Category: Artist spotlight

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MUSIC REVIEW: The Best of New Releases (August 2017)

August is an inherently odd month. In London (the city where I am currently reliving Orwell’s Down and Out), August is the tinder date with clearly photo shopped images, masquerading as a “Summer Month” – but whose distorted hips and rainy afternoons are not fooling anyone. In Melbourne, August takes the role of a thirteen-year-old attempting to convince you he is emerging puberty early into the golden months of sun – though is similarly foiled by the immaturity and attitude of its own climate.

August is an identity crisis. August is you up at 3am planning a personality overhaul you’ll never commit to. August is hope for change – whether that hope be naïve, sincere or a mixture of the two. Something that unites the selected tracks in today’s playlist is that they each embody a different element of August’s indecisiveness, anxiety and courage.  Read more …

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CABARET REVIEW: From Bourbon St to Broadway @ The Butterfly Club

From Wicked to Mary Poppins, she’s been behind some of the most iconic and vocally demanding roles in Melbourne’s amateur theatre scene; but this week Britni Leslie is offering audiences a new character that is just as entertaining and spirited as those she’s played before: Herself.

Leslie’s latest outing, From Bourbon St to Broadway, tells the “very true tale” of Leslie’s personal journey from her front porch in Alabama to Australia, with a substantial pit-stop in New York City. Sourcing from her own experiences the cabaret is guided by the motifs of following your dreams, falling in love and rising above with every part-time job, internet dating profile and Disney movie encountered along the way. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Northeast Party House @ The Croxton

The up-tempo and ever-energised music of Northeast Party House shook Melbourne to bring in the Winter. Indie-rock loving people of all ages filled The Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury on Saturday the 3rd of June, flocking to hear the Melbourne based boys play, and Northeast Party House did not disappoint.

The Croxton Bandroom is a beautiful venue, with a very reasonably priced bar and a great space, hence so perfect for a sold-out show full of predominantly broke university students like myself. The venue was so great that after selling out one, the band booked a second gig at The Croxton for this Sunday, which proved to sell out almost just as quickly. Read more …

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Flower Drums (Culture Vultures #2)

In an exclusive sneak peak from their second episode, Bella and Paul spoke to the wonderful Aden and Leigh from Flower Drums and discussed their upcoming album and their relocation to Melbourne.

From their bio on Triple J Unearthed:

Recently removed from Perth, Flower Drums have found ground in Melbourne this year for their re-emergence after taking some time to travel and reinvigorate their sound. Read more …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Birds of Tokyo’s “Brace”

Following Birds of Tokyo’s channel ten sports-montage-anthem ‘Lanterns’, to say the band had fully embraced pop-rock success would have been a fair assessment. Rarely does a band make a record like ‘March Fires’ and then emerge two years later with something entirely different. During the ‘Lanterns’ era, many would not have guessed the next Birds of Tokyo album would be hell-bent on channelling anger, disillusionment and general vitriol at the state of the modern world. Read more …

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PODCAST: Extra B Radio Interview: Basenji & Swindail

In an Extra B Radio first, we got to sit down to talk with Australian taste-makers and tune breakers Seb (Basenji) and Sid (swindail) for a quick chat about tour things, clothes things and music things during their stop at Monash for the Homework tour hosted by V Energy Drink Australia. Due to a technical error, we have unfortunately lost the interview with Swindail, which not only included cake tastings but also a surprise cameo from Wave Racer! Bummer! I’m kicking myself over it, but hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to interview them again as they continue to slay. Incredibly talented producers and lovely human beings.

 

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‘Cauterize’ & ‘Dust’ is an important moment in rock history — a personal review

‘Cauterize’ and ‘Dust’ epitomise a no-frills, uncompromising and masterful amalgamation of rock n roll, soaring melody and speed metal. Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti fronts the solo-project-turned-full-fledged-band Tremonti, who have built themselves a spot in the rock and metal history books with the release of this double album.

I was raised a rocker. From Kiss to Bruce Springsteen, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Guns N Roses, my life since had been a perpetual tug-of-war between metal and rock. As I age, my taste refines and expands, but I never found that perfect amalgamation of the two… until I first heard a band called Alter Bridge back in 2004. As an avid WWE fan, Edge’s theme song Metallingus—an Alter Bridge classic—was so enticing. It was not heavy metal, neither was it hard-rock and it rocked my fucking world. Read more …

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Blink-182 are back, but not like you know them

And it’s a long way back from seventeen…”

Seventeen years ago, Blink-182 released what some say to be the most iconic Pop-Punk record of the last 20 years, ‘Enema of the State’. The album notoriously became linked to the adolescence of Generation Y, communicating the feelings of angst and hopelessness of teenagers all over the world. Selling over 15 million records, this album caused the explosion of the three piece on to the mainstream music scene. The band at the time consisted of front-men Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus, with newly crowned drummer Travis Barker.

Since then they have sold 35 million records world-wide, released multiple award winning singles and arguably reinvented music videos with their own unique brand of satirical performing.

Blink-182 have also broken up twice. Most recently, the band split in January 2015 due to tension between Delonge and the other two members. As a result, Hoppus and Barker soon replaced Delonge with Matt Skiba, the vocalist and guitarist from Alkaline Trio.

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Uberfest Interviews. part two

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So how did you guys decide on your sound? There’s some Pantera vibes, some Killswitch Engage, maybe some more progressive stuff too..

Rudy [Guitar]: I guess what we’re trying to aim for- well aim probably isn’t the right word- we somehow end up writing songs with aggressive music and still keep the vocal lines melodic and clean; almost like a hard rock vibe. And it’s been difficult for us to put ourselves into a pocket because there aren’t many bands that sound like us. Usually when you play aggressive music the vocals and the melody tend to follow the aggressiveness, but in our case we want to give it a different twist, where there’s a combination of hard rock and modern metal.
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