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Thursday 6 October 2011
Music

album review: cosmo jarvis, is the world strange or am i strange?

Angelique Lu
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What’s immediately clear about Cosmo Jarvis is that he’s difficult to pigeon-hole. A singer, song writer, actor, director, (and overall overachiever) his energetic eccentricity is reflected in the name of his new album Is the world strange or am I strange?. At just 21, Jarvis has already caught the attention of the internet sphere. His…
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Sunday 4 September 2011
Music

interview: RuCL

Angelique Lu
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It’s been a while between albums for Ruben Campbell, Australian hip hop artist more commonly known as RuCL. He’s just released his new album, Brimstone and Fire, this August, a long time since his debut album in 2005. For Campbell, finally releasing the latest project was a major goal in itself. ‘I think I’m feeling…
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Sunday 28 August 2011
Music

live music review: dirt farmer single launch, oxford art factory, august 13 2011

Angelique Lu
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Dirt Farmer are a long way away from their home town. Formerly from Albury/Wodonga, the now Melbournites have been making waves within the music industry. Front man Stuart Barlow is a veteran of the live music scene, spending the past two years on tour with Lisa Mitchell, before forming a band with his brother and…
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Wednesday 20 July 2011
Music

q&a: the kill devil hills

Angelique Lu
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After having just graced stages across Europe in a 40-date journey across the continent, WA’s bluesy fivesome, The Kill Devil Hills, are about to equally wow audiences across their native Australia. Lip chats to vocalist/guitarist/banjoist, Brendon Humphries. How’s the new album coming along? We’re just in the process of writing a lot of the material…
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Wednesday 6 April 2011
Music

album review: jamie xx and gil scott-heron, we’re new here

Angelique Lu
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We’re New Here is a story of three personalities. The xx. A band who released an incredible mature self-titled  debut album, deceptively simple and complex. An album which featured songs like Islands, VCR and Heart Skipped a Beat. The xx, who, despite winning the coveted Mercury Award, has fallen into relative obscurity in recent times. Gil…
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Friday 4 March 2011
Music

album review: the luyas, too beautiful to work

Angelique Lu
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The Luyas have quite the resume. Which is rather impressive considering that Too Beautiful to Work is only the Montreal band’s second album. An appearance at Texas talent scouting music festival, SXSW doesn’t hurt, nor does a tour across North America with Liam Finn, or a stint in Europe with The Dodos. Asking a friend…
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Friday 11 February 2011
Music

album review: british sea power, valhalla dancehall

Angelique Lu
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Valhalla Dancehall is the fourth album to come from English band British Sea Power. Knowing very little about the band, I didn’t know what to expect from the five-piece rock group. The title of the album alludes to Viking Heaven found in Scandinavian Mythology as well as Jamaican discos. The title acts as a litmus…
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Friday 11 February 2011
Music

live music review: two door cinema club, enmore theatre

Angelique Lu
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Two Door Cinema Club – Enmore Theatre Sydney The boys from Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club are the kind of people who make me feel like a notorious underachiever. In their early 20s, being the subject of huge hype after the release of their album Tourist History in March 2010, I wish (not…
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Friday 4 February 2011
Music

album review: purple sneakers djs, we mix you dance vol. 2

Angelique Lu
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The ever-popular indie-djs Purple Sneakers have released a follow up to their first mix up We Mix You Dance, with (creatively enough) We Mix You Dance: Vol 2.  The song selections on the two-disc compilation reads much like the highest song play count on my ipod, so any attempt at masking my excitement would have…
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Wednesday 2 February 2011
Featured Music

festival review: big day out sydney 2011

Angelique Lu
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a more divisive issue than this year’s decision by Big Day Out organisers to allow festival punters to take a friend for free to the second Sydney show. Incensed concert revellers who had bought tickets for the first Sydney show made their opinions known, as well as those who had…
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Wednesday 19 January 2011
Music

live music escapades without the budget hangover

Angelique Lu
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With the festive season behind us, Christmas spent eating your own weight in pudding, and New Year’s celebrations that you can’t seem to remember, it can be difficult to fathom any kind of social life associated with all things live music, particularly with the drain on finances that it seems to bring. Never fear. With…
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