New Music Discoveries 8th April: WAAX, Spacey Jane and more

April 8, 2022

Today we’re adding ten more tracks to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music; including two singles that we exclusive premiered earlier this week. This week, our Track of the Week goes to WAAX, with a  new tune that might surprise you with “Dangerous”, a poignant piano ballad. “Dangerous” was co-written with ’90s rock […]

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Track of the Week: WAAX “Most Hated Girl” (2021)

September 1, 2021

It’s been eighteen long months since we heard any new music from Brisbane rockers WAAX, but they have returned with a vengeance, blowing the doors off, with “Most Hated Girl” that dropped today. Lead singer/songwriter Maz DeVita says of the blistering new tune: “‘Most Hated Girl’ was definitely a COVID song that came out of […]

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Nominees revealed for the 2020 National Live Music Awards as public voting opens

September 8, 2020

The nominees for the 5th annual National Live Music Awards have been announced, which will be held on Sunday 20 October 2020 – both virtually and physically. Sampa the Great has received the most recognition, with three nominations – Live Act of the Year, Live Voice of the Year and Best Live Act in VIC […]

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Some of Australia’s finest live music photographers have put their works up for sale for the first time

April 1, 2020

With the COVID-19 shutdown bringing the arts industry to a standstill, there are plenty of ways you can help out those affected by the current crisis. The first port of call for the Australian music scene is the Sounds of Silence website – an industry initiative to bring together various industry bodies to collate efforts […]

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The 40 Best Australian Songs of 2019

January 20, 2020

With the Hottest 100 voting closing today, we thought we’d take our annual look back on the best songs of 2019. And should you still have to vote, we wanted to give you some ideas on some great local music to consider including in your top ten. We’ve put the 40 songs together in a […]

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Celebrate the Brisbane music scene at High Rotation, now exhibiting at the Museum of Brisbane

September 22, 2019

Recently opening at the Museum of Brisbane, High Rotation celebrates three decades of local music, from Keith Urban to Violent Soho, Sheppard to Powderfinger, and The Veronicas to WAAX. A celebration of Brisbane artists thirty years in the making, visitors will be able to explore a vast catalogue of film clips, photographs, instruments, and ephemera, […]

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Album Review: Brisbane’s WAAX bring the noise (and an unexpected amount of feels) with stellar debut Big Grief

August 26, 2019

WAAX have just dropped debut album Big Grief, and we can confirm that it’s a cracker. Consisting of frontwoman Maz DeVita, Ewan Birtwell and James Gatling on guitars, Tom ‘Griff’ Griffin on bass, and drummer Tom Bloomfield, the Brisbane punks worked with Powderfinger‘s Bernard Fanning and Grammy winner Nick DiDia on the twelve track release, with things taking […]

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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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Aussies Abroad: WAAX plot massive “FU” North American tour for July

May 27, 2019

Brisbane legends WAAX are heading off on a massive North American tour this July, in support of their recent single “FU”. Their US and Canadian shows will come after their appearance at the Sounds Australia Summerstage event in Central Park alongside Hermitude, A.B. Original and more on June 22nd (read more about that HERE). And […]

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Live Review: Wolf Alice + Waax – Metro Theatre, Sydney (23.09.18)

September 25, 2018

I vividly remember the first time I heard Wolf Alice on the radio. I was driving back from uni flicking between the presets on my car radio. I was half way through the hour long trip, driving through a main road of Western Sydney. Flicking back onto Triple J, Linda Marigliano was spruiking this new […]

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Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice + WAAX – Metro Theatre, Sydney (23.09.18)

September 24, 2018

Having picked up the prestigious Mercury Prize in London for their second album, Visions of a Life, Wolf Alice jetted out to Australia for the first of a handful of shows around the country. Despite having only arrived on Sydney shores earlier that day, they were in top form at the Metro Theatre. WAAX filled […]

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The 7 best moments from day two of Splendour belong to the Aussies: Gang of Youths, Amy Shark and more

July 22, 2018

Vampire Weekend may have been the headliners of night two, playing their first festival in four years and their first Australian show in five, but it was a day that belonged to the local acts – with Gang of Youths attracting what was undoubtedly the biggest crowd of the day, and other acts like Amy […]

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Jeremy Neale wins Song of the Year at the 2018 Queensland Music Awards

May 15, 2018

It was Queensland music’s night of nights overnight, with the 2018 Queensland Music Awards taking place at the Royal International Convention Centre at the Brisbane Showgrounds. A sold out event this year, the QMA’s saw Jeremy Neale take Song of the Year for “Dancin’ & Romancin’”, while The Jungle Giants‘ Quiet Ferocity was named Album of the Year. Perhaps […]

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Tropical Fuck Storm, Ceres, Baker Boy join The Smith Street Band’s inaugural Pool House Party

January 10, 2018

The Smith Street Band‘s recent invite for Melbourne-heads to join them at the Coburg Velodrome in March for their first ever Pool House Party has now been followed up with a stacked line up of Australian talent to get around! Joining the Smith Street Band for the March 17th event will be Tropical Fuck Storm, Gareth Liddiard‘s […]

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Festival Review: Dune Rats find Scott Green, Camp Cope shine on New Year’s Day in Byron Bay

January 2, 2018

With heads pounding and only the cicadas and Kookaburras making noise, the eerie silence of a camp ground at 6am on New Years Day is something to behold. Making the seemingly genius decision to get up early and have a cold shower was the kick start needed to get 2018 underway. What wasn’t envisaged was […]

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Music Video of the Day: WAAX “Nothing Is Always” (2017)

