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Posted 28 Dec 2013 @ 11:43am

A searing, underlying violence bubbles underneath Theme From Nth Wheel II,threatening to explode at any second. It doesn’t, fostering a sense of restraint in the hypnotic barrage of hammering snares. Everything comes together in post-apocalyptic desperation, seeping through like a deftly concocted toxic cloud. Taken from the seven-inch EP due out in a month’s time.

Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 4:53am

Kiwi-based posi-vibes proselytiser Jon Lemmon teams up with compatriot Race Banyon on production for Wonder, a bliss-inducing journey through nostalgic house glory. Lemmon’s dreamy whispers compound the lush, inviting beats, invoking both a sense of communal rave euphoria and insular calm. Spoiler alert: there are two drops, both of them are amazing. 

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 1:52pm

Taken from the intoxicating, layered gem that is Port Of Morrow, The Rifle's Spiral has an almost psychedelic feel, a hypnotic pulse in the vocal melody and a circular swirl of guitars, beautifully balanced against the bouncing rhythm section. There’s an urgency to it, a vitality, but also a grim and weighty undercurrent. A strange and amazing tune.

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 1:33pm

Joining Bleeding Knees Club at the vanguard of Brisbane’s garage punk revival, Dune Rats are a mangy duo whose latest single has the burnt out noise pop thrust of Wavves, simple and melodic but also distorted and braying, with a snarl that can be traced back to Kurt Cobain.

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 1:24pm

Norwegian-born, LA-based synth pop artist Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkenes) has made a few bubbles in the blogsphere with her covers of Arcade Fires’ The Suburbs and Beyonce’s Single Ladies – two demure and dispirited hipster cuts that sound pretty cool but suck all the passion, vitality and urgency from the originals. She gives me the irrits, launching her career off the back of other...

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 1:15pm

The Graveyarders have a new album out this week, and a smashing new single to promote it. I'm Gone has the hallmark foot-stomping, steel guitar riffs and gruff man choir accents that we’ve come to know and love, but it is somehow more straight-faced than previous efforts. This one is serious.

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 1:12pm

Lifted from the second album by Brisbane art rock collective Drawn From Bees (due out in September), The Ballad Of Running Bear is a high intensity, goth-flavoured rock epic that holds one fraught note for its entire duration. The incredibly upsetting video features slow motion footage of girl in lingerie playing a butcher dominatrix,  slapping a guy in the face with raw meat and then rubbing...

Posted 2 May 2012 @ 11:25am

Melbourne artist Justin Wilding Stokes has a debut album, Bird’s Bread, due out this week. The lead single has a breezy and a bouncing oom-pah beat, an homage to Sgt Pepper that wafts into a clattering reverie echoing A Day In The Life and half a dozen early songs by Blur. I’ll Love You.. is lively and pretty but not striking – the melody plods in a fairly predictably way. If...

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 27 Apr 2012 @ 12:32pm

To celebrate the release of Manhood, Muscles will be taking himself off around the country to give everyone a taste of what he's got.

 

Manhood, due out on June 15 though Modular, is Muscles' log awaited second album. With its release he is promising to create an even bigger spectacular including outrageous props and an elaborate light show to depict all of Muscles' multiple...

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