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  • Schizos webSensational San Diego trio The Schizophonics have announced two Australian dates in June.

    They'll play Sydney's Marrickville Bowling Club on Thursday, June 6 (with Grinding Eyes) and Melbourne's The Tote on Friday, June 7 after a run of New Zealand dates. Tickets for both Austrralian shows are on sale here

    The wild, gyrating, and down-right gymnastic, guitarist Pat Beers is joined by his wife Lety on drums and bass player Blake Lindquist...and yes, Beers is their real name. By day Pat teaches music but at night, once strapping on that guitar, he becomes a man possessed .

    The Schizophonics are, in one word, EXPLOSIVE. Their frenzied live performances tap into the same unstoppable combination of rock ‘n’ roll energy and showmanship that fueled the MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom.

    When they hit the stage, they grab your attention and don’t let go. They’ve built up a formidable reputation in their home base of San Diego and a fervent following among locals.

    “One of my favorite live bands ever!” proclaims Tim Mays, who has run the Casbah for over 25 years and seen literally thousands of live bands come through his doors in that time.

  • Radio Birdman will mark their 50th year with a farewell Australian tour in June and July.

    The seven-date , four-city run – labelled “Birdman 5-0” - starts with two nights in Melbourne and ends with a brace of gigs in hometown Sydney.

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    Catch Chris "Klondike" Masuak talking to Curly, Braggy and The Celebrity Roadie Rossy on "Unfiltered And Undiscovered", as they preview the Australian Tour.
  • sunnyboys lights mel

    Sunnyboys
    + Rocket Science
    + The Prize
    Northcote Theatre, VIC
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Michelle Bilson photos

    A work colleague of mine told me once she’d had her wedding reception at the Northcote Theatre, back when it was known as Fani’s Receptions in the late 1980s, 70-odd years after its original opening as a picture theatre. The marriage didn’t last too long – about six months, I think – but the venue was still hosting sumptuously catered family celebrations up until it was taken over and reinvigorated as a live music venue.

    The benefit of personal geographical proximity aside, I’m not sold on Northcote Theatre just yet. The combination of a high ceiling and a lack of absorbent surfaces renders the acoustic profile imperfect. Like the property prices in the local area, the drink prices are on the high side; frustratingly, it’s a cash-free venue and the distance between the stage and bar makes for a challenging journey for all concern.

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    The Beasts
    The Johnnys
    The Gov, Adelaide
    March 17, 2019
    Photos by Alison Lea

    It's the last night of the Adelaide Festival and the city centre is abandoned to the tourists, and no doubt some "end of festival" official shindig, doubtless adding anodyne "vibrancy" (one of Adelaide City Council's favourite buzzwords) to the joint.

    Meanwhile, Adelaide's finest and most intelligent people are voting with their wallets and pile into the Gov, many having come from miles around. One bloke is here with his wife from Kangaroo Island (more expensive than a trip to Melbourne or Sydney); another bloke flew 300 miles to arrive at 4pm, with a return flight at 8am. There are many happy drunks.

    Tonight was the most beautiful gig I've seen in years, if not ever. I cannot remember a more wonderful, cathartic experience.

  • nancy rankin escovedoNancy Rankin-Escovedo photo.

    In 2018 Alejandro Escovedo released "The Crossing", an album based on the story of two boys, one Mexican and one Italian, travelling across the United States. “I’ve always lived along the border in California and Texas, so it’s been part of my story,” Escovedo says. But while immigration is fundamental to the evolution of modern America, in recent years it’s has become a hot political topic.

    (To accentuate the point, a few hours before my interview with Escovedo, US President Donald Trump invoked emergency powers to secure the funds to continue the building of his border wall between Mexico and the United States.)

    Escovedo didn’t set out to write a political album; it’s just that “whenever you talk about immigration at this time it tends to be political because of what’s going on in America”.

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    Japanese heavy rock pioneers Boris are joining forces with J-Rock legend Kiyoharu for a 2024 Australian tour billed as "Heavy Rock Breakfast".

    Boris are known for their relentless pursuit of sonic excellence in heavy rock. The four-piece Boris line-up of Takeshi, WataAtsuo and drummer Osamu are playing the Golden Plains Festival in Victoria and the Ωhm Festival in Brisbane, as well as headlining shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

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    High-energy veterans Senor No from Basque Country (don't call it Spain) are embarking on their first Australian tour this month but their Anipoddean connection already runs deep.

    Senor No was born in Donostia/San Sebastian, Basque Country in 1993, after the dissolution of the seminal Spanish group La Perrera. The band released their first LP with No Tomorrow Records in 1994 and toured Spain and surrounding areas relentlessly while recording five more albums and more than a dozen singles.

