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Live Gallery: Warpaint at the Oxford Art Factory 23.10.2023

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Live Gallery: Barkaa at SXSW Sydney 20.10.2023

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Live Review: The Sweet Success of Gumball 2023! Dashville NSW 23.04.23

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We are very pleased to premiere Sydney band Infinity Broke‘s exciting new single ‘Death of a Tourist’ – the first single off their forthcoming new album ‘Your Dream My Jail’. ‘Death of a Tourist’ has a full frontal brutal attack – an angular marching bass and urgent vocals with barely restrained full-throated clattering percussion. There …

Swimsuit Issue are proving themselves to be one of the most intriguing and adventurous indie groups around – refusing to stand in one place and refusing to be easily labelled. The first single we reviewed, ‘Addict’ was a cathartic and blistering punk onslaught, followed by the anthemic indie pure pop fizz of ‘The Feeling‘. We …

Melbournite Thomas Lee works under the name Oceans and his new single ‘Break My Fall’ is an immersive and delicious track with subtle switches between a shoegaze drone and a dreamy pop fugue. Lee’s voice haunts in the distance beneath a simmering razor-sharp guitar and synth wash, infused with a detached melancholia and indelible melodies. …

Since the release of her debut EP Dearly Beloved in 2018, singer Ruby Gilbert has gained growing attention from the music industry with her nostalgic musical style and solid, charismatic vocals. Having received a Queensland Music Award nomination for her debut single Oh Bones, Gilbert has played an array of  prominent Australian music festivals including BIGSOUND and …

New Zealand artist Merk is the moniker of Auckland, New Zealand artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mark Perkins, who began his career as a touring member of Tom Lark and Fazerdaze. I reviewed his single ‘Laps Around The Sun’ earlier this year finding it to be yearning, raw and melodic, with a deep melancholia reflecting on …

Gearing up for their biggest ever Australian tour this October, Lime Cordiale have unveiled the official video for new single No Plans to Make Plans via Chugg Music. A visually vintage jaunt, the Leimbach brothers – accompanied by Summer Kane – go up against their alternate, evil selves ‘Oscar and Leroy Slimebach’ in the clip, directed …

There is a mesmerising aura to All India Radio‘s absolutely magnificent album ‘Afterworld’ that spills forth a series of incredible beautiful moments that glitter and shine. This is an album that immediately send you into a blissful reverie with its quiet, ambient movements that are emotional and affecting. The album is a connecting whole – …

Tyne-James Organ’s previous single this year, the delightful ‘Sunday Suite’, was a perfect fit – filled with sunshine and melody highlighting Organ’s sparkling vocals (read our review here). The follow up to this is just as terrific. ‘London Calling’ dons a parachute to slow down the descent but nonetheless is an epic delight: a reflective …

Backseat Mafia are excited to premiere the brand new single from Melbourne jazz assembly, The Yugoslav Attack. The Separation is the first track from their upcoming sophomore album titled Illusions, due for release in June through False Peak Records. The Separation, featuring wonderfully understated musicianship, captures a feeling of complete despair and a state of …

There is a sparkling seventies sunshine feel to the new single by NSW South Coast band Pacific Avenue that emanates pure golden rays. Layered harmonies, arcing guitars and a powerful melody serve to illuminate this track: bolstered by one of those guitar solos that pop and strut around with attitude. Singer Harry O’Brien says of …