ALTERJOY talks influences, talented friends and living in the moment

Adelaide-made and Gold Coast-based artist ALTERJOY (aka Ben Heidrich) has returned with his fresh new single and video “Better Make a Move”. Known as the drummer of Adelaide metalcore act The Daily Chase, Ben launched his solo project last year with his debut single “This is Real” and exuberant No Doubt cover “Hella Good”. The…

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Rising Australian pop sensation Behani premieres new label debut single Again & Again

Australian rising pop sensation Behani has signed to ADA/Warner Music Australia, and to mark the occasion has debuted her new single, the first under the label, the sizzling “Again & Again”. With a unique blend of pop, afro sounds, and global groove, Behani has crafted a sound entirely her own, establishing herself as one of…

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Interview: David West Read on blending Shakespeare and Max Martin-penned pop for & Juliet

What if Romeo’s ending, was Juliet’s beginning? The Emmy-winning writer of TV’s Schitt’s Creek flips the script on Shakespeare in this hilarious and poignant story of self-discovery and second chances. Legendary songwriter Max Martin delivers one of the most addictive and joyous soundtracks to ever hit the stage, in this inspiring new musical that proves…

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Interview: Ricki-Lee on the power of pop music and forging her own path with new record On My Own

A permanent survivor of the ever-changing music industry, Ricki-Lee is one of Australia’s finest success stories. An advocate for the independent music scene and an unapologetic lover of all things pop (sorry, she’s not sorry), she’s forging her own path with the anticipated release of her 5th album On My Own, the first under her…

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Album Review: Ricki-Lee claims pop throne on upbeat, euphoric On My Own

Given the longevity of her prolific career, it’s easy to forget that popstar-cum-media personality Ricki-Lee got her start within the Australian Idol space and that she didn’t win; Casey Donovan would ultimately be crowned the winner of said season. In the 20 years (!!!) since the commanding singer won us all over during her tenure…

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Aussie Indie Artists: Lara Villani on singing cover songs and songwriting

Aussie Indie Artists is a series of interviews with lesser known Aussie creators across all forms and fields. The goal is to share exciting new works, find new angles towards the art, and peek behind the scenes.  Lara Villani’s music journey began at age 6, when her big sister started singing lessons. Like all little…

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Aussie Indie Artists: Woody Samson’s debut single, process, and trumpet

Aussie Indie Artists is a series of interviews with lesser-known Aussie creators across all forms and fields. The goal is to share exciting new works, find new angles towards the art, and peek behind the scenes.  Woody Samson has been a musician ever since the first tan-ta-ra-tan of his trumpet at age 7, but he…

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Milli Vanilli is a poignant and tragic cautionary tale about one of pop’s most infamous downfalls: SXSW Sydney Screen Festival Review

The act of (or is it the art of) lip-syncing is one that practically goes part and parcel within the realms of pop music.  Some artists do so because their studio vocals can’t possibly be emulated live.  Others rely on such due to demanding dance routines.  And then there are those that, well, can’t sing…

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Aussie Indie Artists: Eliott talks her debut album, her mother, and her muses

Aussie Indie Artists is a series of interviews with lesser-known Aussie creators across all forms and fields. The goal is to share exciting new works, find new angles towards the art, and peek behind the scenes.  Singer/songwriter Eliott’s lovely, powerful singing voice has often been likened to Adele, James Blake or Florence Welch, and her…

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Guest Playlist: There’s A Tuesday share the songs that inspired their new single “Familiar”

Dream-pop group There’s A Tuesday is one the most exciting bands to emerge from New Zealand. The band, led by the talented front-women Minnie and Nat, are known for their ethereal and atmospheric sound that transports listeners to a dreamy realm. Despite being relatively new on the scene, There’s A Tuesday has already made waves…

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Guest Playlist: Safety First share the songs that inspired “Office Romance”

Sydney indie-rock quintet Safety First are starting the year off strong with their fun new single “Office Romance” – released 27 April – to get you through the day. The track is their fourth since emerging in 2022 and demonstrates their knack for spotlighting the interesting stories in everyday scenarios. Inspired by workplace sit-coms like…

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Live Review: AURORA + Blusher – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne (09.03.23)

Melbourne came alive with love on Thursday night as Norwegian sensation AURORA closed out her sold-out run of shows on ‘The Gods We Can Touch’ tour, in Australia. The location was a perfect choice, with AURORA and her band’s performance fitting the beauty of St Kilda’s Palais Theatre unquestionably complimenting her style and tone. The…

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Live Review: Carly Rae Jepsen delivers pure pop precision – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (07.03.23)

The queues outside the Enmore Theatre as doors opened were indicative that even a Tuesday night, after two of the hottest days in years in Sydney and World Pride only just in the rear-view mirror, wasn’t going to stop the rabid Carly Rae Jepsen fans from turning out and partying. You may be excused for…

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Live Review: Mallrat + Ninajirachi – Forum Melbourne (07.12.21)

After multiple postponements, one wouldn’t be surprised if Mallrat decided to cancel her run of two shows at the Forum in Melbourne. Thankfully, she persevered and we were finally able to get a taste of her emphatic pop sounds once again at the Forum on Tuesday night. To make sure the evening started off with…

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Photo Gallery: Mallrat + Ninajirachi – Forum Melbourne (07.12.21)

It was an exciting night back at the Forum on Tuesday as Mallrat was finally given an opportunity to see her fans after multiple postponements of the ‘Driving Music’ tour. The wait was worth it and the night was another argument in why Mallrat is such an engaging artist. Dan was there to catch all…

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