Author: Tia Auld

Review: Xander Holmes Makes His Mark With Sophomore EP ‘Into The Mist’

Xander Holmes may be relatively new to the local music scene, but he’s already making a mark with his sophomore EP Into The Mist, released 25 May. Into the Mist explores themes of insecurity, fear, and boldness with Xander using classic indie-pop stylings to convey his journey of self-discovery while struggling with self-doubt. Opening track Something Real recently won a Queensland Music Award, and it’s easy to see why with layers of soft vocals, meaningful lyrics, and addictive melodies. Title track Into the Mist further immerses listeners in Xander’s journey. Centred on finding courage and welcoming support, Xander says...

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Review: Video Avenue Channel Brit-Pop On Debut EP

New kids on the block, Video Avenue, are taking Brit-pop to the next level on their debut EP The Mixtape, released late 2017. Disaster Master opens the record with classic guitar riffs and lyrical commentary about friendship compromises in the digital age. Turning into a fun call-to-action to get up to mischief outdoors, this is the perfect lead to engage listeners. Waste of Time makes for easy listening while lead single (and 4ZZZ Hot 100 placeholder), Homewrecker, features infectious beats and melodies that will have you singing along by the second verse! Initially you may think the track is...

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Give These QLD Acts A Grammy

As the curtain closes on the international music industry’s night of nights, the 60TH Annual Grammy Awards, we’re celebrating acts closer to home with a pseudo-Grammy winners list, made entirely of QLD acts! While millions of people across the world tuned in to see if Kendrick Lamar would topple Jay Z for Grammy’s King glory, we trawled our records to find standout QLD artists we think are going places. Competition was fierce, but we’ve managed to pick winners across the four main categories (Record, Album, Song and New Artist Of The Year). QUEENSLAND GRAMMY AWARDS 2018 RECORD OF THE...

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LALKA’s Live Show Is Pure Magic

LALKA recently premiered her latest single Cool Youth on Thursday, 30 November at The End Bar. Darkly lit, surrounded by wood and plants, the venue seemed the perfect place to play host to the magical atmosphere LALKA creates wherever she goes. Rohin Jones began the evening using only his guitar to capture the crowd’s attention. As his set progressed, his warm vocals mixed with guitar and basic electronics offered something for everyone. Weaving vocals in and out of his instrumental breaks, Rohin was the perfect start to the night. Next to take the stage was Soda Eaves, offering a...

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Review: Golden Age Of Ballooning Add More Character To Signature Sound On ‘Illusion Of Control’ Special Edition EP

Golden Age Of Ballooning have released a special edition of their EP Illusion Of Control, with several new bonus tracks! Psych-rock mixed with indie-pop creates heavenly harmonies and complex yet classic sounds, with the new tracks providing further character. Calling Me starts the EP with consistently strong vocals and electric guitar riffs throughout. Right from the beginning, Illusion Of Control is full of groovy and danceable beats. Newest single Long Mover is dreamy, inspiring a road-tripping adventure and summer romances. A standout track that will have you feeling nostalgic by the first chorus, the song perfectly encompasses all the...

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