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SONIC KICKS: Deaf Wish

Melbournians Deaf Wish have a new album Pain out via Sub Pop/Inertia on August 7th which finds them striking a rich vein of tangled careering avant-rock, genre-splicing its way through the history of post-punk, post-rock, no-wave and hardcore. It harnesses their propensity for tension, both its formation and release as well as the juxtaposition of atonality […]

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NEW MUSIC: Protomartyr announce new single and album

One of my favourite bands over the last few years has been Protomartyr, a quartet out of Detroit who combine post-punk dynamics, a nihilist howl, jagged edges and intelligent espousals. The good news is they have a new album called The Agent Intellect (their 3rd in as many years) coming out on August 8th via Hardly […]

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VIDEO: Ducktails – Surreal Exposure

Matthew Mondanile (Real Estate) solo career as Ducktails gets better and better with each new release. From hypnagogic woozy lo-fi beginnings to the excellent refined indie pop of The Flower Lane Mondanile seems to be on a quest to refine his sound to sparkling effervescent melancholic pop songs. On the evidence here, from his upcoming St […]

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NEW MUSIC: Beach House – Sparks

I was pretty disappointed with Bloom, the last Beach House album. Something didn’t click for me, it felt too dissipated and bloodless. The good news for anyone who may have felt the same is that the first track to appear from the new album finds them back to mining woozy, droning psychedelic qualities to excellent […]

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NEW MUSIC: The Phoenix Foundation – Give Up Your Dreams

Wellingtonians The Phoenix Foundation have released a second single, the title track from their forthcoming new album Give Up You Dreams. It’s a pulsing Krautrock slice of pop psychedelia with a nagging melancholic chorus. The new album is out August 7th. Preorder HERE.

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NEW MUSIC: Blank Realm – River Of Longing

Blank Realm have a new record on the way, their first proper studio recorded effort, produced by Lawrence English. Illegals In Heaven is due out on September 4th via Bedroom Suck/Fire Records. Here’s the first taste of it in the single ‘River Of Longing’ – all tangled guitars, meshed and spaghetti’ing across the stereo spectrum […]

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NEW MUSIC: Bad//Dreems announce Album, Single and Tour

Finally those Adelaide reprobates Bad//Dreems have gone and announced their album Dogs At Bay is complete and ready to do the business from August 21st. Produced by Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS, Cold Chisel) it’s been a long time coming but it will no doubt be worth the wait given the superb singles ‘Dumb Ideas’/’My Only Friend’ […]

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NEW MUSIC: Refused – Dawkins Christ

Refused are back with a new album, their first since The Shape Of Punk To Come back in 1998. There they harnessed the punk of Fugazi, the metal of Slayer and the incendiary funk of Rage Against The Machine. Thankfully they’ve retained the clinical brutality in their music without watering it down for the masses in […]

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NEW MUSIC: Love Migrate – Pippa’s In The Highlands

I’m listening to the new Love Migrate EP Shimmer Through The Night this evening and I’m damn impressed. It’s dramatic indie guitar pop music with swirling keyboards, urgent percussion and an overriding art-rock vibe. Think The Phoenix Foundation meets Blank Realm. The whole EP is recommended, here’s the first single from it – ‘Pippa’s In […]

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NEW MUSIC: The Snowdroppers – Love Letters

Sydney’s The Snowdroppers have waited a while to finally release their new single ‘Love Letters’. The song comes from their new album Business, due out September 4th via FOUR | FOUR. Described as “four on the floor Motown-meets-punk-rock” the song is definitely a bigger, brighter, pop-fuelled sound for the band.

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Album Reviews

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ALBUM REVIEW: Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Faith No More were one of the few high-profile acts that injected humour, irreverence, brutality and … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes

Bad Seeds co-conspirators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have created a haunting score to the film Loin … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

2014 was the year that Courtney Barnett, the unassuming Melbourne resident, went overground in a big … [Read More...]

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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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Interviews

Sonic Kicks DEAF WISH

SONIC KICKS: Deaf Wish

Melbournians Deaf Wish have a new album Pain out via Sub Pop/Inertia on August 7th which finds them striking a rich vein of tangled careering avant-rock, genre-splicing its way through the history of post-punk, post-rock, no-wave and hardcore. It harnesses their propensity for tension, both its formation and release as well as the juxtaposition of atonality […]

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SONIC KICKS: Lisa Caruso

Lisa Caruso has been playing plenty of gigs lately, on the back of her great 2014 EP Take A Walk. With her distinctive phrasing and soulful voice she blends folk, country, soul and sophisticated pop music into her own distinct style. Caruso has released a new clip for the single ‘My Romantic’ and kindly took […]

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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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