Live Review : Rock at the Races – Wagga Wagga – 11 November 2017

Review by Natasha Wyborn

If someone thought the 80’s were dead and buried no-one told the sell out crowd at Wagga Wagga on the weekend. The Murrumbidgee Turf Club opened its gates to over 3,000 people on Saturday to celebrate some of the best 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Australian music had to offer. Taking the crowd back to a time when a beer was a dollar and the most songs you could fit on a cassette was 12, social media and the internet were years away but somehow we survived.
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SUNNYBOYS – Summer 2018 Tour – More Shows Added

Photo Credit: Bob King

Five years into their reformation and you could be forgiven for thinking the Sunnyboys revival was on the wane, however, with two Sydney shows selling out in just 4 days (faster than any time previous), setting a sales record at Sunshine Coast venue The Shed by selling 1/3rd of capacity in the first 8 hrs and eclipsing their previous best first week sales in Melbourne, it appears that memo didn’t get through!
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Gomez – Australian headline shows announced for 2018 (Bluesfest Touring)


Bluesfest Touring welcomes Gomez back to Australia for their first tour in 6 years and the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Bring It On’ that featured the hits “78 Stone Wobble” and “Get Myself Arrested”. With so much to celebrate their Perth, Sydney and Melbourne sideshows are not to be missed. The group stood apart from other bands in the Brit-Pop era in their attitude and sound. Typical of this was the comment from the panel of judges for the Mercury Music Prize who described the album as “an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock and eerie power.”
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New Release: Loose Jets – Loose Jets (Release Date: Nov 17, 2017)


Rock and roll music refines and unearths itself regardless of whether it’s in the zeitgeist. Good bands look forward as they look back, incorporating what they love with what feels good. In short, they keep on playing, and make albums that age well and write songs people find no matter what year it is.

N.C.’s Loose Jets’ self-titled full-length has ten songs with a mix of vibes beginning to end, led by two singers, and made from years of wisdom, playing in bands, and an unending desire for creating combustible, swagger-filled songs.
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Sharptooth “Clever Girl” Official Video

An archaic old saying espouses that “It’s better to be seen and not heard.” In the case of Baltimore, MD melodic hardcore upstarts Sharptooth, you could invert that as “It’s better to make a scene and be heard.”

Known for explosive live shows, battering ram energy, and provocative politically conscious messages, the five-piece—Lauren Kashan [vocals], Keith Higgins [guitar], Lance Donati [guitar], Phil Rasinski [bass], and Connor Mac [drums]—consistently leave a lasting impression on stage and on their full-length debut, Clever Girl [Pure Noise Records]. Often dubbed “the crazy band” since their 2015 emergence, the group lives up to that promise of unpredictability.
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PROGFEST Announces Epic Final Line Up For January 2018


The Music, David Roy Williams, Welkin Entertainment & Wild Thing Presents:

The 2018 line up of Progfest will be the strongest yet with Norway’s LEPROUS confirmed to headline all 3 Progfest festivals, plus headline their own sideshows in Perth and Adelaide!
Some of Australia’s finest acts including: Voyager, AlithiA, Orsome Welles, Meniscus and Dyssidia were confirmed for Progfest as part of the first round announcement.
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PARAMORE to bring ‘Tour Four’ to Australia – February 2018


International rock superstars PARAMORE are making their highly anticipated return to Australia for their first headline shows in four years, bringing Tour Four to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and Brisbane’s The Riverstage this February. Paramore are touring in support of their ARIA #3 charting album After Laughter with special guests to be announced.
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Van Morrison ‘Versatile’

Following the massive success of his 37th studio album Roll With the Punches (which charted at No 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart this September), Van Morrison prepares the release of his 38th.

Versatile is positive proof that Van Morrison is built differently to other artists. One of very few British recording artists to warrant the description ‘living legend’, Van is currently working at a rate to put musicians a third of his age to shame; an ethic that harks back to his early days as a recording artist who’d easily release multiple brilliant long players within the space of a year.

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Live Review : Midnight Oil at Gateway Lakes, Wodonga- 3 November 2017

Review by Natasha Wyborn
Photos by David Jackson

Midnight Oil at Gateway Lakes, Wodonga- 3 November 2017

As Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett belted out the lyrics to the Oils classic Blue Sky Mine “Hope the crumbs in my pocket can keep me for another night” to another sellout crowd on Friday night you couldn’t help but wonder that if the band was being rewarded exclusively in food this show would be worthy of a 10 course executive meal. Gateway Lakes Wodonga and a sell out crowd of over 12,000 was the current stopover on the bands Great Circle World Tour. The packed venue comprising of an audience of all ages was primed and ready for arguable Australia’s greatest band.
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Chelsea Wolfe : Australian + New Zealand Tour – March 2018


Seamlessly fusing elements of gothic-rock, folk, and doom metal, Wolfe will be performing in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and finally Perth throughout March of 2018.

Wolfe’s music offers a combination of the delicate and the crushing, brooding and visceral, lyrically steeped in introspective dread. The end product is a winning formula that has earned Wolfe critical commendation for the best part of a decade. Her latest release, Hiss Spun, unveiled in September this year, is receiving similar praise.

Wolfe has garnered a considerably larger audience since her 2012 shows. With the release of the critically acclaimed Hiss Spun, it’s expected that these shows will sell out quickly. Grab your tickets early – don’t miss out.

Catch Chelsea Wolfe on the following dates:

San Fran, Wellington – Friday, March 9
Whammy Bar, Auckland – Saturday, March 10 *SOLD OUT
Whammy Bar, Auckland – Sunday, March 11 **NOW ON SALE

Crowbar, Brisbane – Wednesday, March 14
Manning Bar, Sydney – Thursday, March 15
Max Watt’s, Melbourne – Friday, March 16
Badlands, Perth – Saturday, March 17

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