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    Laura Jean – Devotion

    On Press Play, the first track on Devotion, Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean winds back the clock. “I sat behind you on the bus yesterday / You were staring ...

    June 16, 2018
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    Native Cats – John Sharp Toro

    Everyone and everything not in the crosshairs of Native Cats singer Chloe Alison Escott should be relieved. Her superpowers of perception lead to lyrics that first encapsulate and ...

    April 8, 2018
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    Divide and Dissolve – Abomination

    On St Patrick’s Day in Austin, in a courtyard sloshing with pints and good moods, Divide and Dissolve struck their first bottom-heavy chord and shamrocks quivered. Some revellers ...

    April 8, 2018
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    Primitive Motion – House In The Wave

    Once I lived with a person who played the piano. It would drift down the hall, and in and out of my dreams. House in the Wave has ...

    April 8, 2018
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    HTMLflowers – Chrome Halo

    Could music’s last taboo be illness and disability? On this blinding debut LP, 27-year-old Melbourne artist Grant Gronewold lights the topic up and holds the fiery ruins high ...

    January 8, 2018
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    Ela Stiles and Jensen Tjhung – Golden Scapel

    Ela Stiles and Jensen Tjhung – Golden Scapel With a bubbling pot of active projects, this collaboration between Jensen Tjhung (Lower Plenty, Deaf Wish) and Ela Stiles (Songs, ...

    January 8, 2018

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New War (Marrickville Bowling Club)

Melbourne band New War are in Sydney to launch their new album, Coin, at a venue dear to Inner West music fans. The bowlo’s boss, however, has insisted the ...

November 3, 2018

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    Unhurried in Hatta

    Set in the Al Hajar mountains, not far from Dubai, the quiet town of Hatta won’t be quiet for long Even surrounded by water – which in Dubai, you commonly are – still, you can feel it: the dryness of the Arabian Desert the city is built on and within, second in size only to the Sahara. Not far from the city’s ...

    March 18, 2019
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    Moroccan Rhapsody

    At first we’re told the medina has 10,000 alleyways. “It’s a labyrinth,” says our guide, Mohamed. The ancient, walled part of Fès, Morocco, is the world’s best place to get lost, he says. “But have you actually lost people?” I ask. “Four times,” Mohamed says in a tone that pleads, “do not make it five, Kate.” The next day, Fès local, Khadya, ...

    August 31, 2018
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    Four days at Øyafestivalen, Norway

    In August I went to Scandinavia for the first time. I was a guest of Music Norway as part of its international delegate program, showcasing Øyafestivalen. I listened to all of the Norwegian acts before I left Australia. There were heaps! That was my favourite aspect, hands down. Vince Staples will play Sydney again but it’s doubtful I’ll see Stein Torleif Bjella down under. I could ...

    September 3, 2017