Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

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★★★★

“I just wanted to be one of The Strokes,” Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner sings in the opening line of his band’s sixth album, their first in five years.

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Primal Time

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OVER THREE DECADES AND 11 ALBUMS, PRIMAL SCREAM HAVE TACKLED EVERYTHING FROM ROCK TO ELECTRONICA. NOW THEY RETURN TO AUSTRALIA.

FOR MORE THAN 30 years Bobby Gillespie has been one of the leading figures in British music. As the founder, frontman and only constant member of Primal Scream, Gillespie has steered his group through numerous changes in personnel and musical direction while remaining a singular presence. Just as comfortable dissecting politics as he is talking about his band’s music, or his favourite record of the year (Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Lice), interviewing Gillespie often feels more like catching up with an old friend.

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Returning music to Australian TV – what should it look like?

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It’s something that’s been discussed around tables in pubs, in homes and online for many years: the lack of music on Australian TV.

For a long time, you could barely turn the box on, particularly on weekends, without seeing artists performing (or miming in less-enlightened times) on either dedicated music shows or on some sort of variety show. It’s hard to believe now but before Australian free-to-air TV became predominantly the home of averages joes cooking, renovating or trying to become an overnight singing sensation (and the endless repeats of these shows), there were actually programs that gave local acts an opportunity to be seen and heard by more than just dedicated music fans. Unbelievable, I know.

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All My People, Right Here, Right Now – Ten of 1997’s boldest and loudest indie rock albums

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During their recent week of features discussing the best and worst of pop culture from twenty years ago, The A.V. Club said that 1997 is a “frequent contender” for the title of Worst Music Year.

Sure, their point was strongly made by the fact that, during a two-week period in June and July of that year, albums were released Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Limp Bizkit; a beefcake triumvirate that provides no finer representation of everything that was absolutely horrid about music in the late 90s/early 00s.

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The Creases – Tremolow

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★★★★

After forming in 2013 and releasing the Gradient EP in 2014, a debut long player has been a long time coming from The Creases. While the Brisbane foursome’s first release was a propulsive blend of post punk and shoegaze, debut album Tremolo is a brighter, brasher record.

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Ten songs Paul McCartney should play on his return to Australia

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It’s been a super-long time since Paul McCartney toured Australia. The last time he was here, Hypercolour, E Street, focaccia and Peter Andre were all things. Shane Warne was better known for his skills on the pitch than for his moves off it. Paul Keating was the Prime Minister. The internet wasn’t a thing! This outfit was somehow something people thought was acceptable to wear.

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