Soulfest: A non-stop soul, jazz and hip hop festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Sunday 12 October 2014

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The sweet, smooth sounds of jazz. The funk of hip hop. The soothing notes of neo-soul. You can enjoy all your favourite music in one place this October, thanks to Soulfest. Taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, this anticipated festival has the biggest lineup of soul in Australia, with guests including Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Angie Stone, and DJ Trey, all performing over two stages.

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Interview with Australian director Roman Stills about his new film, Dixieland

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By Nicole Hughes in New Film on Friday 3 October 2014

Australian film director, Roman Stills, explores the concept of space, culture and music in his latest film, Dixieland. Filmed in New Orleans, Dixieland depicts the landscape alongside a rhythmic Early Jazz beat. Juxtaposing the actor with his Southern surroundings in a timeless loop, Stills says is ‘a metaphor for New Orleans and the core theme of the piece.’

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Uptempo jazz from Japan’s Fox Capture Plan

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By Daniel Isles in New Music on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Don’t you just love when you accidentally find refreshing new music! I was lucky enough to stumble upon Fox Capture Plan, a trio of creative fellows, while browsing one of the most random stores on the planet. The group consists of Ryo Kishimoto on the piano, Hidehiro Kawai playing bass, and Tsukasa Inoue on the drums. […]

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Storms Coming: Tim Minchin’s wickedly good beat poem

Jake Sheridan Contributor

By Jake Sheridan in Video on Tuesday 9 July 2013

Inside the confines of an unassuming London flat, a dinner party plays host to musician and comedian Tim Minchin as he argues with a hippy named Storm. Who would have thought a nine minute beat poem was the perfect vehicle for such an encounter, but it really works and makes for quite an impact. The […]

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Review: The Necks at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Australia

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Friday 15 February 2013

From the darkness, a tiny clatter of bells came bubbling – it reminded me of the sounds I’d heard whilst spending time at a Buddhist temple, opening my mind to foreign spiritual concepts. It’s funny that I should bring up religion so early, but what followed that tiny clatter was a huge wall of emotion […]

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New music by Bohren and Der Club of Gore

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By The Heavy Collective in New Music on Wednesday 19 December 2012

Bohren describe their music as Doom Jazz. Our friends call them Pervert Jazz. I like to think of them as Noir Jazz. Regardless of the title, these German nightwalkers are the business. If Satan was having a blow out, these guys would be doing the Coltrane covers.

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New World Jazz Composers Octet

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By Matt McKee in New Music on Tuesday 28 February 2012

Jazz lovers should definitely check into the New World Jazz Composers Octet. They just released their third CD, Breaking News. It’s fun, funky, a little dreamily retro at times, but to me, it is instantly accessible and great for putting on in the studio during portrait sessions. It gets the subjects bopping along and in […]

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Mihaly Dresch

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By Rob Smoughton Hot Chip in New Music on Friday 9 July 2010

I heard the Hungarian jazz and folk saxophonist — Mihaly Dresch — in Budapest one Christmas and I fell in love completely. I put the CD on and straight away his tone, control and dexterity was enough to make me get up out of my seat and turn the volume way up. I wanted to just be immersed in this music. But aside from his playing, his compositions are breathtaking.

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Dark Dark Dark

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By Anna Trier in New Music on Tuesday 8 June 2010

I have to say I have always been a sucker for a band with an accordion, so when I meet the Minneapolis based Dark Dark Dark in Venice this summer and they not only had an accordion but an upright bass and a cello, I fell in love with their sound. This music is magnanimous, […]

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Madrid’s Talk!

Laurie Smolenski Reader Find

By Laurie Smolenski in New Music on Friday 16 April 2010

With talent beyond their years and humility to grasp their weight of their predecessors, Madrid’s Talk! have earned their salt as being the only active Hammond trio of young musicians in the city. While replacing the bass with an organ is nothing new, what sets Talk! apart is not innovation, but the unharnessed ferocity with which they pay ode to the beastly Hammond organ.

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Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 13 March 2010

People have drawn comparisons between Virus and Talking Heads. The Norwegian trio surely incorporates a lot of jazz, experimental, and metal (the band is a supergroup of sorts with ties to bands like Satyricon, Aura Noir, and Inferno) elements, but their distinct gothic rock sound has very little connection to David Byrne and company. That’s […]

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John Lurie

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 28 July 2009

Primarily known as a jazz musician, John Lurie also is a prolific painter. His drippy style has something mysterious and even a bit creepy about it.

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White Shoes & The Couples Company

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Saturday 9 February 2008

The coolest band in Indonesia? I think so. White Shoes & The Couples Company describe themselves as a small band that is ‘influenced by Indonesian movie soundtracks from the 70s and inspired by the acoustic spirit of 1930’s classic jazz musicians’. But I like to think of them as carrying the torch for artists like […]

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