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.
Bellarine Peninsula based singer/songwriter duo Narelle Jolley and Susan Russell (aka Sweet Delores) formed Ukulele Carnivale in mid 2013. Their signature harmonies and musicianship are a feature of their live performances which take you on a carnival ride of stories about cads, gamblers, circus folk, longing, lost love, country miles and musings of beauty and wonder.
A “feverish, powerful, swirling dervish of wild rock and modern electro riffs” sums up The Space Keys to a T. Oh yeah, did I mention their use of sweet electro flute? That’s so good I am going to mention it again: sweet electro flute! Forte’s Natalie Rogers spent a little time with a couple of its members recently where they spoke about life in an unlikely band.
Hey, come over here. Listen up. River Rocks is back again. And it is back for its seventh outing. Yep, lucky number seven. Though to be fair, each event has had music lovers feeling pretty lucky. It is not happening until November but we just couldn’t wait to tell you. It’s exciting for us, and we have no doubt at all it will be just as exciting for you.
Three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety. It is a heartbreaking figure indeed. It is also something not always understood. We know the fine work beyondblue does in order to combat not only the fallacies around depression and anxiety, but in working to reduce their impact. Next month beyondblue teams up with Lions Club, Music Workshop, Forte and The Barwon Club for The Mane Event, a solid day and night of tunes where entertainment, education and fundraising get an equal billing.
Well, the Queenscliff Music Festival is already looking pretty good. Actually, it is looking most excellent – and that is just due to the awesome Aussie talent on offer. Now five international gems join the line-up. Compared to Bob Marley by the Huffington Post, Nahko and Medicine for the People will do their thing. New Orleans outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff will be here as well.
A man that plays country/roots that live somewhere between Neil Young and Hank Williams is how Tristen Bird describes himself. A former Adelaidian, Bird moved to Melbourne to mix his debut album Horse to Water, a release that he describes as Act 1.
The daughter of a poet father and a music-loving mother, Lucie Thorne grew up in Northern Tasmania. These days she is living across the waters. Flipping through her bio, it states how in her younger days she wanted to be Joni Mitchell. Years later, in a review of her 2011 album Black Across the Field, Readings Monthly compared Thorne to the Canadian songwoman.
Originally from Port Macquarie, Patrick James moved to Sydney to carve out a career in music. Busking became his trade when he first started out before his profile grew. Since those days, the songman has supported the likes of Boy & Bear, Pete Murray, Kina Grannis, Josh Pyke, The Paper Kites and Emma Louise.
You have Dead. You have Pissbolt. You have DJ Morriszonkle. That’s three – count ’em, three – ripper acts set to perform for you. And it’s going to be a celebratory night at their little Castlemaine gig as one half of Dead, that would be Jem, is celebrating his day of birth. The other half of Dead is Jace. They formed in 2012 and are “a Voltron-like beast formed from stripped-to-the-bone Karp and Melvins”.