Hot on the hind of their 2011 studio album The King Is Dead, Portland’s finest indi-folk folks The Decemberists deliver their first live album – two discs of highly literate down-home goodness.
Not someone usually thought of as a country musician, Lionel Richie can claim as much right as anyone to a bit of southern twang, being born and raised in Tuskagee, Alabama.
Brisbane’s resident maestros of fuzzed-up indie rock, Tape/Off, return with their second 5-track album, …And Sometimes Gladness, following 2010’s rambunctiously confident debut Unreel Unravel.
Brooklyn’s genre-bending Dirty Projectors team up with Bjork to produce a largely a cappella song cycle about whales and their displeasure about the badness of humanity.
Brisbane indie-pop visionary Tara Simmons gives us a tantalising taste of her forthcoming second album with lead single Be Gone.
With its spacey synths and long songs, Pink Floyd’s 1975 follow-up to the commercially colossal Dark Side of the Moon album proved to be a return to the band’s more explicitly prog-rock stylings of earlier works.
There’s little that hasn’t been said about Pink Floyd’s 1973 opus, The Dark Side of the Moon. It’s long been part of the classic rock canon, and deservedly so, especially if sales figures have anything to do with it. Not too many albums can boast an uninterrupted 15-year run on the UK Billboard charts.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since fans expecting another dose of echo-heavy spiritual earnestness from its chief purveyors were confronted with the shrill sounds of Zoo Station tearing out of their speakers.
Getting plenty of airplay and admiration at present, Sydney’s Bluejuice give us their third album, Company – twelve tracks of criminally catchy indy/disco/pop-rock.
LA’s Wavves arrived on the skate/pop/punk/skuzz scene in 2009 with their self-titled debut. They return with their third release, an 8-track mini album (if you include the two bonus tracks) by the refreshingly honest name of Life Sux. Wavves is the brain child of lead singer Nathan Williams, who writes all songs on the album, apart from opening track Bug, on which he shares a writing credit with Stephen Pope.
Given that the Beatles were spurred on to produce Sergeant Pepper by the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, the mind can only boggle at the chain of inspiration that might have eventuated had the Beach Boys been able to complete their legendary ‘lost’ Smile album at the height of the 60s.
Ubiquitous producer extraordinaire David Guetta is back (not that he ever seems to go away) with a two-CD set of new music; Nothing But the Beat.