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INTERVIEW: Deb Suckling

On the eve of the annual whirlwind of Brisbane music industry activity otherwise knows as BigSound, DENIS SEMCHENKO chats to QMusic’s DEB SUCKLING about her role in sister event LITTLE BIGSOUND. First of all, do you mind telling us a little about your role at QMusic, Deb? I’ve been at QMusic for seven years now … Continue reading


MAGIC TRICK — Ruler Of The Night (Hardly Art) Indefatigable crooner Tim Cohen’s defeatist melancholia wins PETE WALSH’s heart. I love a band that is willing to strike a connection between their cover art and the music on the CD wedged between it. Magic Trick pull this off swimmingly. The Mexican-feeling execution scene on the … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Dave Graney & The MistLY

Risking unpleasant encounters with inebriated revellers on his journey, DERMOT CLARKE ventures to see Dave Graney & The MistLY on a Saturday night in Brisbane city. Beetle Bar, Saturday August 25 The walk from Spring Hill to the Beetle Bar requires a detour through the CBD and copping abuse from Cro-Magnon stags and drunken hens … Continue reading

THEATRE PREVIEW: Envoyé://:Fragmenté

Multiple Exposure Matt O’Neill, Brisbane hip hop MC, interdisciplinary artist and the man behind the Under the Radar Festival’s ENVOYÉ://:FRAGMENTÉ, bares all for SUZANNAH BENTLEY. One man: his music, words, and ideas, and absolutely no clothing to hide behind. Matt O’Neill’s one-man show explores sound, the body, and Australian society. Over three nights during Brisbane’s Under … Continue reading

PREVIEW: Fear Factory

When they were writing their eighth studio record, industrial metal pioneers FEAR FACTORY found themselves in more personnel trouble — which has plagued the band for the last decade. Vocalist BURTON C. BELL tells TOM HERSEY how the band managed to prevail through the new round of lineup issues and write their best record in … Continue reading


BLOC PARTY — Four (Frenchkiss) PETE WALSH finds new sounds on the herky-jerky Londoners’ new LP. In their four-year absence from the music scene, Bloc Party have clearly been partaking in music-enhancing illicit substances. Whether it’s named after four years of silence, being their fourth album or being four times deeper and more complex than … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Dave Graney

The master of hyper-real sublime rock menace, Dave Graney gives DERMOT CLARKE a gentle reminder that there’s nothing particularly extreme in being too obviously grim. When neo-Tsarist autocrat Vladimir Putin had Pussy Riot arrested, it wasn’t for trespass and slander — it was on the grounds of being talentless, shitty musicians with a semi-provocative band … Continue reading

LIVE MUSIC Texas Tea @ Black Bear Lodge

LIVE: Texas Tea Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, Friday August 17 Texas Tea launch their Heart Says Yes cassingle at Black Bear Lodge JUSTIN EDWARDS is a Brisbane-based music photographer. His blog, This Is Not A Photo Opportunity, is archived by The State Library of Queensland to preserve it for future generations.

EP REVIEW: Vomit Bullets

VOMIT BULLETS — Rad Mobile (Place Name Here) PETE WALSH accepts punk is dead; undead, undead, undead. As much as I love driving bass lines, frustratingly simplistic chord progressions and being assaulted by a slurry of words that are merely drivelled into a mic, I just can’t abide by the way Vomit Bullets do it. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ash Grunwald

ASH GRUNWALD — Trouble’s Door  (Shock) Aussie surf-blues king ASH GRUNWALD waxes lyrical just like he does his trusty tri-fin every day on his LP number six. CARMEN KELLY — who also grew up in the water — carves in. Ash Grunwald’s sixth studio album is a barrel of bass drops and lascivious guitar, with … Continue reading

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