Collingwood live music venue on the market

Jet, the Drones, Hoss, Spiderbait, You Am I, the Birthday Party, Courtney Barnett and Camp Cope are among Australian groups who have filled the venue’s band room, while international acts have included the White Stripes, Mudhoney and the Lemonheads.

Former publican Bruce Milne shut the doors in mid-January 2010 after new “high risk” conditions for Melbourne venues were introduced under Victoria’s liquor licensing laws. Milne said the cost of meeting new requirements, including additional security staff and CCTV, was not financially viable.

“I have simply run out of money,” Milne said at the time, after running the venue for nine years.

A month later a crowd of 20,000 live music fans, musicians and venue owners marched to state parliament for the SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) rally, to oppose laws that were crippling live music venues.


Six months after Milne shut The Tote’s doors, business partners Perring, Crupi and the late Andy Portokallis re-opened the venue. COVID-19 lockdowns again forced the venue to shut its doors in March, 2020, and soon afterwards Perring spoke about the difficulties facing venue operators.

During the early stages of Melbourne’s lockdown, The Tote’s owners were among other venue operators that started a GoFundMe campaign to help keep the venue operating.

The owners of The Tote have been contacted for comment.

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Ozzy Osbourne Might Not Be Done With Touring

Despite Ozzy Osbourne having recently suggested that his touring days are coming to an end, it seems the prince of darkness has actually left the possibility of touring up in the air. In an interview with SiriusXM’s Billy Morrison, Osbourne offered some comments regarding his health and the prospects of touring in the future.

“So, if I can ever get back to where I can tour again, fine. But right now, if you said to me, ‘can you go on the road in a month?’ I couldn’t say yes. I mean, if I could tour I’d tour. But right now I can’t book tours because right now, I don’t think I could pull them off,” Osbourne later mentioned, “If the doctor said to me today, ‘oh, you can tour.’ It would take another six months to get it together, you know? The only thing I’ve got that keeps me going is making records. But I can’t do that forever. I gotta get out there.”

It certainly is transparent just how much touring and live performance are a part of Osbourne’s identity, beyond from writing music. And it can’t be stressed enough the extent to which Osbourne influenced live rock performance and touring, from pioneering the outrageous rockstar persona to elevating the live production of heavy metal concerts. His legacy will continue to exist within rock and metal music regardless of whether he’s able to continue touring in the future.

That being said, I’d wager the likelihood of Osbourne doing another full continental tour is rather low. While live performing again might not be entirely out of the question, it’s hard to imagine Osbourne touring anywhere close to the extent that he had been prior to suggesting his touring days were over. And that’s not to say fans don’t want Osbourne to continue touring, rather, they want his health is in the right place first, which is exactly the context for Osbourne’s initial statement.

However, even without touring Osbourne has seen tremendous success after his multiple grammy wins and nominations this year. His passion for songwriting has clearly not gone away, and provided his last solo album’s accolades and praise there’s no doubt he’ll remain active in the music industry for a while longer.

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Athens GA Live Music Recap: Poncili Creación, Cardiel, Nihilist Cheerleader, The Rishis and More

With Gregory Frederick behind the camera, Athens GA Live Music seeks to document local and touring bands gracing stages across the Classic City. Explore the whole archive and subscribe to the channel here. Get up to speed with recent performances below, and remember to check Flagpole‘s music calendar each week to find out about upcoming shows.

Work.shop hosted a special night with Wet Meadows and Puerto Rican puppetry and art collective Poncili Creación on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Immaterial Possession improvised a soundtrack for the performance.

Later that night, we caught new local punk band Beer Piss and Mexico City duo Cardiel at Flicker Theatre & Bar.

Returning to Flicker on Thursday, Feb. 23, we caught Basically Nancy (Savannah), Tits Dick Ass (New York) and Nihilist Cheerleader.

Sleazy Cheetah (Atlanta), Wyld Staleyz and Rosie & The Ratdogs performed at Southern Brewing Co. on Friday, Feb. 24 as part of Aubrey Entertainment’s RPM Series.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, The Rishis and Telemarket played a birthday party.

That evening at Tif Sigfrids, John Fernandes, Laura Camacho and Davy Gibbs performed as a trio during an opening reception for a new art exhibition.

Later on at Ciné, Nix the Scientist and SLINK played.

And at Hendershot’s that night, Shane Parish and Katherine Young & Jacob Wick took the stage.

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Seattle Outdoor Concert Guide 2023

One of the best parts of summer in Seattle is live music under an open sky. And though it may be hard to believe after all that snow business, outdoor concert season is nearly upon us. We’ll continue to update this list as more lineups come out.

(And if you’re in the mood for something indoors, Climate Pledge Arena has a robust concert lineup, too.)

