Track of the Day: Ex-Olympian “Voices In My Head” (2020)

August 3, 2020

“Voices In My Head” is the debut single from Ex-Olympian, the new musical vessel for Melbourne’s Liam McGorry. If you recognise that name, it’s because he’s the principal songwriter and musician for a host of bands, including Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins. But, with both projects officially on hiatus, Ex-Olympian will be his main focus going […]

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The 2018 Brunswick Music Festival celebrates 30 years and the history of 3056 in March

February 7, 2018

The Brunswick Music Festival today unveiled a massive program of live music and artistic collaborations as they celebrate 30 years this March 4th – 18th. Some highlights of the program this year include a special retrospective in Songs of 3056, a celebration of the sounds of the suburb on March 16th. Helmed by Xani Kolac of The Twoks, Brunswick […]

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BOAT SHOW, Timberwolf, Ziggy Ramo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hills Are Alive

December 5, 2017

South Gippsland drawcard event, The Hills Are Alive, celebrates 10 years in 2017 and the organisers have grouped together a great line up of artists to mark the occasion and bring punters good times next March. The Farm is hosting the likes of BOAT SHOW, Ziggy Ramo, Timberwolf, Alex the Astronaut and more this year, and as co-producer Aidan McLaren has explained […]

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Brisbane & Adelaide up next to experience ‘Melbourne After Dark’ following success in Sydney

November 28, 2017

Over the weekend, Sydney folk got a dose of Melbourne’s vibrant nightlife, as Melbourne After Dark came to King’s Cross. The first of three pop up events run by Visit Victoria, Melbourne After Dark brought just a taste of that goodness to over a thousand punters through the course of the free event, with Remi, Saskwatch and more performing live. […]

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Saskwatch team up with Headspace Australia as part of National Mental Health Week

October 11, 2017

Melbourne’s Saskwatch have linked up with the good folk at Headspace Australia to bring more awareness to mental health – particularly within the music community. The band themselves have had a cracker year; the release of Manual Override has seen Saskwatch well and truly thrust back into the national spotlight and with a national tour kicking off this […]

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Album Review: Saskwatch – Manual Override (2017 LP)

August 11, 2017

Change, for the lack of a better word, is good. And while they may have moved even further away from the soul and horns that made me fall in love with them in the first place, Saskwatch continually prove they know how to make devastatingly beautiful indie-pop. This is no different here on their fourth […]

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New Music You Have to Listen to This Week (June 12th 2017)

June 12, 2017

With the close of another week comes our round-up of all the best picks from The AU Review’s writers and editors that you might’ve missed, compiled into one Spotify playlist. We’ve included the wavy, dream-pop newie from Ariel Pink, a hot-fire collab between RL Grime and Miguel, plus an abrasive (and exciting) new addition from Sløtface. It’s definitely a […]

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Music Video of the Day: Saskwatch “Then There’s You” (2017)

June 9, 2017

Saskwatch dive in with the intimate music video for new single, “Then There’s You”, released this week. It’s another insight into the Melbourne band’s upcoming fourth album, Manual Override, and is showing us all the depth in writing and evocative lyrics we’ve known from the group in the past, with a refreshed energy driving the music and […]

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Music Video of the Day: Saskwatch “December Nights” (2017)

March 30, 2017

Melbourne’s Saskwatch have brought us the visuals for their latest tune, “December Nights”; matching the vibrancy and boldness of the music itself, the band hits the Coburg Velodrome for a great block party. Focus centres on frontwoman Nkechi Anele as she dances and embodies the celebratory and fun nature of the clip, directed by Lucy Alcorn and Rhys Kenny. “We […]

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Single of the Day: Saskwatch “December Nights” (2017)

March 9, 2017

Saskwatch have returned triumphantly with their new single, “December Nights”! We’ve been waiting for this one to come through a little while now and in terms of their new direction, it hasn’t sounded clearer. Jam-packed with swag and their unique style – “December Nights” is a positive nod forward for the Melbourne band and the […]

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Introducing The Pin: Nkechi Anele & Lucie Cutting highlighting biculturalism in Australia with new discussion platform

August 26, 2016

For many of us, Nkechi Anele is best known for her work as the dynamic frontwoman of Melbourne band Saskwatch. Recently, she’s been entering new territory with her friend Lucie Cutting in establishing The Pin – a new website and discussion platform addressing issues of cultural identity and race in Australia. The Pin explores stories and experiences as told […]

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This year’s Wide Open Space Festival adds another 20 acts to the 2016 bill!

