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Nothing worthwhile doing comes without challenges: a sentiment that rings true for US indie rockers Modern Baseball. The past five years have seen the band steadily grow from a bunch of musical misfits in Philadelphia to the internationally known emo outfit they are today, but it hasn’t been easy. Aside from the often draining nature...

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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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It can be difficult to properly gauge the feel of an album from the tracks offered up in a preview. However, if the style Ladyhawke’s Pip Brown has put forward for Wild Things, her 3rd full length album is to be believed, she has gone full-pop. Whilst her previous records featured impeccably catchy choruses, and...

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“I don’t want to be accused of having a meltdown”, confessed the Queen of Pop last night as she delivered a stellar show for her fans in Sydney’s packed-to-the-rafters Allphones Arena, before declaring to the many haters in the Australian media: “God forbid a mother should miss her son”, referencing her current custody battles with...

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Australia’s summer events calendar is in full swing with outdoor concerts and festivals continuing to pull in the crowds around the country, and undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets by far for live outdoor tunes continues to be the On The Steps series. One The Steps performances are also one of the most picturesque events...

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Tossing all ‘less is more’ beliefs to the side, Cosmo’s Midnight have made a name for themselves by using perfectly executed layers of bubbly samples and fun pop melodies to prove more really can be more. Their explosive headline show at Oxford Art Factory embodied this, combining the dance-centric forces of the Sidechains DJs, Swindail,...

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Alabama-born Katie Crutchfield, the driving force behind Waxahatchee, is by no doubt an incredibly talented and versatile singer-songwriter. Her aptitudes for music have seen release dozens of singles, demos, digital downloads and everything in-between since she was 14, and also feature in a two-piece pop punk band with her sister Alison called P.S Eliot. As...

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Where some artists have huge sounds fit for exaggerated stadium shows, others are far more suited to playing intimate venues to a bunch of sweaty, rowdy fans hanging off their every word. Last night saw Atlanta’s Raury prove to be the latter as he took to the stage of Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory for a...

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“You’re so wonderfully attentive this evening. It’s nice.” Boy & Bear were mid-set at their Sydney headline show when vocalist Dave Hosking took a moment to express his gratitude towards a crowd that had shown nothing but love all night. Admitting to the audience that despite driving past the venue multiple times recently to see...

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They’ve been making waves in the underground psychedelic rock scene since the release of their debut album Innerspeaker in 2010. But it was the success of Tame Impala’s newest release Currents that really brought them to the masses. And Kevin Parker, the mastermind behind Tame Impala has undoubtedly proved himself to be an imperishable force, after selling out two 10,000 capacity...

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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 saying that the crowd “is the best ever”.  Not experimental rockers Battles; they work a crowd through a much more...

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St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been parading around Australia’s sunny coastline for eleven years now; always hosting an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming artists from scuzzy skate rock to pulsing dance music. With such a high calibre of performers gracing the 2016 line-up, sideshows became a crucial point for punters who wanted to taste...

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Dating back to 2004, the Laneway Festival has become the go-to institution for live indie music. Whilst not without problems, Laneway has always attracted big names; from The xx, to Lorde, to Caribou and FKA Twigs last year. Without fail, each year the line-up features a smattering of impressive names, and 2016 was no exception....

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