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Having Trouble Making Sense of This Crazy World? You Might Just Find the Answer with LUH

As far as intriguing, mysterious and downright interesting bands go, the duo that is Ebony Hoorn and Ellery James Roberts definitely take the cake. Hailing from Amsterdam, the pair have been making music under the moniker LUH. since 2012, and embrace all that is beautiful, ugly and disconcerting. When writing about the band, they said “Embracing LUH. challenges you to stop...

Why a Good Instagram Account is Better than a Good Song

We’ve come a long way when it comes to marketing music. While the nostalgic aesthetic of the tattered gig poster on a city wall will always hold a special place in our hearts, the key place to advertise your music is on Instagram. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when it comes to the music biz how people perceive you visually matters a lot. From David...

Rick Springfield Goes Acoustic in Riverside, CA

Many musicians who found widespread fame in the Eighties are content to rest on their laurels. Not Rick Springfield. He performs constantly (full band gigs at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville are scheduled for Feb. 12-13) and puts out new studio albums every few years (the latest, “Rocket Science,” is due in February). The Aussie pop/rocker has penned an autobiography...

Sampa The Great’s 6 Dream Collaborations

We’ve been blessed to have some mesmerising hip-hop drop during this year. L-Fresh the Lion, Baro, Remi and Ivan Ooze have all pumped out some great work, giving us some respite from the regular drawl of mainstream ‘Aussie hip-hop’. There’s another name that can’t be left off that list, and it belongs to the wickedly talented Sampa The Great. A fierce poet in her own...

Five Qualities to Look For in a Co-Writer

Given how mysterious some parts of the songwriting process are to even the most experienced songwriters, it’s understandable that there’s no clear formula for what makes great co-writing chemistry. In my experience, it has very little to do with the amount of time you’ve known someone or even how much you respect or admire their songwriting ability. And while some ...

Majestic and Pummeling, Black Peaks is the Hardcore Band You Need in 2016

Isn’t the best thing about music hearing a song for the first time and knowing you’ll love it forever? That’s what love at first sight must be like, hey. Well lucky me, because that’s happened twice this year. First with The Black Queen’s Ice To Never, and now with Black Peaks’ Glass Built Castles. Less so with regards to the romantic thing. From the very first phase – and there are many...

Happy’s Top 100 songs of 2015

For the past few years, we have been sharing the news from down under via the Happy Blog. Once again this year, Happy has provided us with their top 100 song list from 2015. We’re well into the the sticky end of the year, and it’s been a good one. As putting together our top 25 videos of the year proved, picking the best of the best is a painstaking process. Especially when you’re faced with...

Introducing Us The Band

From its most humble beginnings in antiquity, music has evolved drastically, and in ways perhaps even Mozart himself couldn’t have predicted. Picture, if you will, old mate W.A. Mozart, sent from the past to listen to today’s music and consider his reaction. Perhaps this mental apparition will birth a consideration: who would’ve thought that those beginnings could have led to what we call music today.

Four Demo Tips For Songwriters Who Don't Play an Instrument

If I’ve learned anything in my years of studio work, it’s that there’s no such thing as a “typical” songwriter. While some songwriters are highly-trained session musicians, others have never picked up, let alone played, an instrument in their entire lives. I’ll be speaking to this second group in this post. Not playing an instrument while a challenge in certain instances can also...
richard-lynch_soundpress-net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for December 2015

This month, the holidays have come early at The gift of music has filled our office and these are the best of all the packages we've torn open so far. Here's a recap and we'll see y'all next year! The year was 1979 and Bruce Springsteen just recorded the follow-up to Darkness On the Edge of Town. But, after turning...

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film

Open up a newspaper, magazine, take a trip to the cinema, switch on the radio or TV, you’ll probably be met with the option to digest a slice of history relating to the suffragette movement. Interest has been rekindled due to the recent film “Suffragettes” directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. Although the film...

Four Things They Don’t Tell You About a Career in Songwriting

Since songwriters don’t get an orientation day when they start out, I thought I’d welcome you newcomers to the trade with a few things you probably haven’t been told or thought of yet. My intention here is not - is never - to discourage you but, rather, to help set your expectations so you can get on with the business of making your way along the path to a career in songwriting.

For Some Great Slacker Rock Scale the Heights of Mount Defiance

If 2015 has brought us anything in Australian music it’s the rise of slacker rock and recognition of this genre in wider music community. You know the kind I’m talking about – that cathartic rock which differentiates itself on a global scale by telling stories of home grown experiences; the kind of music that you breathe in and wonder how something so simple...

Introducing The Lastlings

If you were lucky enough to enjoy a blessed infancy, you might remember your loving mother or father tucking you into bed at night, as your head rested gently on a pillow you imagined was a cloud and your toes settled against sheets that were softer than your own baby skin. If you’re having trouble recalling that experience, take a listen to Gold Coast siblings Lastlings and it will come soaring back.

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2015

With the New Year in sight there is a lot to look forward to now it’s December. Star Wars, beach times, fireworks, Christmas…Star Wars. One thing that we’re pumped for is looking back on the best of what this year had to offer, and one of those things is music videos. There have been a few dumb ones, a few boring ones, but man, there have been some killer clips as well.
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