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Track by Track: Mess Esque takes us through their atmospheric self-titled album

October 22, 2021

Mess Esque is a recent collaboration between iconic 90’s band Dirty Three‘s Mick Turner and McKisko‘s Helen Franzmann. The music and instruments are provided by Mick, and the lyrics and vocals by Helen. Probably best known for his work with Dirty Three, Mick has been making music for more than forty years. His most recent album […]

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Charm of Finches

Wonderful Oblivion: Charm of Finches take us through their new album track by track

October 22, 2021

Indie-folk duo Charm of Finches have been casting their spell on listeners with a stream of singles from Wonderful Oblivion, their third album, the most recent being the emotive and melancholic “Heavy”. Finally, the date for the release of this much-anticipated record has arrived for sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes. The album was recorded at home by […]

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Human Noise

Track by Track: Human Noise take a deep dive into Animal People

October 21, 2021

Sydney band Human Noise have today released their debut album, Animal People. It’s a beautifully varied record, from lo-fi grooves to frenetic guitar-driven bangers. The lyrics are sharp and no two tracks are the same. Fans of indie-punk rock acts such as Sonic Youth, RAT!hammock and The Strokes should find plenty to love here. I’m also […]

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Chelsea Warner

Chelsea Warner’s top tips before you head into the studio

October 20, 2021

Sydney singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and producer Chelsea Warner is going through a purple patch of releasing new music. Today she released “It Be Like That”, the third new track since June. Following on from “Drama” and “Not In The Mood” it continues the theme of self-exploration, analysis and growth. Classically trained at the Sydney Conservatorium […]

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Cookin' On 3 Burners

Cookin’ On 3 Burners give us their Top 5 Dream Collaborators

October 13, 2021

The legendary Cookin’ On 3 Burners recently released the blazing “The World Is Cold”, featuring Melbourne rapper Mantra and vocalist Jane Tyrell. It has that classic 3 Burners funk with attitude a-plenty as they mix up an enticing blend of contrasts, of sugar and spice, of heat and ice. It’s razor-sharp and as soothing as […]

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Interview: Client Liaison on new album Divine Intervention, stolen jumpers & NFTs

October 7, 2021

After almost five years Melbourne indie pop duo Client Liaison returned last week with their second album Divine Intervention along with a swathe of singles. The quirky Melbourne-based pair had to delay the original release date amid another lockdown but eventually felt they had to get their music out there for their devoted fanbase. We caught […]

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Tanya Ransom

Track by Track: Tanya Ransom talks us through Breakdown to Breakthrough

October 1, 2021

Last week Western Australian singer-songwriter Tanya Ransom released her latest EP, Breakdown to Breakthrough. Comprising five tracks, Tanya blends her unique blend of folk blues and alt-country with an entrancing honesty.  We premiered the lead track off the EP, “Cyclone” in November last year, so it’s a treat to see the remainder of the record see […]

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Asha Jefferies

Track by Track: Asha Jefferies takes us deep into The Pinnacle

September 28, 2021

Earlier this month Brisbane indie-folk artist Asha Jefferies released her entrancing EP, The Pinnacle. This is a tight collection of five heartfelt songs, covering a range of emotions touching on anxiety, heartbreak, depression and self-doubt. Asha has the knack for delivering a line that stays in your head. It’s beautifully produced, with a full-band feel […]

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The Finks

Track by Track: The Finks talk us through The moment the world rushed in

September 24, 2021

The Finks is the musical project for Melbourne songwriter Oliver Mestitz. Today he is releasing his six-track EP, The moment the world rushed in. This is a beautifully textured and delicate collection of songs. Five of the six tracks are instrumentals, with the title track containing vocals. The songs on the EP are a mix […]

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H3000

Interview: H3000’s Luke Steele on their debut album, collaborating with Jarrad Rogers and what a H3000 live show might look like

September 17, 2021

H3000 is a collaboration between Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun, The Sleepy Jackson and DREAMS fame, and Jarrad Rogers who has written songs for and produced for the likes of Charli XCX, Rita Ora, Lana Del Ray and so many more. Today they release their debut self-titled album, a cosmic collection of songs […]

