From dreams to reality: an interview with country music artist Billie-Jo Porter

For Country music artist Billie-Jo Porter, an appearance at the Tamworth country music festival was just a distant dream growing up near the country music capital, but come January 2023 it will be a reality. Having now released 4 singles on Spotify with her most recent single ‘Let It All Roll Out’ reaching country town Australia’s Hot 50 chart, Billie-Jo is really starting to get traction in her music career.Continue readingFrom dreams to reality: an interview with country music artist Billie-Jo Porter

Live music after lockdown

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for Australian musicians. A survey by I Lost My Gig Australia revealed that over 32,000 events were canceled during July and August 2021 alone resulting in $94 million in lost income for the Australian music industry. What is the state of live music after two years of lockdowns and misery for musos in the nation’s capital, and should more have been done?Continue readingLive music after lockdown

A metalhead’s guide to surviving mosh pits ft. GTM Canberra 2022

The last festival The Owl’s Liam Jennings went to was Good Things Sydney 2019 when Australia was in the middle of the Black Summer Bushfires. And thanks to COVID-19, it was his last for 24 months. It’s been a long time between sets but live music and the Australian festival scene is back!Continue readingA metalhead’s guide to surviving mosh pits ft. GTM Canberra 2022

Certified Lover Boy: did Drake hit or miss?

Drake is one of the biggest artists in the world right now, so it’s no surprise that his long-awaited sixth studio album, ‘Certified Lover Boy’, made waves after it dropped on September 3, 2021. Let’s be real, though, you can’t beat some old-school Drizzy, so it was always going to be hard to measure up against his previous work on ‘Scorpion’, ‘Views’ and ‘Take Care’. The Owl’s Sonia Emanuel rates the album track by track.Continue readingCertified Lover Boy: did Drake hit or miss?

Unlimited Love: the Red Hot Chili Peppers reunion album

After more than a decade spent apart, John Frusciante is back in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This has brought a glimmer of excitement from even the most cynical of Peppers fans who have been nothing short of disappointed by their past two albums, ‘Getaway’ and ‘I’m With You’. After all, the last time John returned to the band, we got ‘Californication’, an album that defined the band’s sound during their most prolific decade. ‘Unlimited Love’ however, is much subtler and you have to look deeper to find its appeal.Continue readingUnlimited Love: the Red Hot Chili Peppers reunion album

A ‘good old fun time’ at the National Folk Festival

This was the first National Folk Festival since the beginning of the pandemic, so in 2022 The Owl’s Sara Garrity attached her media pass to her unused 2020 festival lanyard. The showground buzzed with excitement from both attendees and volunteers that the festival is back again; people came from all over the country to attend the five day event which was celebrating its 55th year. A celebration of all things folk, the festival is an experience unlike any other, combining both music and culture that leaves absolutely nothing out.Continue readingA ‘good old fun time’ at the National Folk Festival

BLΛƆKPIИK ‘The Album’: expectations vs reality

BLACKPINK’s ‘The Album’ was an underwhelming collection of songs. For an album released 4 years after their debut, The Owl’s Erielle Manlulu expected a whirlwind of artistry and creativity which showcased each of the members’ talents, while honing in on the individuality of each of their styles. The reality, however, was quite different.Continue readingBLΛƆKPIИK ‘The Album’: expectations vs reality

What’s on in Canberra: 23-25 April, 2022

Only a few days until we’re allowed to turn on our heaters! But there’s lots on in the capital this long weekend to enjoy before digging in for the winter. Here’s The Owl’s rundown of the Canberra scene for 23-25 April, 2022.Continue readingWhat’s on in Canberra: 23-25 April, 2022

‘Hi! This is Flume’: inside the mind of an experimental house creator

After the success of his ‘Skin’ album in 2016, Flume became one of the best Australian artists. He has toured and performed throughout the globe, headlining at major festivals such as Listen Out in 2019, and Coachella in 2022. During COVID, Flume took the a few years off, only releasing singles with other featuring artists. After three years with no releases, Flume dropped a new mixtape.Continue reading‘Hi! This is Flume’: inside the mind of an experimental house creator

‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits: more than ‘Money For Nothing’

Dire Straits is one of the most iconic rock bands from the 1980’s and ‘Money for Nothing’, from their 1985 album ‘Brothers in Arms’, remains the band’s best selling single. But is this the best song on the album? Most people who have ever turned on the radio would recognise Sting singing the famous intro to ‘Money for Nothing’ – “I want my MTV”. However, there are another eight tracks on the fifth studio album from the band.Continue reading‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits: more than ‘Money For Nothing’