For almost a decade Melbourne’s AWME (Australasian World Music Expo) has been showcasing the Southern Hemisphere’s finest talent, and this year is no different. A familiar face at the expo is singer/songwriter Frank Yamma. He returns this year to celebrate the release of his latest studio LP, Uncle (out now via Wantonk Musik). “I’ve played it [the expo] before and they’ve asked me back! I always enjoy it and I’ll be there again this November.”
My first encounter with Andrew Dice Clay came one very hungover afternoon, when my housemates and I were in need of something to watch that wasn’t ‘too strenuous’. Our DVD collection was pretty light-on and we couldn’t possibly sit through Con Air again! We decided to have a look through the old VHS collection, when we came across one titled Brain Smasher… A Love Story, with the threat of sounding dramatic, safe to say the next 90 minutes changed our lives as we knew it!
Amidst counting votes, attending back-to-back meetings and a generally busy schedule, Simone Moss, Bank of Melbourne Digital Marketing Manager, found the time to chat to me about the Melbourne Music Bank Competition which she is overseeing this year.
“For a long time I’ve been trying to write lyrics that have summed up what I think about existence and reality. I believe Drop in the Ocean [the new single from 2013’s LP Sounds from the Other Side] is as close as I’ve come to it yet,” remarked Richie Lewis, perfectly articulating his thoughts during what can only be described as a harrowing time for all involved.
November is just around the corner and for Bendigo that means another round of blues and roots. The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival visits us again in ’14, and we couldn’t be happier. So tune up those guitars and come jam with us as we chat with main man Colin Thompson.
Discovering something before it gets big is one of the most rewarding things in life and is often hard to truly come by. The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars Show is one of these things and we’ve been lucky enough to share it with you. It all started as a few shows between comedians and friends, Kevin Kropinyeri, Shiralee Hood, Matt Ford, Derek Nannup, Mia Stanford and Andrew Saunders, but soon the idea developed into a first for Australia.
Is anything in life more perfectly matched than a cold beer on a hot day? Perhaps, but this is a marriage made in heaven. With the Great Australian Beer Festival returning on a summer’s day in 2015, we thought we would use it as an excuse to wet out lips a little as we discovered all we have to look forward to.
“We had a blast staying up in Melbourne and recording with Andy Simpson at Salt Studios, Andy really helped bring out the best in us and we are very thankful. We are most excited for people to here the 3rd track on the E.P “My Trendkill” we feel this was the song that captured our sound and attitude the best.”
Turning 21 is a huge milestone for people but for festivals it’s almost unheard of. Celebrating 21 years this year is Earthcore, Australia’s pioneering outdoor, music, arts, culture and lifestyle experience. Since their first event in 1993, atop a cleared mountain with a couple hundred people in attendance, the festival has grown into the thousands.