Free music – Metawelle Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:55:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free music – Metawelle 32 32 News Releases – City of Burlington Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:55:41 +0000

This summer, the City of Burlington is bringing back many free events and programs for residents and visitors. There will be fun activities and events suitable for everyone.

This summer there will be concerts in the park, a mini festival for children, movies under the stars and free summer swims.

Concerts in the Park, presented by the Rocca Sisters

Concerts in the Park are presented by the Rocca Sisters and take place every Wednesday and Sunday from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell (2311 New St.) through the end of August. Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic and join us for an evening of free music. For a complete list of artists, visit

Kids Mini Fest, presented by the Rocca Sisters

Kids Mini Fest on Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is presented by the Rocca Sisters, with special activities provided by Safari Dental. We invite you to join us at any of the locations listed below for this free family event. This event offers simultaneous/same level of programming and activities at each location. We encourage you to choose the park closest to you.

Slot: 1 -Brant Hills Park, 2255 Brant St.
Location: 2 – Cumberland Park, 562 Cumberland Avenue.
Slot: 3 – Millcroft Park, 4520 Millcroft Park Drive.

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Movies Under the Stars, presented by Access Storage

Under the Stars films presented by Access Storage will take place on select Thursdays in July and August at city parks. Come early and bring a picnic or snack and choose your spot on the lawn for the night. All movies start at dusk. To see dates, locations and movies, visit

Free Summer Swim, presented by Access Storage

The Free Summer Swim presented by Access Storage will take place at specific times at various locations and times throughout the summer. Come cool off and have fun in our outdoor and indoor pools. For specific dates and times, search “freestyle” at

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Denise Beard, Acting Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

“There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to have fun, be active, be social and enjoy the outdoors. Our sponsorship program with the Rocca Sisters, Access Storage and Safari Dental allows us to be able to offer more enhanced events and keep them free for everyone to enjoy.

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Concerts, crafts, food and ceremonies planned across Manitoba for National Indigenous Peoples Day Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:34:42 +0000

Manitoba is home to Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene, Métis and Inuit, and June 21 is a time when everyone is invited to celebrate and learn more about those who have were the first in this province.

National Indigenous Peoples Day will take place at the arrival of the summer solstice, bringing the longest day of the year – and the opportunity to look back thousands of years on our history.

CBC TV and CBC Gem will broadcast and stream a selection of Indigenous-led documentaries, films and series throughout the day and late into the evening on June 21.

There are also a number of local ways to get out into the community and experience the rich diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples for yourself.


Head to the Exchange District for free family events, including live music from 20 Indigenous artists, food vendors, and crafts by Indigenous artisans.

Presented by Indigenous Music, the Nistumee Neepinee Keesikow concert takes place at Le Cube. Nistumee Neepinee Keesikow means first day of summer in the Swampy Cree dialect.

The full lineup and concert series schedule can be viewed on the Indigenous Music website or at the link above.

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba is hosting an event at Mashkiki Gitigaan — Medicine Garden near 745 Bannatyne Ave.

It begins at 7am with the lighting of a sacred fire followed by a pipe ceremony at 7.30am. The official program begins at 10:30 a.m. with an opening prayer and a song of honor.

Teachings on the summer solstice and elders will take place, as well as addresses from various dignitaries, including Dr. Marcia Anderson, Associate Dean of Indigenous Health, Social Justice and Anti-Racism.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting a concert from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring Fawn Wood, IVA, Uyaraqk, 2oolman and Leonard Sumner, plus a special surprise guest.

The performances take place at various times in the WAG-Qaumajuq, notably in the skylight and Ilipvik galleries, as well as on the roof.

Participation is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular admission prices apply to all except Natives, who always have free access to the galleries.


A full day of entertainment and exhibits awaits with a teepee village, cultural and heritage exhibits, an Aboriginal artisan market, live entertainment including powwow demonstrations, square dancers, traditional drummers, throat singers and Métis performers, and food.

A children’s area offers traditional and modern games and crafts.


Celebrate traditional dance, song, art and food at MacLean Park.

MKO’s National Indigenous Peoples Day Planning Committee has planned a “Fun Day for the Whole Family” with opportunities to learn more about Indigenous Peoples and their contributions to Canada.