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From Hurricanes and Heartbreak to the Open Arms of Wine Country: How Bottlerock Saved the Day

September 9, 2021

There are many uncertainties in this world. Over the past 18 months that fact has been painfully proven time and time again. With thousands of concerts, sporting events, and festivals canceled due to Covid-19 it would seem like an unwise idea to get my heart set for my all-time favorite annual gathering. Unwise indeed. The […]

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Gesticulations

Threadbare: Gesticulations walk us through their second album of the year

September 2, 2021

Gesticulations, fronted by Graham Ashton of The Shambolics and Way Cool Jnr., is seemingly in the midst of a purple patch of productivity. They have just released Threadbare, which is their second long-play album of the year, following from Sense of Purgency which dropped in April. Ashton has collaborated again with multi-instrumentalist and producer Benny […]

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Brigitte Bardini

Track by Track: Brigitte Bardini takes us through her debut album Stellar Lights

September 2, 2021

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brigitte Bardini has just released her gorgeous debut album, Stellar Lights. It’s a collection of fourteen tracks, wonderfully diverse, showing a maturity way beyond what you would expect for a debut album. It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bardini produced eight of the tracks herself, and the other six were […]

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A Year Before Lockdown

2019 – A Year Before Lockdown celebrating Australian musicians by Australian photographers

August 30, 2021

As a live music photographer, the pandemic and resulting lockdown has been pretty bleak. Instead of going to multiple gigs a week, and capturing the joy and essence of live music, like everyone else I’ve been confined to home counting my legs. During this extended period of reflection, one of the seasoned photographers from the […]

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Stella Farnan

Track By Track: Stella Farnan takes us through her debut EP Come Stay At Mine

August 27, 2021

Stella Farnan is an artist that caught our eye back in early 2020. With thoughtful lyrics, an adroit turn of phrase and superb vocals, we had her pegged as an artist to watch in 2020. Obviously that was a year to write off, but Stella popped up again early this year and we were delighted […]

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Guest Book Review: Tim Carroll from Holy Holy reviews The Power by Naomi Alderman

August 20, 2021

Today, Holy Holy released their fourth studio album, Hello My Beautiful World. Our reviewer Dylan Marshall, has declared it as “their best album yet”, and it is our Album of the Week. Guitarist and vocalist Tim Carroll is also a voracious reader, and to celebrate this latest release, Tim has written for the AU, a […]

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Archie Roach

Interview: Archie Roach on his Kitchen Table Yarns and his foundation stage at the Port Fairy Folk Festival

August 12, 2021

Archie Roach is a national treasure who has led an extraordinary life. As a two-year-old, he was forcibly removed from his family, as part of the “Stolen Generation”. This dislocation was to have a profound effect on Archie and his siblings, as he battled alcoholism and struggled to find his identity. He was able to […]

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Polish Club

Polish Club’s David Novak gives us his favourite burgers in Sydney

August 11, 2021

On Friday, Sydney rockers Polish Club will release their latest album, Now We’re Cookin’. They’ve teased out some singles in the past few months including “Stop for a Minute”, “Just Talking” and the sweet ballad “No Heaven”, so it’s exciting to having the full audio smorgasbord about to drop. It’s always good to hear David […]

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Sunday Estate

The Sunday Estate take us through their new EP When You Get Home

August 11, 2021

Sydney five-piece The Sunday Estate have today released their latest EP, When You Get Home. The band has the knack of writing cracking rock songs with strong melodies, great guitars and catchy choruses. They tend to be written about themes and topics to which we can all relate, making them readily accessible. Of the tracks […]

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Witching Hour

Behind the scenes of Witching Hour’s “Queen of Wands” music video

August 10, 2021

Melbourne’s multi-talented artist, Witching Hour recently released the video for “Queen of Wands”, the final track off her debut EP, Book of Shadows that dropped on the 30th July. Witching Hour is the moniker for Claire Quartz, who has put together a beautifully vivid and colourful video for the “Queen of Wands”. Claire has synaesthesia […]

