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DING DONG LOUNGE

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!

SOHN

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...