November 9, 2017

WAAX don’t do things by halves. They’re not here to fuck spiders. They’re not pissing about. And the list of Australian sayings goes on… The point is, the Brisbane legends have been hitting the live front hard over this year and it’s testament to their hard work ethic that WAAX have now become one of the […]

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Byron Bay’s Falls Festival just got a lot bigger; 2,500 extra tickets on sale this week

October 30, 2017

One of the newer additions to the Falls Festival family has just levelled up for this year’s festivities. The Byron Bay leg of the touring New Year’s festival has announced its expansion for 2017/2018, as well as a bunch of new local acts to join the likes of Run The Jewels, The Kooks and Foster the People on the […]

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Meet WAAX, Jeremy Neale & more at The End of the Line this November

October 6, 2017

Returning for its fourth year, the End of the Line Festival is hitting Woollongabba for another killer all ages, free event. Headlined by WAAX and featuring the likes of Jeremy Neale, Flowertruck and Slow Dancer, End of the Line is bringing some A-grade Aussie music to fans on a schedule that boasts no clashes whatsoever, not to mention a boutique festival […]

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BIGSOUND artist count rises to 133 with latest round of confirmed names dropped today

July 27, 2017

BIGSOUND has bolstered its 2017 artist list with a stack of new names being released today, taking the official count to 133 (so far). The list sees some BIGSOUND debutantes in the mix with some returning names and a block of Australian favourites set to mix it up in Fortitude Valley this September 5th – 9th. […]

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New Music You Have to Listen to This Week (July 3rd 2017)

July 3, 2017

It’s that time of week again- slide into our weekly Spotify playlist for a wrap up of all the best new music. This one includes an electro-pop powerhouse addition from Blyolk, Curtis Harding‘s soulful new release and the latest cut from SAATSUMA‘s forthcoming debut album. Get listening below! ———- This content has recently been ported […]

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Music Video of the Day: WAAX “Wild & Weak” (2017)

June 30, 2017

Brisbane five-piece WAAX should need no introduction. They’re one of the country’s best independent acts, both their album releases and live performances receiving glowing praise from all directions. They dropped their second EP, Wild & Weak, on June 2nd, which showed a mature direction for the band – tighter riffs, effortless breakdowns, and tackling deeper lyrical content. They’ve […]

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Playlist: WAAX share the songs that make them feel both Wild & Weak

June 2, 2017

WAAX‘s new EP, Wild & Weak, is officially out today (congratulations!) and to mark the occasion and herald yet another weekend primed for kicking on, the band have shared with us some of their favourite tunes. Whether they’re full on, energetic numbers, or more stripped back, evocative songs that are aimed right at the heart, check […]

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Behind the scenes with WAAX as they put together Wild & Weak

June 1, 2017

Tomorrow, WAAX releases their new EP Wild & Weak, certain to be some of their most evocative and energetic material yet. Ahead of the release, these loveable punks have shared a special behind the scenes look of the making of Wild & Weak, in the gallery below! Hit play on the lead single below and check it out. Wild & […]

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New Music You Have to Listen to This Week (15th May 2017)

May 14, 2017

Another great week for new music – we look back on what our writers have been digging recently; from the new chaotic fire from WAAX, to the new vibes from Nick Murphy (and KAYTRANADA), there’s plenty to revisit. Hit play on the playlist below! ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home on The AU […]

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Single of the Day: WAAX “Wild & Weak” (2017)

May 10, 2017

Mate. If you haven’t listened to WAAX, then you’ve been depriving your ear holes of one of Australia’s best up-and-coming acts. Fronted by the slightly manic and immensely talented Marie De Vita, the group melds raw energy with potent lyrical themes. The Brisbane five-piece have dropped a third taste of their upcoming EP, this time the title track […]

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Music Video of the Day: WAAX “Same Same” (2017)

February 8, 2017

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of WAAX. The fact that the group is soon to be on the road with Kingswood is just an added bonus. So, in the meantime, we’re enjoying the latest music video from the Brissy punks – cast your eyes on “Same Same”, below! Linking up wit Creative Clones, WAAX filmed the clip […]

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Single of the Day: WAAX “Same Same” (2016)

November 2, 2016

Fucking ay. WAAX‘s Marie DeVita is one of my favourite humans ever and even though I’ve never met her before (which, yes, sounds creepy as hell), I am consistently reminded how much of a fan I’ve become through this year with each musical update the Brisbane band gives us. On their new single “Same Same”, WAAX dial things up […]

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Camp Cope, Gang of Youths & Tkay Maidza rack up nominations for the 2016 National Live Music Awards!

October 10, 2016

The nominees for the National Live Music Awards have been announced around the country today, with 51 categories being unveiled across the board. Winners are to be announced on November 29th at events being run nationally, with both national and state-specific categories being voted on by a judging panel of industry professionals from right around Australia. […]

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Ecca Vandal, Totally Mild, WAAX: The Best of BIGSOUND…so far

September 8, 2016

‘Twas the night before BIGSOUND, when all through the Valley, Not a showcase was playing, it was quiet as a mouse. Except for the pumping opening parties running at venues across the Valley, as well as a few thousand punters, delegates and musicians beginning their BIGSOUND 2016 frivolities early. Unable to wait to dig into […]

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The Blurst of Times festival announces 2016 line-up

March 14, 2016

Brisbane festival The Blurst of Times will return this April for a one-day rager across three venues – The Brightside, The Zoo, and The Foundry – led by a strong contingent of both established and new Aussie bands. Tapped to headline this year will be locals Dune Rats, SA’s Bad//Dreems, Perth’s Methyl Ethyl, and Kirin […]

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