Review Scene: Queen, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - 2nd March 2018

Review Scene: Queen, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 2nd March 2018

There's nothing like seeing a classic rock band and finding out that they're still at the top of their game ...
Review Scene: Green Day's American Idiot, Comedy Theatre - 28th February 2018

Review Scene: Green Day’s American Idiot, Comedy Theatre – 28th February 2018

American Idiot doesn't seem to quite know where it stands. Not quite Rock Opera, not quite Musical Theatre. The cast ...
Review Scene: BOYZ II MEN - TRAK Lounge, Melbourne - 8th February 2018

Review Scene: BOYZ II MEN – TRAK Lounge, Melbourne – 8th February 2018

The atmosphere electric, the crowd buzzing with a deafening quivering ambience waiting for the undeniably best harmonising vocal group, consisting ...
Review Scene: Paul Weller, Sydney Opera House, Saturday January 27

Review Scene: Paul Weller, Sydney Opera House, Saturday January 27

​​​​​​​You know a show is going to be something special when the star of the show gets a standing ovation ...
Review Scene: UNWRITTEN LAW & friends ~ Exclusive Kick-Off Party, Croxton Bandroom, 8th February 2018

Review Scene: UNWRITTEN LAW & friends ~ Exclusive Kick-Off Party, Croxton Bandroom, 8th February 2018

Punk is not an anachronistic genre. With its raw, unadulterated sounds and lyrics telling of corruption, inequity, war, disillusion, power ...
Music Scene: Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum - In Search of Lasseter's Riff - track by track

Music Scene: Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum – In Search of Lasseter’s Riff – track by track

1. Heroes Following the sad news of David Bowie's death we decided to cover one of his songs at our ...
Review Scene: Suzi Quatro. Red Hot Summer tour. Mornington. 20th Jan 2018

Review Scene: Suzi Quatro. Red Hot Summer tour. Mornington. 20th Jan 2018

Perhaps it's totally wrong to describe the Red Hot Summer tour as a snowball, picking up more snow and other ...
Review Scene: Ocean Colour Scene -170 Russell, 17th November 2017.

Review Scene: Ocean Colour Scene -170 Russell, 17th November 2017.

It's clear from the thick British accents in the crowd that there is a huge contingent of expats packed into ...
Review Scene: A Weekend In The Gardens, feat Missy Higgins, Dustin Tebutt, All Our Exes Live In Texas ~ Royal Botanic Gardens ~ Sunday 19th November 2017

Review Scene: A Weekend In The Gardens, feat Missy Higgins, Dustin Tebutt, All Our Exes Live In Texas ~ Royal Botanic Gardens ~ Sunday 19th November 2017

Nothing says Australian summer more than an outdoor concert held at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens with mozzies a flutter, an ...
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Review Scene: A Day on the Green with Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders, Rochford Winery, 18th November 2017

The weather was not looking good as I drove towards Rochford Estate nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley ...
Review Scene: Kim Salmon & the Scientists, The Barwon Club, Geelong - 30th October 2017

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

Geelong has an interesting culture when it comes to rock music. Having spent quite a good percentage of my life ...
Review Scene: The Magnetic Fields at the Melbourne Festival - Hamer Hall - Saturday 21st October 2017

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

On February 9th 2016, Stephin Merritt, the man who is The Magnetic Fields, sat down and wrote a song. The ...
Review Scene: Alison Moyet

Review Scene: Alison Moyet

Margaret Court Arena October 7, 2017 Alison Moyet began "The Other Tour" with the poetic April 10th- an apt introduction ...
Review Scene: Peter Hook and the Light - Corner Hotel, 3rd October 2017

Review Scene: Peter Hook and the Light – Corner Hotel, 3rd October 2017

It's rare to see a founding member of an iconic post punk band performing original songs and a set devoid ...
Review Scene: Remembering Tom Petty

Review Scene: Remembering Tom Petty

Today we're remembering the legend that was Tom Petty. Here are some thoughts from some of our What's My Scene ...
Review Scene: Shonen Knife

Review Scene: Shonen Knife

Music and fashion were the passions at The National Gallery of Victoria last Friday night. The fashion was courtesy of ...
Review Scene: Pop-Up Globe Gala Opening - Thursday 21st September 2017,  Shakespeare Gardens, Melbourne

Review Scene: Pop-Up Globe Gala Opening – Thursday 21st September 2017, Shakespeare Gardens, Melbourne

An idea, a vision, a belief and a passion created and founded the first Pop-Up Globe in Auckland in 2015 ...
Review Scene: Vera Blue, 170 Russell, 10th September 2017

