Category Archives: Reviews

Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones – Runaways Review

Unfortunately, Novastream Music Oz has shut  down. So, I’ll put a couple of the articles I wrote for it here because, well… I need more things to put on this blog. When two veterans of the Australian rock ‘n’ roll scene get together to play gigs you expect raucous time. That’s exactly what punters got …

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MC Lars @ Mana Bar 6th October

What do you do for people when it’s your birthday? Perhaps give them some cake and a bowl of mixed nuts. Well, if you’re Californian post-punk rapper LC Lars, you hold an intimate free show in the venue that his fan base would greatly appreciate. Mana Bar (336 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy) is a haven for …

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Muse – The 2nd Law Review

There’s been a lot of hubbub surrounding the latest release from world-conquering Brits Muse. A bonkers Olympic theme, a fascination with flavour-of-the-month genre dubstep, and the kind of statements that make you think that Matt Bellamy adorns a tin-foil hat when he’s at home.  It doesn’t really inspire confidence considering their overblown but underwhelming previous …

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Drawn From Bees – The May King and his Paper Crown Review

A young king struggles to retain his crown as he chases the woman he loves and faces the loss of his innocence. It sounds like the work of a high fantasy author, but in fact, it is the plot that runs through The May King and his Paper Crown, the second album from Brisbaneband Drawn …

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Kingswood – Change of Heart Review

Melbournian four-piece Kingswood have arrived with their debut EP Change of Heart and are ready to punch you in the face with their brand of hard and fast rock. Influenced by Josh Homme and co., Change of Heart features loud, brash guitars, heavy bass lines and occasionally powerful vocals from front man Fergus Linacre. New …

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Cybernetic Express – Love Rocket Review

Grab your oxygen tanks and set phasers to kill, because former 1200 Techniques member Simon Foretti, a.k.a. Cybernetic Express,  is taking you on a journey to through space to tackle cyber-terrorism with electronic funk in his debut solo EP Love Rocket. Foretti, whose debut effort must be close to the longest ‘EP’ ever at 41 …

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Single Review: The Salvadors – Merrily

After winning plaudits through Triple J and Rolling Stone in 2010 for their single Wilson, Perth-based indie pop quartet The Salvadors have released the first single from their upcoming debut LP, Holy Drunken Fisherman, in the form of the sun-drenched Merrily. Practically begging to be played in summer at the beach, Merrily’s jangling rhythm takes …

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OneLove – Summer Festival Anthems 2012 Review

The OneLove series of dance compilations aims to give listeners a taste of the clubbing experience at home, with Summer Festival Anthems 2012 collecting two discs worth of festival favourites re-mixed by popular DJs. In a way, it does replicate the nightclub way quite well. As the beat crescendos using a single snare beat and …

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Galaxstare – A Time, Times and Half a Time Review

Sydney-based tenor saxophonist and bandleader Richard Maegraith returns with another modern jazz outing with Galaxstare (formerly The Richard Maegraith Band) in the form of A Time, Times and Half a Time. It has been five years since Maegraith and co. recorded their first album, Free Running, to critical praise and they have not lost their …

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Children Collide @ The Corner Hotel Gig Review

Local favourites Children Collide are back this year with a brand new album, titled ‘Monument,’ and have been touring this past month to promote the lead single, the funk-infused ‘Sword to a Gunfight.’ With drummer Ryan Caesar departing the band after this show, the Melbourne indie rockers gave a farewell to remember. Playing in front …

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