Way Out West

Meredith Music Festival’s Activist Heart is an Illusion (and That's Okay)

Meredith 28, featuring Yaeji, Mental As Anything, Billy Bragg and the mighty Jnett, was a dream. But the radical ideas onstage can't necessarily translate into real life.
Sam West
12.13.18
Way Out West

Indie’s Dead But Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’ Tour Was Beautiful Anyway

At Margaret Court Arena on Tuesday, Bloc Party put on a stunner of a show (even if it exposed the faults in our former indie lifestyles.)
Sam West
11.30.18
Way Out West

Australian Punk Accidentally Gentrified Itself

On Dick Diver, Courtney Barnett, and the ever-crushing malaise of 'punk life' when you live in a changing city.
Sam West
10.24.18
Way Out West

At Splendour In The Grass, Boys Will Be Boys and Capitalism Will Be Capitalism

Splendour 2018 represented the best of our current cultural shift in acts like Stella Donnelly, Lorde and Kendrick Lamar. At times, it also represented the worst.
Sam West
8.1.18
Way Out West

Dark Mofo Made Me Feel Good About Art and Awful About Australia

How can David Walsh's "subversive adult Disneyland" exist at the same time as a homelessness crisis?
Sam West
6.29.18
Way Out West

Dark Mofo’s Hymns to the Dead Was Life-Affirming

Portal, Batushka, Numenorean, Blasphemy and Spire came to Hobart for one night of crushing, life-affirming metal.
Sam West
6.22.18
Remembering Things

We Reviewed Every Song on 'So Fresh: Spring 2000'

The first ever 'So Fresh' CD is turning 18 years old this year, so we looked back at its amazing tracklist, which included Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson and Blink-182.
Sam West
4.3.18
Remembering Things

This Was Supposed to Be an Article Called "Songs You Didn’t Know Were About Weed"

But I smoked quite a bit of weed and now it's a rant about Third Eye Blind and crystal meth.
Sam West
2.9.17