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Melbourne Music Week returns

Melbourne Music Week returns

By Chris Mineral There is plenty of musical action happening with the return of Melbourne Music Week (MMW) to the City of Melbourne from December 3 to 12. Venues in the CBD will be brimming with exceptional musical talent.  Billy Davis features in The Operatives, a full-bore collection of skilled funk, soul, hip hop, RnB musos

Soul kinda feelin’

By Chris Mineral Renee Geyer, soul singing “gigastar”, sensed that one of her backup singers had something extra. A woman’s intuition.  Many moons later that singer, Kylie Auldist, has delivered her superb fifth album This Is What Happiness Looks Like.  Auldist is now a certified Formula One R’n’B vocalist. A dozen years ago, when singing

Visiting Hours

By Chris Mineral Surrounded by thousands and thousands of people in stadiums around the world, and with just an acoustic guitar and voice, musician Ed Sheeran can hold an audience captive. That’s an incredible talent.  Ed Sheeran has a new album out in his symbol series entitled =. On = there is the song Sheeran

Curse ov Dialect

By Chris Mineral Word was filtering through earlier this year that one of Melbourne’s premier hip hop collective gives, the ultimate Curse ov Dialect were in Audrey Studios recording new material.  And that they were very happy with how the work was progressing. The words were flowing. They felt it could be the best they

New Melbourne music

By Chris Mineral Courtney Barnett has a new album coming out in November via Milk Records, and first cab off the rank, the first single Rae Street, is a ripper of a tune.  Barnett has lined up an extensive tour of Europe and North America to help promote the new album. Word is that it

Jack Ladder live

By Chris Mineral The marquee lights were blazing away at the Forum Theatre on Flinders St on Thursday, May 6.  Jack Ladder was in town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his pivotal third album, Hurtsville. The anniversary reissue vinyl album is in great record stores in Melbourne via Endless Recordings. Jack Ladder, the baritone

Big screen music

By Chris Mineral Some of the best bands and musicians of many genres have worked over the years with animation artists to produce the most sublime pieces of art.  It is created to be seen on the big screen of an indoor cinema, with a tremendous sound system. Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) has for

June Jones

By Chris Mineral  June Jones, a most unique Melbourne musical artist, launched her brilliant new vinyl record Leafcutter (Emotion Punk Records) upstairs at Rock Steady Records located on the first floor at Mitchell House, corner Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets. Around Chinese New Year celebrations, driving into the Year Of The Ox, this launch was superb.

Something For Kate

By Chris Mineral Two clear examples of the symbiotic relationship between art and music could be found in a couple of art galleries in the CBD.  During lockdown 2.0 many people had the time to listen to and organise their vinyl record collections. One album that got mentioned and rated well was Lou Reed’s Transformer

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

By Chris Mineral Courtney Barnett was in Babe Ruth mode, hitting an extraordinary home run during lockdown when she recorded and filmed with her band at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.  The incredible building was built 140 years ago by the well esteemed builder David Mitchell.  Mitchell’s daughter is one of Melbourne’s most famous singers Dame

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