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Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 1:22pm

Let’s get this out of the way: yes, Cameron Avery is the bassist for Tame Impala.

 

Yes, his debut solo album, Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams is about to drop. But Tame Impala it is not. While Avery numbers among Western Australia’s multi-talented, multi-instrumental musical collective of friends and labelmates – including Kevin Parker, Nicholas Allbrook and Jay ‘Gum’ Watson – his...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 11:49am

February 24, 2017 marks the three-year anniversary of Sydney's controversial lockout laws. 

 

In that time, Sydney has seen venues close, the streets empty and protest movements like Keep Sydney Open blossom. But after three years of lockouts, what comes next? JOSEPH EARP reports.

 

 

Locked Out For Good: 

Sydney’s Dying Businesses

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Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 2:00pm

At first glance, Toby Martin may appear to be just your run-of-the-mill academic: a scruffy, wild-haired intellectual with flecks of grey beginning to spread from his temples.

 

He teaches music at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom. But more likely, you know him as the frontman of the band Youth Group. Their cover of the Alphaville song ‘Forever Young’ featured...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 11:00am

In the spring of 1996, the community of Long Beach, California was stunned and saddened by the sudden passing of Bradley Nowell, the beloved founder, lead singer and guitarist of ska punk trio Sublime.

 

Sadly, his death came before the band was a household name, with some fans not even aware of his fatal overdose until MCA Records decided to release Sublime’s self-titled third...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

Mark Zito is too hard on himself.

 

The Melbourne-based musician, a master of synth-based sadness who records and tours under the name Fractures, is a relentlessly productive writer, an enticing live proposition and the true definition of an up-and-comer.

 

But just try telling that to him. As far as Zito is concerned, he is running behind, and talking to him makes...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:54pm

Australians have been among the first to criticise the controversial policies of Donald Trump's administration, including the new President's threat to decimate funding to the arts and creative industries. 

 

However, it's time we looked in our own backyard, where the Coalition government has already enacted these policies. JOSEPH EARP reports.

 

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Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 11:20am

Melbourne Ska Orchestra, led by none other than Australian music legend Nicky Bomba, sport an ever-changing lineup – ranging from a minimum of 20 musicians to a maximum of 32 – with a decent helping of lavish instrumentation and a proud message to match.

 

Their music attracts listeners ready to embrace the positive vibes of both the traditional ska sound and thought-provoking...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 5:01pm

Over the past year or more, the internet has been going crazy with DIY mash-ups of popular songs popping up all over YouTube. And for some reason most of them seem to involve 'All Star' by Smash Mouth. 

 

In the interests of balance, we've compiled a list of the best and most creative mash-ups in...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 4:17pm

The best thing about being a full decade past the glory months of 2007 is that we get to look back and laugh at all the music we collectively thought was awesome back then. 

 

We also get to feel more fondly about songs that riled us up so much back in 2007, finding ourselves now uttering phrases like, “that Akon part is actually pretty catchy” without the white heat of past-Akon...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 4:00pm

Name three of the most significant releases in the history of music. Geez, umm… alright, I got this.

 

John Lennon spreading peace, love and optimism with ‘Imagine’; the release of the Shrek soundtrack led by Smash Mouth’s indisputably perfect ‘All Star’; and the moment Neil Cicierega decided the two would work perfectly together.

 

This is the story of a girl…...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 10:24am

Taryn La Fauci has established herself as quite a promising name on the Sydney music scene.

 

Originally hailing from Townsville, La Fauci drifted down to the Harbour City five years ago and rose through the ranks the old-fashioned way, throwing herself into various open mic nights across town until a pattern began to emerge and people began to take notice. She will next be...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 9:30am

Look, it’s something we’ve all wondered. Ninja versus pirate: who would win?

 

And sure, while the smart money is on the ninja, there’s something deep inside all of us – the small part of us that loves chaos and craves dressing up in eccentric garb, with an eyepatch and a rum-swilling accent (“yaaaaar!”) – that knows whatever the outcome, the pirate is having much more fun. ...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 5:23pm

In 1997, a group of high school kids from Florida set out to give metalcore a makeover.

 

Back then, Underoath had no real grasp of just how big they would make it. They would go on to tour relentlessly, release seven studio albums between 1999 and 2010, and go through a personnel makeover of their own. After all that, Underoath were left feeling overtaxed, with the physical and...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 5:16pm

The history of contemporary music is full of performers working unusual jobs in order to support their art.

 

Kurt Cobain slaved away as a janitor before he hit it big, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke worked tirelessly as a cinema attendant, and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp fame was a fishmonger.

 

Yet of them all, Stacey Abdilla may well win the award for most offbeat...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 4:01pm

It’s strange to think that 15 years ago, Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen and Carpathian were slowly setting the standard for what would soon be popular metalcore in Australia.

 

Jimmy Kyle was somewhat in the thick of all this – touring next to those titans of yore while performing in Sulo and Bellevue. Kyle’s current endeavours reel him in from the screams of metalcore...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 11:26am

Sydney trio PVT announced the completion of their fifth album way back in November 2015. 

