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Issue 1709

We’re celebrating Splendour in the Grass this month with New York’s iconic rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They lead our festival-worthy mag lineup, featuring England’s shoegaze pioneers Slowdive, Melbourne’s frenetic punks Cable Ties, indie favourites The Groundswell, plus Yalanji, Jirrbal, Badu Islander and soul extraordinaire Kee’ahn, whose emotional tribute to Uncle Archie Roach (with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) is our NAIDOC Week highlight.

We venture north and south to explore the latest production of Animal Farm and the new St Kilda Live Music Precinct respectively. We delve into Wanderer Festival, review the latest releases from Empress, Jack Ladder, Kerser and The Slingers, and take a trip to four more of our favourite locals: The Curtin, Kewpie, Onesixone and new kid on the block, The Mersh.

As usual, we save room for the best art exhibitions, stage productions, festivals and gigs. Enjoy.