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Bob Dylan review creation still in spite of the nostalgia

Riverside theatre, PerthOn the first night of the Never Ending tour the mood was excited reverence and even the new songs were met with hootsWhen Bob Dylan last toured Australia in 2011, on a visit anchored by the Blues n roots festivals of the east and w

Wiz Khalifa: Blacc Hollywood review rapping, trapping and hip-hop hooks

(Atlantic/Rostrum)Wiz Khalifa's modus operandi has always been simple: rap about smoking loads of weed and create earwormy tracks built on repetitive hooks. He perfected the combination on his 2011 hit, Black and Yellow, an ode to his favourite colours a

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards: Distance review a heartbreak album that's never depressing

(The State51 Conspiracy)Dan Michaelson has made a bit of a miniature masterpiece in Distance. It's just 30 minutes long, comprises only eight songs, and has a sonic palette that stretches little further than pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitars, ba

Merchandise: After the End review crisp, sparkling pop with lofty ideals

(4AD)In 2011, musing on how his former peers on the Tampa Bay hardcore scene might view the forthcoming Merchandise album, Children of Desire, frontman Carson Cox was not wildly optimistic. "The punks," he told one journalist, "will probably hate it."Merc

Merchandise – After The End

So what exactly do you want from Tampa contrarians Merchandise? A return to their hardcore roots? More post-punk noise-pop? Sorry kids. After The End is their most grandiose yet conventional offering thus far, nonchalantly booting expectations into the gu

Sinéad O'Connor, Roundhouse

The cover of her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, has Sinéad O’Connor sporting a black wig and latex dominatrix dress, a glammed-up guitar wrapped in her arms. Well, at least she made the effort. On stage at the Roundhouse she launched her f

Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker: Exclusive album stream

Have a listen to the punky blues of Benjamin Bookers debut album and let us know your thoughts! Continue reading...

Lacuna review surprises amid Childhood's shoegaze

London quartet Childhood were lumbered with Stone Roses comparisons after just one single, but they're more intriguing than that.

The Red Album review tight harmonies with added heartbreak from Red Molly

(Self-released)This female trio have cut a niche as sunnyside Americana, setting immaculate vocal harmonies to well-chosen cover versions with an upbeat sensibility. As the sassy cover shot suggests, they are a more assertive, shadowed presence here, with

The War on Drugs interview: Lost in darkness but saved by the music

Adam Granduciel pulls out his smartphone to show off brochure-styles snaps of the view from a dressing room at a festival in Tromso, Norway - “north of the Arctic Circle” he explains, pointing at a vista of blue sea and sky.