Band to Watch: We All Want To

If you haven’t already, you really should get to know We All Want To.

After a roller coaster 2012, the Brisbane five-piece are sure to continue their success with the release of new single, ‘No Signs’ and their sophomore album, Come Up Invisible.

The record displays mammoth musicality, ‘90s nostalgia, and sharp production that shines with audacious ambition and genuine conviction. Tim Steward and Skye Staniford’s vocals roam between fierce defiance and naked vulnerability while guitars sigh and wail, conjuring waves of power and fragile, glittering intimacy.

We All Want to have clearly spent a lot of time thinking, and yet there’s an infectious joy when they play, a surrender to the certainty that great pop songs can change your world…at least for an hour or two. See it all come to life when they head off on tour through April.
Friday 19th April – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 25th April – Union Hotel, Newtown NSW
Friday 26th April – Good God Small Club, Sydney NSW
Saturday 27th April – Love The Phoenix, Canberra ACT
Friday 10th May – Edinburgh Hotel Front Bar, Brunswick VIC (Early Acoustic Session)
Friday 10th May – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford VIC
Saturday 11th May – Public Bar, North Melbourne VIC
Friday 24th May – Spotted Cow Hotel, Toowoomba QLD

Pushover Festival is Coming

Pushover, the annual all ages event is back this Labour Day at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl!

Headlining the event are The Amity Affliction, DZ Deathrays, Dream on Dreamer, Northlane, Violent Soho and so many more! As well as the handful of headlining acts there is also a Battle of the Bands where nine Push Start finalists will play for a major prize pack including a day at Hothouse Studios, a studio filmed video clip which is also produced and edited by JMC Academy, 500 copies of their recording, a whole heaps of band supplies and a feature in Beat Magazine!

Now in its 21st year, Pushover is set to be bigger than ever.

The FReeZA push Start Competition is funded by the Victorian Government and is managed by non-profit Victorian youth music organisation, The Push. Every year hundreds of bands and solo acts compete to get a chance to play at Pushover each year and now the time has come for 9 young acts to battle it out.

During the course of the day four stages will be running as well as free signing tents!

We will be covering headlining acts and competitors in the Push Start competition as well as talking to a few bands and asking them a couple questions about their takes on the current Australian music industry.

It’s going to be a jam packed eight hours with something to do every minute so make sure if you’re in Melbourne on Labour Day to come on down.

We will have full coverage of a bunch of bands soon after, as well as interviews with some of the competing bands and in Issue 9 we’ll be covering a story on the Australian Music Scene, how it’s changing and what bands are doing these days to try and make it.

Tickets are $40 and selling quickly

The full line up consists of; The Amity Affliction, DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho, Millions, Northeast Party House, Velociraptor, Dream on Dreamer, Northlane, Allday, Thy Art is Murder, In Hearts Wake, Twelve Foot Ninja, Hand of Mercy, Soliloquy, High Tension, The Sweet Apes, D At Sea, Lurch & Chief, Brighter At Night, Above Suspicion, Define The Signal, Eater of The Sky, Estates, Hounds Homebound, Pixie Juice, Rise Electric, Seattle Fix, The Small Print & Tully on Tully.

Go to for more information or check out Push Over on Facebook.

Tame Impala Win Rolling Stone’s Album of The Year

Perth band, Tame Impala have taken out Album of the Year at the 4th Annual Rolling Stone Awards. In a tight field that included releases by Sarah Blasko, Dirty Three, Hilltop Hoods, Paul Kelly and Urthboy, Tame Impala’s Lonerism was judged the finest record of 2012.


Celebrating the best in Australian entertainment in 2012, the awards were voted for by a panel of 40 industry professionals, from performers to managers, journalists to booking agents, musicians to TV personalities. 


Other big winners on the night were Parkway Drive for Live Act of the Year, Chet Faker for Best Independent Release, and The Presets who took out Single of the Year for “Ghosts”.


The full list of winners, after the jump!

