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Dutch Monks

Exclusive Album Premiere: Dutch Monks – Yours To Lend (2020 LP)

November 9, 2020

This week sees the release of Yours To Lend, the debut album from transcontinental indie duo Dutch Monks. Ahead of the album’s release on Friday, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen.  Dutch Monks are Melbourne singer-songwriter Jesse Rudd-Schmidt and Dutch pianist Thijs Flinsenberg. The pair met whilst they were both working together […]

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Blue September

Exclusive Single Premiere: VANTA and Ruyi “Blue September” (2020)

November 3, 2020

This week Melbourne-based collaborators VANTA and Ruyi release their latest single: “Blue September”. It’s a striking slice of alternative pop, and we’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen ahead of its release on Friday.  The friends turned collaborators have spent the last eleven months working on blending and complementing each others diverse range […]

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‘We’d be flattered if it’s copied across the world’: John Butler & Eskimo Joe lead WA’s world-first COVID-safe festival

October 29, 2020

Four pens and a rotating stage!? The future of live music festivals in the COVID world may be on show this Saturday when the ground-breaking Good Day Sunshine Festival takes place in WA’s South-West, headlined by John Butler and Xavier Rudd. As we learn to live with coronavirus, new initiatives are emerging. Promoters Macro Music […]

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Spotify vs CD vs Tidal: Is the debate over hi-res audio still relevant?

October 29, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself listening to an old favourite from my adolescence, Nine Inch Nails’ 1999 opus The Fragile. As a teenager, I played this double album to death on my Discman to the point where I can still vividly recall every subtlety that Trent Reznor meticulously laid down. Revisiting the […]

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Tia Gostelow

Album of the Week: Tia Gostelow – Chrysalis (2020 LP)

October 29, 2020

After seemingly coming out of nowhere in 2018 with her absolutely fantastic debut album Thick Skin, Tia Gostelow returns in 2020 with an evolved and 80s inspired sound, and the marvellous new album Chrysalis. Where her debut album was filled with understated and downbeat melody, Chrysalis is full, for the most part, of upbeat groovers that […]

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Liam Morton

Exclusive Single Premiere: Liam Morton “My Baby” (2020)

October 27, 2020

Brisbane’s Liam Morton is back this week with a new single, “My Baby”. Officially released tomorrow, we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first taste of the new track.  You might not know it from a casual listen, but “My Baby” is a lament; a lament for a broken relationship and for those missteps and […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Charlie DeCarlo “Walkway” (2020)

October 19, 2020

New York singer-songwriter Charlie DeCarlo will release his new single “Walkway” on Thursday. The single is the latest and last to be taken from his forthcoming debut album Paper Birds – set for release in December. Ahead of its official release we’re excited to bring you this exclusive early taste of the brilliant new single […]

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Ohmage: Melbourne’s Eddie Casper walks us track by track through his immersive sophomore album

October 19, 2020

Melbourne indie artist Eddie Casper released his sophomore album Ohmage on Saturday. Self-produced, and with Casper performing all the instrumentation himself, the album was recorded in solitude in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.  In an age dominated by the “single”, Ohmage is a return to the album format of old. Best heard in its entirety from start […]

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“Pumped & nervous”: Hot Dub Time Machine talks from quarantine about his return to live shows

October 15, 2020

Like most in the music industry, the past seven months since COVID-19 hit has heavily impacted DJ Tom Lowndes, aka Hot Dub Time Machine or DJ Tom Loud. But this weekend he’ll finally return to the live scene with two shows in Perth. Tom is currently quarantining in an Airbnb house in Perth’s outer suburbs, […]

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Canary

Exclusive Single Premiere: Howlite “Canary” (2020)

October 8, 2020

They’ve been teasing its release for more than a year, but Melbourne’s Howlite are all set to release their new EP Not Here next week. It’s coming later than originally planned, but that’s 2020 for you. But, before we get to the EP, the band have one more single for you all: “Canary”. And we’re […]

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Please Take Me Seriously: Reflections On TISM

