Brandon John

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Vance Joy live

Vance Joy delivers a sun-drenched live performance in Portland

Having just released new single ‘Saturday Sun’ from his long-awaited sophomore album Nation of Two, it’s only fitting that Vance Joy has followed that swelling...

Born Lion press shot

Album of the Week: Born Lion deliver their blistering sophomore LP ‘Celebrate The Lie’

All told, Born Lion’s 2015 debut LP Final Words was a great record, its couple of missteps smoothed over by relentless pace and earworm hooks...

Melbourne rapper Daniel Elia

Premiere: Melbourne rapper Daniel Elia charts the struggles faced by our South Sudanese youth

In a time when politicians are scapegoating “African gangs”, Melbournian and South Sudanese rapper Daniel Elia hits back, his latest track ‘I Know It Very...

Vance Joy on a sunlit stage, shot by Brad Cauchy

Vance Joy gears up for his new LP with the swelling acoustic anthem ‘Saturday Sun’

It’s not long to go now until Vance Joy finally returns with his sophomore album Nation of Two – the long-awaited follow-up to his world-conquering...

The Babe Rainbow hold surfboards near a VW Kombi van.

10 of the best Aussie surf bands to soundtrack your summer

To the rest of the world, Australia is represented by a small handful of icons: mostly just kangaroos, the Crocodile Hunter, and our endless beaches....

Fall Out Boy hold a purple flare

Patrick Stump ends up in a casket in Fall Out Boy’s latest clip ‘Church’

Fall Out Boy are back with a new album, and they’ve just dropped the video for single ‘Church’, a track that proved to be the...

15 awesome gigs you can’t miss this month

We’ve compiled the cream of the crop when it comes to summer street parties, festivals promoting promising emerging acts for a dime, and international touring...

Shane Warne as Fatboy Slim

Shane Warne just made a bizarre infomercial for Fatboy Slim

Some weird stuff comes across our desks on Friday mornings, but the last thing we were expecting was an infomercial featuring the Sultan of Spin,...

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is being sued by Aussie musos for an alleged rip-off

Ed Sheeran has caught the ire of a pair of Australian songwriters for what they allege is a pretty blatant rip-off of one of their...

Four Year Strong, Blink-182 and Paramore

The long, noisy history of pop punk – WATCH

Despite often being hallmarked by singalong choruses and brash riffs, pop punk is a genre packed with a disarming amount of emotional depth, dealing with...

A lot of electric guitars

Meet the epic new Australian band with 100 guitarists

Legendary guitar maestro Rhys Chatham is gathering an orchestra of 100 Australian guitarists in Sydney this weekend for performances of his incredible composition A Crimson...

Four Year Strong play to a crowded mosh

Four Year Strong look back on a decade at the helm of pop punk

As one of the bands who helped shape pop punk in the ’00s, and popularise an entire sub-genre in easycore, Four Year Strong have a...

A dog listens to a UE Boom speaker

Dogs react to Australian music: WATCH

Ever wonder how much your doggo pays attention to what’s coming through your speakers? We did too, and wanted to get some canine critiques of...

Legendary Irish rock band U2

Did U2 steal one of their biggest hits?

While plenty of bands have been caught up in messy legal disputes over apparently-lifted riffs and stolen melodies, U2 have generally kept their noses clean....

WARNING: You probably shouldn’t wear a rubbish bin into a moshpit

Some punters behave like absolute trash at gigs, but this bloke decided to try his hand at being literal human garbage as he donned a...

Zefereli

Zefereli’s ‘We’re Gonna Get There Someday’ is a sublime slice of nostalgic pop

Zefereli are a band that have come somewhat out of nowhere this year, a unique pop powerhouse formed of former Cairos frontman Alistar Richardson and...

GOmez, Juanes and Newton Faulkner

Bluesfest announces another big round of sideshows

There are some very exciting new shows in the works for this year’s Bluesfest, adding to the pile that already includes names like Led Zeppelin...

WIN one of 5 pairs of Sennheiser PXC 550 wireless noise-cancelling headphones!

The market for wireless headphones is booming, as people look to rid themselves of unnecessary wires (and the need for a headphone jack adapter for...

An array of music-related Christmas gifts

10 perfect gifts for the music lover in your life

The end of the year is almost upon us, and that means two things for music-lovers: a summer full of live gigs and festivals, and...

An orchestra of guitarists

Want to join a band with 100 guitarists? Here’s your chance!

While some garage bands are happy to rock with just a single guitarist, the band about to hit Sydney Festival in January is going to...