Bannock will be served at many Aboriginal Day events. (David Thurton/CBC)

A sunrise ceremony begins at 4:45 a.m., followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast at 9 a.m.

The day’s activities include a dunk tank, children’s activities and bouncy house, powwow demonstration, craft tables and teepees showcasing the cultural aspect of Indigenous peoples.

Free hot dogs will be served at noon.

Manitoba Metis Federation Events

Performances, artisans and demonstrations to celebrate Métis culture will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free and includes a bannock and stew dinner.

An opening prayer at 3 p.m. kicks off a whole series of events, including a community feast with stew, bannock and cake.

The day includes square dancing and jigging, children’s games, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. It all ends with a fireworks display at dusk.

Events include music, dancing, a silent auction and a free lunch with a burger or hot dog.

Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. with greetings from dignitaries and end at 4:00 p.m.

An afternoon of games and activities takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities include horseshoe throwing, slingshot precision, three legged racing, tug of war, bannock making, belt weaving, jigging, beading, fur and skin displays , horse and carriage rides and more.

The day begins with a sunrise ceremony at 5 a.m., followed by a complimentary pancake breakfast.

Live music, traditional dancing, bannock on a stick, a bead and fur showcase, and $5 stew and bannock will be featured throughout the day.

Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies from 11 a.m. to noon.

The rest of the day’s events take place from 1-7pm, including a day full of music. Hot dogs and burgers will also be available.

“Something in the Water” music festival debuts in Washington, D.C. Sat, 18 Jun 2022 21:29:06 +0000
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At most music festivals, there’s a mad rush for the front row, but on the first day of Something in the Water, audiences crave the shade. They huddled on the sidewalk, forced more and more hot air on themselves with handmade paper fans, stretched their legs and nodded to the music. It was hot – scorching – and no amount of free water taps or cheery sunscreen reminders could take that away.

Still, smiles were plastered on most music lovers’ sweaty faces. A festival? In DC? It was hard to remember the last time something of this magnitude had visited the District.

Until now, 26-year-old Shine Ivuy had never attended a festival in DC despite living in the city for several years. She has already had to travel to North Carolina to see her favorite artists. “I’m thrilled to finally have a local festival that I can attend,” Ivuy said Friday afternoon, placing a hand to her forehead to shield herself from the sun.

Something in the Water, a three-day music festival created by Pharrell Williams, will run all weekend. More than 70 musical acts — from Usher and Pusha T to the Dave Matthews Band — and about 54,000 attendees are expected to descend on six blocks of Independence Avenue SW.

Something in the water alludes to something in the air

The highly-melanated event takes place the weekend of June 16, a time typically celebrated with free events and inclusive gatherings for DC’s black community. The price tag, however, is hardly accessible. Three-day tickets started at nearly $350 ($299 free) and sold out quickly. The $50 discounts offered to DC and Virginia residents were only available for one day in April.

Those who snagged the coveted bracelets justified the blow to their wallets.

“Last time he released Jay-Z, and I didn’t pay for Jay-Z,” Xavier Jackson, 28, said on Friday, referring to the previous Something in the Water festival he attended. “It’s worth it.”

Six Must-See Acts at Something in the Water

“When I asked for time off, I said it was to celebrate my blackness,” Jackson, an Apple employee, said as he stood in a long line of merchandise with Ivuy. “It is what it is.”

On Saturday afternoon, groups of 20-somethings wearing multi-colored bucket hats, bohemian pants and jumpsuits raced through each stage to snag a decent spot. But it was not necessary. Every angle was perfect, and no matter where people stood in the crowd, the beats throbbed through their ribcages.

During Chesapeake, Va. native Yvngxchris’ set, a fan threw futuristic sunglasses on stage for the performer to wear. They didn’t stay long. Neither did his pants during his penultimate song, revealing his turquoise cashmere boxer shorts.

The group of people dancing in front of him were not fazed. They kept jumping, their box braids and Afros bouncing to the beat as they filmed on their phones.

“It was the last song, but you want more?” Yvngxchris asked them.

“Yeah!” shouted the crowd.

