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LIVE REVIEW: Twerps, The Garbage & The Flowers, Orion @ Newtown Social Club, Sydney (08/05/15)

Orion had opening honours on the first of Twerps’ two sold out nights and things weren’t looking promising after half an hour of vague attempts at tuning a guitar before a note was played. Once they got things sorted they proved to be an intriguing take on 80s goth music circa Joy Division and The […]

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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 Des Hommes, a French film adaptation of Albert Camus’ short story The Guest by director David Olehoffen. Experienced in isolation, without the film to provide the creative scenery, the soundtrack works as a tension-filled, primarily instrumental collection of […]

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NEW MUSIC: Ducktails – Headbanging In The Mirror

Matthew Mondanile’s (Real Estate) side project Ducktails can’t really be called that anymore. Now he’s on the verge of releasing his fifth solo album St. Catherine which features guest vocals from Julia Holter and James Ferraro. It follows The Flower Lane, one of our favourite albums of 2013 and Ducktails’ finest to date. Below you can […]

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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 way. With multiple international jaunts, appearances on radio and TV shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and many of the top international music festivals. All of that was on the back of two killer singles (‘Avant […]

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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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VIDEO: Sam Shinazzi – Bones

Sam Shinazzi released his new album Forever & For Now earlier this year and now he’s got a brand new clip for ‘Bones’, one of our personal favourites from the record. It’s a song that shimmers with a forlorn weariness and still bears a sense of subtle ebullience and optimism.

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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 […]

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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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Album Reviews

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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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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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Interviews

Sonic KicksLISACARUSO

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 […]

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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