Author: Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.
The Roseline

Album of the Week: The Roseline offer up sophisticated alt country on Good/Grief (2020 LP)

April 8, 2020

Alt-Country has been enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. You need only look at the recent success of Jason Isbell and more, to see this. But, for all those award winning artists, there are so many plugging away, creating quality music, often ‘under the radar’. In that vein, let us introduce you to […]

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M. Hoffman

Exclusive Single Premiere: M. Hofmann “Not There Yet” (2020)

April 2, 2020

There are elements of M. Hofmann’s story that will be familiar to many music fans. He picked up a guitar in his early teens. He plied his trade in various band’s over the years, moving up and down the East Coast, having left his childhood home in Tasmania. Songwriting became a habit, and then he […]

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Brian Fallon Local Honey

Album of the Week: On Local Honey, Brian Fallon mines the present and the personal

April 2, 2020

Brian Fallon has traded in the punk rock of The Gaslight Anthem and his youth for the countrified folk of Local Honey. Though followers of his career, will know he’s no stranger to the acoustic guitar.  Local Honey is Fallon’s third solo album, and his first in two years, following 2018’s acclaimed Sleepwalkers. It’s also […]

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Supporting your local indie record stores just got easier

April 2, 2020

Indie record stores across Australia, like so many retailers, are doing it tough at the moment due to the COVID-19 crisis. The postponement of Record Store Day, often those stores biggest trading day of the year, until later in the year will only have added to the pressures. Independent record stores, along with our live […]

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Camp 8

Track of the Day: Camp 8 “Hurt” (2020)

March 30, 2020

Melbourne-based songwriter Camp 8 has released his first track of 2020, the sumptuous and soothing new single “Hurt”.   The brainchild of Reuben Apirana, Camp 8 is still project in its infancy. Bursting onto the scene with his own distinctive slice of introspective indie-folk. His debut single, “Everything”, was featured as a Track of the […]

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Watch feeding time with Rocky the Saltwater Crocodile from the comfort of your own home

March 24, 2020

The doors might be closed thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still business as usual for the Keepers and residents at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, including their 365kg Saltwater Crocodile Rocky With that in mind, the Keepers are going to be holding the first ever live stream of Rocky the Crocodile’s feeding time. With many […]

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Tadhg Daly

Track of the Day: Tadhg Daly “Come Alive” (2020)

March 24, 2020

London-based singer-songwriter Tadhg Daly released his new single, “Come Alive”, earlier this month. It’s his second release of the year, and probably his most personal to date. As Daly describes it, “Come Alive” is a “song for anyone who’s found themselves lost in darkness. It’s a song for anyone that’s searching for the light.” It’s […]

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Indie Book Awards

2020 Indie Book Award winners announced

March 23, 2020

With Covid-19 causing mass disruption to everyday lives, including the cancellation of the Leading Edge Books Conference, the winners of 2020 Indie Book Awards have been announced online. This is the first time the Indie book Awards have been announced online.  The big winner for 2020 was Favel Parrett, who takes home The Indie Awards […]

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Rockefeller Frequency

Chemicals: Brisbane’s The Rockefeller Frequency take us through their debut track by track

March 23, 2020

Brisbane rockers The Rockefeller Frequency released their debut album, Chemicals, earlier in the month.  The album’s creation was a DIY journey from start to finish. It’s been a few years in the making too, with the band taking some time off before reemerging in 2018. Recording took place in the band’s Basement Studios in Brisbane, […]

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Hartley

Track of the Day: Hartley “Bittersweet” (2020)

March 20, 2020

Not content with just releasing her debut eponymous EP back in January, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hartley is back with a brand new single. Co-produced alongside Ninajirachi, “Bittersweet” is a playful bop all about wanting those things you know aren’t good for you. That extra slab of chocolate, bottle of wine, that certain someone you have your […]

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Kate Miller-Heidke

Exclusive Video Premiere: Michel van der Aa feat. Kate Miller-Heidke “What A Dream” (2020)

