What fuels Melbourne’s independent music scene?

Artists, venues and punters supporting a city of music. How do you access music? If your answer is streaming, then you are sitting with the majority. Streaming is the main way that Australians listen to music. Unfortunately, this can have a negative impact on even the most proficient artists. Joey McGahey, editor in chief at Hysteria Magazine, says the... Continue Reading →

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book review: Sophisto-punk

Sophisto-punk: The story of Mark Opitz & Oz Rock By Luke Wallis, Jeff Jenkins, and Mark Opitz 2012 Opening the pages of Sophisto-punk, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After inspecting the front cover, I thought, okay, this guy has worked with a lot of iconic Australian musicians. But what does that mean? For someone... Continue Reading →

book review: the cure & INXS

I officially finished my second year of university a couple of weeks ago. Yay!! Melbourne has had pretty nice weather lately, so I have been spending most of my free time reading in the sunshine. I read the INXS official autobiography, and the memoir of one of The Cure's founding members, Lol Tolhurst. Both books... Continue Reading →

album of the day

Album: Wonderful Wonderful Artist: The Killers Year: 2017 The rundown: I have been nervously awaiting the release of Wonderful Wonderful for quite some time. The Killers, along with their first three albums, hold a very special place in my heart. However, the love letter to American rock that was their fourth album, Battle Born, never infiltrated that place. In fact,... Continue Reading →

flourishing

I am not a person, or a personality. I am a mixture of many influences that have infiltrated my being through every sense. I am the music that I listen to late at night, in the dark, under sheets. I am the art that I study, the colours and the textures and the atmosphere evoked.... Continue Reading →

living through a screen

The crowd buzzes softly, waiting. The air is thick with excitement, brimming with anticipation. The lights finally dim and everyone stretches their necks towards the stage. Screams, whistles and a heavy push forward signal the entrance of the band. Within seconds everyone is moving to the beat, smiling up at the stage and basking in... Continue Reading →

album of the day

Album: Science Fiction Artist: Brand New Year: 2017 The rundown: Brand New's fifth and final album is an emotionally exhausting masterpiece that encapsulates the band's hugely influential career. Keeping with the themes of their previous work, the album deals with mental illness and existentialism. However, it is translated in a blunt and honest fashion that emphasises... Continue Reading →

band shirts: fans vs fashion

I was just shy of thirteen years old when I went to my very first concert. It was Coldplay's Viva la Vida tour and it blew me away. Before leaving the venue, my mother bought me a bright red t-shirt with Viva la Vida written across the chest from the official merch stall. That shirt... Continue Reading →

album of the day

  Album: Frogstomp Artist: Silverchair Year: 1995 The rundown: Frogstomp is raw, rough rock. It is the pure grunge sound that can only come from the minds of pissed off teenagers - all three band members were only 15 years old at the time of recording. That's pretty astounding when you listen to the dark lyrics... Continue Reading →

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