Does protest music still have the power to change the world?

Music has always been seen as a transformative force in the world, capable of changing everything from moods to attitudes on its way to impacting society as a whole and even governmental policy. Over the years, we’ve seen single songs or lyrics become forces for change, borrowed and repurposed for...

Join us for a chat with Northlane about their surprising new record ‘Mesmer’

Northlane surprised fans this morning by releasing their new album Mesmer, without any pre-announcement at all, but they took the time to pop into Tone Deaf’s cosy nook to tell us all about the The album can be purchased and streamed here, or through the usual channels – as well...

How can bands keep rock ‘n’ roll alive for a generation raised on electronic music?

Vintage Trouble rose to prominence in the first half of the 2010s, but with the way that they dress, perform and carry themselves one could swear they only got there thanks to some sort of Back to the Future-style sorcery. Naturally, when a band such as this arrives on the...

The world’s first record made of weed is more than a gimmick – it’s a punk protest

“It’s always sunny in San Diego.” While it’s pouring buckets here in Sydney, Slightly Stoopid’s co-founder certainly brings down those Southern California vibes. With two sets at Bluesfest on the April horizon, and headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne for good measure, Miles Doughty feels stoked to be heading back...

Mikelangelo on Cave, Waits and Cohen: ” I feel like they’re these invisible mentors.”

“I haven’t done a Fringe for years. I managed to pack a hell of a lot into five days, I’ll tell you.” Canberra-born artist Mikelangelo raises a deep belly laugh, looking back on touring his hometown for the Canberra Fringe Festival last month, before turning his sights back to his...

Get to know one of the punk scene’s best new bands, Dumb Punts

When it comes to punk bands, things are looking pretty great in Australia right now, and Melbourne trio Dumb Punts are one that are grabbing a deserved chunk of attention. Having spent the year dropping a string of impressive new cuts, playing gigs with Skegss and Dune Rats, and earning...

Peter Hook on New Order’s “disgraceful” reformation and cementing his own place in history

Peter Saville’s cover artwork for Joy Division’s landmark debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’ depicts the stacked plot of radio waves emanating from the first known pulsar star. It could scarcely be more iconic. It’s been filed under cultural shorthand, an image encountered on posters, t-shirts, beer mats and any other object you...

Kingswood’s label boss thought their record was a prank: here’s how they changed his mind

It’s ten o’clock last night, just under two hours before the release of Kingswood’s sophomore album After Hours, Close to Dawn, and the lead guitarist is rapt. Part of it is the infectious atmosphere that mates Sticky Fingers and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard always bring to the party....

Are our boutique music festivals getting it all wrong?

Look, we love your standard music festival as much as the next punter. Tightly-packed crowds, constant lineup clashes, queues galore… There’s something undeniably satisfying about cramming way too much music into a single day or weekend, but maybe – just maybe – there could be a reason or two to...

Hip hop activist Brother Ali weighs in on Australia’s political bigots

Anybody who caught Jacqui Lambie and Yassmin Abdel-Magjied on Q&A recently would be well aware of the vitriolic xenophobia which permeates our society and politics. Australia isn’t alone in our Islamophobia, as the Trump Administration’s short-lived but poisonous travel ban executive order in the USA confirms. In this environment of...

How comic books spawned one of hip-hop’s underground pioneers

Back in the 2000s, during the reign of club-friendly gangster-rap, you spent a lot of time defending hip-hop as more than a music genre about bitches, guns and drugs – the go-to source of “real hip-hop” would be the burgeoning independent underground scene in the States. One of the first...

Country music fans need to pay attention to Dori Freeman

So often in life, the places we’ve been and the people we’ve known shape who we become. It’s the hardships and adversity we face that trigger a creative reaction, and Dori Freeman’s response to her past, her heritage and her heartbreaks is to channel them through music. She’s dazzled country...

We chat with Running Touch about his just-announced debut record

Running Touch was one of the most exciting electronic breakouts of 2016, dropping a string of immense singles and playing just about every festival in the country as a result. Now, the elusive producer has dropped his latest creation ‘Lovely’, and announced his debut EP A Body Slow, which will...

What’s life like for Kerser’s hype man?

After breaking down the door to commercial success against all of the odds, Kerser – love him or hate him – proved that with old-fashioned hustle and a few street smarts, any artist could win the hearts of a loyal fanbase and make a living in music on their own...

Music can be the one thing to get you through impossible times

Music is, without a doubt, a rock for many people. Its ability to drag us kicking and screaming through hard times is unquestionable, and as an outlet for stress and personal expression – both positive and negative – it’s hard to think of anything more valuable. For Sammi Constantine, music...