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Posted 5 Jun 2013 @ 12:27pm

Dialectrix has watched his profile in Oz hip hop grow steadily over the last five years, and the release of his third album The Cold Light Of Day proves he’s one of the scene’s true stars. 

 

“The response has been much greater than I expected,” says the Blue Mountains MC, whose new record arrived late last month. “As usual I get nervous about how a release will be taken by the...

Posted 5 Jun 2013 @ 12:22pm

Melbourne MC Rob Tremlett, AKA Mantra, is back with a new autobiographical single and a new record deal with Ten To Two Records, of Seth Sentry fame. 

 

As you'd expect from most Aussie hip hop dudes, Tremlett is loose on the phone, as we discuss the subject of his new single, ‘Loudmouth’, which starts with the words "My teachers always told me I'd never amount to nothing and...

Posted 5 Jun 2013 @ 11:32am

Kingswood have rock and roll in the blood. If you don’t believe me, just ask their grade six teacher – a very early lineup of the group played in a primary school cover band. 

 

Their crowning achievement was a heartfelt version of Aerosmith’s ‘Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. How were they to know that, a few years down the line, they would actually be opening for Aerosmith at Rod...

Posted 4 Jun 2013 @ 5:52pm

Gabrielle Aplin started out as yet another kid performing covers of cheesy commercial pop songs on YouTube, belting out Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and amassing a significant following. 

 

But, unlike so many others who are destined to languish within YouTube eternally, Aplin made it out – in a big way. After the songstress began to realise that people were genuinely liking her...

Posted 4 Jun 2013 @ 5:44pm

The last time King Khan visited Australia he was at the Sydney Opera House. His show that night with musical brother BBQ (Mark Sultan) has become the stuff of legend. The King Khan and BBQ Show were performing in The Studio as part of 2010’s Vivid, and the only thing frostier than the July weather outside was the reception Khan got from festival co-curator Lou Reed. 

 

During the...

Posted 4 Jun 2013 @ 5:43pm

On the last City and Colour album, Little Hell, former Alexisonfire member Dallas Green played guitar, bass, drums, piano and Wurlitzer as well as singing. But on new album The Hurry and the Harm he limits himself to just guitar and vocals, having put together a band to do the rest of the work.

 

Even with all those other musicians in the room, the result is still deeply personal...

Posted 3 Jun 2013 @ 10:29am

Andrew Stockdale has found his happy place. He’s sitting at his house in Bangalow, just outside Byron Bay, looking out at the rolling hills and feeling an overwhelming sense of contentment.

 

 

“Byron Bay is a very inspiring part of the world,” he says of the north coast hippie enclave. “It’s just ridiculously inspiring – you could create so much art and so much music...

Posted 3 Jun 2013 @ 10:19am

Jaz Coleman has got a lot to say. The frontman of post punk act Killing Joke has been building up steam as he waxes lyrical on topics ranging from bee pollination to his contempt for Bono. It’s when talk turns to his home country that he gets particularly direct. “I really don’t like going back to England at the best of times,” he says. “There’re a number of very good reasons why I haven’t...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:46am

The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life. As far as titles go, it doesn’t exactly brim with optimism. 

 

The new Jack Carty EP – in collaboration with Sydney producer Casual Psychotic – sounds like an early-onset midlife crisis; Carty dealing in his inimitable style with the concerns of identity and direction that we all inevitably face. He’s two albums deep into a promising career...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:29am

You may not know the name Tensnake, but you almost certainly know the sound of his signature hit. 

 

With its steel drums and irresistibly catchy hook, the disco-house hybrid ‘Coma Cat’ put him in high demand. Since then, the Hamburg native – real name Marco Niemerski – has toured the world and crafted more remixes than you can count. When his long-awaited debut album arrives...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:24am

2012 was a massive year for Bleeding Knees Club. 

 

After recording their debut album in New York and releasing it to an overwhelmingly positive reception, the two Gold Coast boys embarked on an international tour, which lead singer and guitarist Alex Wall says helped the band to hone their skills as musicians.

 

“We have gotten a lot better at our instruments and a...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:16am

As a producer, Jan Skubiszewski has worked with Owl Eyes, Daniel Merriweather, Phrase, The Cat Empire, Illy and plenty of others, but his songwriting side has had less exposure. 

 

You might be familiar with it from his work as half of Jackson Jackson with Harry Angus, but it’s only recently that he’s gone his own way as Way of the Eagle. He’s still working with plenty of friends...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:11am

To celebrate 20 years of their Hottest 100 countdown, triple j want you to vote for your favourite songs of the past 20 years. For inspiration, we asked triple j presenter and satirical smartarse Max Lavergne to tell us his 20 favourite songs of the past 20 years.

 

1. NOFX – ‘The Longest Line’

I wish I could tell you I have always been the...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:04am

Music journalists love context. 

 

Context is nearly always the Rosetta Stone to decoding an artist – once you know who they are, where they come from and what has shaped them, you have an ‘in’ into their world, and you can begin to pull on the threads of their life until the whole thing unravels and they are laid bare before you. Sometimes an artist’s context has no impact on...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 9:34am

If you want to know what being a member of a popular Australian rock band is like in 2013, picture Clint Hyndman cutting flowers. 

