• SOUP FOR ALL

    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.

  • BATTLECALL ACCEPTED

    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.

  • ROCK AF

    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.

  • OUT OF THE STORM

    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.

  • OCEAN BLUES

    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.

  • METALUTION

    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.

  • FRAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA

    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.

  • ALL IN THE NAME OF LIBERTY

    Rose Carleo Band. Pic: LuzArt Photography

    Expat local, Rose Carleo, cut her teeth singing and playing guitar in Perth and Fremantle’s pubs and clubs as a teen, and she’s returning home this weekend with new husband, Mick Adkins, in tow for a series of shows as part of the Bonfest celebration of former AC/DC frontman, Bon Scott.

    Carleo grew up in and around Fremantle, and always looks forward to returning to her old stomping grounds to see some familiar faces.

  • WE ALL SCREAM FOR PRIMAL SCREAM

    Genre-fluid Scottish band, Primal Scream, have contorted easily from psych-pop to Stonesy rock to electronica throughout their 35-year career, with guitarist Andrew Innes there alongside frontman Bobby Gillespie for almost all of that time.

    The band’s forthcoming Australian tour is their first visit to our shores in two-albums-plus-five-and-a-bit years.

  • NEVER A FROWN?

    The Stranglers need no introduction: bristling with punk attitude they sounded like no-one else but themselves, yet were swept up in the first wave of UK punk, spawning cult favourites Peaches, No More Heroes and Nuclear Device before scoring big chart hits with Golden Brown and Skin Deep.

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