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Musical Veterans and Indie Supergroup Excel Anew

Cheap Trick, Pet Shop Boys and Willie Nile have returned with exceptional albums, while indie rock supergroup East of Venus amazes via a sterling debut. Artist: Cheap Trick. Title: Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello (Big Machine Records). You might like if you enjoy: Big Star, Cheap Trick, The Move. Tell me more: Cheap Trick's highly-anticipated return is not limited to the band's induction into the...
 
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Kendrick Lamar - Untitled, Unmastered

In a world of click bait, viral videos and an online mania that can die just as fast as it rises, Now we’re all over the shock of Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album, did it live up to musical expectations? new alum Untitled Unmastered was dropped into the scene with not one bit of pre-release hype. Kendrick Lamar shocked the world when he dropped Untitled, Unmastered with...
 
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Toby Walker - Mileage

New Jersey-based Toby Walker started out on the road many moons ago under the moniker Little Toby Walker, a title he’s long outgrown. With this latest release, ‘Mileage’, he again shows just how astonishingly talented he is. Easily one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the blues and roots world, he simply grows stronger with every album.
 
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RJ Comer – Nightly Suicide

RJ Comer’s gritty debut EP Nightly Suicide, combines his upbringing of campfire singing and with the power of Americana Rock, moving away from his flamboyant blues days as the lead singer of 7-piece band the Dance Hall Pimps. This LA city boy ‘with swamp water in his veins’, croons his way through addiction, failed relationships and redemption, in a search for salvation that is closely...
 
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Good Boy - No Love For Back Home

A bunch of boys from Brissy called Good Boy have impressed many with a few singles they’ve released over the last two years. Transparency, Waste Days or Ease Your Temper and No Love Back Home are all killer tunes that have led the indie rock three-piece to some awesome opportunities, one of these being the Triple J Unearthed artist chosen to open the Brisbane leg of St Jerome’s...
 
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The Gypsy Scholars - Daydream Author

Known for the exuberant life of their melodies and the vibrant sincerity in their colloquial storytelling, The Gypsy Scholars are back with a new single, Daydream Author. Far from the piratey whimsy and heart-tugging Looking Glass, we have a song that throws the band straight, along the lines of Creedence Clearwater Revival, interspersed with a 60s tinged bridge that keeps the song...
 
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Loose Tooth - Saturn Returns

Any band that sees fit to have five breeds of man’s best friend front and centre on their new ‘me oh, my Sally-Mae that’s right darling’ press release pic deserves your vote or at least 82% of your heart strings. After getting past the blitz of canine feels that’ll dredge up all the mems from Homeward Bound, having you paw around for the closest bundle of fur to cuddle and reassure, it’s time...
 
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Urthboy - The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat

It’s 2016 and Urthboy still isn’t slowing down, and his fifth studio album is here as proof that he’s still got it. The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat is equal parts politically charged and a loving father’s ode to his daughter. Sick of today’s political and social inequality? You’re not the only one, Urthboy spits his frustration...
 
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Reagan Boggs - Empty Glasses

Reagan Boggs (from the album Empty Glasses available on April 12, 2016) - The characters walk from pages penned by Reagan Boggs and out into the world on her upcoming (April 12, 2016) release of Empty Glasses. The title image may be of drained drinks but the cups run over with the flesh and blood mistakes, challenges, decisions, and successes on the album, the fourth from Reagan Boggs.
 
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Tinpan Orange - Love is a Dog

From Angus and Julia Stone to the Jackson 5, to AC/DC, nothing can beat that familial chemistry and genetic talent. Melbourne brother and sister duo Tinpan Orange are no exception, their 60s inspired indie-folk stirring up Australia’s local music scenes. With the band’s bubbling success, they’re due to strike again with the release of their new LP Love is a Dog in April.
 
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Zeiiga - Soma

Conceived in 2015 as a vehicle for musical experimentation and self-expression,Zeiiga is the alias of Brisbane’s Emma Rose Pitney. Growing out of DIY project Abysso, Rose’s self-taught experimentation quickly found an unlikely affinity with the sugary electro-pop of Kylie Minogue and detached melodicism of Annie Lennox. The project’s glossy pop veneer is also underscored by a...
 
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Casey May - Eden

I recently had the pleasure to review Nova Scotian Artist Casey May’s album, EDEN. I sat down with my favorite BOSE headphones to ensure I could enjoy the true sounds and vocals of this album. Casey May has a very unique sound which is perfect for storytelling and you can feel the emotions in the songs. This album consists of just that. en great tracks each telling a story making...
 
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Australia - Portraits of People, Places and Movies

In the wake of their April tour, Australia (the band, not the country, not a country band)* have dropped their debut like a dropbear invasion in a children’s park, frighteningly exciting and scarily newsworthy. The album Portraits of People, Places and Movies is quintessentially Australian, you can just hear the Vegemite and cheese oozing out of the aural toasted sandwich the band have...
 
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Music From Around the World Inspires

A number of new music-minded releases truly celebrate the far-flung corners of this world and beyond. DVD Title: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXV (Shout! Factory). You might like if you enjoy: Rifftrax, Cinematic Titanic. Tell me more: With the impending re-launch of the comedy sci-fi classic "Mystery Science Theater 3000" later this year, now is a great...
 
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Green Buzzard - Easy Queezy Squeezy

When Sydney five-piece Green Buzzard signed to I OH YOU in June 2015 out of the blue, the Australian music scebe had no idea that it was about to be gifted with nostalgic 70’s video clips and impeccable taste in sunglasses. Green Buzzard is all things retro, their first EP Zoo Fly – released in August last year – was released on double a-side 7” vinyl. They even got Zoo Fly released on the...
 
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