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ALBUM REVIEW: J Mascis – Tied To A Star

If you exclude his solo live album and those with The Fog it took until 2011 for Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis to release his debut solo album (Several Shades of Why) so it’s a pleasant surprise that the followup is already upon us. He follows a similar template with Tied to a Star, eschewing drums […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Sunnyboys @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (08/10/14)

Sunnyboys have been on a musical and emotional roller coaster over the last few years since they reformed for the Dig It Up Festival in 2012, the film on Jeremy Oxley and subsequent touring. Now they’ve scaled it back, eschewing extra musicians and venues like the Opera House for a show that focused firmly on […]

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NEW MUSIC: POND – Elvis’ Flaming Star

‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’ is the first single from POND’s forthcoming album, Man It Feels Like Space Again, which will be released on Friday January 23.  

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NEWS: Tindersticks release new museum soundtrack Ypres

In late 2011 tindersticks were commissioned by the In Flanders Fields World War One museum in Ypres, Belgium to provide the soundscape for the new permanent exhibition being planned to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and beyond. Ypres was the epicenter of the Western Front in The Great War and was virtually destroyed […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Datsuns – Deep Sleep

The Datsuns first hit the hard rock scene like like a lit firecracker back in 2002 and now on their sixth time around they’ve released one of their strongest albums. Deep Sleep takes in all the usual elements that make up the band’s DNA – glam, stoner and garage rock with some MC5 ramalama and […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Marr – Playland

Johnny Marr certainly hasn’t wasted time with his second solo album. When he toured Australia in January it was the end of touring for The Messenger (2013) and he was hoping to get back into the studio as quickly as possible. With Playland he’s made good on his word, continuing to mine big indie guitar […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Laura Jean – Laura Jean

On her fourth album Melbourne’s Laura Jean decamped to Bristol, UK to work with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey) and the pair have created a sparse, lilting world of bare-boned, yet emotionally ornate folk music. With her unassuming voice and songs about everyday struggles and successes this is the most direct Jean has been with […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther – Strange But Nice

Step-Panther’s debut self-titled album was a mixed bag that pegged them as a band still finding their feet and throwing paint to see what might stick. Three years on, they’ve evolved from a short attention span garage-rock band with too many ideas to a ‘90s alternative rock-flavoured trio with plenty of good ideas and the […]

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NEW MUSIC: Jonny Telafone – The Prayer

In a haze of a neon-lit smoke machine comes the new Jonny Telafone single/video ‘The Prayer’. The smeared and dubbed-out electronic lothario doom-pop is the first taste of his new album Romeo Must Cry, out on Chapter Music early in 2015.  

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NEW MUSIC: The Grand Rapids – Copper Girl

Melbournians The Grand Rapids have a new 7″ single out in the wake of their excellent 2013 LP Great Shakes. Here’s the suitably psychedelic clip for ‘Copper Girl’.  

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Album Reviews

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ALBUM REVIEW: J Mascis – Tied To A Star

If you exclude his solo live album and those with The Fog it took until 2011 for Dinosaur Jr’s J … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Datsuns – Deep Sleep

The Datsuns first hit the hard rock scene like like a lit firecracker back in 2002 and now on their … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Marr – Playland

Johnny Marr certainly hasn’t wasted time with his second solo album. When he toured Australia in … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Laura Jean – Laura Jean

On her fourth album Melbourne’s Laura Jean decamped to Bristol, UK to work with producer John Parish … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther – Strange But Nice

Step-Panther’s debut self-titled album was a mixed bag that pegged them as a band still finding … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Earth – Primitive and Deadly

In 2005, out of the ashes of Earth’s first phase of existence as a band immersed in heavy metallic … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bearhug – So Gone

Sydney’s Bearhug have taken things into new sonic territory on So Gone, the follow-up to last year’s … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone

Now nine albums deep into his solo career, David Kilgour still keeps one foot in The Clean yet that … [Read More...]

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Interviews

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SONIC KICKS: Greta Mob

Sydney’s Greta Mob are picking up some great gigs at the moment (Beasts of Bourbon) and building some buzz around their music which is built on a visceral mix of Australian swamp rock and dirty post punk blues. We recently caught up with drummer Luke Millar who plugged in the memory card for Sonic Kicks […]

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INTERVIEW: The Antithesis of Escapism – Kirin J Callinan

It’s a busy time for Sydney’s Kirin J Callinan as he prepares to release his debut album embark on an American tour supporting Ariel Pink. From the streets of New York he gives Chris Familton an insight into his emergence as a solo artist. Not long into our conversation Kirin J Callinan pauses before painting, […]

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INTERVIEW: The Black Seeds

THE BLACK SEEDS ARE CELEBRATING FIFTEEN YEARS TOGETHER AND ON THE EVE OF ANOTHER AUSTRALIAN VISIT VOCALIST DANIEL WEETMAN SPOKE WITH CHRIS FAMILTON ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE BAND. Maintaining and indeed growing an international profile can be a tricky exercise for bands from the Southern Hemisphere. The costs of touring and […]

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