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Live albums are the chameleons of the music world, trotted out to serve a variety of purposes as circumstance demands. In their purest distillation, live albums represent lightning in a bottle, capturing and preserving an...

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Album Review: Alison Wonderland – Awake

April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Australian expat Alexandra Sholler certainly has a knack for naming things. Besides the knowingly playful pseudonym of Alison Wonderland that she has adopted for her professional life, she chooses wonderfully pithy, yet evocative titles, for...

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Album Review: David Byrne – American Utopia

March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a world where political divisions run deep, where social media echo-chambers and internet algorithms seem only to reinforce each side’s prejudices and preconceptions, the gulf between the “us” and the “them” can seem to...

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Album Review: Black Milk – Fever

March 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Black Milk is the professional moniker of hip-hop producer, and rapper, Curtis Cross. Hailing from Detroit, the thirty-four-year-old Cross mightn’t be a household name, but that fact does not reflect his skills or work ethic....

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Album Review: Vance Joy – Nation of Two

March 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Having convincingly crashed through into the mainstream with the surprise hit Riptide in 2013 – which took out the top spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for that year – and his début album Dream...

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Album Review: Sarah Blasko – Depth of Field

February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a fan, my relationship to the music of Sarah Blasko has always been defined by a degree of ambivalence. While I highly regarded her début album, The Overture and the Underscore, this regard was...

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Having crossed paths on the European tour circuit, Americans Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa started a musical love affair that was consummated when Hart provided vocals for No Love on the Street from Bonamassa’s 2011...

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Having received widespread critical acclaim for their début album, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, back in 2014, the British quintet certainly set a high standard by which their subsequent releases would be measured. With their...

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Album Review: Of Mice & Men – Defy

February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

With 2014’s Restoring Force it seemed that Californian outfit Of Mice & Men had settled into a stable line-up, while 2016’s Cold World demonstrated that the band was keen to continue experimenting with and developing...

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Interview: Shannon Noll

February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fifteen years ago Shannon Noll was another one of the locals from the small, rural town of Condobolin in New South Wales, but a run on the inaugural season of Australian Idol changed all that....

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Album Review: Shannon Noll – Unbroken

January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been a long time between drinks for Shannon Noll, with six years having elapsed since the release of his last album, A Million Suns. Noll’s latest offering, Unbroken, is his first outing with Warner...

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Album Review: Anderson East – Encore

January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two-and-a-half-years ago Anderson East released his major label début, Delilah. With that record, East demonstrated a compelling blend of rhythm and blues, soul, and Americana, and a voice that perfectly matched the musical style that...

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Record Rewind: ISIS – Panopticon

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

With their sophomore release, 2002’s Oceanic, post-metal quintet ISIS established the basis for what would become their signature sound – heavy, distortion and reverb-laden guitars juxtaposed with periods of quiet and delicate melodies, and vocals...

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