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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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Despite my formative years taking place in the nineties, at the height of alternative rock’s cultural influence, I must admit that Welsh rock-outfit Manic Street Preachers never really registered much on my radar. Sure, I...

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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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