The 40 Best Australian Tracks of 2020

December 14, 2020

As voted by our contributors for the 12th consecutive year, we’re thrilled to end 2020 with a list of our favourite Australian songs of the year. Unlike the albums list you saw last week, today we’re keeping things simple: inviting you to listen to a playlist of the 40 tracks our writers chose. We hope […]

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Album of the Week: Harts unleashes the eclectic Queens, Kings, & All Big Things (2018 LP)

November 21, 2018

Darren Hart, more commonly known as the multi-instrumentalist Harts, gained recognition with his debut album Smoke Fire Hope Desire in 2016 and is now taking the meaning of the one-man show to the next level (though he does perform with an incredible band, it must be said). The musical blend of the Indian-born and Australia […]

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NGAIIRE, Camp Cope, Tash Sultana take multiple nominations in this year’s AU Awards!

December 9, 2016

With just a few weeks left in 2016, the Australian music industry is by no means slowing down and heading into any type of hibernation for the holidays. With our summer festival season just ramping up, the last few months seem to have been all about celebrating some amazing talent doing amazing things both in the studio […]

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8 Stellar Shows to See this October Long Weekend!

September 30, 2016

The long weekend is here and whether you’re looking for a spot to watch the Grand Final go down or somewhere else to kick back, there’s some class shows going down around the country. Have a wander about and pick up some tickets to the below if you’re stuck for things to do… BLEACHED AT THE […]

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Music Video of the Day: Harts “Power” (2016)

September 15, 2016

Harts is gearing up to release his new album Smoke Fire Hope Desire tomorrow as well as kick off a national tour in support but today, today we’re sharing his latest music video to get the excitement started early. It’s the first set of visuals we’ve seen from the Melbourne guitarist and performer in a little while, […]

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Festival Review: BIGSOUND 2016 (07.09.16 & 08.09.16)

September 11, 2016

For one magical week of the year, Fortitude Valley transforms to a musical haven; a subtropical playground bathed in the auditory ambrosia that is BIGSOUND. Christmas for the music industry has just passed, and what a week BIGSOUND 2016 has been. Dissection, examination and support of the Australian music community sustained the BIGSOUND conference during the […]

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Harts announces Australian tour dates with Smoke Fire Hope Desire LP this September & October

August 16, 2016

With his new album Smoke Fire Hope Desire edging its way towards release, Harts has now unveiled a stack of Aussie tour dates to support this highly anticipated record. September and October will have the guitarist on the road down the east coast and into South Australia with a live show that has continued to develop and […]

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DZ Deathrays, Tkay Maidza, Harts, Gawurra & more join the 2016 BIGSOUND Live line up

July 27, 2016

BIGSOUND has unveiled its latest artist additions to the 2016 festival, with some of the country’s beloved touring names joining on a line up exceeding 150 names. DZ Deathrays, Tkay Maidza, Harts, Japanese Wallpaper and Vera Blue have been named alongside Gawurra, Teeth & Tongue, The Belligerents, Harmony James, I Heart Hiroshima, The Gooch Palms, Kučka, Rainbow Chan and more on the latest BIGSOUND reveal – colour us absolutely stoked. They […]

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The Avalanches, The Kills & more set for Splendour in the Grass pre-party in Byron Bay

July 11, 2016

Get your Splendour bender off to a good start in a few weeks, with this hectic pre-party scheduled for The Northern in Byron Bay! On July 21st, the official Splendour in the Grass pre-party will take over the venue, with The Avalanches, The Kills, Methyl Ethel, Harts and KLLO (DJ set) all starring on the bill. Tickets are extremely limited for the […]

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Falls Festival founder Simon Daly to bring new three-day music and arts festival to Weribee Mansion

June 1, 2016

Founder of Falls Festival has went and brought another three-day* festival into the Australian market, securing Melbourne’s Victorian era Weribee Mansion for The Lost Lands. Over the Melbourne Cup weekend (Oct 29 to 30*), this new all-ages festival will be driven by a local and international line-up of some very reliable bands and musicians, spread […]

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Festival Review: Groovin’ The Moo – Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo (30.04.16)

May 2, 2016

A distinct lack of mooing was made up for by a whole lot of groovin’, with Groovin’ The Moo rolling through the Prince of Wales Showground in Bendigo for another year. Punters were fairly low in numbers early in the day, with an 11am start leaving plenty of time for the heavens to potentially open […]

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Splendour line up drops; The Strokes, The Cure & The Avalanches lead 2016 bill!

April 12, 2016

Well, god damn. After weeks of speculation, triple j today announced the line up for the 2016 Splendour in the Grass festival and it is huge. Headlining the Byron Bay event this July 22nd – July 24th at The Strokes, while rumoured headliners The Cure have also been confirmed. The Avalanches, who sparked excitement yesterday with updates to their social media channels, […]

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SXSW Music Interview: Harts (Melbourne) on the development of his guitar work, his new album & more!

March 28, 2016

Easily drawing in one of the most enthusiastic crowds at Sounds Australia’s Aussie BBQ at SXSW this year was Harts. Bringing some wicked guitar skills through to Brush Square Park, the guitarist killed it on stage and following his set, Harts came and sat down to have a chat with Sose. Addressing the amount of hype […]

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9 Unmissable Acts at this year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest!

March 24, 2016

We’re stoked to be spending Easter weekend out at Bluesfest, a return to the amazing Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for another five day series of live music spanning a diverse array of genres. Featured artists represent for hip hop, jazz, blues, experimental and more, and below are just some of the fantastic talent we can’t wait to […]

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The SXSW comedown… Sose gives us her thoughts on another jam-packed week of music in Austin!

