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FeatureSteel Panther

Lock up your Sisters, your Mothers and probably your Grandmothers! The United States’ most balls-out, pedal to the metal rock act, Steel Panther, are today announcing their June 2016 Australian Tour. They are cumming coming to Australia to see how things are progressing… down under. Presented by MJR Presents, the tour takes in Australian capitals Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and a jump over the pond to New Zealand to play Auckland.

The band will be in Australia and New Zealand to promote the release of their Live Acoustic record and feature film, “Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage.” However, don’t expect acoustic performances and cups of tea from the Steel Panther boys. Expect an all-out assault on your ears, moral standing and your private parts.

They hit Sydney at the Big Top Sydney 17th June, Festival Hall in Melbourne 18th June, Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane 20th June, Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide 22nd June and 23rd June at Metro City in Perth, then jump over to Auckland, NZ for the 26th June at Powerstation.

“Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage” is the band’s first full length film, featuring a live ten song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes showcasing the band’s unmatched shenanigans and debauchery. The one hour film is now available on DVD from Steel Panther’s label, Kobalt Records, at The album only version can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and wherever music is sold.

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). The fearsome foursome are not stopping anytime soon. “Our drive to bring heavy metal back has not lessened,” concludes Michael Starr. “It’s actually gotten stronger. We’re not going to stop. I look forward to our continued world domination.”

Last in Australia for Soundwave 2014, the band played main stages at the festival and drew massive numbers to their bombastic set, simultaneously offending and salaciously delighting all in attendance. In recent times, they have almost entirely sold out their UK tour, which included Wembley Stadium and played main stage at Download Festival.

Pre-sale Tickets go live on Wednesday 9th March at and General Public Tickets go on sale Friday March 11th.

2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival coming to Melbourne Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Ben & James Stevenson, the talented comedic twins that make up The Stevenson Experience. Dave speaks to the pair about what audiences can expect from their brand new show Twinfinity at this year’s comedy festival. The show runs from the 24th March to the 17th April at Roxanne.

You can listen to or download our The Stevenson Experience interview right here.

Zakk Wylde

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016″ via

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

More information to come….

One of rock’s great bands, Buckcherry will return to Australia and New Zealand this March. Led by Josh Todd, a man who personifies rock n roll and anchored by guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie D, drummer Xavier Muriel and bassist Kelly Lemieux, Buckcherry will deliver a night of straight up good time rock and roll.
It’s going to be loud, it’s going to be sweaty, it’s going to be awesome!
Adding even more Awesome to this tour are a carefully selected bunch of hard rocking local acts that have proven themselves time and again for delivering the goods and getting everyone’s juices flowing.
Starting in Auckland, Unleash The Kraken will do exactly that and set the tone for what’s to come. Their hybrid of glam and nu metal they’ve christened Glu-Metal will have the room bouncing instantly, and the five women of Blue Ruin will set everyone’s ears on fire with their pop punk grunge sound.
In Melbourne, the bluesy swagger and riff fuelled rock of Palace Of The King will be complimented by Electric Dynamite, a band who’s debut release was titled Hair.Denim.Sex.Metal. Sums things up perfectly!
When the tour hits Brisbane, Electric Dynamite will be primed to do it all over again and one of Australia’s most iconic hard rock bands, The Poor, are making a long overdue return to the stage!
Sydney fans will have heard the rumble from a thousand kilometres away a few days before and will be at the mercy of Palace Of The King setting the scene on a Friday night.
Finally in Perth, Buckcherry fans will be treated to the classic 70’s rock power of the all-female Legs Electric who wear the influences of of their heroes proudly on their sleeves.  Joining them are three piece progressive rockers Opia who’s cyclonic wall of sound will be felt all the way to the back of the room.
Buckcherry and these amazing support bands will hit town soon.. oh yeah, you want it.
Sunday, March 13: Powerstation, Auckland (with Unleash The Kraken & Blue Ruin)
Monday, March 14: 170 Russell, Melbourne (with Palace Of The King and Electric Dynamite)
Tuesday, March 15: Max Watts, Brisbane (with The Poor & Electric Dynamite)
Friday, March 18: Metro, Sydney (with Palace Of The King)
Saturday, March 19: Metropolis, Perth (with Legs Electric & Opia)
Tickets on sale NOW!

