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Great Australian Songs – ‘Girls On The Avenue’

Each month, Rhythms pays tribute to a classic Australian song. Here we salute Richard Clapton’s biggest hit, which entered the charts 40 years ago this month.     It’s a classic summer song. But Richard Clapton wants to clear up one thing – he didn’t write his biggest hit, ‘Girls On The Avenue’, about prostitutes. “When you’re the writer of a song you tend to have a different point of view to the listener,” Clapton says. “It’s like a two-way mirror – the listener is hearing it one way, and you’re hearing it another. “A lot of people think ‘Girls On The Avenue’ is about ladies of the night, but […]

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Catch This Wave

Skipping Girl Vinegar will launch their eagerly awaited third album, The Great Wave, at Byron Bay Bluesfest on April 3. “We couldn’t have picked a more amazingly beautiful place to fire it out into the universe,” the band announced. Here’s a sneak preview of the video for Skipping Girl Vinegar’s new single, ‘Dance Again’:     Produced by Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Missy Higgins, Melody Pool), The Great Wave follows 2011’s Keep Calm Carry The Monkey. Skipping Girl Vinegar are also playing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, March 6 to 9.     # Skipping Girl Vinegar #


It’s all happening for Angelique Kidjo. Having just won her second Grammy for last year’s Eve album, Kidjo now prepares to Australia armed with a brand new album, entitled Sings.  Due for release on March 27, Sings focuses on reworked version from Kidjo’s back-catalogue recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Says Rhythms’ own Tony Hillier, “Sings is arguably the most ambitious and spiritually arresting album the New York-based West African singer has recorded in a long and distinguished career.” Kidjo told Hillier, “On all the songs, we decided to have a very light musical presence outside of the orchestra – just some guitar, sometimes a little bit of Beninese percussion and a bass. We […]

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Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere

Perry Keyes is “backstage” at Melbourne’s Basement Discs (it’s actually just a tiny space behind a curtain). The store’s Pat Monaghan asks how he’d like to be introduced. “Feel free to talk me up,” Keyes jokes. “But don’t call me ‘Sydney’s Bruce Springsteen’ – everyone will expect me to go on stage and jump from amps and slide on my knees.” Perry Keyes is not your typical rock star. There’s no swagger. Indeed, he walks with a limp – the result of being the last laboratory-confirmed case of polio in Australia. Keyes spent most of his early life in hospital. Music was his way of feeling connected to the world. […]

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One fabulous two-fer. Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers. The best two-fer since buying the first two Big Star albums on one disc. On arrival, the Felice Brothers are chopping their way through ‘Penn Station’. And that’s how they play too, like it’s a woodchop final – it’s fast, furious and sweaty mixed with a freewheeling precision. ‘Dead Dog’, from God Bless You Amigo, is sung with great affection by fiddle player Greg Farley, while ‘Hey Hey Revolver’ gets a great crowd reaction. The standout is the finale, ‘Cherry Licorice’, off the latest album, Favorite Waitress, which strives to rhyme ‘licorice’ with ‘ridiculous’ – All I want to eat is cherry […]


LIVE REVIEW – Backsliders + Old Gray Mule, Castlemaine

Backsliders / Old Gray Mule Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, February 14 Review and pics by Chris Lambie   When three music-making giants come together, you can’t go wrong. You want credentials? You got ‘em. Dom Turner: Backsliders backbone, founder and lone original member approaching three decades as a ‘slider. Rob Hirst: forever ID’d as Midnight Oil’s drummer. Arguably the most inventive, intuitive stick-wrangler anywhere, ever. As exhilarating to see as to hear. Broderick Smith: Local legend, sometime harmonica player for the group and uniquely whimsical philosopher. Opening with a swampy tribute to RL Burnside, Texans Old Gray Mule – aka CR Humphrey (guitars, vocals) and JJ Wilburn (drums, vocals) – set […]


Burger Mary – History Of Texas BBQ

Rhythms’ Culinary Queen Burger Mary A brief history of Texas BBQ. American low’n’slow is enjoying a huge renaissance at the moment, from Brooklyn to Brisbane. Specifically, Texas BBQ seems to have captured the hearts and tastebuds of budding barbecue aficionados, but do you know anything about where it all originated from? Allow me to tell you the story! The classic and historical central Texas barbecue joints all originated as the meat markets serving their respective small towns. Many, such as Smitty’s and City Market, are still trading in their original locations. The markets were often owned and run by the German and Czech immigrants who had started emigrating in the […]

Burger Mary – New Orleans

Rhythms Culinary Columnist Burger Mary Where to Eat in New Orleans. It was a difficult adjustment coming back to Australia after spending two glorious months in Texas during the fall. In addition to soaking in the best of the Lone Star state, I got to spend some quality time in the other city that has so captured my heart, New Orleans. The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot, N’awlins… any which way you say it, it’s a magical town. I walked down Frenchmen Street, the sounds of a band covering Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Pride And Joy’ had me drift inside and dance with a handsome local like no one […]

Spoon, Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane

Spoon Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane Tuesday February 10 By Martin Jones An expanded lineup with widescreen sound; one of rock’s best frontmen; a cracking new album; an adoring full house; a good support band; even an Eddy Current Suppression Ring cover. Band nor audience could have hardly asked for more as Spoon kicked off their current Australian tour at Brisbane’s Hi Fi Bar last night. After a convincing set from Deep Sea Arcade, who swung between Nuggets style two-chord garage rock and more articulately arranged and intricate material, Spoon launching into a couple of taught and muscular songs from their latest, They Want My Soul. Stepping back from ‘Rent I […]