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Sunday 23 April 2017
Music

interview: Gretta Ray is not afraid of heights

Samantha Armatys
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‘I was noble like a knight, I was lucent like a light, I was taller than a tower when I stayed within your sight…’  When you find yourself singing along to a poetic and emotionally rich ballad on the radio, you might not expect the words to be penned by an eighteen year old girl…
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Wednesday 12 April 2017
Music

welcome home, Oh Pep!

Samantha Armatys
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Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs, aka Oh Pep!, have just returned home to Melbourne when I catch up with one half of the duo for a quick chat. They could be forgiven for briefly forgetting where home is, having completed six stints of touring in the USA over the past two years. ‘When we go…
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Thursday 6 April 2017
Music

girls listening to girls: stonefield

Iryna Byelyayeva
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I’m listening to the rock tones in Stonefield’s 2016 LP, As Above, So Below, wondering where they were when I was a teen. Not where the four Findlay sisters from rural Victoria (whose music career started when the oldest was fifteen and the youngest was only seven) were – but where was a group of…
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Saturday 25 March 2017
Music Uncategorised

lip mix: women of 2017 (so far)

Samantha Armatys
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2017 so far has certainly had its highs and lows. This weekend we are seeing the first ever women’s AFL grand final on free to air TV (high) while a few weeks ago a bill to decriminalise abortion failed to pass through parliament in my home state of QLD (low). It seems if you are…
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Wednesday 8 March 2017
Music

interview: the future of mallrat

Samantha Armatys
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For those who aren’t familiar with Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat, the 18-year-old Brisbanite says her first EP sounds ‘like Lily Allen and All Day mixed together.’ With abundant wistful production and lyrics soaked in suburban drawl, her tracks are equivalent to a lazy QLD summer. Introversion, insecurities and the humdrum in-between moments become the focal…
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Sunday 5 March 2017
Music

lip mix: i touch myself, a celebration of sexuality and self love in pop music

Bridget Thomas
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Yep, you guessed it – this playlist is about female masturbation. In my teen years, Chrissy Amphlett was one of my heroes. I loved her presence and how unapologetic she was in her determination of her own self-worth as an artist and as a woman. Whenever I sang along to Divinyls in my room, giving…
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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Music

keeping the imagination alive: post-capitalism, feminist sci-fi and optimism with katie stelmanis of austra

Samantha Armatys
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‘Connie got up from her kitchen table and walked slowly to the door…’ So begins Marge Piercy’s feminist sci-fi classic, Woman on the Edge of Time, an allegorical tale of a woman who can communicate with the future and in doing so stirs a yearning for a more egalitarian world.  I am reading it at…
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