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Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 1:43pm


Brisbane indie-pop troupe Ball Park Music are set to bring their reputable live show back to Melbourne. The 180° Tour, the band’s most ambitious yet, has frontman Sam Cromack in a spin. “The tour’s been a massive step up from where we were previously: bigger venues, more ticket sales and it’s just been quite surreal for us to watch it all unfold.”



The group’s...

Posted 11 Apr 2012 @ 2:28pm


Hey Jane is a chugging eight-minute track from the seventh album by UK space pop collective Spiritualized. After the first very radio-friendly three minutes – a peppy garage rock ramble – the song becomes more spacious, lighter and somehow more joyful. Layers of guitar and vocal build confidently until singer Jason Spaceman returns like a distorted, warbling choirmaster, leading the...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 5:01pm

DeAnne Smith pitched her entertaining show Livin’ the Sweet Life last Saturday night to a full house at Trades Hall.  Canadian and slightly left of centre, her stand up, in particular her story telling, is engaging and funny, with a lot of surprising and dirty thoughts coming out of her self-described adorable mouth.


The title of the show, Livin' the Sweet Life, refers, by the...

Posted 8 Feb 2012 @ 10:26am


Awesome melodic garage rock from Brisbane’s Velociraptor, heavy on the screaming harmonies and jangling R&B guitars, more Mersey Beat than Black Lips. This wicked fun single has one of those odd, stupid and memorable lyrics: “I tell her she should read the book / She says, ‘Why? I’ve seen the film.’” It’s funny, in a Norwegian Wood kind of way.


Posted 18 Jan 2012 @ 3:49pm

The long-awaited follow up to Wincing The Night Away is due out in March, an album called Port Of Morrow. Simple Song is an electrifying preview, channeling '80s New Wave accents and the odd Beach Boys-flavoured melody into a fearless, day-glo pop tune that acts as a joyful battle cry from these sorely missed indie soldiers.

Posted 20 Dec 2011 @ 1:34pm

Back with their second EP since the quietly celebrated debut Distance Is a Gun, Melbourne three-piece Celadore offer up another slice of melodic pop-rock mastery with The Bright and Blue.



While the opening bars of Bakery may bear the markings of many distinctly average pop-punk outfits that have come before, by the end of the track its clear there's a little more...

Posted 14 Dec 2011 @ 10:46am

This clattering fusion of west coast sunshine and jangling garage rock has got me smiling from ear to ear. The debut single from Howler, taken from their forthcoming debut album, is melodic, agitated indie rock somewhere between The Drums and Black Lips. A mangy, effortless backyard party tune to get you through summer.

Posted 11 Oct 2011 @ 11:06am

Historical narratives of Australian rock'n'roll are prone to constructing a distinction between Melbourne and Sydney scenes. With its blend of art school punk and brooding garage blues, the 1980s Melbourne music scene is said to contrast with the turbo-charged post-Birdman rock music coming out of Sydney at the same time.


Posted 20 Oct 2011 @ 3:13pm

One of the greatest alternative rock albums of the '90s is set to be given the live recreation treatment, with US punks Good Charlotte set to headline the next instalment of The JD Set with a run-through of Weezer's seminal debut record.


With Aussie Weezer fans having all but given up hope on Rivers and co. arriving on our shores anytime soon (the band reportedly turned down a...

Posted 18 Aug 2011 @ 9:28am

Perth's Fifi Mondello models herself after Diana Ross but sounds like a wedding singer. Taken from her debut mini-album, It's True is a sixties-inspired bubblegum pop song with forgettable lyrics, a retread melody and tinny production values. Fifi's voice lacks the gravitas of those sixties belles - no agony, no ecstasy, no hysteria, just the airy twittering of a half-talent wannabe.


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