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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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Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues for the Red Son may have been the album that launched a thousand bands and put Palm Desert quartet, Kyuss, on the sonic map, but for my money Welcome to Sky Valley stands as...

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Back in 2006, I entered my local record store to find myself some new tunes, and I expected to leave the shop with some new alternative or heavy metal. But the guy behind the counter...

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Album Review: Walker Hayes – boom.

December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thirty-seven-year-old Walker Hayes has certainly lived the grind of the music industry. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Hayes and his wife moved to Nashville in the mid-2000s with an eye to establishing a career in country...

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Album Review: Eminem – Revival

December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two decades ago, when he first rose to prominence with The Slim Shady LP, rapper Eminem – aka Marshall Mathers III – attracted as much attention for his darkly comic characters and personas as for...

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Album Review: Cindy Wilson – Change

December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even if the name Cindy Wilson doesn’t ring any bells for you it is still fairly likely that you’re somewhat familiar with her work. After all, she has spent her four-decade-long music career as a...

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