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Music Features

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...

Posted 26 Jan 2017 @ 10:30am

You’d struggle to find any artist – be it in music, literature, film, whatever – whose career has seen nothing but wine and roses.

 

Any attempt to make a life within the arts is a gamble, and one that may not actually pay off until long down the road (if at all). Canadian indie folk band The Strumbellas are keenly aware of this; it wasn’t until 2016’s Hope – their third album –...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 6:23pm

It was almost ten years ago that two school friends in the midwest of New Jersey began toying around with instruments in their parents’ basements.

 

Since those formative days, The Front Bottoms have gone above and beyond the wildest dreams of vocalist/guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich. On the back of their fifth album, the ironically titled Back On Top, the folk-...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 3:00pm

There’s something wonderfully endearing about the softly spoken, almost shy Adam Carson.

 

The drummer for long-standing punk rockers AFI has racked up more than 25 years with the band, and along with singer Davey Havok, is one of two remaining original members. However, despite the fame and success that has come with churning out a multitude of award-winning albums, Carson...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 9:17am

Hat Fitz & Cara are a Queensland folk duo founded upon the musical and romantic connection of the eponymous Fitz and Cara Robinson.

 

Their raw, retrophilic approach to folk music has taken them all across the world, and now, in preparation for their latest tour supporting new album After The Rain, the pair talk about the recording process and the fresh ideas for performing...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

Three years ago, after the rapture of Celebration Rock’s intensive touring came to a close, Japandroids disappeared from our lives.

 

Their website went dark and the boys passed their long nights of wine and roses unseen and unheard.

 

Now, as the sun rises over a new day – and scores of music fans lick their wounds from the year that was – Japandroids are back in...

Posted 22 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

Talk about a long train runnin’ – it’d be hard to find a music group with the kind of renown and career longevity that The Doobie Brothers have enjoyed in their near 50 years of busting out classic American folk-infused rock.

 

Named for a shared proclivity for the humble joint back in 1970, the Brothers have kept up their musical efforts with reinvention, re-appropriation and...

Posted 21 Jan 2017 @ 11:00am

Braving Los Angeles traffic is a stressful feat at the best of times, so attempting to navigate the city’s metal matrix around the holiday season would put a dampener on most people’s spirits.

 

But not Mish Barber-Way – the frontwoman for Canadian experimental punk outfit White Lung is a firecracker of energy and enthusiasm, busy navigating her adopted metropolis as she chats...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 5:53pm

Four years ago, in an interview with music blog It’s My Kind Of Scene, former Killing Heidi frontwoman Ella Hooper said of her beloved ’90s pop-rock group: “It really did just run its natural course and I think it would be very unnatural to start it up again now.”

 

But last year, in a suburban lounge room in Melbourne, something changed. The old gears clicked back into place,...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 5:11pm

Opportunity knocks for the next generation of musicians, producers and all other persons of the creative kin.

 

After all, what do most of us know of the performing arts without a little education? The answer is, not as much as we could. Now, the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) is about to unveil a brand new campus...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 9:00am

To some, music is an occupation – a creative enterprise that takes over life itself, all-encompassing in devotion and drive.

 

Margaret Glaspy is one such professional: she started out as a touring musician for various bands, before self-producing her debut album and embarking on a virtually non-stop international tour.

 

Currently playing nightly shows in her...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 4:58pm

“Warnindilyakwa is the name of our people. Our mob.

 

Anindilyakwa is our language. It is said to be the second most difficult language in the world to learn. That’s why we must share it more with the world.”

 

Ten-piece group Salt Lake Band are from Umbakumba, a tiny community in Groote Eylandt, off the coast of the Northern Territory. There are only about 400...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 10:11am

In 2012, 14 years on from their acrimonious split, Swedish hardcore giants Refused made a triumphant return for one of the year’s biggest and most successful tours.

 

Few anticipated they would ever see the likes of Refused again in the 21st century, but even fewer could have anticipated what was to follow.

 

2015 saw Refused release Freedom, a brand new studio...

Posted 13 Jan 2017 @ 11:12am

Parramatta Park is hosting a Hottest 100 party this Australia Day with live music from L-Fresh The Lion, Olympia, VXV and more.

 

There is no real reason triple j’s Hottest 100 should matter as much as it does.

 

It is a glorified user feedback form, one hampered by a series of major restrictions and odd biases (...

Posted 10 Jan 2017 @ 5:52pm

To mark the first anniversary of David Bowie's death, Double J will host a day of musical celebration this Wednesday January 11.

 

From 3pm, Double J host, Australian musical personality and Bowie fan Myf Warhurst will remember the music of the man that was, and the art that will live on with us for countless years to come. We caught up with Myf to chat all things Bowie ahead of...

