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The Witching Hour #4: The Wonderment Of Cat Power

Sat Nam and welcome to The Witching Hour, a podcast exploring the metaphysical side of music. My name is Sophie Miles and it was a real joy to talk music and spirituality for this month’s podcast with someone whose music I have always treasured, Chan Marshall aka Cat Power. In the same generous and gentle spirit […]

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Cool Sounds: Cassandra & Five Other Girls

Cool Sounds are a new Melbourne outfit fronted by maths whiz Dainis Lacey and featuring members of much-loved local bands including The Ocean Party, Ciggie Witch, and No Local. Their forthcoming album Cactus Country marks a shift towards country and ’70s soft rock, both of which are evident on first single ‘Cassandra’. “It’s a different take on […]

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B Wise: Tracks Of My Teenage Years

Get to know rapper B Wise through this selection of tracks that shaped his upbringing in Sydney’s south-west. “This is basically the soundtrack to my teen to adult years,” the Elefant Traks signing says. “Every song here either is a reflection of the type of music I make, a representation of my personality, or the […]

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LNWY Recommends: September’s Best New Music

Laneway Festival’s Dom O’Connor picks out the best tracks of the month – from a mysterious Sydney duo to Lil Uzi Vert’s first single in almost a year.

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Alexander Biggs Has Made The Perfect Indie Movie Soundtrack

To mark the release of his second EP Whatever Helps You Sleep, Melbourne singer Alexander Biggs has put together a playlist that “fits the mould of most indie films”, with one stipulation: the protagonists need to be despondent and soul-searching. “The perfect indie movie doesn’t exist,” he says, “but if it did it would probably star […]

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LNWY Recommends: August’s Best New Music

Laneway Festival’s Dom O’Connor picks out the best tracks of the month – from some emerging teen prodigies to a vital new voice in Aussie guitar rock.

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Roosevelt’s Guide To Cologne’s Perfectly Sized Scene

German producer Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) has put together a guide to Cologne’s underrated electronic music scene. The German producer – who has remixed artists including CHVRCHES and Glass Animals – will released his second album Young Romance in September 2018. ••• THE Cologne music scene is the perfect size. It’s small enough to know […]

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Old Raps Episode 6: Louisiana Highway 10

FIVE years ago my wife and I honeymooned across America, renting a car and driving through most of the South, eating barbecue and sweating profusely during a hot summer. We planned the entire holiday around restaurants we wanted to eat at and then found fun things to do in between them. But mostly it was […]

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Ryan Downey: 8 Songs Of Longing

Ryan Downey has a thing for a committed vocal take. “A lot of my favourite songs seems to be about longing,” the Melbourne crooner says. “I guess desire and desperation are great fuel for a potent, embodied vocal performance.” Following the release of his debut album Running, here’s Ryan’s  playlist of “stunners” – from Sufjan […]

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MUTO: 8 Songs That Remind Me Of The Northern Beaches

Aussie producer MUTO spent his formative years on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a hotbed of local musical talent that’s produced the likes of What So Not, George Maple, Ocean Alley, LDRU, and his childhood friend Harley Streten aka Flume. To coincide with the release of his EP Arcane, MUTO has put together a playlist of tracks featuring […]

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LNWY Recommends: July’s Best New Music

Laneway Festival’s Dom O’Connor picks out the best tracks of the month – from the return of Chance The Rapper to the continued rise of Compton rapper/producer Channel Tres.

