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Review: Iron & Wine (Sydney Opera House)

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Review: Iron & Wine (Sydney Opera House)

Posted May 29, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

Alright. Full disclosure: While the moniker Iron & Wine blipped here and there on my radar and your humble narrator thinking that it would not be the worst name for a band anchored in the unsägliche genre that has become known as Neofolk, I had never actually listened to Sam Beam and his musical explorations prior to this gig. Six albums and fifteen years in, Iron & Wine incarnated at Sydney’s Opera House underneath cloud props set against a blue background, allowing the audience to focus on the music without further frivolous ornamentation or distractions. While a bit of homework on the man revealed that throughout his career he here and there employed the full-sound of a band as well ...

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Halo Of Flies Records

Music Halo Of Flies Records

Posted May 26, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

In hindsight, Halo Of Flies is one of the labels responsible for dragging me into dark hardcore music. I was already into metal of all ...

Orphaned Land

Interviews Orphaned Land

Posted May 8, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Orphaned Land have been at the forefront of heavy music with a meaning ever since their inception in 1992. The Israeli band recently released their ...

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Matthew Shipp

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Matthew Shipp

Posted Dec. 23, 2017, 4:41 a.m.

SPB: You and Bobby Kapp come from two different eras of the NY free jazz scene. What did you discover in your recording sessions, about either the past and the present of the scene?  Shipp: The great thing about music is that, even though we are all a specific product of the time and environment we come out of, occasionally there can be some type of slight transcendence of them. Kapp was around in the early wave of the jazz avant garde, in fact was on some early esp records—I have come along in a third or fourth generation ...

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Nick Hodgson

Interviews Nick Hodgson

Posted April 8, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

“It’s like a divorce. You can be as friendly as you like but there’s always a bit of ...

SXSW 2018

Music SXSW 2018

Posted April 8, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

The year's third month is always a crazy time to be in Austin, what with the South by Southwest ...

Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Interviews Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Posted March 10, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

Max Cavalera has been a prominent contributor to heavy music for decades. March 8th, 2018 marked 23 years since the ...

The Sword

Interviews The Sword

Posted March 10, 2018, 12:16 p.m.

The Sword barrel down the highway bludgeoning passers-by with thick southern riffs, warped Sci-Fi, and a groove that may hit ...

Father Murphy

Interviews Father Murphy

Posted Feb. 27, 2018, noon

“Year by year, release after release, Father Murphy music became the soundtrack of our lives. It was always out of ...

MONA FOMA Festival 2018

Music MONA FOMA Festival 2018

Posted Feb. 6, 2018, 4 p.m.

19-21 January 2018 Hobart, Tasmania – Australia Nine is fabled to be the number of completion and fulfillment. After nine incarnations ...

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