ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire
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ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire

William Crighton’s debut album had him pegged as an Americana/gothic rock songwriter – all fire and brimstone and heart on sleeve emotion. Now, on his sophomore album, he’s expanded his stylistic palette into a whole range of sonic shades and textures. The intense and impassioned preacher is still railing from the pulpit but now you … Continue reading

NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs
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NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs

Lucero are back with a new album scheduled for release on August 3rd via Liberty & Lament/Thirty Tigers. Among The Ghosts will be their ninth LP and marks their 20th anniversary as a band. It sounds like they’ve gone for a tantalising blend of the big, live and loose sound based on ‘For The Lonely … Continue reading

REISSUE NEWS: Rhino announce remastered Buffalo Springfield box set
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REISSUE NEWS: Rhino announce remastered Buffalo Springfield box set

Rhino have finally gone and done what plenty of people have been calling for, for a long time now – remastered reissues of the Buffalo Springfield catalogue. On June 29th they’ll release What’s That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection comprised of 5-CD and 5-LP box sets of the band’s three albums as originally issued between 1966 and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots Releases New Single ‘Believe In Heaven’
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NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots Releases New Single ‘Believe In Heaven’

  Ruby Boots today releases her new single ‘Believe In Heaven’, ahead of her imminent return for three full band shows in Australia (see tour poster below). Bex says, “This song is about desire, so I wanted to create a world of what I thought my desire would look like at the time when I … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Pony Face – Justine
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Pony Face – Justine

Melbourne quartet Pony Face have released their new single ‘Justine’, taken from their 2017 LP Deja Vu. The album drew strong reviews and found them digging deeper into their mix of brooding rock, alt-country and gothic psychedelia. ‘Justine’ finds its groove and holds it with a steady tension over four minutes. It’s all about restraint, … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
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ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished – polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the album’s 15 tracks. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Deer Tick @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Deer Tick @ The Lansdowne, Sydney

Deer Tick, The Smoking Flowers, Justin & The Cosmics @ The Lansdowne, March 27th 2018 The swagger and rock hit early with Nashville’s Justin & The Cosmics laying down some primal leather and denim-clad rock ’n’ roll. The brothers Collins led the charge on guitar and vocals, the latter showing a fine line in deadpan banter, middle … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit + Deer Tick @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 25/03/18 Sitting right at the nexus of Americana and southern rock is Jason Isbell. Since his tour of duty in Drive By-Truckers and through his subsequent breakthrough solo career, he’s found that sweet spot between the heartbreaking balladeer and the guitar shreddin’ … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – Augusta
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ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – Augusta

When Kyle Jenkins sings ‘I fell in love with your methadone eyes, upon the ground where we lied’, it gives you an idea of the territory that Suicide Swans are operating in – warts and all human emotion and experience. It’s tempered with a sympathetic and empathetic casting of Augusta’s characters and presented in a … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It

Since her 2014 debut album Solitude, Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) received the Australian Government’s Council for the Arts’ Nashville Songwriter Residency grant, packed up her belongings, headed to the USA, wrote her new album and recorded with the Texas Gentlemen as her backing band. Don’t Talk About It is a leap forward for Chilcott, both … Continue reading

NEWS: PTW Launches the Post To Wireless Music Show
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NEWS: PTW Launches the Post To Wireless Music Show

Today we’ve posted the first episode of our brand new online music show Post To Wireless. Its current home is on Mixcloud where we’ll be publishing a new show each fortnight. Join me, Chris Familton, for a selection of alt-country, folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll songs, information and interviews. We’ll be drawing from the … Continue reading