Review Scene: Vera Blue, 170 Russell, 10th September 2017

Genuine kindness. Two words that sat in mind throughout the whole of Vera Blue’s show at 170 Russell on the ...
Review Scene: Tina Arena, The Plenary, 15th September 2017

Review Scene: Tina Arena, The Plenary, 15th September 2017

Review By Maria Papadontas Sweet Dreams by Annie Lennox plays in the background, and the crowd, at The Plenary, Melbourne Convention ...
Review Scene: Masters Apprentices 65, Corner Hotel, Friday 1st September 2017

Review Scene: Masters Apprentices 65, Corner Hotel, Friday 1st September 2017

Masters Apprentices 65: life in the old dog. Part of the original Adelaide line-up of the Masters Apprentices patched up ...
Literary Scene: Book Review: The Devil Won't Take Charity - Kim Volkman 2017

Literary Scene: Book Review: The Devil Won’t Take Charity – Kim Volkman 2017

HEAVY METAL: IT’S LOUD, IT’S UGLY, IT WON’T GO AWAY. I guess if I wanted critical acclaim I’d have picked ...
Review Scene: Pussy Riot Theatre - Riot Days, SUPERSENSE, Arts Centre Melbourne - Saturday 19th August 2017

Review Scene: Pussy Riot Theatre – Riot Days, SUPERSENSE, Arts Centre Melbourne – Saturday 19th August 2017

Supersense was metamorphic. The contemporary performing arts festival, created and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with curator and ...
Review Scene: The 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show, 5th & 6th August 2017

Review Scene: The 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show, 5th & 6th August 2017

Arriving at Caulfield Race track on a rainy Melbourne day amongst a tide of umbrellas and rain coats. On entering ...
Metal Scene: #4 August 2017

Metal Scene: #4 August 2017

As many people say ‘There’s no rest for the wicked’, and certainly the wicked have been insanely busy over the ...
Review Scene: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Festival Hall - 21st July 2017

Review Scene: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Festival Hall – 21st July 2017

British rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen captivated crowds on Friday the 21st of July at famous Melbourne venue, Festival ...
Review Scene: America & Russell Morris, Hamer Hall - Wednesday 26th July

Review Scene: America & Russell Morris, Hamer Hall – Wednesday 26th July

Having formed as an acoustic trio together with the late Dan Peek in the U.K. back in 1969, the founding ...
Metal Scene: #3 July 2017

Metal Scene: #3 July 2017

Vale Chester Bennington. Suicide is an atrocious way to depart. Loved ones never recover…ever. Who knows what makes people believe ...
Review Scene: Mark Seymour and The Undertow, Athenaum Theatre - 21st July 2017

Review Scene: Mark Seymour and The Undertow, Athenaum Theatre – 21st July 2017

The theme of Mark Seymour's current tour is all about retrospection. Based on his recent release RollBack the Stone 1986-2016, ...
Metal Scene: #2 July 2017

Metal Scene: #2 July 2017

Dear metal friends, the gods have been good to us this week with an absolute shitload of goodies, so sacrifice ...
Review Scene: Music Wars, the sound of the underground: the untold story of Central Station Records, by Rell Hannah and Peter Coombes July 3rd 2017

Review Scene: Music Wars, the sound of the underground: the untold story of Central Station Records, by Rell Hannah and Peter Coombes July 3rd 2017

It seems to be the right time to be reading and writing about ‘Music Wars, the sound of the underground: ...
Review Scene: Alison Moyet: Other

Review Scene: Alison Moyet: Other

Listening to the talent that is Alison Moyet takes me back to the 1980s and possibly the biggest vocal talent ...
Review Scene: Radio Birdman, Died Pretty, Kim Salmon - Croxton Park Hotel Melbourne, Friday 30th June

Review Scene: Radio Birdman, Died Pretty, Kim Salmon – Croxton Park Hotel Melbourne, Friday 30th June

There has been a big run of 20th anniversary release tours and so called nostalgia acts doing the rounds for ...
Metal Scene: #1 July 2017

Metal Scene: #1 July 2017

Welcome to the new column for those punters who order their music ripped. Melbourne (and Aussie) peeps have always supported ...
Review Scene: An Evening with Jimmy Webb, Melbourne Recital Centre - 27th June 2017

Review Scene: An Evening with Jimmy Webb, Melbourne Recital Centre – 27th June 2017

