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Author: Kieran J Hennessy

POLOSHIRT: On Gender in Music, Music-Minded Pets & Getting Lost at Splendour

Written by on 29 July 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Nostalgic. Happiness tinged with loss. Misery in a major key.* That’s Polographia, the duo of Moktar Sharouny and Daniel John Stapleton. Combine this with the eclectic yet smooth-as-fark vocals of Winston Surfshirt, and you have the newest Aussie collaborative project dripping into your earholes in the light of a neon sunset. Or a European […]

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Alison Wonderland: On Artistic Intuition & Chill Vibes After Troubles in Paradise

Written by on 15 May 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Content warning: this article discusses suicide. Alison Wonderland closed the main stage of the inaugural Your Paradise festival, Fiji, 2014, at 3am. We, plus half the frenzied crowd, then had to get on transfers off the island at 5:30am. Passing out was perhaps inevitable. Jack Beats and Hayden James were waiting outside in a […]

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EMC 2017 Wrap

Written by on 6 December 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”29-30 November, Giant Dwarf & Cake Wines Cellar Door”][vc_column_text] ‘Kieran J Hennessy Crashes EMC & Global Cities After Dark Conferences, Finds Free Food’ My shirt clung to me with mad sweat from the hot walk to the first of three days of music conferences. I was late, of course, and had missed the Global […]

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What So Not: On Taking A Stand & His Peacock-Horse-Monster-Truck

Written by on 6 October 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The writing has not come easy. This article has been pieced together and pulled apart in the aftermath of the long weekend, hungover afternoons and burnt-out midnights, missing deadline, all that shit. What So Not is partly responsible. Chris Emerson, aka. WSN aka Emoh, let loose his giant stage production for the third time […]

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The Jungle Giants: On Poison, Production, Romance & Hunger

Written by on 5 July 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Transcribing an interview with Sam Hales is weird. He hadn’t spoken a single sentence that wasn’t a double – beginning with one topic and veering off to on a tangent to end on another. His spilled sentences reveal his zest for all things music, but they have to be cleaned up to even begin to make […]

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VIVID: Thandi Phoenix at Eye Live Project

Written by on 19 June 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”16 June, Sydney Tower Eye” color=”white”][vc_column_text]With one of the most uniquely spectacular venues for an intimate live performance, it’s hard to go wrong. It’s even harder to go wrong with Thandi Phoenix, one of the most promising rising Aussie vocalists. We were stumbling through the empty Westfield trying to find the elevator up to […]

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