Dave Hole’s long-awaited 11th studio album, Goin’ Back Down – mostly self-engineered, produced and chock full of his trademark searing slide guitar playing as well as a couple of surprises has just been released.

    The Perth slide guitar legend, internationally revered for his unique playing style, is hitting the boards around the country to celebrate.


    Photo: Martina Fornace

    Kid Congo Powers grew up Latino and gay on the mean streets of La Puenta, California, before falling in with the glam and punk street kids of LA and New York.

    Heavily influenced by The Ramones and The Cramps, he picked up a guitar and became one of the most influential counter culture icons of the 20th century and beyond, through his work with The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and now, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds.


    If Jaime Page’s 2016 debut solo album, Dark Universe, was inspired by her transgender journey, then the follow-up – now flying under the Dark Universe band banner – Into The Black draws most of its momentum from more societal and global issues.


    John ‘Mad Macka’ McKeering has been touring the world with Australia’s favourite punk rock ‘blokes you can trust,’ The Cosmic Psychos, for the past decade, and they’re off again on a huge bog lap of Australia in support of new album, Loudmouth Soup.


    Pic: Don Benson Photography

    Any conversation about the Western Australian heavy music scene will always include bands like Allegiance and Black Steel: both pioneers in their field and hugely popular around town and far beyond.

    Dave Harrison played bass in both bands, and is reforming Black Steel for a very special headlining performance at Stormrider Festival, being held at Badlands Bar on April 7.


    Citing influences from Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, through Guns n’ Roses, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, The Ivory Lies burst onto Perth’s rock landscape with their debut EP, The Road To Seduction, earlier this year.

    It all started when Oscar Keaney, who had been “brought up on dad’s love of the classic ‘60s bands” developed “an obsession with Nirvana” aged 11, and picked up a guitar. Not to be outdone, cousin Liam soon followed suit.


    For Band Of Missfits guitarist/frontwoman Kym Redmond, life hasn’t always been easy, but her reignited passion for music has helped bring her to a happy place.

    “I started singing when I was around five years-old,” Redmond reminisces. “I used to put on the headphones and listen to mum and dad’s ‘70s and ‘80s records - anything from Guilty by Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb to Toto to the Beatles.


    After a massive six months which saw Aussie blues’n’roots favourite Ash Grunwald play the Australian Open, tour Spain, support Midnight Oil and Jimmy Barnes and play the Blues At Bridgetown 25th anniversary, he is back with a stomping new blues single in You Ain’t My Problem Any More and a run of seven WA dates in nine days.

    It would certainly seem – even with financial concerns aside - that Ash Grunwald enjoys keeping busy and pushing himself.


    In 1981, a trio of likely lads from Newcastle Upon Tyne in England’s far north in a band called Venom released an album called Welcome To Hell, which immediately influenced thousands.

    Spinoff, Venom Inc, are currently touring Australia, and this is the origin story of the originators of Black Metal, the progenitors of speed and thrash metal, and the genesis of every other extreme metal sub-genre since, as told by original drummer, Tony ‘Abaddon’ Bray.


    Through 10 remarkable studio albums spanning over the past 22 years Washington D.C. duo Thievery Corporation have created a unique (though much-copied) electronic chillout sound peppered with influences ranging from bossa nova to dub reggae, acid jazz to hip hop, and Middle Eastern and Indian elements.

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