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Blanket Songs for Staying Calm and Staying Inside

Radio Fodder Music and Blog Teams

If a soothing cup of tea ☕️ could make noise it would sound like this playlist.

April 4, 2020
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!

March 26, 2020
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.

February 25, 2020
Big Cats Come Out to Play—The Cat Empire at Melbourne Zoo Twilights Review

Lauren Berry

Dance-party aficionados The Cat Empire brought a musically-ferocious, family-friendly fiesta to Melbourne Zoo’s Twilights event this summer. I went along to check out the cats playing at the zoo, in awe at their ability to connect us all in a serotonin-explosion of human celebration.

February 18, 2020
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.

February 17, 2020
Music moods for Valentine’s Day

Radio Fodder Music Team, Bec Meier

Valentine’s Day is a day of many emotions, whether you love the idea of the day or hate it. So, to help move the day along, we made playlists to suit all and any of your Valentine’s needs.

February 14, 2020
Review—Carly Rae Jepsen, The Dedicated Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

Last Monday 2 December, Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen brought The Dedicated Tour to The Forum, Melbourne for a sold out show that could only be described as a modern-day disco extravaganza.

December 12, 2019
Review—Middle Kids, New Songs For Old Problems Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

On Sunday 17 November, Sydney alt-rock band Middle Kids returned to The Forum for the Melbourne leg of their New Songs For Old Problems Tour.

And boy was I blown away.

November 28, 2019
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.

November 18, 2019
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.

November 17, 2019
The Grogans ‘Just What You Want’—Album Review In Brief

Ian Cranfield

In early October, Melbourne surf-Rock band The Grogans released their debut album Just What You Want. It’s the album you didn’t know you needed.

November 8, 2019
Angel Olsen’s Lesson in Knowing Yourself—‘All Mirrors’ Album Review

Tiia Kelly

Although Olsen’s record takes place in the aftermath of a breakup, it resists the typical conventions of a ‘breakup album’. Here, the past is not a source of pain, but a catalyst for reflection. The album does not mourn, so much as it makes peace.

October 27, 2019
Photos—Lazy Ghost at The Gasometer Hotel

Ian Cranfield

Photos from Lazy Ghost’s live performance at The Gasometer Hotel on September 22.

October 16, 2019
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.

October 9, 2019
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.

October 8, 2019
Another Romantic Sadboi Soundtrack—Surf Curse’s ‘Heaven Surrounds You’ Album Review

Ian Cranfield

Two years after their sophomore release, Nothing Yet, Surf Curse have yet again created another soundtrack for sad boys and girls.

This “coming of age epic” features track titles inspired by cult films they’ve cherished throughout their young adult lives.

October 2, 2019
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.

September 28, 2019
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.

September 17, 2019
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?

September 11, 2019
Albums vs. Playlists—The Great Debate

Lucy Myers

It’s a debate as old as time. Well, as old as the technological developments that allow for different modes of recording and publishing sounds in a variety of different formats… at least.

September 6, 2019
Late Night Thoughts on Tyler the Creator’s Album Artwork

Elektra Flaskas-Troaditis

Completely intrigued at how he explains his interest in character development, I can’t help but voice my completely biased opinions on the way he creates a different persona in each album cover and reinvents his sound without sacrificing his radical edge. However, there is a real aesthetic consistency to this artistry, as he possesses an innate capacity to work with a complex and multi-faceted character within his extensive body of creative work.

August 29, 2019