Mia Dyson

Australian songwriter Mia Dyson is heading home this March for a run of special shows to celebrate the release of her forthcoming EP Right There. Featuring her latest single ‘Tearing Up the Lawn’, the EP follows up her 2014 album Idyllwild which saw her take out the J Award for Double J Artist of the Year and continued her rise both here at home and in the US, where she now shares her time.

Written alongside her husband over the past year and a half, after tailoring a track around a selection of her partner’s poetry, the Right There EP is a crisp, folk-rock release, layered with elements of soul, blues and heartfelt indie-rock.

“My husband Karl and I have been writing together for over a year, since I put one of his poems to music. We loved the process so much that the entire EP was written together.” 

The ‘Right There’ tour follows up a successful run of shows with The Waifs last year and will also include visits to some of her favourite festivals including Port Fairy.

“This will be my first headline tour in more than a year at home so I’m really excited to be returning, especially with some new songs in tow which I’m super proud of,” said Dyson. “’Tearing Up the Lawn’ got an amazing response when we dropped it for the Waifs shows last year and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of the EP.”

‘Tearing Up the Lawn’ showed a real progression for Mia Dyson as she continued to tread her own path between folk and rock. With media references to “a female Springsteen” being added to more traditional comparisons with Bonnie Raitt and Ani Difranco, the track was a signpost for what’s to come as Dyson sheds the shackles of genre and delves into a more exploratory rock sound.


March 9: Lizottes, Newcastle NSW
March 10: Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
March 11: Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC
March 12/13: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC
March 16: Mojos, Fremantle WA
March 17: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
March 18: Estonia Brunswick, Melbourne VIC
March 19: Forth Valley Blues Festival, Forth Worth TAS
March 20: Glenmaggie Blues & Roots, Glenmaggie VIC


The Cat Empire

Inspired to get their new music out to fans as soon as possible, The Cat Empire have brought the release date of their new album ‘Rising With The Sun’ forward to the 4th of March 2016. “The music is finished, the artwork is done, we’re all excited about getting the album out as quickly as we can, so people have time to listen to it ahead of our world tour this year.  So we are moving the release date forward a week to March 4” explains Felix Riebl. The timing perfectly matches live show dates the band have scheduled in Western Australia starting on release day, as well as WOMAdelaide and Blues Fest in Byron Bay later in March.

The artwork for ‘Rising With The Sun’ has also been revealed today. Inspired by a traditional Mexican design known as an “Ojos de Dios” (Eye of God), these designs were traditionally created for a celebration, and often presented as a gift to bless a home.

The cover art was created by local Sydney and ARIA Award winning artist Aaron Hayward. Inside, the booklet art will feature the faces of over 3500 lucky fans of The Cat Empire from around the world who were quick to respond to the bands call to fans to share their faces for the artwork. The band posted; “We know The Cat Empire fan to be a spirited, international, ageless, music loving person who loves to dance and have a good time. But sometimes from stage the audience can start to look like a blur of faces. We want to know who you are, and we want to be able to see each and every one of your faces. So we are going to shine the spotlight back on The Cat Empire global army of fans for a moment, and ask you to share a photo of yourself with us”.

‘Rising With The Sun’ was recorded over the course of 2015, in between touring commitments which saw The Cat Empire play to a global audience of over half a million people, including headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, and a sold out show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

‘Rising With The Sun’ was recorded in their home town of Melbourne, with sought after producer and long-time friend Jan Skubiszewski.  “We kept everything fresh” frontman Felix Riebl revealed. “We were confident because we had a sound from our previous record (2013’s ‘Steal The Light’) that we were really happy with, so that was our starting point… it was just a matter of going back to that physical space and coming up with new songs.”

