It’s safe to say Adelaide indie-punk rock act The Hard Aches aren’t new to music. The slacker punks surged forward on a relentless touring schedule for the past few years, playing in venues as diverse as carparks, backyards, bedrooms & record stores, honing a sound that is unmistakably their own, brought to life by the technical brilliance of drummer Alex Upton and the frenetic guitarwork of Ben David. Now the duo is back with their new EP I Freak Out, which is already attracting attention on national radio and international buzz. I Freak Out will be released September 9th and is available to pre-order now.
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Grammy nominated home grown hero Courtney Barnett, supported by Jep and Dep, took to the Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ stage last night against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, opening the 2016 Season.
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A varied crowd aging from early twenties to people old enough to be parents of the band themselves congregate at the Unibar in Wollongong to see Something for Kate (SFK), a town SFK haven’t visited since 2009. This kind of group creates a lovely atmosphere at a gig, people of many ages and backgrounds coming together to enjoy music from a band that have been consistently impressive for twenty years. There is not a doubtful mind in the room, SFK are sure to impress once again on this chilly May night.
First up is Melbourne lady-rocker Courtney Barnett. Nobody is complaining about the trend of female singer songwriters coming out of Australia at the moment, and Barnett can be added to the list of up-and-comers if she isn’t already. With a powerhouse vocal ability and songwriting skills she blew away the audience that had arrived early. Highlight was her latest single Avant Gardener, which she explained was about the time she was gardening and ended up in hospital and includes funny lyrics like “the neighbours must think we run a meth lab”. Barnett is a great addition to the SFK tour.
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The Queenscliff Music Festival’s 2010 program just got a whole lot bigger with the announcement of a swag of new acts for the program. Joining the already wide array of artists on the festival stages will be the man many have labelled the “black Johnny Cash” Frank Yamma, Melbourne favourites, The Meanies, wildly talented Perth outfit Mama Kin, Mr Percival, blues miesters Blue Shaddy & the Ray Beadle Band, the afro-columbian rhythms of Watussi, Kim Churchill, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Paul
Greene, Andy Bull, Ashleigh Mannix, Catherine Britt, The Bedroom Philosopher, Jazz groovers, Louie Prez, Mark Ferrie’s latest outfit, The Mercurials, Sweethearts, The Nymphs, Kate Vigo, Claude Hay, Tiffany Eckhardt & Dave Steel, The Go Set, The Mojo Corner, Victoriana Gaye, The Rustys, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Sweet Delores, Ghost Mutt, Stephen McEwan, Courtney Barnett, Catherine Sanzaro and DJ Ken Eavel. Continue reading