    Senor No was the very first release for the seminal Spanish label Bang! Records which is a label responsible of releasing some of Australian best bands overseas.

  • birdman octoberRadio Birdman is embarking on a short, sharp Australian tour with Citadel label-mates The Stems in tow. The five-date run will include Spanish band Los Chicos as guests on three gigs.

    Tickets are on sale via venue websites.

    Radio Birdman
    + The Stems
    OCT
    25 – Factory Theatre, Sydney
    + The LangLangs
    26 – The Gov, Adelaide
    + Sunday Reeds
    NOV
    1 – The Triffid, Brisbane
    + Los Chicos
    2 – Coolangatta Hotel
    + Los Chicos
    4 – Croxton Ballroom, Melbourne
    + Los Chicos

  • thelemonheadsEvan is in the backseat of his Cadillac. 

    Beloved alt-rockers The Lemonheads are returning to Australia this December.

    Since they were formed by Evan Dando in Boston, Mass, in 1986, the family tree of The Lemonheads has many twisted tentacles and tangential branches, and a host of one-liners etched into its bark. Anyone could be a Lemonhead but for how long who knows? Leastways they’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with Evan throwing discordant chords against alt-country-tinged melodies, playing that light and dark card. Through their ranks have passed Descendents, Blokes Babies, Dinosaur Jr - and even a member of Australia's The Eastern Dark.

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    Died Pretty has reluctantly cancelled its run of Australian shows in October due to health concerns for band members Ron Peno and Chris Welsh. In a statement on Facebook an hour ago, the band said:

    With much regret we have to announce the cancellation of the upcoming October shows due to health issues of two members of the band.

    Ron's cancer fight is ongoing and he has recently commenced further treatment that will make it impossible for him to perform in the near future.
     
    Chris has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and his treatment schedule will also make it impossible for him to perform in the upcoming months. With both of them unavailable in October we are forced to accept the cancellation as a necessary action to insure their health and comfort.
  • tmoc kim scott backlitKim Scott.  

    Formed in Adelaide in the early 1980s and based on the core membership of brothers John (guitar) and Kim Scott (bass), The Mark of Cain was always something of an enigma in the Adelaide, and Australian independent music scene. 

    The Mark of Cain took its initial musical cues from English post-punk bands like Joy Division and Gang of Four; the band’s muscular sound was complimented by a existentialist lyrical bent, inspired by John Scott’s interest in the writing of Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Herman Hesse, spliced with figurative militaristic imagery. 

    The fact that the Scott brothers, both qualified engineers, held down day jobs in the Department of Defence added to The Mark of Cain’s mystique. 

  • The Hard-Ons kicked off their “I'm Sorry Sir, That Riff's Been Taken Tour” - their first tour with new singer Tim Rogers- with three sold out shows on the weekend, only to hit a hurdle yesterday. 

    The group issued a statement this morning:"

    We regret to advise that the band has unfortunately been struck with Covid, with one of us testing positive earlier today, so under current Public Health Orders they're required to self-isolate. As a result, we’ve had to reschedule this week’s shows. These performances will however proceed on the following dates. Existing ticket holders do not need to do anything as tickets will automatically apply for the new date. 

    The re-scheduled New South Wales dates are:

    Wed June 1 - Wollongong, La La La's - tickets here
    Thu June 2 - Sydney, Factory Theatre (for Great Southern Nights) (with guests Flowers For Jayne) - tickets here
    Fri June 3 - Newcastle, Cambridge Hotel - tickets here
    Sat June 4 - Avalon, Avalon RSL (with guests Raising Ravens) - tickets here

    Shows in Canberra, Adelaide, Geelong and Melbourne will proceed as scheduled. 

     

  • dave studdert colourDave Studdert.

    When drawn to writing about Tactics, their new album and their forthcoming Australian tour, I had a youthful flashback to being a 17-year-old and moving down to Sydney from the bush. Armed with smudgy-ink copies of RAM magazine, I was aware of so many bands that I knew mostly in name only: Midnight Oil, Hitmen, The Saints…and some weird shit (at least in my mind) like The Tactics, Thought Criminals and Dead Travel Fast. I was like a sponge and I wanted to see every one of them.

    I had a hunger for a tapestry of sounds and new, sharp sonic edges - stuff that was so far from the bland radio fodder like Cold Chisel and Dragon. I left a live music scene centred on a dilapidated pub by a river that often flooded…a place with peeling paint and populated by old tradies with battered faces, professional alcoholics and underage kids. We watched the odd cover band and the place was home to weekend rock-stars playing poorly -delivered Chuck Berry riffs. The alternative was the local blue light disco that usually ended in a bloodbath by the end of the night.