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HABITS: 5 Songs That Make Your Uber Driver Regret Picking You Up

Self-described “moody bitches” HABITS have made you a playlist that coincides with the release of their aptly named Salty EP. “We often need the aid of evil bangers to get us out and into the function,” the duo says. “Sometimes we don’t have the energy to care if Greg the retired doctor/Uber driver is having […]

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Old Raps Episode 5: The Neptunes

IN the first half of 2004, I gave at least four people the CD single of Snoop Dogg’s ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ for their birthday. It was a pretty redundant gift – the song was played on the radio about 20 times a day back then, and at least once an hour, every hour […]

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RAAVE TAPES: 10 Artists Making Newcastle Great Again

Indie rock trio RAAVE TAPES have become notorious in their native Newcastle for DIY parties and venue takeovers featuring some of their favourite bands. The latest instalment will see 17 acts – including Haiku Hands, Press Club, Vacations, and Totty – play over three venues at local institution The Cambridge Hotel.  It’s clear RAAVE TAPES have a […]

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LNWY Recommends: June’s Best New Music

Laneway Festival’s Dom O’Connor picks out the best tracks of the month – from a typically hard-hitting return from Freddie Gibbs top the latest from the South London scene that produced Shame.

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Finn Wolfhard And Calpurnia’s Favourite Aussie Songs

Fun fact: Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things loves Aussie music. And so do his bandmates in Vancouver four-piece Calpurnia. With the release of their debut EP Scout, each band member – Finn, Malcolm Craig, Ayla Tesler-Mabe, and Jack Anderson – picks out their favourite Aussie tracks from present and past. ‘Crumbling Castle’ King Gizzard & The […]

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The Witching Hour #3: The Gospel Of serpentwithfeet

Satnam and welcome to The Witching Hour. My name is Sophie Miles and this episode is an amazing conversation with Josiah Wise, aka pagan-gospel artist serpentwithfeet. Josiah shares his journey from his childhood as a pentecostal choir boy, growing up in a deeply religious Baltimore household, to his explorations of the occult, becoming a crystal […]

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Katz: 8 Amazing Piano Moments In Modern Pop

MELBOURNE musician Katz’s debut EP Waterfall represents his first foray into “hazy” electronic music – but his roots are in jazz. “For me it always starts at the piano – my instrument of choice and writing companion for over 20 years now,” he says. “I’m a sucker for harmony, and I don’t think there’s a […]

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Eves Karydas: 10 Songs For A Long-Haul Flight

EVES Karydas knows a thing or two about long flights. The Cairns-born singer (formerly known as Eves The Behaviour) has been based in London for the past few years, inspiring a playlist of songs that she likes to put on to “get all emotional to”. “IT might sound weird but my favourite thing to do when […]

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LNWY Recommends: May’s Best New Music

Laneway Festival’s Dom O’Connor picks out the best tracks of the month – from Julia Jacklin’s old/new side project to “a match made in ideal chart heaven”.

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OKENYO: 5 Tracks Of Monumental Intimacy

SYDNEY-BASED artist and actor OKENYO is drawn to moments that capture a sense of personal intimacy, and her debut EP follows suit. Produced by Lionel Towers (Gypsy & The Cat), The Wave sees OKENYO push herself into “places of vulnerability” over at times sparse beats and neo-soul textures. Here she presents five songs of deep emotional […]

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Jon Hopkins’ Top 5 New Age Tracks

ELECTRONIC music composer Jon Hopkins recently sat down with Sophie Miles for the second instalment of her podcast, The Witching Hour. It was just before the release of fifth album, Singularity, and the pair spoke at length about music, consciousness, and the psychedelic spiritual dimensions of electronic music and rave culture. Jon revealed his daily […]

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The Witching Hour #2: The Singularity Of Jon Hopkins

SATNAM and welcome to episode two of The Witching Hour, a podcast exploring the metaphysical side of music. My name is Sophie Miles and my intention for this podcast is to illuminate the amazing ways in which music, meditation, and sound vibrations can change our consciousness. In this episode of The Witching Hour, we go […]

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Primitive Motion’s Playlist Of Duos

“We think duos can conjure magic,” says Brisbane’s Primitive Motion, aka dreamy two-piece Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig. “They converse without talking, aspire toward symmetry or the chaotic, call and respond, push particles through the air and practice an ancient form of telepathy. They can seesaw or be a sonic mobius strip.” “The playlist we’ve […]

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LNWY Recommends: April’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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Leroy Francis: The Soundtrack To My Ideal Prom Night

