A simple smile can work wonders. It can make someone’s day, soften the heart of the cruellest dictator and set your brain abuzz with endorphins. Paul Hogan is just one of the people making all these things possible in his stand-up show touring regional Australia. Put simply, Paul knows his work is done once every face in the crowd has a smile from cheek to cheek.
Here at Forte Mag we love fresh music, and if Melbourne hardcore band Hope In Hell were any fresher they would fall off the vine! Although they’ve been gigging around the city for a little while now – with a new drummer in the mix and the release of their debut EP – things are heating up for Hope In Hell.
With the release of their latest single ‘Afterglow’, Sydney indie rockers Creo are hitting the road once again to play a stack of shows. With fearsome drumming, malicious guitar tones and devious indie-pop hooks thrown in the mix for good measure, over the next few weeks Creo are touring all around the country in support of their latest single. Hold fire though folks, because they are not your average indie-pop rock band.
My friends, we’re on the eve of what will arguably be the biggest and best all-Australian hip hop tour of 2014. In a nod to the exceptional work by Melbourne photo-journalist Michelle Grace Hunder, our country’s brightest lights have joined forces to celebrate the launch of her debut book release ‘RISE – A photo-documentary of Hip Hop in Aus’.
Playing gigs and recording music aren’t always the be-all and end-all for a band. Some musicians just want to muck around and have a bit of fun with their mates. Aireys Inlet band The SPAT has precisely this attitude. The band consists of two couples – lead guitarist Paul Plecic and his wife, Anna, on drums, and Sharon Caon on rhythm and vocals and her husband, Tony, on bass – who says none of them ever really set out to create a band. It just happened.
It’s been six long years since the Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF) hit the road and toured regional Victoria, but in 2014 MIFF is spreading its wings. With the Victorian State Government having stumped up some extra cash, this year sees the MIFF Premiere Showcase getting out and about showcasing Australian films with a string of weekend programs – including one at Geelong’s GPAC Septembet 12th to 14th.
When you sit down to think about it, there are so many classic songs about Melbourne. From Paul Kelly’s ‘From St Kilda to Kings Cross’ to ‘The Boy Who Lost His Jocks on Flinders Street Station’, it’s no wonder that 4.5 million people choose to call it home. From the MCG to Federation Square, it is a very inspiring place, and the Bank of Melbourne is on the lookout for the next big thing courtesy of the Melbourne Music Bank.
For those that love their music heavy and loud, Metal Down Under is a shot of 100 per cent proof metal. Featuring over 40 exclusive interviews with some of the most interesting characters in the game, Metal Down Under takes us on the metal journey that has been happening in this country since the late 1970s. Here, we speak with writer and director Nick Calpakdjian.