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Vahan Matkaa Viela b/w Lippalakki Suojana - Riitaoja (Dull City Records)

riitaojaChances are that your command of the Norwegian language is as limited as mine and that your knowledge of the Finnish underground music scene is even more bereft. That’s why the finer details behind this moody seven-incher by Finnish band Riitaoja on a tiny label from Norway will probably forever remain darker than a late evening stroll in an Arctic Circle winter.

Perdition - Not Just Another Anthology (Reactor Records)

perditionPunk rock from Adelaide? No. This is a actually great little pop record.

Take the CD’s opener, "Nothing For You". If it weren’t for the times (of buzzsaw fuzz guitar) and the haircuts (ok) you’ve got yourself a tight, fast, witty and pointed powerpop outfit.

Simple.

Looking back: Dick Wagner in conversation with Geoff Ginsberg

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The recent passing of legendary American guitarist Dick Wagner is as good an excuse as any to look back on his long and incredible career. Philadelphia-based record label head, manager, writer and all-round music maven Geoff Ginsberg conducted a landmark I-94 Bar interview with Dick in 1999. It's reprised below. - The Barman

The Mark Of Cain return with single and tour

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They're releasing a new single, "Grey-11", from their acclaimed 2012 album "Songs Of The Third & Fifth" so The Mark Of Cain have announced their first Australian tour since March last year.

It will take in the usual hot spots and also includes a return to Newcastle (for the first time since 2002) and a trip to Hobart for the first time in almost 20 years.

River Rocks line-up a stone classic

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Organisers have announced the line-up for the seventh annual River Rocks festival in the Victorian city of Geelong (aka Gee-troit) and it's a good 'un.

Heavyweight stoner rockers Tumbleweed (pictured), rock royalty Kim Salmon & The Surrealists and Brisbane's peerless HITS head a gun line-up of 20 bands over over two stages at the Barwon Club on November 15.

Green Circles head stellar line-up

green-circles-old-barAdelaide's fab Green Circles have announced a rare gig outside their home town, heading a mighty fine line-up at the Old Bar in Melbourne on August 8.

Joining the Circles are similarly credentialled mod veterans Little Murders, Ian Wettenhall's superbly gritty Wrong Turn and the bracing garage duo, Blue Stratos.

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