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EP: The delicately beautiful ‘Creatures of Habit’ from Brisbane artist Aren’t is an exquisite triumph. Plus news of launch date.

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We here at Backseat Mafia have been long time fans of Melbourne-based chanteuse Gena Rose Bruce with her smoky, sultry voice and reverb-inflected laconic style that comes across as a melange of Mazzy Star and P.J. Harvey: a femme fatale with a steely spine cloaked in luscious velvet and a smoldering style. We first noticed her soon …

‘Let The Fire Burn’ from Sunshine Coast’s Tay Oskee is a delightful indie folk anthem that exudes a sunshine-bleached summer radiance with a delicate melody filled filigree. The whistling refrain adds to the sense of a carefree bucolic world existing in a dappled frame of light. The song reflects the transience of life, promoting the …

Originally formed in Canada by Kyle Leeming (lead singer & songwriter who originally hailed from the Byron shire in northern NSW) Lazy Ghost relocated to the Southern Hemisphere in 2020 and is set to make a splash with their Summer Is Here national tour in March & April. Summer Is Here is an exuberant song …

Evergreen Aussie troubadour, Mick Thomas (former frontman for Australian icons Weddings, Parties, Anything) and his fellow Roving Commission bandmates have released a whimsical video clip for the title song of recently released EP, Back In The Day. The clip sees footage of the band on the road and live on stage which was taken from …

Bluesfest Touring has announced the third, and final concert for Paolo Nutini in Sydney. There is a lot to get excited about as Paolo plays a third show at the State Theatre on Tuesday, 11 April 2023, adding to previously announced shows on the 12th and 13th of April. The tour for his 2022 album Last …

We are very honoured to exclusively unveil the new single ‘Meet The Sun (feat. Shêm Allen)’ from Brisbane’s enigmatic duo Shugorei as well the exciting immersive video. I first saw Shugorei at the brilliant 4000 Records second anniversary gig in Brisbane back in September 2021, and my impression at the time was of ethereally beautiful …

There aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe the impact Mick Harvey has made on music. As a founding member of seminal and legendary bands, The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, his contributions to indie music are self-evident, his ability to write and co-write some of the classic songs of …

The Dead South, the four piece Saskatchewan bluegrass sensation, played the second show of their 9 date Australia/NZ tour on Saturday night at a sold-out Odeon Theatre here in Hobart. This is a semi-rare treat to see an act of international standing make their way to Hobart, and the band, Nate Hilts (lead vocals, guitar, …

Sydney five-piece trillion have just released their debut album ‘So Soon Now’ and it’s a thunderstorm of sonic missiles that echoe and reverberate with intent. The genetic code is clear: trillion have a My Bloody Valentine approach to sonic dissonance and aural assault. Deeply satisfying walls of guitars bend and distort, shimmer and catapult, while …