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’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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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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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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estée takes us behind the scenes of filming the music video for “twenty eight”

November 23, 2021

estée is the moniker of Borneo-born, Australia-raised, Filipino-Chinese singer-songwriter Estée Evangeline. At nineteen years of age, and relatively new to the scene, she has already clocked over one million Spotify streams for her first two releases. Last week she released the video for her latest single, “twenty eight”, and we are delighted to have some […]

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Bipolar Sunshine

Bipolar Sunshine shares his top 5 Aussie artists, including his favourite song

November 18, 2021

Bipolar Sunshine is the solo project for singer/songwriter Adio Marchant. His voice is probably familiar, on records from DJ Snake, Petit Biscuit and, San Holo. He has also created with Gryffin, Lil Yachty, Beyonce and more. He featured on DJ Snake’s 2015 track “Middle’, which has had around 300 million YouTube views.  He also co-wrote […]

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Smirnoff Seltzer and The Jungle Giants are giving over $1 million of advertising to emerging Aussie artists

November 17, 2021

In momentous news for rising artists, over $1 million in advertising is up for grabs to celebrate the launch of Smirnoff Seltzer’s new Mixed Berries flavour. Smirnoff has appointed ARIA charting Brisbane exports The Jungle Giants as the Ads For Artists creative directors who must sift through entries from emerging artists, crowning 12 acts the […]

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Joe Mungovan

Track by Track: Joe Mungovan takes us through his debut album, A Flower In The Weeds

November 11, 2021

South Coast multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released his debut album, the gorgeous A Flower In The Weeds. Joe has been releasing quality singles and EP’s for a number of years now, so it’s an absolute treat to listen to his debut long-play record. Joe writes infectious indie/roots-pop, with strong melodies, acoustic guitars conveying […]

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FVNERAL’s guide to Sydney’s best songwriters and producers

November 11, 2021

FVNERAL is a seven-piece indie outfit from Sydney, and have recently launched their debut release, the anthemic and emotive “GOD DAMN LEDs”. The track is a warm emotive salve, offering hope and optimism during times of difficulty. It doesn’t take too many listens to pick up on the refined and elegant beauty of the song, […]

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Sydney’s Loretta shares five songs they wish they had written

November 10, 2021

Sydney’s Loretta have been forging a name for themselves in the last couple of years, and it looks like they are cresting a wave of creativity. Headed by vocalist and songwriter Ellis Hall, they’ve created their own blend of alt-pop, taking cues from acts such as The 1975, LANY, No Rome and The Neighborhood.  Their […]

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Jess Chalker

Track by Track: Jess Chalker takes us through her debut album, Hemispheres

November 8, 2021

Australia’s Jess Chalker has dropped her debut album, Hemispheres, an album that traverses the full gamut of human emotions. It explores the dichotomy between depression, hopefulness, self-doubt, self-love and more. We premiered an earlier single from the album, “Don’t Fight It” and have been keenly awaiting the release of Hemispheres. Whilst it’s her debut album, […]

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Sakura Flower: GB3’s Glenn Bennie, of Underground Lovers takes us through his new album track by track

November 5, 2021

GB3 is the side project for Underground Lovers co-founder Glenn Bennie, and today he has released his latest album, Sakura Flower. Glenn has teamed up again with Steve Kilbey of The Church, who has added the lyrics and vocals to these beautifully crafted pop songs infused with sparkling rivulets of electronica. This is their second album […]

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Johnny Hunter

Interview: Nick Hutt from Johnny Hunter on “Life”, influences and dream venues

October 28, 2021

Sydney’s Johnny Hunter are a post-glam punk rock outfit that has been captivating audiences since 2018. With Nick Hutt providing lead vocals and theatre upfront, Xander Burgess on lead guitar, Nick Cerone on bass and Gerry Thompson on drums, the band has an incredibly captivating live show. Taking their influences from bands such as Joy […]

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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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