Author: Sarah Duggan

Album Review: In Hearts Wake’s INCARNATION is expertly crafted (2024 LP)

In Hearts Wake‘s latest album, INCARNATION, marks a triumphant return for the Byron Bay natives, who first burst onto the scene with their debut album, DIVINATION, in 2012. This sixth studio album, released on July 12th, arrives in the wake of the announcement of the upcoming departure of long-time vocalist and bassist Kyle Erich. Vocalist…

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Jon and Jero’s The Forgotten Tales review

Melbourne comedy duo Jon and Jero are back with their latest kids’ show The Forgotten Tales. At the start of this year, the pair performed their previous show, STUFF! at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, getting a five star review from yours truly (read it HERE). The Forgotten Tales was highly anticipated by my kids, with the…

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Dan and Phil are going to heal your inner child with their Terrible Influence tour, headed to Aus this December!

Ah, 2012. The Year of the YouTuber. If you’re in your mid-late twenties and anything like me, this was your prime. Not much compares to the feeling of getting home from school, raiding the pantry for snacks, and catching up on the latest vlogs and videos from Zoella, Tyler Oakley, and of course, Dan and…

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Country sensation Dylan Gossett is heading Down Under this December

  With the release of his single “Coal” in 2023, 25-year-old Texas native Dylan Gossett propelled his career forward, quickly becoming a beloved figure in the country music scene. Now, a little under a year later, things are definitely not slowing down. Releasing his second EP, Songs In The Gravel, in March this year, Gossett…

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Melbourne comedy duo Jon & Jero are back with their latest kids’ show The Forgotten Tales!

Melbourne comedy duo Jon Walpole and Jeromaia Detto, better known as Jon & Jero, are back with a brand-new kid-friendly show, set to kick off on July 4th. Specializing in physical comedy, Jon & Jero’s performances are family friendly – with anyone aged 5 and up encouraged to attend. If you caught them at the…

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Album Review: The Story So Far – I Want To Disappear (2024)

The Story So Far is set to grace your ears today with their highly anticipated fifth album, I Want To Disappear, and what an exceptional treat it is. Formed in 2007, the band has built a reputation for infrequent but highly impactful releases, making this new album particularly special. Following the immense success of their…

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Luke Hemmings brings the Nostalgia For A Time That Never Existed Tour back home – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne (12.06.24)

Luke Hemmings‘ show in Melbourne on Wednesday, June 12th, marked a significant milestone in his career. This was his first solo performance in Australia, a highly anticipated event for fans of the frontman of the beloved Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer. The band’s latest album was released in 2022, while Luke’s solo journey began…

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Surprise! RUN have dropped their latest EP, True Heaviness Is Time TODAY!

Melbourne’s very own post-metalcore quintet RUN emerges with their sophomore EP, True Heaviness Is Time, dropping as a surprise release today. This six-track EP builds on the raw energy and emotion of their previous work, blending crushing heaviness with lush melodies. Self-produced by guitarist Lewis Noke-Edwards and mixed by the acclaimed Forrester Savell, the EP…

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Bring Me The Horizon surprise drop their highly anticipated album, POST HUMAN: NeX GEn (2024 LP)

On Thursday night, Bring Me The Horizon announced the surprise release of their album, POST HUMAN: NeX GEn, with only two hours’ notice before it dropped in Australia, sending fans into a frenzy. As the follow-up to 2020’s *Post Human: Survival Horror* – and the second of four albums in the POST HUMAN series –…

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Five gigs not to be missed in June

June is upon us, and just like that we’re halfway through 2024. This year has seen some incredible acts and massive tours soar through the country, but we’re just getting started. We’ve got five shows for you to catch this June, from Aussie faves to international rock legends, playing at some of Australia’s most iconic…

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Not Here To Make Friends

Book Review: Not Here To Make Friends by Jodi McAlister is the cherry on top of the Marry Me Juliet series

