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  • Steve Earle & The Dukes – Bluesfest Friday!

    Appearing on the Jambalaya Stage at 8.00pm Friday March 25! By Stuart Coupe. It’s hard to imagine Steve Earle doing – you know – nothing. He just doesn’t seem like the sort of guy to hang around his apartment in New York, turn on the television, put his feet up and ...
  • Tedeschi Trucks Open Bluesfest Tonight!

    By Brian Wise. TWO FOR THE BLUES!  The Tedeschi Trucks Band return to Australia with a new album – and they are hotter than ever! When they were last here for the 2013 Bluesfest, the Tedeschi Trucks Band just about blew the roof off the Crossroads stage with a couple of brilliant ...
  • Michael Goldberg’s The Flowers Lied

    By Andrew Hamlin. From his early rock writing, to a spot as a Rolling Stone mainstay, to a pioneering Web editor/publisher, to rock as literature, Michael Goldberg, founded of the original Addicted To Noise in 1994, keeps moving and keeps his thumb pushed down deep on the blurt. Goldberg was ...
  • Archie Roach & Charcoal Lane

    Archie Roach plays the Boomerang Festival and celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Charcoal Lane. By Brian Wise When Archie Roach arrived on stage at The Palais, St Kilda, in November to perform ‘Took The Children Away’ you could have heard a pin drop. The audience was transfixed and then at ...
  • Ross Hannaford – An Appreciation

    By Steve Hoy. This article first appeared on ATN’s Melbourne Music site in 2015. In Ian McFarlane’s 1999 magisterial doorstopper, The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock And Pop, Ross Hannaford receives a detailed, affectionate entry highlighting his contributions to a busload of talent. That list includes Daddy Cool, Mark Gillespie, Renee ...
  • Fat Possum Celebrates 25 Years

    OXFORD, Miss. — Fat Possum Records, the Oxford, Mississippi-based label renowned for its raw blues and rock ’n’ roll, will commemorate its 25th anniversary with a year-long program including the first-time-on-vinyl release of 30 groundbreaking blues recordings. The series, highlighting Fat Possum’s storied and varied history, includes new and first-time-on-vinyl releases ...
  • Coltrane Coming!

    By Andra Jackson. His father was the ‘high priest’ of jazz while his mother was a high priestess in an Indian religion as well as an influential jazz harpist and pianist. That is a daunting legacy to be handed but saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of saxophonist giant, John Coltrane and ...
  • Graham Nash’s New Path

    With a new solo album on the way music legend Graham Nash is heading for Bluesfest!  By Brian Wise. Perhaps you shouldn’t talk to someone due to turn 74 years of age soon about mortality but it is an inevitable conversation starter with Graham Nash, one third of Crosby, Stills &...
  • Out Of Time ! Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings

    Gillian Welch are in Australia for their first tour here in more than a decade. Brian Wise met them in Nashville to talk about their latest album together, Nashville Obsolete by the Dave Rawlings Machine. By Brian Wise. It’s hardly an exaggeration to claim that the Gillian Welch tour ...
  • Getting Personal With Springsteen by Michael Goldberg

    Bruce Springsteen has always written about the past, and as I’ve spent time with The Ties That Bind: The River Sessions, a multi-CD/multi-DVD set that focuses on music Springsteen made during sessions for The River (and includes a fantastic live show from November 1980, three weeks after The River ...
  • ATN Writers’ Best of 2015

    Ian McFarlane Top 10 Albums – Australian The Go-Betweens – G stands for Go-Betweens: The Go-Betweens Anthology Volume 1 You Am I – Porridge & Hotsauce Jim Keays – Age Against the Machine Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Warumpi Band – Warumpi Band 4 Ever Various Artists – Buried Country 1.5 The Story ...
  • Celebrating The Last Waltz

    By Brian Wise. Brian Nankervis is the co-host of the SBS hit show RockWiz and also the MC of the The Last Waltz Revisited at Melbourne’s Art Centre on Saturday December 5. The show stars Tim Rogers,  Dan Sultan, Vika & Linda Bull, Olympia, Marlon Williams, Kevin Borich and the ...
  • The Faces Box Set!

    Reviewed by Andrew Hamlin. THE FACES 1970-1975:  YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE, SING, OR ANYTHING… (Rhino/Warner Bros) What if God is a hug? The Faces, fresh for a re-reckoning from both this, a box set of their four (mostly-) studio LPs and a new 2-CD anthology (if you’re ...
  • Talking About The 100 Greatest Australian Singles of the ’60s!

    Ian McFarlane reviews the box set and talks to author David Pepperell (pictured). 100 Greatest Australian Singles of the ’60s by David N. Pepperell and Colin Talbot (Melbourne Books) 100 Greatest Australian Singles of the ’60s (4-CD box set, Festival/Warner) Do you know which famous Melbourne instrumental band backed Betty McQuade ...
  • Outlaw Country!

    Sam Outlaw is here for the Out On The Weekend Festival in Melbourne and Sydney as well as some sideshows. By Brian Wise.  Yes, Sam Outlaw is his real name, though he was born Sam Morgan in South Dakota thirty-three years ago he has borrowed his mother’s maiden name ...
  • Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Preview

    By Des Cowley.  Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival – 30 October – 2 November 2015 There’s been a lot of talk of changes being made to this year’s Wangaratta Festival, begging the question: If it ain’t broke? After all, this is the pre-eminent jazz event on my annual calendar, a Festival of ...
  • Straight Outta Compton

    By Roy Trakin.  Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures) Fellow South Central L.A. native F. Gary Gray’s fine music biopic of the groundbreaking gangsta rap group is an origin story that confirms the idea history is literally told by the survivors – both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were very ...
  • Mavis! At MIFF

    Director Jessica Edwards talks to Brian Wise about the film of Mavis Staples’ life. Mavis! is the story of Mavis Staples and her famous family, the Staple Singers. The film chronicles her career from the very early days touring the gospel circuit, her involvement in the civil rights movement, her ...
  • Milk Carton Kidding Around!

    By Brian Wise. “Thank goodness nobody is comparing us to Hall and Oates,” laughs Joey Ryan when we talk about the comparisons that his partnership with Kenneth Pattengale – the Milk Carton Kids – has copped over the past few busy years. Since the release of their Grammy nominated Ashes & Clay ...
  • U2 At The LA Forum!

    By Roy Trakin. U2 – The Forum, L.A – Wednesday May 27, 2015 Say what you want about their ill-fated strategy of gifting smartphone users with their last album – and what kind of perverted tech-era thinking declares a gift an invasion of privacy – but U2 mark the last among the generation of rock ...