Hear That Sound Again

Great to hear that ABC TV’s The Sound is coming back for a second season.

The highlight of the live music series is the performance of artists in unusual surroundings – unusually empty as compared to how they look when the artists usually perform.

While this bureau had a preference for the similar, but younger demographic, The Set, it is nevertheless good to see some music television emphasising live music.

Online at the Beach

The Manly Jazz Festival was one of the many music festivals that was forced to cancel its in person event.

Image via manlybeachhouse.com.au

Instead of cancelling altogether though they decided to host an online version. While it doesn’t quite match of listening to the bands live by the beach, an advantage to it is that you can watch it when you want.

A highlight of the festival was the wonderful Rodney Whitaker.

Super Video

While the pandemic has decimated the music industry, it hasn’t stopped music artists being creative.

Image via auspop.com.au

Take Lupa J – Their recent track, ‘Supermarket Riots,’ is a solid track, but the real creativity has been the accompanying music video.

The video appeals because of its great moody look and various cinemas references. The viewer can spot shout outs to Ring, The Shining and Poltergeist among others.

Let’s have a peaceful resolution to appreciate ,’Supermarket Riots.’

The New NME

When Bandlab bought the NME brand it signalled a revival of the brand after it finished as a print magazine several years ago. Part of that revival process is launching an Asian music focused site.

Image via nme.com

An English language Asian indie music focused site will be a great window to a music movement that doesn’t get much attention outside of Asia.

The Asian site joins the UK and Australian sites as well as the Australian print magazine.

The new owners have to field criticisms of it not being like the old days, but nothing is. The continuation of the NME brand is welcome so it can honour its history and continue spreading the message of great music.