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ALBUM REVIEW: Infinity Broke – Before Before

Though mostly born from the same sessions as last year’s River Mirrors album, these nine songs operate on a different plane. More concise and song-based, yet with a broad range of moods and levels of intensity, the quartet conjure up caustic distorted storms of guitar over measured rhythms. The spirit and intensity of Bluebottle Kiss […]

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INTERVIEW: LTJ Bukem – The Quest For Perfection

On the eve of his Australian shows LTJ Bukem reflects on thirty years as a DJ/producer and discusses the art and evolution of drum ’n’ bass music with Chris Familton. Twenty five years ago a new strain of electronic music emerged from rave music and the dub treatments that sprung out of Jamaican reggae. Drum […]

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LIVE REVIEW: The Phoenix Foundation, Eden Mulholland @ Newtown Social Club, Sydney (17/04/15)

The Phoenix Foundation​ were quite superb last night at Newtown Social Club​ in Sydney. I’ve only seen them once before and now, years later, they have a pretty hefty back catalogue to draw from across their 90 min show. In support Eden Mullholland showcased his warped pop sensibilities across jagged guitars, pulsing synth and with […]

photo by Chiara Meattelli

INTERVIEW: The Pop Group – We Don’t Want To Be Zombified

The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart has always been a larger than life figure and now on the eve of their first album in 35 years he is positively chafing at the bit as he talks with Chris Familton about the creative forces that continue to drive the group. “It’s mental. I’m pinching myself and can’t […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Forest Swords, Cassius Select @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (16.03.15)

Even though it was a Sunday night, I had expected that this would be a pretty popular gig, so I was surprised to see the dividing curtains drawn across the room at the Oxford Art Factory, and by the slightly hushed and cavernous feeling that I got as we walked in, regardless of the fact […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Robyn Hitchcock & The Holy Soul, Emma Swift @ The Factory Floor, Sydney (12/03/15)

Emma Swift’s opening set and one of her last in Australia for the foreseeable future was a stark contrast to what was to follow. In a slowly filling room she kept the audience enthralled in eerie silence as she played songs from her debut mini-album plus a cover of Gram Parsons’ Brass Buttons. Over 30 […]

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NEWS: Peter Bibby announces Australian tour

Fresh from a successful visit to SXSW Peter Bibby has announced a run of national dates through May. He’s also recently released the clip for ‘Goodbye Johnny’, one of the many highlights of last year’s Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician LP which is now available in a limited run of vinyl at shows and via Spinning Top. PETER BIBBY NATIONAL […]

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NEW MUSIC: Bad//Dreems – Cuffed & Collared

As our favourite Australian band slowly edge closer to releasing their elusive debut LP they’ve gone and done it again – released a killer single. ‘Cuffed & Collared’ possesses all the key ingredients for a Bad//Dreems song… inescapable melody, tangled and chiming guitar lines, super-tight and propulsive rhythm section and surging chorus. Sounding like The Angels […]

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NEWS: Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore announces new solo LP

As soon as Martin Gore wound up touring duties with Depeche Mode in March 2013 he set about working on his first solo album of instrumentals. Under the name MG (following his duo release VCMG with Vince Clarke) he will release MG on April 28th via Mute. Below you can stream the track ‘Europa Hymn’ […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Infinity Broke @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (12/12/14)

Sounds Like Sunset have been a staple on the Sydney scene since the late 90s and like all good things they seem to just get better and better with age. Tonight they had a new bass player on board who slotted in nicely with their indie rock wall of sound. Minor amp/pedal issues threatened to […]

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Album Reviews

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ALBUM REVIEW: Infinity Broke – Before Before

Though mostly born from the same sessions as last year’s River Mirrors album, these nine songs … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Spain – Sargent Place

Spain’s music is generally slow, swirling, soulful and hypnotic with its core sound circling itself … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun

Making use of a limited palette of instruments and ideas is an approach that has tripped up many a … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear

After a handful of stark solo folk albums Josh Tillman quit his day job as drummer for Fleet Foxes … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Trust Punks – Discipline

Aucklanders Trust Punks have carved themselves a healthy reputation over the last couple of years … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Few bands know when to call it quits, the good ones calling time when they are still a potent … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy

Twenty-six years into the long and winding career of the Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan has traveled … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Thee Rum Coves – Thee Rum Coves

This self-titled debut finds Auckland-based Thee Rum Coves continuing the strong lineage of garage … [Read More...]

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Interviews

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INTERVIEW: LTJ Bukem – The Quest For Perfection

On the eve of his Australian shows LTJ Bukem reflects on thirty years as a DJ/producer and discusses the art and evolution of drum ’n’ bass music with Chris Familton. Twenty five years ago a new strain of electronic music emerged from rave music and the dub treatments that sprung out of Jamaican reggae. Drum […]

photo by Chiara Meattelli

INTERVIEW: The Pop Group – We Don’t Want To Be Zombified

The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart has always been a larger than life figure and now on the eve of their first album in 35 years he is positively chafing at the bit as he talks with Chris Familton about the creative forces that continue to drive the group. “It’s mental. I’m pinching myself and can’t […]

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INTERVIEW: Father John Misty – Waking From The Intellectual Dream

The transformative effects of romance, intimacy and self-acceptance form the backbone of Josh Tillman’s second album under the moniker Father John Misty. From his home in New Orleans Tillman looks back with Chris Familton on the two years it took to write and record I Love You Honeybear. “I think I have some clarity in […]

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