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Single: Panama ‘Stay Forever’

Fact: Panama are excellent. Their unique blend of emotional soundscapes, summery beats and uplifting melodies hit all the right spots, and provide all the right feels. It’s the king of song that’s dramatic and compelling without relying on huge changes, breakdowns or anything else. From the opening piano notes, the rich, M83-ish soundscapes and the […]

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Ticket Giveaway: Highasakite

By now you’ve probably heard of Highasakite, Norway’s most recent quirky, unique and all ’round awesome pop export. Led by immensely talented Ingrid Helene Håvik  (who we interviewed last week,) their debut album Silent Treatment has received international acclaim, garnering attention from all corners of the globe – including the one and only Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir) […]

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Wax Witches’ Favourite Tunes

Wax Witches is a one-man “sci-fi” post-punk act, perhaps better known as Bleeding Knees Club frontman Alex Wall. It began when Wall, bored between BNC tours, taught himself to record his own music, writing a “collection of bratty lo-fi songs that reflective is formative influences of Cali punks The Descendants and Black Flag.” Following his […]

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Album Review: Richard In Your Mind, ‘Ponderosa’

Richard In Your Mind, five dudes from Sydney headed up by Richard Cartwright, specialise in blowing brains out all over the wall (metaphorically; we don’t actively review hitmen). To any listener their style of experimental, psychedelic, indie pop is breathtakingly  spasm inducing. For a music reviewer it’s a total bitch. The reason I say this […]

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Album Review: The Griswolds ‘Be Impressive’

After touring relentlessly overseas and recording in New York, at long last The Griswolds have their lively pop debut album for us, ‘Be Impressive’. It is full of the unstoppable brightness you would hope for from the Sydney four-piece, as well as plenty of happy surprises. There is more electro influence, less guitar rock.  More […]

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Album Review: J Mascis, ‘Tied to a Star’

Former Dinosaur Jr front man, J Mascis (seen above looking like the hipster equivalent of Gandalf), is often heralded as one of the best guitar players in the world. Rolling Stone and Spin have him at number 86 and number 5 respectively, on their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” lists. Dinosaur Jr, of course, […]

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Giveaway: Double pass to the JBL Stage at BIGSOUND!

BIGSOUND is just around the corner, and we are EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Each year, the Brisbane event draws top national and international music industry talent for the three day music conference and myriad live gigs and other events. This year, long established masters of sound equipment JBL have announced a partnership with the event. The […]

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The War on Drugs add more dates to their Meredith sideshows!

It’s just under a year since their last visit to our shores, but Philadelphian-based rock giants The War on Drugs have been keeping busy. Following months of performing to massive sell-out crowds and festivals including Primavera Sound, Glastonbury and our very own Falls Festival, we are SO excited that they’re returning to our shores this […]

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Safia’s Favourite Tunes

Canberra trio Safia have had an incredibly impressive run so far this year. Soon to be headed out on their second national headline tour for the year, they’ve wooed crowds as the support for some pretty immense acts including Lorde, Disclosure and AlunaGeorge. Their cover of James Vincent McMorrow’s deliciously angelic Cavalier lit up the […]

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New single and tour dates: Airling, ‘Wasted Pilots’

Hannah Shepherd, better known as Airling, hasn’t been around for long – but she already boasts an enviable resume. Having scored opening slots for the likes of Asgeir, James Vincent McMorrow and The Paper Kites, the Brisbane artist is also the first to be signed to Tom Iansek’s (Big Scary) own label Pieater. Iansek has […]

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