With two songs already released including ‘Que Sera Ahora’, which the band have been performing as part of their set throughout Europe, and the triple j / double j favourite ‘Wolves’, fans have already had a glimpse of The Cat Empire’s new material.

The songs on ‘Rising With The Sun’ feel explosive and custom built for festivals. Felix makes no secret about what the intention is for these songs.  “You can play it on a big stage. The choruses are ones people can sing. The rhythms really work.”

Pre-sales for the new album are now live on the bands website. A 100% independent band globally, The Cat Empire have the freedom to offer fans exactly what they want, and they are doing just that with pre-order packages that include coveted opportunities like attending sound check, one on one music workshops with band members, Harry and Ollie performing in people’s homes, signed memorabilia, limited edition packages of cd/digital and vinyl versions of ‘Rising With The Sun’, artisan crafted jewellery, handmade artworks of the album art, and many more offerings to make the fans smile.






Friday 11 March – WOMADELAIDE, SA

Sunday 27 March – BLUES FEST, BYRON BAY, NSW


For all the Motorhead fans out there this statement has just been released by the band’s management regarding Lemmy’s funeral details.


On Saturday January 9th, the world will come together and celebrate the life of our friend, and legend, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.
Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Hollywood, commencing at 3pm PST and ending at 4.30pm. With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you may not attend … but we want you ALL to be a part of this, so we are setting up a live feed of the service via the internet on Motörhead’s official You Tube channel >   (Sun, Jan 10 from 9.30am AEST)
So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.
Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemmy’s life at home.
Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.
NOTE: For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at
Flowers by Michael
+ 1 310 276-1003
If you’d like to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name, please go to:
Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Monster Fest 2015

The last few years has seen Monster Fest become Australia’s premiere horror film festival. Well this year Monster Fest is back bigger and better than ever… plus they have something to offer to music lovers as well as cinephiles.

As part of the first wave of announcements Monster Fest, which will be held at The Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn from the 26th-29th November, was the fact that a big part of this year’s festival will be Munsterpalooza, which is pretty much a rooftop concert hosted by the legendary Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster in the hit television series The Munsters.

The bands announced to be performing at Munsterpalooza are Melbourne rockabilly outfit The Mighty Kings, punk rockers Murder Rats and the band that have best described as The Misfits vs The Ramones – Coffin Carousel. The unique thing about this concert, aside from the presence of Butch Patrick is of course that this will be held on the rooftop of one of Melbourne’s newest cinemas The Lido in beautiful Hawthorn.

Another band that has been announced to play at Monster Fest this year are the very unique The Tarantinos. A band who have made a name for themselves playing the tracks that have made the soundtracks of Quentin Tarantno movies like Pulp Fiction a must have for every music lover’s collection over the years. The Tarantinos will be playing at the Monster Fest closing night party which will follow one of the first Australian screenings of Keanu Reeve’s new film Knock Knock.

If you need more information about this year’s Monster Fest and Munsterpalooza just check out the . Tickets for Musterpalooza are $50 and are available from the same event page.

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways PosterWho: Foo Fighters

Where: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

When: Saturady 28th February (Sonic Highways World Tour)


Dave Grohl knows a thing or two about music! That is the understatement of the year. His rise to fame with Nirvana, he subsequent twenty year success with Foo Fighters, plus the raft of other projects he has worked on over the years means that he is one of the most experienced musos going around… not to mention one of the most gifted. So when he promised Melbourne that they were about to get the best damn Foo Fighters show ever perhaps we should have listened.

Melbourne itself did all it could do to make the Fooies decision to deliver a two and a half hours marathon and a real workout by turning out a hot, muggy and humid night with just enough rain to make sure that the Etihad Stadium was closed. To say that Grohl, Hawkins and co were sweating after a couple of songs was an understatement. That alone may have made a lesser band want to pull back a little, but not the Grohl led Foo Fighters who decided that Melbourne was going to get one of the GREATEST rock shows they have ever had.

