Music articles

Soul A Go Go

By Chris Mineral The Melbourne-based Soul Messin Allstars, comprising some of the best producers and studio musicians who live and breathe soul, have a brand-new seven-inch single called Soul A Go Go with a film clip featuring choreographer Fortuna Kebebe.  This is a sonic delight that is now available at all good record stores in the

NGV Fridays

By Chris Mineral, At the National Gallery Victoria (NGV) on St Kilda Rd, the live music of NGV Friday Nights has a reprise summer season to help celebrate the Keith Haring / Jean Michel Basquiat : Crossing Lines Exhibition.  At the iconic water wall at the front of the gallery there is a magnificent Keith

Museum Music

By Chris Mineral “BATTS Planetarium Visual Experience” at Scienceworks was a great event.  Playing music from her album The Grand Tour, inspired in part by the sounds of the universe recorded by NASA, the audio/visual showed a journey through the universe had the terrific vibe.  All sessions had the “Full House” sign out. The event

Musical safari

By Chris Mineral Drummer and percussionist Ash Davies will showcase his prodigious and ubiquitous skills alongside a great band for his unique Ned Kelly Show this month.  Playing the Word For Word National Non Fiction Festival at Wordi Youang at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre on November 17, this is a brilliant audio/visual show of

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

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