Music News

Posted 11 Feb 2017 @ 12:37pm

Back in September we heard the news that 2016 Hottest 100 winner Flume was set to release a series of companion EPs to his 2016 LP Skin. Now, a couple of months after the release of Skin Companion EP I, Flume has announced the second EP in the series.


Made up of tracks that didn’t quite make the...

Posted 11 Feb 2017 @ 12:02pm

The Internet is a crazy thing; it’s an educational tool, it gives us access to an almost infinite amount of media, and in many cases, we can end up with music that wasn’t exactly meant to be heard. This time though, the victim at the forefront of this latest music leak, is the musical...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 3:09pm

“Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” isn’t just a hedonistic lifestyle choice anymore, it’s also cold, hard scientific fact. Rock ‘n’ roll!


A study undertaken by researchers at Montreal’s McGill University has shown that opioid receptors are triggered by music.


The researchers gave participants of the study the drug naltrexone, which blocks the brain’s opioid...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 12:11pm

Keep Sydney Open will host its third public rally against the lockout laws on Saturday February 18.


Following a Supreme Court decision to prevent the planned Saturday night protest in Kings Cross this month, the Keep Sydney Open organisers have regrouped to...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 8:57am

The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard will send off one of Sydney's favourite music venues with a bang.


After three years of operation since rescuing the beloved 'Sando' pub on King Street, Newtown Social Club recently announced its impending closure due...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:19pm

Brisbane rockers Sunhaus won't make it to their Wollongong show this Thursday February 9, after running into trouble on the road.


Over to them:


"Yesterday (Wednesday 9th) we were driving down the highway and about 5 hours in, somewhere between woop woop and Forster, belting out Teenage Dirtbag, when our back wheel seized up and we semi-swerved to the side of the...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 12:02pm

Sydney post-rock band Sleepmakeswaves are back again with news of a third album and national tour. 


Off the back of shows in the US and China, the Sydneysiders will be heading home to play a leg of Australian shows. You can catch them at the Metro Theatre in March.
After releasing their ARIA-nominated album Love Of Cartography in 2014, the band have announced news...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:14pm

The second lineup for the Hunter Valley's Gum Ball music festival has been announced. 


Kim Churchill, The Funk Hunters and Flyying Colours are amoung the new artists announced for the second line up for The Gum Ball music festival this April. They join Regurgitator, Tripod, Boo Seeka and many others.


The festival hits Belford in the Hunter Valley on Friday April...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 8:36pm

The lads will be piling into Utopia Records tomorrow to hang out for a bit.


Sure, Sydney fans may have caught Dunies' killer set at Laneway Festival this past weekend, but now they've got a chance to actually meet the boys in person and nab a copy of the new album at the same time.


Revealing the surprise show on socials this evening, Dunies didn't give us a huge...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 3:03pm

The thing about music that uses cutting-edge audio technology is that it tends to age badly.


Any synth sound or electronic drum kit from the ’80s that once seemed incredible now sounds like a bootleg Mario soundtrack, while early digital Pro Tools sessions seem so sterile and clinical that you should have to give your Medicare card to a receptionist in order to listen.

Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 8:29pm

The boys will be releasing a parting gift before they make the big move to the UK.


Having spent the years since their 2015 debut album The Positions building an increasingly large following, the Sydney boys have revealed they've got a sophomore record on the way, dropping the first track last night on triple j's...

Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 4:28pm

It’s pretty messed up that sexual assault is even an issue in Australia’s music industry, but a Hobart security company has suggested drones may be the answer to stopping it at festivals.


The owner of the company, who spoke anonymously to The Examiner, recommended large music events use drone...

Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 10:57am

Good tunes are set to meet a great aquatic setting.


Ever get tired of schlubbing over to some crowded, indoor venue to see a band of The Jezabels' calibre? Well, rejoice, because the band have announced that they are set to headline the Australian Open of Surfing concert series, a gig that will see them blasting their fine tunes at an even finer beachside location.


Posted 4 Feb 2017 @ 12:13pm

If you’re lucky enough to be heading along to this year’s Golden Plains festival in Victoria this March, you’ve undoubtedly got your hands on one of the hottest tickets in music this year. But now, Sydney is getting some good news, sideshow-wise.



Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 4:50pm

Sydney Uni alumni and triple j hitmakers The Preatures will return to their old stomping ground for O-Week next month.


