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 Venita Munir

Phantastic Ferniture – Phantastic Ferniture (Makeout Records/Caroline Australia)

Phantastic Ferniture – Phantastic Ferniture (Makeout Records/Caroline Australia)

They wanted to make a pop record for fun, and yep, that’s what they’ve done. Phantastic Ferniture’s self-titled debut album gets the tick for ‘pop’ and ‘fun’, but not in that sickly boy-band/girl-band formulaic kind of way. It’s much more cool. There’s something that evokes the 80s for me, but the more I listen, the […]

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Iron & Wine @ Sydney Opera House 26.05.2018

Iron & Wine @ Sydney Opera House 26.05.2018

Photo courtesy Prudence Upton And so it transpires, this weekend is the opening of Sydney’s Vivid Live 2018 festival, in its 10th year. I’ve made the trip up from Melbourne to see Sam Beam and his full band, Iron & Wine, play at the Sydney Opera House having never set foot inside the building. I […]

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The San Sebastian – Alive on the Black Sea (Spunk)

The San Sebastian – Alive on the Black Sea (Spunk)

The San Sebastian’s debut album, Alive on the Black Sea, is an intriguing debut for Adelaide brothers, Dan and Joel Crannitch. If you were a fan of Sydney’s 78 SAAB in the early 2000s, or love other alt-country rock bands such as The Decemberists or Band of Horses, you might care to have a listen […]

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The Collapse Board Interview: Leah Shapiro (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

The Collapse Board Interview: Leah Shapiro (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Venita talks to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer, Leah Shapiro, about creating the new album, Wrong Creatures, and the band’s hopes for some warm weather during their upcoming Australian tour. Next week’s forecast is warming up as Los Angeles trio, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, rock up to our shores to promote their latest album, Wrong […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures (Inertia)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures (Inertia)

BRMC largely fly under the radar here in Australia. Perhaps it’s because they inhabit that alternative rock ’n’ roll space reserved for bands the ilk of The Jesus & Mary Chain or Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. After nineteen years together, Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been, along with drummer, Leah Shapiro, are still […]

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Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans)

Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans)

I’ve been fortunate to listen to Marlon Williams’s much anticipated new album, Make Way For Love, for a couple of months now and finally it has made its public arrival. Fans will already be familiar with a lot of these new songs from his recent gigs or from having seen a few videos on Youtube.  This […]

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Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (Spunk)

Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (Spunk)

Yeah, so I’m a self-confessed Calexico groupie. Have been since first seeing them support Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2003, touring their much revered album, Feast of Wire (2003). My mate Ross burnt Hot Rail (2000) for me soon after and I became hooked to their unique […]

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The Collapse Board Interview: Pete Oxley (Sunnyboys)

The Collapse Board Interview: Pete Oxley (Sunnyboys)

The other day I read a feature article about one of my all time favourite bands, The Jam – their individual style and musicianship, their rapid rise and premature break up, the precocious genius of frontman, Paul Weller, and the enduring love their fans still hold 40 years later. It made me contemplate the similar […]

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Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders @ Howler, Melbourne, 20.11.2017

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders @ Howler, Melbourne, 20.11.2017

Here in Australia we love to claim New Zealanders, especially musicians, as our own. It’s pretty safe to say that we’d kill to brag about Marlon Williams being an Aussie. I mean, he was based in Melbourne for a while. Let’s face it, he’s a prodigy. A rare vocal genius and still only 26 years […]

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Sigur Rós @ Margaret Court Arena, 27.07.2017

Sigur Rós @ Margaret Court Arena, 27.07.2017

Although it’s almost five years since Sigur Rós last played in Melbourne, memories of the second ‘Harvest’ festival remain strong. Back in November 2012, Sigur Rós headlined a brilliant line up on the great lawn sprawling before the historic Werribee Mansion. That night was perfect and emotionally resonant. My partner didn’t make that festival; he […]