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Falls Festival Raise Money For Tasmania

Over the past few days Tasmania has been devastated by fires raging across the state which continue to be managed by local authorities. The Falls Music & Arts Festival farm at Marion Bay remains undamaged, however their neighbouring towns have not been so lucky.
Festival management were evacuated from the site last Thursday but the site has now been declared a safe zone, becoming a temporary refuge for displaced locals, staff members and friends who have not been so fortunate; returning to lost houses, schools, businesses, livestock and precious personal belongings.
The Falls Music & Arts Festival are calling on all of their friends; those who love Falls and those who love Tasmania to help out by donating to the Red Cross via .
They’re kicking things off with a $10,000 donation and they hope that you can assist and help to relieve some of the pressures faced by those affected.
The Falls Music & Arts Festival will continue to work with local councils to support their communities in all of their various capacities. The festival will also be holding further fundraising efforts in the weeks to come, so please keep an eye on their website
Thoughts and love to everyone in Tasmania.

All Tomorrow’s Parties Adds More Acts


Described as the “ultimate mix tape”, All Tomorrow’s Parties is a boutique festival that goes against the grain of the larger, more commercial music festivals, presenting award winning sound and acclaimed organisation. 

ATP confirmed late last year that they will return in February for a very special I’ll Be Your Mirror event in Melbourne. Acting as sister events to the ATP Festivals which usually take place in holiday resorts, I’ll Be Your Mirror is a series of artist curated music, film and art events taking place in cities worldwide, launched by ATP in 2011.

IBYM is ATP without the accommodation aspect, and is named after the b-side to The Velvet Underground’s original All Tomorrow’s Parties 7” single. 

The Saturday of the event is curated by ATP and is headlined by the mighty My Bloody Valentine playing their first Australasian show since 1991 and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (playing their first ever Australasian show) plus many more.

The Sunday is curated and headlined by Australian natives The Drones, alongside the original line-up of Beasts Of Bourbon, the first Australian show since 1991 from Einstürzende Neubauten, and many more.

Check out the new additions joining the line-up, after the jump!

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Falls Festival 2012: The Journey Begins…


With the morning in Melbourne cloudy, cold, and threatening rain, the time could not have been better to head down to Lorne early. Unfortunately for us, we were not the only ones to have that same idea and very soon ran into the tourist traffic in (and local traffic out!).

The time delay was a blessing in disguise though, leaving us ample time to take in the beautiful sights of the Great Ocean Road and Triple J’s carefully curated road trip playlist.


Traffic jam/dance party on the way to the Falls campsite.

But to more pressing matters; the music. The Brass Knuckle Brass Band kicked things off in the Grand Theatre, Muscles went for something a little different with his solo piano set, and The Bamboos made sure the party kept going.

Legs Akimbo took advantage of the zaniness that comes with a full moon, handing out bubble wands throughout the crows, and a 100 person tug-o-war, blondes versus brunettes ensued. (Spoiler; brunettes won).

The weather is warming up for day 2, and there’s no shortage of good music, so here’s to the rest of the weekend!

Spencer P Jones and The Nothing Butts Playing Tonight


In support of their widely critically acclaimed self titled record, Spencer P Jones and The Nothing Butts are taking the album on the road for the first and last time, and to thank you for your support, they are swinging you a free download for one week only, just in time for Christmas! Click here to score When He Finds Out.

It’s a group made in rock’n’roll heaven:  Spencer P Jones, the redoubtable, life-hardened troubadour, and former member of The Johnnys, the Beasts of Bourbon and a host of other outfits; James Baker, Painkiller, original Scientist, Le Hoodoo Guru, Dubrovnik and Jones’ contemporary in the infamous Axeman’s Jazz line-up of the Beasts; and one half of The Drones, Gareth Liddiard, songwriter, guitarist, modern-day folk-punk poet and enigmatic bassist Fiona Kitschin

The show is rolling in to Melbourne tonight at the Thornbury Theatre; details are below.

Friday 21st December Thornbury Theatre MELBOURNE             VIC 859 High St, Thornbury, MELBOURNE

Tickets $25 + bf for  

with Harry Howard and the NDE & Bittersweet Kicks

Doors open 8pm

Spencer P Jones and The Nothing Butt’s self-titled album available now through Shock Records

Registration for SLAM Day 2013 is open now!

