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Bar Fly: The Standard Bowl

A birthday party, a bar and booze and bands and bowling: perhaps not the kind of celebrations you might expect for someone turning two, until you learn the party was for the music website Spotify.


  We were interested to read in last week’s Alt Media that The Standard music venue at Taylor Square was about to downsize its live entertainment roster and install a four-lane bowling alley, whilst still keeping some music on board. Given the recent closure of a number of well-known music clubs like Blue Beat and […]

The Standard to become a bowling alley

Celebrated Taylor Square live music venue The Standard will be converted to a bowling alley, it has been announced. The rebranding follows weeks of speculation about the venue’s future after at least one promoter was dumped from the schedule. “We are changing, in essence, from a typical live music bar to a bar with music […]


Devon Portielje of Canadian crusaders Half Moon Run says, “We were faced with a decision. Do we want to continue putting valuable time into dishwashing and janitorial jobs and having music on the side as a hobby, or do we want to sign a deal, put our song in an ad here and there, and […]


“We’re all slight tricksters,” says Joe Gould, resident sticks-man for Sydney folk-rocksters The Crooked Fiddle Band. “We all like to experiment a little bit but it probably starts with Jess [Randall] on the violin. She learnt violin and learnt how to play classically and then wanted to break all of the rules.” Rebels and innovators […]


Hailing from Sydney and Newcastle, five-membered band Twin Lakes can finally announce the release of their debut video for their first single Glacier. After the release in July, the single gained rotation on Triple J and Rage and has given the band a name for their “absorbing volume of emotional depth." This depth can now […]


Vaudeville is considered to be the very definition of variety and audiences will definitely find that at The Sweet & Low Down. "It’s a pastiche of the 1920s era and everything about it and it’s a homage to a form of entertainment that was really popular back then," producer Trent Kidd explains. The Sweet & […]


Ask Barbariön bassist Yuri Pavlinov how their gigs trekking across Europe went and you won’t quite believe it. Aside from his humane assertions that copious amounts of German beer and food made them “a bit fatter than what our promo pictures indicate,” the people they ran into seemed to be out of this world. “We […]

Building bridges for refugees

The second annual Building Bridges Festival will be held to highlight refugee rights, this Friday at The Standard in Surry Hills. The festival aims to end what organisers call the draconian policies of mandatory detention for those seeking asylum in Australia, with money raised forwarded to refugee advocacy groups. Festival Director Ben Eadie said the […]


How long has their debut been in the making? “About as long as the Guns ‘n Roses’ Chinese Democracy,” says Reginald Harris IV, lead singer and bass player of Sydney psychedelic rock band, The Tsars. The band remains coy about the release date of their unnamed debut and joke that “the album is currently the […]