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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Beyond AC/DC — New Music Out Of Australia

Travis Holcombe is a DJ at KCRW. (KCRW)

Travis Holcombe is a DJ at KCRW. (KCRW)

KCRW, the public radio station in Santa Monica, California, is well known for setting tastes in music and discovering unknown talent.

Travis Holcombe, who DJs there, has been hearing a lot of interesting music out of Australia — from the group Jagwar Ma to Tame Impala.

Songs played in this segment

  • Jagwar Ma, “The Throw”
  • Jagwar Ma, “Come Save Me”
  • Lorde, “Royals” (from New Zealand)
  • Empire of the Sun, “Walking on a dream”
  • Empire of the Sun, “I’ll be around”
  • Gypsy and the Cat, “Bloom”
  • Tame Impala, “Feels Like We’re Only Going Backwards”
Come Save Me by Jagwar Ma
Bloom by Gypsy & The Cat

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  • Jared

    Love to hear you guys talking about Australian music.  I listen to Triple J everyday, great way to keep a pulse on new music that hasn’t blown up here yet.  There’s a lot of amazing music coming out of there, and I’ve been able to catch a bunch of the bands around Portland.

  • Ghostrider

    I gotta say, I am not impressed with these new bands and the “new” sounds coming out of Austrailia, or for that matter the UK or US. The music is at best, generic. Nothing about it is inspiring or moving. It is bland and boring. The musicians don’t demonstrate any skill with their instruments. It seems to be merely computer samples layerd together without much throught to composition.

    George
    Portland OR USA

  • Guest

    I think you’ll find Lorde is from New Zealand.

  • Shelby Chubb

    Perhaps not so “new” but I think the American scene could use more exposure to “The Cat Empire”.  I found out about them when I was living in Australia in college and they have been my favorite band since.  So great live!  Sad I missed them coming to Boston this year.

  • shopping

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  • Stewart

    @552c4a737e3072827a5c3ca9b6f29ea1:disqus They said that Lorde is from New Zealand. They mentioned that they’re expanding the definition of Australia to the continent

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