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Egyptian born jazz and classical musician Joseph Tawadros has been setting the world alight with his virtuosic talent on the oud - the pear shaped string instrument that has its roots in the Arab world - and with his ability to meld the sounds of middle eastern music and jazz. "There's a lot of improvisation […]

LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide April 18th

Ainslie Wills: The Melbourne singer/songwriter is touring to support the release of her debut album You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine. The moody singer takes elements of blues, rock and soul and augments them with drifting layers of synthesised soundscapes and stirring harmonies. Wills is taking a five-piece live band on the road with […]


Canberra folk-country group Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens present their second album Family Pets and it's a very precisely crafted collection of moody and earthy soundscapes arranged around the delightful vocal performances of front-woman and songwriter Julia Johnson. The instrumental accompaniment follows Johnson's vocal impeccably and rises and falls as she stirringly sings of […]

LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide April 11th

Aluka: The Melbourne vocal group are touring to promote their debut album Space; an album that was recorded in many unique echo filled spaces such as stairwells, a World War II bunker, a swimming pool, bathrooms and a chicken shed. Each member of this vocal trio has superb singing abilities and combined, they use their […]

LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide April 4th

Jake Shimabukuro: The Hawaiian born musician has gained unlikely attention for his virtuosic performances on the humble ukelele. The charismatic performer incorporates jazz, rock, blues and plenty of other styles into his playing and has been impressing audiences not just with his incredible technical ability on the tiny instrument but for his incredible presence and […]


"We did it for the first time last year and enjoyed it so much we thought we'd try it again," says David Faulkner of the Hoodoo Gurus about the first ever Dig It Up! festival. The founder and frontman of the legendary Aussie rock group shares his excitement at being able to assemble some of […]


British India's Controller sees them attempt to broaden their melodic and stylistic range through shifts in mood and some interesting arrangement techniques. It works to an extent, however, they seem so focused on hooks and the melodic conventions that accentuate this, that after a while tracks just sound the same. The performance on the record […]

LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide March 28th

Royal Southern Brotherhood: The blues-rock supergroup are in town playing a Bluesfest sideshow and it'll be an amazing opportunity to catch some serious musical royalty in the one place. The group features Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott- all of whom are distinguished bandleaders- and capable of some incendiary and […]


Vague Cuts is the studio-only creation of Melbourne songwriter Damien Sargeant, who, since 2008, has released a series of EPs with a little help from some fellow Melbourne musicians. The latest slab is a compilation of 32 choice cuts from the EPs. That’s a heap load of tunes but the tracks are little bite sized […]

LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide March 21st

Dune: Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Dune will be launching her debut EP Oh Innocence, a five-tracker featuring exotic layers of vintage synthesisers, edgy beats and Dune's soulful RnB vocals style - singing stories that are either personal or reflective of the human condition. She's an exciting new artist and well worth keeping an eye on. Thu, Mar […]