“I DRAW a lot of inspiration from the films I watch laying awake all night,” says Sydney multi-instrumentalist Leroy Francis. Which makes sense given his track ‘Intoxicated Dreams’ has that woozy, ’80s aesthetic that wouldn’t be out of place over the end credits of a John Hughes film. Leroy didn’t get to go to his […]

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Donny Benét: Six Songs That Made ‘The Don’

BEING an artist in the digital age really throws up so many challenges. When a hip street press/blog comes to you wanting hot content and original ideas you’re pained with thinking of something to present that’s different and interesting. It’s getting harder and harder to uncover something coveted and unheard. Every cool kid has heard […]

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LNWY Recommends: March’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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The Witching Hour #1: Shags Chamberlain

WELCOME to The Witching Hour, a brand new podcast exploring new-age and meditation music, healing vibrations, and far-out transmissions. My name is Sophie Miles and for this first ever episode I travelled to LA to track down Melbourne’s own Shags Chamberlain. Since Shags left Melbourne a few years ago, he’s popped up playing in Ariel […]

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LNWY Recommends: February’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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15 Albums To Look Out For In 2018

Words by Dom O’Connor and Darren Levin So far in 2018, we’ve already been given new records from Ty Segall, First Aid Kit, Car Seat Headrest, Marlon Williams, and Tune-Yards. In this playlist, we look further into some of the most anticipated releases still to come in 2018, from long-standing returns (David Byrne) to much-awaited […]

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Old Raps Episode 4: 1992 Oakland California

I SAW Marvel’s latest huge superhero blockbuster Black Panther a few weeks ago. And while I loved the incredible cast, the futuristic action and the twists and turns of the plot, the highlight of the entire movie for me happened less than five minutes after it started. The movie is bookended by scenes in Oakland, […]

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Jeremy Neale: 6 Theme Songs To Some TV Shows I’ve Been Working On

As most of you know, I spent the last few months abroad with the organisation, ‘Hang Gliders For Hope (Bringing Xtreme Hope To Those Who Need It Most)’. But when I wasn’t soaring over the great rainforests of the world, I was writing. Predominantly fan-fiction, of course, but occasionally I’d dabble in the age old […]

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Setting The Tone: Slowdive @ Laneway Festival

How do artists pick a setlist? Is it preconceived, or just about how they’re feeling on the day? Are there some songs that are unmovable, or is everything up for grabs? To find out, DEXTER MURRAY spoke to Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell and Christian Savill ahead of their performance at Laneway Auckland. The seminal English rock […]

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Setting The Tone: Amy Shark @ Laneway Melbourne

How do artists pick a setlist? Is it preconceived, or just about how they’re feeling on the day? Are there some songs that are unmovable, or is everything up for grabs? To find out we spoke to Amy Shark ahead of her main stage performance at Melbourne Laneway about the planning that’s gone into her […]

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Setting The Tone: Billie Eilish @ Laneway Melbourne

How do artists pick a setlist? Is it preconceived, or just about how they’re feeling on the day? Are there some songs that are unmovable, or is everything up for grabs? To find out we spoke to Los Angeles pop phenom Billie Eilish ahead of her set at Melbourne Laneway, which included songs from her […]

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LNWY Recommends: January’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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Milwaukee Banks: Late Nights/Early Mornings

“Late nights and early mornings are when I seem to do most of my music listening,” says Dyl Thomas, one half of Melbourne hip-hop duo Milwaukee Banks with producer Edo Rafter. “Either with a fresh start to the day I like to go online and see what’s new and has dropped recently; or late at […]

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Old Raps Episode 3: Early No Limit Records

ONCE a month, somewhere in the world, a rapper releases a song called ‘No Limit’ that states they have “no limits”, maybe drops a reference to Master P, mentions the fact they’re a soldier, and if you’re lucky, they’ll throw in an “UHHHH” too. One of the biggest (and shittiest) songs of 2017 is ‘No […]

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Artists Pick Their Favourite Tracks Of 2017

Contributions from (in reverse alphabetical order): Young Franco, TORA, Thandi Phoenix, SAFIA, SAATSUMA, Roland Tings, POND, Polographia, Polish Club, Jeremy Neale, MUTO, LANKS, Kira Puru, Kardajala Kirridarra, Hockey Dad, Haiku Hands, Golden Vessel, Cosmo’s Midnight, Alexander Biggs, Peter Bibby, and The Bennies.

