Author: Ben Somerford

Aussie freelance journalist, sports, music, entertainment, top 10 lists. Take beach pics too.

Live Review: San Cisco – Freo Social, Fremantle (14.11.20)

November 16, 2020

It’s only been two months since Fremantle indie-poppers San Cisco released their fourth studio album Between You And Me and for the past fortnight they’ve been making hay while the sun shines with WA’s relaxed restrictions with a series of the shows, the latest on Saturday night at Freo Social. Saturday night’s gig was actually […]

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Album Review: Ukiyo – Ukiyo (2020 LP)

November 12, 2020

Money-can’t-buy endorsements from Will Smith, Pharrell Williams and Casey Neistat, to name a few, have given 23-year-old Perth electronic producer Ukiyo a big head start, and helped him to amass over forty million streams before the release of his debut LP. Now this week his self-titled debut album Ukiyo finally drops to a healthy degree of […]

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Album Review: Felicity Groom – Magnetic Resonance Centre (2020 LP)

November 6, 2020

Western Australian dark pop songbird Felicity Groom is back with her third album Magnetic Resonance Centre; her first since 2014. And she’s bitten off plenty, largely producing it herself amidst having and raising two daughters. “It has been predominantly written and recorded in in my house in-between daytime naps that my children would have,” Groom explains in […]

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Live Review: Good Day Sunshine’s world-first COVID-safe revolving stage festival proves to be a winner

November 2, 2020

“I thought this revolving stage would be a nightmare but it’s awesome,” Eskimo Joe singer Kav Temperley exclaimed two songs into their set at the ground-breaking Good Day Sunshine Festival in WA’s south-west region on Saturday, in a ringing endorsement. It was the question on everyone’s lips. Festival organisers Macro Music had created a world-first […]

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Album Review: Stephen Grady – Wonder (2020 LP)

October 30, 2020

Redcliffe-raised, Melbourne-based songsmith Stephen Grady has been around the indie-folk scene for about five years now, but in 2020 he’s letting it all out. There’s a great quote in his bio which sums it up best: “The best stuff may still be round the corner but I can’t get there if I keep holding back.” With […]

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‘We’d be flattered if it’s copied across the world’: John Butler & Eskimo Joe lead WA’s world-first COVID-safe festival

October 29, 2020

Four pens and a rotating stage!? The future of live music festivals in the COVID world may be on show this Saturday when the ground-breaking Good Day Sunshine Festival takes place in WA’s South-West, headlined by John Butler and Xavier Rudd. As we learn to live with coronavirus, new initiatives are emerging. Promoters Macro Music […]

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Album Review: Ex-Olympian – Afterlife (2020 LP)

October 22, 2020

Songwriter and musician Liam McGorry has been on the Melbourne music scene in various guises for the past decade. But, he’s now taken the solo plunge with the moniker Ex-Olympian and debut album Afterlife, creating a sunshine-filled indie soul record. McGorry will be known to many from his work with Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins and Eagle and […]

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Live Review: Hot Dub the hero, and Spacey Jane shine at Perth’s Wine Machine

October 19, 2020

He may have admitted nerves and rustiness in the lead-up to his first live event in more than six months, but DJ Tom Loud, aka Hot Dub Time Machine has still got it when it comes to get a crowd energized. Hot Dub was billed as the main attraction at Saturday’s sold-out Wine Machine festival […]

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Album Review: Sub Focus And Wilkinson – Portals (2020 LP)

October 16, 2020

There’s been a high level of anticipation about the album drop for the collaboration of drum and bass royalty Sub Focus And Wilkinson and they haven’t failed to deliver with Portals; a journeying 11-track that has moves downtempo and orchestral, but sticks with their D&B signature style. After the pair released single “Take It Up” […]

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“Pumped & nervous”: Hot Dub Time Machine talks from quarantine about his return to live shows

October 15, 2020

Like most in the music industry, the past seven months since COVID-19 hit has heavily impacted DJ Tom Lowndes, aka Hot Dub Time Machine or DJ Tom Loud. But this weekend he’ll finally return to the live scene with two shows in Perth. Tom is currently quarantining in an Airbnb house in Perth’s outer suburbs, […]

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Album Review: Mildlife’s sci-fi alt-rock works perfectly with Automatic

October 9, 2020

Whichever way you try, Mildlife don’t fit neatly into any genre or pocket. This Melbourne alt-rock four-piece are carving their own original niche and have built upon their burgeoning reputation with this second offering, Automatic, a six-track album which runs for 40 minutes. Mildlife’s 2018 debut Phase led to labels of sci-fi space-jazz or psych-kraut-rock. There’s […]

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Album Review: Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt (2020 LP)

August 25, 2020

It makes you feel old when you consider that Melbourne synth-pop rockers Cut Copy have been around more than 15 years now, but here they are with their sixth studio album Freeze, Melt. Between 2017 album Haiku From Zero and this release, the band went their separate ways, with likeable lead singer Dan Whitford moving […]

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