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Posted 2 May 2012 @ 8:18am

After a controversial false start earlier in the year, Melbourne audiences will finally witness the divisive sensation that is Lana Del Rey in the live setting.


Announced on this year's stunning Splendour In The Grass...

Posted 1 May 2012 @ 11:44am

Believe it or not, Nightflight is actually Kate Miller-Heidke’s first solo album in three years. The success of its predecessor, Curiouser, rippled so triumphantly for so long, it’s as if Miller-Heidke never withdrew from the limelight. Nevertheless, she’s back, presenting a satisfying return to form.


Buoyant opener Ride This Feeling offers an electrifying first impression,...

Posted 30 Apr 2012 @ 12:57pm

Tokyo is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to deliciously vicious dubstep beats, but Japanese young-gun Ajapai is all about breaking out of the confines of conventionality. 


With a fondness for aggressively fun and fierce music that gets clubbers on their feet and flailing about wildly, it’s no wonder his debut release What Do You Hear? managed to take out...

Posted 27 Apr 2012 @ 2:04pm

Lawrence Leung is an engrossing storyteller. And his storytelling is rendered all the more irresistible by his nerd-factor, friendly nature and endearing enthusiasm. Whereas several resort to crudeness for cheap laughs, Leung finds the biggest laughs in his innocent observations of life’s absurdities. The most absurd thing to have happened to Leung recently is his discovery (or rather, his...

Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 12:37pm

Birth and death haven’t been uncommon topics for comics this festival. Sarah Kendall spoke about the absurd idea of drug-free labour, while Tracey Cosgrove planned her own wake with great enthusiasm and attention to detail.


Cam Marshall deals with some similar topics in Father, Father, telling the story of becoming a father shortly before his own father died. But his...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 6:54pm


She’s probably a relatively new name in the scheme of things, but Sarah Robertson is about to get her dues. A stunningly beautiful woman – who has given modeling a bit of a rest to focus on her music career - has just finished mixing a CD on the triple pack, Pump It Volume 5 compilation.




She explains, “Well, the disc basically came about when my...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 8:43am


Slogging it out over the last few years in the underground of Melbourne’s thriving live circuit, Iowa have been increasingly turning heads and breaking eardrums with their wall of noise sound and are now on the verge of seeing the fruition of their labours pay off in the release of their debut album Never Saw It Coming. Just weeks out from its official release and album launch,...

Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 4:33pm

A show of pure stand-up but purely entertaining, Tom Gleeson’s Good One has no real theme or underlying message, instead he opts for a handful of segments that very loosely tie together. Tucked away at the Victoria Hotel, the location is perfect for Gleeson as he “likes an audience who’s good at orienteering”. 



The show is vaguely divided in two, with the first half...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 1:33pm


Django Django, are good, very good, and their self titled debut deserves the hype it’s been getting. Since the Scottish band released the double A-side single Storm/Love’s Dart in 2009, many critics have been eagerly awaiting their long player, and now that it’s here they’ve fairly soiled themselves with joy.


Music critics have a tendency to go bananas for anything...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 11:47am


Pez is ready to tackle round two of his career as the poster child for Aussie hip hop. He’s done the hard yards, done the shows and done the touring. He has also released an album and is working on another – no mean feat. None of this is an easy slog for a rapper Down Under, but he has done it with poise, hard work, determination and a love of the scene and the music. A couple of...


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