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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 @ 11:11am


Fronted by ex-Little Red singer ‘Major’ Tom Hartney, Major Tom And The Atoms peddle a dense, energetic kind of soul rock that features a very unapologetic saxophone and some lusty female backing singers. It isn’t bad – Tom has a gritty, whomping vocal style and the song has some neat dynamic shifts – but they are more like a hip wedding band than an exciting new music project. Unlike...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 10:40am


A lackluster debut from local singer Hayley Clare, who attempts to model herself after Kimbra and Florence Henderson with neither their vocal power nor musical creativity. The instrumental parts on this single have that thin, pre-fab Garage Band quality and while Hayley can probably sing, what she does with her voice here is plodding and dull, in a dead pocket between the atmospheric...

Posted 26 Mar 2012 @ 1:23pm

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to a hand-picked selection of our land’s finest singer-songwriters? Singing Stories is a unique showcase of singer-songwriters featuring musicians from Australia, East Timor, the Pacific and beyond. 


Experience the time-old art of storytelling through song, and be moved by the stunning line-up of home-grown talent as...

Posted 8 Feb 2012 @ 11:06am


Given To The Wild is the third album by inventive English five-piece band The Maccabees, who are enjoying the heady delights of receiving that rarest of treats: popular success mingled with critical caresses. This atmospheric thirteen-track opus stormed into the Number Four spot on the Official UK Album Chart upon its first...

Posted 10 Jan 2012 @ 2:00pm

Alt country's other other darling, Will Oldham, returns with new album Wolfroy Goes To Town - his eleventh under the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy moniker. Perhaps because of the familiarity of the players, the production has a laid back and easy played-on-the-porch feel, with Oldham's wavering croak front and centre. Sometimes, like on There Will Be Spring, he is accompanied by nothing more than a...

Posted 7 Dec 2011 @ 9:07am

How many kids can you name who, at the ripe age of 21, are delivering troubadour ruminations worthy of the UK's folk heritage? Thomas Calder, the lad behind The Trouble With Templeton, and his chilling folk does just that. Despite hailing from sunny Brisbane, his sincere grain and earnest guitar-plucking is closer to an English singer-songwriter sensibility.


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Posted 25 Nov 2011 @ 1:00pm

Though still largely unknown, local artist Anita Lester has already done more in her four year career to push the envelope in music and performance than many do in their lifetime.


Lester's first exposure was as the singer songwriter of unorthodox acoustic trio Me And The Grownups, a group whose rich fusion of folk melodic sensibility, classical composition and poetic lyrics,...

Posted 23 Nov 2011 @ 11:35am

A breezy bit of soul from Melbourne’s Saskwatch, with cool horn parts and an understated vocal by Nkechi Anele. She has a round, natural R ‘n’ B voice and the song feels effortless and authentic.

Posted 15 Nov 2011 @ 3:09pm

The Northcote Social Club band room is hard to fill at the best of times, but the kids are out in full force tonight to support Crayon Fields frontman turned electro lothario - Geoffrey O'Connor. Launching his debut full length Vanity is Forever, O' Connor has built up quite a reputation over the years, his popularity evident by the substantial crowd that has gathered this Friday evening to...


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