This week's issue

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Features

The National

It feels like every musician in the world is singing about death this week

Spring is here, which is nice, but it might be easier to appreciate if the unseasonably hot non-winter we just breezed through wasn’t so indicative of the damage we have done to our rapidly warming planet. Oh, and maybe we’d all be a little more relaxed if we didn’t live...

Shonen Knife

There is a reason Kurt Cobain so adored Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife are one of a kind. The three-piece band, famous for their pop punk, Ramones-indebted tunes, have spent the last 40 odd years amassing fans and blowing off roofs, and, as the cliché goes, show few signs of slowing down now. Everyone has paid homage to the influential group,...

The Nether is the most unsettling play you will see this year

As titles go, The Nether is a particularly fitting one. There’s something vaguely unsettling built into that second word, and the place it has come to describe – a liminal world of menace and uncertainty – keenly reflects the themes of the Olivier Award-winning work, a dark masterpiece penned by...

Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean is heading to the jungle

It’s been 12 years since Greg McLean first unleashed Wolf Creek’s Mick Taylor onto unsuspecting audiences, forging his reputation as one of Australia’s foremost genre filmmakers in the process. Or filmmakers period, I should say. As our interview begins, talk turns first to Tobe Hooper, the legendary horror filmmaker responsible...

Here are eight great Sydney venues (that you should have visited already)

For a while there, you couldn’t move but for bumping into news articles about how Sydney is a brittle, fragile husk of its former self; a dried-out ghost town, populated by nothing but businessmen, out of work creative types, and shop owners on the brink of bankruptcy. Indeed, the discourse...

Mutemath

Mutemath have finally learnt to sound like themselves

Ask any band what their thoughts are about their newest record, and you can take it for granted that they’ll murmur some vague, self-congratulatory yet humbled statement – something like, “Well, we love it, but we can’t wait to see what the fans think.” It’s par for the course, not...

Sydney quintet Gang Of Youths with frontman Dave Le’aupepe

10 reasons why Gang Of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe deserves to be PM

Sydney’s Gang Of Youths are on top of the world right now. With their second record, Go Farther In Lightness, currently sitting at the top of the ARIA charts, and with the group set to kick off a national tour this week, their hard work has truly paid off, as they...

The Jungle Giants Are Back And Slicker Than Ever

The Jungle Giants are in the most exciting stage of the album cycle. They’ve written, recorded and released their third record Quiet Ferocity and are about to take their hard work out on the road for a massive national tour. Better still, they will be showing off a brand new...

Sløtface don’t care if you think they should stay out of politics

From performing for inmates in a Norwegian gaol chapel to hitting up the Art Rock festival stage straight from a hospital ward, Sløtface don’t do things by halves. Informed, intellectual, badass and upfront, the young band from Norway’s Stavanger have not only made waves thanks to their pop punk hooks...

Gordi’s Debut Album Is One Of The Very Best Of The Year So Far

The term “singer-songwriter” has always had a certain connotation to it; an aesthetic, even. A sound. And ever since her quiet and unassuming arrival into the Australian music scene, Sophie Payten – better known by her stage name Gordi – has been a singer-songwriter. Or, at the very least, that’s...