7 of the best modern film soundtracks made by famous bands

When it comes to a movie, the soundtrack can either make or break it. Plenty of film scores have gone on to become famous in their own right, after all, who can’t listen to Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ without instantly thinking of The Excorcist? And what about all those composers, such as...

Ahead of the ‘Fist Full of Rock’ tour, Tim Rogers recounts classic tales from almost 30 years in Aussie rock

The phone gets about five or six rings before it’s answered. There’s a pause on the other end, before a groggy yet unmistakable voice comes through on the other end. “Hello?” it asks. You know it’s him, but you’ve got to be sure. “Hi, is that Tim?” Tim Rogers –...

The 8 Aussie apps that are changing the music game

Australia has a thriving music scene full of talented artists, great venues and passionate fans, but there’s also a lot of genuinely exciting stuff happening in other parts of the industry that are making the country one of the best places to be a musician. Plenty of talented people are...

San Cisco laid themselves bare on ‘The Water’, and are ready to do the same thing onstage

Musicians have been using H2O as a form of metaphorical imagery basically for as long as the two of them have been around – forever, really. Whether it’s Bruce Springsteen’s seminal LP The River or The Go-Betweens’ bittersweet final album Oceans Apart, there are a myriad of different emotions and...

Nina Las Vegas chats women in music, Snowtunes, and her latest tracks

Nina Las Vegas is one powerhouse of a woman! At 33, she already has her own record label, NLV, has hosted House Party on triple j for five years, produces and writes her own music, and has helped create the non-profit organisation, Heaps Decent. We sat down with Nina recently...

Skunkhour’s ‘Feed’ 22 Years On: One Big Glorious Mess

Listeners tend to have an inbuilt resistance to genre-melding. Although we honour a select few of those bands brave enough to blur disparate styles into one big, colourful musical mess – Radiohead, Death Grips and Van Dyke Parks all come to mind – we cringe at such ‘hybridisation’ more than...

Our guide to Snowtunes, the boutique Aussie music festival and ski trip in one

It wasn’t that long ago that the Australian winter was a complete dead-zone for music festivals, with not many punters being all that keen to brave the cold, rain and mud unless they were heading to Splendour in the Grass. A few years ago, though, a group of festival heads...

Meet the Aussies making it easier to book live bands

Depending on who you are and who you know, booking a band to play your gig can be an intimidating thing. While some of us might have a bunch of mates in bands, for a lot of people it becomes a little bit more intimidating to book live music, as...

Devin Townsend’s Instagram is one of the weirdest corners of the internet

Devin Townsend is a name that almost no metal fan needs an introduction too. Since first coming to prominence as the vocalist and guitarist of Strapping Young Lad in the ’90s, he’s made countless solo records, and achieved massive fame as part of his self-titled Devin Townsend Project. Oh, and...

Dave Rennick talks Dappled Cities’ new album and his optimism about Sydney’s live scene

For over 15 years, Dappled Cities have been striving for something new. Across four albums (plus one B-side collection) and countless gigs at home and abroad, they arguably found it, too. But that’s the thing about ‘new’: it’s a curve that keeps shifting, and you can never be too complacent...

Devin Townsend is intimidated by the void after ‘Transcendence’ – but it’s also what drives him

Devin Townsend has no agenda when it comes to returning to Australia this week. “You do get asked that, especially in Australia, ‘What are you going to do this time that’s going to be different than the last time?’” the multi-instrumentalist and producer explains to Rogue Inc ahead of his...

Bleeding Knees Club and The Pinheads give us the day off and interview each other

Who invented the pineapple pizza? Which Aussie venue is a “bogan den”? And what’s the scariest thing that’s happened in the tour van? All fine questions, asked and answered by two of our fave Aussie bands as they prepare to launch into a tour together. With Bleeding Knees Club back...

Pond’s new album is for anyone starting to realise the world is a bit fucked

Pond once joked that their entire discography was just a fast-tracked version of the overly mythologised and cliched rock’n’roll narrative. Their breakout third album (2010’s Frond) was followed by an earthy return to roots (Beard, Wives, Denim) before the middle-aged, bombastic excess of Hobo Rocket. With The Weather, Pond have...

Pnau’s long-awaited live return was a strange, disjointed affair

In hindsight, we should’ve expected an unconventional show from Pnau at their first Sydney headline date in five years, but what went down was still a surprise. Casually gracing the stage as if he were chatting with a bunch of his best mates, Pnau founder Nick Littlemore let the buzzy...

Polish Club kicked their tour off gloriously with two sold-out hometown gigs

In a city where any arsehole in a leather jacket can play by-the-numbers rock’n’roll for a quick buck, it’s always refreshing to see a band such as Top Lip. This a band with zero preoccupation in trend or cred points – hell, they’re probably not even all that fazed if...