Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

Amsterdam-based electronic duo Yellow Claw have announced their return to Australia, playing at 86 @ Max Watt's.


The hardstyle duo once again hit our shores in May. The Dutch pair released their debut album Blood For Mercy in 2015, and have also worked with Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga.

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 5:42pm

Do you suffer from a prolonged or pronounced sense of inner emptiness or lack of self-worth?


Have you experienced a bankruptcy of the soul? Has life become bereft of meaning? A drawn-out existential crisis brought on by grind of the generic daily modicum? Or has music simply lost its charm and romance?


Then the healing quality of spiritual jazz could be just the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:08pm

There’s a great deal of modesty in the music world today.


Gone are the days of a Grammy win being the pinnacle for many artists, with most of them instead becoming increasingly focused on the quality of music they make available to the world. That said, you’d be hard-pressed to name an artist who wouldn’t find winning a prestigious award as somewhat life-affirming – a testament...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:00pm

I’ve only ever had a dim awareness of the existence of gay organisations.


Aside from the obvious Mardi Gras and organisations built around sexual health and mental well-being, I’ve been uncharacteristically unperturbed by other queer spheres outside that general area. I realise this means that I’ve not been doing my duty as a queer citizen or something – but the truth is not so...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 4:26pm

1. Growing Up


Vintagé: I grew up in a household where all kinds of genres of music were played daily. Both my parents were musos; Dad played guitar and Mum sang. My childhood affected me as a musician today because of the amount of love our household and family had for music.


Veazah: When I was eight, I stumbled upon my dad’s ’80s Hits double album; I’m 100 per...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 10:53am

Kick-starting the New Year with an Australian tour, internationally acclaimed DJ Mark Knight will launch the new Sunset Sessions at Cafe del Mar over the Australia Day weekend.


With sold-out gigs at world-class venues including Space Ibiza, Womb...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 12:53pm

The party hits the National Art School in February. 


The second instalment of Summer Dance for 2017 will feature a lineup of local artists to celebrate the season and Australian talent, as Astral People collaborate with V Movement, FBi Click and Thump. 


Fresh from Melbourne, Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda will headline, bringing their electic jazzy-disco funk...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 9:00am

It must be breakfast time in Papua New Guinea, because Ngaiire is happily munching away on something when she answers her phone.


She’s taking some time out at her family home, relaxed, confident and prepared to talk about her whirlwind career so far. “I haven’t had a holiday for a while so I thought I’d start the year right,” Ngaiire says, priming herself in a less windswept...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 6:15pm

The latest album by Katie Stelmanis’ Toronto-formed project Austra was driven by the diminishment of her city’s progressive cultural pulse.


Stelmanis made the move to Montreal in 2013, following the release of the band’s 2011 debut, Feel It Break,and the completion of LP number two, Olympia. But in the lead-up to the project’s third record, Future Politics, Stelmanis spent time...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

As someone socialised to navigate through heterosexual spaces, I never considered that one day I’d have to readjust so much of my perspective and my behaviours to safely (and without offending anyone) navigate through homosexual ones.


A lot of what I was taught growing up – whether it was directly through my parents or indirectly through whatever social rules I absorbed by...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 3:58pm

Bare Essentials and Mantra Collective are teaming up to throw an underground party with a huge lineup.


The party is being headlined by Barac, one of Romania's most accomplished producers, and East End Dubs from the UK.


The two international acts will be backed up by a bunch of local talent with Mantra Collective, Persian Rug, Mike Watts, Tyson, A.Lias and more...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 3:53pm

There's nothing like a good Sunday session, and now The Argyle will be one of Sydney's go-to party destinations to see out the weekends.


Every Sunday, The Argyle is hosting its Sunday Social, with food and drink specials, free entry, and the best in R&B and hip hop from the '90s, '00s and '10s.


Expect music from the likes of K-Time, Helena Ellis (pictured),...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 2:11pm

The sold-out gig on Sydney Harbour will be followed up with a massive DJ set from Norman Jay MBE, supported by Simon Caldwell and Stephen Ferris.


All through the holiday period, The Island Live has been providing summer vibes with acts like Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Hayden James and Cosmo's Midnight bringing gigs to the iconic floating beach club.


Now the...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:03pm

The Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach has unveiled a massive music lineup for its 2017 event.


Aussie electronic icons Hermitude will headline the first of two concerts on the beachfront in March - and best of all, entry is completely free.


Hermitude will be supported on the MTV Stage by WA producer Elk Road, with the gig happening on Saturday March 4....

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:02pm

The last four years have seen cuts proposed to community radio funding on a number of occasions, with $1.4 million ripped from its underbelly over the next four years (from 2016 on).


The above is a perfectly normal sentence if divorced from its context. But once we actually consider what this means to millions of people, it’s a sobering and altogether infuriating situation....

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:15am

Eight years ago, on the back of their critically acclaimed debut album, no one could accuse Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith – AKA The xx– of overconfidence.


