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International Men’s day 2017

Happy international men’s day everyone! Once again to celebrate the event in the only way we know how, here is this year’s top 10 tracks performed by 10 male artists/band’s from across 10 nations over the past year or so.

10. Stella Diana – Sulphur

9. Alcest – Je suis d’ailleur

8.  Ctulu – Treibjagd

7. Atlas – Covered in gold


6. 10 Years – Novacaine

5. Triggerfinger – Colossus

4. Jet Plane – I hate you too

3. Michael Cullen and the Soul Searchers – Black coffee and cigarettes (live)

2. New Zero God – Hellbent on me to lose

1. Ride – Lannoy Point


Check out the Internaitonal Men’s Day website to find out more about the day!




Gig Review: The Devin Townsend Project at the Triffid, Brisbane Australia w/ sleepmakeswaves


For over two decades Devin Townsend has been producing his unique “old man Canadian passive-aggressive core” (that is how he described it at the gig)! Through Strapping Young Lad, his solo work, and the current “Devin Townsend Project” he has produced music full of intercity, energy, and vibrant charisma. If this concert is anything to go by, he has lost none of these over the 20 odd years, and may even have more than before!

Sleepmakeswaves opened up the show amazingly with their special brand of instrumental prog metal. Exerting massive amounts of energy and bringing out vibrant sounds they showed once again that singers can be an optional extra. There was a certain stage presence to the four members as they each poured tons of emotion into their delivery. Seamlessly working their way around quite dark ambience and blasting heavy metal they drew the crowd in from the very beginning and kept them all engaged and banging for the whole set!

The Devin Townsend Project followed with Devin announcing things were going to be very “cheesy” and a bit “awkward” and then noting “if you listen to my music you’re probably a bit of a nerd so just roll with it!”

The set ranged from tracks from the 1997 Ocean Machine Album including the high speed and intense ‘Night’ and the slow and melancholic epic ‘Bastard’ all the way to tracks off the Project’s most recent album. There was also a range in styles from the stripped back acoustic piece ‘Ih-Ah’ to the full on metal sounds of Strapping Young Lads’ ‘Shitstorm’.

In each extreme and everything in between, Devon and his Project exerted electrifying life with a tight and intense set backed with epic atmosphere. On top of this the band we’re all clearly having a lot of fun which translated into a hugely entertaining show.

In addition to the music, Mr Townsend showed off his phenomenal stage presence. Adopting many “cheesy” elements of rock and roll while making fun of himself. Other times he broke from his metal persona to take on a Henry Rollins-esq spoken word segments, generally talking about peace and love and how he has grown from his angry 25-year old Strapping Young Lad days. The great charismatic act coupled with sharp Canadian wit allowed the gig to cut through the intense sounds and bring in some humour and even more fun to the show!

This was an exceptional show! Sleepmakeswaves put out one of the best support act sets ever, mesmorising the crowd from the word go with their vivid and atmospheric progressive metal. Meanwhile the Devin Townsend Project poured out an epic feast of entertainment with every facet of prog-rock/metal Mr Townsend’s ever dabbled in, held together with his charismatic stage presence and sharp tongued wit!

Remaining Devin Townsend/sleepmakeswaves dates below. Check out Devin Townsend’s website to find out more!
Monday 22nd May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 23rd May – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday 24th May – 170 Russell, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Friday 26th May – Capitol, Perth


International women’s day 2017

Once again to celebrate International Women’s Day here are 10 tracks from all-female bands and solo female artists over the past year or so from across the world!


Number ten
Gemma Ray – The original one

Number nine
Animalia – Little earth

Number eight
Peppersplum – take the adventure of love

Number seven
Kristin Hersh – Soma gone slapstick

Number six
Ninoosh – Palms

Number five
Aya-Rosa – Flesh and bone

Number four
Bec Sandridge – You’re a fucking joke

Number three
Jess McAvoy – Curious

Number two
Sylviane – Ghost trapped in limbo

Number one
Clews – Feel

Gig Review: Dinosaur Jr at the Triffid, Brisbane Australia



Supporting album number four since the original trio got back together (and album number 11 overall), J, Lou, and Murph have come down under to once again grace us with the loud jaggy lo fi sounds that the band have been major pioneers in for the past three decades. Thankfully for Brisbane, all three of the original trio were there (more on that below).

The show opened with New York based, Melbourne originated duo Luluc. Bringing in their special style of indie folk mixing soft acoustic and gritty droning guitars they acted as a great warm up for the epic noisy journey that followed.

Dinosaur Jr got stright into their set, stopping to draw breath on very few and far between occasions across the set. Not surprisingly J Mascis said very little, with maybe three occasions in the whole night where he said anything at all. In fact it was probably Lou Barlow who said the most when giving his speech about Murph’s arrival being delayed for some four days due to various paperwork issues which meant that up until tonight’s show Murph was absent.

What is truly amazing is that after all these years the band can still belt out some powerful rock and sound just as good now as they did back in the day. The shoegazey atmosphere, and grungy energy filled the Triffid the whole way though as the band blasted through a great mix of classics and newer offerings! The different approaches to playing was quite interesting to watch. Mr Mascis barely moved during the set, taking a few steps occasionally to get a drink or to have a different guitar handed to him every few songs. Nevertheless his guitar playing was on point the whole time, plucking all the amazing, genius sounds he’s been known for while looking like he’s not even trying! Mr Barlow on the over hand was bouncing around like a frog in a sock with surplus energy to burn. And Murph kept it all together with his tight and energetic beats.

The favourites all made their way into the set. ‘Get me’ was performed early with a slightly faster and more energetic approach than the original. ‘Feel the pain’ had a cruisey no-wave style introduction with a good dose of distortion leading into a much heavier and louder version of perhaps the band’s most poppy song. Classics ‘Start chopping’ and ‘Freak scene’ were great crowd pleases that got everyone jumping around while newer tunes such as ‘Watch the corners’ from 10and ‘knocked around’ showed without a doubt that the band still have the ability to write some amazing songs! The set finished up with the bands loud and heavy version of The Cure’s ‘Just like heaven’, ending with Lou’s raw yelling of “YOU!”

This was an awesome gig that provided every bit of nostalgia for those who grew up listening to this ear bleeding country music, while also showing the band are still going strong with no sign of stopping anytime soon.


The remaining shows on Dinosaur Jr’s ‘Give A Glimpse Of Summer’ Tour 2017′ are outlined below. Check out Dinosaur Jr’s website to find out more!

Sunday 15th January 2017
The Northern, Byron Bay NSW
Tickets $50.00 + bf from
and all Oztix outlets

Wednesday 18th January 2017
Capital, Perth WA
Tickets $60.00 + bf from
and all Oztix outlets

Thursday 19th January 2017
The Gov, Adelaide SA
Tickets $58.00 + bf from
and all Oztix outlets

Friday 20th January 2017
The Croxton, Melbourne VIC
Tickets $60.00 + bf from
and all Oztix outlets

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