Latest record reviews

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    The Kill Devil Hills – In On Under Near Water

    In the late 90s, the Kill Devil Hills singer and guitarist Brendon Humphries was in the Gutterville Splendour Six with Gareth Liddiard and Rui Pereira of the Drones. ...

    April 1, 2016
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    Gentleforce – Refuge from the Great Sadness

    Sydney solo artist Gentleforce (Eli Murray) makes music for the ages. I still have his meditative techno record from 2010, Sacred Spaces, on high rotation. Here, Murray layers ...

    April 1, 2016
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    Lindsay Phillips – PSALM IV

    It’s been four years since folk singer and guitarist Lindsay Phillips left Melbourne for the forest of Vastmanland in Sweden. Even before, Phillips’ earnest vibrato and finger-picked guitar ...

    December 17, 2015
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    Boy and Bear – Limit of Love

    Rating: When the national radio broadcaster Triple J unearthed Boy & Bear in 2009, the zeitgeist snatched them up, up, up. Not only did their name feature a ...

    October 20, 2015
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    Thirsty Merc – Shifting Gears

    Rating: “Love’s a picture so immense, it’s bigger than Ben Hur,” sings Rai Thistlethwayte on Thirsty Merc’s fourth record. Thirteen years in to a satisfying career in (very) ...

    October 10, 2015
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    Steve Hauschildt – Where All Is Fled

    Rating: If Brian Eno could sell the Music For Airports concept in 1978, Cleveland’s Steve Hauschildt could market his sixth record as music for migraines. As sufferers will attest, when neither ...

    September 30, 2015

Latest live reviews

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor/Monumental (Adelaide Festival)

Post-rock is a loudly ponderous, insistently serious kind of music: all brooding soundscapes, apocalyptic themes and long, instrumental songs that are fanned into vast fire-fronts of noise. Everything ...

March 15, 2016

Latest features

  • 2015 round-up
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    10 great Australian albums that flew under the radar in 2015

    If the Australian music tree of life were illuminated where the money flowed, only a twig or two would light up. The root structure, trunk and sturdy branches consist of volunteers. ...

    December 22, 2015
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    Broken Heel festival: ‘Even Australia’s founding fathers dressed in drag’

    As a kid, Anthony Carthew watched Mad Max 2 car chases from his front door. It was 1981 and the crew was staying in the outback town of Broken Hill and filming on Silverton Road where Carthew lived. “We had a property on the edge of town,” he says. “Out the back door, the red dirt went on forever with the saltbush ...

    October 15, 2015
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    Culture and politics merge for Garma Festival

    Held on an escarpment in north-east Arnhem Land, the Garma festival site is called Gulkula in Yolngu language. Traditionally owned by the Gumatj clan, it overlooks a pandanus and stringybark forest that ends at the Arafura sea. It has long been a place for clans to gather and talk. Garma’s three-day key forum honours that spirit of discussion, causing long-timers to claim ...

    August 31, 2015