This is the first time the festival has been held in the nation’s capital. Something in the Water has already been staged in Virginia Beach, Pharrell’s hometown. The name is a nod to the group of musical talents in the area, such as Missy Elliott, who performed at the 2019 festival, and Pusha T, who was due to perform this weekend.

Williams moved this year’s festival months after Virginia Beach police killed her cousin, Donovon Lynch, in March 2021. After the shooting, Williams proposed that the city hold a forum to “talk about your problems, talk about your struggles.” But, according to Williams, they never did. Six months later, Williams said the city “toxic energy” couldn’t be home for the festival. DC was chosen instead.

“At the end of the day, the goal is for Virginia Beach to realize that they screwed up and they could have fixed the situation if they wanted to, and they didn’t,” Jackson said, originally from Virginia Beach. “I think it makes perfect sense, what Pharrell did.”

Kristopher Lee, 17, and his mother Karen Lee, 64, attended the concert together and stood away from the stage (but not in the shade – these spots were taken) as Lakeyah rapped on Friday.

“I’ve wanted to go to this festival since it was in Virginia Beach. He’s here to keep me company,” Karen said, pointing to her son (whose tall, skinny build looks a lot like Pharrell — though that’s just a coincidence).

Downtown DC street closures for Something in the Water festival

The Virginia Beach move isn’t the only thing threatening the festival; some worried about their safety after recent mass shootings. Even though festival organizers say it will have 800-850 guards on the festival grounds during the day, and another 100 patrolling at nightsome make backup plans.

Students Leila and Nalani Butler and Jenai Roberson chose two meeting points: one in case of a minor emergency, like getting lost in the crowd, and another in case of something more serious, like gunfire.

“I’m a little more nervous now that it was so easy to get in,” Roberson, 19, said, the tip of the Capitol visible behind her on Friday. “We arrived early and walked through an open door. They asked us if we had bracelets, and that was it.

But they do not regret their decision. A little fear is worth the freedom to celebrate.

“I think we’re doing our best to be safe,” 20-year-old Nalani said. “All we can do is at least try to plan and savor the good.”

]]> Bonnaroo Livestream: Watch the music festival online for free on Hulu Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:02:07 +0000

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When Flume, J. Cole and Japanese Breakfast take the stage at Bonnaroo this weekend, fans won’t need to be on the field at The Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, to see their sets for the music festival in This year. Those who have not scored tickets for Bonnaroo 2022 can stream some of the performances online for free at Hulu.

After the 2021 festival dates were canceled due to flooding, Bonnaroo returns for four days of live tracks from June 16 to June 19, featuring headliners such as Stevie Nicks, Machine Gun Kelly, Tool and the Chicks.

So whether you’re looking to get some last-minute passes or want to catch Bonnaroo’s live stream schedule, here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Bonnaroo.

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When is Bonnaroo 2022?

The 2022 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival begins Thursday, June 16 and ends Sunday, June 19, 2022 in Manchester, Tennessee.

How to get last minute Bonnaroo tickets

Even though general passes for Bonnaroo went on sale months ago, live music fans can still score tickets online. Verified ticket resellers including StubHub, lively seatsand ticket master all have Bonnaroo tickets available for purchase now. rolling stone readers who buy tickets through Vivid Seats can use the promotional code RS15 at checkout to take $15 off orders of $125 or more.

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How to stream Bonnaroo online for free

Like Coachella, Stagecoach and Lollapalooza, more and more music festivals are making it easier for fans to watch their favorite artists and bands online by hosting some of the sets on services like YouTube and Hulu.

If you want to watch the Bonnaroo livestream for free online, you will need a Hulu subscription. Hulu subscribers with both the service’s basic ad-supported plan and its ad-free plan can stream Bonnaroo online for free.

Don’t have Hulu? The site offers a 30 day free trial for new customers on its two standard packages, so you can use it to watch Bonnaroo performances online for free.

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Bonnaroo Livestream Schedule, Set Times & Headliners

Even though Bonnaroo will be live streaming all four days of the festival, only select artists will appear on the stream. Gryffin will debut the festival’s first live headlining set. On Friday, fans of headliners J. Cole and Illenium can watch the stream at home. Saturday’s livestream headliners include 21 Savage and Flume, with Machine Gun Kelly and Roddy Ricch appearing on the Sunday stream.

