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Album Review: Neko Case – Hell-On

June 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Singer Neko Case has always been a little backward in coming forward, blending seemingly personal narrative arcs with dreamlike whimsy to create intoxicating, aural elixirs. While most of her output as a solo artist has...

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Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wilderness

June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been the better part of seven years since Snow Patrol last released an album of new material, which is a virtual eternity in the contemporary music industry, and twelve years since Eyes Open rocketed...

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Album Review: Chvrches – Love Is Dead

June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

For a lot of bands, self-producing an album is something that comes as their career progresses and builds, a kind of reward for success. At their best, self-produced albums enrich the creative landscape by allowing...

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Album Review: Ash – Islands

June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Irish band Ash have been doing their thing continuously and consistently for the past twenty-six years. Not bad for a trio that formed in their teens and are now forty-somethings. Considering the band’s longevity, it...

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Album Review: The Presets – HI VIZ

May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Con – or more formally the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – is one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia, the mere mention of which is unlikely to make the average...

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With a duration just shy of fifty-two minutes, the sophomore LP, Beach House 3, from Tyrone Griffin Jr – better known as Ty Dolla $ign – may seem positively minuscule compared to the seventy-two-and-a-half minutes...

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I’ve been a fan of A Perfect Circle since day dot when the angry chords of Judith first rang out ahead of the début record Mer de Noms, and Thirteenth Step’s seething emotions cemented my...

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With her 1999 solo début album, The Captain, Kasey Chambers divided audiences with her distinct drawling vocals, equal parts husky and shrill. Since then, Chambers has gone on to establish herself as a beloved and...

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In an age of increasing interconnection, where every taste and preference can exist and be catered to in its own exclusive little corner of the internet, and fads flare and fade with ever quickening speed,...

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Despite Rearview Town being Jason Aldean’s eighth studio album, and the Academy of Country Music naming him entertainer of the years three years running, I must admit to not having heard of the country performer...

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Album Review: Kimbra – Primal Heart

May 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been nearly seven years since Kiwi songstress Kimbra Johnson, who simply goes by the mononym Kimbra, teamed up with Australian Wally De Backer – who is otherwise known as Gotye – on the song,...

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Album Review: Lisa Stansfield – Deeper

April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

There has been a persistent undercurrent of eighties nostalgia that has informed contemporary music for the last little while now. Unlike many progenitors of today’s eighties influenced music, English singer Lisa Stansfield is not only...

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Album Review: Gin Wigmore – Ivory

April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since breaking onto the scene a decade ago with the inventively titled EP, Extended Play, Kiwi singer-songwriter Virginia “Gin” Wigmore has gone from strength to strength. With each release she hasn’t shied away from developing...

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