So often these days bands bore their audience senseless by being so proud of their brand new album that they decide to flood their live shows with tracks off it. Now you can understand why bands are so proud of their new work and of course they want to show it off, but it is rarely those new tracks that get a crowd pumping and normally they are times a show loses energy. Obviously this is something that Grohl is aware of  because during this 2.5 hour epic he chose to focus mainly on this being a ‘Greatest Hits’ with just a smattering of tracks (like ‘Something For Nothing’ and ‘Congregation’) appearing off their latest offering Sonic Highways.

The result was electric, with the strong crowd joining in on energized classics like ‘The Pretender,’ ‘Best Of You’ and ‘Arlandria’. Just to really appease the masses the Fooies dipped right back into their back catalog delivering older tracks like ‘This Is A Call,’ ‘Monkey Wrench,’ ‘Generator’ and ‘My Hero’… tracks that even after twenty years still hold their own. The concert didn’t even lose its energy when it turned acoustic for tracks like ‘Skin And Bone’ and to Grohl’s credit he had done his research and discovered that despite what the rest of the world thinks Aussies love ‘Wheels’ so delivered a special version into the mix as well.

One thing you quickly learn about Foo Fighters is that they are all about the music. So there were no ‘stage spectaculars’ to woo the audience. The lightning and visuals were still top notch though and the smaller stage idea that saw the band come closer to the audience for acoustic tracks and covers (which included ACDC’s ‘Let There Be Rock’ and Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’) worked exceptional well on the night.

The Foo Fighters showed last night that you don’t a million dollars worth of pyrotechnics or a stage that towers of Etihad Stadium to woo an audience. You simply need to step up on the stage and deliver (take note of that young musicians). As a band the Fooies delivered what their fans wanted, a high energy show chockers with their classics, they delivered that and as a result have left Melbourne with one of the greatest rock shows it has ever experienced.


Rating: Stars(5)

Ace Frehley

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY has announced his first Australian shows since 2010 his First Ever New Zealand Solo Shows!

“I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and Australia with this new lineup. I’ll be performing ACE classics as well as songs off my new CD ‘Space Invader‘ for the enjoyment of the fans. Let There Be Rock!”

Joining ACE on stage will be Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on ACE’sTrouble Walking’ platter and has toured with Sebastian Bach; bass guitarist Chris Wyse (Ozzy Osbourne & The Cult); and Scot Coogan (Lita Ford & Nikki Sixx).

The 2-hour set features everything an ACE or KISS fan could hope for. Included are all his Solo Anthems – ‘New York Groove’ (a bona-fide Top 20 Hit in Australia and NZ), ‘Snowblind’, ‘Rock Soldiers’ and highlights from his latest Top 10 Billboard album ‘Space Invader’. Plus KISS diamonds such as ‘Strutter’, ‘Cold Gin’, ‘Love Gun’, ‘Deuce’, ‘Shock Me’ & ‘Detroit Rock City’. Plus as a special treat for KISS fans, some rare KISS gems that you simply won’t hear anywhere else – ‘Talk to Me’, ‘Rocket Ride’, ‘Strange Ways’, ‘Parasite’ & ‘King of the Night Time World’.

ACE FREHLEY Live is absolute must for “concert goers looking for a night of fun, no holds barred Rock-n-Roll with excellent guitar work, and wall to wall energy and excitement, look no further than ACE FREHLEY live on stage.

View the tour trailer ”HERE”

Tickets on sale 9:00am Wednesday 28th January from:

Ace Frehley Australian Tour Dates:

Friday 24th April WELLINGTON James Cabaret

Saturday 25th April AUCKLAND The Studio

Wednesday 29th April BRISBANE Tivoli Theatre

Thursday 30th April SYDNEY Metro Theatre

Friday 1st May HOBART Wrestpoint Showroom

Saturday 2nd May MELBOURNE Forum Theatre

Wednesday 6th May ADELAIDE The Gov

Thursday 7th May PERTH Astor Theatre