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Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 2:12pm


Jacky White returns from an uncharacteristic year of hibernation with an instrumental tease from upcoming solo LP number two, Lazaretto. It’s a pastiche of very Jacky White-like ideas, most of them hitting the spot, some meandering. The two-note guitar squeal is pretty fuckin’ obnoxious and kinda ruins the whole track. But it does rock hard when it hits its Bug Muff-coated stride.

Posted 7 Aug 2012 @ 12:29pm

There he was, the defining rock star of the 2000s, indulging in what he denied himself for so long. These days, Jacky White is touring with twice as many backing bands than he once had bandmates. Tonight featured The Peacocks, whereas the following Splendour set alternated between The Peacocks and whatever the all-male counterpart is called. But it doesn’t really matter – the gimmick is...

Posted 2 Aug 2012 @ 10:51am

When you rock up to the first morning of a three-day festival, the last thing you want is to do is get pelted with pea-sized hailstones. But after that minor meterological fakeout, Byron Bay turned on an exquisite weekend to welcome Splendour In The Grass back to its spiritual home.


Post-hail on Friday, we joined the moist masses at Alison Wonderland and Yacht Club DJs to dance...

Posted 23 May 2012 @ 8:21am

The only thing giving away Lanie Lane’s hangover today is the slight wilt to her quiff. Everything else is as it should be – the bright red lipstick, the gold hoop earrings, the enviable style and those wry, striking eyes – but before our interview has even started I’m digging out the Nurofen while her tour manager runs off for water.


It’s not a common state for Lane – “I don’t...

Posted 20 Apr 2012 @ 7:22am

After he was announced as the headliner of this year's Splendour In The Grass yesterday, Melbourne fans have been eagerly anticipating the possibility of a Jack White sideshow - especially considering he was one of the select main acts on the poster not to be suffixed with "only Australian show".


We can expect a selection of classics from the Jack White canon, which includes...

Posted 19 Apr 2012 @ 8:07am


Well folks, this is the one you've been waiting for. After intense speculation and rumour-mongering, the time has come to bask our beady eyes upon the mighty Splendour In The Grass 2012 lineup. And 'tis a mighty one, indeed.


Celebrating the return to the festival's spiritual...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 8:33am


People liked The White Stripes because people like rules. From the outset, the world-conquering Detroit duo aligned themselves to an intangible manifesto. Some aspects were upheld rigorously – the tri-colour aesthetic, the ruse of siblingry, the admonishment of setlists – and some were bent or broken. It’s easy to draw the analogy between White’s trajectory and that of his favourite...

Posted 29 Mar 2012 @ 7:32am


I feel as though Sweet Sour, the third album from English trio Band Of Skulls, has been released ten or so years too late. While the album would have had the perfect home in the early '00s wave of Elephant’s and Pawn Shoppe Heart’s, today Sweet Sour’s basic rock'n'roll and flirting-with-pop sound feels clichéd. 


Opener is the title track Sweet Sour, sounding as though...

Posted 27 Mar 2012 @ 2:03pm


Back for its third year, The Aussie BBQ has become something of an institution at South By Southwest: a day party put together by Sounds Australia and featuring over 30 home-grown acts. This year it was held on one of the last days of the conference, and if the queue out the front was anything to go by, Australians had fared damn well in Austin.


Husky’s five shows were...

Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 12:22pm


White introduces the new album Blunderbuss with a conspicuously quiet acoustic number, squeezing all his customary dirt in to the lyrics. Take the opening lines, for example: “I want love to roll me over slowly / Stick a knife inside me and twist it all around / I want love to grab my fingers gently / Slam them in a doorway / Rub my face in the ground.” Vocal duties are shared with...


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