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Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 5:37pm

★★★☆

 

Laura Marling’s latest beautiful collection of folk musings is perfect for rainy day listening, but don’t be fooled by the floaty nature of her tunes – the songs are layered with meaning.

 

The title, Semper Femina, means ‘always a woman’, and thus Marling’s songs explore feminine identity through relationships, youth, failure and seeking freedom.

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Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 2:11pm

★★★★☆

 

Gathering his serpent minions to his court, Frank Carter – the former frontman of English groups Gallows and Pure Love – has drawn upon his alternative rock and hardcore history to bring us a scalding record of character-defining musicianship that makes no apology for its politically powerful core – and nor should it.

 

Though there’s some uncertainty in...

Posted 18 May 2016 @ 8:00am

Some call them the pride of Los Angeles. Others view them as a categorical disgrace to music. But irrespective of the labels projected onto them, Steel Panther sure know how to have a good time.

 

The glamorous and good-humoured parody metal outfit is heading back to Australia next month, following a stint on last year’s Soundwave tour. It’ll officially be wintertime when Steel...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 3:44pm

When The Darkness first exposed themselves to the world of rock’n’roll, anyone who saw their tight pants and heard their instruments’ climactic sounds couldn’t help but think they’d found the lost kings of rock.

 

“I wasn’t surprised [about the band’s success], to be honest,” says frontman Justin Hawkins. “I kind of expected to be amazing and loved, just because I’m that kind of...

Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 4:41pm

★½

Remember when Joss Stone was considered the coolest soul singer of her generation? No, me neither. The UK performer has always suffered something of a credibility problem, but now, more than a decade since her debut The Soul Sessions, perhaps it’s time to reassess.

 

Water For Your Soul opens with the sound of musicians plugging in and tuning up in a studio. It feels...

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