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British guitar extraordinaire Newton Faulkner recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, Hand Built By Robots. Released back in 2007, Faulkner’s fresh take on acoustic guitar driven pop numbers came long before the likes of fellow ginger songsmith Ed Sheeran set his sights on world domination. Offering raw, folk dressed pop gems including...

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Most will recognise Martine McCutheon for her role as Natalie in the hugely successful film Love Actually, and so like me, you will probably be surprised to learn that she started off as a singer back in 1999, actually.  Her recording contract was sadly dropped in 2002, however after an interval of fifteen long years from...

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Queens Of The Stone Age are that band with that song you most likely know, but perhaps that’s the only thing you’ve heard from them in their 21 year career. It happens sometimes, you’re late to the party and you miss the best moment, but with the release of Villains – you’re perfectly on time to witness...

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It’s been a busy three and a half years since the last release from The War on Drugs.  During this time, frontman Adam Granduciel has been locked away in the studio, writing, recording, and editing away with the assistance of Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, and engineer Shawn Everett.  From all this hard work the...

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Eugene Hütz’s Gogol Bordello has been peddling their brand of gypsy-punk for almost two decades now, along the way earning a reputation for offering electrifying live performances, their skills honed thanks to frequent stints on the touring circuit. Except for those deeply enamoured with a band or a particular musical style, something that works in...

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With a career spanning over four decades, from his pivotal roles in Split Enz and Crowded House through to his more recent solo works and collaborative projects, there can be little doubt that Neil Finn is ordained music-royalty within the Australian and New Zealand music scenes and has a well-earned reputation for being a songwriter...

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“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead.”  Look What You Made Me Do is the latest power pop release by Taylor Swift. Jack Antonoff, who has recently worked on Lorde’s album to name but one of his many high profile collaborations, served as producer on the...

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Gang Of Youths have conquered a considerable amount of demons since the release of their first album back in 2015. The struggles they have faced couldn’t break their spirit, and now the Aussie five-piece return with Go Farther Into Lightness, a refusal to pity the hands they have been dealt in life.  Bearing the scars from the...

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Album Review: A$AP Ferg – Still Striving

August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The A$AP Mob was once on of the most exciting new groups to hit the hip-hop scene, with members seemingly thrusting themselves straight into rap royalty circles. Whilst the momentum surrounding them as a collective may have slowed down; with the likes of A$AP Rocky pursuing a modelling career, A$AP Ferg remains the group frontrunner in...

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Single Review: Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Miley Cyrus is going through somewhat of a sonic renaissance of late, linking perfectly together her country roots to her more notorious pop offerings. Younger Now is the first track to be taken from her incoming record of the same name, and is one of Miley’s most accomplished tracks to date.  Allowing her phenomenal voice to take...

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Album Review: Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher

August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jen Cloher’s self-titled record marks her fourth studio LP. Cloher’s bare back appears on the album artwork, clutching nothing but her guitar in a symbol of the openness in which she introspectively addresses her life throughout this honest collection.  Forgot Myself is a delightful ode to the dissociative feeling of forgetting how to function in your...

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Album Review: The Preatures – GIRLHOOD

August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Preatures release their sophomore album, GIRLHOOD, featuring Jack Moffitt on guitar, Thomas Champion on bass, Luke Davison on drums, and Izzi Manfredi as the front woman on keys and vocals. As the title suggests, the songs explore the coming of age from a female perspective, specifically the perspective of Izzi growing up in Sydney,...

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Two years on from Last of Our Kind, The Darkness have reminded us they’re nowhere near done yet with the release of Solid Gold, from their upcoming fifth studio album, Pinewood Smiles. Solid Gold, surely a romantic track comparing the love of your life to a precious metal?  Absolutely not.  The Darkness have done what The Darkness do...

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