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Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:19pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in a pretty musical household. My dad played folk music. My mum was a great singer and they used to do duets at weddings, parties, et cetera. We had a piano and some nice guitars lying around, including the ’50s Gretsch hollow body that I play now. My dad bought it from his barber in the ’70s for 100 bucks. My parents were stupidly encouraging with...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 3:21pm



In 2004, Youth Group released Skeleton Jar, an album that reflects its environment and its immediate landscape. It's an album that can be classified as uniquely – and, in parts, unmistakably – Sydney. 


For frontman Toby Martin's second solo album, one could easily reach for the same category. Rather than Petersham rooftops and city-bound buses, however,...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 10:53am

Over the last five years, The Rubens have proven themselves a living embodiment of that classic Kelly/Carmody lyric, “From little things, big things grow”.


They’re the little acorn that fell from the tree, rolling out and away from their humble country town beginnings to plant their roots and blossom into a mighty oak of musical achievement.


Last year alone saw...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 1:18pm



Tiny Little Houses’ second EP Snow Globe pushes the band’s sonic boundaries, amplifying their trademark sorrow as they venture into darker, more tormented territories via lead singer Caleb Karvountzis’ bleak lyricism. 


Opening track ‘Medicate Me’ is immediately more gritty and fuller sounding than the band’s previous output, with the line, “I don’t want to...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 4:26pm

Alpine’s Phoebe Baker will only have one thing on her mind at this year’s Mountain Sounds Festival, and it’s not the fresh mountain air or the wide open spaces.


“Maybe there will be a few romantic late-night jam sessions with Albert Hammond, Jr. – who knows?” she laughs. “Oh gosh, I would love that! I would be like, ‘Hey Albert, come over to my tent. We’ve got some fruit and...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 1:10pm



Most of us, at one time or another, have wanted to take off across some dusty plain with nothing but a faithful old heeler on the passenger seat, one sunburned arm hanging out the driver’s window and maybe a couple of cartons of brews in the back.


Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts might have made just the EP for such a trip: Talk Tight is a five-track...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 1:29pm

Sure, picking up an ARIA nomination for your debut album isn’t shabby. Touring the world, amassing legions of fans? Fantastic. But having your album first go gold, then platinum, and then getting a framed plaque to hang on your wall? That is the stuff of dreams. At least, that’s what we expected to hear from The Rubens’ Sam and Elliott Margin.


“Oooh, fans or trophies? That’s a...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 9:00am


Beneath the outpouring of praise for The Rubens’ self-titled debut album back in 2012, there was a quiet worry about where the strength of the band truly lay.


For some, the album seemed little more than filler for their irresistible singles ‘My Gun’ and ‘Lay It Down’. Many have waited eagerly to see what the group would come out with next.


Three years...

Posted 10 Jun 2015 @ 4:54pm

There are many reasons why we have caught Phoebe Baker and Lou James at a good time. Melbourne sextet Alpine have a string of successes to their name now, including global tours and festivals, accolades and television spots – the highlight a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! – and plenty of gigs to come. It’s also a lovely day, sunny and warm, and the girls are relaxing on comfortable couches...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 11:00am

Influence is a funny thing, particularly in the realm of popular songwriting. Journalists often portray influence as a straightforward part of a musician’s creative method. In this depiction, artists are seen to grab elements from the past and throw them in a blender, sprinkled with fragments of their own experience. Yet in actual fact, the origin and effect of influence is probably too...


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