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After a huge debut year this year, SLAM DAY is back! Registrations are now open for 2013.
On Saturday February 23rd 2013 musicians and music lovers will come together in the largest simultaneous celebration of Live Music and Small Gigs that’s ever been held in Australia, for the second annual SLAM Day.
On February 23rd last year, over 150 gigs were held in small venues across the country from Perth to Port Douglas, Tamworth to Tennant Creek, Katherine to Kensington and with the support of musicians, venues, music fans and the media, the first ever SLAM Day was a massive success.
In 2013 SLAM Day falls on a Saturday - ‘gig day’, and already SLAM have been swamped with registration enquiries.  It’s a race between the states to host the largest SLAM day, with WA and NSW ahead of the race, challenging Victoria as Australia’s home of live music.
Support a SLAM Day gig in your town – any style, any genre. Small gigs can happen in your backyard, in a venue, in your community hall, in a cafe, on the street or in the park.
It’s easy to get involved and free to register, just head to

SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) was born out of the SLAM rally, the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history. 20,000 people marched in Melbourne to change government policy that incorrectly linked live music to violence.
Since then, SLAM has successfully lobbied and contributed to changing the law in Victoria.
It’s not just Victoria that has seen a change. There is a National call for political candidates to have a Live Music Policy at all State and Council elections, in NSW, the City of Sydney prepares to launch a Live Music task force, in SA, the state government sent a delegation and met with SLAM representatives and have since announced and passed new small bar laws, a live music hub, a Live Music ‘Thinker in Residence’ and an Action Plan for the City of Adelaide and federally, a new Live Music Coordinator has finally been appointed.
The inaugural National SLAM Day was held on February 23rd this year, on the anniversary of the SLAM rally. SLAM Day is a campaign aimed at the broader community as an event that celebrates our local musicians and our small gigs. SLAM Day was embraced all around the country with thousands of musicians and tens of thousands of punters getting involved.
“Seeing a loud sweaty band in a small venue is easily my favourite musical experience. Everyone crammed in tightly, shoulder to shoulder, singing the same lyrics, bobbing their heads, in unison, sharing that common experience, that’s what music is all about.” Nik Kaloper, The Jezabels.

For more information, check out

Zipbud Earphones to Give Away!

As part of celebrating their launch in Australia, our friends from Zipbuds have generously provided us two pairs of earphones to give away!

How do you win them? Just be the 50th new ‘liker’ to our facebook page, and a fresh new pair of earphones will be zipping into your ears. Easy right?

A runner-up will also get their hands on a pair, so what are you waiting for? Get liking! And while you’re at it, welcome Zipbuds Australia to Facebook.

Zipbud Earphones Now Available in Australia


Good news for those sick of the constant peril of cable-spaghetti forming at the bottom of your pocket, Zipbuds have finally arrived in Australia!  

Unlike some wireless headphones, Zipbuds don’t need charging, (and they’re much more cost effective), these earphones eliminates the frustration from endless tangles with their zip-up earbuds and headphones.

The concept is straight forward – the signature zipper cabling that works just like what’s on your jeans or hoodie, doubles as a cord. They can be zipped up and down and will not get tangled, caught or pulled out of your ears.

The zip cabling means Zipbuds haven’t cut corners affecting sound quality or appearance, or pushed the product price up with earbuds starting at $39.95.

The Zipbuds earphones are made using military grade Aramid and Maeden tinsel technology and have form-fitting earbuds that come in a variety of sizes, sound quality and clarity, and a wide choice of colours: black, blue, green and pink.

Best news? If you’re buying Zipbuds as a Christmas gift, all Zipbuds products are compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android devices, so you can be sure the recipient will be able to use them!

Zipbuds are available online and at City Beach stores, or can be ordered direct from 

Future Music Festival 2013 Line Up is Released

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Arguably the best EDM festival in Australia, Future Music Festival is backing up this year’s monster roster with another killer line-up. 