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Suicide Swans

Toowoomba’s Suicide Swans walk us through new album Reservations

August 4, 2021

Toowomba alt-country band Suicide Swans released their new album, Reservations, late last week.  The album, the follow-up to last year’s Through The Years, was recorded in its entirety at By The Living Grace Studio in Brisbane. According to Frontman Kyle Jenkins the album is “an extension of the previous album… that captured the band’s love […]

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Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie takes us on a journey into the soul of his sophomore album Shades Of Love

July 30, 2021

Singer-songwriter and ‘Gypsy Scotsman’ Colin Lillie need not worry about the curse of the second album.  Shades Of Love, out today is an assured and confident record, one that is full of heart, life, and honest, compelling songwriting. In essence, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Lillie; but equally it also displays an admirable […]

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Flies In My Room: Aodhan takes us behind the songs on his debut EP

July 21, 2021

Seventeen-year-old Dharawal singer-songwriter Aodhan has capped off an impressive couple of years, releasing his debut EP Flies In My Room on Friday.  His early singles caught the attention of Communion Publishing in the UK, earning him a place on their roster; whilst here in Australia he’s been racking up the plays on Triple J, not […]

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Jacinta Lal

Brisbane’s Jacinta Lal shares her top 5 female MC’s

July 16, 2021

Brisbane hip hop artist Jacinta Lal recently released her debut EP, Divya. This is a stellar debut for the talented young artist. Divya is a collection of songs showcasing courage and power. Upbeat, fierce and showing plenty of sass and personality, with this EP Jacinta has well and truly announced herself on the local hip […]

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San Joseph

Melbourne’s San Joseph takes us behind the scenes of filming the music video for “Blink Twice”

July 12, 2021

Last month, alt-pop artist San Joseph released the video for his debut single “Blink Twice”. He has certainly hit the ground running with his first track out into the world, a striking mix of acoustic guitar, a catchy soulful voice and a tune that stays in your head long after it has reached the end. […]

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Dust of Us

Sydney electronic duo Dust of Us share their favourite Sydney spots

July 8, 2021

Sydney electronic duo Dust of Us recently released their latest EP, Never Had The Time. This is a collection of seven songs, imbued in moody vocals and succinct layered electronica. We were crushing on the track “Punching Bag” when it was dropped late last year, and have been keenly anticipating the release of this EP. It […]

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King Brown

Perth’s King Brown gives us their favourite local venues, bands and haunts

July 8, 2021

Perth continues to enhance its reputation as a creative hub, with resident rockers King Brown dropping their debut EP, Out In The Desert last month. It’s a quality collection of six tracks. It’s a bit bluesy, with some surf-rock leanings and superb story-telling. The strong vocals and searing guitars are a standout. It’s an exciting […]

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5 albums and EPs you may have missed in Q2 2021

July 1, 2021

As we hit the half way point of 2021, there’s been an extraordinary level of great new music released week in, week out this year; especially in the months April through June. From Wolf Alice to girl in red, London Grammar, EJ Worland and Martha Marlow, the second quarter of 2021 has seen a variety […]

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The 2021 Barunga Festival was a richly rewarding immersive cultural experience

June 17, 2021

The 2021 edition of the Barunga Festival was run over the June long weekend seemingly against all the odds. For those unfamiliar, Barunga is a small indigenous community approximately eighty km southeast of Katherine in the Northern Territory. It’s about four hours drive from Darwin. The festival weekend is the only time in the year […]

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Dunluvly

Exclusive Single Premiere: Dunluvly “Hazey” (2021)

May 13, 2021

Dublin-based singer-songwriter and producer Dunluvly is all set to release his new single, “Hazey”. The single, a delightful slice of dream pop, is the culmination of three years work, and we’re pleased to bring you this exclusive first listen ahead of its official release tomorrow.  The single is Dunluvly’s first since the release of his […]

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