Stephen Cummings has been a part of the music world for 40 years. It all began in 1974 with The Pelaco Brothers, a band he shared with Joe Camilleri among others. In 1976 he formed The Sports, a new wave outfit that compiled a very healthy stockpile of releases before disbanding in late 1981.
This one isn’t taking place until November but it is one you will want plenty of time to clear your calendar for. Bendigoat Metal Fest is back for another year, serving up some of the best heavy-hitters from Australia and New Zealand for a worthy cause. This year’s charity is Liver Disease. Your line-up is: Convent Guilt (pictured), Oath of Damnation, Bulletbelt, Lustration, Adamus Exul…
Serving up a “righteous blast of rock and roll energy”, Sydney outfit The Dirty Earth is thrilled to welcome their debut album, Autonomic. Released at the beginning of May, the album is a heavy dose of ’70s-inspired catchy, riffy rock led by the powerhouse that is Mandy Newton. The band has shared stage time with Buzzcocks, Rollins, Hard Ons, Tumbleweed, Def FX and Hawkwind. The Reverence – August 23.
You may have heard that Jack White is beefing up his Third Man gig with Third Man Books. The first commercially available release is Language Lessons: Volume 1, a decent sized 321-page book of poetry and prose as well as two vinyl LPs of “jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop” and five “frameable” poems. The book features words from Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka.
Jamie T has announced that his long-awaited new album Carry On the Grudge will be released late September/early October. The album features his recent single ‘Don’t You Find’ – his first new tune in four years. According to press on the album, it is a big step forward: “the old influences of punk, folk and reggae are all still here, but reshaped into something new whilst still defiantly the work of Jamie T”.
With Action Bronson, Peking Duk and The Preatures already announced for the new boutique camping festival, Beyond the Valley, we’d pretty much signed away on our credit card for tickets. Now seeing the additions to the lineup, we’re counting down the days until New Years Eve comes around.
They teased us, those cheeky men of the Foo Fighters, and now they have delivered the goods with news of their new album, Sonic Highways. The album is set for global release on November 10 and marks their eighth studio album overall. The cover art has been revealed, as has the first taste of their new music over at their official page.
Featuring past members of Responder, An Undying Day in Orbit and Seconds, Melbourne’s Strathmore is a throwback to the Aussie punk sounds of the 1990s (think Bodyjar, Knapsack and Samiam). The band walks the DIY road, releasing their self-produced debut EP Everything Tonight in 2011. Now they’re thrilled to welcome their feature-length debut, Time Well Wasted.
The Forte office is looking pretty glum, with news that 63-year-old funny man Robin Williams unfortunately passed away on Monday morning at his home in North Carolina. The actor best known for some of his roles in Bicentennial Man (1999), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Flubber (1997) and Jumanji (1995) will always be remembered for making us laugh and inspiring children worldwide to let their imagination run free.