Author: Ed Hirst

Track By Track: Riley Pearce expands his sound on his latest EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off

September 25, 2020

Melbourne-based alt-folk artist Riley Pearce has today released a new 6-track EP titled Maybe I Can Sleep It Off. The EP sees Pearce take a more of a band-like approach – with Pearce himself noting that it is quite a diversion from some of his previous releases. “Maybe Dad’s messages of “needs more chorus” or […]

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Album Review: Kuya James – ISA (2020 LP)

September 24, 2020

On his debut solo album, Darwin-based producer Kuya James sets out to exhibit the talents of the broad Australian music community. ISA showcases the diversity that this country has to offer and, in the process, re-establishes the Australian identity. Kuya James, known off-stage as James Mangohig, was born to a Filipino father and a Dutch […]

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5 New Release Albums you’ve got to listen to right now

September 24, 2020

2020 has been a rollercoaster year (to say the least). By this stage, you might have resigned yourself to spending all your time in your living room, venturing not much further than your garden. Amid the chaos and stress of the pandemic, however, many of us have turned to music for comfort, or as a […]

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Vacations

Guest Playlist: Vacations share the inspiration behind their new album Forever in Bloom

September 24, 2020

It’s been two years since Newcastle indie pop quartet Vacations released their debut album. Now, the group have returned with their latest LP Forever in Bloom. The tracks on Forever in Bloom are full of bright synths, dreamy guitars and punchy drums, creating a danceable groove that is consistent for the duration of the album. […]

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Three of the most popular Razer accessories go wireless

September 24, 2020

Razer has announced three of its most iconic gaming peripherals are getting the wireless treatment. The BlackShark V2 Pro, DeathAdder V2 Pro, and BlackWidow V4 Pro are part of the brand’s latest range of wireless flagship products. Now gamer’s will be able to enjoy their favourite games without the hindrance of cables getting in the […]

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Abi Tucker reflects upon her time in Heartbreak High in latest single “Friends for Life”

September 24, 2020

Abi Tucker has a new single out “Friends for Life” taken from her album Who Do You Really Know, which was released in January this year. Many might remember Tucker as a star actor in several iconic Australian dramas, including The Secret Life of Us, Heartbreak High and McLeod’s Daughters. Parents may even recognise her […]

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The Church, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Living End and more join Bluesfest 2021 Lineup

September 23, 2020

The Bluesfest organisers have just announced the third batch of artists who will be performing at next year’s festival. Legendary psych-rock group The Church will be making their Bluesfest debut, headlining this latest lineup announcement. Adored singer and Eurovision 2019 star Kate Kate Miller-Heidke will hit the stage to showcase her amazing vocal talent. Iconic […]

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Agnes Manners share exclusive studio diary from their debut album Fantasia Famish

September 21, 2020

Melbourne-based band Agnes Manners released their debut record Fantasia Famish last week. Agnes Manners is the brainchild of former Hellions member Matt Gravolin. His output as Agnes Manners, however, is slower and quieter than what Hellions fans might expect, allowing for Gravolin’s sleek baritone voice and poetic lyrics to really shine. Agnes Manners has since […]

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Samia shares the five biggest influences on her debut album The Baby

September 21, 2020

New York-based singer/songwriter Samia Finnerty’s debut album, The Baby, is making waves all over the world. The 23-year-old explains that the album is about learning how to be yourself, by yourself. Drawing inspiration from ’90s and ’00s pop/rock, her previously released cover “Never Meant” even got the nod of approval from Liz Phair herself. The […]

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Track of the Day: Crocodylus “Social Climber” (2020)

September 18, 2020

Today’s Track of the Day is something that is sure to get the blood pumping. Three-piece garage rock band Crocodylus have just released their latest single “Social Climber” and it’s an absolute blast. The track lures you in with its catchy guitar hook at the start and takes you to some unusual places from there. All […]

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Everywhen

Album Review: Take a little journey with Sunship Balloon on Everywhen (2020 LP)

September 18, 2020

Sunship Balloon – the side project from Daniel Haggis and Tord Øverland Knudsen of indie royalty The Wombats – have released their first album Everywhen. While their work with The Wombats is largely rooted in indie rock, Sunship Balloon sees the duo explore new sonic ground, with elements of psychedelia, electronica and alt-pop thrown into […]

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Interview: Sunship Balloon unveil the magic behind their debut album Everywhen

September 17, 2020

Sunship Balloon – the side project from Daniel Haggis and Tord Øverland Knudsen of The Wombats – emerged on the scene last year with the release of their debut EP Intergalactic Teacup Travel Centre. Weaving in elements of psychedelia, electronica and alt-pop, their sound is distinctly different to the indie rock of their main gig […]

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Everything we know about Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity so far

September 16, 2020

Last week Nintendo revealed the next long-awaited release in the Zelda series – Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. The upcoming title was announced in a 6-minute video, presented by its developers, including Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and Hyrule Warriors series producer Yosuke Hayashi. Age of Calamity follows the gameplay of 2014’s Hyrule Warriors; however, […]

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Tom Morello, Tones and I, and more to lead BIGSOUND 2020 speakers

September 15, 2020

BIGSOUND has announced the first lineup of keynote speakers for this year’s virtual edition of the annual festival. American legend Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage, The Nightwatchman) leads the charge with an insightful presentation on his life as a musician and activist. “Join me at BIGSOUND to talk music, activism, […]

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Two Kids and A Radio: Melody Moko takes us through her sophomore album track by track

September 11, 2020

Following a national tour, a CMC New Artist nomination, and numerous festival performances, Melody Moko returns with her much anticipated second album, Two Kids and a Radio – out today. Continuing with her unique take on the Americana sound, the New South Wales’ musician exhibits just how masterfully she is able to draw emotion from her songwriting. Further, […]