March 30, 2016

The Wide Open Space Festival is getting ready to turn all the way up this year, with today’s third and final music announcement! An extra 20 artists have been added to the bill, rounding out the final performer count to 63. International, local and interstate music acts will be hitting desert for Wide Open Space this […]

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The magic and splendour of one of Australia’s finest boutique festivals – Secret Garden

March 2, 2016

It’s hard to know where to begin when covering the NSW boutique festival Secret Garden, an event I attended for the first time over the weekend. It takes place about an hour out of Sydney and gives precedence to its name by not revealing its announcement until the event sells out; which was about a week […]

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Raury, Gang of Youths & Tuka feature on newly announced Secret Garden Festival line up!

February 23, 2016

The 2016 Secret Garden Festival has officially sold out and we all know what that means – the line up has followed straight behind it! The NSW event celebrates its eighth sold out year in a row and with only two more sleeps left until it kicks off for another year, the organisers have unveiled the full […]

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Saskwatch add more shows to their massive national tour!

February 3, 2016

Melbourne indie-soul outfit Saskwatch, have added more dates to their already massive 30-date national tour which kicks off this weekend in WA. Support acts have also been announced with WA favourites Verge Collection and Childsaint on the WA leg of the tour. Sydney dates will see support from Wild Honey, Violet Swells and Melbourne’s Fuller. Touring nationally with Saskwatch are indie-rockers Club Sport . Saskwatch have […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2015: Part One – 40 to 31

December 17, 2015

Earlier today we finished up the countdown of our 40 favourite songs of 2015, and now we commence our top 40 albums of 2015, showcasing an eclectic mix of music from all over the world – including plenty here at home… Here we go with 40 to 31: 40. Miguel – Wildheart “This album is pure […]

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Tkay Maidza, The Preatures, Saskwatch, and more feature in Merivale’s new waterside live music series

December 15, 2015

Sydney hospitality juggernaut Merivale have teamed up with Corona Extra to bring in the new year with a packed program of live music featuring some of Australians best established and rising talent across three of the group’s waterside venues. A total of 39 Aussie (and some international guests) artists will be taking part in this […]

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Saskwatch announce 30-date national tour and new single and video for ‘Everyone’s Giving Up’

December 10, 2015

Releasing their third studio album earlier this year, Melbourne outfit Saskwatch are hitting the road on a massive 30-date tour of Australia. Supported by Brisbane’s Cub Sport, the band will hit all the nation’s capital cities as well playing an extensive run of regional venues. Catch the band to hear a heap of new songs off […]

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Win a double pass to The Bureau in Melbourne

November 16, 2015

The Bureau; Melbourne’s newest boutique festival, fusing the city’s much-celebrated music and food cultures. The annual end-of-year Christmas party is a much-loved part of Melbourne’s culture. It is one of the most awaited days on the calendar and signifies the wrapping up of another work year, bringing in your summer holiday. With a line-up that […]

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New Melbourne festival, The Bureau, announces soulful line up for December

November 1, 2015

This December, there will be a new boutique soul festival taking over Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl with a line-up jam packed full of international and local soul artists spanning eras all the way back to the 1960s. Though soul’s other big platform, Soulfest, may have been cancelled for the year, The Bureau is seeking […]

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Live Review: The Rubens + Saskwatch + Winterbourne – The Astor Theatre, Perth (18.09.15)

September 21, 2015

After a couple of regional shows down in Western Australia’s South West, The Rubens national tour, in support of their new record Hoops, hit Perth over the weekend for a sold out show at the Astor Theatre. Joining the group on tour and kicking off the evening’s proceedings were Central Coast folk duo Winterbourne. I’ve […]

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Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ ft. Safia + Saskwatch + Remi + Hein Cooper and more – Hoxton Square, London (17.05.15)

May 19, 2015

An eclectic mix of over 20 artists from around Australia came together on Sunday in London for a massive day of live music – showcasing the finest in new, emerging and established artists from our region, many of whom were making their London debut at the annual Aussie BBQ event, held at the Hoxton Square […]

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Live Review: The Heart of St Kilda Concert 2013 – Palais Theatre (14.05.13)

May 16, 2013

Trams suck. Really, they do. The tram heading toward this gig tonight seemed to be slowly moved up The Esplanade like a moose with constipation. Eventually it dawdled to The Palais in the plodding fashion that trams do. The Heart of St Kilda has become a special event, and when it comes around each year, […]

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