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LIVE REVIEW: The Matches’ ‘E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals’ 10th Anniversary Tour in Adelaide, Australia (1/10/15)

While shamelessly promoting my own band back in the MySpace era of 2004, I was alerted by similar covert activities being undertaken by Epitaph Records to the existence of a quirky pop-punk act from Oakland, California named The Matches. Immediately capturing my attention with the bratty yet rather witty ode to unrequited love, “Dog-Eared Page,” […]

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REVIEW: Corpus – ‘The Sliding Scale Of Morality’

Artist: Corpus Album: The Sliding Scale of Morality Genre: Post-Hardcore, Indie Sydney duo Corpus have been causing quite the ruckus down under over the last three years with their unique brand of indie-tinged post-hardcore and riotous live shows, earning them dizzying acclaim from some of the scene’s most discerning ears (including Sydney resident and frontman […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Scott Russo (Unwritten Law) and Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) in Melbourne, Australia (12/19/14)

Scott Russo of much loved San Diego pop-punkers Unwritten Law and Phil Jamieson of Australian alt-rock gods Grinspoon, have forged a famous friendship since meeting on the Warped Tour in 1999. This friendship, born of youthful exuberance and strengthened through the shared experience of life on the road (and all of its ups and downs), […]

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Smith Street Band – ‘Throw Me In The River’

Of recent years, Melbourne, Australia’s The Smith Street Band have evolved from beloved local act, plying their craft in dive bars around Melbourne, to full-fledged international touring folk-punk tour-de-force. One of the key components of this evolution has been vocalist and principle songwriter Will Wagner’s ability to forge a deeply emotional connection with the fan […]

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REVIEW: Trophy Eyes – ‘Mend, Move On’

Artist: Trophy Eyes Album: Mend, Move On Label: Hopeless Records Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Pop-Punk Australia’s Trophy Eyes are a band whose star is well and truly on the rise, and if their debut full-length, Mend, Move On, is any indication of things to come, then that star is sure to shine very brightly indeed. An […]

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REVIEW: The Smith Street Band – ‘Throw Me In The River’

Artist: The Smith Street Band Album: Throw Me In The River Label: Poison City Records / SideOneDummy Records Genre: Folk-Punk, Punk The past few years have seen Melbourne, Australia’s The Smith Street Band grow from local cult favourites to international touring, folk-punk juggernaut. Much of that rise to prominence can be attributed to two factors: […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Once’ The Musical

Show: Once Produced by: John Frost and The Melbourne Theatre Company Venue: Princess Theatre, Melbourne There are very few films that successfully manage to encapsulate the raw power and emotional connectivity that music possesses. John Carney’s 2006 low budget romcom Once is one of those films; a critically acclaimed ‘sleeper hit’ that has developed a […]

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Trophy Eyes Stream “White Curtains”

Australian pop-punk/melodic hardcore wunderkinds Trophy Eyes have unveiled yet another track from their upcoming Hopeless Records debut full-length, Mend, Move On. The track “White Curtains” is an absolute banger that packs a rather weighty emotional punch over its 3:03 running time as the band’s unique brand of pop-punk infused melodic-hardcore provides the perfect backdrop for […]

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COMEDY REVIEW: ‘Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry’

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Sounds Of The (Down) Underground Vol. 2: Five More Australian Acts You Should Be Listening To

Australia has a proud history of punching above its weight, musically speaking. This is particularly true when it comes to acts operating in the heavier music spectrum. With the seemingly endless advances in streaming and social media technologies making the ears of the world more accessible than ever, the Australian independent scene is thriving. The […]

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The Getaway Plan Announce ‘Dark Horses,’ Launch PledgeMusic Campaign

Over the course of the last decade, Australia’s The Getaway Plan have evolved from teenage post-hardcore wunderkinds into one of the nation’s most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands. It has been a journey marked by incredible highs (such as their debut Other Voices, Other Rooms debuting at #14 on the Australian charts) crushing lows […]

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The Smith Street Band Stream “Surrender”

Australian folk-punk heroes The Smith Street Band are streaming a new track titled “Surrender” via Noisey. “Surrender” is the first single to be lifted off of their highly anticipated third full-length, Throw Me In The River, which will be released in the USA via SideOneDummy Records on October 28. “Surrender” is an absolute corker of […]