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    The Still – The Still

    The Still is two Australians – pianist Chris Abrahams of The Necks and percussionist Steve Heather – with Canadian Derek Shirley on double bass, and German Rico Repotente ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Palm Springs – Flowers In A Vase

    For years I’ve admired the voice and poise of Erica Dunn as one of rock band Harmony’s trio of gospel singers. Turns out Dunn has a trio too, called ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Police Force – Formula 1

    In the video for Freaking Out The Squares, Brisbane band Police Force trash guitars in a carpark. They hurl a laptop from a roof and do ollies over ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Medicine Voice – I And Thou

    In a Peruvian ayahuasca ceremony, your shaman drinks the hallucinogenic brew too, to guide you through the spirit world with medicine songs. The cool, clear and ultra-present voice ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Wireheads – Arrive Alive

    By the time singer Dom Trimboli drops to the dusty earth to breakdance in the video for Arrive Alive, it’s already happened: I want to be in the ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Dispossessed – Insurgency

    “I was sick of time and again seeing four white people on stage singing about fuck all,” said guitarist Birrugan Dunn-Velasco (of Gumbayngirr and Mapuche descent) to Noisey ...

    July 6, 2016

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    Dark Mofo, 2016

    A mirror hangs from a tree reflecting the clean Tasmanian sky. I’m in the exercise yard of New Norfolk Hospital for the Insane, taking a break from what’s inside. The asylum – originally built for sick convicts – sprawls over both sides of the River Derwent in this small town 40 minutes from Hobart. Many locals worked here; others were family of ...

    September 6, 2016
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    Music You Missed: April, May, June 2016

    Time’s the revelator,” country musician Gillian Welch sings in her song of the same name. I assume she meant things such as love and grief, but it applies to music more than anything. Only time can reveal which records will bloom, then shrivel and fall from the vine – and which will make a late great run towards eternity. ...

    July 6, 2016
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    ‘The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic’ (review)

    Were I to mimic the style of Chicago-based music critic Jessica Hopper, we’d be off and running by now, or grappling with a question that had bulleted straight to the topic’s heart. When this anthology’s 42 think-pieces, reviews, and ephemera first appeared in Village Voice, Chicago Reader, SPIN and elsewhere, a few words of context may have preceded each of them. Here, we just have ...

    May 29, 2016