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Zevon Wagons

By Chris Mineral Alternative country muso Henry Wagons will be performing on stage at The Athenaeum Theatre in Zevon, Accidentally Like A Martyr from October 16 to 26.  One of David Letterman’s favourite musicians was Warren Zevon, declaring him one of the most intelligent writers and performers on the music scene. This show at The

Planet B

By Chris Mineral The Steve Lucas and Friends EP By Request launched this winter is an impromptu selection of songs dedicated to the memory of legendary blues musician Chris Wilson.  Steve Lucas, the mercurial muso who founded the punk band X travelled to San Diego, California to team up with a bunch of sensational Mexican musicians,

Bird Sounds

By Chris Mineral Prolific Melbourne singer/songwriter Emma Russuck’s fifth album Winter Blues will be launched at The Jazzlab on Wednesday August 7.  Russack will bring to the stage her full band line-up. The title track of Winter Blues is a plainspoken moody song underpinned by some beautiful, subtle piano playing, which is reminiscent of John

Caves to skyscrapers

By Chris Mineral Skyscraper Stan’s second album Golden Boy Vol.I & Vol.II (Heart Of The Rat Records) is an absolute ripper. Music to listen to on golden days. Louisiana, 40 degrees in the shade, singing. Tennis courts, summer, central Victoria. Back on Your Corner is a great ballad, reminiscent of the Tindersticks in the baritone

Vinyl records in Melbourne

By Chris Mineral An all-round celebration of all things great about vinyl.  Record Store Day was happening in Melbourne on Saturday, April 13, where a whole clutch of Melbourne’s great record stores hosted a stack of some of Melbourne’s greatest bands celebrating the brilliance of our independent record store scene.  Record stores participating included Off

Construction update – Town Hall Station

Works to build the new Town Hall Station are ramping up, with major construction underway at all three work sites at the southern end of Swanston St.  Visitors to Federation Square will notice large piling equipment in operation behind the hoarding, as piling works get underway. More than 60 piles will be constructed up to

Cosmic Mist

By Chris Mineral Easy Brown’s Chicken Truck Stop Band are a four piece band hailing from Melbourne who should be on the musical horizon of music fans everywhere. They launched their new album Trash at Rocksteady Records, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets, on a bright afternoon on Saturday, February 16.  The track

Gold afternoon Melbourne

At the height of summer every year, 3PBS has a series of free live music performance extravaganzas from its Studio 5 happening during drive time. This event celebrates Melbourne’s vibrant live music scene.  One of the many highlights was the fabulous Ainslie Wills performance of her song Society.  Wills is a very talented writer, her work reminiscent

Peach Melba

The Grand Salvo seventh album Sea Glass (Mistletone Records) is an old-school concept album with a maritime theme.  It’s been half a dozen years since the previous Grand Salvo album and the material is exceptional. Sea Glass has garnered accolades including Album of the Week from both 3RRR and 3PBS.  The driver man of Grand

Amphlett Lane

By Chris Mineral Ultra-magnetic, inspiring Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett had an electrifying, sultry stage presence. She was a sassy, dynamic, alluring performer who had the ability to hold the audience in the palm of her hand while, at the same time, exhibit a feisty approach to her band-mates. She had a Piaf-like ability to make

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