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Love TV: a series of public interviews about LOVE

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By Monique Rothstein in New Art, Video on Thursday 15 March 2012

Are you in love at the moment? This question often warrants a complicated response because, well, love is more than a four letter word. Brisbane-based artist, Rebecca McIntosh, has invested a large part of her life asking this question in the name of public art. Love TV sees McIntosh dressed as the goddess of love, Aphrodite, conducting a series of interviews with musicians, artists, celebrities, actors, local heroes, and, of course, the public.

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Fergus Brown’s Nerds In Love

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Saturday 1 November 2008

We checked in with Sydney-based songwriter Fergus Brown to get the inside story on his wonderfully quirky and catchy pop song, Nerds In Love [below]: ‘It was was a fun song write. Some songs can be tortuous, but this was an imagined, tongue-in-cheek vignette of my life spent together with a certain girl I’d seen […]

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The All New Adventures Of Us

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Monday 25 August 2008

Sonic alchemy, lyrical mastery and melodies to melt even the coldest winter heart, anyone? I introduce you to my new favourite indie darlings: The All New Adventures of Us (alternatively nicknamed TANOU). With their offbeat blend of indie pop, this seven piece British outfit evoke elements of their most talented contemporaries such as Belle & Sebastian, Connor Oberst, Sigur Ros, Ben Folds, and even the fragile vocal sensibility of Elliot Smith.

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She & Him’s Volume One

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Thursday 17 April 2008

She & Him are actress and closet singer-songwriter, Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous, The Good Girl, The Assassination of Jesse James), and juggernaut producer, one-man band and folk troubadour, M.Ward.

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Firekites’ The Bowery

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Tuesday 15 April 2008

Emanating from Newcastle, Australia, Firekites are the unlikely love child of Kings of Convenience and Arcade Fire, with eyes the colour of Texas geniuses, Midlake.

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Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention To Themselves

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Friday 11 April 2008

I first set eyes on the Brisbane quartet Yves Klein Blue during a stint as a music scout for an online music initiative.

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New Buffalo

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Monday 31 March 2008

Things are happening almost too quickly for Sally Seltmann, the bashful Melbourne balladeer who plays under the guise of New Buffalo and who wrote Feist’s 2007 hit single, 1,2,3,4.

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We Are Scientists’ Brain Thrust Mastery

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Wednesday 19 March 2008

This New York indie-rock outfit won our hearts with the Kaiser Chiefs-esque single Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt off their acclaimed debut album.

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Princess One Point Five: Vous Je Vous

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Friday 14 March 2008

Princess One Point Five is the brainchild of Melbourne based singer-songwriter Sarah-Jane Wentzki, in collaboration with partner Richard Andrew. With Wentzki’s gloriously fragile and emotionally charged vocals, not dissimilar to the Blaskos or New Buffalos of the Australian songstress circle, P1.5 (as she is affectionately known) creates a unique hybrid of achingly poetic underground avant-pop, gently sprinkled with the post-modern indie aesthetic.

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Interview with Lior

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Monday 3 March 2008

The Israel-turn-Sydneysider Lior has a wonderful ability to turn the mundane of the everyday into delicious slices of saccharine sweet folk music. We caught up with on the cusp of his much anticipated sophomore studio release, Corner of an Endless Road. Considering Autumn Flow was so well received (and multi-award winning) were you anxious or intimidated about releasing a follow-up? ‘Absolutely. At the beginning I was and it was a little bit daunting because I went from doing my first album, which was really just an artistic project and I didn’t really think anyone would care, and then you’ve got to work hard to shake off the expectations and all the stuff they talk about. So I just had fun with it and went back into the headspace where I was writing songs for myself again, not for other people and not with anyone in mind. It was hard, but I got there in the end’.

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Sugar Army’s Where Do You Hide Your Toys (E.P)

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Saturday 23 February 2008

Sugar Army is the culmination of four dudes spending their lives in the dreamy slumber of West Australia, with their only saviour from terminal boredom being music. With the lengthy titled opener, And Now You’re Old Enough, I Think That You Should Know, earning these indie rock purists high rotation on Australian radio network Triple […]

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The E.L.F’s Stevie Nicks Hearts

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By Monique Rothstein in New Music on Tuesday 12 February 2008

The E.L.F is the outrageous new side project of the flannel-clad Gerling frontman, Darren Cross. A genre agnostic, Cross throws a tantrum on Stevie Nicks Hearts, the first EP created el solo in the dark underbelly of his Sydney home studio. The indie-infused aesthetic smashes itself against the wall, whilst 80’s synth-beats get thrown across […]

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