JAMES WILLIAMSON! "2 Punk Legends!! One Massive EP!! I spoke with James about the record & the incredible legacy of The Stooges! Deniz Tek and James Williamson’s Acoustic K.O. EP will be available March 31st."
LISTEN: REBEL FM (INTERVIEW)
VIOLENT FEMMES! "Get ready for some rebellious rock when the Violent Femmes grace the Evan Theatre stage at Penrith Panthers. True to their atmospheric style, the Femmes will be throwing together a eclectic playlist for their audience. “We want to give people what they want and more. We don’t play the songs like they’re played on the record … we go off on a tangent.”"
READ: DAILY TELEGRAPH (INTERVIEW)
HARTS! "They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but for Aussie musician Harts meeting his hero Prince quite literally changed his life."
WATCH: THE FEED (SBS)
THE CLOUDS! "The Clouds sound well and truly alive again on this trifecta of tunes and have lost nothing of the qualities that made them such a unique, alluring band – hopefully a full length album will follow."
READ: XPRESS MAGAZINE (REVIEW)
VIOLENT FEMMES! "The Violent Femmes are returning to Australia in March for their most extensive tour since 2005 and they are coming to the GONG! This morning… Mel & Trav asked bass guitarist Brian Ritchie hard hitting questions like… "where did the band's name come from"? and "what's the naughtiest thing you have ever done"
LISTEN: 965 WAVE FM (INTERVIEW)
ALLAH-LAS! "Moody tunes and SoCal blues, it’s apparent that the Allah-Las’ music is informed by the 60’s in both production and arrangement. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band embodies its background – a laid-back surf culture and a love for the tonality and subtlety of retro garage rock. The band even had to kick out drummer Matt Correia just before their debut record, as he was more interested in the beach than the rehearsal space. Thankfully, after a jam with a potential replacement, Correia was back in the saddle."
READ: MIXDOWN MAGAZINE (INTERVIEW)
VIOLENT FEMMES! "Nine years ago, Brian Ritchie – bassist for seminal alt-rockers Violent Femmes – left his bandmates behind to move to Tasmania. He says now it was probably the best thing that could have happened to the group."
READ: THE WEEKLY REVIEW (INTERVIEW)
THE DAMNED! "The Damned came before punk and they're still going strong. In the annals of punk rock, a ledger both liberating and labyrinthine, the Damned are often credited as the first English punk band: the first to release a single (October 1976's New Rose), the first to release an album (February 1977's Damned Damned Damned) and the first to tour America.”
READ: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (INTERVIEW)
THE CLOUDS! Stream Aussie Music Weekly's interview with Jodi Phillis! "Sydney's much loved band The Clouds called it a day in the late 90's, but now some 20 years later they're back! We spoke with founding member Jodi Phillis about the reformation and the new material they have brought with it."
LISTEN: AUSSIE MUSIC WEEKLY (INTERVIEW)
JAMES WILLIAMSON & DENIZ TEK! "Fans of Iggy And The Stooges and Radio Birdman are in for a treat this spring as guitarist James Williamson and singer/guitarist Deniz Tek have teamed up for a new spin on four classic Williamson compositions from the early/mid ’70s." WATCH: YAHOO MUSIC (VIDEO PREMIERE)
CHAIN AND THE GANG! "Chain & the Gang find their voice amid political storm. The 48-year-old is in his hometown, Washington, DC, holding court at the centre of the US political storm. Since his first band The Nation of Ulysses released their provocative 1991 debut, 13-Point Program to Destroy America, Svenonius has been making satirical, situationist rock'n'roll as frontman of The Make-Up, Scene Creamers, Weird War and Chain & the Gang."
READ: THE AGE (INTERVIEW)
VIOLENT FEMMES! "Brian Ritchie on why the Femmes needed to be together after all these years" READ: HERALD SUN (INTERVIEW)
HARTS! "That unique one-man-funk-rock machine sound is brilliantly showcased on his sophomore album Smoke Fire Hope Desire, with a tangible growth and step up in production filling the record, alongside his trademark heavy guitar riffs." Harts will perform at 170 Russell on Friday February 17.
READ: BEAT MAGAZINE (INTERVIEW)
SUNNYBOYS! Peter Oxley spoke to Nicole Dyer on ABC Radio Gold Coast's Drive show last week. If you missed the interview, you can now stream it at Nicole's blog.
LISTEN: ABC RADIO GOLD COAST (INTERVIEW)
DINOSAUR JR! "Before all of that, however, Murph got on the line with Music Feeds to talk about how the band writes, the cycle on which they survive, skating and the extended visit Murph made on his last time here."
READ: MUSIC FEEDS (INTERVIEW)
ED KUEPPER! "Ed Kuepper continues his year of activity celebrating four decades since the release of The Saints (Official)’ iconic (I’m) Stranded, with an all new set of Solo and By Request shows. Speaking with Glam’s Music Editor Dazz Hassan, Kuepper is as laid back as ever despite being a constant force in music for over forty years."
READ: GLAMADELAIDE (INTERVIEW)
DINOSAUR JR! This week's Cover of Beat Magazine! "Dinosaur Jr. And The Elusive J Mascis On Doing Things His Own Way"
READ: BEAT MAGAZINE (INTERVIEW)
CHAIRLIFT! "Chairlift's Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly are co-writers, co-arrangers, co-producers, and co-conspirators. Polachek may be the voice of the New York duo, but in the studio the pair tinker together; never talking, just experimenting."
READ: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (INTERVIEW)
DINOSAUR JR! "Bassist Lou Barlow tells Steve Bell how pleased he is that alt-rock icons Dinosaur Jr are now immune to criticism for just being themselves."
