Naked In The Woods

The gang at FReeZACentral, a government initiative involving a mentoring program for those new to the music industry, has bottled up a surge of girl power. They’ve recorded a diverse array of tracks to introduce some little-known but talented female artists to our welcoming ears, alongside some more familiar names. Continue reading

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We Are Scientists – Barbara

When shit happens, the last thing you want to do is write a music review. With parking fines, uni ball-busting and hangovers in the mix, any kind of logical thinking is all but possible and I’m not sure if I can trust myself to write anything even close to a readable review. However, once listening to We Are Scientists’ third full length, Barabara, opening track Rules Don’t Stop puts an end to my self-indulgent misery. Continue reading

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Disneyland was the place of a musical epiphany for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy trumpeter Glen “the kid” Marhevka. Unlike most 11 year-olds, it wasn’t Mickey or Donald that made a lasting impression and he didn’t even go near the rides; instead, it was seeing jazz legend Cab Calloway in full swing that captivated him. “He’s definitely been a big influence on the band, and for myself,” Marhevka says. “We just love his style and energy.” Continue reading

Real Books or Ebooks?

They weigh 221 grams, hold 1000 books and are sucking the romance out of reading. They’ll “change the way you read forever,” according to the Borders website. But is this a good thing? Continue reading

Groovin’ The Moo

Photo: Stefanie Enconniere

The queue snaked around the fence-line of the Bendigo showgrounds. Everyone was eager to get inside and impatiently waiting to file through the narrow entrance.  Above the chatter of the crowd I could hear the earlier bands. Neon Love, Spoon and Muph & Plutonic had already played when I arrived at Groovin’ the Moo, the travelling music festival that has been rolling into regional towns since 2005. Bendigo was on the map this year for only the second time, and tickets sold out for the occasion. This was an all-ages festival, the site spilt by a barrier designating the licensed area. Continue reading

Music speaks louder than words

It would be hard to imagine a world without music. Music is a timeless art form that is always present – when we watch television, when we walk through a shopping centre and whenever we turn the radio on. However, aside from entertaining us, the most important and timeless purpose of music is to communicate. Continue reading

The Mountain Goats at the Corner Hotel

John Darnielle is probably one of the nicest musicians I’ve spoken to. When I saw him on stage at the Corner Hotel last week fronting his band the Mountain Goats, I was reminded why. Continue reading