March 23, 2016

It’s currently encroaching on Wednesday evening and I find myself seated at the desk in my hotel room, coming in and out of blank stares out the window and an email inbox count that is slowly eating away at my soul. It’s my first day back in Australia in two weeks and I’m struggling to stay awake, […]

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Aussies at SXSW: Spotlight on 2016 showcase artist Harts

March 18, 2016

The sun is shining in Austin, the beers are flowing and the smells of Texan BBQ are teasing us into what’s going to be a week of indulgence. Monday spells the beginning of the SXSW Music program for 2016 and we’ve done for the last few years, the AU will be bringing you some exclusive […]

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Sounds Australia unveils both Sound Gallery & Aussie BBQ line ups for SXSW!

March 2, 2016

The Sounds Australia crew have today released details of their official SXSW events, including the always popular Aussie BBQ. The full artist line ups for the Aussie BBQ and two Sound Gallery Showcases have been unveiled, with 30 Australian acts set to perform. The Aussie BBQ celebrates its 13th year at SXSW in 2016 and […]

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Single of the Day: Harts “Peculiar” (2016)

February 24, 2016

It would seem that everything Harts puts his touch on turns to freakin’ gold lately – the guitarist and songwriter simply just goes from strength to strength. Last night, his new single “Peculiar” was premiered on Dom Alessio’s Home and Hosed show in triple j and already, it’s picking up a lot of support online. Well, count us […]

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Vic Mensa, Danny Brown, Drapht, RATATAT and more set for Groovin’ the Moo 2016!

January 27, 2016

The full Groovin’ the Moo line up dropped this morning, with a great spread of international and locals ready to turn up out in some excellent regional sites around the country in a few months. ‘Marshalled’ by The Meeting Tree (enough reason to head along in itself) and with Alex Dyson and Danny Clayton on […]

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Kita Alexander, Gang of Youths, Harts & more featured on huge SXSW Music announcement!

January 12, 2016

SXSW Music has announced a massive third artist announcement for the showcase festival this March, with a solid number of emerging and well established names from all over the world revealed as being invited to play in Austin. SXSW Music, running from March 15th – 20th this year, unveiled the new list of performers overnight, […]

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The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay lines up The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don McLean and more in latest announcement

December 3, 2015

The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay has gotten bigger… again! Held over Easter (Thursday 24th March – Monday 28th March 2016), the festival has released another lineup chock full of artists that give precedence to its name: they are here to help represent the Blues! Added to the line-up is The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don […]

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D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Cold War Kids, and more added to the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay

November 25, 2015

As if the line-up for the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay wasn’t big enough, today the promoters have announced that joining headliners Kendrick Lamar, Brian Wilson, and Tom Jones will be none other than neo-soul icon D’Angelo, who will be in full-band mode with supergroup The Vanguard. Oh, and he’s playing on the same night as […]

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Courtney Barnett, The Smith Street Band and More Win at The Age Music Victoria Awards

November 12, 2015

The 10th Edition of The Age Music Victoria Awards were held at 170 Russell last night with live performances from Marlon Williams, Harts and multiple award winner, Courtney Barnett. Genre and publicly voted winners were presented together for the first time this year, Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan saying,”bringing the genre awards and public awards […]

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Single of the Day: Harts “All Rise (Play It Cool)” (2015)

October 28, 2015

One man band Harts‘ new single is an anthemic funk/rock/pop fusion, that is sure to get your feet tapping. It’s the latest track from his second album, due for release in February 2016. Imagine The Cat Empire meets Funkadelic playing 80s Prince songs. Hand claps, brief guitar solos, vocal harmonies, this song has a lot of things going on, […]

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Harts set for the ‘All Rise’ tour in January!

October 26, 2015

We’ve got a few months to prep for this one, but we’re still stoked to see Harts will be touring his new single in January! The new track “All Rise (Play It Cool)” is the first tune to be taken from Harts’ forthcoming sophomore studio release, set to drop next March. It’s been a busy year […]

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Courtney Barnett wins big at the Carlton Dry AIR Awards for 2015!

October 23, 2015

Last night, the Australian independent music industry was celebrated at the historic Meat Market in North Melbourne – the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. For its 10th anniversary, AIR put on a ceremony that brought together artists from all realms of the industry, not to mention the people who toil away behind the scenes for […]

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Finalists Announced for The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards

October 20, 2015

To celebrate Victoria’s diverse contemporary music scene, Music Victoria is presenting the third annual Age Music Victoria Genre Awards. Finalists were announced earlier this morning by Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria. Specially selected expert panels voted on the best music across genres, from jazz to hip hop, global and heavy, and nominated the top five releases and acts of […]

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Ten Australian and New Zealand artists not to miss at CMJ 2015!

October 13, 2015

Today in New York City, the annual CMJ Music Marathon kicks off, with dozens of Australian and NZ bands along for the ride. Almost 40 will be playing The Aussie BBQ on Saturday alone! While all these bands are amazing, we went through the list and narrowed it down to the ten Aussie acts we think are […]

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Live Review: The Delta Riggs + Harts – The Metro Theatre, Sydney (01.05.15)

May 3, 2015

Friday night, Sydney’s iconic Metro Theatre was graced for the first time by Melbourne/Sydney rockers, The Delta Riggs, who were joined by openers, Food Court and Harts, and I was lucky enough to catch it all live. As a person with a need for immediate gratification and a “skip to the main event” personality, admittedly […]

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