Author: Steph Payton

Interview: Flint Eastwood talks Detroit, Assemble Sound and being the Queen of her own Broke Royalty

July 5, 2017

Committed to the ambitions of her creative city, Jax Anderson under Flint Eastwood has pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a pop artist. First up, “Queen” has been a massive single.  It’s hard to avoid that chin up in defiance vibe powering through the chorus line, and with good reason as you’ve certainly […]

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Live Review: The Front Bottoms + The Hard Aches + Alex The Kid – Amplifier Bar, Perth (20.01.17)

January 24, 2017

I never feel more surrounded by familial like elation than in the throes of an indie punk rock crowd and Friday night was no exception. Starting off their headline tour in Perth, their first Australian show in two years, The Front Bottoms brought in a horde of dedicated fans, ready to jump around to that […]

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Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms (New Jersey) talks keeping creative, shoeys & their upcoming Australian tour

December 19, 2016

Ahead of their January Australian tour, we catch up with American group The Front Bottoms to chat specially crafted beers, their friendship with The Smith Street Band and returning to Australia for their own headline tour. It’s been two years since you last toured here with The Smith Street band, what are your expectations for the upcoming […]

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Festival Review: Castaway – Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island (11.12.16)

December 14, 2016

The lead up to Castaway Festival was looking a little grimmer by the day as people scrambled to sell tickets, and the weather forecast fluctuated out of favour. But there’s nothing that rekindles that mix of festival excitement over seeing some killer acts, and a splash of anxiety over whether you’ll peak too soon, quite […]

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Festival Review: Wonderland – Kitchener Park, Perth (03.12.16)

December 6, 2016

It felt like barely yesterday that we were heading through the gates at Langely Park for a memorable festival, but already it was time for the next transformed iteration of the Wonderland festival experience. Moved to the lush forest of Kitchener Park in Subiaco, it really did take on an enchanted vibe as the crowd […]

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Live Review: E^ST + The Money War + Elli Schoen – The Aviary, Perth (27.11.16)

November 30, 2016

It was impossible to escape the experience of live music last weekend in Perth, most notably with Flume and Arcadia taking over the city centre, but it was a cheeky little Sunday Session at The Aviary that really gave something memorable. Nearing the end of her Get Money EP tour, E^ST took over the secluded […]

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Review: Birds of Tokyo kick off national tour with phenomenal hometown show in Perth

November 21, 2016

Keeping busy fresh off the release of their new and widely well received, album Brace, Perth’s Birds of Tokyo kicked off the album tour in their hometown, taking over Metro City with help from Pat Chow and Sydneysider’s Strangers. Heralding a return to those deeper reverberating rock themes, the crowd were not left disappointed and welcomed […]

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Live Review: Cub Sport + Bec Sandridge – Jimmy’s Den, Northbridge (22.10.16)

October 26, 2016

Fresh off the release of their long in the waiting debut album This Is Our Vice, Cub Sport returned to Perth for their first headline show in the city as part of their national tour.  Playing alongside support regular Bec Sandridge and local band The Peppermint Club, the Snapchat videos were up in full force […]

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Live Review: All Our Exes Live In Texas + Christopher Coleman Collective + Simone and Girlfunkle – Jimmy’s Den, Northbridge (21.10.16)

October 24, 2016

The folk songstress quartet known as All Our Exes Live In Texas welcomed Perth for their latest single “The Devil’s Part” tour, proving they having every ounce of harmonic talent to back up potentially the best band name in history.  Wonderfully accompanied by Tasmanian Christopher Coleman Collective, locals Simone and Girlfunkle, and now infamous Tony […]

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Live Review: Ball Park Music + The Creases + Gunns – Capitol, Perth (16.10.16)

October 19, 2016

The Every Night The Same Dream tour hit the chilly streets of Perth on Saturday night as Ball Park Music took to the sold out stage of Capitol, bringing with them fellow Brisbanites The Creases and homegrown locals Gunns. Touting plenty of material from their fourth album, there were plenty of former classics thrown into […]

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Live Review: Big Scary + Dreller – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth (14.10.16)

October 16, 2016

Their first headline tour to reach the West Coast since 2013, Big Scary returned to Perth to play at The Rosemount Hotel on Friday night for the release of their latest album Animal. Bringing along Dreller featuring former Papa Vs Pretty frontman Thomas Rawle, it was a night of seriously loose heartfelt vibes with plenty […]

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Festival Review: Listen Out – Western Parklands, Perth (25.09.16)

September 30, 2016

It seemed the skies were on our side for the Perth leg of the DANCE worshipping festival that is Listen Out arrived at the new venue of the Western Parklands for its 2016 instalment.  It appeared that storms of any variations, both weather and artists, would not be seen over the weekend.  Boasting the likes […]

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Tim Nelson from Cub Sport talks gaining confidence, This Is Our Vice & their upcoming Caxton Street show

September 27, 2016

We caught up with Tim Nelson, lead singer of Brisbane band Cub Sport, the other week to chat about their massive return to the music scene with their debut album This Is Our Vice and following tour, as well as their spot at the approaching Caxton Street Festival on in their hometown this weekend. So you’ve […]

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Just A Gent (Newcastle) talks Stories To Tell, the production process and future plans!

