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Anachronisms, Madonna Comparisons and Gaga’s Chromatica

In the ’00s and ’10s Lady Gaga became legendary. She took dance music and put it in a blender, shat on it, vomited on it, ate it, gave birth to it, and that is why she’s beloved. Is ‘Chromatica’ good music? Undoubtedly. But did it have this effect? Unfortunately not…because it’s already been done before…about a decade ago. By her.

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Top 5 NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

Elektra Flaskas-Troaditis

The NPR Tiny Desk – a Youtube music haven for all music lovers. The true top five performances embody authentic artistry and skilfully experiment with their own sound, pushing boundaries and peaking creatively.

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Five (Mostly) Relaxing Albums to Help You Coast Through Your Time at Home

Dominic Barr

If the walls of your own home are starting to feel a bit suffocating, or if you’re just feeling a bit bored, music can be the breath of fresh air you might need to traverse this uncertain time. These five albums span a range of genres and emotional qualities, but they’re all here to comfort you though the most menial and mundane of your days at home.

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New Releases: Nostalgic Bops For When We Used To Be Able to Leave the House

Mark Yin

They say that, in a time when all you want is to be able to go outside again, music helps. It helps you remember what life was like Before All This. Some of these artists are local heroes, others are global superstars. Some of their songs are filled with 80s synths, others draw influence from the eclectic sounds of the 2000s, but what their music has in common is an evocation of simpler times. Of times before COVID-19, at least.

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Interview—Calico Sunday: Fresh Band, Fresh Single, Refreshing Sound

Lauren Berry

Young Melbourne rock n’ roll band Calico Sunday’s new single ‘She’s My Gun’ is out now. The song represents the band’s essence; it has a classic sound, rich, golden female vocals, sizzling lead guitar breaks and hard, honest drum beats. The up and coming band’s music is familiar, yet twinged with new flavours…convention pushing its way into innovation.

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Niall Horan ‘Heartbreak Weather’ Album Review: PLEASE SIR, MAY I HAVE SOME DEVOTION?

Markella Votzourakis

Niall Horan uses his second studio album Heartbreak Weather to analyse the rise and fall of a relationship from different points of view. But he is rarely accusatory or even particularly self-pitying throughout, which is refreshing and consistent with his clean, easy-going marketing image. How coincidental!

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11 Greatest Television Theme Songs of All Time

Keely Tzoukos

It’s time for me to dust off my novelty Central Perk coffee mug, serenade my neighbour’s stinky feline, and dance wildly in the fountain behind the Royal Exhibition Building, because the cast of Friends is reuniting.

In honour of the forthcoming reunion special, I’ve compiled a list of the best television theme songs of all time. Because we all know Friends would be nothing without those four – NOT five – iconic claps…

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Review—Scott & Charlene’s Wedding at The Tote Hotel

Will Minack

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding returned to the Tote last month, launching a batch of wry, restless tracks from their new EP When in Rome, Carpe Diem.

Craig Dermody and co. took to the stage nearly an hour late, just moments before midnight. Nobody in the Tote crowd seemed to mind. The Melbourne-based band were playing on their home ground – and kicking into the wind.

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Mariah Carey, Three Decades On

Mark Yin

She’s the only artist ever to top the Billboard Hot 100 in four decades, from ‘Vision of Love’ in 1990 to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, the last chart-topper of 2019 and the first of the 2020s. 2020 will also mark the 30th anniversary of her eponymous debut album, still serving as an inspiration to a generation of artists.

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Blurring Genres—Gorillaz, and the Art of Indescribable Music

Lauren Berry

As with other art forms, music resonates with the body­—it plucks at your heart strings, or, if it’s not especially poetic, it at least stimulates exhilaration throughout your blood, or jams with the inner snare drum of your soul. Music makes us feel something indescribable—and perhaps it shouldn’t have to be described in words, but left as a beautiful craft and stimulus for our wordless inner contentment.

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Alex Cameron—‘Miami Memory’ Album Review

Will Minack

On Miami Memory—an intimate portrayal of a modern-day relationship—Alex Cameron sheds his skin. He empties out the wardrobe of elaborate costumes he spent years crafting across his first two albums. In place of these characters, Cameron steps into the spotlight as himself, showcasing a skilled ability to write songs with naked sincerity.

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Review—Troye Sivan, The Bloom Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

There is nothing like seeing an artist perform live in their hometown, and pop-icon Troye Sivan was no exception. On Wednesday 25 September, Troye performed a sold-out show to 7,000 adoring fans at Margaret Court Arena. And boy did he blow us all away!

Only one song into his set, Troye was already pulling out his signature dance moves: hip thrusts, body rolls and slut drops! The arena felt like such a safe space to be unapologetically yourself and really let loose.

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Review—Doja Cat at Listen Out 2019

Alana Bolger

“Shout out to all the big butts, the small ones, the medium ones” shouts Doja to the crowd.

Doja is aware of her presence – she knows what she’s doing and isn’t afraid to sell it. She clearly doesn’t let any ideas of what a rapper ‘should’ be – or what a ‘female rapper’ should be – dictate any aspect of her image or output.

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Review—Vera Blue, The Way That You Love Me Tour 2019 Geelong

Monique O’Rafferty

Vera emerged in a haze of shimmering yellow to a teaser of ‘The Way That You Love Me’. She wore a sheer, yellow ensemble over a yellow bodysuit with chunky sneakers. I could never! With a cheeky grin towards the audience, she opened the show with ‘Private’, giving the crowd a first taste of her signature dance moves and vocal range.

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11 Nostalgic Pop Rock Songs From Our Teen Days

Lindsay Wong

Pop rock – I loved the guitar riffs, low bass lines, intense drumming and raw vocals of this genre. At one point in your teenage life, you’ve probably had some of these songs on your iPod playlists. When I’m in a particularly nostalgic mood, I give these songs and artists a listen.

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Review—LANY World Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

When I first saw that LANY was bringing their World Tour to Margaret Court Arena on July 19, I wasn’t really sure whether I wanted to buy tickets.

Was I really prepared to be moshing amongst a sea of children, covered in the superfluid of teens—a mix of sweat, tears and cheap vodka smuggled into the area in yoghurt pouches?