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Album Review: Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul

August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

When you see a title like Plastic Soul, you instantly think this is going to be an anti-materialism album bashing consumer culture.  Josh Ostrander’s solo debut album, under the alias Mondo Cozmo, couldn’t be further from this.  He’s given us love, passion, and faith. The first two tracks are a daydream.  The records title track tells the...

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Single Review: P!nk – What About Us

August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

P!nk’s musical career has been on the back burner since 2012’s Truth About Love album, but 2017 will see her release album number 7; Beautiful Trauma, of which single What About Us is the lead single. Ushering the next chapter of her career in a distinctly more composed manner, this track indicates a more adult side to the notoriously bombastic singer....

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Album Review: Cage the Elephant – Unpeeled

August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

A ghostly hand with creepy blue gunk, a kitchen blade holding up a halved orange, and a quirky brunette with killer eyelashes provocatively licking said orange can only mean one thing – Cage the Elephant have released their new and first ever (mostly) live album, Unpeeled. With a run time of 1 hour 20 minutes, the...

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Album Review: Rival Fire – WAR

August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Melbourne based alternative rock outfit Rival Fire certainly look set to become one of the bands that prove overnight success takes years of hard work to achieve. War is the group’s debut album, and the press release that accompanied the record doesn’t shy away from pointing out that ten of War’s thirteen songs were originally...

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EP Review: Avicii – AVĪCI (01)

August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Interminable, incessant, and uninterrupted are some of the English translations applied to the Sanskrit word Avīci. This is also the name of the lowest level of hell within Buddhist cosmology. So, in naming his latest EP AVĪCI (01), what might Swedish DJ Tim Bergling – better known as Avicii – be trying to tell us?...

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Album Review: Dizzee Rascal – Raskit

August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Four years Dizzee Rascal has made us wait, but now he has finally returned with his sixth studio album, Raskit.  It’s certainly felt like an awfully long time without him. For those who aren’t as familiar with Dizzee Rascal, you’ll probably remember him for Bonkers, Fix Up, Look Sharp, and his collaboration with Calvin Harris for Dance Wiv Me,...

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Album Review: Kim Churchill – Weight_Falls

August 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Weight_Falls  is Kim Churchill’s sixth studio album release. The album certainly presents Churchill as an older and wiser version of himself, both in the confidence in his musical direction and in the lyrical content of his songs. Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls) served as producer of Weight_Falls. Knowing that Kim Churchill...

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Album Review: Mystery Skulls – One Of Us

August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

One Of Us is the style pushing new album by Luis Alberto Dubuc Jr, the man behind the moniker Mystery Skulls. The album is as eclectic as his origin story and influences. Born in Venezuela, Dubuc then moved to Toronto where he grew up, learning English by watching Sc-Fi and Horror films. Later he relocated...

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Album Review: Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine

August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

After a rich 40-plus year long music career as a solo artist and the frontman of various groups (Paul Kelly & The Dots and The Messengers), Paul Kelly has added another solo studio album to his expansive catalogue, namely Life Is Fine. He recruited the talents of long time music friends; the sisters Vika and Linda...

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Party Of One is the first fully solo album from George Thorogood, a country and blues legend who has previously released an extensive list of 16 albums with the Destroyers; that date way back to the 1970s. Thorogood’s unarguable pedigree shines throughout Party Of One, letting people know that he doesn’t need a band to make him shine. Thorogood...

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Album Review: Kesha – Rainbow

August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The return of Kesha feels like a key music moment for this decade. Having gone through some of the worst and most public pain imaginable, the 30-year-old Californian refuses to be seen as a victim – refusing to bend to the will of the world. Rainbow is more than just a record, it has the power to...

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Album Review: Alice Cooper – Paranormal

August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

It may not be Halloween yet, but that isn’t stopping Alice Cooper from releasing his 20th studio album – and his first original material for 6 years. Paranormal features members from ZZ Top, U2 and Deep Purple, all of whom have come back together to lend a hand to the Godfather of Shock Rock. The titular track...

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With their third album, Worlds Apart, Perth sextet Make Them Suffer find themselves reduced to a quintet. This reduction in numbers isn’t the only change to have occurred since the release of the group’s sophomore effort, Old Souls, in 2015. Sean Harmanis’ coarse vocals and the rhythmic bludgeoning of Nick McLernon’s guitar and Tim Madden’s...

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