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Exclusive Single Premiere: daste. “somebody like you” (2021)

January 20, 2021

Gold Coast-trio daste.  are about to release their first single of the year, “somebody like you”, a beautiful uplifting tune, and we are thrilled to be premiering it today. This is the second track to be released off their forthcoming debut album dusk/dawn, due out mid-year. “somebody like you” follows on from “either way”, which […]

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Hardline

Track of the Week: Julien Baker “Hardline” (2021)

January 19, 2021

Singer-songwriter Julien Baker continues to tease her forthcoming album Little Oblivions, treating fans to new single “Hardline”.  The new single, the first track on the new album, further showcases the more expansive sound that Baker has opted for on the forthcoming album. It’s bigger, bolder, but at the same time, so clearly a Julien Baker […]

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Illy

Guest Playlist: Illy shares songs from the artists who changed his life

January 19, 2021

The genre defying and ARIA Award winning artist Illy has returned with his sixth LP, The Space Between.  Released on Friday, the album is the culmination of over three years of persistence, grind, and continent hopping. Illy split the album’s recording sessions between his hometown of Melbourne, and studios around the world, including, Los Angeles, […]

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Sturle Dagsland

Interview: Sturle Dagsland on his debut LP, creative process, and recording with huskies

January 19, 2021

Norwegian experimental singer Sturle Dagsland continues to tease his forthcoming self-titled debut album, set for release early next month – February 5th.  The latest single to be lifted from the album is “Dreaming”; a track that showcases the album’s more ethereal side. It’s positively serene compared to the previously released “Kusanagi” and “Waif”; which highlighted […]

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Live Review: Birds of Tokyo’s symphonic tour with WASO is a raging success

January 18, 2021

WA alt-rockers Birds of Tokyo have done plenty in their 15-year existence, but a symphonic tour is something completely foreign and new, so frontman Ian Kenny admitted they were “shitting bricks” with their first few shows at the idyllic Perth Concert Hall over the weekend. Birds of Tokyo’s symphonic tour commenced on Thursday night with […]

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Passenger

Interview: Passenger on getting drunk, being vulnerable and playing a sad clown

December 31, 2020

Passenger will release his 13th studio album, Songs For The Drunk & Brokenhearted on January 8th. Penned by Passenger – aka Mike Rosenberg – when he was newly single, the album features that raw and authentic vulnerability that Passenger’s global fan-base has grown to love. Fans from all over the world will have the opportunity to […]

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The best hip hop Christmas songs of all time

December 25, 2020

Christmas themed hip hop songs have been a part of hip hop culture since the early 80’s, and from The Treacherous Three and Kurtis Blow to Kanye West and Run the Jewels, there are actually some really good ones out there. To soundtrack your Christmas family get together we’ve gone through and counted down what […]

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Live Review: Vera Blue + Northeast Party House + GRAACE + Stace Cadet – Factory Summer Festival, Brisbane Showgrounds (20.12.20)

December 22, 2020

Mosh pits are officially burning up in Brisbane with Factory Summer Festival reviving the dance floor and reminding us how (un)pleasant it feels to be drenched in your neighbour’s sweat. One of the biggest nights of the festival saw a four act bill headlined by Vera Blue alongside Northeast Party House, GRAACE and Stace Cadet. […]

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The Kills

Album Review: The Kills – Little Bastards (2020 LP)

December 18, 2020

Anglo-American rock band The Kills have forged a career spanning twenty years, releasing five studio albums and four extended plays. Now they’ve re-mastered a 20-track collection of B-sides and rare tracks which were released between 2002 and 2009 and put it out titled, Little Bastards. In such a project there is always a risk of going […]

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Best Music of 2020

The 40 Best International Tracks of 2020

December 15, 2020

Yesterday, we shared the 40 best Australian tracks of 2020, and now as the AU team heads out on a Summer Break, it’s time to count down the best 40 tracks from the rest of the world that made their mark. As we touched on in that article, it’s been an incredible year of music […]

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Live Review: Ukiyo – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth (12.12.20)

December 14, 2020

Fledging Perth producer Ukiyo, aka Timothy Arnott, may have garnered money-can’t-buy endorsements from Will Smith and Pharrell Williams but that wasn’t enough to genuinely draw a crowd for his maiden album launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in his hometown on Saturday night. It may have been a thin turn-out for the self-titled album launch, but […]

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Track of the Week: Lapwing “Hope Christmas Gets You To Me” (2020)

December 14, 2020

It’s time for our last featured track of the year, so let’s end 2020 with something that sums up exactly how we’re all feeling after this wild AF year – a little bit sad, a little bit hopeful, and a little bit festive. Lapwing‘s “Hope Christmas Gets You To Me” ticks all those boxes. The […]

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Kinder

Interview: Kinder on “Come Along”, writing camps and growing as singers

December 14, 2020

Hailing from Maitland, NSW, sister duo Kinder are injecting the Australian music landscape with a sorely missed Ghanaian influence. Briony and Savannah Osei recently released their single “Come Along” with A.GIRL, teaming up through Ricochet writing camp run by KLP. Bonding over the sense of community in their respective heritages, “Come Along” combines a Ghanaian […]

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The 40 Best Australian Tracks of 2020

December 14, 2020

As voted by our contributors for the 12th consecutive year, we’re thrilled to end 2020 with a list of our favourite Australian songs of the year. Unlike the albums list you saw last week, today we’re keeping things simple: inviting you to listen to a playlist of the 40 tracks our writers chose. We hope […]

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Imogen Clark, Montaigne and Georgia Mooney

Photo Gallery: Imogen Clark and Friends – Factory Theatre, Sydney (09.12.20)