Jimmy Webb is a multi Grammy award winning singer-songwriter. His songs have been performed by some of the greatest voices ...
Review Scene: The APIA Good Times Tour - Mental As Anything, Black Sorrows, Colin Hay & Deborah Conway, Hamer Hall - 26th May 2017

Review Scene: The APIA Good Times Tour – Mental As Anything, Black Sorrows, Colin Hay & Deborah Conway, Hamer Hall – 26th May 2017

Deborah Conway & Willie Zygier opened the show, with members of the Black Sorrows as their backing band (John McCall ...
Review Scene: Charlie Marshall and the Curious Minds - Sublime

Review Scene: Charlie Marshall and the Curious Minds – Sublime

Upon first listen to Sublime, the new album by Charlie Marshall and his latest band The Curious Minds, two things ...
Review Scene: Living Colour - 170 Russell St, Melbourne, 12th May 2017

Review Scene: Living Colour – 170 Russell St, Melbourne, 12th May 2017

Every so often the music gods bestow upon us a band so good it defies belief and makes the toughest ...
Review Scene: Gemma Ray, Northcote Social Club, 27th April 2017

Review Scene: Gemma Ray, Northcote Social Club, 27th April 2017

Arriving early to the always charming and intimate Northcote Social Club, the crowd was greeted with a stunning and evocative ...
Review Scene: The Tea Party with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hamer Hall, Melbourne - 28th April 2017

Review Scene: The Tea Party with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hamer Hall, Melbourne – 28th April 2017

A lot has happened between the time of the intimate gig the newly reformed band The Tea Party played at ...
Music Scene: Bluesfest 2017 wrap up

Music Scene: Bluesfest 2017 wrap up

Our coverage of the various Bluesfest sideshows that have been in town in the last fortnight: Santana & Doobie Brothers review ...
Review Scene: Vintage Trouble - 170 Russell St, April 9th 2017

Review Scene: Vintage Trouble – 170 Russell St, April 9th 2017

Just how people respond to a band and its music depends a lot on the reason or reasons why that ...
Review Scene: Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull, Hamer Hall - 13th April 2017

Review Scene: Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull, Hamer Hall – 13th April 2017

Arriving at Hamer Hall in plenty of time I was able to watch people arrive and I'm guessing from the ...
Review Scene: Santana and the Doobie Brothers, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - 11th April 2017

Review Scene: Santana and the Doobie Brothers, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 11th April 2017

​The Doobies were musically excellent and presented what could be, for them, a potentially boring and repetitive repertoire with enthusiasm ...
Review Scene: Cyndi Lauper & Blondie, A Day on the Green - Rochford Winery, 8th April 2017

Review Scene: Cyndi Lauper & Blondie, A Day on the Green – Rochford Winery, 8th April 2017

This lineup intrigued me from the outset. Blondie and Cyndi Lauper were billed as double headline acts for this tour ...
Review Scene: Tash Sultana, 170 Russell - 29th March 2017

Review Scene: Tash Sultana, 170 Russell – 29th March 2017

Crowds swarmed with high spirits to see Melbourne’s own Tash Sultana play at 170 Russell on Wednesday night. The one-woman ...
Review Scene: Groundbreaking Fashion: 100 Iconic Moments by Jane Rocca

Review Scene: Groundbreaking Fashion: 100 Iconic Moments by Jane Rocca

Book Review By Christina Heristanidis GROUNDBREAKING FASHION 100 ICONIC MOMENTS By Jane Rocca Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani There is a ...
Review Scene: Dixie Chicks, Rod Laver Arena, 1st April 2017

Review Scene: Dixie Chicks, Rod Laver Arena, 1st April 2017

Every seat was taken at the behemoth that is Rod Laver Arena; the majority of punters female and a decent ...
Review Scene: Spoon, Mike Noga, The Croxton Bandroom - 25th March, 2017

Review Scene: Spoon, Mike Noga, The Croxton Bandroom – 25th March, 2017

Mike Noga is rousing the punters with material from his  new, dark, psychedelic concept album King, " about a guy ...
Review Scene: Kingswood, WAAX, Batz, 170 Russell, Melbourne - 24th March 2017

Review Scene: Kingswood, WAAX, Batz, 170 Russell, Melbourne – 24th March 2017

Local Melbourne 5 piece indie rockers  Batz are powering through their set, lead singer Christina Auby pulling out all the ...
Video Scene: Instant Message - DVD, 2016

Video Scene: Instant Message – DVD, 2016

Gina (Marla Sckaloff, The Practice ) and Seth (Patrick Adams, Suits) star in this cute love story about a couple ...