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Vanderlay

Exclusive EP Premiere: Vanderlay – Doubtful Sound (2024 EP)

Hailing from Melbourne and now splitting his time between there and Paris, Caspar Conrick releases incredible folk-infused music under his moniker Vanderlay. Earlier this year, he released two striking singles, “Assimilate Strangely” and “Triumph and Disaster”, and is following these up with an EP, Doubtful Sound, which we are thrilled to be premiering today ahead of its…

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Review: Bobby Mahoney – Another Deadbeat Summer (2024 LP)

New Jersey, probably unfairly, isn’t usually a name that immediately leaps out as a well-known producer of musical superstars. Yet the roster of huge hitmakers emerging from the garden state, from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, suggests there is certainly something in the waters of the Jersey Shore. Baptized in that water and…

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Libbianski

Exclusive Video Premiere: Libbianski “Too Many Fools, Not Enough Horses” (2024)

In April, New Zealand shoegaze outfit Libbianski released their gorgeous debut LP, Useless Splendour.  One of the standout tracks on the album is “Too Many Fools, Not Enough Horses”, and we are thrilled to be premiering the video today. This video is also a first for the band, with it being their debut video. The…

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Photo Gallery: The Paper Kites + Hannah Cameron – The Tivoli, Brisbane (14.06.24)

The Paper Kites flew into Brisbane on Friday night for a joyous evening at the perfectly suited Tivoli Theatre to deliver songs from their latest album At The Roadhouse, plus covering many of the beautifully crafted songs we’ve all grown to fall in love with over their last 10 or so years. Hannah Cameron, accompanied…

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Six unmissable gigs this July and August

Despite the winter chill, we are looking ahead to July and August to warm up with an incredible lineup of live music. This year has already delivered some unforgettable acts, but it seems the best is yet to come. Australian and New Zealand are about to get a fantastic delivery of shows for you to…

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Photo Gallery: The Rions + Blusher + Park Rd – The Triffid, Brisbane (14.06.24)

The Rions rocked the stage at The Triffid in Brisbane last night as part of their sold-out Sweet Cocoon Tour. Supported by both Park Rd and Blusher, this night was truly one to remember. Since forming in 2016, this four-piece indie rock band from Sydney’s Northern Beaches has continually reached new heights. Emerging from the…

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Photo Gallery: Pond + Delivery – Carriageworks, Vivid Sydney (14.06.23)

Pond played to a packed out Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney on a very wet Sydney night and I’m calling it gig of the year 2024! Supported by the excellent Melbourne garage-punk outfit Delivery. With the imminent release of Pond’s 10th studio album Stung! we were treated to new songs “(I’m) Stung”, “Neon River”, “Black Lung”…

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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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Photo Gallery: Marlon Williams – The Tivoli, Brisbane (12.06.24)

‘An Evening With Marlon Williams‘ was simply that, a seated theatre style show with Marlon alone on stage… sometimes acapella with his head covered by a hoodie and lit by dark orange lights, or joyously dancing around the stage with his soaring voice guiding us to another world. An intimate, personal and at times very…

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Photo Gallery: Luke Hemmings – Palais Theatre, Melbourne (12.06.24)

Luke Hemmings has well and truly redefined himself. The Syndey-born musician’s career, who now spends most of his time in Los Angeles, was born out of the successful boyband 5 Seconds of Summer. Though remnants of their adoration were clear at his Melbourne show on Wednesday, with an ample amount of screaming fans – it’s…

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Yasiin Bey pays tribute to the late great supervillain; MF DOOM at Sydney’s Vivid (12.06.24)

In 2004 MF DOOM released Madvillainy and MM..FOOD, often cited as the two best albums of his career, in 238 days. For the years following up until DOOM’s death in late 2020, these two albums and the entirety of his discography have garnered consistent critical acclaim, frequently appearing in year and decade-end lists. Universally accepted…

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New Music Discoveries 14th June: Kim Churchill, Meghna, Faux Real, and more

We’re somehow nearly at the halfway point for the year and we’ve added ten more tracks to our Discovery Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. This week our Track of the Week is “Calm The Sea” from folk artist Kim Churchill. Fresh from a European tour and following the release of previous single “Hobbies”; “Calm…

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Photo Gallery: Deerhoof + Annie Hamilton – Machine Hall, Vivid Sydney (13.06.24)

San Francisco’s experimental awesome foursome rock band Deerhoof played at the newest and coolest Sydney venue Machine Hall for Vivid Sydney supported by the wonderful Annie Hamilton playing solo. Deerhoof dazzled with their punchy eclectic pop tunes with bassist and lead vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki dancing and kicking her way for what was a delightful fun…

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Album Review: Jess Cornelius – CARE/TAKING (2024 LP)

Following the widespread acclaim of her debut solo record Distance in 2020, New Zealand-born, Melbourne-bred, and now Los Angeles-based indie artist Jess Cornelius is set to release her sophomore album CARE/TAKING this Friday through Tender Loving Empire. With a strong 10-song offering, CARE/TAKING continues Cornelius’s style of heavily biographical and vulnerable songwriting, with reflections on…

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Aqver

Exclusive Single Premiere: Aqver “WON’T CHANGE ME” (2024)

Upbeat pop songs covering love and politics aren’t usually a natural mix, yet with Brisbane-based producer and vocalist Minn Aung, aka as Aqver, it just feels ever so right, in his latest high-energy bop, “WON’T CHANGE ME”. We’re super excited to be premiering this new track ahead of its release on Friday. “WON’T CHANGE ME”…

