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With their sixth album, The Great Detachment, Nova Scotian indie-rockers Wintersleep make no secret of their intention to play the big venues, and to play them hard.  Every element of the album’s production – from...

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Post Pop Depression is tagged as a solo album from Iggy Pop, his 17th solo album in fact, and his 21st studio album once his work with The Stooges and James Williamson are factored in, but no...

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Album Review: Slingshot Dakota – Break

March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

For the sake of full disclosure I must declare that I adore female vocals, from the mellifluous tones of Neko Case and Florence Welch, through to the grittier “what you see is what you get”...

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Album Review: Beau – That Thing Reality

March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friends since childhood, Heather Boo and Emma Rose decided in their early teens to learn guitar by watching YouTube tutorials.  From there the pair progressed to writing songs and eventually started performing as The Boos,...

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Twenty years ago, in the long shadow of grunge and with pop-punk getting ready to dominate the alternative music scene, Nada Surf released a single that, for many who grew and came of age at...

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Stay pissed.  With a motto like that, it’s probably safe to say that the pacific in Like Pacific isn’t related to remaining calm and peaceable.  A cursory listen to Distant Like You Asked, the debut...

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Album Review: Anthrax – For All Kings

February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

You are at a movie premiere and you spy an aging star sauntering down the red carpet.  Watching, you can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right and, as they draw closer, you realise...

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First up, let’s manage our expectations: this is Steel Panther, the cock-rock resurrectionists, doing a live acoustic set and it is no MTV Unplugged in New York, an album that still, after 20 years, sets the...

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Album Review: Steve Mason – Meet The Humans

February 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

A tendency to eclecticism and experimentation is a double-edged sword for a musician, when it works it is nothing short of astounding, but when it doesn’t, the results end up confused and confusing.  Steve Mason...

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Album Review: Rick Springfield – Rocket Science

February 19, 2016 | 1 Comments

Country music seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment with every artist and their dog, from pop stalwart Cyndi Lauper to rock legend Steven Tyler, going country.  80’s power pop pinup...

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Album Review: Josef Salvat – Night Swim

February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you have ever wondered what music a law student finishing their studies abroad would make, the Australian born and London based Josef Salvat may have the answer for you.  Salvat has proved to be...

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Depending on which story you choose to believe, American singer-songwriter Jake Smith took the stage name The White Buffalo either because it had the sound of the mystical about it – The White Buffalo being...

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Most bands work a crowd through some form of blatant interaction: eliciting call and response; shouting “Come on!  Get up!” or some such; waving their arms about like deranged puppet-masters; or appealing to ego by...

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