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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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In a captivating blend of modern allure and classical elegance, the Sydney Opera House witnessed a remarkable collaboration in 2022. Soul sensation Ngaiire, with the esteemed Sydney Symphony Orchestra, enchanted audiences, marking a milestone for the iconic venue’s 50th anniversary. The sold-out event was spectacular, blending contemporary sounds with refined orchestral arrangements in a celebration …

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Simon Bailey used to be in early 2000s band Pony Face – a band that also had Anth Dymke, a regular on our review pages from his solo work and collaborations with Golden Fang and Jo Meares. Through his label Pony Face Records, Bailey has just released an exquisite collection of instrumentals in his new …

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Jo Meares  is a prodigious talent and whatever he turns is mind to, it will be remarkable. His new project, Jo Meares’ Silver Bullets (let’s ignore the possessive comma issue), eschews his ambient and ethereal side for the full blooded rock’n’roll experience. OK, it’s still ethereal, but with a vibrating combustion engine to power the …

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Fletcher’s rescheduled tour is hitting Australian shores this July.

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it’s been nearly four years since one of our favourite artists, Naarm/Melbourne’s Wilding, released ‘The Death Of Foley’s Mall’ through the legendary Half A Cow label (see my review here) and a later compilation album ‘Hello….My Name Is Wilding’ (reviewed here). Now, Wilding is back with an album of brand new material in ‘Whatever I Am’ and the …

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Australian punk duo, Mannequin Death Squad have teamed with DZ Deathray’s Shane Parsons in latest single, ‘Safe And Warm‘. It is the third song the band have released since their debut album broke in 2022. ‘Safe And Warm‘ sees the band pursue their signature firebrand style, with a raucous and fast-paced song that is certainly …

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The funky disco bop of Anglo/Australian band Double Talk‘s ‘Swimming’ is positively incandescent and guaranteed to get the most lethargic soul up, down and twisting around. According to the Gold Coast band, ‘Swimming’ was conceived in a caravan in northern NSW and recorded across Switzerland and the UK whilst the band supported Gang Of Youths …

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Back in November 2022, Naarm/Melbourne band Blackbirds F.C. impressed with their album ‘Magiclands’ (see my review here, complete with the usual lame puns), and now we are proud to premiere their gorgeous new single ‘Rings Around The Sun’. Coasting on a delicious Hammond organ bed, the vocal duties are taken up by Gina Hearnden as …

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Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Kaiyah Mercedes unveils her latest album, ‘Trying To Hate You‘, in an exclusive premiere with Backseat Mafia today! This sparkling and intimate album, produced by Seetali Mack and mixed by Garrett Kato, offers a sweetly captivating exploration of unrequited love. “‘Trying To Hate You’ is about unrequited love at its simplest level. Each …

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