Tiger tales story: ‘Go to the Triffid in Brisbane’ – November 2014

A feature story for the November-December issue of Tiger Tales Australia. Click the image to read a PDF of the story or check out a brief excerpt below. Former Powderfinger bassist John Collins only just arrived, but is already talking about the Go-Betweens. “Why did they call it the Go Between Bridge? And not the Go-Betweens Bridge?” […]

The Big Issue story: ‘Track Record: Kimbra’ – October 2014

A feature story for The Big Issue #470 — a profile of New Zealand musician Kimbra and her recently released album, The Golden Echo. Click the image for a closer look, or read the article text underneath. KIMBRA LEE JOHNSON gets bored easily. “Especially when you’re about to start an album,” says the singer-songwriter, who’s known by her first name. “I […]

The Big Issue story: ‘Radical Son: From Cell to Studio’ – September 2014

A feature story for The Big Issue #468 — a profile of Indigenous Australian musician Radical Son and his recently released album, Cause & Affect. Click the image for a closer look, or read the article text underneath. IT’S HARD to imagine David Leha ever serving time in prison. On the phone he’s a quiet man, thoughtful to the […]

Tiger Tales story: ‘Go Indie in Kuala Lumpur’, July 2014

My first story for Tiger Tales Australia’s sister publication, Tiger Tales Asia, looking at the independent music scene in Kuala Lumpur. The full story appears underneath; click the image below to view as a PDF. Special thanks to Razlan Shah for helping pulling this together. Everyone knows Kuala Lumpur has its fair share of glitzy bars and thumping […]

TheVine story: “Best Beats: The Month in Hip-Hop, February 2014”, March 2014

The latest of my monthly hip-hop round-ups for TheVine. Excerpt below. Full story via the link at the bottom of the page. Well, this was rubbish. There was actually too much rap music in a measly twenty-eight days to cram into one write-up. Music journalism problems yo. Did my best. All essential, as always. Zilla […]

TheVine story: ‘RÜFÜS: “I grew up butt-naked on the dirt”‘, March 2014

An in-depth interview with RÜFÜS frontman, Tyrone Lindqvist. Read the excerpt below or check out the full story at TheVine. Disclosure: I have history of sorts with Tyrone Lindqvist. Or more accurately, I have history of sorts with Lindqvist’s father, Ken. Two and a half years ago I travelled to Lightning Ridge, eleven hours west of […]

TheVine story: “As It Happened: The INXS mini-series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ — Ep 2”, February 2014

The second and final instalment of my Never Tear Us Apart review. Check the excerpt below or visit TheVine for the full story. Read the review of the first episode here. Matt Shea revisited some childhood demons to review the first instalment of Channel 7’s two-part INXS mini-series, Never Tear Us Apart. Here in the second and final […]

TheVine story: “Best Beats: Summer Hip-Hop Edition, 2013-2014”, February 2014

My regular monthly round-up of rap music for TheVine, in best-of-summer form. Excerpt below. What kind of fool releases their music in December and January? You’ve just given yourself a free pass on all the year-end lists, my pal, and that’s what really matters right? Right?! Still, while critics enjoyed recapping their favourite tunes from […]

TheVine story: “Group Therapy: Does Australian Music Have a Drinking Problem?” February 2014

On the back of Bliss n Eso MC Max MacKinnon’s revelation that he has recently beaten a drinking problem (see previous story here), I surveyed twelve artists from around Australia — including Drapht, The Basics’ Kris Schroeder, Sietta’s Caiti Baker and The Butterfly Effect’s Ben Hall  — to get their thoughts on whether local independent music has […]

TheVine story: “As It Happened: The INXS mini-series ‘Never Tear Us Apart'”, February 2014

I was asked to review Never Tear Us Apart — Channel 7’s dramatised mini-series covering the rise of Australian rock band, INXS. The following timestamped piece was the result. Read the excerpt below or visit TheVine for the full article. Matt Shea revisits some childhood demons to review the first instalment of Channel 7’s two-part INXS […]