Author: Michael Katsavos

Album Review: MIKE’s War in My Pen (2018 LP) is a concise exploration of maturity and loss

January 9, 2019

This project from prodigious New York rapper MIKE dropped just before the end of last year, and may have flown under the radar as a result. Though it proves more than deserving of proper attention, despite being lost in the flurry that is the holiday season. MIKE’s style of music is an incredibly experimental take […]

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Album Review: On I am > I was (2018 LP), 21 Savage emerges victorious despite all odds

January 7, 2019

21 Savage has, for the past few years, stood as a divisive character in modern hip hop. Though, regardless of countless criticisms he has definitely become an established figure on the scene – becoming one of the most commercially successful and well known members of the early soundcloud-rap renaissance of 2016. As a result, following […]

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Album Review: On IIWII (2018 LP), Kirk Knight has rinsed his sound

December 20, 2018

The knife edge between underground and commercial has never been thinner than now in current music trends – one song, catchy hook, or even just a throwaway lyric is enough to propel an artist to the next height in their career (look at YBN Nahmir, JPEGMAFIA, or many others), but sometimes things aren’t as serendipitous […]

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Live Review: Canberra’s Gingerfest was a night of beer, punk music and great friends

December 18, 2018

After a week of downpour, the sky cleared over Canberra on Saturday ahead of what was looking to be an incredible festival, Gingerfest 2018. With the charity run group Remembering the Ginger Ninja and their great partnership with Yours and Owls, as well as 6 Picks Brewers, the day was excellently executed, with each act […]

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Why Canberra’s Gingerfest is not to be missed this weekend

December 13, 2018

Remembering the Ginger Ninja are a not for profit organisation that have organised punk rock festivals in honour of their close friend Nicholas Sofar-Schreiber, and this Saturday at MOLO Live, situated just upon ANU Campus, the great organisation is gearing up for a day of great music, great beer, and to commemorate the titular Ginger […]

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Live Review: Saba loved his CARE FOR ME show in Sydney just as much as we did

December 6, 2018

On Tuesday night, the Sydney Opera House was treated to one of the first Australian performances of Chicago rapper Saba, an incredibly talented rising star with a lot of hype surrounding his career to date. He was met with the warmest of welcomes from the packed Opera House, with energy and cheers greeting each changing […]

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As he embarks on his debut Australian tour, Chicago rapper Saba is ready to hit the spotlight

December 3, 2018

Teetering between the early-2018 release of an album, and his upcoming Australian tour, Saba is poised for a deserved spike in notoriety. A Chicago based rapper, cut from the same cloth as Chance the Rapper, Saba fell into the local indie rap scene in southern Chicago, acting as an antonym to the swirling popularity of […]

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Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt is still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, but on Some Rap Songs (2018 LP) his vision is clearer

December 3, 2018

After three years of intermittent presence and mystique Earl Sweatshirt has returned with a fifteen track exploration of himself and all things in his periphery. Some Rap Songs only weighs in at twenty-five minutes, but each short track is laden with quote-ready lyrics and vulnerability that acts as a reflective point for his career and personal life […]

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Album Review: Sheck Wes’ Mudboy (2018 LP) is anything but complacent

October 9, 2018

Within the last few months, Sheck Wes’ meteoric rise to acclaim has imbued him with all of the qualities of a future star, turning attention to his first project. The proliferation of his most well known single ‘Mo Bamba’ has been astounding, allowing Wes to gather hordes of fans in a very short period of […]

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Album Review: Tommy and the Commies’ Here Come (2018 LP) says a lot in very little time

October 3, 2018

Tommy and the Commies are a punk band from Ontario, Canada, and have just delivered their debut project Here Come. Even as most punk releases go, this project is quite short, weighing in at just 16 minutes. But it  makes up for its brevity with some excellent pacing, writing, and instrumental work. The project starts […]

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Album Review: Father’s Awful Swim (2018 LP) feels like a house party in hell (and we want to go)

