When it comes to Aussie hip-hop, it doesn’t get much bigger than Perth’s Drapht. We speak to the man about partying and his stratospheric rise to the top.
Also in the mag, interviews with SBTRKT, Howling Bells, Flogging Molly and Active Child.
Plus, we review the eagerly anticipated debut album from the Jezabels, look at the unholy union of music and fashion and question the wisdom of a K-Rudd comeback.
Throw in a bunch of giveaways, reviews and our guide to your astrological future and you’ve got one helluva a way to waste 45 minutes or so.
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Tomorrow in The Wire Mag we chat to Melbourne comedian Lawrence Leung about his coming stage show, Lawrence Leung Wants a Jetpack.
We chat to alt-pop diva Owl Eyes, Kiwi indie rockers Batrider as well as Dead Letter Chorus.
While RocKwiz host Julia Zemiro gets ready for a Christmas tour.
Plus social pics, gig and album reviews, gig guide, tour announcements and loads more.
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Tomorrow in The Wire Mag Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li has some explaining to do when discussing sophomore LP, Wounded Rhymes.
The Jezabels are set to drop their highly anticipated debut. We catch up with them ahead of the release to talk feminist literature and staying independent.
Plus, stoner rockers Monster Magnet say no to drugs and Sebadoh brings back 90s indie rock. And social pics, reviews, news and more.
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In The Wire Mag tomorrow we chat to Gotye about his new album and chart-topping single.
We talk to psychedelic sister act Stonefield, indie dance kids Bear Hands and Oz music journeyman Ben Salter.
Etc Etc heads to the Dark Side and Last Word gets a sense of deja vu with Underbelly: Razor.
In this week’s edition of The Wire Mag quirky Kiwi artist Kimbra discusses her jazz-influenced sound and stand-out look ahead of her debut release.
Plus, interviews with Melbourne MC Phrase, electro outfit Seekae and US rockers Anberlin.
We review gigs from the weekend and preview all the good stuff happening for Rottofest.
And Last Word puts Jay Z and Kanye’s partnership in context.
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In this week’s edition of The Wire Mag rock trio Calling All Cars chat about their home town in country NSW, the art of songwriting and their second LP, Dancing With a Dead Man.
Viral sensation The Tunnel scared the wits out of us. We get the low down from the Australian horror film’s director.
Indie five-piece Boy & Bear discuss their debut effort, while Eagle and the Worm keep it loose and Jack Ladder talks about his third LP.
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This week in The Wire Mag English knock-abouts Arctic Monkeys talk music-making, Nirvana, media attention and their latest LP, Suck It and See.
We chat to chill-wave act Memory Tapes and noise-folk artist EMA, and review gigs, CDs, movies and more.
We look at a documentary about the life of influential reggae king Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Plus, Last Word examines the woeful state of the US economy and asks you to dig deep to help them break the poverty cycle.
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Want to check out the next big thing in Australian music? In this week’s edition of The Wire Mag we showcase four of the most promising acts about to hit a stage near you.
We reflect on the rocking, muddy awesomeness that was On the Bright Side and other weekend gigs.
Plus, interviews with Gomez and Matthew Lewis (aka Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter).
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K IS FOR KRAKOW
Not many corners of the world have experienced as much rapid change in the past 20 years as Eastern Europe.
What you’ll find is far from the Borat-esque villages and decrepit Commie cities where you fear your jeans might be ripped from your backside and sold on the black market, scenarios often imagined by our parents’ generation (or by that God-awful American film, Euro Trip).
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the younger generations have embraced Western culture and, in this century, all the so-called economic perks of being part of the European Union. And in the past decade it’s lost a lot of its mystery.
“Music is a form of therapy and what kind of therapist would I be if I told my patients to jump in the lake…”
They say things come in threes and this certainly applies to Nick Littlemore’s life right now.
He has just moved to New York City, has a new girlfriend, and this week his long-term dance-pop project, Pnau, drop their fourth album, Soft Universe.
“It’s all coming up trumps, ” he says on the phone from London.
“(The stabbing) just happened because LA is such a melting pot of different people.”
“I know it’s all been done before, and it will all be done again,” sings Chad Elliott on the Funeral Party single, New York City Moves to the Sounds of LA.
Given a lot of artists seem to constantly proclaim their work as original no matter how derivative it may actually be, conceding to the recycled nature of most music nowadays is a startlingly honest statement from the US four-piece.
“I don’t want to be in a two-year album cycle; I don’t think it’s necessary and it doesn’t suit me…”
If you care for top album lists — and let’s be frank, the music world is obsessed with them right now — one album topping all 2011 album lists so far is James Blake’s self-titled debut.
Praised for adding real emotion and soul to dubstep and rising above the genre with gospel chords and more traditional song structures, his album has resonated with people the world over and turned this young, intelligent guy from London into an overnight sensation.
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The debut album from SBTRKT is first and foremost compellingly beautiful and moving. Genre classification comes as an afterthought.
There’s a strong portrayal of the human condition that flows through, with all but one of the tracks featuring vocals.