Features

The Bands That Made The Beer: Casey’s Brewery

May 5, 2022

In our new series, we’re taking a dive into local independent breweries and doing our best impression of being a Cicerone, by matching the brewery’s beers with a band. We’ll be taste testing the best a brewery has to offer and teaming tipples with tracks, all to make that drinking experience even more special. This […]

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Just A Gent

Just A Gent reveals the influences behind Planet Oasis

April 26, 2022

Producer and musician Just A Gent has just released his latest album, Planet Oasis. It’s hard to believe that it’s four years since his landmark record, Stories To Tell was released. That album has racked up over 20 million streams, and on Spotify, his overall streaming numbers have hit 200 million. Yes, impressive indeed, and […]

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Sheldon5D

The Top Three Artists Sheldon5D Recommends As Must Knows

April 12, 2022

Western Australia has proven to be a source of so many talented artists in recent years, and one of the fresh bunch to emerge is artist, producer and engineer Sheldon Nunes. He has been releasing his music under the Sheldon5D moniker, and has just released his first track of 2022, “Ride With Me”. The song was […]

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Soft Powder

Soft Powder explains the creative process behind his latest track, “Close Your Eyes”

April 8, 2022

Soft Powder creates emotive lo-fi dream pop, and today he has released his debut full-length album, Somewhere Like Paradise. The album is eight tracks of shimmering shoegaze and melancholic pop. The album followed on from his two earlier EPs, Shangri-La and  Faber Ria which received widespread critical acclaim. Soft Powder is the solo project for producer […]

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Canberra’s Kirrah Amosa releases her new track “Possessive” and shares her inspirations

March 29, 2022

Canberra’s Kirrah Amosa weaves an intoxicating R&B spell on her latest single, “Possessive”. A passionate and sensual song, it reflects the journey which Kirrah has been on. Not always smooth-sailing, this is a track that shows acceptance and great self-awareness. Kirrah gives us some background to the track: “2020/2021 bestowed on me the best of the […]

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The Bands That Made The Beer: Rusty Penny Brewing

March 17, 2022

In a brand new series, we’ll be taking a dive into local independent breweries and doing our best impression of being a Cicerone, by matching the brewery’s beers with a band. We’ll be taste testing the best a brewery has to offer and teaming tipples with tracks, all to make that drinking experience even more […]

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It's Raining Mentors

Interview: Elana Stone on her It’s Raining Mentors podcast with Josh Pyke

February 23, 2022

Fancy a career in the music industry? Are you a would-be record producer? Or maybe want to work for a publicist. Or can play a mean guitar and want to get some work as a session musician. Good news! Industry legends Elana Stone and Josh Pyke, with the assistance of the Australian Institute of Music […]

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Interview: Sydney’s Highline in the rehearsal studio, “Enough For You and Me” & the joy of The Lansdowne

February 23, 2022

Highline are a four-piece indie rock band hailing from Sydney. The band formed out of high school and their music is an exciting mix of indie rock incorporating some brit-pop elements. It’s characterised by sweet guitars and emotive melodies lending itself to their own familiar yet exciting brand of rock. Today they release their first […]

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22 Artists To Watch in 2022

February 18, 2022

Now a month and a half into the year, 2022 has started off well with plenty of notable albums and singles released so far both domestically and abroad. But what about those acts that we think are going to burst out and make waves this year? Below we’ve compiled a list of 22 artists that […]

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Gesticulations

The Existence Of My Bane: Gesticulations take us through their new album, track by track

February 11, 2022

The Existence Of My Bane is the third album in less than a year from Gesticulations. It follows on from Sense of Purgency and Threadbare which were released in 2021. Gesticulations is fronted by Graham Ashton (The Shambolics and Way Cool Jnr) and he seems to have a never-ending pool of ideas. He has again teamed up with collaborator […]

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Fletcher Gull

Fletcher Gull takes us on an illustrated deep dive into Ancient History Shares A Knowing Smile

February 11, 2022

Last week Melbourne indie singer/songwriter Fletcher Gull released his sophomore EP, Ancient History Shares A Knowing Smile. The phrase was apparently on a t-shirt and brought a wry smile to the creative artist. We have been watching his progress keenly and was crushing on one of the tracks from the EP when it was released late […]

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Urthboy

Is it time Western Sydney music receives the respect it deserves?

February 4, 2022

With a population of approximately 6 million people, Sydney is the largest city of Australia. And just like every other city in the country, Sydney has many suburbs, cultures, sub-cultures, communities and milieus that make it culturally and artistically rich. The most important, and often overlooked, is Western Sydney. Always seen as the poorer and […]

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Bad Moon Born

Sydney’s Bad Moon Born share their five favourite Aussie hard-rock bands

February 3, 2022

Sydney hard-rock outfit Bad Moon Born, have recently dropped the gentle and poignant track, “Light Leaves the Day”. It’s a beautiful counterpoint to their heavier songs, and will be a welcome addition to their setlists. It addresses Jordan Von Grae’s (singer and lyricist) struggles with addiction and the path he has taken to sobriety. It’s heartfelt, […]

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Casey Barnes

Casey Barnes takes us behind the scenes of filming the music video for “Get To Know Ya”

January 28, 2022

Country music star Casey Barnes has today released “Get To Know Ya” from his upcoming album, Light It Up, which will drop on Friday 25th February. Reflecting on two years of cancelled tours, posphoned shows and missing the interation with his audience, “Get To Know Ya” is the perfect salve for those missing connecting with […]

