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ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Cross – _Xantastic
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ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Cross – _Xantastic

Darren Cross made his name as a founding member of collage pop provocateurs Gerling but these days he’s one half of folk noir duo Jep and Dep and a solo artist trading in dark avant-folk. Surprisingly, this is Cross’ debut solo album and in many ways it embraces his past and present musical explorations with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Josh Rennie-Hynes – Furthermore
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ALBUM REVIEW: Josh Rennie-Hynes – Furthermore

Queenslander Josh Rennie-Hynes has backed up his debut album with another set of bittersweet Americana songs that sound more assured and worldly though sometimes lacking dynamics that could have elevated the songs into more emotionally heavy-hitting territory. Songs are filled with people and places from Rennie-Hynes’ constant touring and he’s mastered melancholy and a sympathetic … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Wilson Pickers – You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Wilson Pickers – You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train

The folk, country and bluegrass string quintet return with their third album after a period on the sidelines due to Danny Widdicombe undergoing Leukaemia treatment. You get the strong sense these guys play for the thrill of creating communal music together and the chemistry between their voices is a natural fit while still allowing their … Continue reading

NEWS: Howe Gelb Announces New Solo Album Future Standards
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NEWS: Howe Gelb Announces New Solo Album Future Standards

Earlier this year Howe Gelb announced that Giant Sand were coming to a conclusion after 30 years stating, “30 years seems an adequate number to aptly utter ‘I kinda quit.” They released Heartbreak Pass in 2015 and are this year releasing a three volume vinyl boxset called The Sun Set. Gelb certainly isn’t wallowing in self-abandoned misery though. Instead … Continue reading

TOUR NEWS: Steve Poltz Announces Australia Tour
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TOUR NEWS: Steve Poltz Announces Australia Tour

Man, he gets around doesn’t he?! The Nova Scotia-born, San Diego raised, Nashville based traveling troubadour Steve Poltz is returning for his second Australian tour of 2016 on the back of his LP Folksinger and this time he’s hitting a whole lot of different parts of the country – from festivals to small clubs. 2016 … Continue reading

TOUR NEWS: Leah Flanagan Announces Saudades Tour
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TOUR NEWS: Leah Flanagan Announces Saudades Tour

Leah Flanagan is hands down one of this country’s finest songwriters. She has the ability to swing from folk to country, jazz to blues and all corners in-between. Her new album Saudades is coming out on September 16th and she’s hitting the road to play some shows to celebrate its release. The culmination of two … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Sean McMahon
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SIX STRINGS: Sean McMahon

Sean McMahon released his album Shiner earlier this year and he continues to spread its rich batch of country-rock tunes far and wide with live shows with his band the MoonMen. Sean’s heading up to Sydney this week to play a triple bill at the Marrickville Bowling Club with Adam Young & The Haints and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jonny Fritz – Are You Feeling Thirsty
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NEW MUSIC: Jonny Fritz – Are You Feeling Thirsty

Jonny Fritz has announced his new LP Sweet Creep will be released by ATO on October 14th. Here’s the great first single Are You Thirsty. I first heard this when Josh Hedley covered it during his recent Australian tour. Top tune! Sweet Creep includes tracks about unchecked desire (‘Humidifier’), life on the road (‘Fifteen Passenger Van’) and … Continue reading

TOUR NEWS: Fanny Lumsden Announces Annual Country Halls Tour
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TOUR NEWS: Fanny Lumsden Announces Annual Country Halls Tour

Fanny Lumsden has been traveling around Australia for the last 6 months, covering over 20,0000km and playing shows from Tasmania to Darwin to promote her Small Town Big Shot album. Now she’s announced her annual run of country hall shows from September – November 2016. For five years now the Western NSW raised, Fanny Lumsden … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – One Of Us
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ALBUM REVIEW: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – One Of Us

Cash Savage trades in gothic and roots-based rock ’n’ roll that swings from funereal folk to surging widescreen workouts. There’s more range on One Of Us than previous albums. Run With The Dogs has a War On Drugs-styled pulse, Sunday Morning is a dirty, banjo-led folk song reminiscent of The Felice Brothers, Empty Page is … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC PREMIERE: Peasant Moon – Songs From Austin EP
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NEW MUSIC PREMIERE: Peasant Moon – Songs From Austin EP

On August 1st, Sydney based alt-country duo Peasant Moon release a new mini-EP from their recording session in Austin earlier this year. The pair travelled to Texas in May and recorded at the Congress House Studio (you can read about their North American travels here).  Of the EP, Crossfire particularly stands out for us with its … Continue reading

PREMIERE: Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers – Broken Wings
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PREMIERE: Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers – Broken Wings

Brooklyn resident Greg Cornell finished recording his second LP Come On Home earlier this year and the first taste of it is the single Broken Wings, due out next month. The song features Cornell’s soaring, resonant voice, rich with emotion and riding high on the song’s pedal-steel driven and rolling country-rock vibe. Cornell and his band The Cornell Brothers have … Continue reading