Author: Dylan Marshall

Album Review: Middle Kids – Faith Crisis Pt. 1 (2024 LP)

Returning for their third album, Middle Kids enter 2024 at the top of their game. A band always capable of creating songs that are just as deep as they are sing-a-longs, the Sydney band are back with Faith Crisis Pt.1, a thirteen track dive into a frontwoman Hannah Joy questioning her faith. For a band…

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Angie McMahon

Angie McMahon announces the Making It Through Tour in support of her album Light, Dark, Light Again.

On the back of releasing her stellar 2023 album, Light, Dark, Light Again, Angie McMahon has announced an Australia and New Zealand tour, hitting up eleven theatres here and abroad this May and June. Named our favourite album of 2023 (you can read our album review here), McMahon is set to showcase all the best…

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The Vaccines and Everything Everything announce co-headline tour of Australia

Both returning to Australia for the first time since before the pandemic, English legends The Vaccines and Everything Everything have teamed up to announce a co-headline tour for May 2024. With both bands releasing albums this year (Everything Everything release Mountainhead on 1 March, while The Vaccines released Pick-up Full of Pink Carnations in January),…

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Live Review: The War on Drugs at their very best at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt

With possibly the best band name of the last 20 years, The War on Drugs have always managed to put on a killer show everywhere and every time they’ve played. Their show at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt was no exception. Returning to Australia in support of their I Don’t Live Here Anymore, the Philadelphia…

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The Teskey Brothers

Live Review: The Teskey Brothers are at the height of their powers at massive Sydney show

Fresh off the back of an ARIA award win, The Teskey Brothers returned to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, playing a sold-out show as part of their The Winding Way tour. Seemingly everyone’s favourite band at the moment, The Teskey Brothers have had a prolific past few years, all culminating in this year’s The Winding Way album…

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Live Review: Paul McCartney – Allianz Stadium, Sydney (27.10.23)

How does someone with more than 60 years of music fit it all into a headline show? The answer is, dear reader, they don’t. It’s simply not possible. Playing night one of two at Allianz Stadium, the legendary Paul McCartney did however manage to warm the hearts, ears, memories and nostalgia of the Sydney crowd…

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Angie McMahon

Album Review: Angie McMahon – Light, Dark, Light Again (2023 LP)

I vividly remember the first time I saw Angie McMahon live. The Jezabels had announced a week-long residency at The Lansdowne in Sydney, and with each of these shows, a different act opened as support. Out walks Angie and her guitar. As humble and nervous as you’d expect someone to be supporting such an influential…

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Camp Cope

Live Review: Camp Cope – Sydney Opera House, Sydney (13.10.23)

After announcing the end of the band, I’ve thought many times about what Camp Cope has done for the Australian music landscape. A band of strong and incredibly resilient women, they’ve taken the scene on head-first since their beginnings in 2015 and generally smashed it out of the park. With that in mind, as a…

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Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Album Review: Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers – I Love You (2023 LP)

It’s fun watching bands grow and become absolute stars. Whether they’re an international act you’ve stumbled across online or a local band you first saw opening a festival/ headline tour a million or five years ago, the fun of it all remains the same. Seeing and hearing Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers crush it…

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Genesis Owusu

Album Review: Genesis Owusu – Struggler (2023 LP)

Genesis Owusu has returned with a sense of urgency and darkness on his second album Struggler. Where his last release felt like a culmination of years’ slowly chipping away at what eventually would become his groundbreaking debut Smiling With No Teeth, here on Struggler it feels like a body of work from an artist who…

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Paul McCartney announces Australian stadium tour for late 2023

The Mac is back, with Paul McCartney announcing his first Australian tour since 2017. Making a six city visit featuring a variety of stadium shows across the country on his Got Back tour, the former Beatle and prolific frontman is set to arrive on our shores this October and November. Having continually wowed crowds over…

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Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass 2023 – Day Three (23.07.23)

Waking up for the final day of Splendour in the Grass has always been tough. You’re generally two or three days into an ongoing party, you’re tired, sore, ears are ringing and haven’t had a proper meal in days. I’m sure this was a fair assessment for most punters on site, irrespective of whether they…

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Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass 2023 – Day Two (22.07.23)

Day two of Splendour in the Grass kicked off under sunny skies and solid vibes all round. My lower back has pulled up reasonably well after realising yesterday I am now about 400 in festival years. While I loved my camping days of Splendours past, nothing can heat a warm and dry bed, insulated walls…

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Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass 2023 – Day One (21.07.23)

Ever had an existential crisis at a festival? Because I sure did at day one of Splendour In The Grass 2023. Respectively looking and feeling 10 and 25 years older than the median age of all attendees, it dawned on me as I walked into the festival that I’m surely coming towards the end of…

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The Regime

Album Review: The Regime – Love Funky Revolution (2023 LP)