September 21, 2016

We had a chat with the young local talent that is Just A Gent, or known better to some as Jacob Grant, to get to know the mind inside the suits, how he approaches the electronic production scene and the making of his latest debut EP Stories To Tell. Where did the suit originally come from and […]

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Montaigne talks influence, philosophy & getting personal with Glorious Heights

September 14, 2016

We caught up with Jess Cerro, better known as Montaigne, to talk about the hard work and determination that went into her music to reach those Glorious Heights of her recent debut album release and upcoming national tour, and to generally sit in awe of the well spoken motivation behind the works. Okay first up, when your latest […]

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Live Review: Lilt + Phocal + Angus Dawson – Jimmy’s Den, Northbridge (03.09.16)

September 5, 2016

Indie electro pop trio Lilt stormed a sold out Jimmy’s Den in Northbridge on Saturday night, flooding the packed venue with lush brooding dance tunes for the launch of their latest single “Wait No More”.  Bringing along fellow locals Phocal and Angus Dawson, the show was a full house, full volume yet intimate affair highlighting the stellar […]

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Live Review: L-Fresh The Lion + Omar Musa + Sukhjit – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle (27.08.16)

August 30, 2016

Despite the dreary winter weather still clinging to WA, people flocked to the basement of The Odd Fellow in Fremantle on Saturday night to soak up the positive vibes as it transformed into an electric den of energy under performances from L-Fresh the Lion’s Become Tour. Sparking with pointedly political verse, heavy beats and 100% […]

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Live Review: The Smith Street Band + Luca Brasi + Joelistics – Capitol, Perth (10.06.16)

June 14, 2016

There was a hint of unrest in the lead up to The Smith Street Band’s second show in Perth last Friday night, some slight tension after harsh words were dealt out by frontman Wil Wagner over some unsavoury punters that had the crowd feeling he’d painted Perth with the same brush. Much to the relief […]

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Wil Wagner of The Smith Street Band talks having a voice, writing music, and meeting your idols.

May 18, 2016

We caught up with Wil Wagner lead singer of The Smith Street Band early last week to get a look into everything from what motivates their brutally honest song writing to what it takes to be a decent person. Gearing up for their mid year tour with the usual array of talent in tow, we […]

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Festival Review: Groovin’ the Moo – Hay Park, Bunbury (07.05.16)

May 10, 2016

‘We play rain, hail or shine’ has never been more relevant than in 2016 for Perth festivals, however the Bunbury leg of Groovin’ The Moo managed to march on through the temperamental weather with some killer acts without resorting to doing the worm through a giant mud puddle. While for those staying outside of Bunbury, getting on […]

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Live Review: Tigertown + Angus Dawson – Jimmy’s Den, Perth (16.04.16)

April 18, 2016

With an odd burst of warm weather over the weekend, Northbridge was buzzing nice and early on Saturday night with the maze of boutique bars around Jimmy’s Den thriving as we waited for doors open. After hearing an interview with the band, I was well and truly keen to see Sydney act Tigertown taking their […]

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Album News Weekly: 15th April 2016

April 15, 2016

In This Issue: It is the final last Album News Weekly this week!! Well for me at least, check out the latest from pop, rock, hip hop and in between. There’s some sweet new releases from the revamped Magnetic Zeros crew, as well as The Sugarcanes hailed as being for those Alabama Shakes lovers, get […]

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Pete Bernoth of The John Steel Singers (Brisbane) on The Blurst of Times, Midnight At the Plutonium & more!

April 12, 2016

We had a chat with Pete Bernoth, who handles the keys and trombone for The John Steel Singers, last week to suss out their spot on the upcoming Blurst of Times festival in their hometown of Brisbane as well as the making of their new album Midnight At The Plutonium and how much stamina it […]

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Album News Weekly: 8th April 2016

April 8, 2016

In This Issue: Another fresh week of releases coming out today with the latest from M83 and The Dandy Warhols as well as plenty of tracks coming out of Canada and abroad alike. Check out some sweet album covers and even sweeter tunes! M83 M83, aka Anthony Gonzalez, announces the details of his forthcoming full-length […]

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Album News Weekly: 1st April 2016

April 1, 2016

In This Issue: It’s a massive start to the new month this week with new overseas favourites Babymetal starting the list. Get scrolling through some ace album artwork and update your music library! BABYMETAL BABYMETAL all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group are set to release METAL RESISTANCE on April 1 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment. Darq […]

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Album News Weekly: 29th March 2016

March 28, 2016

In This Issue: Now that all those chocolate bellies are starting to settle it’s time to get back into the swing of things; here are all the releases that came out over the long weekend for you to catch up on! Feast your eyes on some stella artworks and there’s a few soundbites to sample […]

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Album News Weekly: 18th March 2016

March 17, 2016

In This Issue: There is indie, there is electronic, there is hip hop and there is goth punk metal core all coming at you this week from full blown debuts to mini LPs and solo ventures. Take a peek at the new music release eye candy available this week! Baauer LuckyMe and Warp are proud […]

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Album News Weekly: 14th March 2016

March 14, 2016

In This Issue: Plenty of debuts up this month to check out from some southern styled sounds to flat out post punk and even some ol’ Jeff Buckley released from the archives, check it out! The Cat Empire It had been rumoured for a few months, but The Cat Empire finally released their new album […]

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Live Review: Art vs. Science + KLP – Capitol, Perth (05.03.16)

March 7, 2016

Sydney electronic dance pop trio Art vs. Science hit up Perth as part of their ‘Off The Edge Of The Earth…’ tour on Saturday night with KLP in tow, returning to Capitol nightclub for a party of a night. Local Catlips appeared for a brief DJ set, packing out the background sound for doors open […]

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Album News Weekly: 4th March 2016

March 4, 2016

In This Issue: The month of March is bursting with releases and this is just the first Friday of many! There are a dozen wicked records available today including Aussie hip hop darling Urthboy right on down to the return of The Violent Femmes. We’ve even included an Honourable Mentions section to fit in the […]

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