Author: Zoë Radas

Sia, ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ review

There aren’t many vocalists who can sing “ho ho ho” as convincingly as Sia – her cutesy diction actually lends itself perfectly to the Toy Town terrain of this collection of Christmas originals. Plus, they’re so full of festive hallmarks (tubular bells, jingle bells, glockenspiel) that it doesn’t matter one bit you don’t know the words. There’s all the doo-wop you can handle plus several ballads (she serenades a literal snowman in Snowman), but the best one has slide whistles, smashing glass, and that tinkling sound when a cartoon character tip-toes, and it’s all about boozing it up with...

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Q&A with Pierce Brothers

Pat Pierce of adored Aussie folk duo Pierce Brothers answers our questions about fresh new EP, My Tired Mind. You’ve already performed some international dates with Tash Sultana and now you’ll be supporting her upcoming Aussie shows as well. Have y’all bonded over the former busking life? We have bonded over many things! Through busking in Melbourne and having the same management we have been friends for years now, so touring together is a great experience. It’s obviously been a huge opportunity for us and we’re loving it! We can’t wait to get stuck into the Australian tour! Do...

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Q&A with Amy Lee of Evanescence

We asked Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee all about the band’s new album Synthesis – a collection of re-recordings (and two new tracks) of some of the alt-rock group’s most treasured songs, rearranged with full orchestra. It’s amazing how so many of the orchestral instruments sound like they were always supposed to be there, and the electronic beats you’ve chosen have a very industrial feel, which fits the Evanescence style beautifully. Were many of these elements already imagined in your mind before you started this project? Thank you! Yes, actually. I didn’t know what the whole thing would sound like when we...

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TUNESDAY track – Sheryl Crow, ‘Strong Enough’

It’s Tuesday at STACK HQ, and that means one of our esteemed staff members picks a ditty they’re listening to today and explains why they’re so fond of it. Today’s tune: Sheryl Crow’s Strong Enough, chosen by STACK’s Zoë Radas. I recently watched an old performance of this super beautiful and vulnerable song in which Sheryl invited Stevie Nicks on stage to sing with her, and Stevie told a story about when she’d first heard the track. She said: “For women like Sheryl and I who have this kind of extreme career, every time we meet a new nice man, it crosses our mind: ‘Are...

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JB’s vinyl chart (November, week 2)

This week in vinyl: Samuel Smithsonian takes the wax throne, Sydney metalcore mob Polaris crack the top 5, and two different flavours of Awesome Mix. Here’s the chart from 1 to 10, with links to get your paws on ’em >> 1: Sam Smith, The Thrill Of It All 2: P!nk, Beautiful Trauma 3: Various, Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 4: Polaris, The Mortal Coil  5: Various, Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 6: Michael Jackson, Scream (glow in the dark vinyl) 7: Pink Floyd, The Dark Side Of The Moon 8: Michael Jackson, Thriller  9: Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold  10: Ed Sheeran, ÷...

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