LIVE REVIEW: The Felice Brothers @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: The Felice Brothers @ The Lansdowne, Sydney

The Felice Brothers, Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys The Lansdowne 14 October For over a decade, The Felice Brothers have been one of the most consistently fascinating acts on the Americana music scene. Each album they release seems to inhabit it’s own small world, built on the kaleidoscopic beat poetry of Ian Felice and … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Sam Shinazzi – I Wrote A Book For You
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Sam Shinazzi – I Wrote A Book For You

Sydney songwriter and avid Sharks supporter Sam Shinazzi is back with his first single in four years. The softly-phrased and melancholic ‘I Wrote A Book For You’ was used in the closing credits to the award winning Australian film Book Week and is the first taste of his sixth album, due in 2020. Descending chords, augmented … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – I Don’t Belong
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NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – I Don’t Belong

Jordan Merrick has released another single from his forthcoming Night Music album (October 25th). ‘I Don’t Belong’ swing alongs with a bluesy junk shop malevolence. Think Tom Waits, or closer to home, someone like Mark Moldre and his recent album Fever Dreams. There’s some fine scratched and shimmering guitar, parping horns and ramshackle percussion going … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline 2019
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LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline 2019

Dashville Skyline Dashville, Lower Bedford, NSW 4-6 October Arriving at the Dashville property instantly feels like the perfect respite from the city and a healthy disconnect from the digital world. After campsites are established it quickly becomes apparent how easy it is to move around and access all the onsite amenities. From the bar to … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Anna Vogelzang – Burning Star
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NEW MUSIC: Anna Vogelzang – Burning Star

Anna Vogelzang is a Los Angeles-based artist who just released her seventh album Beacon last Friday. ‘Burning Star’ is a really strong folk track with pop sensibilities woven into its sound. Musically it has the march and strum quality of a Wilco song with a strong streak of melody and melancholy running through the track. … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Sean McMahon – Just To See You Again (feat. Freya Josephine Hollick)
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Sean McMahon – Just To See You Again (feat. Freya Josephine Hollick)

Alt-country and karaoke collide beautifully on this new video clip from Melbourne songwriter Sean McMahon. A duet with Freya Josephine Hollick, the song comes from McMahon’s superb 2019 album You Will Know When You’re There. In our review of the album we said of the song – “their contrasting voices work a treat as they … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Carver Baronda – Devotion
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NEW MUSIC: Carver Baronda – Devotion

Carver Baronda is a New Orleans-based songwriter who has featured on a couple of compilations and released a cassette of her home recordings. ‘Devotion’ comes from her first studio release – a four song EP called Spooky Love. The ramshackle, organic vibe of the song is what pulled us in. It wanders along, taking in … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Skyscraper Stan – Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II
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ALBUM REVIEW: Skyscraper Stan – Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II

SKYSCRAPER STAN GOLDEN BOY VOL. I AND VOL. II Heart Of The Rat Records Stan Woodhouse has been roaming the bars of Australia and New Zealand for a decade now, winning over audiences with his brand of gothic tinged folk, rock ’n’ roll and country and cementing his reputation as a burgeoning talent, part of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Karen & The Sorrows – Guaranteed Broken Heart
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NEW MUSIC: Karen & The Sorrows – Guaranteed Broken Heart

This is the the title track from the third album by Karen & The Sorrows, based around the songwriting of Karen Pittelman. She’s been instrumental in the queer country scene, running the Gay Ole Opry Festival and the Queer Country Quarterly. With a new lineup she’s ventured away from dark country rock and into more … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Good Graces – Snow Angels
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NEW MUSIC: The Good Graces – Snow Angels

The Good Graces are based around songwriter, singer and guitarist Kim Ware, with core band member Jonny Daly contributing guitar, and a cast of interchanging band members on banjo, mandolin, steel guitar and piano. This song gently unfurls over five and half minutes with fiddle, softly strummed acoustic guitar and Ware’s pleading vocal. The overall effect … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Frog – RIP to the Empire State Flea Market
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NEW MUSIC: Frog – RIP to the Empire State Flea Market

  A new weird and wonderful track from Frog, out of Queens, NYC. They’re loose and ramblin’, gloriously ramshackle in the vein of Meat Puppets, Sparklehorse, Silver Jews, Modest Mouse and more. This song sounds like a lost Neil Young outtake from the 70s where the off-kilter vocals draw you into a parallel universe where … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) Fantasy / Caroline Australia Lukas Nelson has been busy over the last few years since his and Promise Of The Real’s last, self-titled, studio album. There have been tours as Neil Young’s backing band, their own shows, Nelson’s musical work on … Continue reading