NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas – Tasteless and Complacent
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NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas – Tasteless and Complacent

Benjamin Folk Thomas has just released his new album Modern Man on Aveline Records and one of the finest moments on the records is this track, ‘Tasteless and Complacement’. It’s a song that rides along with effortless momentum, wordless melodies cascading around the Swedish songwriter as he sings of dark clouds, acid rain, missing inspiration … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lost In The Woods – Campfire Radio
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lost In The Woods – Campfire Radio

It’s been nine years between albums for Sydney’s Lost In The Woods. A reinvigorated lineup has seen them gigging more often and slowly but surely working towards the release of their third record. Campfire Radio finds the expressive and emotive group adding a rich palette of colour and detail to the songs of Brian Yatman. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Real Ponchos – Whatever You Do
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NEW MUSIC: Real Ponchos – Whatever You Do

Real Ponchos hail from Vancouver, British Columbia and a couple of weeks ago they released their album Sunshine, a languid collection of nine songs that sway and shimmer via soul grooves and a light psychedelia that at times shares a similarity with the hypnotic qualities of Kurt Vile, albeit in a slower and more folk … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews, Sydney

Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW 16th October 2018 Thanks to the good taste of tour promoters Love Police, October is the time of year when Sydney gets a handful of sideshows in the wake of the Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne. This year the pick of the crop was … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Gracious Losers – I Can Never Read The Signs
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NEW MUSIC: The Gracious Losers – I Can Never Read The Signs

UK nine-piece The Gracious Losers recently released their debut LP The Last Of The Gracious Losers and it features ‘I Can Never Read The Signs’, the closing track on the rich and set of Americana music that draws from gospel, country and soul music. From Glasgow to Woodstock the line is drawn and followed with … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Freddy & Francine – Half A Mind
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NEW MUSIC: Freddy & Francine – Half A Mind

I came across this beautiful slice of soulful Americana, the single from Freddy & Francine, a duo out of Nashville (previously based in L.A). The song comes from their recently released EP Moonless Night, produced by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive). Check out the amusing clip for ‘Half A Mind’ below and you can listen to the full … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline 2018
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LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline 2018

Dashville Skyline, held on the same picturesque family property as The Gum Ball, Pigsty In July and Thrashville, returned for its 4th year with its largest festival line-up to date, comprised of 100% Australian acts, spread over three days. The weather gods had threatened through the week but blue skies prevailed for yet another superb … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: La Dante – Mexico Sunrise
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NEW MUSIC: La Dante – Mexico Sunrise

Here’s something a bit different. Different in the sense that there’s such a smooth soul streak running through this song. All the while there’s a country sway and sun kissed vibe of open highways and desert vistas. Country yacht rock perhaps? It’s a sweet slice of soulful Americana regardless. ‘Mexico Sunrise’ comes from Philadelphia’s La … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Altameda – Rolling Back To You
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NEW MUSIC: Altameda – Rolling Back To You

There’s something about this lead track from Altameda’s (Edmonton, Canada) sophomore LP Time Hasn’t Changed You, due out in March, 2019 via Pheromone Recordings. It cuts across a bunch of different sounds – 70s FM rock, a country swing and strut and a big horn-led chorus, draped in gang backing vocals. It has that soul thing happening too, making … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires
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ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires

Darren Watson is a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene with a lineage in the bands Chicago Smoke Shop and Midge Marsden Band. Primarily he’s cut his teeth as an electric guitarist and singer so this acoustic record is a departure from the template and as a result it feels like a special project.  … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Marlon Williams @ Metro Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Marlon Williams @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Marlon Williams, The Weather Station @ Metro Theatre, May 17th 2018 Five years of hard work, countless hours in airport lounges, nights on friends’ couches and in bars and clubs is paying off big time with Marlon Williams’ current Australian tour sold out in the largest venues he’s headlined to date.  This time around he he’s brought … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

“I like you honey, being with you is like being alone”. It’s a line in I’ve Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews’ sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to … 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

INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams
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INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams

His debut album heralded the arrival of a timeless and exciting new country and folk voice, yet for Marlon Williams he’s only just starting to realise his songwriting ambitions with the baroque pop sound of his new album Make Way For Love. Down the phone line from New Zealand, Marlon Williams has just landed at … Continue reading