Isabella Manfredi, Jack Moffitt, Thomas Champion and Luke Davison, themselves products of USyd band nights and competitions, will lead a killer O-Week lineup thanks to the University of Sydney Union in March.


Joining their Manning Bar show is...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 9:16am

As part of Sydney's 21st Chinese New Year festival, a mass karaoke event is coming to Martin Place this weekend.


The 'massaoke' event will feature a live band and a big screen for crowds to belt out their favourite rock and pop hits, with guest hosts including WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda and SBS PopAsia's Andy Trieu and Natalie Tran.


There'll also be lion dances,...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 4:54pm

The annual event promises to be everything you could want from a folk festival as it announces another four international artists to the lineup of over 200 acts across one weekend.


The Dublin-based folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott will be joining the National Folk...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 12:21pm

With the release of his self-titled album last year, and a string of gigs throughout Europe around his belt, Dr Taos is ready to play for some local crowds.


Radio stations in Australia, Europe and even America have been picking up tunes from Dr Taos' album and giving them a spin. 


His unique sound combines Celtic folk, British blues rock and Australian country...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:35pm

Food lovers rejoice, the Taste of Sydney food festival is returning to Centennial Park this March.


From food markets to masterclasses with chefs, Taste of Sydney has it all. Attendees can check out established and new restaurants from around the city, including Saint Peter, Tequila Mockingbird, Four In Hand, Anason, Bouche On Bridge, Mercado and more.



Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:30pm

South Australian expat and now Sydney-based jazz singer-songwriter Alison Avron has announced the album launch show for her debut LP, Tiny Little Universe.


Avron will celebrate the release of her debut album with a show at Marrickville's Django Bar on Friday March 3. The album's influences are taken from legendary acts such as Carole King and Brian Wilson.

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

Sydney indie rock band The Clouds have returned with their first release in 20 years.


The indie rock veterans have made their return with their Zaffre EP, out Tuesday Feburary 14, which will be the first music from the band since 1996. The Clouds will also play a string of shows in March/April.


The band released four albums in its original run in the '90s, all...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 7:01pm

There have been a lot of different statistics shared so far about last week's Hottest 100 list, such as the fact that 66% of the list was made up of Australian songs, and 51% of voters were male.


Now, triple j have shared another...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 12:46pm

Sydney's own The Morrisons have announced the release of their debut album alongside a national tour in March, beginning with a hometown show.


Merging traditional Australian stories with the soul of old-time American bluegrass, The Morrisons are a string band of the times featuring banjo, fiddle, harmonica and a...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 10:45am

Organisers of local artist bucket-list item, South By Southwest in Austin, are looking into how President Donald Trump’s executive travel ban order could affect attendees at this year’s event.


Crucially, the order – since dubbed the ‘Muslim ban’ – affects all travellers who have nationality or dual nationality of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 8:57am

The Final Fantasy franchise is one of the most successful video game series in history.


It's been 30 years since the first game of the series was released, and to celebrate, 'Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy' is coming to Australia for the very first time.


The concert event will feature legendary Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu, a full...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 4:57pm

Australia’s favourite altruist, Josh Pyke, is at it again. The Newtown singer-songwriter has returned the Josh Pyke Partnership, which awards one local act a $7,500 career kick-starter.


The initiative with APRA AMCOS also offers the winning artist a mentorship from Josh Pyke himself and Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Stephen Wade (Select Music), who will help...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 2:17pm

Flume beat Amy Shark to the top, 66 Australian songs made the top 100, and Beyonce charted for the first time.


By now, we all know what happened in last week’s triple j Hottest 100, but what about the songs that just missed out – numbers 200 to 101.


Well, Beyonce made it in another two times, Trophy Eyes just missed hitting the 100, and David Bowie made what...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 11:24am

As cool as it would be to see The Beatles in concert, they're not likely to appear live any time soon.


Nevertheless, we can still enjoy the greatness of The Fab Four in the shape of The Zapples, the Aussie tribute collective who, if we may be so bold, may be the best Beatles band since The Beatles.


The Zapples are the brainchild of...

Posted 28 Jan 2017 @ 12:05pm

Ticket scalping is a frustrating reality for music-lovers these days. How often have you missed out on a $70 ticket, only to find it selling for thrice as much? How often have you wanted those responsible to get their comeuppance? Well, some ticket scalpers are finally...