October 8, 2020

From the beginning, TISM were crass, puerile, and aimed their contempt at all, from journalists to their own fans, and even themselves. They made their live debut in 1983 with ‘The Get Fucked Concert’ (disbanding immediately after, only to reform the next year), and released their debut single in 1985, ‘Defecate On My Face’. The […]

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Track By Track: Riley Pearce expands his sound on his latest EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off

September 25, 2020

Melbourne-based alt-folk artist Riley Pearce has today released a new 6-track EP titled Maybe I Can Sleep It Off. The EP sees Pearce take a more of a band-like approach – with Pearce himself noting that it is quite a diversion from some of his previous releases. “Maybe Dad’s messages of “needs more chorus” or […]

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Dylan Gilbert

Exclusive Video Premiere: Dylan Gilbert “Good News” (2020)

September 25, 2020

North Carolina singer-songwriter Dylan Gilbert continues to tease the release of his forthcoming solo album, I’ll Be The Lakebed, with the release of a new music video. Gilbert, a founding member of Charlotte-based genre-bending punks Hectorina, teamed up with director and performer Sarah Ingel for the music video for “Good News”. A week out from […]

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5 New Release Albums you’ve got to listen to right now

September 24, 2020

2020 has been a rollercoaster year (to say the least). By this stage, you might have resigned yourself to spending all your time in your living room, venturing not much further than your garden. Amid the chaos and stress of the pandemic, however, many of us have turned to music for comfort, or as a […]

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Speak In Tongues

“Speak In Tongues”: Max Lawrence’s guide to 5 queer parties you need to attend after lockdown

September 11, 2020

Melbourne queer alt-popster Max Lawrence is back with a new single this week, the bold and infectious “Speak In Tongues”.  The single, which sees Lawrence once again working with his long-time collaborator Rino Darusman, is an exploration of the interplay of physical desire and possession. “It’s about wanting to kiss someone but having no idea […]

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Two Kids and A Radio: Melody Moko takes us through her sophomore album track by track

September 11, 2020

Following a national tour, a CMC New Artist nomination, and numerous festival performances, Melody Moko returns with her much anticipated second album, Two Kids and a Radio – out today. Continuing with her unique take on the Americana sound, the New South Wales’ musician exhibits just how masterfully she is able to draw emotion from her songwriting. Further, […]

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The Little Lord Street Band

Exclusive Album Premiere: The Little Lord Street Band – A Minute Of Another Day (2020 LP)

September 10, 2020

This week sees the release of A Minute of Another Day, the much anticipated debut album from Perth alt-country folk group The Little Lord Street Band. The album, which officially releases tomorrow, is a mixed bag of songs that crisscrosses the genres and highlights the songwriting talents of both James Rogers and Natasha Shanks. We’re big […]

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Tijuana Cartel

Exclusive: Tijuana Cartel take us behind-the-scenes of the recording of Acid Pony

September 3, 2020

Tijuana Cartel are having something of a busy year. That’s all in spite of the disruption and upheaval caused by COVID-19. The band released their new single, the delightfully psychedelic “Minimal Stuffing” back in July. Even more recently they’ve dropped the suitably trippy accompanying music clip – directed and animated by Carey O’Sullivan. The band’s singer […]

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Nicole McKinney

Exclusive Single Premiere: Nicole McKinney “Hollywood Girls” (2020)

September 3, 2020

Brisbane singer-songwriter Nicole McKinney has begun to tease the release of her debut EP. Although not due for release until next year, this week McKinney is dropping “Hollywood Girls”, the first of a string of singles from the forthcoming EP. Officially released tomorrow, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen.  Produced by Luke […]

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Interview: Washington on finding the secret ingredient for her new LP Batflowers

August 27, 2020

Megan Washington is super-excited about the pending release of her latest album, Batflowers, and she has good reason to be. It’s nigh-on six years since the release of There There, the sophomore long-play, after her debut I Believe you Liar in 2010. “It’s not for lack of trying” said a buoyant Washington when I put […]

