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Culture April 27, 2019
SOAK’s Grim Town
Her astonishing debut album saw SOAK become the youngest artist to be shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. So, can her ambitious follow-up, Grim Town, reach the heights of her early success?
Culture March 16, 2019
Karen O and Danger Mouse’s ‘Lux Prima’
Karen O and Danger Mouse’s collaboration has delivered in Lux Prima a brilliant album of dark pop, with a hint of Pink Floyd grandeur.
Film April 06, 2019
Waiting: The Van Duren Story
A chance introduction to little-known ’70s Memphis power pop musician Van Duren on YouTube led two Australian fans on their own journey of filmmaking discovery.
Culture February 16, 2019
Methyl Ethel’s Triage
On the latest Methyl Ethel album, Triage, Jake Webb’s extraordinary songwriting is on full display in pop music of unusual complexity.
Music December 15, 2018
Revisiting 2018’s best albums
In his final review for the year, Dave Faulkner looks back at the best Australian albums of 2018 that he missed along the way.
Music November 10, 2018
Bleeding Knees Club’s Fade the Hammer
Bleeding Knees Club’s second album, Fade the Hammer, sees songwriter Alex Wall weave some far-flung influences into his bratty pop punk, from Lightnin’ Hopkins to doo-wop.
Music October 20, 2018
Empress Of and Oh Pep!
The second albums of Empress Of and Oh Pep! see the acts moving from electronica and alt-folk respectively into poppier territory, and making good use of collaborators to assist the transition.
Music September 22, 2018
Liars’ new album of oblique rock, TWTWF, finds Angus Andrew lyrically exploring the departure of his long-time songwriting partner and sonically drawing on his natural surrounds.
Music September 01, 2018
The Lemon Twigs’ ‘Go to School’
The two young brothers, Michael and Brian D’Addario, who make up The Lemon Twigs, deliver an improbable rock opera masterpiece about an ape raised by humans.
Music August 11, 2018
Gabe Gurnsey and Rebel Yell
While Gabe Gurnsey’s Physical is a slow-burn techno album that evokes the unfolding of a big night out, Rebel Yell’s Hired Muscle delivers a sharp slap of industrial primitivism.
Music July 21, 2018
Punch Brothers’ ‘All Ashore’
Bravura five-piece Punch Brothers deliver a modern take on roots music, and their new album All Ashore has them setting their sights on the tumult of American politics.
Music June 16, 2018
An inspired project led by Brisbane songwriter Simon Munro pairs musicians with Australian poets, living and dead, to create an album of lyrical beauty