Guest Playlist: Sydney-based artist BOLEYN shares the queer and LGBT+ artists dominating his playlists

June 12, 2019

Sydney-based queer-pop artist BOLEYN dropped his sophomore single, “Re: 21”, yesterday. Produced and mixed by Clockwork Odyssey at their studios in Kings Cross, the single sees BOLEYN challenging the generalisations that surround life in your twenties, with each of the verses dealing with a specific anxiety: alcohol, mental health, drugs, the hook-up culture and more. […]

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Guest Playlist: Sydney artist East Denistone’s favourite tracks of 2019 (so far)

May 22, 2019

Earlier this month Sydney singer-songwriter East Denistone dropped his new single “River”, his second for the year, and a fitting continuation of the indie sounds presented on its predecessor “Amongst Taller Trees”.  From its dramatic and evocative prelude through to its conclusion, “River” aptly displays the Sydney artist’s rich lyricism and commanding and strong vocal […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Oly Sherman’s new single “Bones”

May 15, 2019

Last week saw Sydney indie folk singer-songwriter Oly Sherman drop his captivating new single,  “Bones”. Produced by Sherman, alongside Daniel Natoli (Once Around Saturn, Georgia Eyes), the single is well positioned to capitalise on the recent resurgence of indie folk in Australia; a resurgence spearheaded by the likes of Ziggy Alberts, Matt Corby, Riley Pearce and others.  Bright […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that inspired Jackson Carroll’s “Holy Hell”

April 17, 2019

Sydney singer-songwriter Jackson Carroll dropped his sublime debut single, “Holy Hell” last Friday. The single is the first taste of Carroll’s forthcoming EP, and if the rest comes anywhere close to this single then we’re in for a treat. The single was recorded at Sydney’s Noisegate Studios, with Luke Carra (Caravana Sun) and Ian Pritchett […]

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The Top 5: Tunes of Maroon 5

February 11, 2019

Maroon 5 has been a staple sound on commercial airwaves since ‘94. Despite the Internet’s divisive reactions to their recent Super Bowl 2019 halftime performance, there is no doubt that this band has played a pivotal part in shaping many musical upbringings. As a gesture of appreciation, we’ve dwindled down an extensive list of hits […]

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The 40 Best Tracks of 2018 from Australia and around the world

January 29, 2019

With Ocean Alley taking out the Hottest 100 over the long weekend, we’re excited to (finally) bring you the AU review’s own favourite tracks of 2018, with an eclectic mix of songs from Australia and around the world that we loved over the calendar year. 40. Tropical Fuck Storm – You Let My Tyres Down […]

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Guest Playlist: Matt Perriment – The songs that made “Oceans”

December 5, 2018

Matt Perriment is an indie folk-inspired singer songwriter currently based in London, who has steadily been establishing himself in the British festival scene. He’s recently released a new single, “Oceans”, which is the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore EP Memos, which is set for release in March 2019.  Undoubtedly a gifted songwriter, Perriment has […]

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Set List Essentials: Five songs we hope Damien Rice plays on his first Australian tour in more than a decade

November 28, 2018

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has announced his return to Australia in February 2019 to perform his first shows in over ten years. Playing intimate venues in Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Bendigo and Melbourne, Rice will be playing his most iconic songs and fan favourites from My Favourite Faded Fantasy, which have yet to be played live for Aussie […]

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The Songs That Made Me “Need You”: Feather Touch’s Guest Playlist

November 1, 2018

Feather Touch has been making waves of late with his breakout single “The River” (featuring Aeora) and now “Need You”, a pulsating club banger laced with a good dose of future-pop. For this week’s featured guest playlist on the AU, the Sydney-based tropicalyso-disco producer takes us on a journey through his electric tastes that have led […]

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7 tracks to get you ready for the 2019 Twilight at Taronga concert series

October 25, 2018

Quickly becoming one of the leading summer concerts in Australia, music lovers and animal lovers alike collide in the heart of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo for the annual American Express Twilight at Taronga series. Dripping in impeccable talent, the line-up boasts artists from Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, Australian favourite Vera Blue, 90s Icons You […]

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Guest Playlist: Nathan Cavaleri – The songs that influenced “Demons”

September 20, 2018

Sydney’s Indie Rock/Blues artist Nathan Cavaleri has recently released his new single “Demons”. The result of a period of personal confrontation and struggle, “Demons” is a striking mix of psychedelic guitar, and swampy riffs, and the next step in an already distinguished, (albeit perhaps unheralded) career. There have been highs; at the age of twelve […]

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King Princess to headline Spotify Australia’s live playlist event Front Left Live

September 12, 2018

This morning, Spotify announced King Princess as the international headliner for Australia’s first ever live playlist event, Front Left Live. Front Left Live is a unique, free event celebrating the flagship Front Left playlist (formerly Indie Mixtape), Australia’s go to destination for discovering the best new music that’s a little left-of-centre. Hosting previous live playlist […]

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7 songs we can’t wait to hear at Sydney’s Field Day this NYD

August 29, 2018

Field Day is returning to Sydney in 2019 for another New Years Day celebration. Now in its 18th year, the annual music festival held at The Domain has become renowned for it’s friendly atmosphere and killer line-ups. The 2019 instalment is no exception judging by the stellar line-up that dropped this week, featuring artists such […]

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BIGSOUND Guest Playlist: Best Acts Coming Out Of Singapore

August 24, 2018

BIGSOUND is just around the corner, so we asked the four bands that are playing at the Hear65 Singapore Showcase (Charlie Lim, Linying, Intriguant and The Steve McQueens) to put together a Guest Playlist on the ‘Best Acts Coming Out Of Singapore’. Each act picked five songs and wrote about their favourite. Check out the […]

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Guest Playlist: Essie Holt’s tunes for surviving the Melbourne Winter

August 16, 2018

We can’t get enough of Essie Holt‘s new single “Better For You”, which you can check out at the end of this article. The Melbourne singer/songwriter is having a massive year, having just announced a management deal, hitting the road with LANKS and announcing headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne for September. But little of this […]

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Playlist: Halcyon Drive share a list of their Most Listened to tunes ahead of August tour!

