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Thursday 26 March 2015
Music

album review: pretend you’re mine, pearls

Tessa Ryan
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Melbourne band Pearls has just released an album that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners. For a debut album to make such a bold statement about a band’s identity is a huge achievement in itself, but Ellice, Cass and Ryan have made the task seem a lot easier than it probably is. Seemingly…
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Wednesday 18 March 2015
Music

album review: sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit, courtney barnett

Eloise Baker
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My interest in Courtney Barnett was first piqued because she reminded me of fellow Melbournians, Lower Plenty. I fell swiftly in love with her music because it is strong, wry and steers clear of the ‘music for the masses, perform and grin routine’. Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is Courtney’s…
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Wednesday 11 March 2015
Arts Music

album review: beat the champ, the mountain goats

Serrin Prior
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There was once a troubadour named John Darnielle. As a child, he found his heroes in the ring of professional wrestling. There, fearless warriors played their part in a system of justice as black and white as the screens of the televisions upon which they appeared. Years later, that childhood fire of passion still burned bright…
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Sunday 8 March 2015
Featured Feminism Music

Women of Soul and the DVRCV unite for International Women’s Day

Marissa Paine
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To coincide with International Women’s Day, Melbourne collective Women of Soul have released ‘Women Got Soul’, their first single available for purchase on the group’s Bandcamp page. During the month of March, all funds from the sale of the single will go to the Domestic Violence Resource Center Victoria, an invaluable organisation that will benefit…
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Thursday 26 February 2015
Arts Music

album review: another eternity, purity ring

Tessa Ryan
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Few artists who compose synth-pop can make it as relevant today as it was in the 80s, but Purity Ring caught that wave at the right time. They have managed to gain fans who will come to their shows in droves despite having only one album available prior to the release of ‘Another Eternity’. They…
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Friday 30 January 2015
Arts Music

album review: broke with expensive taste, azealia banks

Tessa Ryan
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Those who aren’t familiar with the music of Azealia Banks will likely have seen her name somewhere on the internet. Most of her notoriety has stemmed from her ongoing beef with Iggy Azalea; a lot of which has been carried out over a series of tweets fired at each other. The rest of her notoriety…
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Thursday 22 January 2015
Music Opinion

prototype: a new pop video playing on old disability stereotypes

Ellen Read
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  Last month, UK broadcaster Channel 4 released a music video starring Viktoria Modesta, dubbed “the first bionic pop artist”, performing Prototype. The launch is part of Channel 4’s Born Risky brand campaign, with Modesta featured as a “new kind of artist” set apart from the “painfully dull and manufactured” pop stars. What sets her…
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Wednesday 10 December 2014
Arts Featured Music

interview: xani kolac, the twoks

Jenn Sutkowski
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Violinist/vocalist Xani Kolac and drummer Mark Leahy of Melbourne’s The Twoks are back with an uplifting EP, “First Light,” which they recorded at Sydney 301 with “sweet vintage amps, toy pianos,” along with producer Tony Buchen. The title track will have you up on the roof with Kolac dancing to the sound of better times…
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Arts Music

album review: in tongues, ella hooper

Tessa Ryan
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First things first Ella Hooper, how dare you have all of these brilliant songs up your sleeve and make us wait so long to hear them? Secondly, thank you for delivering the goods. Most of us were probably introduced to Hooper when she was a teenager leading Killing Heidi to the top of the charts….
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Wednesday 26 November 2014
Music

q&a: bossiie

Marissa Paine
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If you’re a fan of confident, cool ladies who rap, you’d do well to check out Bossiie. The London based rapper is a a gifted lyricist, with a unique flow that will wave away tired comparisons to Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks. This year’s release, an EP called ‘Tjosvtjo’ is punchy and quick-witted, with infectious…
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Thursday 20 November 2014
Music

album review: leah capelle

Marissa Paine
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People are probably surprised when Leah Capelle tells them she’s 19. Not that she doesn’t look the part, but the Chicago native has a voice that carries the sorrow, heartbreak and wisdom that come with age and experience. Her debut, self titled album is a solid offering of introspective tracks, both pretty and full of…
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Tuesday 30 September 2014
Music

album review: dancehall days, the beautiful girls

Carla Ziino
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The Beautiful Girls’ fifth studio album, ‘Dancehall Days’  does what it claims on the box – it provides the perfect feel-good, toe-tapping music for the Australian summer. Mat McHugh’s eclectic vocals make a welcome return on the crowd-funded album, after the festival favourites’ hiatus. In the band’s down time, McHugh has been ‘’exploring a life’’…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Music

new artist q&a: sophie debattista

Marissa Paine
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Hailing from Malta and calling London home, 19-year-old Sophie Debattista has spent the past few years making a name for herself across the Europe, with prolific support gigs and events giving her considerable experience captivating an audience. Now, she plans to take it to the rest of the world, working with top producers and crafting…
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Thursday 31 July 2014
Music

ep review: bloom, the morning birds

Marissa Paine
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The Morning Birds  ‘Bloom’ isn’t an album you sing along to, or even one you put on when you’re getting ready to go out for the night. It is, however, sonically compelling. ‘Bloom’ is a concept album, brought to life not just by the Californian trio, but by noted DJs from around the world. I’ve…
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