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Photo Gallery: Animals As Leaders + AlithiA - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (24.02.15)

The instrumental metal band Animals as Leaders played an enthralling set to a sold out crowd the other night, and these guys proved that live guitar-focused music can be as thrilling as music with vocals. Committed fans lined the barrier from early on in the evening and waited eagerly for the band to jump onto stage.

Hello Asia! Live Review: Shonen Knife - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (25.01.15)

Shonen Knife has earned themselves a truly robust worldwide cult following; legions of male and female fans, sold out gigs, and a brand new album of tunes in tow, the three-member all-girl Japanese rock outfit are among the world’s most famous rock groups. Touring across Japan, the United Kingdom, Europe, and America, the widely acclaimed trio finally arrived in Australia after six years!

Hello Asia! Live Review: Broken Doll – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (23.11.14)

A Japanese punk-rock band, Broken Doll performed in Australian shores for the first time in the past week as part of their world tour and exhibition. Like their previous shows in Brisbane and Sydney, Broken Doll – usually consisting of Sachi and Kensuke as the vocalist and guitarist respectively; were also accompanied by Shin as the bassist and Hideya as the drummer in Melbourne.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Broken Doll - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (23.11.14)

Japanese J-Rock punk rockers Broken Doll hit Australian shores for their first time this past week, and played to an adoring crowd at Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne on Sunday night. Empat Lima were in support. Tony Proudfoot was there to bring you these snaps.

Live Review: Sincerely, Grizzly + Bad//Dreems - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (21.11.14)

Sadtime music certainly has made a comeback throughout the last year. The more heart wrenching the better seems to be the rule, with accolades going out to Sun Kil Moon's Benji, Perfect Pussy and Run the Jewels new albums and the increasing re emergence of emo in popular culture (as evidenced by almost everything I've written on this site) shows just how sad everyone's collective thoughts have become. So it's no wonder that the local scene have taken up this property. And last Friday I got the chance to witness one of the best in this scene; Adelaide's Sincerely, Grizzly.

Photo Gallery: Scott Russo + Phil Jamieson - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (13.05.14)

Scott Russo and Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson joined forces at the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne earlier this week. The amazing Rebecca Houlden was there and brings us these photos from the night:

SOHN confirms debut Australian performances for June 2014!


English expat singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer SOHN will be making his first appearances in Australia this June! He will be performing at Melbourne's Ding Dong Lounge and Sydney's Oxford Art Factory.

Sunbeam Sound Machine announce first ever Sydney show, FBi Lunch Break session and new fan made video!

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After releasing their double EP in the closing months of 2013, Melbourne dream-pop outfit of Nick Sowersby, otherwise known as Sunbeam Sound Machine have announced their first ever Sydney show!

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 6th February 2014

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In this issue: Cat Power announces fourth and final Melbourne show, Charles Jenkins and The Zhivagos launch new album, Mick Turner launches new album, Ash Grunwald returns to The Espy for an intimate solo show, Lachlan Ewbank joins Heads of Charm at The Tote; Liam Gerner announces month long residency in Melbourne, Liz Stringer to play Folk Alliance International USA, 28 Days to launch new single in February and Elvis Costello and The Imposters confirm Melbourne show.

Photo Gallery: The Smith Street Band + The Pretty Littles + Stockades - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (26.12.13)

The Smith Street Band performed at the Ding Dong Lounge on Boxing Day in Melbourne, supported by Stockades and The Pretty Littles. Ian Laidlaw brings you photos from the night...

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 20th September 2013


In this issue: Models return to perform in Melbourne, Laura Imbruglia back for annual Country Music Gender Bender Revue, So She Says album pre-launch party, Eden Mulholland announces first headline shows, Missy Higgins to play A Show For Casey, Shihad to play Melbourne Cup eve, Dancing Heals announces Melbourne show, Demain EP launch, The Doors Show – Absolutely Live – celebrate L.A Women, Roscoe James Irwin performs at The Workers Club, The Fauves 25th Anniversary Performance, Albert Salt single launch, Vice Grip Pussies headline Grand Final night, The Blackwater Fever bring tour to Melbourne, Ronnie Charles and the Retro Bandits perform at Flying Saucer Club and Weekender at Ding Dong Lounge.

Photo Gallery: Stonefield - Ding Dong Lounge (07.09.13)

Stonefield launch their new single "Put A Curse On Me" at Ding Dong Lounge. Tony Proudfoot was there to cover the event for the AU review.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 6th September 2013


In this issue: Artists for The Residence at Melbourne Music Week announced, Nick Batterham album launch, I OH YOU announce 4th birthday celebration as part of Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne’s newest soul night – Smith Street Soul Train, The Ugly Kings EP launch, Rezume to perform in Melbourne, London Bureau take first major release on the road, Tales in Space hit The Espy, Joe Creighton brings "Into The Mystic - The Songs of Van Morrison" to Melbourne, The Primary perform October residency at the Grace Darling, Weekender at Ding Dong Lounge, Claire Birchall album launch, Sheriff launch new EP, Hard-Ons perform at The Espy and Bits of Shit, Bad Vision and Them Nights perform at The Public Bar.

Live Review: World's End Press, Pikelet, Andras Fox - Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (26.7.2013)

It’s weird to see someone on stage playing some pretty swish beats and looking so casual about it all. Andras Fox flowed with beats on a streaming basis. There was an unusual analogue sense to the beats that were being twirled around, and it wasn’t any surprise that with the first song changeover that cassette tapes were involved in producing the sounds on stage. It was fascinating to listen to as rather than watch, as stabs of reverbed Rhodes and strings randomly made their presence known over the harmonious rhythmic sounds underneath.

Live Review: Abbe May + The Chemist + Mathas - Ding Dong Lounge (22.06.13)

Winter Solstice was tonight, but you wouldn’t think it when you headed into Ding Dong Lounge. Of course, the place was as warm as a piece of toast that made friends with a fireplace. Visually, the lounge looks like a plateau of couches straight from the 70s but it actually felt like a make believe sauna that had its controls set on ‘LOW’. The dichotomy of the conditions indoors and the conditions outdoors couldn’t have been more different. No one was really complaining however. As it turned out, the three Perth groups performing tonight would slowly transform the band room shift itself from the 70s to rollicking room of people who didn’t care what time it was.