When was the last time you heard a band make their debut album a double album? I can only think of one and I’m fairly confident that unless you’re also thinking of The Regime and their Love Funky Revolution release then you’re going to struggle. After a few years of lighting up hometown stages with…

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The 20 Best Albums of 2023… so far

With 2023 just past its half way point, we’re taking a look at look at some of our favourite albums released over the past six months. 2023 has started off with plenty quality releases that are sure to remain on repeat as we head into the second half of the year. With the year already…

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Camp Cope

Eight songs we’d love Camp Cope to play as they take to the stage one last time at the Sydney Opera House

Months after announcing they were breaking up, Camp Cope has confirmed one final show at the Sydney Opera House. On the back of three critically acclaimed albums, the Australian band has developed a loyal and fierce following over the past 8 years, all the while taking on the industry and misogyny one ripping song at…

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Album Review: The Teskey Brothers – The Winding Way (2023 LP)

With anything in life, when you know you’re onto a good thing, you’d be a fool to change it up. Whether a lifestyle, relationship or career, for most people consistency in their life is key to success. This extends to musicians. And yet, sometimes even when you’re at the top of your game, change is…

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Holy Holy

Live Review: Holy Holy + Kwame + Medhanit – Liberty Hall, Sydney (27.05.23)

On the coldest May night in living memory for Sydneysiders, venturing out to a gig wasn’t on the top of my priorities list as I sat in front of the fire wondering if I should have a beer while my girlfriend got ready for night shift on a hospital ward. Fortunately, I decided drinking at…

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Splendour speculation: Who we think might be playing Splendour in the Grass this year

With the 21st edition of Splendour in the Grass announced to go down from 21-23 July, we thought it was about damn time to get both the magic 8 ball and crystal ball out and begin to speculate as to whom might be playing the North Byron Parkland this July. With a strong history of…

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Live Review: Florence + The Machine + King Princess – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (13.03.23)

I’ve been fortunate to see Florence + The Machine five times, and every time it’s been one of the best two-hour experiences of my year. This time was no different. Returning to the country for the first time in more than four years, Florence Welch and co greeted the Sydney crowd like old friends and…

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Bon Iver

Live Review: Bon Iver + Gordi – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney (17.02.23)

Me (a casual Bon Iver fan actively trying to troll my die-hard Bon Iver fan mate before the show): I really hope he opens with “Skinny Love”. Imagine the scenes. My mate (very matter-of-factly): He won’t open with it. He won’t even play it. Little did we know we’d both be wrong (my mate especially),…

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Andrew McMahon

Live Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness + Hevenshe – The Factory Theatre, Sydney (10.02.23)

Considering I’m still relatively young, 20 years is a long time. It’s been more than 20 years since I first heard a song by Andrew McMahon, but they still hit as well in 2023 as they did then. Touring under his own name and moniker Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, this three date solo tour…

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Yard Act

Live Review: Yard Act + The Sunday Estate – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (02.02.23)

On a warm summer night in February, a small English band lit up a small Sydney stage in a display of class, wit and banter. This could be the start of a joke, but Yard Act are no joke; they’re the real deal. In the country for Laneway Festival, Yard Act put their debut album…

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The 40 Best Albums of 2022

It’s that time of year when our team of music writers and editors get together to count down the 40 best albums of the year. And while this has been no usual year, the quality of music that has been released has been incredibly high. Suffice it to say, this has been a very difficult…

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Best Albums 2022

The 20 Best Albums of 2022… so far

With 2022 just past its halfway point, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite albums released over the past six months. 2022 has started off with plenty of quality releases that are sure to remain on repeat as we head into the second half of the year. With the year already off to…

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Album of the Week: Johnny Hunter – Want (2022 LP)

Slowly building their sound over the past 4 years, Sydney lords Johnny Hunter are here with their debut album Want – and it’s everything you could have hoped for from the band. For the uninitiated, Johnny Hunter have been slogging away since emerging from the shadows of Sydney’s grim (read non-exist) nightlife in ’18/’19. They…

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Vivid Live Review: Meg Mac – Sydney Opera House (18.06.22)

Vivid Live returned to Sydney for the first time in three years, giving Meg Mac a chance to return to the stage and successfully close out the festival. Playing her first Sydney show in close to three years, the Melbourne artist was better than she’s ever been and returned to the stage with more confidence,…

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Live Review: Ball Park Music + King Stringray + Teenage Joans + RAT!hammock – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (17.06.22)

Is there a better way to celebrate your 500th show than with 5000 of your closest friends? I’m here to tell you the answer is no, dear reader. Seven albums in and on the back of their newest album Weirder & Weirder, Ball Park Music returned to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and showed the crowd how…

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Album of the Week: Foals’ Life is Yours is a pop laden masterpiece

Almost 15 years since the release of their debut album Antidotes, English legends Foals are back with LP 7, the incredibly dance and groove heavy Life Is Yours and I’m here to tell you it’s a pop laden masterpiece. One of the best bands to ever do it in a studio and on a dance…

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