March 19, 2020

February saw Dutch contemporary classical composer Michel van der Aa release his debut indie-pop album. Time Falling saw the composer collaborating with the ever talented and versatile Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. Today we’re incredibly excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the music video for album track “What A Dream”.  Time Falling is billed […]

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Shakes & Palaces

Track of the Day: Shacks & Palaces “Once Upon A Hilltop” (2020)

March 19, 2020

Shacks & Palaces is the new solo project from The Temper Trap bassist Jonny Aherne. The Australian-born, Brooklyn-based artist has already dropped the project’s debut single, “Once Upon A Hilltop”, and a delightful music video to accompany it.  With the world pretty much doing into lockdown, “Once Upon A Hilltop”, is the uplifting slice of […]

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Ben Lukas Boysen

Track of the Day: Ben Lukas Boysen “Medela” (2020)

March 18, 2020

Berlin-based composer and producer Ben Lukas Boysen returns in May with his long-awaited third album Mirage. Ahead of its release the producer has teased the album, through new single “Medela”.  Mirage follows Gravity (2013) and the acclaimed 2016 full length Spells. The latter was as admired by his peers as by his fans. Indeed, since […]

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Nuria

Track of the Day: Nuria “Noise” (2020)

March 13, 2020

Tasmanian singer-songwriter Nuria is kickstarting her 2020 with her latest single, “Noise”. The punchy slice of electro pop is the fourth single from her forthcoming debut album.  The elegant track, which features production work from Alice Springs-based Dave Crowe (Resin Moon), explores relationship discord, and how these feelings can be channeled into sound. It’s basically […]

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Honey Cutt

Album of the Week: Honey Cutt balances sunshine and realism on Coasting (2020 LP)

March 13, 2020

Honey Cutt is the project of Boston-via-Florida singer-songwriter Kaley Honeycutt. Whilst she cut her teeth playing in New England, she put out a couple of EPs under the moniker Baby!, including 2018’s Sunny F.L. Cut to 2020, and with a name change, it’s time for the project’s debut album: Coasting.  If you like your indie […]

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Jack Davies

Track of the Day: Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks “Half Frozen Beer” (2020)

March 9, 2020

Fremantle folksters Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks have dropped their first release of 2020. “Half Frozen Beer”, is the first track from a forthcoming EP, and caps off a busy and impressive 2019. “Half Frozen Beer” starts slow. But, quickly evolves into a rollicking good time. It’s got that foot-stomping, feel good vibe so prescient […]

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BATTS

Track of the Day: BATTS “City View” (2020)

March 6, 2020

Melbourne singer-songwriter BATTS is back with brand new single, “City View”. A self described love song, “City View” is the first taste of BATTS’ new material post The Grand Tour. It’s great timing too, with the Melbourne artist jetting off to America for SXSW in a matter of weeks.  The conceptual thread that ran through […]

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In The Grand Scheme

Interview: Michael Dunstan (AUS) talks In The Grand Scheme, mental health and touring

March 4, 2020

WA singer-songwriter Michael Dunstan is currently on his way to South Australia, driving across the Nullarbor. He’s a handful of dates into his three month national tour in support of his debut album In The Grand Scheme. Released last week, the album is a fourteen track journey of mindfulness, good vibes and beautiful songwriting.  We […]

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Armistead Maupin

Author and LGBT+ Activist Armistead Maupin to tour Australia in July

March 4, 2020

The bestselling and much beloved author and LGBT activist, Armistead Maupin is returning to Australia in July. Tales Of The City with Armistead Maupin will see the author recount his favourite stories from the past five decades, and offer his observations on contemporary society.  Armistead Maupin has been a part of US popular culture since […]

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Elrichman

Track of the Day: Elrichman “Cop On A Horse” (2020)

February 28, 2020

It’s always fun discovering a new genre. Today it’s the turn of sophisti-pop. Quite what sets sophisiti-pop apart from other genres is still a bit of a mystery. But it’s the genre of choice for Elrichman, the project of Paul Erlichman, the creator of “Cop On A Horse”, our Track of the Day.  The new […]

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Album of the Week: Michael Dunstan conjures up calm on his debut LP In The Grand Scheme (2020 LP)