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Abbey Lane

Track by Track: Abbey Lane takes us through her debut EP, Afterthoughts

Today, Sydney singer/songwriter Abbey Lane has released her debut EP, the fabulous Afterthoughts.  Relationships are the central theme of the record, and the highs and lows of letting ourselves be vulnerable through love are artfully captured by the talented songwriter. There are many highlights here. One of my favourites is “Stuck in that moment”, which…

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Georgia LInes

Georgia Lines releases her stunning debut album, The Rose of Jericho

Last Friday, New Zealand/Aotearoa’s Georgia Lines released her stunning debut album, The Rose of Jericho. This record is bound together by stunning vocals and mature, well-crafted songwriting drawn from life experiences. Lush instrumentation, with piano and sparkly synths to the fore, permeates throughout this gem. The album was written over two years in response to…

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Stahl

Exclusive Single Premiere: STAHR “All Night Long” (2024)

It’s always a thrill to be showcasing music from bands very much in their infancy, and today we are stoked to be premiering “All Night Long”,  the second single for Brisbane duo STAHR. STAHR is an alternative rock band born from the collaboration of folk artist Gracie Lou and alt-rock visionary Sam Syrah. “All Night…

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Photo Gallery: Good Morning + Cool Sounds – Melbourne Recital Centre, RISING Festival, Melbourne (06.06.24)

RISING Festival this year, as much as any other year, is well known for its headline acts. The winter festival takes place in the heart of Melbourne city for only two weeks and never fails to deliver a stellar selection of music and arts programming. Good Morning reunited for a special hometown show this time…

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Photo Gallery: San Cisco + Brockhoff – YES , Manchester (09.06.24)

Freemantle’s San Cisco are on the tail end of a two-week blast around Europe, touring their fabulous new album, Under The Light. They’ve hit Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, followed up by a handful of shows in England. I caught them last night in Manchester, and they were on top form. It was a packed…

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The National

Festival Review: Primavera Sound Porto wraps up with a bang (08.06.24)

Despite it being quite a warm day, there were threatening clouds on the horizon at the start of the third day of Porto’s Primavera Sound festival. On the main Porto stage, Best Youth, Portugal’s indie pop band showed that a little rain was not going to dampen their enthusiasm. They played their infectious music and…

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Live Review: Charlotte Day Wilson shines in her biggest ever hometown show

On the final date of her North American tour for her latest album – the brilliant Cyan Blue – Canadian R&B artist Charlotte Day Wilson sold out one of Toronto, Canada’s most popular new venues, History. “You know it’s a big night, right?”, Wilson said as she stared out into a crowd full of fans,…

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Live Review: Middle Kids + Mia Wray – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (07.06.24)

I love my hometown. I know its ins and outs, the traffic to avoid, best food and drink spots and most importantly, it is comfortable, familiar and feels like home. For Middle Kids, their Enmore Theatre show was a triumphant homecoming showcasing the best from their recent album Faith Crisis Pt 1 and their ever…

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Lana Del Rey

Festival Review: Primavera Sounds Porto celebrates with Lana Del Rey (07.06.24)

The second day of Porto’s Primavera Sound Festival was marked by threatening rainclouds overhead. Despite this the rain stayed mostly away and raincoats were not really needed. But the action on stage was what people were there for. The Vodaphone stage was strangely under construction which meant that artists such as Justice did not perform….

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PJ Harvey

Festival Review: Aussies dominate on first day of Primavera Porto (06.06.24)

Primavera Sound Porto celebrates ten years of music festivals with an amazing lineup. Created in Barcelona, the Porto, Portugal leg is held in the Parque da Cidade, a large park right on Porto’s shore. With four stages and numerous pop-up installations, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. The atmospheric pop and futuristic Portugese R&B artist,…

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New Music Discoveries 7th June: Blusher, Lime Cordiale, Los Bitchos, and more

As we step further into June, we’ve added ten more tracks to our Discovery Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Our Track of the Week is “24 Hours in Paris” and comes from Naarm-based pop-trio Blusher. The track is lush and dreamy electro-pop, infused with a hint of melancholy. The band shares the background to…

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Album Review: Peggy Gou I Hear You (2024 LP)

With so many dancefloor anthems already under her belt, it’s hard to believe that I Hear You is Peggy Gou’s debut album. The South Korean-born singer, producer and DJ has risen to undeniable prominence amongst the house music scene and beyond, with her upcoming festival appearances including Glastonbury and Primavera Sounds. The 10 tracks on…

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Photo Gallery: Fever Ray – Vivid Live Sydney Opera House (05.06.24)

Swedish singer-songwriter Karin Dreijer under the alias Fever Ray and one half of the electronic music due The Knife dazzled with an impressive set at Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the night.

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Sabrina Carpenter announces release of new album Short n’ Sweet

Riding high off the success of single “Espresso’”(which, among other things, has at least corrected people who referred to the beverage as an “Expresso”) Sabrina Carpenter has announced the release of her new LP, Short n’ Sweet, with an August 23rd street date. The pint-sized popstar has put all her nights of working late (‘Cause…

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Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke is coming to Australia

Thom Yorke has chosen some iconic venues for his inaugural solo tour. The frontman for Radiohead will be heading down to Australia in October and November to play shows at the Sydney Opera House and Sidney Myer Music Bowl. He is best known of course for the nine albums of Radiohead, multiple Grammy awards, as a…

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