Is it time Western Sydney music receives the respect it deserves?

February 4, 2022

With a population of approximately 6 million people, Sydney is the largest city of Australia. And just like every other city in the country, Sydney has many suburbs, cultures, sub-cultures, communities and milieus that make it culturally and artistically rich. The most important, and often overlooked, is Western Sydney. Always seen as the poorer and […]

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WA gets Out Of The Woods with Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, The Jungle Giants and more

December 9, 2021

As Western Australia prepares to open up to the rest of the country, Macro Music has announced the Out Of The Woods festival in Busselton in the state’s south-west region for April featuring Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, The Jungle Giants and Hot Dub Time Machine. The two-day festival, scheduled to run on […]

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Festival Review: Day Two at Yours & Owls proved why trekking to Wollongong is well worth it.

October 9, 2019

After a truly excellent first day of Yours & Owls Festival, spirits were definitely high as Day Two rolled in over Wollongong’s trampled Stuart Park. Although the morning looked like an ominous rainstorm, punters were luckily blessed with an evening of pristine perfect clouds and an equally dreamy line-up of acts. I caught Perth’s Spacey […]

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Track of the Day: Tuka “Selling Me Out” (2019)

September 15, 2019

After a 4-year solo hiatus, we have been blessed with 2 singles from Thundamentals DJ, Tuka. Following on from the no-holes-barred “F*ck You Pay Me” comes the melody-driven “Selling Me Out”. It’s a breakup song, it’s a little bit angry and it has a cracking video with some very nicely choreographed dancing. “Selling Me Out” […]

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Interview: Thundamentals (AUS) on a unique listening experience and Beer InCider Festival.

September 13, 2019

Thundamentals are true to their name; they’re fundamentally mental in the best of ways. Not only do they hustle out a relentless stream of tunes that absolutely slap, they’re always rearranging songs for a live set, collaborating with equally as talented artists or working on their own side projects. They simply never stop and quite frankly, […]

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Why Vanfest sets the bar high for regional festivals

May 28, 2019

Vanfest has drawn to a close for another year, proving itself as one of the best regional festivals Australia has to offer. Taking place in Forbes, a five-hour drive west of Sydney, the festival is a hike to get to but well worth the effort. This year, the line-up included some of Australia’s finest talent […]

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Live Review: Thundamentals + Ziggy Ramo + Billy Davis & The Good Lords + Jesswar – The Forum, Melbourne (10.11.18)

November 12, 2018

Thundamentals were here to not just bring the music over the weekend, but support it to, as the hip-hop trio hailing from the Blue Mountains – Tuka, Jeswon and Morgs – brought along Australian hip-hop legends of the future to open the celebrations of their I Love Songs album at The Forum in Melbourne. The […]

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Photo Gallery: Thundamentals + Ziggy Ramo + Billy Davis & the Good Lords + Jesswar – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (10.11.18)

November 12, 2018

Tuka, Jeswon and Morgs – aka Thundamentals – brought along Australian hip-hop legends of the future – Ziggy Ramo, Billy Davis & the Good Lords and Jesswar – to open the celebrations of their I Love Songs album tour at The Forum in Melbourne on Saturday night. Daniel Hanssen was there and brings us these photos […]

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Album of the Week: Thundamentals – I Love Songs (2018 LP)

September 18, 2018

Over the last 12 months the Australian hip hop scene has seen an overhaul of the last era of popular artists like Seth Sentry and Bliss n Eso, handing over the baton to fresh new talent like Baker Boy and Kwame. Recently embarking on their 10 year anniversary tour “Dekade of the Thunderkat” and now releasing […]

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Live Review: Snowtunes was a mega festival in a winter wonderland where Aussie acts shined

September 3, 2018

It dropped to 4 degrees both nights of Snowtunes 2018, so what did the organisers do to combat the crowd getting frozen? They assembled a lineup that would be sure to have the audience dancing, rocking and partying for hours on end. With pyro and Co2 cannons for nearly every set and boasting the likes […]

