nipaluna/Hobart-based post-punk outfit, Slag Queens have released their scorching second album on Rough Skies Records. Mixed in with the distinctive vocals of Lucinda Shannon and the largely powerful and at times, pounding rhythms provided by the bass (Shannon) and drums (Claire Johnston), the addition of relative newcomers, Wesley Miles on synth and Amber Perez-Wright on …

The eight-time Grammy Award winning artist, BECK, has been named as one of the major headliners for Bluesfest Byron Bay 2023. His announcement makes him the 50th artist announced to be playing at Australia’s premier festival. Joining the likes of Elvis Costello, Buddy Guy and Jackson Browne, the brilliant BECK will be gracing the stage …

I am a relatively recent convert to some of the “desert rock/desert blues” that has come to notice in increasing amounts in Western countries over the past 5 years or so. Bands such as Songhoy Blues, Tinariwen and Mdou Moctar along with Ali Farka Touré and son Vieux Farka Touré come to mind. Given that, …

Adelaide rockers, Bad//Dreems turned out at The Republic Bar, Hobart for the second of their two Tasmanian shows as part of their national Spring tour……and the punters turned out in force to see a band who were at their energetic best. Led by the enigmatic, yet charismatic frontman and lead singer, Ben Marwe, Bad//Dreems punched …

Melbourne’s hard-rocking power blues quartet, The Ugly Kings stopped off in Hobart/nipaluna at Hobart Brewing Company as part of their ‘Paranoid’ national tour. Despite the smallish crowd in attendance, the band lit up the stage with a powerful performance led by the magnificent vocals of Russell Clark atop the grand riffage of guitarist, Christos Athanasias. …

Liberation Records have released the second single from Australian rock icon, Adalita‘s upcoming album, Inland. The song is accompanied by a lush, widescreen video clip which was produced with film-maker, Adam Harding and is shot on the open roads and vast spaces of rural Australia. Along with a classic 70’s muscle car (a Chrysler Valiant …

WOMADelaide today announced a further 30 artists for its 10-13 March 2023 festival in Adelaide’s Botanic Park.  Spanning Korean folk to Scottish rock, Americana to Moroccan blues and everything in between, the artists represent the best music, arts and dance from around the world and include Senegalese headliner Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile de …

Melbourne/naarm blues-rock outfit, Willie J & The Bad Books have today released the second video from their recent Sing Sing East Studio sessions. The song was recorded live (as seen in the clip below) and highlights the band’s signature style and the nod to the acts that provided the early Australian pub rock scene with …

Mannequin Death Squad have finally released their debut album after a string of blistering singles (all of which appear on the album) being released over the past few years in the run-up to the long-awaited release of this gem of a long-player. The album was recorded over that time at a number of different studios, …

Hobart heavy metal fans were treated when Vandemonium Touring, in conjunction with Destroy All Lines, secured this fabulous triple bill of melodic, prog metal bands to play at Hobart Uni Bar on Sunday, 9th October. Headliners, The Butterfly Effect, were on the road to promote the release of their long-awaited fourth album, the aptly titled …