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FAQ: Eurovision Edition   

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Fire up the wind machines, cover yourself in glitter, and get the pyrotechnics ready, because the second edition of FAQ is going to be about the Eurovision Song Contest!    What is Eurovision and why does it exist?  The Eurovision Song Contest (Eurovision or ESC for short) is a song contest which began in 1956 to promote peace and unity within Europe after the Second World War. In the contest’s first year, only seven countries participated. 62 years later, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has 42 participating countries both within and outside Europe.  Modern Eurovision is like the Olympics, X Factor,
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The Set List, Edition 2: The Encore Edition 

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And now, for the piece you’ve been awaiting with bated breath: the extended second edition of The Set List. While I slowly replace my social life with gigs, unironically substitute all normal conversations for “Dude, have you heard this new song? It’s such a tuuuuuuuuuune” and spend all my spare change on Spotify, I’m proud to share my latest symphonic discoveries with you. With my extensive* music knowledge, the completely accurate and not-at-all-bullshit descriptions below will likely make you at least the second-coolest member of your friendship group. (If, like me, your only friend is your dog, then you were
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The Set List, Edition 1

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Genre: Pop If you love… Taylor Swift, circa 2008 You’ll like… Gretta Ray The 19-year-old singer-songwriter continues to rise from strength to strength. Her insightful lyrics exhort a maturity beyond her teenage years, while the substantial nature of her guitar-pop style is a testament to her wealth of experience. One to keep an eye on in 2018, her starry-eyed ballads will win you over if you’ve been pining about the death of the ‘old Taylor’. In a word: Lyrical Favourite song: Drive   Genre: Electronica If you love… Flume You’ll like… Ninajirachi ‘Dance music made in an ice cave’? 18-year-old
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Interview: Jen Cloher is Australia’s most honest musician

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Australia is a big, lonely island and Jen Cloher feels it: as an artist, as a woman, as a gay woman and as one half of a relationship that is often stretched across continents. Over a decade since the release of her debut record Dead Wood Falls, the ARIA-nominated Melbourne punk-rock figurehead is at her powerful best on her self-titled fourth studio album. Crushingly candid, deceptively funny and vivid in its imagery, Jen Cloher is a bona fide album of the year contender that remains strikingly authentic whether Cloher is decrying the tyranny of distance, skewering armchair critics or sharing
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Alex Lahey: Wes Anderson Tour

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While drowning in the mountains of work in the lead up to exams, editor Sophia McNamara and reporter Jessie Lu managed to put an evening aside for a delightedly fun, high-energy Alex Lahey gig on a Friday night. The unmissable Wes Anderson Tour at Howler in Brunswick had everything you could expect with a last hurrah for all of Lahey’s current material, before the highly-anticipated release of her debut LP. Lahey was supported by The Football Club, who captivated the audience with their vulnerable folk-pop melodies.
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