Delving into the world of reality TV with a flair for drama, Not Here To Make Friends by Jodi McAlister introduces us to Murray O’Connell, a seasoned producer navigating the tumultuous waters of a Bachelor-esque reality show, Marry Me Juliet. Tasked with concocting a captivating narrative by the demanding showrunner, Murray faces the challenge of…

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Niall Horan’s The Show tour hits Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena – 03.05.24)

Niall Horan‘s inaugural Melbourne show on The Show tour at Rod Laver Arena marked a monumental milestone in his solo career journey. Having risen from his One Direction roots, Niall has solidified himself as a formidable solo artist with three studio albums to his name, amassing a dedicated and loyal fanbase. This concert, selling out…

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EP Review: Unpeople – self-titled (2024 EP)

Unpeople emerges as a brilliant beacon in today’s rock scene with their debut self-titled EP, encapsulating a vibrant fusion of punk, metal, and alternative sounds. This band, comprised of former Press to Meco members Jake Crawford and Luke Caley, alongside bassist Meg Mash and drummer Richard Rayner, showcases an impressive synergy and musical craftsmanship. Each…

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Album Review: SeeYouSpaceCowboy – Coup de Grâce (2024 LP)

Since their formation in 2016, SeeYouSpaceCowboy has been a force to reckon with, led by the enigmatic Connie Sgarbossa, whose life experiences form the heart and soul of their music. Through themes of existential angst, addiction struggles, and the depths of mental anguish, Sgarbossa fearlessly delves into her pain with unflinching honesty. This raw vulnerability,…

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Trophy Eyes announce headline Aussie tour with mates Boston Manor

Two powerhouse bands, Trophy Eyes and Boston Manor, are gearing up for an electrifying exchange of live performances across Australia and the UK. The headline Australian tour by Trophy Eyes comes hot on the heels of their massive success with the 2023 album Suicide and Sunshine, a record that has solidified their status as giants…

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A laugh riot for kids and parents: Jon and Jero’s STUFF! at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Jon Walpole and Jeromaia Detto have crafted a comedic gem at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival with their show STUFF! As Jon and Jero, these two Melbourne comedians bring a whirlwind of laughter and joy to the stage, making it a must-see for families with kids aged 4 and up. The 55-minute show held…

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Album Review: ERRA – CURE (2024 LP)

Alabamian progressive metalcore maestros ERRA have unveiled their highly anticipated sixth studio album, CURE, today. Showcasing their hallmark fusion of captivating melodic vocals and screams across a spectrum of tracks, the album features guitarist/vocalist Jesse Cash, vocalist J.T. Cavey, drummer Alex Ballew, bassist Conor Hesse, and the new addition, guitarist Clint Tustin. With CURE, ERRA…

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Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive announce first Australian headline tour in 6 years!

Australian metal titans Parkway Drive are celebrating twenty years this year, and they’re bringing the party back home with their first Aussie headline tour in over six years. Joining them will be Michigan rockers and two-time Grammy nominees I Prevail, Californian metalcore group The Ghost Inside and Melbourne’s very own Void of Vision. With seven…

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Slipknot to headline Knotfest 2025

Yeah, you read that right. Knotfest 2024 is just around the corner, with headlining acts Pantera, Disturbed and Lamb of God, but before the event has even kicked off a massive announcement has dropped- Slipknot themselves will be headlining next year’s Knotfest, bringing their 25th anniversary tour down under. I’ll be honest, I was surprised…

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A guide to every single Australian music festival in 2024 [April Update]

The season for music festivals in Australia is now year-round, speeding towards us to make up for the end of summer 2023/2024 with a healthy list of live music, arts and culture throughout the year. If last year’s “music festivals 2023” schedule is anything to go by, Australian music festivals will be more boutique in…

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Rejoicify, Melbourne. Wicked is here!

