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Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:40pm

 

The Poison City Weekender is done for another year, and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Melbourne residents awoke on Monday morning to emptied slushie machines, curly straws, burnt out paper bags, beer soaked shoes, and bedraggled bodies lining the streets. I’m not one to be overly cocky about living in Melbourne – most of the time I can be heard mourning the weather on our...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:38pm

 

NEW ELECTRIC MARY TRACK
Melbourne's Electric Mary are globally renowned for their explosive brain-bending live performances; holding their own with typical 'stick it up 'em' Aussie attitude. While sharing the world's stages with the likes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper and Glenn Hughes, the band continue to impress rock fans & media across the planet...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:32pm

 

What do you feel are the MUST HAVES/DOS for a band when looking to create a video clip?
The video must reflect the feeling of the song first and foremost. Following that; show something people haven't seen before - make it powerful and hard to ignore. 
 
Can you name a few notable bands/artists you've produced clips for and how we may remember them?
Sarah Blasko...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:27pm

Yanomamo questions Conan: 
 
Yanomamo: Conan have never recorded a cover, but what songs would a Conan cover album have on it?
 
Conan: I would choose three - March of the 10,000 Volt Ghost - Slomatics. Mons Venus - Zoroaster. Trigger Inside - Therapy.
 
Yanomamo: What two bands would you pay to see battle to the death in a cage match?
 
Conan:...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:23pm

Define your genre in five words or less: 
Southern Tasmanian contemporary folk.
 
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
The above along with a six stringed acoustic guitar in standard tuning accompanying a youthful bogan tenor drawl.
 
What do you hate about the music industry?
That my...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 6:19pm

 

The slightly left-of-centre pop that’s knocked on the mainstream’s door in the past two years – think Le1f’s Wut (or Macklemore’s all-conquering track that bit hard), Vampire Weekend’s Diane Young, Haim, or hell, any Ariel Rechtshaid-produced track – has resonated into the Max Martin and co. pop factory, according to the organic sheen on Taytay’s Shake It Off. It’s a smart pop song,...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:35pm

 

Lanie Lane’s personality-rich alt-country twang here dissipates into a featherweight wash of indie schlock, a piecemeal of aural touchstones that coagulate into what sounds like a conceited ploy for j-play circa 2010. Hopefully this track is just a boring outlier, and the promise of Lanie’s debut wins out on the majority of upcoming LP Night Shade.

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:26pm

Already revealed as the headliners for the gargantuan 2015 Bluesfest festival, The Black Keys have added a slew of Australian dates to their upcoming visit.

 

The tour will see The Black Keys return to Australia following the release of their successful eighth full-length album...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:26pm

One of the finer cuts on one of the finer LPs of the year, Pendulum is most reminiscent of Twigs’ supreme EP2 – which saw a production team-up with Arca. The track is rich in its spaciousness – soothing waves of percussive glitch somehow generate lushness through crispness. For a voice that invokes fragility, Twigs demonstrates nothing but sheer power.

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:25pm

 

The titular anthem from Ms Monae’s latest full-length, Electric Lady,is a feelgood groove; Janelle is effortless in her cool, switching between powerhouse R&B vocalist and quickfire rap bars. It’s scientifically impossible not to raise your hands come the chorus. Fact. 

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:24pm

 

Live, in the lead-up to the release of The Golden Echo, this is the track that stuck out as a winner. On record, it’s a lil’ overcooked, Kimbra’s rich timbre layered with infinite layers of vocals. It feels like this could have gone in a Random Access Memories direction for a tasteful throwback to golden era R&B, but instead went in a lot of different directions simultaneously. It...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:24pm

 

A raw meditation on the My Favourite Things melody, imbued with grimey wubs, Ms Lauryn Hill is flawless in her delivery of poetics on Black Rage, a home recording released in the wake of the ugly injustice currently prevailing in Ferguson, MO. The prophet Yeezus once proclaimed “Lauryn Hill said her heart was in Zion / I wish her heart was still in rhymin’”. Maybe the world isn’t...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 4:23pm

 

Do you think if Twitter was around when Boticelli dropped The Birth of Venus back in the day that “#twitpicyourreactiontoTBOV” would be trending with a bunch of masturbation allusions? Am I comparing the Anaconda video to The Birth of Venus? God damn straight I am. The song, I could take it or leave it. It’s not awful, but stands as a weird diversion from Nicki’s 2014 lead-up to The...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:41pm

 

Five years between drinks, Sea of Approval is the follow up to 2009’s We’re Too Young, an album so distant in memory and different in content many fans may not even be aware of it. Sea of Approval is a rebirth for Bull in many ways, there’s less piano and a more synth-pop feel than on his debut or his well-known Phantom Pains EP.
 
Singles Keep On Running and Baby I Am...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:40pm

 

Self-described as “international in flavour and cosmopolitan in style,” yet firmly grounded in late 1980s and early 1990s corporate Australiana, Client Liaison’s mission statement of delivering a visual and aural experience funded by the company card and followed by a long lunch is finally realised in the release of their debut self-titled EP.
 
