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Sense Of Place Melbourne: 5 Can't-Miss Local Bands

Gabriella Cohen is one of the artists highlighted by Melbourne's Triple R Radio in this segment.
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Gabriella Cohen is one of the artists highlighted by Melbourne's Triple R Radio in this segment.

The strength of community radio depends a lot on the community itself, and that works the other way as well. Sarah Smith is one of the three co-hosts of Triple R Radio's Breakfastersprogram. Her job is to keep track of Melbourne's ever-evolving music scene. "People often say, 'Why is Melbourne the way that it is? Why is it seen as the live music capital of Australia?' " she says. "I think it is because there is this beautiful relationship between the bands and the creative people in this city and the radio stations."

Here, Smith shares five new bands that just scratch the surface of the Melbourne scene. Hear them all in this segment, via the audio player above.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.