Melbourne’s esteemed Regent Theatre was draped in pink and green on Thursday night as the city welcomed, for the second time, the Australian production of Wicked presented by John Frost for Crossroads Live. With a green carpet, Ozmopolitan cocktails, the Ozdust Boutique and, of course- lots of bubbles, the foyer of the grand theatre was…

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Mikaila Delgado on touring, new music and the future of Yours Truly

If you’ve been in the Aussie pop punk scene for a while, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the Sydney-based powerhouse Yours Truly. They’re no stranger to some of Australia’s most iconic venues and festivals, and have had a massive year touring with huge international acts. In early 2023, it was announced that two out…

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Ed Nash from Bombay Bicycle Club chats about My Big Day, and their new EP Fantasies

Almost twenty years since their formation, indie treasures Bombay Bicycle Club are still kicking and going stronger than ever. Just months after the release of their sixth studio album, My Big Day, they’re back with a four-track pop EP, Fantasies. I got to sit down with Ed Nash and chat about their album, the upcoming EP, and how…

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Middle Kids’ Hannah Joy on Faith Crisis Pt. 1, becoming a mum and rediscovering herself

Sydney’s very own Middle Kids are dropping their third studio album, Faith Crisis Pt 1 TODAY! Produced by the iconic Jonathan Gilmore and recorded in England, this album is nothing short of fantastic. I caught up with lead vocalist Hannah Joy just weeks out from having her second baby, and she was keen to chat…

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Five new Groovin’ The Moo 2024 sideshows just got announced ft. GZA, The Beaches and more

Frontier Touring has just announced a run of Groovin’ the Moo sideshows. They’ll be touring Claire Rosinkranz, GZA & The Phunky Nomads, Kenya Grace, Stephen Sanchez, and The Beaches – all set to take the stage at venues around the country this April and May (in addition to their GTM dates). Here are the dates,…

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Bright Young Women

Book Review: Jessica Knoll’s Bright Young Women reverses the serial killer narrative

Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll paints a vivid canvas of enthralling storytelling that navigates the complexities of female ambition, societal expectations, and the pursuit of success. Knoll, acclaimed for her previous works, including Luckiest Girl Alive, demonstrates her prowess once again in crafting a compelling narrative that delves into the lives of multifaceted characters….

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Interview: Petey talks coming to Australia for the first time and leaning into life

California-based artist Petey has been turning heads in the music scene since his debut album hit the airwaves in 2020. Fresh off the heels of his third studio album’s triumph in 2023, Petey is now making his long-awaited debut down under in Australia with a series of nearly sold-out shows. If you’ve been living under…

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Paramore, Miley Cyrus, Lorde and more come together to celebrate Talking Heads with Everyone’s Getting Involved

A24 Music has announced “EVERYONE’S GETTING INVOLVED: A TRIBUTE TO TALKING HEADS’ STOP MAKING SENSE,” showcasing an impressive lineup of eclectic artists to commemorate the recent re-release of Jonathan Demme’s concert film of the same name and the 40th anniversary of its soundtrack. In a triumphant return to theatres in 4K, A24’s acquisition of Stop…

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The Chats’ Eamon Sandwith on writing on the road, playing for Foo Fighters, and their upcoming Bargain Bin Tour

Known for their unbridled energy and cheeky lyricism, The Chats have been making waves in the music scene since the explosive release of their viral hit “Smoko” in 2017. Far from resting on their laurels, the boys have continued to make their mark on the Aussie music scene with hits such as “Pub Feed“, and…

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Gracie Abrams

Gracie Abrams delivers a captivating performance for her first ever Melbourne show – Forum Melbourne (21.01.24)

Rising star Gracie Abrams showcased her undeniable talent in a captivating performance at Melbourne’s Forum on the chilly night of January 21st. Having embarked on her musical journey with the release of her first single in 2020, Gracie has quickly ascended to stardom with two successful EPs, an album, and even sharing the stage with…

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