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Nominees revealed for the 2020 National Live Music Awards as public voting opens

September 8, 2020

The nominees for the 5th annual National Live Music Awards have been announced, which will be held on Sunday 20 October 2020 – both virtually and physically. Sampa the Great has received the most recognition, with three nominations – Live Act of the Year, Live Voice of the Year and Best Live Act in VIC […]

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The 2020 Queer Screen Film Festival goes online

September 8, 2020

This year’s annual Queer Screen Film Festival, the little sister to February’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, will be held entirely online, allowing for anyone across the country to join the celebration. Running across 11 days from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 27 September, this year’s program features over 40 feature films, documentaries and shorts. With […]

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Track by Track: Hayden Calnin takes us through his latest EP Soon Forever

September 4, 2020

Melbourne-based songwriter and producer Hayden Calnin has just dropped a new EP today, Soon Forever. Continuing his organic melding of folk and electronica, Soon Forever is an atmospheric and evocative listen from start to finish. Calnin is renowned for his production skills, and once again on Soon Forever he delivers a beautifully layered collection of […]

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BIGSOUND goes online for a free virtual festival in 2020

September 3, 2020

With ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and border closures between states, the annual BIGSOUND festival will be transitioning to a free virtual event for 2020. Held across Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October, the event that would normally be held in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley will now be taking place entirely online. “BIGSOUND has always been about bringing […]

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Track of the Day: This Way North “Driving Roads” (2020)

September 3, 2020

While many of us are unable to travel very far with COVID restrictions in place, Melbourne-based duo This Way North have managed to conjure up the feeling of embarking on a lengthy road trip with their latest track “Driving Roads”. The two-piece band, consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, transport you to […]

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Guest Playlist: Georgia Mae imparts the meaning behind her songs

September 3, 2020

Penning her first song at the age of four, Queenslander Georgia Mae, is no stranger to the art of songwriting. Mae has amassed an incredible repertoire of experience in the past years. Her keen songwriting skills earned her a scholarship at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a degree in Music Technology. […]

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Something For Kate’s new album The Modern Medieval out November 20

September 3, 2020

Something For Kate have revealed the title of their seventh studio album The Modern Medieval and scheduled a release date for 20 November. The Modern Medieval  marks the bands first album since 2012’s Leave Your Soul to Science.  The album recorded in Byron Bay, enlisting Nick DiDia (Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) on production duties. The group […]

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Stuck for a name for your band? Bad Pony have got 100 possibilities for you

September 3, 2020

Can’t quite settle on a band name? Lacking inspiration? Mark Webber from Bad Pony has put together the perfect video to get the creative juices flowing. Bad Pony have spent the last couple of years throwing around band names for new projects. This video compiles the top 100 of their ideas. Dishing out names like […]

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Music SA launches GO LIVE program to kickstart the State’s music scene in the COVID age

September 2, 2020

With 2020 being an exceptionally difficult year for the music industry, Music SA has announced the launch of GO LIVE – an initiative to reignite the SA music scene in a COVID-safe way for musicians and gig-goers alike. The campaign addresses the cancellation of the annual winter Umbrella Festival which was unable to go ahead in […]

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Everything Everything announce world-first VR album launch

September 1, 2020

English rock group Everything Everything have announced an exclusive VR event to launch their forthcoming album Re-Animator. Everything Everything: Virtual RE-ANIMATOR has been dubbed the first-ever “release show held in virtual reality”. Hosted in partnership with Sansar, the event sees the band push their creativity to new heights, building upon the album campaign that began […]

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Guest Playlist: Gretta Ziller shares the inspiration behind her new single “Unlikely Believer”

September 1, 2020

Melbourne songwriter Gretta Ziller has released her first song of 2020 with her latest single “Unlikely Believer”. The track bears an optimistic look on life, stridently led by Ziller’s heartfelt songwriting. To reflect the personal nature of the song, the music video for “Unlikely Believer” sees Ziller with her live band performing in a desolate […]

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Track of the Day: Sinclaire “Let’s Fly To Rome” (2020)

August 27, 2020

Sydney-based act Sinclaire have whipped up the perfect bop to kick off your Thursday. Today’s track of the day is their latest single “Let’s Fly To Rome” which just dropped this morning. The track is the perfect escape from reality in the COVID age. The dreamy synths and airy vocals of frontman Michael Cross create […]

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In The Studio: Behind the Scenes with The Holiday Collective in Byron Bay

August 27, 2020

It only took one big week in a Northern Rivers studio during mid-July 2019, for Jesse Higgs’ musical moniker HOLIDAY, to swiftly evolve into The Holiday Collective (THC). Former bandmates (and brother) Isaac Williams and Jade Higgs (Younger Dryas), made the trip up from Tassie to join Byron Bay comrades Meg Hitchcock, Marquee Moon & […]

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Organisers have cancelled this year’s Falls Festival

August 26, 2020

Earlier today, Falls Festival organisers sadly announced that this year’s celebration has been cancelled amid growing COVID-19 concerns. Event organisers initially planned to give the festival the go-ahead with an Australian-only line-up. After careful consideration however, organisers have chosen to pull the plug on the Lorne, Byron Bay, and Fremantle Festivals. “Given the current status […]

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Playlist: Revisiting the Best Songs of 2011

August 26, 2020

As we continue to reflect back on the last decade of music, join us as we revisit 2011. We’ve taken the songs from our top 40 tracks of 2011 poll – as voted for by our contributors almost a decade ago – and curated a ripper playlist on Spotify. Gotye and Kimbra topped the list […]

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