READ: THE MUSIC (INTERVIEW)
KRISTA POLVERE! "Melbourne’s Krista Polvere does just that with her latest album release, which is, as you may have guessed, self-titled. As her third full length album, Krista Polvere finds the artist at a point where both her career and her sense of self are held steady by her own hand."
READ: HAPPY (INTERVIEW)
DINOSAUR JR! "Dinosaur Jr will tour Australia, playing material from their back catalogue as well as their new music including songs form their latest album, ‘Give Me A Glimpse Of What Yer Are’. Murph, the band's long-time drummer, talks about the tour and how the band has kept going – on and off – for 30 years."
READ: SCENESTR (INTERVIEW)
GLITORIS! "‘This is who we are. Do you like us? Great, welcome to the Gliterati, you are one of us. You don’t like us? Then jog on, there’s plenty of bands who sound like they wet the bed – they’re probably the ones for you.’”
READ: THE BRAG (INTERVIEW)
CHAIRLIFT! "US indie synth-pop duo Chairlift appear to be settling into a decent routine, having now released their three records each four years apart. They were last in Australia following the release of their 2012 album Something, and now, following the release of Moth, in January this year they’re gearing up to come down under once again."
READ: MUSIC FEEDS (INTERVIEW)
GLITORIS! INDIE ALBUM OF THE WEEK! "The Disgrace proves punk music still has something to say when it’s delivered in the right hands."
READ: THE BRAG (REVIEW)
ZEAHORSE! ALBUM OF THE WEEK! "It’s an improvement on their debut in every way and does justice to the songs they’ve been playing live in the lead-up. I’ve gotten weird looks calling this my album of the year – but I can no longer hide it. Best bloody band in Sydney, hands down. Get this record immediately." READ: THE BRAG (REVIEW)
ED KUEPPER! Ahead of his upcoming National Australian Tour, Ed Kuepper has done a 'Rank Your Records' feature for Noisey AUNZ where they ask Ed "to rate a small part of his distinguished solo catalogue.”
THE SOFT MOON! "Vasquez is bringing The Soft Moon’s famous live show to Mojos tonight but he’s having Breakfast first.”
LISTEN: RTRFM 92.1 (INTERVIEW)
UNITY FLOORS! "Gus Hunt of Sydney duo Unity Floors chats about spending more time "doing the paperwork for living than actually living" with Brynn Davies.”
THE SOFT MOON! The Soft Moon plays Newtown Social Club on Thursday October 27 "There is something so appealing about the emotional, abrasive and angular textures of the subgenre, and there is a reason the sound has been picked up by such luminaries as Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails and The Soft Moon.”
THE SOFT MOON! Ahead of their October 28th Melbourne show, The Soft Moon talk with Beat Magazine. "Birthed right around the time the tail end of ‘70s punk bled into the nascent futurism of the ‘80s, post punk in its many guises is a genre that refuses to die. There’s something appealing about the emotional, abrasive and angular textures of the sub-genre, and there’s a reason the sound has been picked up by such luminaries as Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails and The Soft Moon.
BLEACHED! "Whilst in Australia Bleached's Jessie, Jennifer, Micayla and Nick caught up with i-D”
BLACK MOUNTAIN! "On Saturday October 8th Black Mountain play at the Rosemount Hotel, prior to that guitarist Stephen McBean caught up with Caitlin.”
BELL X1! Ahead of their upcoming Melbourne show at the Prince of Wales on 2nd December, The Age – theage.com.au review the new album 'Arms' by Bell X1.
THE SNOWROPPERS! "But the band, whose eclectic fusion of blues, roots, rock, rockabilly and punk sounds and unpredictable live shows have earned them cult status among fans, are preparing to hit the road again next month on the cusp of their 10-year anniversary.”
GOAT! "Requiem, the third album by Swedish outfit Goat is by far the most accessible album to date. There's less of the droney kraut rock but the psychedelia still swirls on a bed of tribal drums as the collective continue to reach to the far corners of the globe for inspiration.”
BLACK MOUNTAIN! "Perhaps because of the nature of Black Mountain's music – heavy, acid-drenched, psychedelic-rock music, traditionally fertile ground for rock theatre – many are quick to anticipate or speculate on possible themes and concepts in their music.”
UNITY FLOORS! Ahead of their Melbourne album Launch show at Bar Open on 22nd October, Gus from Unity Floors discusses FIVE songs that inspired his songwriting with The Golden Age of Piracy
THE SOFT MOON! "This week on Junkyard, we are featuring The Soft Moon who will be touring here shortly and appearing at The John Curtin Hotel on Friday 28th October, included in the show will be an interview with the creator of The Soft Moon, Luis Vasquez, we'll be playing tracks from all of their releases as well as discussing the Soft Moon's musical history" Tune into the JUNKYARD show on Thursday 20th October from 19:00P AEDT.
BLACK MOUNTAIN! "It’s been seven years since Canada’s Black Mountain toured Australia, with band members busy with side projects that include Pink Mountaintops, Lightning Dust, Sinoia Caves and Obliterations. Keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt spoke to Michaela Morgan about how that break has influenced them and their new record IV – and what it feels like to get a shout-out from Metallica.”
BLEACHED! "Bleached dropped into the studios of RTRFM 92.1 for a chat and an acoustic performance on Breakfast With Caitlin!
UNTY FLOORS! "Guitar-drums duo Unity Floors take Sydney – and themselves – harshly to task on their second LP of cathartic noise-pop anthems.”
BLEACHED! "Bleached's Jennifer Clavin on the dark appeal of LA”