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New Music Preview 2015

January 30, 2015 by Sherryn Groch in

  We uncover the slickest (or sickest) artists that need to be on your iTunes library this year. By Sherryn Groch.   Well, it’s a new year and I bet your poor old iTunes is starting to look pretty sad and dusty right about now. (I’d seriously consider cleaning your computer screen.) Do yourself a […]

Quick & Dirty: Peter Hook

January 18, 2015 by Angela Allan in

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is bringing his band The Light to Australia to play two New Order albums – Low Life and Brotherhood – in their entirety. We chat to ‘Hooky’ about the business of music and that mysterious new New Order record Bernard Sumner is talking about. By Angela […]

Cli-fi: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Sherryn Groch in

  It may sound like the kind of awkward rash you see your doctor about, but cli-fi (or climate fiction if you want to get technical) is the latest genre to hit bookshelves and cinemas. Feel free to brace yourself against the nearest climate change skeptic. By Sherryn Groch   From biosphere collapse to punishing […]

Spending Time With Wolf Alice

by Patrick Muller in

Gearing up for their first album release sometime later this year, Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell took some time to chat with us. By Patrick Muller   Ellie Rowsell fronts North London four piece Wolf Alice have kicked off the New Year playing the Falls festival, before kicking back for a few drinks in the CBD. […]

Gallery: Strictly Ballroom The Musical

January 17, 2015 by Stuart Allan in

We snoop backstage and rehearsals at Strictly Ballroom: The Musical‘s Melbourne premiere. Photos by Stuart Allan. What originated as a play by famed director Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984, Strictly Ballroom has become a world-wide phenomenon. We tagged along to the […]

Top 3 Moments: Rollin’ on the Blues Highway

December 30, 2014 by Angela Allan in

  Rolling along the Blues Highway – route 61 – from New Orleans all the way to Chicago, I discovered the origin, history and folklore of the blues and rock’n’roll. Here are my top 3 picks that made music – and the blues – come alive for me. By Angela Allan    Memphis, Tennessee   […]

Quick & Dirty: The Dickies

December 22, 2014 by Angela Allan in

  Ahead of his first-ever Australian tour, Stan Lee of legendary California punk rockers The Dickies gives us the lowdown the band’s hey day and spending Thanksgiving with Michael Nesmith of the Monkees. By Angela Allan   Tell us about your debut at the Whisky a Go Go – what was the scene on Sunset […]

5 Things We Learned from Catfish and the Bottlemen

by Patrick Muller in

  Welsh four piece Catfish and the Bottlemen have really blown up this year. On the back of their first album, The Balcony, the band is coming to Australia, both supporting The Kooks and playing their own gigs. Lead singer Van McCann chatted with Patrick Muller and here’s what he learned.   1. Their name […]

Playlist picks: Shooglenifty

December 21, 2014 by Soot Admin in

We put Malcolm Crosbie – member of six-piece Scottish Celtic-dance or “hypno-folkadelic ambient trad” band Shooglenifty – to the test to pick out five of the group’s songs for our playlist challenge.   1.  “Waiting For Conrad”, written by Iain M Macleod, arranged Shooglenifty from our first studio album Venus in Tweeds. This was one of the […]

Gift guide 101: Make a difference this year

by Sherryn Groch in

Tis the season for giving, which really means it’s time to swap your paycheck for another year of your family still speaking to you. But, in the mad rush of December sales, it’s easy to forget the power we hold as consumers. That’s why we’ve put together this handy little gift guide to help you […]

Quick & Dirty: Jesus Jones

December 15, 2014 by Angela Allan in

Jesus Jones – the British alt-dance rockers – are playing their seminal album Doubt in full when they tour Australia in March. We catch up with frontman Mike Edwards to get the scoop on the tour and new material. Right Here, Right Now. (Sorry, it had to be done.) By Angela Allan.   You’re playing […]

5 Things We Learned From The Rumjacks

December 14, 2014 by Angela Allan in

  Sydney folk-rock five-piece The Rumjacks are gearing up for the release of their new album Sober & Godless next year. Here are five things we learned from our chat with frontman Frankie McLaughlin. By Angela Allan.   1. The Rumjacks had a heap of new material when they went into record Sober & Godless. […]