Fingers and toes and wishes on stars this wasn’t the last one! With its future still under a dark cloud, this year’s end to the St Kilda Festival was bloody marvellous. What started decades ago as a weekend arts festival nurturing the growing bohemian culture, it has evolved into a Melbourne institution; a hub for
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New, little known & independent music in Melbourne.
For the last 6 months I’ve been traipsing the globe to experience different worlds, cultures, amazing food, and discover music scenes in far off lands. And guess what…I’m not done. 2012 was an amazing year. For now though, Strum A Note and I are back ready to discover some fresh blood around Melbourne to share
One of my very last stops before returning to Melbourne was the seaside city of Brighton, England, and it’s here, after returning from New York, that I discovered Brooklyn singer Eddi Front. A little write up in local publication XYZ in Brighton caught my eye, describing her as Lana Del Rey with jazz overtones, and
No indie music lover’s visit to Los Angeles is complete without a night at Hollywood’s The Viper Room on the Sunset Strip, famously known to most as the club once owned by Johnny Depp and for seeing the passing of River Phoenix outside its doors. But there is so much more to this awesome venue.
I tried the doof doof clubs in Berlin, I really did. And while that was an amazingly unique experience, it just doesn’t beat the live music scene I’ve been lucky enough to submerge myself in here in Berlin. BERLIN: a city too cool for the coolest hipster, a city with amazing graffiti art on every corner,
So my travels have taken me to the Czech Republic, home to absinthe, green fairies and the most amazing little city of Prague, where I’m kicking back with the Bohemians. I have heard some ridiculously talented indie bands and buskers whilst cruising around the city. I caught super quirky Balkin busking ensemble Praguematique – ingenious
Norwegians know how to make good music, just listen to Röyksopp or Kings of Convenience. I’ve discovered that they really know how to produce quality folk music like my new iPod obsession Jonas Alaska, introduced to me by my fine Norwegian friend! At 22 Jonas is already signed to Norwegian indie label Jansen Plateproduksjon, had
I was very lucky to score a couple of last minute tickets for W.A.R! (We Are Rockstars), one of the new events being held during the Mallorca Rocks music festival in the Balearic Islands. I was in Mallorca one year ago and didn’t have the opportunity to check out Mallorca Rocks as I was here
I have started my travels in Italy: land of pizza, pasta, vino and some of the most breathtaking places on earth. Here, ‘Danza Kuduro’ and non-decript dance music seems to be king among the 20+ age group, who blast it from their pimped-up cars whilst driving down the streets of Northern Italy. I know… However,
One of the more unique assests of Melbourne is our tram system. In my experience Sydneysiders in particular are mesmorised with Melbourne trams, especially the now-famous 86 towards Northcote, thanks to The Bedroom Philosopher (yes, whenever I board it I can’t help singing ‘riding around on the 86…’ very quietly to myself). What would make Melbourne’s world-famous trams more
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes – She Plays Up To You I popped by Pure Pop Records recently with a friend (local Melburnians would know this hidden gem no doubt) for a Sunday Sesh fix. For those who haven’t yet been, this place is so multi-faceted, the front of the venue is a funky,
By now you’re aware that I like a bit of quirkiness in my music; anything different that stands out from the white noise of commercial rock/pop being repeated on FM is a very good thing. The Twoks are one of the most fun, quirky and original bands I have seen in Melbourne for a long while. Vocalist and violinist
Mike Elrington played one killer set at The Espy recently. This dude’s big booming voice shooting out some awesome blues was enough to give you goosebumps while watching him work the guitar like an absolute master. He got carried away right into the music and so did everyone watching, feet stamping and heads violently bobbing up and down to the rhythm. Mike
What better way to spend ANZAC eve then downing a few drinks while checking out local acts at The Espy in St Kilda. It’s a time to relax and enjoy beer and tunes, knowing you don’t have to be up early and working the next day. Most of the venue was taken up by the
For something a little different, this post is on a band I haven’t actually seen live — yet. A Dead Forest Index have such an intriguing sound. I first heard them on triple j and am so glad I’ll have the opportunity to catch them live soon. Theirs is the kind of music that has
The boys from Them Swoops have recently released a new music video for their track Work Around It. What do you think? Hot or Not? Watch: Them Swoops Work Around It Them Swoops have released the clip ahead of unleashing more of their breezy, summery sounds on their forthcoming debut EP due out in mid 2012! Check
Absolutely and amazingly awesome. Perth is a home away from home and I’ve always considered Perth as a city as much in love with live music as Melbourne. Future Music 2012 was my second festival in Perth, and man do they do it right. You get your usual crowds (not as overwhelming as in Melbourne)
I love some good folk music. I love the storytelling aspect, albeit it often blue and melancholy. I love the grittiness of the music and the use of some of the simplest instruments to create such powerful and emotionally charged sound. Laura Marling was the beginning of my true love of indie folk music. Her gig
Following on from my last post around SLAM Day 2012 I thought I’d share with my fellow Melbournian’s (and those who happen to be visiting our fair city next week) details of the SLAM Day gigs around town to encourage you to get out there and support our local bands and our awesome small venues!
Melbourne’s live music scene is only as good as the number of patrons that fill the many awesome venues we’re lucky enough to have. And even as good as the owners who look after these little goldmines. Melbourne’s live music scene has suffered some blows, what with last year’s closure of The Arthouse, the uncertain