sydney in conjunction with Triple J radio beginning its national broadcasting. Local content was high on the rotation and bands such as The Clouds, The Falling Joys (from Canberra) and The Hummingbirds featured prominently. TV programs such as Rage and Recovery were in full flight as Countdown Revolution and The Factory were winding down. It was a new chapter for Australian art/indie rock pop in which melody and female musicians and vocalists were influencing and giving voice to many young women who at the time in Australia, had been largely left to toil in the shadows. […]

Review Scene: The Magnetic Fields at the Melbourne Festival – Hamer Hall – Saturday 21st October 2017

October 22, 2017 Maryanne Window

We heard how he stayed up late watching tv in ‘Hustle ‘76’ and subsequently ordered the compilation album of the same name (which he informed us actually never arrived!). He started his first band in ‘The Blizzard of ‘78’ and got big laughs from the line “At rehearsal we made The Shaggs sound like Yes”. The audience was clearly on his wavelength. Musically, the live band brought the songs to life flawlessly. […]

Star Scene: Glen Matlock

October 18, 2017 Maryanne Window

A key figure in the evolution of punk, Glen Matlock’s name has been indelibly printed in the annals of rock history. A founding member of the Sex Pistols and the man who was replaced by Sid Vicious, as well as one of the main songwriters on their one and only album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols, Matlock rejoined the band for the Filthy Lucre reunion tour in 1996 and subsequent reunion shows in the years since then. […]

Review Scene: Shonen Knife

September 28, 2017 Maryanne Window

Music and fashion were the passions at The National Gallery of Victoria last Friday night. The fashion was courtesy of Christian Dior and the music from Japanese power pop trio Shonen Knife. Whilst big in Osaka indie rock circles since forming in 1981, they gained attention on the world scene after releasing albums on K Records and Sub Pop in the USA in the late ’80s. Championed by the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Redd Kross, they have maintained somewhat of a cult status around the world. […]

Star Scene: Kim Salmon – The Scientists

September 25, 2017 Maryanne Window

As a founding member of The Scientists, guitarist in Beasts of Bourbon, as a solo singer songwriter fronting The Surrealists and STM and later as a duo with Ron Peno in Darling Downs, Kim Salmon has had an enormous impact on music both in Australia and around the world. A pioneer of the Perth punk scene, it was The Scientists that brought his art to the forefront and the band have been credited as having a definite influence on the emergence of the grunge movement that rose to prominence in Seattle in the early ’90s. From Perth, to Sydney, to London, The Scientists continually evolved and crossed musical genres from post – punk, power pop to swampy blues and beyond. […]

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