Seattle Area


  • June 28–29: Indigo Girls and Neko Case
  • July 5: Jason Isbell and the 400 unit
  • July 6: Nickel Creek
  • July 17: The Dead South
  • July 23: Blues Traveler and Big Head Todd and The Monsters
  • August 8: The Mountain Goats
  • August 10: Father John Misty
  • August 16: An Evening with Patti Smith
  • August 17: Tegan and Sara
  • August 20: Japanese Breakfast
  • August 23: The Flaming Lips

Capitol Hill Block Party

July 21–23
See the lineup here.

Day In Day Out

August 12–13 

  • Bon Iver
  • Leon Bridges
  • Dominic Fike
  • Willow
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Alex G
  • Badbadnotgood
  • Yaeji
  • Ethel Cain
  • Surf Curse
  • Nation of Language
  • Indigo de Souza
  • Yaya Bey
  • Enumclaw

Lumen Field

  • June 17: George Strait
  • July 22–23: Taylor Swift
  • August 26: Ed Sheeran
  • September 13: Beyonce
  • September 20: Coldplay

Marymoor Live

  • June 4: The National
  • June 7: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • July 8: Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade
  • August 5: Big Thief and Lucinda Williams
  • August 11: Young the Giant with Milky Chance
  • August 15: Noah Kahan

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concerts

  • May 25–26: James Taylor and His All-Star Band
  • May 28: Backroads Blues Festival
  • June 21: Whiskey Myers 2023 Tour

Stay tuned for more…

Greater Washington

Gorge Amphitheatre

  • May 27–28: Illenium
  • June 9: Brandi Carlile
  • June 10: Brandi Carlile and Joni Mitchell
  • June 17–18: Beyond Wonderland
  • July 6–8: Dead and Company
  • July 21: Above and Beyond
  • August 4–6: Watershed Festival
  • September 1–3: Dave Matthews Band
  • September 9–10: Eric Church, Jelly Roll, and Hailey Whitters

White River Amphitheater

  • May 18: Matchbox Twenty
  • June 2: Garbage and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • June 30: Nickelback, Brantley Gilbert and Josh Ross
  • July 8: Hank Williams Jr. and Old Crow Medicine Show
  • July 15: The Avett Brothers
  • July 16: Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, and Jinjer 
  • August 4: Ghost and Amon Amarth
  • August 20: Weezer and Modest Mouse
  • September 20: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper
  • September 23: Jason Aldean, Mitchell Tenpenny, Corey Kent, and Dee Jay Silver

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The Rundown: Live Music In March

March 4 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
9 p.m.

Coming from Oyster Bay, Long Island, Tauk have been one of the premier bands in the instrumental rock fusion realm for well over a decade. These days they’ve been collaborating with vocalist Kanika Moore for a project that’s being called “Tauk Moore” and this upcoming show will be part of a tour of the East Coast. New York-City-based groove masters Stolen Gin will be starting the night off.

Soraia (Credit: Cassandra Panek)

March 10 @ Café Nine
250 State Street, New Haven
9 p.m.

As part of a show that’s being presented by the syndicated radio show “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” that’s hosted by Steven Van Zandt from the E Street Band, Philadelphia-based Soraia will be bringing their emphatic hard rock sound. Last October, they released their latest album Bloom on Van Zandt’s label Wicked Cool Records and their live performances have been getting them a buzz among music fans. Stockholm garage rock act Stupidity and The Idiot Kids from Detroit are going to be rounding out the bill for the evening.

Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew (Credit: Michael Weintrob)

March 11 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College Street, New Haven
8 p.m.

The Talking Heads are one of the most acclaimed and influential new wave bands in music history and their fourth album Remain In Light, which came out in 1980, is one of the many gems of their extensive discography. In celebration of the album and the rest of the band’s material, keyboardist and guitarist Jerry Harrison will be leading an all-star backing band with King Crimson lead singer and guitarist Adrian Belew. Expect stellar renditions of killer tracks including “Once In A Lifetime”, “Psycho Killer” and “Take Me To The River” with Cool Cool Cool, a side project of the Brooklyn funk band Turkuaz, kicking off the festivities.

Dawes (Courtesy of the artist)

March 14 @ Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield
7:30 p.m.

As part of their tour in support of their latest album Misadventures of Doomscroller that came out last July, Los Angeles folk-rock act Dawes will be taking the stage. The quartet of vocalist and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin on drums, bassist Wylie Gelber and keyboardist Lee Pardini are making their return to the Ridgefield Playhouse after a sold out show there in 2019. Along with the show, there will be a complimentary non-alcoholic beer tasting courtesy of Athletic Brewing Co. in the lobby and attendees are invited to grab dinner at Gallo, at 5 Grove Street, Ridgefield and where they will receive a complimentary bottle of wine with their meal when they present their tickets.

Joywave (Credit: Ben Zucker)

March 31 @ Toad’s Place
300 York Street, New Haven
7 p.m.

