Author: Tait McGregor

Live Review: Bad Friday Festival proves how vital local festivals are to the music industry

April 22, 2019

Marrickville was turned into a grungy experimental boombox as Bad Friday Festival rolled in. The annual event held each Easter Good Friday was celebrating its 10th anniversary with a killer line-up featuring The Avalanches, DMA’s, Jungle, DZ Deathrays and more. But, importantly in a time where the political climate of live music festivals is souring, […]

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Interview: BROODS (NZ) on their North American tour, family bands and VANFEST.

April 12, 2019

New Zealand brother and sister duo, BROODS, have been jumping from strength to strength since releasing “Bridges” in 2014. Since then, they’ve supported the tours of international superstars such as Taylor Swift, Haim, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith; collaborated with the likes of Lorde and Tove Lo; and have won numerous ARIA and NZMA awards. This year, their single, […]

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Interview: Mallrat (AUS) on inspiring fans, her Australian tour, and VANFEST

April 12, 2019

Grace Shaw, a.k.a. Mallrat, is in the middle of a sold-out Australian tour, only to continue her sprint straight into VANFEST in May. At twenty years old, she’s taken the Australian hip-hop scene by storm, garnering international fans such as Chloë Grace Moretz, Brooklyn Beckham, Lorde and Zane Lowe. We managed to steal a few minutes […]

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Interview: Aloe Blacc (USA) on his latest single, creating a Christmas album and spending his Dollar.

April 11, 2019

Aloe Blacc is on a mission to inspire positivity around the globe. The Grammy-nominated artist uses his upbeat tracks to “be the light” in the world and his latest single with Mathieu Koss, “Never Growing Up”, is no exception. Celebrating it’s release, Aloe gave us a glimpse into it’s creation and the other works that he has […]

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Interview: Eves Karydas (AUS) talks VANFEST, synaesthesia and working on her new album.

April 8, 2019

Eves Karydas has been taking the Australian indie-pop world by storm since re-emerging on to the scene in 2017. In the past year alone, she’s dropped her debut studio album summerskin, supported the likes of Dua Lipa and Cub Sport, and garnered national and international praise for tracks such as “Damn Loyal”, “Couch” and “Further Than The Planes Fly”. […]

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Live Review: Anne-Marie + GLADES – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (31.03.19)

April 2, 2019

An assemblage of scrunchies and cheerleader bows spilled into Sydney’s Enmore Theatre for what was many young Anne-Marie fans’ first ever concert. The tweens filled the venue with high shrills and shrieks, waiting in anticipation for their UK pop princess. Warming up the sold-out night was Sydney-export GLADES, with lead singer Karina Wykes dressed in […]

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Festival Review: Wine Machine proves a long and deflating day in the Hunter Valley

March 25, 2019

After a drizzly week in Sydney, the skies miraculously cleared for a radiant Wine Machine day at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley. Little did upbeat punters know, Mother Nature was planning to absolutely blindside them with a literal show-stopping electrical storm in the evening to come. Hold on to your ponchos because this […]

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Interview: Sean Caskey of Last Dinosaurs (AUS) talks living in Japan, a language faux pas and touring the world.

March 11, 2019

Brisbane-band Last Dinosaurs are back on the road to tour their third studio album, Yumeno Garden, around the country. With a US and Asia tour also on the horizon, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Sean Caskey gave up some of his precious time to talk with us about the creation of the album, his experience living abroad […]

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Live Review: Rita Ora brings down Sydney’s Big Top with Sammi Constantine (02.03.19)

March 4, 2019

I can remember sitting in Maths class when I was sixteen and receiving a text from my dad saying Rita Ora’s Radioactive concert that night was cancelled due to illness. I was devastated. After six years of waiting, I was not disappointed as she graced the Big Top at Sydney’s Luna Park as part of […]

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Live Review: Tia Gostelow rocked Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel with Lola Scott and MANE

February 26, 2019

It was an empowering night of young female talent at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel on Saturday. Mackay-local Tia Gostelow brought along vocal-powerhouses Lola Scott and MANE to support her sold-out show, and boy was it a showcase for the books! Lola Scott’s dark-indie pop offered a dramatic and energetic start to the evening. Her performance drew […]

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Live Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers scorched the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney with George Clinton

February 20, 2019

The Red Hot Chili Peppers scorched the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney last night. Regardless of the band’s longevity, these classic rockers proved that their performance is far from stale. Warming up the crowd was George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic – George, a long-time friend of the Peppers who produced their second studio album, Freaky […]

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Interview: Tia Gostelow (AUS) on her impressive year ahead, her debut album and dream collabs.

