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Mon 13 Nov 2023 to Sun 19 Nov 2023

This week’s PBS Feature Album is The Reckoning by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and luthier, Nigel Wearne.

Nigel Wearne saunters after dark in the music of the night, blending blues, jazz and Americana-noir. Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, he's a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with diverse influence from Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones. A deep thinker and truth speaker with a penchant for all things peculiar, he sings of human frailty, grace and the cosmos; songwriting that cuts to the bone.

Mon 6 Nov 2023 to Sun 12 Nov 2023

This week’s PBS Feature Album is Rivulets by OK EG, aka Lauren Squire and Matthew Wilson. The duo take intrepid recce’s on a Kalahari debut of fathoms-deep techno minimalism and opiated braindance styles. With release titles like Intertidal Zone, Anther, and Prismatic Spring, their ambition to evoke natural worlds is evident. But these tracks aren’t of this planet. Navigating truly alien terrain, Rivulets finds the duo imagining uncharted environments into existence through the medium of analogue hardware.

Sun 5 Nov 2023

ZÖJ is an experimental cross-cultural music duo based in Australia, comprising Gelareh Pour on Kamancheh Qeychak Alto and vocals and Brian O’Dwyer on drums. The duo has been creating music as ZÖJ since 2016 but have worked together in other projects since 2012. The ideals of ZÖJ are firmly rooted in true expression of inter-culturalism, specifically what it means to be from more than one place.

Fri 3 Nov 2023 to Sun 5 Nov 2023

The much-anticipated Inward Goods Festival is set to return for its third edition in the picturesque Moornappa Forest, Briagolong, for two dreamy nights of music and art, set in a natural amphitheatre among the golden gums. Be visually and audibly thrilled, while you tip back a delicious cocktail (or cup of tea) at the Forest Stage, join a wine tasting in the Freestone Press Gallery, and don’t forget to check out the installations along the way.

Thu 2 Nov 2023 to Thu 9 Nov 2023

On Tuesday October 31, Music Victoria revealed the winning artists, venues, festivals and music industry leaders of the 2023 Music Victoria Awards. 

The awards ceremony took place at The Edge, Fed Square and welcomed Kutcha Edwards and Kirsty Rivers as inductees into the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.

Tue 31 Oct 2023

The 2023 Music Victoria Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday October 31 at The Edge, Fed Square.

Music Victoria has also announced that Kutcha Edwards and industry stalwart and previous PBS board member, Kirsty Rivers will be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame at this year’s ceremony.

The Music Victoria Awards are proudly presented by PBS and Triple R.

 

Pictured: Baker Boy at the 2022 Music Victoria Awards. Photo credit: Brnjak

Mon 30 Oct 2023 to Sun 5 Nov 2023

This week’s PBS Feature Album is Long Time by Australian blues, folk and jazz legend Margret RoadKnight. Celebrating her 80th birthday in 2023, Margret also celebrates 60 years as a performer, playing her first gig at Melbourne's Emerald Hill Theatre in 1963 at the invitation of folk icon Glen Tomasetti. 

Lewis Coleman by Darvid Thor
Mon 23 Oct 2023 to Sun 29 Oct 2023

Lewis Coleman’s Offline is this week’s PBS Feature Album. Offline is a collection of songs grounded in a desire to generate a current within stagnant and hopeless waters. It marks a significant departure from Coleman's previous, more brooding and introverted record Method of Places, and as he leans into a more confident, outward facing aspect of himself, so too does Offline. It’s music replete with playful arrangements and kinetic opportunity and, as Coleman states, “songs that are hot, warm, saturated and fun”.

Sat 21 Oct 2023

Beasts of No Nation – a long-running annual event paying tribute to the legends of Afrobeat and Highlife – returns on Saturday 21 October at Max Watts with PBS DJ Mike Gurrieri. The 2023 edition features Melbourne’s own The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra alongside genuine musical icon and founding father of Highlife, Ghanaian guitarist Ebo Taylor.

Mon 16 Oct 2023 to Sun 22 Oct 2023

Maple Glider’s much anticipated second album, I Get Into Trouble, is this week’s PBS Feature Album.

On the LP, Maple Glider - the moniker of singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch - delves back into her Christian childhood; explores her relationship to her body; consent; shame; and the death of relationships, both romantic and familial. But it’s also hopeful - there is new life, new love, and the desire to reconnect and find peace with it all. The majority of songs are performed on acoustic guitar - the exceptions being the slinky 'Two Years' and lockdown lullaby 'Scream'.