Featuring The ProdigySteve Aoki, Azealia Banks, The Stone Roses, Ellie Goulding, and many more, there’s more than something for everyone.

Future Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

The Stone Roses
The Prodigy
Bloc Party
Dizzee Rascal
Azealia Banks
Rita Ora
Boys Noize (Live debut)
The Temper Trap
Ellie Goulding
Steve Aoki
Gypsy & The Cat
A-Trak (Live)
Kill The Noize
Feed Me (Live)
Zeds Dead
DJ Fresh
Zane Lowe
The Stafford Brothers & Timmy Trumpet
Bombs Away
COCOON HEROES feat Sven Väth
Richie Hawtin
Ricardo Villalobos
Seth Troxler
WAKE YOUR MIND feat Cosmic Gate feat Emma Hewitt
Andy Moor
Super8 & Tab
Ben Gold


Saturday, 2nd March 

Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane

Sunday, 3rd March
Arena Joondalup, Perth – Labour Day Long Weekend

Saturday, 9th March 
Randwick Racecourse, Sydney

Sunday, 10th March 
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne – Labour Day Long Weekend

Monday, 11th March
Bonython Park, Adelaide – NEW VENUE – Adelaide Cup Day

For more information, head to 

Future Music Festival 2013 - Day Of The Dead-Set Awesome from Future TV on Vimeo.

San Cisco, Loon Lake, and Oh Mercy Announced for Falls Festival

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With the line-up already chockers with great artists, how could the Falls Music and Arts Festival get any better? By adding San Cisco, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bertie Blackman, Oh Mercy, Loon Lake, and more to the roster!

After the last year, Fremantle four-piece San Cisco barely need an introduction. Coming in at #7 in last year’s Triple J’s Hottest 100 with ‘Awkward’ (which plays a starring role on nearly everybody’s iPod), they’re a band that continue to deliver catchy tune after catchy tune and will be bringing all of their anthems to Falls this summer!

Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo Y Gabriela occupy a space unlike any other in the world-music spectrum. Delivering an insane specimen of live musical performance with their duelling acoustic sets and uncharted intersection of metal, Mexican folk, flamenco and fusion jazz, with touches of raga, blues and psychedelia.
Moving from her early incarnation as a guitar-toting indie queen, the magnificent Bertie Blackman has transformed into an electronic goddess, releasing track after track, like ‘Fast Bitch’, ‘Thump’, ‘Byrds of Prey’, and latest single ‘Boy’, Bertie’s reputation has grown exponentially with each release. Her latest album Pope Innocent X will be her fourth and you get the sense there will be many more to come from this gorgeous gem.

Get your Deep Heat on this summer with Oh Mercy’s latest release. It’s been hailed far and wide as an Australian classic since its release in September with songs you can fall in love with, whilst at the same time busting some seriously slinky dance moves.
Melbournites Loon Lake have been busy pumping out hits like ‘Cherry Lips’ - which has been absolutely everywhere of late, proving itself to be one of the upcoming party anthems this summer. Packed with lasting melodies and warmth, their recent EP Thirty Three will leave your head bopping and your toes tapping. 