February 15, 2019

Tia Gostelow is the epitome of “hard work pays off”. At just 19-years-old, the singer-songwriter has already secured numerous accolades that Aussie artists spend years chasing: currently six high-rotation songs on Triple J, their Feature Album of the Week and a Like A Version artist. She’s also snagged herself a worldwide publishing deal, been nominated for […]

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The Top 5: Tunes of Maroon 5

February 12, 2019

Maroon 5 has been a staple sound on commercial airwaves since ‘94. Despite the Internet’s divisive reactions to their recent Super Bowl 2019 halftime performance, there is no doubt that this band has played a pivotal part in shaping many musical upbringings. As a gesture of appreciation, we’ve dwindled down an extensive list of hits […]

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Live Review: George Ezra + Eves Karydas – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (31.01.19)

February 2, 2019

Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion was a chorus women and men alike, diving their voices down an octave as they tried to be one with the holistic round sound of George Ezra on Thursday night. Kicking off the sold-out evening was Brisbanite Eves Karydas, who’s had an impressive 12 months of climbing up the support act ladder. […]

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Interview: Xavier Rudd (AUS) chats Twilight at Taronga, Storm Boy and the world’s ego

January 21, 2019

Off the back of his seventh solo studio album, Storm Boy, Xavier Rudd is playing a few select dates across the country including two sets at ‘Twilight at Taronga’ – a picturesque harbour-backdrop amphitheatre surrounded by the chorus of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Ahead of his soon-to-be-sold-out shows, Xavier was able to chat about his newest album, his married […]

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Album Review: Cub Sport – Cub Sport by Cub Sport (2019 LP)

January 18, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, Cub Sport by Cub Sport is not a fragrance but boy if you could wear it, you would be at least double-dosing. The third studio album from this four-piece Brisbane band takes them to a new strength, solidifying their reputation of colossal sound evolution in each body of work they release. […]

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Live Review: Mahalia and Jack Gray captivate at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel

January 9, 2019

Fresh from the Falls and Field Day circuits, British artist Mahalia rocked a sold-out show at The Lansdowne Hotel on what could have otherwise been a quiet Monday night. Opening for her was Jack Gray: the combination of beachy waves, a silk shirt and old school boyish charm. The Sunshine Coast singer had the crowd […]

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Interview: Bede Kennedy of Castlecomer (AUS) talks launching in the States, Sydney’s lock out laws and Christmas plans

December 20, 2018

Sydney-bred band Castlecomer are turning up the heat in the US after their hit “Fire Alarm” landed the #6 spot on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart. The boys have broken their hectic American schedule to return home for the festive season and I was lucky enough to steal half an hour of lead singer Bede Kennedy’s […]

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What it’s like interviewing on the ARIA Red Carpet for the first time

December 12, 2018

The 2018 ARIAs have well and truly gone, but that night was one to remember! November 28th, 2018 marks the date I was lucky enough to report at my first red carpet event and now it’s time to do a tell-all on the experience: Interviewing some of Australia’s biggest names in music can seem like […]

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Live Review: Bhad Bhabie + DJ Busy – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (09.12.18)

December 10, 2018

Bhad Bhabie, otherwise known as Danielle Bregoli, otherwise known as “cashmeousiiiiide howboudat” girl, did not disappoint her tasteless brand as she played the Enmore Theatre stage. Opening act, DJ Busy, warmed up the crowd with well-known club tunes ranging from XXXTentacion to Cardi B. The tween audience was absolutely vibing it. In my opinion, the […]

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