 

The record, titled New Spirit, finally lands next week, roughly 15 months after the recording process concluded. It’s a sustained delay, but the ensuing period has seen PVT’s name return to the public consciousness, largely thanks to the re-release of their debut LP Make Me Love You and a...

Posted 4 Feb 2017 @ 8:00am

The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd are two of the country’s most successful live exports.

 

They’ve successfully tapped into grassroots on a global level and garnered a very particular worldwide following of travellers, who are drawn to the organic nature of their music and ready to take their songs home with them in their backpacks.

 

Rudd and The Cat Empire have known...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 11:23am

Silverchair's second album Freak Show turned 20 this week, which means the album is hitting that age where it begins to dismiss the riff-heavy, depressed tone of teenage albums such as itself.

 

Which is a real shame, because Freak Show was the album right before Daniel Johns’ ambition became alienating to swathes of his fan base, and also the most consistent in regards to...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 6:40pm

With fingers once again being pointed at the festival's organisers, where does the responsibility lie for preventing this from happening?

 

Drug-related deaths at music festivals are an altogether devastating occurrence, shaking the music community to the...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 5:00pm

It’s the calm before the storm.

 

Opeth’s Fredrik Åkesson answers the phone from his home in Sweden, in the midst of a day of press ahead of the next leg of the metal monoliths’ Sorceress World Tour. “I’m just sitting here playing a bit of guitar,” Åkesson says coolly. “Just practising a few songs before the tour – refreshing the old memory, so to speak.” 

 

Åkesson...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 4:00pm

It’s early evening in Gympie, and Ocean Grove frontman Luke Holmes chuckles, “I didn’t think I’d ever be here.” It’s the hometown stop on tour for The Amity Affliction, with Holmes and his bandmates joining Sydney hardcore outfit Hellions on the bill.

 

“I think that it’s inspiring to have bands to look up to in the heavy music scene that have toured the world and are able to...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 3:52pm

News has surfaced that Malcolm Turnbull's conversation with US President Donald Trump did not go as smoothly as it was originally reported

 

The two leaders had lined up an entire hour for the Aussie PM to congratulate Trump on his inauguration and...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 1:00pm

Alright, so we know that international rock bands love playing Australia – we know that the hype is real and acts always mention how excited they are to play here – so why is The Menzingers’ enthusiasm any different?

 

Well for one thing, the Philadelphia punk rockers have been on the scene for quite some time: 11 years to be exact, establishing themselves as clever songwriters...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 10:38am

The dual life of being both a singer and a songwriter has intertwined so much through the history of popular music that its hyphenated combination has practically become a style of music in itself.

 

Of course, such a format can become tiresome and formulaic if you’ve been doing it for an extensive period of time. 

 

Martha Wainwright has been in the trade for over...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 10:19am

After several years of building up his profile, British neo-soul star Sampha Sisay – known mononymously as Sampha – is edging ever closer to releasing his debut LP.

 

Entitled Process, it’s an album of neo-soul, late-night R&B and earnest vocal pop. Fans have been anticipating a full-length release from Sisay following a couple of EPs and some A-list guest features, which...

Posted 28 Jan 2017 @ 9:00am

Where most bands have succumbed to the pressures of life as a collective, Neurosis continue to offer forward-thinking and boundless music.

 

By the light of the band’s still burning fire, frontman Steve Von Till reveals what’s kept it burning so long, why producer Steve Albini is still the right man for the job, and how Neurosis have managed to stay at the forefront of...

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 2:17pm

The triple j Hottest 100 of 2016 was a highpoint for Australian artists, and a barometer for what Aussie music lovers listened to throughout the year. 

 

But which of the songs will go down in history, and which will be forgotten the moment Flume releases his next remix?

 

We've reviewed every single song from the 2016 countdown in one sentence (OK, some of them are...

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 12:07pm

Some 11 years ago, George took to the Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House and said goodbye.

 

The Brisbane-based outfit had been making music for almost a decade, providing the soundtrack for the romance and heartbreak of thousands of adolescents around the country, and reshaping Australian pop for years to come.

 

Yet it was never designed to be a permanent...

Posted 27 Jan 2017 @ 11:45am

Paul Kean’s life was changed by stolen songs. 

 

Music was ever-present as he grew up in New Zealand in the ’60s – as dependable as the slow, cold mist of Christchurch rain – largely thanks to his parents. His father had a soft spot for the piano and a deep baritone voice; his mother a passionate, undying love of hymnals.

 

But it wasn’t until he travelled overseas...

Posted 26 Jan 2017 @ 12:00pm

It’s 30-something degrees, a week away from a major event he has been planning for months, and Jameel Majam is moving house.

 

Not that you’d be able to tell he has so much on his plate, mind you, as the celebrated bassist for Sydney legends The Lockhearts sounds surprisingly unhurried. He might be just days out from the 2017 edition of...

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