Latest News

The Vinyl Resurgence, How It Happened – An Infographic

We all know about the surge in popularity over recent years of vinyl. A lot of us grew up with the medium, but as cassettes, CDs and then MP3s made the recording of, listening to and spreading around of music easier and more convenient, the humble vinyl album fell by the wayside. Until now. The ol’ black wax has been making a comeback, but how has it happened? Some friends of ours over in the UK have put together the below infographic, which goes some way to explaining the resurgence of this most hallowed of music listening experiences. Thanks to the folks at Liberty Games.           […]

rocKwiz 2


RocKwiz returns to SBS on Saturday nights, 8.30pm, for a six episode run with each episode themed to a respective decade. Beginning May 30, the RocKwiz team will run through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s with songs, questions and guest artists all specific to the decade in focus. Paul Kelly, Julia Stone, Connie Mitchell, Vance Joy, Col Joye, John Butler, Emma Donovan, Normie Rowe, Kate Ceberano are among the confirmed guests for this 13th series. Brian Nankervis and Julia Zemiro return as the show’s hosts, but bandleader James Black will be sitting this season out. Guitarist Ash Naylor and keyboard player Clio Renner will join the RocKwiz Orkestra’s founding members Peter […]


Farewell To The King

He once said, “When I eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways: Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly, in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!” He was The King of the Blues. Rhythms salutes Riley B. King, the artist known as B.B. King, who died in his sleep, aged 89.     FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE KING When he was working at a Memphis radio station, he got the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy”, which was later shortened to “Blues Boy” and “B.B”. He called his guitar Lucille. He reportedly had 15 […]

Americana Awards Nominations 2015

The 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Nominees were announced yesterday with Lucinda Williams, Sturgill Simpson and Shakey Graves featuring prominently. The media conference held at a Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was hosted by the Milk Carton Kids and featured performances from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, John Hiatt, Nikki Lane and Milk Carton Kids. The 2015 Americana Awards will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 16. 2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer) And The War Came – Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone […]

Jason Isbell 24 Frames

Jason Isbell is back with the highly anticipated follow up to his momentous Southeastern album. The new album, Something More Than Free, is due for release on July 17 and will be available through Spunk in Australia. Meanwhile Isbell has announced a comprehensive US tour in support of the album’s first single, ’24 Frames’. The new album was recorded in Nashville’s Sound Emporium studio with Southeastern producer Dave Cobb and Isbell’s band the 400 Unit. The 11-track album sees Isbell in a more content mindset than his previous album. “It was nice that Southeastern took off the way it did because it made a lot of things in my life a lot easier,” Isbell recently […]

Latest Reviews

Good Sports

“I thought we’d start out with a track from our new album,” Stephen Cummings deadpans as The Sports embark on their first full gig in 34 years. Of course, it’s a joke, and the band launches into ‘Live Work & Play’ from their second album, Don’t Throw Stones.     The Sports have long resisted offers to re-form. A couple of years ago, The Age wanted to induct the band into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame, with the proviso that they play at the awards. The story goes that an old manager approached Cummings, who said, “I’ll do it if Andrew does it,” believing that guitarist Andrew Pendlebury would […]

little willie

Little Willie John – Let’s Rock While the Rockin’s Good

El Toro/Little Planet Co soul/r&b Little Willie John’s role in the evolution of soul music can 
never be overestimated. One of the greatest voices in early
 rhythm & blues music, his songs still resonate today in covers 
regularly heard on CDs by leading modern blues and R&B
 artists. In his short career, William Edward John’s recordings
 impacted the pop and R&B charts on regular occasions
 between 1955 and 1962. John sadly died in prison at the
 age of only 30 in 1968 while serving time on a manslaughter 
charge, which resulted from an incident where he fatally
 wounded a man while allegedly defending himself against 
an assault. Though over the […]


Calexico – Edge of the Sun

Spunk  tex-mex dessert rock As Calexico’s Joey Burns wanders into the shaded courtyard behind
 Tucson’s Cafe Passe, not only is he wearing a trademark checkered
press-stud shirt, but a grin from ear to ear. Burns has good reason to
smile as the Tucson-based ensemble he fronts is currently on the cusp of releasing what is arguably their finest recorded venture yet to a world that is already keenly taking notice. “We just got back in town last night from a promotional trip,” Burns says after some long overdue personal catching up and swapping anecdotes of fatherhood eventually give way to arriving at the point at hand – Calexico’s emotive new album, Edge […]

The Phoenician Resort Overview from the Casita LawnScottsdale, Arizona USA

By The Time I Get To Phoenix…

Phil Tripp’s Travel Review of Phoenix, Arizona, USA Phoenix, Arizona is the next major city heading East from Los Angeles whether you’re zooming across the desert via interstate or cruising along the disjointed sections of the nostalgic Route 66 two-lane blacktop. Only five hours by road from Las Vegas, four from the Grand Canyon and two hours South of the gorgeous red rocks of seductive Sedona, it’s a hot town for cool people.. It’s a rich, older, sprawled-out metropolis that is the major Western resort town, kind of like Las Vegas without the gambling and neon. Surrounded by deserts and spotted with solo mountains reaching skyward from the sand and […]

2015_set_times jpeg

LIVE REVIEW – Blenheim Festival 2015, Clare Valley

Blenheim Fest 2015, Clare Valley, SA Review and pics by Keira James   With a multitude of music festivals held in Australia, it is easy to overlook the smaller regional shows competing against the likes of Bluesfest for the attention of music fans during autumn. Blenheim Music and Camping Festival is one such event that punches above its weight and deserves not to be ignored. Held on a farm in the Clare Valley north of Adelaide each Good Friday, and licensed for only 1700, this year was the first time the sell-out event had headlined international performers – namely blues legend Tony Joe White and UK-based Z-Star – backed up […]