Bonnaroo announced the full lineup for the live stream on Thursday, which includes most of the headliners, plus Disclosure, Lord Huron, the War on Drugs, Bleachers, Japanese Breakfast, Tove Lo, Arlo Parks, Billy Strings, Slowthai , Ashe, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Herbie Hancock, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, plus other must-see artists, which you can see below.

The Bonnaroo live on Hulu begins at 4 p.m. EST on Thursdays and lasts all weekend. The live stream will include one channel on Thursday and two channel streams for the rest of the music festival. You can check the full Bonnaroo live stream schedule on Hulu here.

Headliners Bonnaroo Livestream (Thursday)

Gryffin: 12:45 p.m. EST

Goth Babe: 1:50 am EST

Headliners Bonnaroo Livestream (Friday)

J. Cole: 12:05 a.m. EST

Illenium: 1:50 a.m. EST

Headliners Bonnaroo Livestream (Saturday)

21 Savage: 7:55 p.m. EST

Channel: 1:30 a.m. EST

Headliners Bonnaroo Livestream (Sunday)

Machine Gun Kelly: 8:30 p.m. EST

Roddy Ricch: 9:30 p.m. EST

Arcade Fire, the Weeknds land on the long list of Polaris Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:22:36 +0000

Arcade Fire will perform at the Juno Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 15, 2022. New albums from Arcade Fire, the Weeknd and Shad are among those shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – New albums by Arcade Fire, the Weeknd and Shad are among those shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

The jury prize for best Canadian album of the year has been reduced to 40 contenders who will now compete for a place on the shortlist, which will be revealed on July 14.

Other artists in the running include Haisla Nation rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, masked country singer Orville Peck and Toronto punk band Pup.

Previous Polaris winners Tanya Tagaq, Haviah Mighty and Backxwash each made the list with their latest projects.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist or group that created the best Canadian album of the previous year — regardless of genre or sales — chosen by a panel of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

Last year, the award went to hip-hop artist Cadence Weapon for “Parallel World,” his poetic reflection on race, policing and technology largely inspired by the 2020 George Floyd protests.

The long list was selected from 223 albums that made the first votes.

The winner of Polaris will be announced September 19 at a gala presentation held at the Carlu in Toronto and webcast on CBC Music. The other shortlisted nominees each receive $3,000.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 14, 2022.

]]> Free Bands in Park event returns to Coventry this summer Sun, 12 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000

Bands in the Park returns to Coventry this summer. The event, which offers free mini-concerts to residents, will take place in city parks over the next four months.

The first event took place at War Memorial Park last Saturday (June 5), but it will return next weekend. At Holbrooks Park next Saturday (June 19), the Dene River Jazz Band will be playing live music from 2-3:30 p.m.

The event aims to bring something different to the city and entertain the locals. The afternoons are family and will take place between June and September.

READ MORE: Delight as Coventry restaurant wins gong at Food Awards England 2022

Councilor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet Member for Parks, said: ‘It’s nice to be able to host this much-loved series of mini-concerts again to get people out in the great outdoors. and listen to good music. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than in one of our beautiful parks enjoying fabulous entertainment?

“I hope everyone enjoys this great series of free events and continues to enjoy all of our beautiful parks across the city.”

Here is the full program and dates:

  • Sunday June 19: Holbrooks Park 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Dene River Jazz
  • Sunday June 26: Stoke Green Park 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Cubbington Silver Band
  • Sunday July 10: Spencer Park 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Bandicoots Blues Connection
  • Sunday July 17: Allesley Hall 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: City of Coventry Brass
  • Sunday July 24: Longford Park 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Dayspring Steel Pan Band
  • Sunday August 7: War Memorial Park 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Bunny Burrows Big Band
  • Sunday August 14: Spencer Park 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Cubbington Silver Band
  • Sunday August 21: Moulin de Nauls 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Non Stop Bop
  • Sunday September 11: Parc du Château de Caludon 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Phoenix Rock N Roll Band

]]> Kid Cudi’s “Do What I Want” Is An Ode To A Free Lifestyle Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:04:19 +0000

Kid Cudi’s latest feature arrived in late 2020 with The Man on the Moon III: The Chosen One. Since then, Cudi has teased various projects, including his The Scotts joint project with Travis Scott, but nothing has happened yet. All of that should change this year as Cudi has confirmed its entergalactic project will end at some point this year. entergalactic is much more than an album, since it will also be accompanied by a Netflix animated series. As for the album itself, Cudi kicks off the rollout with “Do What I Want,” produced by Take A Daytrip.

