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5 Awesome Bands from the Polynesian Islands

Music is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere and there is more music now than there ever has been. Just keeping on top of what’s happening here in Australia is an all but impossible task and yet you can’t help but wonder what else is going on in other corners of the globe. Take our Pacific neighbours in the Polynesian Islands as an example. It can’t all be…
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Laura Moody Makes the Cello Cool

Laura Moody, red dress, red lipstick, black leggings with the concentration of a matador. She has a stage presence, a confidence, an ownership even before a cello note is played. Her audience at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival is sparse. I don’t think she cares. It isn’t long into her set before the audience realise they are witnessing an artist who is…
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Moses Gunn Collective – Mercy Mountain

Brissy psych rock five-piece Moses Gunn Collective have let loose a monster debut album. Transporting us to a cosmic psychotropic fantasy land, Mercy Mountainoffers everything from dreamy chillers to soulful rockers. Showered in toxic guitar riffs, woozy synths, flamboyant falsetto and a shitload of glitter, this album is downright epic.
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Twinspeak – Breakwell

“It’s official, guitar music is dead! EDM won and is smashing guitars on stage for the express purpose of breaking them, not being cool! Even our lord and saviour Kevin Parker has forsaken us!” It seems this kind of sentiment is uttered every five minutes by all those who still worship at the alter rock n’ roll. And to be honest, it sometimes feels like…
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Day Ravies – Liminal Zones

Liminal Zones could be blasted out of your Chevy Biscayne rolling down Beach Boulevard on some parts, on others, listened to lounging on your couch in half-slumber, and then again in moments rocking out at a house party. Feeling spoilt for choice, or perhaps just a little confused? Be the former, and then some.
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Ronnie Reno – Lessons Learned

Ronnie Reno may be familiar to tens of thousands of people who have never purchased one of his albums or downloaded any of his songs. He is the host of the long-running TV show, “Reno’s Old Time Music,” that pulls in more than a million viewers monthly on RFD-TV and earned him the title of “IBMA Broadcaster of the Year” in 2013.
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Roots and Blues Fans Can Celebrate via Three New Releases

A crucial reissue of the B.B. King & Eric Clapton collaboration “Riding With The King,” as well as new albums from Lindi Ortega, Whitney Rose and Blinddog Smokin’ are sure to please fans of blues, roots and funk music. Artists: B.B. King & Eric Clapton. Title: Riding With The King (Audio Fidelity). You might like if you enjoy: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Johnson
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Natasha Borzilova – Wilder Days

“2013 was an unpleasant year for me. Nothing terrible happened, but it was full of small disappointments and petty losses…I even decided to quit making music. Once the decision was made and the pressure was off, I experienced a sudden surge of creativity,” writes singer/songwriter and folk artist Natasha Borzilova in the liner notes of her fourth solo …
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Delving Into the Mind of Ruban Neilson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“Multi love you’ve got me on my knees, we were one but then became three.” When I first heard that line I imagined a relationship infiltration, some great man and this man’s wife, someone home wrecking. I imagined wrong. The story of Multi-Love is laid out in full via the album itself. A story of love in the most unconventional way. To put it…
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Devotional – The Sun Also Rises

There’s noting like a good road trip to gain some perspective. There’s something about leaving the life you know behind; forgetting your distractions to discover yourself. It can be a make or break the experience. Journeys like this test character, it can set you on a new path and open your eyes to truths about yourself you weren’t aware of. Likewise it can…
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Lanks – Banquet

Melbourne artist Will Cuming has only been performing under the moniker LANKS for just over a year and yet has already made a name for himself as one of the most passionate musicians in the current Australian scene, injecting himself and his raw emotions into every part of his craft. Now the enigmatic singer-songwriter is back with a sophomore EP to rival his previous successes.
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Tame Impala – Currents

We may be hitting a rich seam of irony here, but I’ll say it regardless: I’ve got no time for fuddy-duddies. Yes, only the fuddiest duddy would ever use a phrase that’s older than hipster-bashing and Tom Cruise jokes, but here I find myself irresistibly compelled. The reason is that Tame Impala’s Currents is the kind of album that brings out the duddy in some…
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Watch Out for Minnie Birch

I’m a firm believer album/CD covers usually provide a good indication how an artist and their team have thought through the process of releasing their work. “Floundering” the debut album of Minnie Birch is a fine example in all aspects of its presentation, and importantly, content. Step up to the applause plate Minnie’s Dad. From cover to…
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Slow Turismo – Self-Titled

Sunny indie pop always catches the ear. There is something about clean, tight production and upbeat rhythms that automatically demands attention, even if just for a second. But that’s usually the problem, it’s ephemeral. Bands get so caught up in creating something ‘listenable’ that they disregard complexity for digestibility, and you generally get all you can…
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Sans – Adolescence

Like me, if you’re seriously over these cold and grey winter days and on the hunt for some sunshine then luckily Melbourne indie pop rockers Sans have come to the rescue. Back with their sophomore EP Adolescence, the four-piece have set off a volcano of fast and loud synthy jams exploding with all the sunshine you need to shake off those winter blues.
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Angharad Drake – Water

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Angharad Drake. The young Brisbane folk singer released her last EP Swing about a year ago. It was a contemplative body of work; gentle, tender and rich with melodies of heartbreak. For those who are familiar with Drake’s work there is a humility to her which is quite…
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8 Femme Fatales Who Are Killing It Right Now Part 2

There isn’t anything better than a girl bashing on a guitar. Sorry boys, they just make it look way cooler. Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns had a ‘Girls Rock’ sticker on his Gibson SG, and never has a sticker been more accurate. There are so many chicks with attitude who are blowing audiences away at every turn, many of whom put their male counterparts …
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How to Record Killer Vocals on Your Next Album

Nothing leaves your vocal calling card like an album. People expect that you will sound your best on a recording and they will judge your voice from what they hear, so you want to make sure you produce your best work. However the sterile environment of a recording studio and the pressure of…
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Songwriting Tip: Songs Are Small Things

I tell my songwriting students this often. I tell myself this often. Songs are small things. Unlike a play or screenplay, songs can’t have a large cast or a bunch of subplots. If the idea of the song is “You are so beautiful to me…” then you simply say that and very little else. In fact, you should check out the lyric to that song. It’s astonishingly concise. Of course, I’m not saying every song…
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Phish Fry at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA

Much was made of a recent trio of high-profile “Fare Thee Well” shows where the surviving core members of the Grateful Dead joined Trey Anastasio of Phish and singer-pianist Bruce Hornsby to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. But watching Phish perform on July 25, 2015 before a near-capacity Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA that clocked…
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