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The Best of Australia in 2015

The Best of Australia in 2015

Above: Deafcult at the Crowbar. Photo taken by Justin Edwards. Every press outlet outside of Australia will try and tell you folk (I’m from Georgia in the US of A, remember) that Tame Impala carried your torch this year in the indie charts. But who needs those fuckers, eh? I imagine they course through your […]

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An Antidote to Boredom 3

An Antidote to Boredom 3

By Alice Rezende So much good music, so little time! While my mates have been allegedly busy catching up with their favourite podcasts on their commutes to work, I’ve been busy (“busy”) at home vacuuming, upgrading my laptop, feeding cats, and listening to crazy great tracks that have come out over the last couple of […]

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Pitchfork is Dead, Long Live Pitchfork

Pitchfork is Dead, Long Live Pitchfork

By Josh Liam Score: 1.3 There was a time in the early 2000s when I enjoyed the ratings of Pitchfork and I agreed with their reputation as “the most trusted voice in music”. I would revel in their musings as they held strong opinions and opened my mind to new music. But then around 2004, […]

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Fay Hallam – Corona (Cargo)

Fay Hallam – Corona (Cargo)

By Matthew Chin-Quee Following a recent collaboration with The Bongolian, Fay Hallam’s Corona offers a softer, more intimate sound to her discography. Being a big enthusiast of Brazilian MPB and Bossa Nova, I appreciate Fay Hallam’s efforts to pay homage to the sound that helped to define popular music of the 1960’s. I am always […]

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After the Dole Rush: Beef Jerk and Modern Australia

After the Dole Rush: Beef Jerk and Modern Australia

By Mitchell Judge Early last year a handful of Australia’s greatest music critics published individual thinkpieces on the most recent dominant genre of local independent music: dolewave. Beginning with Sean Prescott’s review of the School of Radiant Living album on Crawlspace, this collection marked the first time that dolewave had been legitimised as a movement. […]

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Laetitia Sadier at The Drunken Unicorn (9/14/2015)

Laetitia Sadier at The Drunken Unicorn (9/14/2015)

Pictures and words by Matthew Chin-Quee — EDITOR’S NOTE: You know how it goes when you get to a gig early: you sit on the steps outside the door, and the cool kids gather in a corner and chat about the indie bands they follow and make you feel old and unwanted. But every once […]

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Ardent Mythology: Following The Libertines

Ardent Mythology: Following The Libertines

By Alexis Late A lot of well-worshipped musicians tend to have a web of mythology encompassing them. Sometimes it’s created by scandal loving press and is, not surprisingly, flawed or exaggerated; sometimes it’s unearthed by fans through intimate obsession, or woven by the artists themselves, as they make their manifestos public. The Libertines were a […]

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The Singles Club: The Libertines / Velociraptor

The Singles Club: The Libertines / Velociraptor

The Libertines – Gunga Din Justin Edwards: I could always understand the appeal of The Libertines in 2002/03 but also considered that they managed to peak between albums with the post-first album Don’t Look Back into the Sun and the pre-second album Can’t Stand Me Now. In 2014 I can’t really understand the appeal of […]

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Jessica Hopper: A Conversation With A Living Female Rock Critic

Jessica Hopper: A Conversation With A Living Female Rock Critic

Interview and words by Joseph Kyle. Reprinted with Kyle’s permission from the Recoup. Jessica Hopper is a polarizing figure in punk rock and indie rock. She started her ‘zine Hit It Or Quit It while in high school, and thanks to the underground explosion that took place shortly thereafter, for better or worse, she quickly […]

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Where The Metaphor Fails | “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”

Where The Metaphor Fails | “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”

By Ms Tiarney Miekus Anyone who cites this off-quoted quip has probably received a negative review. As far as one-liners go, it’s as vapid and reductive as they get. Yet this morning it greeted my Facebook feed alongside a hastily photoshopped Warholesque photo of Elvis Costello. Poor Costello in October 1983 for Musician magazine: “Writing about […]

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