The track is an effort that sees Cudi committed to living life exactly the way he wants: free and without conforming to societal norms. The track also interpolates the famous “stay away from the weed!video. “Do What I Want was the first song I did with Day Trip and I locked them up with them soon after to do MOTM3,” wrote in a tweet for the song’s announcement. earlier this week. “I’m really happy to finally hear it.”

‘Do What I Want’ comes after Cudi shares the first trailer for the upcoming entergalactic Netflix animated series. The show is expected to feature Timothée Chalamet, Jessica Williams, Macaulay Culkin, Ty Dolla $ign, 070 Shake, Jaden Smith, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Hudgens, Christopher Abbott, Keith David and Arturo Castro. Blackish creator Kenya Barris and Ian Edelman (How to do it in America) will co-produce and co-write the show.

You can listen to “Do What I Want” in the video above.

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WAAX Won’t Stay Reading On New Single “Read Receipts” Wed, 08 Jun 2022 03:18:47 +0000

WAAX are preparing for the release of their highly anticipated album At least I’m free with the new single “Read Receipts”, accompanied by a music video.

As the title suggests, the catchy track is a brutally honest story of modern relationships. Lead vocalist Maz DeVita sings with intensity and sincerity, with the lyrics clearly coming from a place of recognition.

“This one came together really quickly,” DeVita says. “James (Gatling) and I were writing together on the Sunshine Coast and immediately the melody and the lyrics fell. It’s literally about being left reading and being left in the cold with no answers. I definitely felt those feelings at the time.

Directed by frequent collaborator Phoebe Faye, the accompanying music video puts DeVita front and center as she channels all the frustration and emotion of the track superbly.

“The video was a huge step for me because I had never really acted as a character in anything before, I was totally out of my comfort zone,” DeVita adds. “It’s like a Mafia-inspired moment where I play the boss or ‘the Donna’ and make a deal with this plain guy with a helmet on.

Most people know that I like to do things that relate to my Italian heritage, so it was super fun to explore that concept. Phoebe and her team really helped us create an epic vibe – especially the car scenes! Super smooth and a fun and different vibe for us.

“Read Receipts” is the fourth single from the band’s second studio album. At least I’m freescheduled for release on August 5 (pre-order here). Prior to that, WAAX will be supporting The Amity Affliction for shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth throughout July (more info here).

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]]> Astronaut Alex, Spacey Jane and the Whitlams: Australia’s best new music for June | australian music Sun, 05 Jun 2022 17:31:00 +0000

Ball Park Music – Manny

For fans of: the Dandy Warhols, Oasis, the Warlocks

Ball Park Music’s sixth album Weirder and Weirder does what it promises on the tin, crashing down with the India opener via Madchester Manny, a paisley-print raga that invites you to slow down and live a life without a screen. There’s more than a little play in the delivery, but it retains a serious message and provides the perfect entry point for the psychedelic, twisted album that follows. Another win for Brisbane’s top artistic pop band.

For more: Bizarre and Bizarre is out now. The group is on tour in June and July.

Local the Neighbor – Point Guard

For fans of: M83, Ash, Arcade Fire

David Quested grew up in Darwin and his music has an innate sense of the great outdoors. Point Guard is a bright, catchy pop track reminiscent of Springsteen if he was backed by the Stone Roses. This song is about wanting to open up and show someone the true self, taking a chance and letting your guard down. The guitars have that underwater sound, his whispery voice telling you to pay attention, while a drum machine keeps the catchy melody on cruise control. One of the benefits of being a wallflower is that you can recognize when it’s time to bloom.

For more: Listen to the previous single Cancel Me.