December 11, 2020

Imogen Clark’s 1st Annual Holiday Hootenanny took place at the Factory Theatre on Wednesday night, and we were there to bring you this photo gallery. It was a festive evening, with Imogen Clark and her band in a buoyant mood.  She roped in a bunch of her friends to help out throughout the night. It […]

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Track of the Day: Choosing Sides “Cardboard Seats” (2020)

December 11, 2020

Adelaide trio Choosing Sides recently dropped latest single “Cardboard Seats“, and we’re stoked to be naming it today’s Track of the Day. Making it interstate for a show in Melbourne just before COVID-19 disrupted… well, everything, Choosing Sides have taken all 2020 has thrown at them in their stride. They’ve spent the year hard at […]

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Ash Grunwald

Interview: Ash Grunwald gets deep with us about his new collaboration with Josh Teskey

December 10, 2020

When you hear it, you wonder how a coupling like Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald had never come to be before now. It’s a match made in Blues heaven. And, in a world that seems to be dominated by just how electronic music can become, this album is a time-capsule full of pure and simple […]

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Little Green

Exclusive Single Premiere: Little Green “The Night” (2020)

December 10, 2020

Little Green is the moniker for Sydney-based singer-songwriter Amy Nelson. As we head into what is becoming known as ‘bushfire season’, today we are premiering “The Night”, a track which highlights the devastation that last years rounds of bushfires had on society and the land on which we inhabit. Little Green wrote of the inspiration […]

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Vinny Fire

Guest Playlist: Melbourne trio Vinny bring you the essential 80’s beats you need in your life

December 10, 2020

Melbourne trio Vinny capped off November with the release of “Fire”, their second release of the year.  Armed with infectious base lines and oozing swagger, “Fire” is as good an introduction as any to the Melbourne band. Think neon lit dance floors, a touch of hedonism and a smidge of seedy dance floor vibes and […]

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Track of the Day: Seth King “Numb” (2020)

December 10, 2020

Today’s Track of the Day comes in the form of Seth King‘s latest “Numb“. Boasting a hook that’s guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days, it’s a great slice of relatable Aussie rock-pop. And with EP 2020 got me feeling like on the way, now’s the perfect time to tap into “Numb”. “I […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2020

December 10, 2020

the AU review is proud to announce The 40 Best Albums of 2020, from Australia and around the world. Who will top our 12th annual list? Read on to find out, and enjoy streams of the records as you scroll through. 40. San Cisco – Between You & Me After more than a decade together, San […]

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Album of the Week: The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You (2020 LP)

December 10, 2020

It was always going to be hard for The Avalanches to follow up their debut Since I Left You. At the time of its release, it was groundbreaking and re-wrote the way in which music could and would be created. It may have taken them sixteen years to follow it up, but 2016’s Wildflower went […]

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Clio Renner

Track by Track: Clio Renner guides us through her debut album Nothing Breaks, Nothing Mends

December 9, 2020

Melbourne-based and multi-talented Clio Renner’s debut album Nothing Breaks, Nothing Mends is out and making waves. The pianist, vocalist and songwriter has produced an impressive collection of alternative indie-pop tracks that delve into the truth of Renner’s life right now, exploring her thoughts, inner-dialogue and the people in her life. Having worked with a slew […]

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Track of the Day: Maddy Jane “You’re not mine (But I Think You Should Be)” (2020)

December 9, 2020

Tasmanian artist, Maddy Jane has unveiled her latest single, “You’re not mine (But I Think You Should Be)”. After releasing her debut album Not All Bad Or Good earlier this year through Lemon Tree Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia, Maddy’s new single is fresh and addictive. The song captures a vibrant indie-rock tune with Jane’s vocals […]

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The Violet Stones

Exclusive Album Premiere: The Violet Stones – PIN (LP 2020)

December 9, 2020

We’ve been looking forward to the sophomore album from Sydney alt-rock grunge band The Violet Stones, and it delivers in spades. We are stoked today to be premiering PIN, with a generous fourteen energetic high-octane tracks. They’ve teased a few singles in the lead-up, most recently “Power Hungry”, so it’s a treat to have the […]

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Track of the Day: Aeora “Freedom” (2020)

December 8, 2020

Melbourne based Aeora has dropped another dark electro-pop banger in the form of “Freedom“. With killer vocals and a beautifully produced and intricately layered sound, it’s a great follow-up to previous singles “Breathe” and “Give It“. Of this latest track, Aeora says: “I was in this really open and freeing time of my life where […]

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Paul The Kid

Exclusive Single Premiere: Paul The Kid “Palm Trees & Ciggies” (2020)

December 8, 2020

Aucklander, Paul The Kid, is about to release his latest tune, “Palm Trees & Ciggies” and we are delighted to be premiering this funky summer tune. “Palm Trees & Ciggies” is a love letter to simpler times, to travelling on the cheap, drinking cold tins, a pack of smokes and some good tunes. Who needs […]

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Track of the Day: SUNFLOWER “Thin Skin” (2020)

December 7, 2020

Brisbane’s SUNFLOWER are your ‘60s/‘70s groovers bringing back an electric rock-soul fusion. Fronted by Lawson Doyle and Kahlia Ferguson, this five-piece is growing from strength to strength which each single released. Their buoyant debut “Better Days” showcases Lawsons rock vocals highlighted with the bluesy backing of Ferguson. “Get Yourself Together” quickly followed, demonstrating a more […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Wayne Baker Brooks from Chicago, Illinois

December 7, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Bad Pony

Exclusive Video Premiere: Bad Pony “Hold Choke” (2020)

December 7, 2020

Indie-rockers Bad Pony are teasing us with another single off their forthcoming debut album, this time in the form of “Hold Choke”. This is a song full of hooks, big choruses and makes you want to jump and down with the band. It’s quite a contrast to the somewhat darker, undertones of the lyrics, which […]

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