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Mia Rose Lynne: From Follow Me Moon to Chicago

Being likened vocally, instrumentally and compositionally – and justifiably – to artists like Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin is one thing, and a hard comparison to live up to. But when the recipient of such praise actually makes part of her living in musical theatre, it’s pretty obvious that a formidable new talent is on the rise. new talent is on the rise. Nashville transplant Mia Rose…
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Seven Milestones in a Successful Songwriting Career

One of the things I’ve noticed in my twenty-five years of writing songs is that it’s way too easy to ignore significant milestones in your songwriting career because you’re so focused on the brass ring of having a hit. I think it’s time we take a closer look at what success really means over the course of a career as a songwriter. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything quite like the…
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A Definitive Guide to Touring from Alex Cameron and Roy Molloy

Good morning everybody. My name’s Alex Cameron, and I’m a professional. What kind of professional? The best kind: I’m a bonafide, no shit taking, microphone wielding, three quarter erection having cold-blooded crowd killer. And with the help of my good friend and business partner Mr Roy Molloy, I’ve charmed audiences the world over; from beautiful places like…
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The Walking Who – Lewiside

December was a good time for surprise new music. Radiohead did it with their brilliant single Spectre, but local boys The Walking Who upped the ante considerably and dropped their sophomore album basically without warning. Following their win in FBi’s Nothern Lights comp, the three-piece shifted their headquarters to Iceland, one of the many places they hunkered down…
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Bruce Springsteen in Concert

Few artists can successfully tour behind nearly 40 year-old material But when it’s in support of arguably the best double album of all time, it’s not an issue. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “The River” tour kicked off at an overstuffed Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh Saturday night to a sold out crowd of around 22,000. The show features the full album peppered…
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Big White’s Top 10 Songs of 2015

We’ve been big fans of Big White for a fair while now. The Sydney-siders are fine purveyors of New Wave-inspired jangle pop with big bold vocals and plenty of sunny guitar work. They’ve been going from strength to strength in 2015 with two singles You Know I Love You and I Can’t Tell making a pretty big splash early on in the year.
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Our Call on the 5 Australian Acts We Think Will Explode in 2016

We pride ourselves on having a pretty firm grasp on up and coming bands in Australia. If a band did something cool in 2015, we wrote about it. The past 12 months saw a lot of great things happen in Aussie music with more artists than you could poke a stick at releasing a deluge of top notch material. There were a few that stuck out as being on the brink of some pretty …
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Dirty Deuce: Rock-Tinged Alt Country From The Frozen Tundra

Dirty Deuce is a Sturgeon Bay, WI-based band consisting of ‘Reverend’ Rob Atwood on guitars and vocals; Zach Vogel on bass; and Jamey ‘J-Dirt’ Clark on drums. The Dirty Deuce sound is best described as rock-tinged alt-country with a strong melodic base, as heard on such tracks as “100 Years” and “Body Is A Temple”. You might also hear such varied influences ranging from 70’s Brit…
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Crooked Eye Tommy: Going Straight to The Top of The West Coast Blues Scene

When Tommy Marsh and Crooked Eye Tommy released Butterflies & Snakes in August of 2015, little did the Ventura County-based blues musician realize how well the band’s debut album would be received. To date, B&S has been the recipient of dozens of stellar reviews, while charting high on numerous international and domestic radio charts. In January, Butterflies & Snakes represents…
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George A. Paul’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

In 2015, many music consumers were busy purchasing or streaming albums by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Maroon 5 (all of which came out the year before) or actually going into stores to buy physical CDs by Adele. The latter’s “25” has already raced past the 7 million mark in just over a month’s time. But several truly daring and original releases came from…
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Darts’ Top 10 Tracks of 2015

Melbourne alt-rockers Darts have had a brilliant year. Kicking off with a signing to renowned Sydney label Rice Is Nice, who put out the band’s debut record Below Empty and Westward Bound, praise soon rolled in for the band for their razor sharp, 90s-inspired rock. With a bunch of massive sell out shows, supports slots withAlpine and Bully, and a huge set at Bigsound under their…
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Otis Clay Obituary

Another great man has done a full go-round. With the passing of Chicago soul-blues singer, Otis Clay on January 8th, aged 73, music lost one of its true greats, a guy who lived for the music he loved and was on the road till the day he died. Born in backwoods Mississippi, Clay kicked-off his career, like many before him, with gospel at its core before…
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Nashville Duo Speaks Out After Being Dropped From Country Star’s Tour

This spring, Nashville duo Jill and Kate were on tour as back-up singers for a male country artist when a friend snapped a goofy picture of Kate and texted it to a group. It was all in good fun until one tour crew member (who was unaware Kate was on the text chain) sent back a message calling her a “#huge” singer.
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George A. Paul’s Best Live Albums of 2015

On some live albums, you can tell some studio tinkering was involved after the fact. Then there are others where the raw energy of the concert performance shines through and hasn’t been polished to perfection. Such is the case with my picks for the best of 2015. Neil Finn + Paul Kelly, “Goin’ Your Way” (Omnivore/EMI) – In 2013, two of Australian alt-rock and…
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Billy Currington – Summer Forever

Billy Currington is a prototypical bro country specimen with his boyish good looks, infectious charm and smooth voice. However, he has avoided being thrust into the negative stereotypes of that group. This is largely because his songs avoid the harder edges of the sub-genre. Though Currington has been known to drink a beer or two and chase the …
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Book Titles Shed Light On Seminal Studios, Guitars and Music Icons

Last year saw the release of a slew of noteworthy new books focused on much-loved corners of the music universe, including British recording studios, Southern California-based Taylor Guitars, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more. Here is an overview of a number of the most essential titles now available. Title: The Great British Recording Studios (Hal Leonard Books)…
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E^ST’s Dream Collaborator? Jeff Buckley Of Course

E^ST (aka Melissa Bester), is the NSW Central Coast 17-year old who continues to captivate us with a signature sound proudly burdened by sweeping stories of defeat and encouragement – it’s authentic and anthemic, proving to us that age has no limits in creating something timeless. We caught up with E^ST to find out more about the processes behind her music, the relationship…
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Die! Die! Die! – What Did You Expect?

There are some great things to discover in New Zealand. Most of them used to be found on that New Zealand’s Finest Youtube video (here’s part of it), but ever since that got taken down they’ve been harder to unearth. Well, er’rryone’s in luck, because Die! Die! Die! have made themselves heard, furiously tapping away at the glass ceiling that hangs over the Land of the Long White …
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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…
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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…
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