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news March 17, 2018
New albums from Mia Dyson and Sarah Blasko
Mia Dyson and Sarah Blasko’s sixth and career-best albums suggest neither of these accomplished songwriters has yet hit their peak.
news February 03, 2018
Hookworms’ third album Microshift sees the Leeds psych rockers take a krautrock turn to underpin lyrics that explore loss and trauma.
news March 02, 2018
Dick Stusso’s ‘In Heaven’
Nic Russo’s second album as ramshackle country bluesman Dick Stusso delivers melancholic wisdom found at the bottom of a bottle.
recipe December 16, 2017
The 2017 Australian Music Prize
The chair of the Australian Music Prize judging panel presents his highlights of this year’s album longlist.
news November 17, 2017
Mavis Staples’ ‘If All I Was Was Black’
Teaming once more with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has produced a powerful new album. But, says the veteran performer, her heart aches as she rails still against the racial division she’s been fighting for decades.
news October 28, 2017
Electronic band Kllo draw listeners in to their downbeat soul with intricate melodies and meticulous sound design.
news October 13, 2017
St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’
Annie Clark’s latest St. Vincent album, MASSEDUCTION, is an instant classic, delivering an often dark and desolate vision rendered with a glistening pop sheen.
news September 23, 2017
Bigsound Music Festival
A ‘sense of duty’ took the author to the Bigsound music festival, but it was the talent of up-and-coming artists that truly ignited his passion.
news August 26, 2017
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark Matter’
Randy Newman’s career spans decades of sharp social observations wrapped in songs drawing on the modern American songbook. His latest album suggests comparisons from Elmore Leonard to Rashomon.
news August 04, 2017
‘Jen Cloher’ review
That Jen Cloher’s inventive fourth album is self-titled reflects its personal themes, as she writes with candour about her relationship and her place in the world.
news June 17, 2017
Big Thief’s ‘Capacity’
The lean sound of Big Thief’s second album Capacity is a stripped-back platform for songwriter Adrianne Lenker to build on the promise of their celebrated debut.
news May 27, 2017
Songwriter Jimmy Webb on his partnership with Glen Campbell
As his main muse, Glen Campbell, delivers a final album, songwriter Jimmy Webb looks back at his own career in which he delivered some of American popular music’s best-loved songs.