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Friday 19 May 2017
Music

curated playlist: rockin’ the suburbs with amy of the royal parks

Samantha Armatys
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Melbourne based, The Royal Parks, have just recently released their debut album Suburb Home. Made up of ten languid and dreamy tracks recorded with Noah Georgeson (who has previously recorded the likes of Joanna Newson and Devendra Banheart), it is a must listen for those contemplative tram rides and sleepless late nights. We recently asked front woman…
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Friday 12 May 2017
Music

girl talk: 10 questions with ali barter

Iryna Byelyayeva
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Ali Barter is kick-ass female musician whose songs Cigarette and Girlie Bits you’ve probably already heard (and know by heart) – and if you haven’t, we’ll give you a moment to go discover them now. Other than being an incredible artist, Barter is a feminist who is not afraid to speak out about the double…
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Tuesday 9 May 2017
Music

girl talk: 10 questions with bella venutti of IV league

Samantha Armatys
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You’ve probably heard the name IV League because they are a band that have been killing it on the Australian music scene since they appeared in 2015. Hailing from Melbourne, the group began as a duo with partners Bella Venutti and Lachie Gilmour messing around in their garage, before expanding to a four piece with…
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Thursday 27 April 2017
Music

girl talk: 10 questions with liv cartledge

Iryna Byelyayeva
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Liv Cartledge is the husky-voiced new singer you’re gonna be hearing about all over the place very soon. Her debut EP, Timber is out towards the end of the year. In the meantime, take a moment to listen to her soulful single You Got Me High. Check out ten questions with the artist below, and…
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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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