A Guide To The Best Synths In History With Hiatus Kaiyote’s Simon Mavin

As part of the eclectic and wondrous Melbourne Jazz festival line up, the crew at Wondercore Island are presenting an evening of avant-garde improvisation at The Curtin over June 3rd and 4th. Titled ‘The Cave’ the evenings promise to be fascinating explorations of improvisation, through various musical forms across two stages. As well...

Why Violent Soho’s Tour Was A Defining Moment From A Now Iconic Aussie Band

Review: Violent Soho WACO Tour Review Sydney at Enmore Theatre 26/5 In news that’s surprising to precisely nobody, Violent Soho’s WACO tour was an absolute gem. With friends Gooch Palms, Dune Rats and DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho have performed the show to beat in Australia for this year. It’s not hard when...

Track By Track: Nothing Rhymes With David Takes Us Through His Stunning New LP

In the three-and-a-half years following the release of his debut album, 2012’s Little Bear, Melbourne based songwriter David James Young – who performs under the moniker of nothing rhymes with david – is back with his sophomore album Things Work Out For People Like You. During the production of Things Work Out For People...

Getting To Know Okenyo, One Of Australia’s Most Exciting New Songwriters

Emerging from the pack as one of this country’s most exciting and uniquely charismatic artists, Okenyo is making her mark (and making her voice heard) on the local music landscape. Turning heads here and internationally with the release of her 2015 single ‘Just A Story’ and then working with label...

Does Flume’s Collab Heavy ‘Skin’ Live Up To The Hype?

The saying goes that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, yet for Harley Streten, aka Flume, it has caused him some difficulties. In the four years since his internationally successful, and critically acclaimed, self-titled debut, Flume’s signature sound has been at best influential, at worst shamelessly copied. The question...

Track By Track: Eclectic Producer Klue Takes Us Inside His New EP

Sydney singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Klue has recently unveiled his impressive debut EP Daybreak which features two killer singles, ‘Hiding’ and ‘So Good’, alongside two previously unheard tracks, ‘Uh Oh’ and ‘My Friend’. Drawing inspiration from a love of Afrobeat, Daybreak is overflowing with blazing horns, electronic beats and soul. With this EP...

12 Aussie Bands That Are Way Bigger Overseas Than They Are Here

Here in Australia, we’re good in that we do our best to support our homegrown musicians, and many bands and artists acknowledge the rabid nature of Australian music fans. However, there are cases where bands that got their start in Australia actually end up becoming bigger overseas, which isn’t to...

The 6 Albums That Changed PUP’s Lives

Get excited because Toronto punk four-piece PUP are heading back to Aussie stages this October to celebrate the release of their sophomore record The Dream Is Over which dropped today, May 27 via SideOneDummy/Cooking Vinyl. Following the release of PUP’s self-titled debut in 2014, this blistering four-piece have captured fans across the world...

Band Of Skulls Explain How They Created Their Best Work Yet

Band of Skulls have always been one of the hardest working bands in modern rock. As bassist and vocalist Emma Richardson admits ‘It’s very hard to get yourself heard these days. You can never let your guard down, you’ve always got to be thinking of the next thing”. And so,...

Track By Track: Kristin Kontrol Takes Us Through Her Killer New Album

For those uninitiated Kristin Kontrol is the new musical endeavour from Kristin Welchez, (aka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls). Melding new wave with synth pop and infectious cosmic disco, Kristin Kontrol is today unveiling her debut solo album X-Communicate. With Kristin Kontrol, Dee Dee made the decisive move...

Is This The Heaviest Show To Ever Come To Australia?

It’s all in the name: Dark Mofo. Australia’s darkest music and arts event, happening in the darkest season, and bringing together some of the world’s darkest acts. But organisers are going all out this year, announcing Hymns to the Dead, which they’ve described as “the darkest music we could find”,...

Nothing But Thieves: Getting On Splendour In The Grass Saved Us

UK outfit Nothing But Thieves have had a pretty turbulent year. Following the release of their debut album last October to rave reviews, and an equally acclaimed live show, they’ve been touring non-stop. Sometimes it’s been great: they were asked to open for Muse on their recent tour. Sometimes, it’s...

Cat Power’s Rescheduled Melbourne Show Was Worth The Wait

Review: Monday, 23rd May, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Recital Centre, Melbourne. It can’t be easy performing when you are Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power. She is followed around by a dark and hard to shake reputation of alcoholism, mental instability and disappointing performances. This is reflected in parts of her performance at the Recital...

Track By Track: The Evening Cast Take Us Inside Their Impressive New LP

Geelong indie pop masters The Evening Cast have recently released their stunning new album Belong. Rich with melody and thoughtfully crafted tracks, it’s an impressive effort from the five piece. The eight track album was created in the bands own, using gear from many eras, to according to the band “produce a...

The 9 Aussie Songs You Need To Hear With Radio Adelaide’s Luke Penman

Community radio music directors often have an encyclopedic knowledge of local music and an insatiable thirst to keep their ears ahead of the curve. So in this Tone Deaf series, the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap) invites music directors to highlight new Aussie tunes that you might have missed....