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Music April 29, 2017
Sylvan Esso’s ‘What Now’
On What Now, North Carolinian electronic duo Sylvan Esso successfully meld voice and instruments in a way that dissolves the distinction.
Music March 04, 2017
The Magnetic Fields’ ‘50 Song Memoir’
Composing a song for every year of Stephin Merritt’s life has resulted in The Magnetic Fields’ eclectic five-album tour de force, 50 Song Memoir.
Music April 01, 2017
Polish Club’s ‘Alright Already’
For all the bands who think they know rock’n’roll, Sydney duo Polish Club use their debut album to prove they actually do.
Culture February 11, 2017
Ryan Adams on loss, Springsteen and Whitesnake
Following his grandmother’s death and a painful divorce, Ryan Adams has worked through his losses in his music.
Music January 28, 2017
Cherry Glazerr’s ‘Apocalipstick’
With a sharp and unpredictable songwriter, LA’s new wave pop trio Cherry Glazerr are walking in the footsteps of Blondie.
Music December 03, 2016
A. B. Original’s ‘Reclaim Australia’
Hip-hop duo A. B. Original have delivered an incendiary album describing the experiences of Aboriginal Australia, and it’s the most exciting local release of the year.
Music November 12, 2016
Syd Arthur’s ‘Apricity’
The shifting time signatures of Syd Arthur’s latest psychedelic album, Apricity, testify to the tight musicianship and broad influences of this band of brothers from Canterbury.
Music October 15, 2016
D.D Dumbo’s ‘Utopia Defeated’
Australian solo act D. D Dumbo’s debut album Utopia Defeated marries African desert blues and Captain Beefheart skronk to a darkly mysterious lyrical core.
Music September 24, 2016
Big Scary’s ‘Animal’
Melbourne’s Big Scary have delivered a cycle of dark and intimate songs with a looser, live feel that makes it a masterpiece.
Music September 03, 2016
The Delta Riggs’ ‘Active Galactic’
With flashes of The Strokes and a debt to The Rolling Stones, Active Galactic has The Delta Riggs delivering swaggering dance-floor rock’n’roll the way it’s meant to be.
Music August 20, 2016
Glass Animals’ ‘How To Be a Human Being’
The second album of twisty pop from Oxford’s Glass Animals invites deeper investigation of its themes.
Music July 16, 2016
Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs collaborate for ‘case/lang/veirs’
A collaboration between singer-songwriters Neko Case, k. d. lang and Laura Veirs to record some covers has instead produced an original album of consummate craft.