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LNWY Recommends: December’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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The 9 Most Overlooked Records Of 2017

Words by Dom O’Connor In 2017, it feels like the life cycle of a record is shorter than ever. While streaming offers fans unlimited troves of music past and present, it’s also arguably shortened the listener’s attention span, meaning more and more great records are falling through the cracks and being ignored in a uniquely […]

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LNWY Recommends: November’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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Spinning Coin’s Music To Watch Wind Turbines By

Sean Armstrong from Glasgow five-piece Spinning Coin has put together a twist on the typical road mixtape. “Whenever we are travelling to a gig and I see wind turbines by the side of the road or in the landscape somewhere I feel a real sense of optimism,” he says. “Like them, these songs harness natural renewable […]

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Good Boy: 8 Brisbane Songs

“This is just a glimpse into what our hometown has to offer,” says Brisbane rock three-piece Good Boy, who are now based in Fortitude Valley, after growing up in Queensland’s rum capital Bundaberg. The band pay tribute to their new home on ‘Majic Country’ – the final track on debut EP Shirk Life – so […]

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Protomartyr: 10 Songs I Have Sung To Myself Alone

From driving around “aimlessly” while being unemployed to cleaning bathrooms in a local comedy club, Joe Casey – singer of Detroit post-punk act Protomartyr – has spent a lot of time on his own. These 10 songs have helped him pass the time.   ‘Word On A Wing’ David Bowie Alone and a little drunk in […]

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Beaches’ Favourite Double Albums Ever

Love a good, sprawling double album? So does Melbourne five-piece Beaches. Third album Second Of Spring is 17 tracks and two discs worth of monstrous guitar rock. To celebrate its release, guitarists Alison Bolger and Ali McCann have made a playlist of their favourite double albums ever – from Can to Sonic Youth.   Something/Anything? Todd Rundgren (1972) […]

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Old Raps Episode 2: Atlanta’s Dungeon Family Collective

You’ve definitely heard at least 50 Dungeon Family songs in your lifetime. Maybe they were mostly OutKast tracks, a few Cee-lo songs, and ‘Waterfalls‘ by TLC. Dungeon Family are the absolutely legendary collective from Atlanta whose core members include OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi; Cee-Lo from Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley; Big Gipp; Khujo […]

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Jess Locke’s 7 Sinister Songs

“Dark, melancholic and slightly dissonant music has always resonated with me and has influenced the music I make a lot,” says Melbourne singer Jess Locke, the first addition to the roster for Smith Street Band’s Pool House Records. “Maybe it’s because people usually avoid talking about this kind of thing in everyday life? Or maybe […]

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Love Deluxe’s ‘Summer Of Love’ Playlist

Love Deluxe’s debut EP Silk Mirage is three tracks of summery disco-funk. And if that’s not enough to get you primed for summer, the mysterious Sydney producer has compiled a playlist that’s perfect for boat parties, relaxing by the pool, or taking in a beach sunset.   ‘Feel Like Making Love’ Gene Lawrence Real smooth […]

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LNWY Recommends: October’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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10 Songs Tigertown Listen To ‘A Lot’ On The Road

Self-described family band Tigertown pick out the songs they listen to “a lot” on tour – from a Fleetwood Mac classic to the song that brought husband-and-wife duo Chris and Charlie Collins (guitar and lead vocals, respectively) together.   Waiting For A Star To Fall Boy Meets Girl One of our favourite songs from the […]

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Introducing Old Raps: A Podcast By DJ Levins

Record collecting is a pretty selfish hobby. Most smart people give it up at some point in their 20s, usually after the realisation that those $40 import CDs they own are worth more as coasters than they are a music format. It’s only the real monsters of this world who keep this disgusting hobby up […]