 

The drummer of Something For Kate is at one of the two restaurants he owns and runs in the downtime between recording and touring, sprucing the place up for the day. It’s as far from the stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle as you can imagine, but it...

Posted 28 May 2013 @ 6:08pm

The past year has seen a meteoric rise for Robert DeLong. 

 

The young Los Angeles-based producer had a hit with his manic, percussion-heavy track ‘Global Concepts’, and followed it up with an acclaimed debut album, Just Movement. The album takes in an array of styles, sounds and textures, from house to moombahton, all of them held together by DeLong’s signature raggedy vocals....

Posted 28 May 2013 @ 6:02pm

It’s every fan’s wildest dream to be plucked from the crowd and hoisted on stage with their favourite band, to have their special fandom recognised from afar and brought in to the inner circle.

 

But unless your favourite band is full of your friends, it’s probably never going to happen. Unless you’re Henry Rollins – who was a fan of Black Flag before being recruited as their...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 10:50am

Sam Margin forms his thoughts carefully and with a vague air of bewilderment. It’s exactly how a rock singer should talk. 

 

After all, that regular ritual of ours – gathering in large crowds on beer-soaked carpets to repeat an artist’s words back to them at mass volume – is a peculiar habit, no matter how often we do it. And The Rubens’ frontman Margin understands this exactly...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 10:27am

Jimmy Edgar, electronic musician and dancefloor king, is living in a parallel reality to the everyday shlubs amongst us. 

 

It’s not that he’s literally, as his press release claims, a “Prophet. Freak magnet. Time-traveller…wayward star-child streaking across the cosmic dancefloor,” but speaking with the Detroit-born Berlin resident, who’s currently in Moscow, about his upcoming...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 9:42am

Last year, Earl Sweatshirt returned from two years at a Samoan reform school with new song ‘Chum’ in tow. But instead of a howl of triumph celebrating his freedom we heard him sounding unusually vulnerable. “I’m indecisive, I’m scatter-brained and I’m frightened,” he admitted, finishing the final verse with, “Been back a week and I already feel like calling it quits.”

 

It wasn’t...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 9:22am

“When we were riding around New York on the subway I could predict what the next stop was going to be, from growing up listening to east coast ‘90s rap.”

 

A couple of months back Seth Sentry was riding high. 2012 was easily the biggest year of the Melbourne rapper’s career – Channel [V] had crowned him Oz Artist of the Year, his album This Was Tomorrow had debuted at number six...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 9:15am

Ben Weinman is in a bit of pain. The founder and only remaining original member of hardcore outfit Dillinger Escape Plan is walking back to his tour bus when he takes my call, sounding equal parts exhausted and confused.

 

“We just finished a show in Columbus, Ohio and someone came onstage, grabbed my balls and twisted them,” says the 37-year-old guitarist. “Sometimes, your fans...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 8:47am

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer/arranger/free jazz virtuoso Matthew E. White (a legitimate slashie) is heading to Australia for Vivid LIVE, and apparently figured he’d be a part of not one but two mammoth shows for the festival. 

 

While he’ll be sharing the stage as co-creator of Sounds of the South for two performances, he’s slipped in a third – a performance of his...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 4:55pm

International touring requires a great deal of planning and preparation, but when you’re the leader of dozens of musicians, you truly need to go above and beyond. Christopher Wheeler, producer and founding member of the Heritage Orchestra, is in a mild state of panic when I call him to ask about their upcoming Australian trip.

 

“Oh my god, it’s just ridiculous,” he says with a...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 4:37pm

The video for Noah And The Whale’s plaintive indie pop track ‘There Will Come A Time’ is a striking thing, a story of tearaway teens sent to live on an island in the dystopian near future. If you think it looks like a mini-movie, you’re right – the video clip actually serves as a trailer for the upcoming short film by Noah And The Whale singer Charlie Fink.

 

“I’ve always liked...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 3:46pm

Marcus Azon – singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter – is stumped. We’re sipping coffee in a Glebe café as the breakfast crowd dwindles, and he’s pondering that old chestnut of a question: ‘How did we get here?’

 

The ‘we’ is his five-piece band Jinja Safari, a dance-inspiring Sydney band that stands tall above the glut of same-old indie pop by drawing strong influences...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 3:19pm

Very few bands enjoy the status afforded to Wire. The British post-punk outfit are credited as formative influencers by a raft of talent including R.E.M, Blur and Bloc Party. The constant citations mystify Colin Newman, the band’s primary vocalist and songwriter. “It’s quite strange when you’re the most famous band no-one’s ever heard of. People are forever claiming us an influence, but I...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 3:02pm

“I’m coming to see everybody down there at just the right time. I was green before, but I’m well-seasoned now.” Bobby Womack is the last person who can believably refer to himself as inexperienced, in any way.  But then again, the man who is known as the Greatest Soul Singer In The World isn’t really in the business of being believable.

 

Last year he was preparing to tour The...

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