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Festival Update

Festival season is gearing up with lineup announcements coming thick and fast from the likes of Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Festival and WOMADelaide. Sinead O’Connor has been announced at the top of the bill of both WOMADelaide and Port Fairy whilst Bluesfest has just made its third lineup announcement headlined by The Gypsy Kings, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Jurassic 5. Yep, it’s difficult to keep up to date with who where and what so we’ll keep updating this page for you with the latest announcements and full lineups. Here we go: PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL March 6-9, Port Fairy, Victoria All Our Exes Live In Texas,  Ami Williamson,  Ash & […]


Adelaide’s Deep South Blues Fest Returns

Running for the third time this year in late November, the Deep South Blues Festival will turn Adelaide flagship venue The Gov, into a raucous, blues-soaked free-for-all, something it’s managed to do in each of its previous incarnations. Showcasing the best in local and interstate blues and roots acts, the event has grown in popularity, easily packing rooms over the two days and nights it runs. “We launched Deep South Festival two years ago,” says festival director Dennis Kipridis. “Since then it has become a mecca for artists and audiences to experience the very best in blues and roots music in South Australia, from the most established and respected entertainers to the […]


Video Of The Week – Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy has always had an uneasy relationship with the music industry. Now, the Wilco frontman has delivered a hilarious video that looks at the modern music world, record companies, and how “the recording industry is in the toilet”. The video is for ‘Low Key’, from Tweedy’s debut album, Sukierae. Tweedy is the project featuring Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son, Spencer. The video was directed by Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, and features cameos by Conan O’Brien, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini and many others. As the singer in one prominent Australian band remarked to Rhythms, “The clip is very funny, and the conclusion is a little too close […]

Out On The Weekend Celebrates Americana In Style

The inaugural Out On The Weekend took place in Melbourne last Saturday with Ryan Bingham, Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis, Nikki Lane and Henry Wagons demonstrating the diversity of the alternative country genre that has come to be known as Americana. Held in Williamstown’s Seaworks the event proved successful for promoters Love Police – the weather was perfect, the food was superb and the music was, as expected, exceptional. There was plenty of interaction between crowd favourites Robert Ellis, Nikki Lane and Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift and The Delines were mesmerising, and Justin Townes Earle even performed a version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’. A truly boutique event, Out On The […]

Yes! Win Tickets To YES!

Masters of prog rock, YES, are returning to Australia next month, playing two of their iconic albums, Fragile and Close To The Edge, from beginning to end. And you could be there, thanks to Rhythms. The current YES lineup – Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison – will also present material from their brand new album, Heaven And Earth.  The full Australian tour dates are: Wednesday November 12 PERTH Crown Casino 13 28 49 www.ticketek.com.au Friday November 14 GOLD COAST Jupiters Casino 13 28 49 www.ticketek.com.au Saturday November 15 SYDNEY State Theatre 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au Sunday November 16 SYDNEY State Theatre 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au Tuesday November 18 MELBOURNE Palais Theatre 136 100 […]

Latest Reviews

Missy Higgins: Live at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, October 29, 2014

MISSY IN ACTION Missy Higgins The Regent Theatre, Melbourne October 29, 2014 By Christopher Hollow (@doughboyhollow)   Missy Higgins is six months pregnant. This is her 2nd last live show before going on a rock ‘n’ roll maternity leave. My wife is beside herself. She is a Missy fan. A Missy fanatic. She follows one person on Twitter: Missy. And like with every Missy album, she’s played the latest, Oz, wall-to-wall 24/7 since receiving it for her birthday. Washing dishes, in the car, in the shower, in bed. Wall-to-wall carpet bombing. She also had a dream a couple years back – when the notion of Missy being pregnant was kinda […]

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Devon Sproule & Jimmy Dowling, Mullumbimby

Devon Sproule & Jimmy Dowling Live at the Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW Sunday September 14, 2014 By Martin Jones Photos by Verity Bee The erudite clan who follow Mary Cannon’s Sunday afternoon series at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby were treated to an unforgettable afternoon of music yesterday as Canadian-born, US-based singer-songwriter Devon Sproule paid a visit supported by world class local outfit the Jimmy Dowling Combo. It turned out to be an brilliant matching of artists, Sproule inspired by Dowling’s enigmatic story telling and his band’s musical chops, and Dowling’s band inspired to jump up on stage with Sproule to lend a hand. Mutual admiration was evident and this was affecting for we […]

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LIVE REVIEW – Bigsound 2014, Brisbane

Bigsound Fortitude Valley, Brisbane September 10-12, 2014 Review by Samuel J. Fell An associate of mine tweeted, a day or so before Australian music industry gathering Bigsound kicked off for the 14th time, something along the lines of, “Bigsound is a marathon, not a sprint.” He was correct – two and a half days of various panel discussions, keynote speeches and onstage interviews, interspersed with two nights of music, over 140 bands in a dozen or so venues spread about Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, a labyrinthine mish-mash of tragically hip bars, scungy pubs, barrel-bottom elite meeting the fresh faced young things that dare to descend, the industry mingled in. You don’t […]


BB King, House Of Blues Anaheim

Review: BB King at the House of Blues Anaheim; August 28 2014 By Jason Monaghan I made a relatively last minute decision to go and see BB King last week. For one reason or another I’d missed him every time he had visited Australia, and I was fairly certain this would be my last chance to see BB. But I had heard that at 88 years old (89 later this month), his abilities had deteriorated to the point where some of audiences were becoming hostile towards him.  There were some truly scathing reviews online… even on the webpage where they were selling the tickets to the show. So it was […]

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Win The New Mike McClellan Album

Mike McClellan Dancing In The Rain Digital Wagon By Trevor Leeden It’s precisely 40 years since Mike McClellan struck gold with the lilting ‘Song And Danceman’, the gently countrified tune cementing itself in the list of all-time Australian classic songs. It’s fitting then, that the veteran troubadour should choose to close his latest album with a new interpretation of his most famous song, its dusty, reflective narrative providing the blueprint for a musical life well lived. Four decades has done nothing to erode McClellan’s musical strengths, and on the evidence here he remains one of our finest acoustic singer-songwriters. There are songs that deal with coping with heartache (‘Dance In […]