Tag: Melbourne

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’ (album review)

Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’ (album review)

When a band is celebrating their 10th anniversary and releasing their first album in four years, they can be forgiven for sharing a 17-track, 76-minute marathon. Check that! More bands should follow the lead of Melbourne quintet Beaches and use the milestone to unveil their most ambitious and expansive output to date. This is exactly what Second of Spring is. […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

Murder Of The Universe by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Last year, Aussie psychedelic mind-benders King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gave us the endlessly looping, choose-your-own-adventure masterpiece, Nonagon Infinity. It was undoubtedly the most amusing and fun record of not just 2016 but this decade. Earlier this year, they challenged themselves with Flying Microtonal Banana, which featured short bursts of […]

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Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Creating something refreshing doesn’t necessary mean reinventing the wheel. It does include looking to the past for inspiration and reviving classical arrangements for today’s music listeners. More importantly, it’s about re-introducing people to the idea that simplicity can yield music that is inviting and dazzling. This is what Simon Okely – AKA Slow Dancer – has achieved with his sophomore album, […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Woodes

SXSW 2017 Memories – Woodes

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Elle Graham – a.k.a. Woodes. The […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Slow Dancer

SXSW 2017 Memories – Slow Dancer

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Slow Dancer. Based in Melbourne, Australia, […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

Entering their seventh year as a band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have already released eight full-lengths, including last year’s exhilarating Nonagon Infinity, and two EPs. This year, they are embarking on their most ambitious project – to share five albums before December 31st arrives. And none of the albums will sound alike. The first LP one out of the […]

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Alex Lahey – “B-Grade University” EP

Alex Lahey – “B-Grade University” EP

One of the 2016’s EPs that we regretfully did not cover was Alex Lahey‘s debut EP, B-Grade University. Fortunately, awesome label Dead Oceans announced they had signed the twenty-something, Melbourne resident and were re-releasing the EP for North American audiences. As such, we are given a chance to make amends for our oversight. A favorite of the fantastic Aussie station […]

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Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

It’s difficult to not think about the circumstances and the journey that went into the development of Big Smoke‘s debut album, Time Is Golden.  For years, the quintet was a hidden gem limited to Melbourne and its surroundings. During this time, however, they became one of the most respected bands within the city and they finally got their break when […]

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Natalie Carolan – “I Sleep” (single premiere)

Natalie Carolan – “I Sleep” (single premiere)

Everyone loves a good ghost story for Halloween, and what better way to deliver it than in song. Natalie Carolan‘s new single, “I Sleep”, does exactly this. The song crosses from dreamy to spooky and back again as it tells the tale of an elderly lady, not of this world, who sits at the end of the bed as you go […]

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Oh Pep!

Oh Pep! – “Stadium Cake”

Oh Pep! It’s a funny, odd, name. It gets a lot of attention of its own. “Oh” for Olivia Hally and “Pep” For Pepita Emmerichs, who hail from Melbourne, Australia. The exclamation point? Just good business sense. But that’s not the reason to get into this band, whose brilliant debut EP, 2015’s Living, stirred our souls. Their new album, Stadium […]

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Ladyhawke – “Wild Things”

Ladyhawke – “Wild Things”

This year marks ten years of Ladyhawke, the project of Pip Brown and former member of Two Lane Backdrop and Teenager, and the New Zealand native has come circle. Her self-titled, debut album introduced us to her version of hook-laden synth-pop while her sophomore album, Anxiety, had her showing an edgier, rock side while also highlighting the inner turmoil she […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Nonagon Infinity”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Nonagon Infinity”

Stu Mackenzie, the lead singer of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, did a great interview with Flavorwire recently, where he was asked how he would describe the band’s sound, and he had difficulty responding to the question. To him, he and his bandmates – Joe Walker, Eric Moore, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Lucas Skinner, Cook Craig, and Michael Cavanagh – do not […]

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Natalie Carolan – “She’ll Know How It Goes”

Natalie Carolan – “She’ll Know How It Goes”

Melbourne, Australia has a long and storied music history. It is home to great and even iconic artists and bands such as Crowded House, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Air Supply, and Men At Work. Jet, The Cat Empire, Miami Horror, and Cut Copy are some of the more “newer” acts to further validate Melbourne as a world-leading, musical […]

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Oh Pep! – “Living” EP

Oh Pep! – “Living” EP

They’re only in their early twenties, but mulit-instrumentalists and songwriters Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs are already being hailed as Australia’s next great folk duo. Through their shared project Oh Pep!, the twosome have already released two EPs and won a handful of awards Down Under, including awarded Young Folk Performer of the Year by The Age Music […]

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Coloured Clocks – “Waiting On You”

Coloured Clocks – “Waiting On You”

Location: Melbourne, Australia Members: Coloured Clocks are James Wallace (vocals, guitar); Alex Fewings (keys); Steve Flack (bass); and Wesley Fuller (drums). For those who like: Axxas/Abraxas, GOASTT, Wesley Fuller Our take: One of the most pleasant surprises we’ve heard this year is “Waiting On You”, a gorgeous and intimate psychedelic-pop song by Coloured Clocks. The track is right out of the ’70s but […]

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Oh Pep! – “The Race”

Oh Pep! – “The Race”

Location: Melbourne, Australia Members: Oh Pep! are Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs, who are in their early twenties. For those who like: Lake Street Dive, Teenage Love, Lucius Our take: Obviously, if a song makes it on the Weekend Showcase, we’re really digging it. Some songs more than others. “The Race” by Melbourne duo Oh Pep! is one that has […]

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Pow Pow Kids – “I’m Alright Now”

Pow Pow Kids – “I’m Alright Now”

Location: Melbourne, Australia For those who like: Guantanomo Baywatch, The Go! Team, Nai Harvest Our take: Even though they’ve only shared two singles, Pow Pow Kids are emerging as a favorites of ours. Their music is boisterous, amusing, unpretentious, and entertaining. Like “Pow Pow Theme”, Pow Pow Kids demonstrate once again the ability to craft catchy hooks and a hollering […]

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My Old Dutch – “Queen of the Dogs”

My Old Dutch – “Queen of the Dogs”

Location: Melbourne, Australia Members: My Old Dutch are Dave Gogerly and Kristian Popczyk. They’ve developed a reputation as a great live act within the Melbourne music scene, and they’ve only recently decided to record their material. For those who like: B. Hamilton, The Black Keys Our take: “Queen of the Dogs” is a gritty, garage-rock song that reminds us of […]

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Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Do you ever hear a song and say to yourself, “What the heck is that?”  This is then followed by, “How come I haven’t heard such and such before?” This was my reaction when hearing Wesley Fuller‘s new single, “Shock Me”, which he released a month ago. So who is Wesley Fuller? I wish I could tell you more about […]

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