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Bah, Humbug

I’m opening a door a day across December, to show off the 25 most significant artists of my 2019. There’s no particular order to this – every last one of them have been stand-out incredible this year in one way or another. You can listen along with each entry on this post, or I’ve made […]

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Andy Golledge – When Your Mind’s Away

“Andy Golledge might be fond of cowboy hats, but he’s a long way from being all stetson and no song. This mournful little beauty is just as at home by a fire under a prairie sky as it is as a contrast to the madhouse of city life. Someone get me a damn horse.” Learn […]

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Good Boy – Teens Of The Stoned Age

“Good Boy have always had some smooth moves when it comes to a guitar lick and a tune, and in a time of upheaval and turbulence it’s comforting to know that some things don’t change. Also, wordplay. Nice one.” Learn More: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter 

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Candy @ The Sly Fox, 7th Dec

SHOW NOTES “Candy may sound – on record – like a terrific bedroom experiment, like someone playing with guitar, a bit of electronics and great pop. Live, the electronics are gone, and it is MASSIVE guitar jangle-punk of the highest water. Such a way with a song, and that giddy sneer / smile vocal never […]

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Press Release @ The Sly Fox, 7th Dec

SHOW NOTES “Press Release are positively dripping with quiet menace. From the pounding rhythms and slicing guitars, to the minor-key cover of “And Then He Kissed Me”, this isn’t a band that allows you to take it at face value. The glint of a switchblade in a dark alley.” LEARN MORE Instagram GALLERY Press Release […]

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Jarrow @ The Sly Fox, Dec 7

SHOW NOTES “Jarrow tells vaguely absurdist stories with a Malkmus or David Gedge guitar sense. It constantly seems utterly lost but always manages to find where it’s going, which is a neat trick if you can pull it off. Charmed.” LEARN MORE Facebook | Instagram GALLERY Jarrow @ Sly Fox, Sydney, 7th Dec 2019Jarrow @ […]

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National Live Music Awards @ The Newsagency, Sydney, 4th Dec

What a great night! The National Live Music Awards’ NSW event was a killer setup, with Georgia Mooney MC-ing the very best Open Mic night you’re ever likely to see. I normally write separate pieces for each artist, but I figured it was better to put them all together here – partially because they all […]

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Split Feed @ The Sly Fox, 30th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Split Feed are touring on the back of their latest EP, which is like touring on the back of a fucking triceratops with fire that breathes out of its eyeballs. These are HUGE songs, abrasive guitars propping up melodies to smash stars and warp time. One of 2019’s shining champs.” LEARN MORE Facebook […]

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Headstrong @ The Sly Fox, 30th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Headstrong lead with the head – not like rational, like Scottish. This is a set full of heart, throwing itself directly at you with a blockbuster sound full of misery and love and soaring guitar joy. Also, straight up – it sounds just like a headbutt.” LEARN MORE Facebook | Instagram | Twitter […]

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Lucid @ The Sly Fox, 30th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Lucid take a couple of songs to get in stride but bloody hell – after that they’re off like a monkey from a box. Massive and technical in all aspects, it sounds like a cliff landing on your face. Fun!” LEARN MORE Facebook | Instagram GALLERY Lucid @ The Sly Fox, Sydney, 30th […]