Even confidence seemed like an overstatement back then – with a hip minimalist aesthetic that spawned countless imitators and deeply personal lyrics that led to intrusive lines of questioning, the English...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 10:27am

Kath & Kim’s Straya Day Eve Party is happening next week at Hudson Ballroom.


What can the lucky hornbags, foxymorons and hunks of spunk expect from the night?

We’re inviting the Kath & Kim fans of Sydney to come together in celebration of the TV show we all know, love and quote daily. Cancel all your dates (even sticky dates) on Straya Day Eve because with the ‘...

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 6:35pm

Sydney dance duo Cosmo's Midnight will fill the dancefloor at the first Mona Saturdays of February 2017.


Presented by the Mona Vale Hotel in conjunction with Northern Beaches brands Barney Cools, Aloe Swimwear and Escape Sundays, there'll be three massive stages plus pop-up stores and giveaways running all night long.


Joining Cosmo's Midnight on the epic music...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 2:51pm

Are you a hornbag, foxymoron or hunk of spunk? Feel like doing something nice, different and unusual on the eve of Australia Day? If you answered yes to any of those questions, chances are you might know exactly what we're about to say. 


The Hudson Ballroom is hosting none other than Kath & Kim's Straya Day Eve Party, and you can bet your cotton socks you're invited!

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 2:46pm

Having brought us the likes of Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Hayden James, Cosmo’s Midnight and Hot Dub Time Machine over the past few weeks, The Island Live is set to welcome UK DJ Norman Jay MBE to Sydney Harbour this summer.


He'll be supported by a whole lot of local talent courtesy of Soul of Sydney DJs, Mike Who and Andy Garvey, and of course backed by a gorgeous view of...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 2:44pm

Drum and bass royalty Matrix and Futurebound are set to return to Australia in 2017 with a lineup of shows at clubs all over the country. 


The UK duo will be hitting Chinese Laundry on their Sydney stop with a massive repertoire of tracks under their belts to cater to lovers of mainstream and underground dance music alike.


Their latest track, 'Fire' (featuring...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 3:00pm

Let’s talk about how queers can deal with this potentially awful, awkward or just difficult time of year. 


Christmas and New Year’s is always talked up as the time to be with your loved ones, but what happens when your family aren’t exactly down with you being queer?


What happens if your family is stacked with less- than-loving homophobes? Or if they’re just a...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 1:35pm

With more than a handful of brilliant talents blooming across the scope of Australian electronic music at the moment, the community is really coming into a resurgent and resounding period of creative expression.


You only need look at the international exposure and recognition that such craftsmen as Harvey Sutherland and Mall Grab are getting to know there’s something very...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 4:46pm

Extra Pulp, anyone? Party your way into Australia Day with the freshest (geddit?) new offering from Undr Ctrl and I Oh You right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 


Featuring sets from CC:Disco!, Dreems, Juno Mars, Rimbombo and Simon Caldwell, Australia Day Eve has never looked (think spectacular harbour views) or tasted (courtesy of The Kerrigan food shack) so good.


Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:42am

1. Growing Up


When I was growing up in Tel Aviv, I was listening to the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Joy Division. I’m also a big fan of David Bowie – my influences were definitely that kind of music. 


2. Inspirations

Right now, I really love the new Frank Ocean album. It’s different from what I would usually listen to, but I really got into it...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:22am

The 2017 Mardi Gras Party is set to add a stellar lineup of local and international DJs to its program for next year, with DJ Citizen Jane, Oxford Hustlers and JimJam locked in to join Tegan And Sara on the Mardi Gras stage. 


Miami's Citizen Jane boasts a resume that reads more like a party circuit passport including NYC Pride weekend at Madison Square Garden, San Francisco’s...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:19am

It’s been a tremendous year.


A year of death, a year of rebirth, and a year of renewal.


A year in which we were reminded of our individual and collective fragility.


A year that saw doyens of music and popular culture pass so frequently that it became an almost familiar feeling.


A year in which Fabric nightclub, one of electronic...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 9:47am

1. Growing Up


Our father is Pakistani and our mom is American-European, so our house was juxtaposed with Bollywood movie soundtracks, classic and progressive rock, and protest music from our mom. Our infusion of tablas and tribal percussion in our most recent work stems from our fascination with Bollywood at a young age. 


2. Inspirations

Some of our...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 9:39am

A few years ago, Wafia Al-Rikabi – or just Wafia as she normally goes – was releasing YouTube videos of herself covering songs.


Now her own songs are reaching multimillion-level viewership, and the otherwise introverted and unassuming singer/producer has found herself in the midst of an international career in music. 


It’s 9am and Al-Rikabi is still slowly...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 4:48pm

1. Growing Up


My childhood was always deeply rooted in music. My parents had my brothers and me in piano lessons from a young age, and my father was a solo entertainer under the name Impact One. My older brother noticed my interest during these lessons and suggested we pool our resources, buy some equipment and learn how to DJ. This was also the year I discovered electronic...