ALBUM REVIEW: Big Smoke – Time Is Golden
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ALBUM REVIEW: Big Smoke – Time Is Golden

Time Is Golden is an often melancholic yet sometimes euphoric album, tragically shadowed by singer/songwriter Adrian Slattery’s diagnosis of terminal cancer and subsequent passing in May 2016, only weeks after he recorded his final guitar track for the record. Widescreen Americana is the best description of this set of songs that take in Wilco, The … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
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ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

In the pantheon of modern songwriters only a few explore the dark corners of the heart and soul with such poetry, precision and weight as Leonard Cohen. He’s in that revered group alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and increasingly, Nick Cave. Now 82, Cohen sees the end in sight, the curtains closing on a storied … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Lindi Ortega + The Cactus Blossoms @ NSC, Sydney (17/10/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Lindi Ortega + The Cactus Blossoms @ NSC, Sydney (17/10/16)

After last year’s cancelled Sydney leg of the Out On The Weekend festival it was always unlikely we’d get another chance in 2016 but we do still get the consolation prize of some fine headline shows by the various artists from the Melbourne event. Callum Wylie had the task of serenading the slowly arriving punters. … 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

VIDEO: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Falling, Landing
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VIDEO: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Falling, Landing

Cash Savage has a new album called One Of Us out this Friday (July 1st) via the always reliable Mistletone Records. Here’s the clip for new single Falling, Landing which explores the darker side of the human psyche and our actions. The track is a swirling slow-burner, riding on atmospheric moodiness before it takes off … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Hussy Hicks – Lucky Joe’s Wine And Other Tales From Dog River
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ALBUM REVIEW: Hussy Hicks – Lucky Joe’s Wine And Other Tales From Dog River

Hussy Hicks’ Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz seem to have one of those wordless, symbiotic musical relationships. Everything sounds in harmony with perfect placement and interplay between Parker’s sublime guitar playing and Gentz’s soulful and often ecstatic singing on their fourth full-length album. The album opens with the over-wrought Flying that sounds like an overcooked … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma Nicole – My Darkest Hour
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma Nicole – My Darkest Hour

Australia has always excelled at producing dark and gothic-influenced music. Nick Cave is the obvious progenitor but many others have explored the darker corners of sin and salvation and Melbournian Jemma Nicole has done just that with her debut collection of folk and country noir songs. There’s a stately waltz and sway to many of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – City West
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ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – City West

It’s been a long time coming but West Australian Davey Craddock has finally released his debut album and it’s as equally as impressive as the string of singles he’s released over the last few years. Sitting in the realm of soulful Americana music, City West is a beautifully recorded collection of songs that evoke emotional … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Eagle & The Wolf – Mama, Son & The Holy Ghost
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NEW MUSIC: Eagle & The Wolf – Mama, Son & The Holy Ghost

Eagle & The Wolf is the new collaborative project between blues musician Kris Morris and singer/songwriter Sarah Humphreys. We’ve heard the new album and reckon it’s the best thing either of the pair have put their creative talents to. Blues, country, folk and a streak of gospel run through the album and indeed this first … Continue reading