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Bootleg Rascal’s Jimmy Jesus: My Favourite Up and Coming Artists

August 20, 2020

Gold Coast party starters Bootleg Rascal have an upcoming EP Collaborations of Very Isolated Delinquents ‘19 on the way. Produced by the band themselves, alongside Ian Pritchett (Boo Seeka, Kim Churchill, Angus and Julia Stone), and Simon Dobson (Little May, STUPID BABY), the EP is everything you’d expect from the boys, continuing the duo’s track […]

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Troye Sivan’s new EP In A Dream is just one of his many iso-accomplishments

August 20, 2020

Despite the relentless chaos 2020 has thrown everyone’s way, Troye Sivan manages to mould it to himself and wear it with ease. It comes as no surprise – the 25-year-old megastar has been adapting to walk through open doors his entire life. It’s how he can bill himself as a YouTuber-turned-actor-turned-global-pop-sensation and how we’re only […]

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Sea Girls: Five things that influenced the band on their debut album, Open Up Your Head

August 19, 2020

English rock band Sea Girls have just released their debut album Open Up Your Head. With a sound drenched in 00s indie rock, Sea Girls are a perfect match for fans of The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club and Bloc Party. The band have already reached great heights – they recently sold out an upcoming […]

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Crystal Cities

Exclusive Single Premiere: Crystal Cities “Don’t Speak Too Soon” (2020)

August 19, 2020

This week sees Sydney’s Crystal Cities release their new single “Don’t Speak Too Soon”. Releasing on Friday 21st August, the single is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album Hold Me Close Hold Me Tight. Ahead of the official release date we’re excited to be bringing you this exclusive first listen.  The difficult second album is […]

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Goldrain

Exclusive Single Premiere: Goldrain “Atlantis” (2020)

August 18, 2020

This week sees London future soul outfit Goldrain release “Atlantis”, the second song to be released from their forthcoming debut EP Mysteries, and their second ever release as a band. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive first taste of the stunning single ahead of the official release at the end of the week.  Formed […]

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Statue

Exclusive Video Premiere: Riley Pearce “Statue” (2020)

August 14, 2020

Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce is continuing to tease his forthcoming EP, Maybe I Can Sleep It Off, this time with the release of “Statue”. It’s the third single to be released from the EP, following “Ceramic Real Estate” and “Breathe & Release” earlier in the year. With the new single released today, we’re excited to […]

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Sydney’s Yours Truly take us behind the scenes of filming the music video for “Undersize”

August 13, 2020

Sydney pop-punk act Yours Truly have just released a gorgeous music video for their latest single “Undersize”. The track is from their upcoming debut album Self Care, out September 18th.  While most tracks on Self Care are deeply introspective and discuss personal struggles, singer Mikaila Delgado describes “Undersize” as an outward “letter to a close […]

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For The Life Of Me

Exclusive Single Premiere: Ben Catley feat. Ash Grunwald “For The Life Of Me” (2020)

August 13, 2020

Perth-based singer-songwriter Ben Catley is back with a new single, and this time has company. On “For The Life Of Me” Catley has enlisted the guitar slinging skills of none other than Australian blues legend Ash Grunwald. Officially released tomorrow, we’re stoked to bring you this sneaky first listen of the empowering new single.  Recorded […]

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These Guy House: Brisbane’s These Guy take us through their new album track by track

August 10, 2020

Brisbane psych-pop outfit These Guy released their new album, These Guy House, on Friday. Premiered by us on Thursday, the album was conceived, written, recorded and mixed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and shut down. As such the album has taken on something of a ‘cabin fever song cycle’ feel. To help us, and you […]

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Tony Burke

Tony Burke: The Australian Songs I Want To See Live Again

August 6, 2020

Tony Burke has been the federal member for Watson since 2004. When not serving his constituency, he follows his passion for music. Here he outlines the songs he wishes to see live again, and what ignites his passion for them. We’ve also put together a spotify playlist of these, so do take a listen. There’s […]

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