Injected with so much energy, technical skill and fun, one of the world’s pre-eminent mash-up DJ’s Jaguar Skills incorporates 90’s hip-hop, 80’s pop and weird 70’s jazz breaks to amazing effect. Dressed as a ninja onstage, his persona and mysterious edge are famous worldwide and for good reason. Ready to blend the decks at Falls this year, there’s no telling what he’s got cooked up - but it’s sure to be loads of fun.
DJ Nu Mark has pushed the boundaries of what a DJ can achieve with his art. As the resident mixologist for infamous LA rappers Jurassic 5, he’s best known for his production on the raw anthem ‘What’s Golden’. Bringing his unique Toy Set to Falls this year - which is exactly what it sounds like, a show constructed around children’s toys, it’s set to be a playful affair. 
New kids on the block, The Jungle Giants have leaped to the front of the pack of emerging artists in Australia with tracks like ‘Mr Polite’ and ‘She’s A Riot’. Their rolling force of indie-superpop and youthful gusto uses swift guitar lines and melodies that will plant themselves firmly in your brain.  
And it’s not just the music to draw you to Falls this year, The Falls Music & Arts Festival Comedy line-up includes:
Jason Byrne is a comedic superhero, using his Irish wit and penchant for audience participation to create an epic and massively entertaining show. Just don’t show up and hide up the back hoping he won’t single you out – those are always the people that end up copping it. (Lorne only).
Representing for the ladies on this year’s comedy line-up, it’s Felicity Ward! Winner of the Best Australian Act at the Perth International Comedy Festival in 2012, she’s made multiple appearances on shows like Spicks and Specks and Thank God You’re Here. Headlining sold-out tours across Australia, she’s ready to take on Falls with parts of her hilarious ‘The Hedgehog Dilemma’ show.
Quick, witty and smart, all adjectives used to describe Nazeem Hussain’sstand-up. You’ll know him as one half of the wildly popular duo Fear of a Brown Planet and for his regular appearances on triple j, the 7pm Project, ABC’s Sleuth 101 and Q & A.
One of the countries most promising young comedians and his purple puppet Sammy J & Randy have produced shows that have been described as “Another brilliantly executed musical extravaganza that’s raucous, witty fun from start to finish” - Chortle, Edinburgh.
There aren’t many comedians out there with law degrees, but then again Ronny Chieng isn’t your average comedian. Finishing 2nd in the 2010 RAW Comedy finals, recently announced as Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and appearing at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, his observations on being a self confessed “Malaysian born Chinese guy” will force you to agree that the only way is the Ron way.
Winner of the 2010 Raw Comedy award, Luke Heggie is a relative newcomer to the stand-up scene but he already seems to have mastered the deadpan delivery and exquisite timing that can often be the difference between success and failure. The strength of satire is a person’s ability to identify and mock stupidity - and this is Heggie’s exquisite craft.
Actor, hip-hop artist, comedian - Matthew O’Kine can bring it all to the stage. Winner of the ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he’s one of the countries most exciting up-and-coming comedians.
The Falls Music & Arts Festival 2012 line-up so far, in alphabetical order: 

MAIN PROGRAM: Angus Stone - Ash Grunwald - Ball Park Music - Beach House (USA) - Bertie Blackman - Best Coast (USA) - Bombay Bicycle Club (UK) - Boy & Bear - Coolio (USA) - Cosmo Jarvis (UK) - DJ Nu Mark Toy Set (USA) - Django Django (UK) - First Aid Kit (SWE) - Hilltop Hoods - Hot Chip (UK) - Jaguar Skills (UK) - Jinja Safari  - The Jungle Giants - Lisa Mitchell - Loon Lake - Matt Corby - Maxïmo Park (UK) - Millions - Oh Mercy - Rodrigo Y Gabriela (MX)- Sampology Presents A Falls Anniversary Live AV Show – San Cisco - SBTRKT Live (UK) - Sharon Van Etten (USA) - The Flaming Lips (USA)  - The Hives (SWE) - The Vaccines (UK) - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (UK) - Two Door Cinema Club (IRE) - Willis Earl Beal (USA) L  

BOOGIE NIGHTS: Anna Lumb and DJ Lazer Ferrari, Chris Gill & Mohair Slim L, DJ Manchild & Russ Dewbury (UK) M, Furnace & the Fundamentals L, Legs Akimbo (UK), Muscles L, The Bamboos L & MP, The Cuban Brothers.
COMEDYFelicity Ward, Jason Byrne (IRE)(L), Luke Heggie, Matthew O’Kine, Nazeem Hussain, Ronny Chieng, Sammy J & Randy.

*L = Lorne only. M= Marion Bay only. MP = Marion Bay main program.
More acts to still be announced.
The Falls Music & Arts Festival 2012 is a world-class line-up of music, comedy and arts in a relaxed festival environment. The coastal locations are beautiful and all camping is free. Running fromDec 28 – Jan 1 in Lorne, Victoria (established 1993). )18+ event) and Dec 29 – Jan 1 in Marion Bay, Tasmania (established 2003). (All ages)

Tickets to Lorne are sold out; luckily the 10th edition of Marion Bay is still currently available. With even more flights recently added over the December / January period from Melbourne to Hobart, travel is cheap and super easy. Scope out your options and don’t miss out on this year’s amazing line-up.

