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Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:53pm

When Dorsal Fins burst onto the scene back in 2015 with Mind Renovation, their debut album, they made an immediate impression. Their music seemed to function effortlessly, making all nine of their voices sound as one.

 

Helmed by Liam McGorry of Melbourne’s Eagle and The Worm and Saskwatch, what started out as an exchange of demos between him and songwriters Ella Thompson and...

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 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:48am

Forget the lockout laws, Sydney's getting trendier. And this is the website to prove it.

 

The Shit Bar Idea Generator does exactly what it says on the tin, giving you a surefire winner of a new bar idea for absolutely nothing. Bargain!

 

Inspired by the recent announcement that Newtown Social...

Posted 18 Mar 2017 @ 11:00am

It would be easy to say that Windhand are a band of contradictions, but really, they’re a band of assertions.

 

With a famously vocal outlook on everything from their own music to their fans and beyond, Windhand are as unique on record as they are in conversation.

 

“The fact I’m sitting here on a Wednesday night talking to someone in Australia is pretty sweet,”...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:33pm

A hazard of the music journalist’s trade is that rare occasion when you finally get to chat with an artist whose music you’ve long admired, only to discover that in person they’re actually rather bland, or a jerk, or both.

 

Most of the time, the individual behind the art matches your projection. Rarer still are the folks who raise your estimation of them even higher. Holly...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 5:09pm

Sydney live music venue Newtown Social Club will be revamped by its new owners to open as a mini-golf bar.

 

The announcement of the venue's impending closure was made in January, and Sydney music lovers reacted with a mix of disappointment and anger....

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 6:18pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

I remember writing and recording a song on a 4-track tape recorder when I was about 14 with a baglama (a Turkish guitar) and one of my Dad’s synths. I can’t remember the title or the words, but I do know it had an epic string synth part. It just kept going one note higher [each time] for about 20 minutes while I strummed some chords. [Laughs.] I...

Posted 5 Mar 2017 @ 12:00pm

Oslow are a post-punk outfit you may have seen gracing the stages of the outer suburbs of Sydney.

 

The band is a group of long-running friends who came together at the start of this decade to make music. Now, after a series of smaller EP and LP releases, Oslow have released their self-titled debut studio album.

 

“I know when we were first starting out as a band we...

Posted 4 Mar 2017 @ 10:00am

Chain and The Gang are one of those bands who genuinely communicate something, rather than simply performing to a passive audience.

 

Their notorious high-energy frontman Ian Svenonius holds this ambition close to his heart – especially following what he claims to be the complete normalisation of indie rock, bound by a culture of middle-class musicians who take themselves way too...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 1:22pm

Let’s get this out of the way: yes, Cameron Avery is the bassist for Tame Impala.

 

Yes, his debut solo album, Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams is about to drop. But Tame Impala it is not. While Avery numbers among Western Australia’s multi-talented, multi-instrumental musical collective of friends and labelmates – including Kevin Parker, Nicholas Allbrook and Jay ‘Gum’ Watson – his...

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