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Live Review: The Grates @ The Triffid 8.8.2015

It was a sold out crowd at the Triffid, packed in tightly and ever so comfortably, huddling like penguins to banish the chills felt by the wild arctic Brisbane winter, all waited with baited breath for dream team to take stage.

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Album Of The Week: The Jungle Giants 'Speakerzoid'

What is a 'Speakerzoid' you ask? the Brissie four-piece indie-rockers The Jungle Giants set the scene and pose the question to mull on while we adventure through their second, newfangled and slightly unfamiliar album.

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Album Review: Mercy Mountain - Moses Gunn Collective

In AAA’s recent Q & A with Aidan Moore, the Moses Gunn Collective/ Orphans Orphans musical multitasker, he named Moses Gunn as the “granddaddy” of the family bands, referring here to the several bands associated with MGC via shared membership. After listening to Mercy Mountain, though, I’m not so convinced; Moses Gunn are much more eccentric uncle, gracing the yearly extended family dinner with scarcely believable stories and inappropriate gifts for all the nieces and nephews. For if there is something of the pick n’ mix variety in the eclectic offerings of Moses Gunn Collective’s debut LP, they’ve left out all the black jellybeans so it can only be a good thing.

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Album of the Week: 'But For All These Shrinking Hearts' - Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke strikes as the sort of person who, upon being stopped in the street, could say “No, I’m not Josh Pyke” and the inquisitive pedestrian would be forced to agree equivocally, shrug their shoulders and keep walking. He looks a little like Chris Hemsworth after a big night or Chet Faker on his way to a job interview. Even to hear that this is Pyke’s fifth LP is a surprise; not only that, but his opportunity for a fifth consecutive ARIA Top 10 album. That But For All These Shrinking Hearts exists at all, in the midst of parenthood, the phenomenal success of The Beginning and End of Everything and the associated tours, and the maintenance of Pyke’s own label, Timshel Industries, is a monument to a career that shows little signs of slowing.

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EP Review: Five Quick Cuts - Cold War Kids

On the face of it, this EP seems a little unnecessary from Californian indie rock royalty Cold War Kids- not that they are particularly prolific (five studio albums since 2006) or that the EP is a time-filler. It isn’t. For, even though Five Quick Cuts is simply a repackage of their Record Store Day 2015 release, it represents an important bridge in the development of Cold War Kids’ sound.

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Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass 2015 - Day 3

Photo: Aimee Catt

Battered, bruised but not beaten we trudged our way through the now inches thick mud to get to what would be our final day at Splendour In The Grass 2015. The flesh might have been weak but the spirit was ready to party.

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Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass - Day 2

Photo: Bianca Holderness

Day two was dawning on North Byron Parklands and it seems as though the gods were smiling down on us as the skies split and blue was seen for the first time. The Splendour we all know and love was finally here!

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Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass 2015 - Day 1

Photo: Bianca Holderness

It’s that time of year again when thousands upon thousands of hungry music lovers descend upon Byron Bay to have the best weekend of their young/old lives.

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