July 12, 2018

Melbourne’s Halcyon Drive have earned themselves a solid reputation as a killer live act across the country over the last few years; the trio have definitely earned their stripes as favourites on the home front and in August, fans will be able to get another dose of their show, with a hyped gig (secret location, of […]

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Playlist: The sounds behind the creation of Hugo Bladel’s intoxicating “Feel The Love”

June 22, 2018

Hugo Bladel‘s “Feel The Love” single has been hitting all the right spots since its recent release – a funk laden tune that has gotten us yearning for the warmth of summer. Since we’re still battening down the hatches and keeping warm for the next few months however, music like this is proving to be […]

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Playlist: The inspirations behind Househats’ latest, “I’ve Been Broken”

June 5, 2018

Melbourne’s Househats have been continuing to carve a spot for themselves within the local indie scene by staging some impressive live shows down the east coast off the back of “All Together” and “Stop” – two tracks that have garnered decent attention on radio and in the embraces of their growing fanbase. As they continue to […]

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Playlist: ‘Songs That Make Me Wanna Make Music’ by Theresa Wayman (TT) of Warpaint

May 28, 2018

With her debut solo record LoveLaws bringing forth some great musical tones from Theresa Wayman, we spoke with her recently about where this album came from in terms of where her creative mindset was at the time. The Warpaint legend this week brings us a little playlist she’s curated – songs that make her want to create. Songs […]

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Playlist: White Summer delivers a 20-track Soul Breaker collection

May 24, 2018

With their Soul Breaker album tour ahead of them this June, Melbourne’s White Summer have been getting in the mood to win hearts on the road as opposed to breaking them, with some solid new rock sounds that will further position the band as ones to watch through this year. Still, weather is turning wintry and cold in […]

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Husky’s Punchbuzz Tour Reading Guide & Playlist

April 9, 2018

Gearing up to bring their latest single, “Walking in Your Sleep”, to venues around the country this month, Husky are making sure that tour life is as engaging off stage as it is on. Both Husky and Gideon have pondered over what makes for the best playlist and book list for time spent on the road and with their […]

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Guest Playlist: Wild Meadows’s selection of delectable tunes

April 2, 2018

Currently enjoying the release of their debut album, Melbourne’s Wild Meadows now have their eyes set on some unmissable launch shows this month! The self-titled album has seen the group delve into some excellent rhythmic motions, while embracing the atmospheric and shoegaze rays that have become synonymous with not only their music, but with some of […]

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Tech startup Musiio is using AI to build you a better playlist

March 5, 2018

How often do you jump onto Spotify looking for something to listen to and find yourself staring at the screen, unable to make a decision? Like scrolling endlessly through Netflix for something to watch, music streaming platforms are so content rich that users may find themselves paralysed by indecision. They know what they like the […]

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Playlist: Get a feel for the Blenheim Music & Camping Festival

March 5, 2018

As we continue to count down to this year’s Blenheim Music and Camping Festival, we’re thinking about what it’s going to be like to spend the Easter long weekend out in the Clare Valley – one of South Australia’s glorious territories. It’s more than just wine country, it’s one of the most gorgeous areas of SA; […]

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Playlist: Sydney’s Thunder Fox share the inspirations for new tune, “Two For One”

February 14, 2018

Upon your first listen of Thunder Fox‘s latest single, “Two For One”, you’re hit with a one-two punch. Between the funk soaked bass line and those vocals courtesy of Sam Dawes, “Two For One” is delivered with a vintage flair while remaining very much in 2018. The band is heading out on the road with “Two […]

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5 NSW Artists to Add to Your Playlist

December 12, 2017

New South Wales is a treasure trove of great new music, from the North Coast to Sydney, from Wollongong to Bathurst, we’ve rounded up five up and coming artists you need to jump on now! DANDE AND THE LION Indie-rock five piece Dande and The Lion have a sound as sweet as their name. […]

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5 Queenslanders You Need to Add to Your Playlist

December 11, 2017

It’s hot. It’s sunny. It’s rowdy. It’s Queensland! We’ve rounded up five of the best artists killing it in the sunshine state that you need to listen to. SHORELINES Brisbane band Shorelines are bringing making pop-punk great again! Featuring two main vocalists, the group have been cutting their teeth in the Brisbane music scene with […]

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5 Western Australian Artists You Need to Add to Your Playlist

December 5, 2017

While a lot of the music scene in Australia is taken up by Melbourne and Sydney, it’s easy to forget how many amazing artists are taking the nation by storm that come out of WA. The WA music scene has certainly made some noise in recent years, shining, like Adelaide, as a thriving music scene […]

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5 Tasmanian Artists You Need To Add To Your Playlist

November 24, 2017

Tasmania is known for a few things: it’s history, it’s wilderness and it’s music. Tasmanian musicians have unique experiences, from small towns to big cities; from sunny beaches to dreary farms. We’ve found five of the most interest Tasmanian artists you should all be listening to before they make it big on the mainland. Denni […]

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Melbourne’s Run Rabbit Run share five songs for inspiration, opening up on the Bloodline EP

October 19, 2017

The debut EP from Melbourne folk rockers Run Rabbit Run recently landed in the form of Bloodline, an ambitiously majestic presentation of music from a band who’ve been making decent waves for themselves on the live front through 2017. The influences are easy to draw; there’s some Fleet Foxes here, Of Monsters and Men there. As songwriter Casey […]

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