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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

Bellavista Terrace

By Chris Mineral Lilting melodies could be heard at the Wheeler Centre on Sunday, October 14 with the awesome “Collective Spirit” poetry show. Poignant, illuminating, insightful poetry. This was a performance of emerging indigenous poets chaired by Ali Cobby Eckermann.  It featured the talented trio, emerging Victorian indigenous poets, Emily-Munro Harrison, Monica Karo and Ryan

Silhouettes and shadows

By Chris Mineral Penny Ikinger’s third album Tokyo has arrived via Melbourne-label Off The Hip Records and it is a ripper.  Ikinger, who has been moonlighting in trumpeter Jack Howard’s Epic Brass has teamed up with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman guitarist) and a bunch of psychedelic musos from Japan. Tokyo is superb, with overdriven, reverb-drenched

Alaska Sun

By Chris Mineral The sound of the 150 active volcanoes on the Jupiter moon Io is the sound of Warped. Magma in constant steady flow on a distant lunar surface. Supreme sludgy stoner-rock. Warped are Rockin’ Lightnin’ Ben Watkins (guitar, vocals), Cris Wilson, the perennial anchor on the drums and Sammy Crawford in the pocket,

Phenomenon of street art

By Adrian Doyle It is clear that street art has become an important part of the Melbourne cultural milieu with urban art appearing throughout the city in a variety of contexts. You can find it in advertisements, on trams, in shops, on tee shirts and of course on the walls and laneways. It has appeared

Just Stellar

By Chris Mineral Music is a large part of Minneapolis, as is self-taught animation artist Tom Schroeder. The third and final instalment in Tom Schroeders Bike trilogy screened at this year’s Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) at the Australian Centre Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square. At the 2017 MIAF, Schroeder visited Melbourne as a guest

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