Side of Stage: Maggie Collins (BIGSOUND)

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Side Of Stage: Maggie Collins (BIGSOUND)

In this episode, Laneway Festival head programmer Danny Rogers and Lunatic Entertainment A&R scout Dom O’Connor picks programmer Maggie Collins’ brain about how she programs the conference’s hundreds of acts and speakers. It’s followed by an episode of companion podcast Soundcheck, where Dom chats to Camp Cope’s Sarah Thompson about the band’s decision to manage […]

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LNWY Recommends: September’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – team up for the best tracks of the month.

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Odesza Pick Out 10 Songs That Inspired Their New Album

Electronic duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight pick out 10 songs that inspired their third album, A Moment Apart.   ‘I Know There’s An Answer’ The Beach Boys The Beach Boys were one of our early musical obsessions. This track in particular highlights the one of kind vocal work Brian Wilson was able to develop […]

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Side Of Stage: Millie Millgate (Sounds Australia)

In this special episode, Laneway Festival head programmer Danny Rogers and Lunatic Entertainment A&R scout Dom O’Connor sit down with Sounds Australia’s Millie Millgate and chat about the changing opportunities for Australian bands overseas. It’s followed by a deep dive by Dom into the gender divide on festival lineups with help from Jack River, Music […]

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LNWY Recommends: August’s Best New Music

Missy Scheinberg and Dom O’Connor – from the Laneway offices in New York and Sydney, respectively – tag team for the best tracks of the month.   ‘A Wall’ Downtown Boys ‘A wall is just a wall’ might be the most unsubtle metaphor to use in 2017, but ‘A Wall’ is more than just a […]

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Side Of Stage: Tom Baker (Field Day UK, Eat Your Own Ears)

In this episode – recorded in Austin, Texas, at the yearly South By South West Festival – Laneway Festival head programmer Danny Rogers and Lunatic Entertainment A&R scout Dom O’Connor had a chat to Tom Baker, an East London promoter who runs Eat Your Own Ears, as well as programming the Field Day festival. Here, […]

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Side Of Stage: Justin Cosby (Inertia Music)

In this episode, Laneway Festival head programmer Danny Rogers and Lunatic Entertainment A&R scout Dom O’Connor sit down with Inertia Music’s head of A&R Justin Cosby and discuss his previous career as a youth social worker, his Joy Division fandom and the differing ways artists release music in 2017. Highlights 2.20 How Justin learned the […]

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An Introduction To (Sandy) Alex G

Words by Laneway’s Dom O’Connor Prolific bedroom artiste (Sandy) Alex G – aka Alexander Giannascoli – has been recording music for more than five years from his Philadelphia home. He’s released more than 10 records on Bandcamp during this time and earning a cult following that includes Frank Ocean, who asked him to play guitar […]

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RVG’s Love Letter To The Go-Betweens

Melbourne musician Romy Vager considers herself a Go-Betweens tragic – but it wasn’t an instant love. The singer/guitarist from the jagged rock band RVG was first exposed to the iconic Brisbane outfit by an ex-partner when they were “obviously breaking up”. “They just have that ability to sneak up on you and get inside you,” […]

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Side Of Stage: Sophie Miles (Mistletone)

In this episode, Laneway Festival head programmer Danny Rogers and Lunatic Entertainment A&R scout Dom O’Connor sit down with their friend Sophie Miles of Mistletone, and chat about her career before music, her favourite Ariel Pink stories and the differing ways people consume music today. Highlights 0.52 Sophie and Danny’s first, long-forgotten meeting at Meredith […]

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Why Philly Is America’s New Indie Rock Hotbed

Words by Dom O’Connor For the past 10 years, Philadelphia has felt like a hotbed of American guitar music – from the frontier folk-stonerisms of Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs to the earnest, heart-on-sleeve pop punk of Modern Baseball and Beach Slang. Philadelphia is by no means a small town. But it truly […]

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