📸 Shows

Gigs and good times shot on Sydney’s stages

🔊 Tracks

There’s so much incredible new music every week by emerging, DIY, and independent artists in Australia, but these are my favourite five releases this week.

  • Lipstereo – Rabbit Hole
    Lipstereo – Rabbit Hole

    Tight as a coiled spring, Lipstereo’s high-tension guitars propel their latest track along on a fizzing wave of crackle and hum, paranoid but happy. Dizzying and unrelentingly energetic, this is another attention-grabbing track from a band picking up more and more momentum 🏎️”

  • Teenage Dads – Tale Of A Man
    Teenage Dads – Tale Of A Man

    “Teenage Dads epic restraint shines bright on their latest, teeny tiny flourishes and itty bitty beats crackling in the air like fireflies. Equal parts sharp tailoring and louche scruffbaggery, it’d be equally at home strolling on the Riviera or crawling out of a bar while dawn breaks 👔“

  • Adam Newling – Us and Them
    Adam Newling – Us and Them

    “Released along with the rest of the excellent ‘Dorothy Painted Portraits’ album, ‘Us & Them’ heals with its calm, a soothing draft to mend broken sprits. Like the rest of the tracks here, it’s born in the dust but it ends up soaring like a newly-freed bird 🕊️”

  • Acacia Bloom – What’s Up?
    Acacia Bloom – What’s Up?

    “Acacia Bloom have released two tracks prior to their ‘Something You Said’ EP – which this track opens – and it all feels like things are building up a bit. On its own, it happily chugs and bounces in gales of fuzz and thrum – as part of this strong debut collection, it carries huge promise 👀”

  • Yorke Heath & Sacredd – Summer Rain
    Yorke Heath & Sacredd – Summer Rain

    “On paper it’s an unlikely pairing, but on record the collision between Yorke Heath’s folk-tinged, poppy indie-folk and Sacredd’s brick-solid bars is a glorious cocktail. Smooth as you like but stronger than you realise, it’s one you’ll knock back again and again 🍸”

🚀 Making Noise

Based on the numbers, I find emerging artists who are picking up notable amounts of playlister support for their new music, and who are also growing their audiences at a rapid clip. These are the artists you want on your radar.

🗞️ Fanzine

🗞️ Fanzine

🎧 The Playlist

Only brand-new tracks from the best artists in Australia, updated every Friday

🕵️ Guides

If new Australian music is your thing, I’ve put together a couple of guides to help you out.

🤖 Music Data

Who’s getting the most adds on the best playlists, who’s getting the most Spotify support on New Music Friday, and how new music playlists behave in Australia.

Most Playlisted

Who’s getting the most adds on the most credible new music playlists in Australia? My robots scour them every week to find out – discover who’s lighting up the tastemaker’s tastebuds here.

Playlist Map

If you *really* want to go down the rabbit hole, this is for you. Which playlists post the newest music by the newest artists? Find out here, plus which playlist to approach for support, and when.

📱 Socials

Feeding the algorithm until it bursts and dies

Follow on Instagram for live music pics, new music roundups, and who’s getting the most playlist adds.

Follow on TikTok for all the burst mode shots from the shows. They’re kind of fun, I like them.