It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that that makes the sounds of Larissa Tandy so good. Southern rock, ’90s alternative, vintage gospel and country soul is all there. She’s been doing her thing since the late ’90s, playing in a number of Melbourne bands while also writing music for film and television.
Fronted by classically trained viola player Phoebe Dubar, Passerine is a Melbourne outfit driven by analogue synths, dirty beats and soulful vocals. The band first appeared in 2013 with their debut single ‘Ready to Rumble’. In February 2014, the band released their debut self-titled album.
Melbourne-based songbird Rowena Wise has plenty to smile about these days. There’s the booking deal with Heartstop Music, but even sweeter is that she recently successfully crowdfunded her debut EP. Originally from Margaret River, Rowena grew up in a family band and played her first gig when she was just eight.
Ah, music lessons. If you can find a good teacher, you’ve struck gold. If not, a pleasure becomes a chore. For Steve Smyth there was only one man who we wanted to be his teacher: Bono. “I had a dozen lessons, but one day the teacher pissed off and left me with the only thing I wanted from him: the songbook for U2’s Joshua Tree.”
It’s hard to believe Pistol Pete’s is just one year old. The food and blues restaurant and live music venue has become such an institution to both the Geelong and blues communities, with people coming from all over Australia to check it out.
In 1987 the Warumpi Band released ‘My Island Home’, a track written in reference to lead singer George Burarrwanga’s home at Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land. Christine Anu, who was a back-up vocalist for Neil Murray and The Rainmakers, would record a version of the track for her 1995 debut, Stylin’ Up.
With a Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award under his belt (Best New Talent – 2012), songman Benny Walker has become a favourite voice within the blues, roots and folk scene. His sophomore album, Sinners and Saints, showed us that, reaching #1 within a day on the Australian Blues/Roots Airplay Charts.
The days of posing in front of the mirror and attempting to remove your underwear – pants intact – are back. It’s been almost 14 years since we’ve seen the infamous blue steel, the magnum, the le tigre, but they’re making a comeback in the Zoolander 2 sequel.
For 10 years, from their busking debut in Canberra in 1984 to their calling it a day in 1994, the troublemaking trio of the Doug Anthony Allstars (Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler) became staples of the ABC and BBC. They released book and albums. They had their own TV series. They toured the globe.
Staring in the upcoming Led Zeppelin tribute, Whole Lotta Love, Melbournite Jimmy Couples is no stranger to the Aussie rock scene. His soaring vocals are often compared to the great Robert Plant, making him a fitting inclusion to this tribute show. We caught up with Jimmy to find out a bit more about the show. […]