‘Montaigne uses his voice in many wonderful ways’… Montaigne. Photo: Sbs Handout/EPA

Montaigne – Make me feel if…

For fans of: Imogen Heap, Bjork, David Byrne

Montaigne’s alliance with Eurovision continues to pay off, as she teams up with fellow Icelandic artist Daði Freyr for this slice of unearthly pop music. Lyrically, this song is all about emotion, highlighting a newfound love that makes it “feel” a lot: home, loved, adorable, normal. Musically, however, it sounds like the output of a newly sentient computer programmed across Bjork’s entire discography. Montaigne uses his voice here in many wonderful ways: it’s operatic, but with a rhythmic, robotic quality, as it ticks like a clock and sounds like a cash register. It’s a singular production, and when Freyr enters, it’s like an unsettling disembodied voice. Montaigne recently collaborated with David Byrne, and it’s his blend of heart and machine that this track most resembles. A strange pop journey.

For more: Watch the appropriate Sims-esque music video from Thomas Rawle, once of the underrated band Papa Vs Pretty.

Astronaut Alex – Haircut

For fans of: Guided by Voices, Mika, Courtney Barnett

“New hair, new you” goes the saying and although it’s a rather mundane sentiment, it rings true most of the time. Astronaut Alex tells of the empowerment that comes with a change in image, bringing a person closer to their true self. She does it with the happiest, most effervescent track she’s released to date: it’s a car dance tune, unashamedly edging into new territory with mentions of Uno, hot chips, Grey’s Anatomy, his girlfriend Gina. (I swear there’s even a whistle in the mix somewhere.) Haircut celebrates the simple, messy joy of discovering who you’re meant to become — or at least feeling closer to them.

For more: Astronaut Alex’s next album, How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater, will be released on July 22.

Johnny Hunter – Dreams

For fans of: Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears For Fears, Faker

The frontman of this Sydney quartet, Nick Hutt is clearly indebted to British post-punk singers of the 1980s, and sometimes borders on histrionics, but that can easily be forgiven by anchoring a tune as strong as Dreams. With a timeless chorus that might skip exams and go straight to WS-FM, shimmering choral guitar and that city street propulsion you find in the best British pop, this song will hopefully find some acclaim. fans who still listen to the Donnie Darko and breakfast club soundtracks. A powerful tune, expertly performed and delivered with heart. What else is there, really?

For more: The first album Want is released on June 24. Listen to the previous single The Floor and Life.

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Jonathan Boulet and Kirsty Tickle from Party Dozen. Photography: PR

Party Dozen feat. Nick Cave – Macca the Pooch

For fans of: Kirin J Callahan, the birthday party, the liars

Nick Cave’s first gigs with the birthday party were filled with slap-fueled, dissonant, nasty, and uncompromising violence. The group was expected to end up in the abyss, but instead they transformed into Bad Seeds and slowly became aged statesmen, artisans of lingering gothic piano ballads. about love and death. If he started now, Cave would produce songs like this track from Party Dozen (Kirsty Tickle and Jonathan Boulet’s new project), with bursts of screaming sonic assault, barely discernible vocals sung through the pavilion of a saxophone and neurons – Dull rhythmic tracks. Cave’s vocal presence would go unnoticed were it not for her credit, but her sonic influence is omnipresent in this track – in the uncompromising vision, the waves of noise and the breakdown she will cause you.

For more: The album The Real Work is released on July 6. Party Dozen opens for Spiritualized on June 16 as part of Vivid Sydney.

The Whitlams – The day John Sattler broke his jaw

For fans of: Perry Keyes, Paul Kelly, Maurice Frawley

Three decades after forming one of Australia’s most beloved boozy bar bands, Tim Freedman suddenly found the Whitlams in regular rotation on country radio. Rather than the result of a late career right turn, it was this golden cover of a Perry Keyes classic that got him there. Keyes is one of the country’s most underrated songwriters. Freedman has been singing his praises for a long time and is now singing his lines (sorry!). This rambling folk tune references the legendary 1970 rugby league incident when Rabbitohs captain John Sattler broke his jaw three minutes later and refused to leave the pitch, leading his team to a victory against Manly on the bridge. It’s the kind of bad luck morsel Freedman has proven himself with, the social commentary comparing the Redfern of old to the new gentrified, where new Labor sits in a mid-west terraced house watching – gasp – the AFL.

