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News: GANGgajang set to headline Nimbin Roots Festival in October 2024

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Premiere: Naarm/Melbourne Twin Sisters, Idol Minds, Enchant with ‘Needed You’ – A Mystical Odyssey Through the Intricacies of Love

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Live Gallery: Warpaint at the Oxford Art Factory 23.10.2023

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Ultra cool Brisbane label False Peak Records has announced the signing of Naarm/Melbourne band Jazz Tiger and we are honoured to premiere their first single on the label, the atmospheric and languid ‘Batemans Bay’. Like warm summer shower, the song flows with a soothing delicacy, dappling guitars and a frisson of melancholy augmented by the …

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Brigitte Bardini is a brilliant singer/songwriter who delivers the most majestic pieces of sonic delights, and we are ever so honoured to premiere the new jewel in her crown, ‘Crush’. There is a shimmering eighties dream pop blush to the new single, with a sparkle that evokes New Gold Dream-era Simple Minds or Orchestral Maneuvers …

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YL Hooi

YL Hooi brings her enigmatic dub-infused soundscapes to life at the Sydney Biennale 2024

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We were honoured to bring you an early listen to chanteuse Charlie Lane‘s last single ‘Gold Drips’, and to prove lightning really can strike twice, we bring you an exclusive early listen to her follow up, the absolutely enchanting and refreshing ‘Dance With You’, due out on Friday. Dappling, rippling guitars underpin Lane’s silken vocals …

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Reliqa have released a video for their new single, ‘Dying Light,’ the third cut to be taken from their upcoming debut album, ‘Secrets of the Future’

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We are inordinately proud to bring you an exclusive look at the new video for Perth band Shorehaven‘s track ‘Milly’s Car Ride’. If there ever was a sonic equivalent of sunshine rays ‘Milly’s Car Ride’ fits the bill. It is an exuberant slice of Western Australian summer with splashing, dappling guitars, delicious layered vocals with …

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Ride‘s new album ‘Interplay’, reviewed by me here, is already a contender, for me, for one of the albums of the year. It represents a spectacular continuation of a return from an hiatus and shows a band willing to expand and develop their shimmering sound. We are now treated to the news that Ride is …

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Old Hobart put on two spectacular shows last night. Firstly, Aurora Australis made a magnificent entrance, draping her spectacular jewels across the firmament, visible to the naked eye. Then in the subterranean basement of the University of Tasmania Uni Bar, Jet, Sophisticated Dingo and Lennon Wells would have torn down the roof and given us …

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