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It’s fairly safe to say that the UK has a firm love affair with folk music. While pop, indie and rock still dominate the musical arena, the UK has developed a strong sense of ownership over its folk and country exports with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Birdy and folk veteran Billy Bragg providing the...

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There’s an effortlessness, a mature elegance to the best live performers, a confidence that only comes through experience. Schoolboy Q played a sold out show at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, and conclusively proved that he has that star quality like the best live acts. Riding on the back of his prior hit singles, and his acclaimed...

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Donning an Elvis t-shirt and strutting the stage with her trademark messy locks and a charmingly unrestrained gob, Hynde and her band of four took to the petite Omeara stage at a little after 9pm and were instantly met by the crowds roaring approval. The night was one to celebrate the bands brand new, and...

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Close to 20 years on from erupting onto the worlds pop stage with their self-titled debut record, All Saints – Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton – released their first album of all new material, the irrepressible collection, Red Flag in April of this year. While the record didn’t mark the...

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Over the last 30+ years, Latin superstar Ricky Martin has been responsible for bringing Latin music to the forefront of mainstream pop. Along with fellow Latin acts including Marc Anthony and Shakira, Ricky Martin has been one of the leading forces behind the success of the Latin pop crossover movement in music; emerging as a...

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A resurgence in nostalgic tours from acts of the eighties and nineties has had a firm hold on the international stage for the last few years, with many of the biggest acts of the respective decades coming out of hiding and performing hits from their heyday to fans who have long but given up on...

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Most artists who have been around for a while necessarily have a few conflicting styles in their discography. In spite of having only actually released three albums, it feels like Ladyhawke has been around for a long time. The long gap between 2012’s Anxiety, and this year’s Wild Things, along with a fairly dramatic stylistic...

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800 people. 4 bands. 1 room. The Factory Theatre, in Sydney’s Marrickville, is a fairly intimate venue whose beauty lies in being able to cram a sea of people into one room and still manage to magnify everything – good and bad. On Friday night it was home to UK rock band Basement, accompanied by...

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As one of the leading forces in the currently spacious girl group genre these days, Little Mix have become a staple in pop music over the last few years since taking coveted yet usually fatal crown on the UK’s X Factor back in 2011. They are one of the most successful acts, and the first...

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Sometimes when reviewing gigs that aren’t particularly great, you’re left not knowing what to say. It can be incredibly difficult to find the words to summarise a musician’s work that you can’t relate to or simply have no interest in, and to subjectively break down their art on a public platform. Some things just can’t...

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Danny Brown’s latest stint in Australia has been anything but average with the Detroit rapper not only making headlines for his killer performances at regional festival Groovin’ The Moo but also gearing up a wave of negative press when he refused to credit a Melbourne photographer’s work on Instagram. All controversy aside, the man is...

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Jamie Lawson took to the stage of Sydney’s Metro Theatre exactly the way you would expect him to: with humility, grace and that beloved British charm. Possibly a reflection of his signature relaxed genre, the singer-songwriter appeared almost out of nowhere to a relatively low build up between his set and that of support act...

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“When I think of fates worse than death, all I can think of is something you said,” Dallas Green wistfully sang. City and Colour has never been a project based off false identities and manufactured emotions. Instead, Green – the mastermind behind it all – weaves stories of heartache, longing and lust, accompanied with frank...

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