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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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Live Gallery: Barkaa at SXSW Sydney 20.10.2023

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‘Life In A Dressing Gown’ is a gorgeous dappling acoustic-based song from Jamie Hutchings – a far quieter side of the prolific musician whose bands Bluebottle Kiss and Infinite Broke are more known for their more combative approach. Hutchings says of the track (which comes off his 2023 album ‘A New’): The song about disconnection and …

‘Built’ is a driving angular romp from oWo with a muscular bass spine upon which the motorik beat and shouty vocals hang with a degree of sneery attitude. The guitars scythe through the air and the whole song struts and prances with an arched eyebrow and a dead-eyed stare. It’s terrific stuff from this very …

Peter Bibby laces his punk-infused music with an element of brooding malevolent humour in his new track ‘Fun Guy’. With a driving anarchic onslaught reminiscent of The Cramps, ‘Fun Guy’ launches like a rocket with a pulsing bass and a cataclysm of guitars with a circular riff and a howl of feedback hovering at the …

It feels like Christmas here at the antipodean outpost of Backseat Mafia with the much anticipated news that the brilliant Underground Lovers are taking to the road for an anniversary tour with the wonderful Youth Group. And, continuing their reissue of past albums, the much lauded ‘Dream It Down’ will be issues in vinyl for …

The Gin Palace are whetting our appetites for their forthcoming debut album ‘Year of the Dog’, and the wait gets sweeter with each release as the anticipation builds. Their third single ‘I Will Fall For You Always’ enters with a dramatic crystalline sweep like a desert dust storm thundering across the sonic landscapes with its …

We were incredibly honoured to premiere the stunning debut single ‘Fractured’ of Tokyo-based Sydney artist Joey Sachi last year, and she has followed this up with a new single, ‘Reverie,’ which proves without doubt that this is an artist that has a brilliant career ahead. ‘Reverie’ floats in the skies: celestial and majestic instrumentation dapples …

Sam Fischer, the Aussie singer-songwriter who warmed hearts worldwide with his debut album ‘I Love You, Please Don’t Hate Me‘ in 2023, is gearing up for a limited series of gigs along the East Coast this May. Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne are in for a treat as this homegrown sensation hits the stage. His latest …

TEENS have been prowling the dark and wild recesses of the southern state of lutriwita/Tasmania for nearly a decade and have emerged into the sunlight with their swaggering single ‘I Am An Art Prize’: a cacophony of attitude and fuzz that is absolutely enchanting. The form is angular, the delivery passionate and the overall effect …