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The Stranglers @ Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 20.04.2016

The Stranglers @ Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 20.04.2016

By Venita Munir It’s been over a decade since I last saw legendary punk outfit The Stranglers play, so it’s with keen interest that I rock up at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel to see them in their most recent incarnation. The gig is a sell-out, the crowd mainly middle-aged men. I wonder how many used to […]

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The Decemberists @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne, 29.03.2016

The Decemberists @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne, 29.03.2016

By Venita Munir For the second time in a month I find myself ‘down by the water’ for a show at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, and for the second time in a month, it’s not to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. First it was Calexico, now The Decemberists, an indie folk-rock band from Portland, Oregon. Being […]

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The Field – The Follower (Kompakt)

The Field – The Follower (Kompakt)

By Athanasios Lazarou Axel Willner, aka “The Field”, lives in a world where language is not recreational. His latest album The Follower is an album of semiotics; six tracks comprise sixty minutes of minimal techno as traces of communications laced with ambient rhythms – looped and largely unadorned – that are never solved but continually […]

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Beloved Elk – Close (Listen Records)

Beloved Elk – Close (Listen Records)

By Nick Kennedy It’s weird listening to Beloved Elk for me these days, purely because of how formative of a band they are at a personal level. I remember back in the empty band room of the Barley Corn Pub on Johnston Street of all places, watching front-woman Amy Wright dish out intimate, soul-tearing acoustic […]

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A Different Kind of Free: A Review of The Drones’ Feelin Kinda Free (TFS Records)

A Different Kind of Free: A Review of The Drones’ Feelin Kinda Free (TFS Records)

By Alexis Late When I first heard The Drones it was hard to force them into a genre, thank fuck. I mean, are they blues? They’ve covered Blind Willie Johnson and Leadbelly, and songs like ‘The Miller’s Daughter’ are of that tradition, but could be folk too. Are they garage? They can make a racket […]

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The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free (Tropical Fuck Storm Records)

The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free (Tropical Fuck Storm Records)

By Boris van de Legende Trennno rates it 1/5 This is the most shittest piece of shit album I have ever heard! Terrible singer terrible music. Just when you think it can’t get worse the next song plays… Ohhh my god f*** it off triple j The Drones Suck Balls rates it 1/5 0/5! i […]

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Buzzcocks + HITS @ Triffid, 10.03.2016

Buzzcocks + HITS @ Triffid, 10.03.2016

By Tom McCall In the late 1970’s, Buzzcocks, starting with the Spiral Scratch EP, released a series of singles that is nearly unmatched in quality and timelessness in the punk rock canon. Since their reunion over 25 years ago, they have steadily amassed a huge amount of live performances along with the occasional new album.  There […]

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Calexico @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne 2 March 2016 and Meeniyan Town Hall 4 March 2016

Calexico @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne 2 March 2016 and Meeniyan Town Hall 4 March 2016

by Venita Munir Firm Melbourne favourites, Calexico, have toured Australia four times over the last twelve years and this year they bring a seven-piece outfit from Tucson, Arizona to promote their eighth album, 2015’s Edge of the Sun. Their first concert is at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, with the crowd a dichotomy of die-hard fans and Arts […]

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The Goon Sax – Up To Anything (Chapter Music)

The Goon Sax – Up To Anything (Chapter Music)

By Nick Kennedy “I want people to think about me” admits Louis Forster on the opening track of The Goon Sax’s exquisitely understated debut album Up To Anything. It’s an encapsulation for a lot of innocently arrogant feelings bubbling away within the songs that make up the album’s run time, a statement about the inherently […]

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Poliça – United Crushers (Mom and Pop)

Poliça – United Crushers (Mom and Pop)

By Megan Beard An article in The Guardian recently posited the question “where are all the protest songs?” with the inevitable lamentation of an apathetic generation of music makers following suit. Whenever this statement-in-a-question is posed (because, really, it’s a thinly disguised criticism of modern music), it is a puzzling thing to contemplate. Especially considering […]

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