    So, I moved. I headed to Sydney.

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    Jello-less since 2001, the Dead Kennedys are bringing their brand of seminal punk back to Australian audiences, 25 years since they first hit our shores and th first time since 2014. 

    The band - these days that's East Bay Ray, D.H. Peligro, Klaus Flouride and singer Skip McSkipster - is doing a quick hit-and-run of four shows in a week.  

    The Dead Kennedys had a huge impact in Australia in the 1980s. Their albums - “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables”, “In God We Trust, Inc”, “Plastic Surgery Disasters”, “Frankenchrist”  and “Bedtime for Democracy” – sold by the thousand at a time when punk had yet to break into the mainstream, and kept selling big numbers for decades.

  • andy gill rick de pizzolJohn 'Gaoler' Sterry. Rick de Pizzol photo.

    Gang of Four
    God God Dammit Dammit
    Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide
    November 5, 2019

    Gang of Four are touring Australia and New Zealand and played Adelaide earlier this week. They were fucking brilliant. Exciting. Brutal. Gigantic. Fun, too. But... pointed and magnificent.

    It's a no-brainer. Go see them while you can.

    Right, well. A little context. When I was asking a few friends if they were going, one said, 'they sound like every other band'... well, no they don't. See, the thing is, over the last 40 years a lot of other
    bands have picked up on their style, which is now familiar.

  • The Beastsare back. The band whose core membership is drawn from surviving members of The Beasts of Bourbonis undertaking an Australian tour...and have revealed that it’s under doctor’s orders. 

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    The long-awaited “The Church of Simultaneous Existence” album from Ed Kuepper and his Aints! Is almost upon us, with a September 21 release date announced for CD, LP and digital formats. The album will be accompanied by an Australian tour taking in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA over October-November, culminating in a show at the Meredith Music Festival on December 7.

    This version of the Aints! differs from previous ones in its focus on not only revisiting the material of the original Saints but mining a well of woodshedded songs intended for what would have been that band’s fourth LP.

  • cm tour webSix years after his last visit to Australia, former Radio Birdman guitarist Chris “Klondike” Masuak is returning with his hand-picked local band, Dog Soldier, for a select run of East Coast shows.

    Masuak and Dog Soldier will play a three week tour with shows in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

    Masuak’s musical history reads like a muscle car ride through the mean streets of Australia’s rock and roll underground.

    The Canadian-born prodigy achieved notoriety as teenage guitarist for Australia’s legendary Radio Birdman, and then waged a War Against The Jive with the country’s hardest working rock and roll band, The Hitmen.

    Next came a stint with the original live version of the New Christs, followed by international prominence with the chart-busting Screaming Tribesmen.

    A member of the ARIA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Masuak has an impressive back catalogue of rock, pop and blues releases under his own name and fronting the Viveiro Wave Riders. He is now based in Galicia in northern Spain.

    Dog Soldier comprises bassist Tony Bambach (Aberration, Green Spiders, ex-Lime Spiders) and drummer Stu Wilson (Aberration, Leadfinger, ex-The Rivers, ex-New Christs,ex-Lime Spiders).

    Their tour will re-trace Klondike’s storied career, drawing on material from his key bands - with a few surprises thrown in.  

    I-94 Bar Records & Promotions presents
    Chris Masuak & Dog Soldier 2023 Australian Tour
    MAY
    19 - House of Music & Booze, St Peters, NSW + Starcrazy + The Dark Clouds + Pocketwatch
    Tickets
    21 - Link and Pin, Woy Woy + The Silver Dragons (1.30pm)
    Tickets
    26 - Northcote Social Club + River of Snakes + Electric Purrs
    Tickets
    27 - Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong + Baby 8 + Sacramento Sweaters
    Tickets
    28 - Smiths Alternative, Canberra + Il Bruto (7pm)
    Tickets
    JUN
    2 -Stag and Hunter, Newcastle + Joeys Coop + East Coast Low
    Tickets
    3 - Federal Hotel, Bellingen + Nikki Websters
    4 - Vinnies, Gold Coast + The Square Tugs + Mick Medew & Ursula
    Tickets

     

     

  • The great Alejandro Escovedo (The Nuns, solo) is coming to Australia and New Zealsnd in March and two more Aussie shows have been announced. He’s doing extra gigs at Brisbane’s Junk Bar (early and late shows) and the Camelot Lounge in Sydney. What’s more, he’ll be accompanied on guitar by Tim Rogers of You Am I.

    Escovedo's new album "The Crossing" features goes spots by James Williamson (Iggy and the Stooges) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys.) His Australasian tour is stripped-down but the clip below gives you an idea of the power of the man's music. Full dates and ticketing information in the Read More link.

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