Head to, tickets are $193 (2 day) or $226 (3 day) + b/f, including free camping.

Sharon Van Etten Falls Festival Sideshow Announced

     Sharon van Etten
Singer, songwriter, collaborator and incredibly captivating performer, Brooklyn-based Sharon Van Etten is about to embark on her first Australian tour, performing at the Falls Music and Arts Festival and a just-been-announced sideshow.. Backed by her stunning three piece band, Sharon will showcase her bittersweet songs at The Corner in Melbourneon the 30th December with special guests Grand Salvo.

Van Etten’s debut album, Because I Was In Love, brought her arresting voice to attention, and was accompanied by the sound of critics fawning the world over. Follow up Epic (2010) and her latest record, Tramp have only solidified her reputation.
Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and featuring guest appearances by Zach Condon (aka Beirut), Bryce Dessner (also of The National), Julianna Barwick, and Jenn Wasner of Wye OakTramp is not only a testament to Van Etten’s talent, but also proves that the best and brightest of American indie rock are lining up to get their prints on a Sharon Van Etten record.
Tramp was called "sublime" by MOJO and "Americana’s best-kept secret… one of the must-hears of 2012" by The Guardian. Just as assured and compelling live, Van Etten delivers a show not soon forgotten.
Tickets on sale now from The Corner box office, phone 9427 9198, or online here:, and for more information, head to

Split Seconds Album Launch at Ding Dong Lounge

"Hey guys, we’re Split Seconds" announces Sean Pollard very succinctly to the eager crowd gathered at Ding Dong Lounge before launching into ‘Security Light’ - the album opener from their debut record, You’ll Turn Into Me. 

Gaining a great lot of interest with their killer track, ‘Top Floor’, the Perth five piece celebrated the release of the record with support from the equally-fantastic Bayou and Dirt Farmer.

Thenight (and also the record) was full of lyrically interesting and emotive tracks, coating the room with a feeling of intimacy, and with the matey conversation, a great sense of familiarity. Taking a break from the music, Pollard gave a cheeky nod to Fremantle’s win over Geelong that night, with the probably very accurate prediction that any Freo fans in the audience “were bound to get drunk as fuck”.

Their live show is very tight, and it was nice to see on the more acoustic tracks, the other instruments didn’t drown out the guitar. Conversely, on the heavier tracks, the sound emitted was begging for a larger stage.

The band’s true brilliance, however, is within their melodies. ‘Bed Down’ was one of the night’s stand out moments, with it’s hook stuck in your head long after the show was finished. They are obviously very passionate about crafting their music, and their work truly can be seen to have paid off.

You’ll Turn Into Me is out now in JB Hi Fi stores, and on iTunes. Split Seconds are currently touring now. Check out the dates for when they’re in your town! 

Friday 5 October - Norfolk Basement – Fremantle, WA
supporting OH MERCY and Millions
tickets available at

Saturday 6 October - The Bakery – Perth, WA
supporting OH MERCY and Millions
tickets available at /

Friday 12 October - The Loft – Warrnambool, VIC
supporting OH MERCY and Millions
tickets available at

Saturday 13 October - Karova Lounge – Ballarat, VIC
supporting OH MERCY and Millions
tickets available at 

Friday 19 October – The Bended Elbow – Geelong, VIC
supporting OH MERCY and Millions
tickets available at

Thursday 25 October - Hi-Fi – Melbourne, VIC
supporting OH MERCY and Millions
tickets at the venue and 

Split Seconds supporting STEPHEN MALKMUS and the JICKS
Friday 28 September - The Rosemount - Perth, WA

Saturday 29 September - Wave Rock Caravan Park
Hyden, WA tickets

Split Seconds supporting GURRUMUL and ANGUS STONE
Saturday 17th November - Perth Zoo, WA