Rochester, NY indie rockers Joywave have a knack for including electronic elements into their sound and making people dance due to this inclusion. This is what people can expect when they see this band perform at one of the most legendary music venues in all of New England. Canadian alt-pop band Dizzy and Youtube pop artist Elliot Lee will be opening up the show.

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Industry Ink: Hailey Whitters, BMI, Masquerade Gala of Music City, Mixtape Music

Hailey Whitters ‘Everything She Ain’t’ Certified Gold

Pictured (L-R): Seth England (CEO / Partner, Big Loud), Nicolle Galyon (Label Head / Songwriter, Songs & Daughters), Hailey Whitters, Jake Gear (Producer / EVP, Hang Your Hat Music), Matt Graham (Managing Partner + Head of Music, Range Media Partners), Chris Kappy (Founder + CNO, Make Wake Artists)

Hailey Whitters‘ hit song “Everything She Ain’t” has attained RIAA Gold certification. To celebrate the accomplishment, her team at Big Loud presented Whitters with the certification plaque in Nashville.

“Everything She Ain’t” appears on Whitters’ 2022 album Raised. It is climbing at country radio and recently passed 100 million global streams.


BMI At The Blue Room Kicks Off 2023

Pictured: Members of Carol, The Blonde Bones, Olivia Barton, and BMI’s Nina Carter and Tyler Burns backstage at the Blue Room. Photo Credit: Angelina Castillo for BMI.

“BMI At The Blue Room” held its first showcase on Feb. 22 with performances by BMI singer-songwriters Olivia Barton, Carol, and Blonde Bones.

In partnership with The Blue Room at Third Man Records, this quarterly concert features talents from the Nashville community across a variety of genres. OneRPM is the official sponsor of this series. Next up, “BMI At The Blue Room” returns for another showcase on May 24. The show will be free and open to all ages.


Fifth Masquerade Gala of Music City Raises $55,000

5th Annual Masquerade Gala of Music City organizers and talent

Masquerade Gala of Music City marked its fifth year by drawing over 800 attendees to Marathon Music Works last week. The night, filled with dining and entertainment, raised over $55,000 for The Aloe Family organization.

Performers for the evening included Tenille Arts, Levi Hummon, Leah Turner, Kat & Alex, and more. Guests also donned festive masks and enjoyed the event’s pop-up bars, local art displays and an extensive auction.

“We are blown away with the talent and generosity of Nashville coming together for such a memorable night,” says Natalie Firkser, The Aloe Family founder and Masquerade Gala of Music City organizer. “This will create a huge and positive impact on our community with The Aloe Family!”


Mixtape Music Welcomes Hannah Meacham

Hannah Meacham

Mixtape Music Publishing announces the addition of Hannah Meacham as Assistant Catalog Manager.

Meacham is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University’s Recording Industry Program. Her job will include strengthening Mixtape’s footprint as a source for labels looking for new songs. Mixtape’s Bobby “McSongs” has a song on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Radio Chart, and two more releases coming this month.

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EDM Awards reveals nominees for 2023, winners to be announced via live stream from Miami Music Week

Producers and DJs suddenly began tweeting and sharing about nominations for the annual EDM Awards, scheduled to reveal their winners in Miami this year during Miami Music Week at the Fontainebleau Pool. The awards event features a staggering 38 categories to vote in, most of them multiple choice, with three categories made for write-in votes — Industry Achievement, Legend Award, and Icon Award.

Like the DJ Mag Top 100, these awards are fan-powered, allowing artists with larger followings to dominate the voting pool with a tweet or a story. Most of the categories offer a fixed pool of choices, however, unlike the DJ Mag Top 100. Determined by whom? Their website doesn’t say. Nor does it have any links to social media, though if you look hard enough, they do have an Instagram page.

After a bit more digging, the Awards appear to be executive produced and hosted by Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, a Hall of Fame radio host, whose resumé includes Z100 New York, KIISFM Los Angeles & KBIG/MYFM Los Angeles. He also executive produced and hosted a syndicated show called Remix Top 30 from 2009-2021. He is currently employed at 103.5 KTU as part of the iHeartMedia family.

Previous winners of the Awards include Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Arty, Cash Cash, Cedric Gervais, Cheat Codes, David Guetta, Diplo, Galantis, Lodato, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, MK, Skrillex, Slushii, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, as noted in a press release.

When visiting the website to vote, you will click on individual categories, labeled only by a bold header atop a generic box that reuses the same graphic, that lead to a separate tab to vote on a pre-selected group of nominees. Some of the categories (Remix of the Year, Best Performance Arena / Festival, Best Radio Show) appear to require an email address to vote, for no disclosed reason.

Some categories also offer an interesting choice of nominees, with Tale Of Us nominated in “Best New Artist” despite being active since 2009. Overall, the choices available make sense, but in the end, fans are still limited to who they can vote for.

If you have strong opinions about any of the categories available, you can head here to cast your vote. The Awards will apparently be live streamed from Miami, with instructions on where and when to watch still pending.

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