For more: The Whitlams recently released Sancho, their first album since 2006, and are touring the country.

Thelma Plum performs at Arias in 2019.
Thelma Plum performs at Arias in 2019. Photography: Brendon Thorne/AAP

Thelma Plum – Backseat Of My Mind

For fans of: Rihanna, Sia, the killers

After delivering one of Australia’s finest albums in years with 2019’s Better In Blak, Plum returned with a richer, more satisfying sound without betraying what made her debut album such a landmark release. Rightly so, given the heavy use of driving metaphors, Backseat of my Mind is a propulsive track, striking that happy medium between piano ballad and road trip anthem. It’s the perfect return to the spotlight. “I could hold the wheel forever if I knew you would be there too” is also a brilliant saying.

For more: Thelma Plum is on tour with Vance Joy from September and will also perform at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel, NSW on June 10.

Luke Steele – Gladiator

For fans of: MGMT, country Bob Dylan, George Harrison

After circling the cosmos on his Empire Of The Sun project, Luke Steele returned to Earth with a set of soothing songs on his debut solo album. Gladiator is the most gorgeous track on the album, a harmonically rich balm that floats slowly, leaning on timeless hooks, and a wah-slide that would be at home in the lobby of a day spa. “No one wants ruins, everyone wants the gladiator” is a fitting lyric for our action time regardless of the consequences. Steele’s voice has never sounded so good either, the robotic nasal replaced with a Lennonesque delivery that feels much more natural to him. Steele’s mature phase is welcome.

For more: Listen the water is out now.

Julia Jacklin – Lydia carries a cross

For fans of: James Blake, Beth Orton, Massive Attack

The ability of a minor chord or a well-placed key change to elicit emotion is one of the world’s few mysteries, and one that can easily be corrupted in order to indoctrinate young people into religion. After all, if you can feel a power rising within you when you listen to the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack — as Jacklin does in this dark, clever song — well, it might just be God. This song tells of the confusion of the Catholic school, where prayers for Princess Diana are fused with the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the silent judgment of a teacher. It’s yet another masterclass in narrative songwriting from one of our best.

For more: The album Pre Pleasure is released on August 26.

Rock the suburbs with new musical events Sat, 04 Jun 2022 04:03:40 +0000

Following the success of regional concerts, CBD pop-up shows and street events, the latest phase of the On The Road Again live music program will bring a new series of over 100 live concerts to punters in suburban Melbourne.

Mitch Tambo performs for the launch of the Subway Stage of On the road once more.

The $4 million subway stage of the wildly popular On the road once more The initiative will bring a wide range of concerts, festivals and live music events to the venues in the coming months.

One of the first events to start, south side live will present a free program of live music on the St Kilda foreshore in June and July, featuring some of Victoria’s best-loved musicians including Mitch Tambo, Pania, Freeds and the Teeny Tiny Stevies.

The Town of Maribyrnong will produce a weekly live music program at emerging music venues in Footscray, Moreland City Council will host up to 85 events in partnership with local businesses and venues, and Moonee Valley City Council will hold two new events – light up the river and MoPo Winter and spring sessions.

The town of Stonnington will hold a block party in Prahran Square and Sessions outside the chapel, three nights of musical performances in October featuring Victorian and Australian artists. Yarra Town Council will host Leaps and bounds + BEYOND Festival 2022a mini-festival that will feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, African and LGBTQIA+ musicians.

Hobsons Bay City Council will provide three musical showcases that will make Altona Civic Theater a new venue for live music in the west. The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia will partner with community radio stations such as Triple R, Joy FM and PBS to co-produce eight live music events in Melbourne.

On the road once more kicked off in December with a $5 million program to support live music events in the regions and outer suburbs. This was followed by a series of pop-up performances and a massive bus program in Melbourne’s CBD which featured over 700 street performances.

In a new boost for the state’s music industry, the latest round of Music Works grants is open for applications. Grants ranging from $4,000 to $40,000 are available for activities such as recording and releasing new music, presenting music events, marketing and business development.

Visit our Music Works program to apply for a grant.

For more information on upcoming On the road once more events, visit or consult your local concert guide.