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Wanderers

Track by Track: Wanderers take us through their self-titled EP

January 28, 2022

Today South Australia’s Wanderers have released their third EP, self-titled, and arguably their strongest to date. The well-respected duo, Dusty Lee Stephensen and Matt Birkin have established themselves as outstanding songwriters and musicians. The EP is their first since 2017’s Something For A Distraction and sets them up nicely for a visit to the US […]

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Watch The Hives, Portugal The Man and Grouplove go head-to-head in Australian Trivia

January 27, 2022

As we celebrate 30 years since the first Big Day Out in Australia, we’ve dug out some never before seen footage from the 2014 Big Day Out in Sydney. It was held on Australia Day, 26th January 2014, so we thought we’d ask 3 bands playing that year – The Hives, Grouplove and Portugal The […]

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10 heavy albums you might have missed in 2021

January 18, 2022

As we move into the new year, it’s that time when we look back on the highlights of the past 12 months and remember what made them so. With much of the world still emerging from lockdown, many artists have been quietly busy making music off the stage. The heavy scene in particular has had […]

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The 40 Best Tracks of 2021

January 17, 2022

We’re officially back from our Summer hiatus, and kicking things off with a look back at our favourite tracks of 2021. Unlike our albums of the year piece, we won’t go in depth about each song on the list, and why it was included, but rather let the music itself do most of the talking. […]

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Michael Hili

Interview: Paul Kelly catches his Christmas Train, making gravy and Nina Simone

December 21, 2021

“…flour, salt, a little red wine, and don’t forget a dollop of tomato sauce for sweetness and that extra tang.” is a phrase that is ingrained in so many of us. Paul Kelly‘s “How To Make Gravy” has become synonymous with the festive season since its release in 1996. Not only that, but the 21st […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2021

December 17, 2021

It’s that time of year when our team of music writers and editors get together to count down the 40 best albums of the year. And while this has been no usual year, the quality of music that has been released has been incredibly high. Suffice it to say, this has been a very difficult […]

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Thunder Fox

Sounds of the hometown – the artists and producers influencing Thunder Fox

December 14, 2021

Sydney’s Thunder Fox have just released their second album, Sanctuary, and it’s truly a hotbed of creativity. Straddling genres, from gospel to RnB and everything in between, it brings out the best of the talented quintet. In the runup to its release, they dropped three singles,  “Not For Sale”, “Love You 2” and “Head In […]

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Renessco

Renessco’s 5 favourite acts to see in his hometown of Fremantle

December 10, 2021

Renessco is the solo project for Connor Minervini, who you might know through the folk-rock group The Hunting Birds. He has just dropped his debut track, the achingly beautiful “Glass House”. Renessco hails from Fremantle in Western Australia but is now resident in Melbourne. “Glass House” was written on the West Coast, and it is framed as […]

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Yard Act, Nick Ward and Joy Crookes: UK & Aussie acts you need to know

December 9, 2021

As the Ashes kick off and the year begins to draw to a close, I thought I’d take a moment to bring your attention to a hat-trick of acts I’ve been introduced to this year; two from England and one here at home in Australia. Yard Act (Leeds, England) Ever wondered what the love child […]

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Interview: Middle Kids talk touring the US in a pandemic, ARIA win and Jameson House of Rounds

December 8, 2021

Sydney indie-rock trio Middle Kids have quickly become one of the country’s most prominent and adored bands, capturing hearts worldwide with their gritty pop anthems and unparalleled storytelling. And it’s been another another huge year for the band, with the release of their new album Today We’re The Greatest in March, a national tour in […]

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Festival Review: Jameson House of Rounds shouts Byron Bay a day of live music

December 7, 2021

The eminent Jameson House of Rounds returned for a night of whiskey, food and music at iconic bar The Rails in Byron Bay on Saturday, 4 December – and you can bet that we were there for every bit of it. As New South Wales emerges from lockdown, Jameson House of Rounds provided a unique […]

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Highline

Sydney’s Highline share their 6 favourite B-Sides

December 7, 2021

What to put on the B-side for your about to be released single? Perhaps a conundrum almost as challenging as what to call the band. There have been some memorable B-sides over the past few decades. “Green Onions” from Booker T and the MG’s was the B-Side to their track “Behave Yourself”. “God Only Knows” […]

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Nate Vibrations

Melbourne’s Naté Vibrations shares his musical tastes and influences

November 26, 2021

Earlier this month Melbourne-based producer and hip hop artist Naté Vibrations dropped the summer-tinged track, “Hop Out”, and irrespective of what the weather is currently doing, this is a track to get you zinging about. From the fun jaunty opening on the keys to the driving beats and vocals, “Hop Out” is a total trip. […]

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The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire: As they say goodbye, a fan takes a look back at all the times the band said Hello

November 25, 2021

After more than 20 years and 8 studio albums, The Cat Empire has decided to call time on a career that has spanned more than 1500 shows having played to millions of fans. Starting out as a trio in 2001, the Melbourne act has managed to light up every single stage they’ve played while bringing […]

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Choosing Sides

Choosing Sides share 10 albums that inspired their EP All I Need

November 25, 2021

Adelaide four-piece Choosing Sides have just released their latest EP, All I Need. It’s an enticing blend of indie, alt-rock and shoegaze, drawing attention to thoughtful lyrics and artful musicianship. It’s a collection of songs showing great maturity, as the band explores their relationships and place in the world. Frontman Will Wright explains: “‘All I Need’ […]

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JessB

We caught up with JessB to talk “FROM THA JUMP”, lockdown recording sessions, and the King Street Carnival

November 25, 2021

Auckland-based rapper JessB has been steadily rising in recent years, and the one ahead is looking to be busy and bright. The former professional netballer has already had quite an impressive career; with two EPs, a mixtape and a handful of singles under her belt, JessB also won Best New Zealand Act at the 2019 […]

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