With production slicker...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:38pm

 

This is smooth ride down the country path, with solid vocals and bucket-loads of acoustic tastiness.  Lead vocalist and guitarist Christopher Lichti is a well-known face around the pub music scene, having played with the likes of Cash Savage and The Last Drinks and Brothers Grim & The Blue Murders. This is an album that makes you want to just get in the car and drive across...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:37pm

 

It has been a long break between releases for Newcastle’s Firekites, who return with renewed vigour on their first recording since 2008’s The Bowery. Closing Forever Sky picks up where things left off, but with a bigger sense of space and an encroaching darkness. Basically, it ticks all the boxes for a darker second album, and then some.
 
There are only seven tracks here...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:35pm

 

Once an all-girl heavy rock outfit, System of Venus have been infiltrated by a testosterone-driven being in the form of drummer, Josh. No longer can we say that all band members represent the goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity, but we can still definitely say that they, as a music-making unit, personify the hottest world in the solar system and the brightest object...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:34pm

 

At first it seems like the subtle retro veneer has been scratched away to reveal a straight up pop band, but on closer inspection Velociraptor are still paying tribute to bygone eras on their debut self-titled album. They've just decided to broaden their influences.
 
Opener Robocop is anthemic pop-rock, brimming with gang vocals, plentiful hooks but no nods to any music...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:23pm

 

Poison City Weekender, Melbourne’s largest annual punk rock and related three day festival, returned in 2014 as large and successful as ever. The formula of involving most bands on the Poison City Records roster, with two American headliners and a wide selection of other bands not on the label, worked to great success in the face of sold-out crowds and endless beers. Rising above the...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:21pm

 

Brisbane’s Millions are like if the Arctic Monkeys were a 1960s prom band. Simply put, it works. Embarking on a national tour for their most ambitious release to date, Max Relax, Millions have demonstrated an ability to transfer their complex recorded work to their live show.
 
Starting off the night at the Workers Club was the underwhelming Snowy Nasdaq. With poor quality...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:19pm

 

“Huh? She’s in town? Slash still alive?” So came the bitter refrains when I excitedly told my friends I was seeing Lady Gaga on Saturday night. “Sure you don’t wanna just hang out for Miley?” Shut. Down. Had I missed something?
 
Yes, I was aware that some sort of inevitable baton-pass had occurred in the endless pop diva relay race to nowhere. No, Gaga’s once giddily high...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:17pm

 

There’s a certain monotonous grind perpetuated by the gawds of classic rock as they encroach upon their twilight years, a measured and meticulous routine of perfunctory new albums, reissues and arena tours. Big bucks, folks. Bobby Dylan isn’t immune to the reissue folly, having released a fucking billion Greatest Hits iterations over the years. But Bob differs from his stadium-...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:15pm

 

Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist is a serieswhich explores the relationship between music and visual arts with some of Australia’s finest musicians. This afternoon’s show featured Jae Laffer, lead singer of The Panics (who also happens to be the curator of the series). It consisted of two parts; the first was a chat with Laffer drawing upon the theme of youth, and the second was...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 12:35pm

Gomez's Ben Ottewell has announced that he will return to our shores to celebrate the Australian release of his new solo album, Rattlebag.

 

Known for his unmistakable voice and blistering guitar work, Ottewell first made waves with the release of his debut solo album Shapes & Shadows in 2011. Rattlebag, his sophomore solo LP, is set to hit shelves on Friday October 24. 

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 12:34pm

Brisbane's Orphans Orphans will hit the road for a run of dates to celebrate the release of their debut EP What's a Boy S'posed To Do.

 

The five-track EP is set for digital release on Friday September 19 and will feature their breakout track Orphan.

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 12:27pm

Ding Dong Lounge’s newly opened Cajun and Creole restaurant Girl with the Gris Gris is set to welcome Australian soul sensation and leading lady of The Bamboos, Kylie Auldist and her five-piece funk soul orchestra The Glenroy Allstars, for a very special night of music and soul food as part of Mo’ Soul.

 

Join Kylie Auldist and The Glenroy Allstars with support from Fulton Street...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 12:19pm

Hardcore heroes Every Time I Die will return to Australia in January.

 

Often imitated but never duplicated, Every Time I Die continue to be one of the boldest, most unique band in the metalcore scene today. The tour comes hot on the heels of their latest album From Parts Unknown. 

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 11:53am

The Bluesfest first round lineup for 2015 has landed – and boy, is it a cracker. 

 

The Black Keys will headline the latest edition of one of Australia’s favourite festivals, which will again cover the Easter long weekend. 
 
Joining them are Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Paul Kelly...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 9:24am

Falls Music and Arts Festival has grown even bigger.

 

A host of talent has been added to the 2014/2015 incarnation, including musical acts Ásgeir, Dan Sultan, Cloud Control, Megan Washington, Kingswood, The Art Of Sleeping, Fishing, Northeast Party House, DJ Woody, DJ Fletch and Thelma Plum, alongside comedians Harley Breen, Tommy Dassalo, Luke McGregor, Urzila Carlson, Daniel...

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