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. […]
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. […]
Australian rock band Killing Heidi played the Village Green Hotel in the outer Melbourne suburb of Mulgrave on Saturday 21 October 2017, as part of a regional Australian tour celebrating the band’s twentieth anniversary. Fronted by siblings Ella Hooper on lead vocals and Jesse Hooper on guitar, Killing Heidi is rounded out by drummer Adam Pedretti, bassist James Gilligan, and keyboardist Lena Douglas. This tour is a follow-up to their successful reunion tour of capital cities in the middle of the year, giving them a chance to reconnect with fans from Darwin, all the way down the East Coast of Australia, after they split a decade ago. […]
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. […]
Alison Moyet began “The Other Tour” with the poetic April 10th- an apt introduction highlighting her new sound and approach to her career. Flanked on both sides by two keyboard/guitarists her powerhouse voice (foundation of her creativity) commanded its way throughout the whole set. […]
It’s rare to see an original founding member of an iconic post punk band performing original songs and a set devoid of any new material without pretence or ego. Such a band member is Peter Hook, the bassist of seminal bands Joy Division and New Order and the love in the room is palpable. “I love you Hooky” screams a fan in the audience, “I love you too…. Bernard” retorts Hook, to chuckles and laughter within the crowd. […]
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. […]
Pop-up Globe comes to life after six astonishing weeks of construction. It will be a spectacle the likes of which Melbourne has not seen before.
Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, is ready for action … are you?
Among other things, we saw sword-wielding knights in full armour battle it out; fair maidens in beautiful gowns dancing a merry gig and even French counts in their Jacobean finery like its 1614.
Perennial sees Vera Blue finding arresting new ways to channel a voice Australia has already fallen for. Unflinchingly honest, it’s the album she had to write, with a sound that is entirely her own. […]