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From location to lineup, why Jindabyne Festival Snowtunes needs to be in your 2018 plans

August 13, 2018

Starting in 2015, Snowtunes is hosting one of the countries most impressive and exciting lineups in one of the coolest (sorry) locations in the country. If 2018’s decent snowfall isn’t enough to get you to the slopes, we make the case why it’s not too late to book a last-minute road trip to the ski […]

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Festival Review: Flume headlines a massive New Year’s Eve program of music at the Falls Festival in Byron Bay

January 2, 2018

Here for its 25th instalment, the Falls Festival has become a staple diet for the many punters up and down the east coast of Australia who enjoy listening to quality tunes to bring in their new year. Returning for its fifth edition at the North Byron Parklands, Falls managed to put in place what has […]

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The 4th annual AU Awards returns for 2017, with Meg Mac, Mallrat & more nominated

December 12, 2017

Returning again to cap off what has been another fantastic year of Australian music, the 4th annual AU Awards are announced this afternoon, recognising what this year has brought some of our favourites (emerging and well established). Whether it be the recent rise of West Thebarton to the juggernaut that Gang of Youths has become in 2017, […]

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Festival Review: A Weekend in the Gardens overcomes torrential rain in delivering a night of prime Aussie hip hop

November 22, 2017

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens endured one hell of a beating on the weekend as it, along with the rest of the city, was battered by torrential rain and storms for most of Saturday afternoon. A Weekend in The Gardens, which had previously run the night before (headlined by Paul Kelly), was teetering on the fence of […]

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A Reminder: A Weekend in the Gardens offers up possibly the best way to spend your weekend in Melbourne

November 15, 2017

Starting on Friday, A Weekend in The Gardens is giving Melbourne music lovers three days of prime live music. From one of Australia’s greatest songwriters in Paul Kelly, to some of the country’s best hip hop artists and songwriting collectives, the three-day festival event is not like your usual branded series of shows. Playing to the likes […]

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Paul Kelly & Gang of Youths lead 2017 ARIA Award nominations

October 10, 2017

Aaaand the countdown to the 2017 ARIA Awards is officially on, with not only the full list of nominees announced in Sydney today, but also the winners of the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy categories revealed too. Statistically speaking, 2017 is Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths‘ year, with both artists striking out against the pack with Kelly […]

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Thundamentals and A Blanck Canvas next in line for ROAM’s unique ‘Underthink It’ series

August 31, 2017

This September, Thundamentals are going to be displaying the latest in their line of artistic link ups, this time with puppetry/performance art group A Blanck Canvas! Coming to Sydney, the collaboration falls into line with the previous events hosted by ROAM – bringing musicians and visual artists together. Allday and Toby & Pete kicked the ‘Underthink It’ series off, while Tkay Maidza and Ego took the […]

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MURA MASA, Flume, Stormzy and more to stomp Field Day 2018

August 29, 2017

The Field Day lineup is here and continues to fuse some of the best in electronic, hip hop and house, with the likes of Vince Staples, D.R.A.M and A-Trak joining Stormzy, Flume, MURA MASA and more for one epic New Year’s Day celebration at Sydney’s Domain. There’s not much else to say at this point but prime your credit cards for when tickets […]

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‘Your Choice’ becomes key motto as Falls Festival celebrates its silver jubilee in 2017

August 22, 2017

The beloved Falls Festival turns 25 this year and in its release of the first line up for the summer event tour dropping today, it’s evident that the crew behind Falls are making their silver jubilee one to remember. The international visitors to stages in Lorne, Fremantle, Byron and Marion Bay over New Year’s are largely […]

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THIS THAT is proof that coastal festivals are the new heavyweights

August 1, 2017

This morning, THIS THAT unveiled its line up for 2017 – the festival’s third edition. It’s a strong one for the east coast event to pull out of the bag, with a strong charge of Australian and international music being led by the likes of The Presets, Alison Wonderland and Thundamentals. It seems like a safe line up in […]