February 28, 2020

Thanks to the likes of Ziggy Alberts, Kyle Lionheart and Kim Churchill the Australian folk/surf rock scene is in fine form. Now, there’s a new name we can add to the list: Michael Dunstan. Though he’s far from a newcomer to the scene.  In The Grand Scheme might only be his debut album, the Western […]

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Book Review: Luke Arnold’s The Last Smile in Sunder City is a rollicking introduction to the world of Fetch Phillips

February 17, 2020

Fetch Phillips’ world is just like ours. Well except for the magic, and all that comes with that: chimera, wizards, elves, vampires and more. But, the magic has gone out, leaving the world irrevocably changed. And, our erstwhile “hero” Fetch might have more to do with it than we imagine. The Last Smile in Sunder […]

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Misty Lanes

Track of the Day: Misty Lanes “Charmer” (2020)

February 10, 2020

Late last month saw Sydney pysch pop six-piece Misty Lane release their new single, “Charmer”. Their first release of the year, it follows the news they’ll be supporting Japanese psychedelic masters Kikagaku Moyo in Sydney next month.  “Charmer” is only the band’s second release since they dropped their debut record in late 2017. It sits […]

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Teen Jesus

Track of the Day: Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers “Desk Chair” (2020)

February 7, 2020

Fresh from an impressive summer of festivals and gigs, Canberra’s up-and-coming grunge rockers Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers return with their new single, “Desk Chair”.  Formed at a Year 10 sleepover after watching School of Rock, the Canberra four piece are only nineteen and fresh from high school. But, thanks to their gritty and […]

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PARKER

Track of the Day: PARKER “Become The Fool” (2020)

February 6, 2020

Late last month saw Launceston visual artist, songwriter and musician PARKER release her stunning new single, “Become The Fool”. A striking Bauhaus-inspired clip, which was created in Unity, the iconic game building engine, accompanies the single. Check it out below! Stunning visuals aside, “Become The Fool” is a beautiful song in its own right. The […]

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Boardmasters

Aussies Abroad: Alex the Astronaut, Riley Pearce, Tora and more set to play Boardmasters 2020

February 5, 2020

The line-up for Boardmasters 2020 has dropped and it is huge! Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Cornish-based festival has dropped a hundred plus strong line-up. Skepta, Kings Of Leon, and The 1975 are amongst the headliners of the three day festival. Joining them will be a handful of some of Australia’s finest too. Indie surf rockers Caravãna Sun will take […]

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Charlie Gradon

Track of the Day: Charlie Gradon “Grieving” (2020)

February 4, 2020

Northern Beaches multi-instrumentalist Charlie Gradon has dropped “Grieving”, his new single, and the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore EP, Blurry Ones. Created in his bedroom studio, the nostalgic track documents the bleak moments of a pretty bleak week.  With a near death experience, an album lost, and a band broken up, it was far […]

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Moon Duo

Interview: Moon Duo (USA) talk Stars Are The Light and bringing the Lightship to Australia

February 3, 2020

Last September saw American psych synth rockers Moon Duo release Stars Are The Light. For their seventh album, the duo moved into new territory, drawing influence from the world of disco. This week the band bring the record down to Australia. Kicking off on February 9th in Hobart the tour will take in the East […]

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Ben Catley

Track of the Day: Ben Catley “Run” (2020)

January 31, 2020

Following a massive 2019 where he played shows and festivals all across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and more, Perth-based singer-songwriter Ben Catley has dropped his new single: “Run”.  Describing “Run” as energetic and up-tempo is an understatement. Catley’s guitar work on the track is frenetic and blistering. Whilst, the track might be inspired by […]

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Stranger Inside

Track of the Day: Hailey Beavis “Stranger Inside” (2020)

January 30, 2020

Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter and visual artist Hailey Beavis released her new EP, Whatever You Feel I Do Too, earlier this month. Recorded at Pumpkinfield Studio, near Perth (Scotland), the EP is the second release on OK Pal Records, the label Beavis founded alongside her friend Faith Eliott in 2018. Kicking off the EP, is the beautiful […]

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