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Gallery: Scotch + Soda

February 13, 2015 by Stuart Allan in

Some of Australia’s best acrobats and music-makers form Scotch + Soda, a whiskey-stained evening of raucous dance and dexterous feats – where the band holds centre stage. We head to see them at SummerSalt Festival to present you with this colourful gallery. Photos by Stuart Allan      

Quick & Dirty: Nickelback

February 9, 2015 by Angela Allan in

  Ahead of their Australian tour in support of their latest album No Fixed Address, Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake chats about being “The most hated band in the world”, songwriting formulas and finishing his own guitars. By Angela Allan   Firstly, I have to ask… What is it about Nickelback that polarises people so much? […]

Gallery: Woman Of Soul

February 7, 2015 by Stuart Allan in

Melbourne’s SummerSalt Festival is now in full swing. Soot shutterbug Stuart Allan went along to snap Woman of Soul, starring Candice Monique, Lisa Faithfull (Soul Safari), Christina Arnold (The Perfections), May Johnston (Deep Street Soul), Chelsea Wilson and Rota Satch, paying tribute to the female legends of soul, such as Etta James, Esther Phillips and […]

Gallery: Mitchell Butel

by Stuart Allan in

As part of Melbourne’s SummerSalt Festival, Soot shutterbug Stuart Allan drops by “The voice of Playschool” Mitchell Butel for a night of classic songs by Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd and more.  

New Music Preview 2015

January 30, 2015 by Sherryn Groch in

  We uncover the slickest (or sickest) artists that need to be on your iTunes library this year. By Sherryn Groch.   Well, it’s a new year and I bet your poor old iTunes is starting to look pretty sad and dusty right about now. (I’d seriously consider cleaning your computer screen.) Do yourself a […]

Quick & Dirty: Peter Hook

January 18, 2015 by Angela Allan in

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is bringing his band The Light to Australia to play two New Order albums – Low Life and Brotherhood – in their entirety. We chat to ‘Hooky’ about the business of music and that mysterious new New Order record Bernard Sumner is talking about. By Angela […]

Cli-fi: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Sherryn Groch in

  It may sound like the kind of awkward rash you see your doctor about, but cli-fi (or climate fiction if you want to get technical) is the latest genre to hit bookshelves and cinemas. Feel free to brace yourself against the nearest climate change skeptic. By Sherryn Groch   From biosphere collapse to punishing […]

Spending Time With Wolf Alice

by Patrick Muller in

Gearing up for their first album release sometime later this year, Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell took some time to chat with us. By Patrick Muller   Ellie Rowsell fronts North London four piece Wolf Alice have kicked off the New Year playing the Falls festival, before kicking back for a few drinks in the CBD. […]

Gallery: Strictly Ballroom The Musical

January 17, 2015 by Stuart Allan in

We snoop backstage and rehearsals at Strictly Ballroom: The Musical‘s Melbourne premiere. Photos by Stuart Allan. What originated as a play by famed director Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984, Strictly Ballroom has become a world-wide phenomenon. We tagged along to the […]

Top 3 Moments: Rollin’ on the Blues Highway

December 30, 2014 by Angela Allan in

  Rolling along the Blues Highway – route 61 – from New Orleans all the way to Chicago, I discovered the origin, history and folklore of the blues and rock’n’roll. Here are my top 3 picks that made music – and the blues – come alive for me. By Angela Allan    Memphis, Tennessee   […]

Quick & Dirty: The Dickies

December 22, 2014 by Angela Allan in

  Ahead of his first-ever Australian tour, Stan Lee of legendary California punk rockers The Dickies gives us the lowdown the band’s hey day and spending Thanksgiving with Michael Nesmith of the Monkees. By Angela Allan   Tell us about your debut at the Whisky a Go Go – what was the scene on Sunset […]

5 Things We Learned from Catfish and the Bottlemen

by Patrick Muller in

  Welsh four piece Catfish and the Bottlemen have really blown up this year. On the back of their first album, The Balcony, the band is coming to Australia, both supporting The Kooks and playing their own gigs. Lead singer Van McCann chatted with Patrick Muller and here’s what he learned.   1. Their name […]