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‘Meet Me At The Cross’ set times now released ahead of Saturday’s huge Kings Cross festival

June 30, 2017

Tomorrow, the Sydney music community will be coming together for one helluva party in Kings Cross – another mark of solidarity felt within the scene against the well-publicised and still-damning lock out laws that have ruined many facets of Sydney’s nightlife and live music culture. Meet Me In The Cross, the joint initiative between the Keep […]

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Festival Review: Groovin The Moo – Adelaide Showgrounds (28.04.17)

May 1, 2017

Groovin The Moo kicked off in Adelaide on Friday, with the sold-out festival returning hard and fast with another stellar line-up of national and international acts, plus a very controversial petting zoo and an even more scandalous venue change. The day promised drizzling showers and some of the coldest temperatures Adelaide had experienced all year, […]

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Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem lead 2017 Splendour in the Grass announcement

March 28, 2017

It’s here. After much speculation and #fakenews, the 2017 Splendour in the Grass line up has been revealed, with Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, ScHoolboy Q and more set to head to Byron Bay this winter. Splendour exclusives sit with Schoolboy Q and Future Islands, while returning 2016 artists Sigur Ros are also lined up to make a special appearance. The […]

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Against Me!, The Darkness, Amy Shark & more confirmed for Groovin The Moo 2017

January 31, 2017

Returning for its majestic 13th year this April and May, Groovin The Moo has dropped its line up for 2017 – throwing back to some of our favourite international bands (plus some names primed to be introduced to Australians for the first time), not to mention a class cut of Australian talent in the mix. With […]

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Album News Weekly: 8th December 2016

December 8, 2016

This week in album news, Vampire-Weekend protege’s Hippo Campus drop sweet-as single from their upcoming debut album, Kid Cudi finishes rehab and gives us an official release date for Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, and Aussie hip-hop legends Thundamentals drop news on their fourth studio album in the middle of a national tour, plus heaps more… SIR WAS […]

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Thundamentals touring new single “Never Say Never” from October through December!

September 15, 2016

October will see Thundamentals head out on the road for the first time since their arena jaunt supporting Macklemore x Ryan Lewis earlier this year! With a new single ready to be brandished in “Never Say Never”, the lads are ready to get back out into the headline spotlight. Joining them on the road for the epic […]

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Live Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Thundamentals + XP – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (09.08.16)

August 12, 2016

Since the release of their debut LP The Heist in 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have dominated the global music scene. While their latest project, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, hasn’t peaked as high on the charts, it’s definitely helped cement the duo’s already loyal following, made evident in their live show. Frequent collaborator XP opened, running through […]

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Chance the Rapper, MSTRKRFT & more hitting up Beyond the Valley for New Year’s!

August 9, 2016

Beyond the Valley has revealed their first round of artists confirmed for their 2016/2017 event, with Chance the Rapper leading a stellar group of international and Australian artists up at the Lardner Park New Year’s celebration. Chano’s Australian visit continues to garner hope as fingers are crossed tightly for some headline dates while he’s out here but for […]

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Catfish and The Bottlemen, Hermitude, MSTRKRFT, Phantogram & more for Southbound

August 4, 2016

Pack your bags and head West this December, because Southbound has come in hot with a brand new artist announcement for their three day/night festival! Along with some great homegrown talent in San Cisco, Tired Lion, LUMBERJACK and  Kučka, Southbound has dropped the news that some international visitors including Catfish and The Bottlemen, MSTRKRFT, Phantogram and more will also be hitting the stages in […]

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis announce Australian tour dates!

March 7, 2016

Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are currently on the road through Europe with their new album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made after blazing through the US on a successful run of shows, so it’s not entirely surprising that the Seattle duo have now announced the Australian leg of their world tour for 2016! August will see Macklemore & […]

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