October 2, 2018

Father, the ringleader of cutting-edge Atlanta multimedia label Awful Records, has returned with a new album in collaboration with Adult Swim – a DIY label and a DIY network coming together to craft something truly unique. Father’s style is one that many try to replicate and often struggle to do so – his odd delivery, […]

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Album Review: Milo’s Budding Ornothologists are Weary of Tired Analogies (2018 LP) is a masterclass in complexity

September 26, 2018

milo has been active for some years now, releasing music both under his own name and his alias, Scallops Hotel – as well as his Nostrum Grocers collaboration with Elucid. His output is consistently high, releasing 2 projects in 2018 alone before the unveiling of his 4th studio album Budding Ornothologists are Weary of Tired […]

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Live Review: Noname impresses with Genesis Owusu and Colette to kick off Room 25 tour in Melbourne

September 23, 2018

At Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Friday evening, fans waded through AFL and Rugby goers to squeeze into a line to see one of the most exciting and adored rappers of 2018. Fresh off the release of her stellar album Room 25, Noname has a string of shows in Australia in addition to her spot in Listen Out […]

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Album Review: Noname’s Room 25 (2018 LP) is one of the best releases of the year

September 20, 2018

Noname (FKA: Noname Gypsy) is a central figure within the underground Chicago rap scene. Her debut album Telefone was an incredible, melancholic project – dealing with sexism, introspection, and wider racial and social issues, all delivered in her trademark wispy yet warm delivery. Following the great reception this project received, the level of anticipation for her […]

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Album Review: Metric – Art of Doubt (2018 LP)

September 17, 2018

Canadian rock band Metric have returned with their seventh full length project. Following the slick and electronic-influenced Pagans in Vegas, the band have shifted towards more driving instrumentation and brighter vocal melodies. Sitting at just under an hour, on Art of Doubt the band have opted for slightly longer-form songs, allowing the instrumentals to breathe and […]

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Live Review: Canberra’s National Gallery American Masters: Friday Night Live feat. Brass Knuckle Brass Band

September 15, 2018

Coinciding with the National Gallery of Australia’s American Masters exhibition, featuring classic American artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Morris, Roy Lichtenstein, the National Gallery of Australia announced a “Friday Night Live” event, with live music and dance acting as support and accompaniment to a selection of the artwork. The exhibition primarily includes works […]

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Album Review: Joey Purp’s QUARTERTHING (2018 LP) shows incredible progression from the rising hip hop star

September 14, 2018

The stellar year for music that has been 2018 delivers once again with the new release from Chicago rapper Joey Purp. Off the strength of previous project iiiDrops (featuring the bouncy hit ‘Girls @‘ featuring Chance the Rapper) he’s released QUARTERTHING, a new album that shows incredible progression for the rising star. A member of the […]

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Live Review: Mylk ‘Unplugged’ with Jackson Howard and Stasi was an exploration of what makes Melbourne’s local scene so vital

September 12, 2018

At the historic Brunswick live music venue The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne-based band Mylk organised an acoustic performance along with some close friends for a great night of live music. The group of Melbourne boys amassed close friends and fans to fill out the classic live music venue for a night of soulful and polished alternative […]

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Album Review: Bob Moses – Battle Lines (2018 LP)

September 11, 2018

The Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have returned with their sophomore album Battle Lines. The pair have great different musical backgrounds that shine through; Howie has a strong rock and vocal basis, whereas Vallance has trance and electronic roots, with releases on labels such as Ultra Records. These two […]

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Live Review: Hayden James kicks off “Just Friends” Australian tour in Melbourne with Happiness is Wealth and Carmoflague Rose

September 8, 2018

Hayden James’ Just Friends Tour kicked off in Melbourne last night at iconic venue The Forum. Once doors opened, fans began filtering in with more denim jackets and white Adidas Stan Smith’s than a North Shore Sydney house party. The opener, Happiness is Wealth, kicked things off with some nice melodic EDM, reminiscent of Client Liaison, complete with […]

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