Posted 7 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

So often in life, the places we’ve been and the people we’ve known shape who we become.

 

It’s the hardships and adversity we face that trigger a creative reaction, and Dori Freeman’s response to her past, her heritage and her heartbreaks is to channel them through music. She’s dazzled country music lovers with her self-titled debut album, a sweetly honest and genuine work that...

Posted 6 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

Natalie Mering makes big music. 

 

The songs she records under the Weyes Blood moniker are striking most of all for their scale – Front Row Seat To Earth, the record she released earlier this year, is one big, long, emphatic chorus, exuding as it does both grandeur and an embattled sense of defiance. It is the kind of music that overloads you, deliberately overstuffing you with...

Posted 4 Jan 2017 @ 8:00am

Occasionally in the life of an entertainment journo, you find yourself talking with one of the greats. 

 

Sergeant Pepper. Benny and The Jets. The Monkees. It helps to prepare you for when you’re deep in conversation with a band that has been storming the world with its chart-dodging catalogue for years now. From Berlin to Winnipeg, Die Roten Punkte have unleashed a rock’n’roll...

Posted 31 Dec 2016 @ 8:00am

I first fell in love with Ane Brun’s voice when ‘Don’t Leave’ was released back in 2008.

 

Since then, I’ve kept a distant eye on the Norwegian singer-songwriter, hoping to one day catch her live but resigned to the likelihood I’d have to travel to Europe to see her theatrical performances in the flesh. Now, however, Brun – who was recently heralded as a young and promising...

Posted 30 Dec 2016 @ 8:00am

19 years ago, Brisbane electro-punks Regurgitator released Unit and, contrary to their thoughts at the time, found a whole lot of people liked their new stuff better than their old stuff, rocketing to mainstream attention with five hit singles.

 

Skip forward to the eve of Unit’s 20th anniversary, and the band isn’t focused on celebrating the milestone. Instead, Regurgitator are...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 1:16pm

Earlier this year, celebrated continuous pianist Lubomyr Melnyk took to a stage before a jam-packed audience in Hobart to tell stories. 

 

Sometimes he used the keys of his piano to unfurl the tales. At other points he used words, describing the sometimes complex, sometimes startlingly simple histories that drive his back catalogue. But in either case, the sum effect was the same...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 12:44pm

With the sun bearing down and the
long open road before him, Thirsty Merc frontman Rai Thistlethwayte couldn’t have picked a 
finer day to embark on a breezy cruise down the coast.

 

Accompanied by his lady friend and her puppy, Thistlethwayte is enjoying the chance to unwind, taking a welcome break amid an admirable stretch of extensive touring.

 

“We’ve been go,...

Posted 28 Dec 2016 @ 3:18pm

“I’m not like a Benny or Björn songwriter,” says Even guitarist and vocalist Ash Naylor. “I can’t lock myself in a cabin and come out with a ‘Waterloo’.”

 

Naylor is musing on the still- mysterious creative process
 of songwriting ahead of the relaunch of Even’s debut album Less Is More, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. New music is on the way too, with a seventh...

Posted 28 Dec 2016 @ 3:10pm

Corinne Bailey Rae defined the summer of 2006 for many people.

 

Her breakthrough hit, ‘Put Your Records On’, was ubiquitous and landed her a slew of award nominations, including at the coveted Grammys.

 

Now, ten years on, Rae is a songwriting force. Her third studio album, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, is an ethereal electronic soul record themed on dreaming and...

Posted 26 Dec 2016 @ 9:00am

Iva Davies still remembers everything.

 

That’s one of the main things one learns upon speaking with the founding member of Icehouse for just a few minutes. On the eve of what will be the band’s 40th year in existence, the 61-year-old holds many fond memories across an illustrious multi-platinum career. Davies recalls in particular the earliest days of the group, and his...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 5:54pm

It sounds suspiciously like Ingrid Helene Håvik is doing the dishes.

 

The Highasakite vocalist has put the BRAG on speakerphone, and her echoing, muddied voice is only just audible over a barrage of clinking, clattering and the splashing of water – a cascade of noise that doesn’t let up for our ten-minute interview mostly full of questions being only half-answered. Indeed,...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 10:00am

“I'm not like a Benny or Björn songwriter,” says Even guitarist and vocalist Ash Naylor.

 

“I can’t lock myself in a cabin and come out with a ‘Waterloo’.” 

 

Naylor is musing on the still-mysterious creative process of songwriting ahead of the relaunch of Even’s debut album Less Is More, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. New music is on the way too,...

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