• Columbus – Home Remedy
    January 29, 2015 · Keith O'Shea

    Columbus – Home Remedy

    In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 2015, Brisbane trio Columbus set forth and with a full wind in their sails, set out to conquer the demanding world of pop-punk and...

  • Single Premiere: Kagu – Human
    January 29, 2015 · John Principe

    Single Premiere: Kagu – Human

    Are you suffering from post-band-breakup depression after Snakadaktal? Well, we’ve got the right remedy for you: presenting Kagu. Guitar and vocal man Sean Heathcliff (and the man who puts the “daktal” in Snakadaktal)...

  • Vid O’The Week: Grace – Pluto
    January 29, 2015 · Jen Ng

    Vid O’The Week: Grace – Pluto

    Grace‘s music video for her debut single, Pluto, has crammed a lot of things associated with the unnerving supernatural themes seen in blockbuster movies, and transformed it into an otherworldly, artistic piece – think Dementors,...

  • 10 artists to look out for in this year’s Bluesfest lineup
    January 29, 2015 · Chloe Kay Richardson

    10 artists to look out for in this year’s Bluesfest lineup

    Over the past 25 years, Peter Noble and the organisers of Bluesfest have impressed audiences worldwide with their indomitable line ups, and with Blues royalty such as Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck,...

  • Introducing: American Sharks
    January 29, 2015 · Guy Aldous

    Introducing: American Sharks

    “Who can tell me what it’s really about?” asks Jack Black of a group of school children. He would have you believe that rock and roll is really about sticking it to the...

  • Interview with Highasakite
    January 29, 2015 · Jen Ng

    Interview with Highasakite

    Happy caught up with Ingrid and Marte from Norwegian alternative-indie-pop band, Highasakite, ahead of their sideshows and Laneway performances across Australia, to talk about how they manage to keep grounded from all the fame and...

  • Interview with Art Of Sleeping
    January 29, 2015 · Shayen de Silva

    Interview with Art Of Sleeping

    Art of Sleeping have gone fucking crazy. And by that we mean they are raking in a crazy amount of fans and critical attention. Before playing at Sydney’s Newtown Social Club Jean Paul...

Exclusive Track: We Will Be Lions ft. Brookfield Duece and Ceeza Luciano – Scars of Love
December 15, 2014 · Shayen de Silva

Exclusive Track: We Will Be Lions ft. Brookfield Duece and Ceeza Luciano – Scars of Love

Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s an incredible thing to sit back and watch the madness unfold. People fighting for presents at the shops, recipes tested over and over again, and…

Video Premiere: Lupa J – Virus
September 29, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: Lupa J – Virus

I’m not one for broad sweeping statements about social, ideological or technological change, but we may very well be on the brink of a huge worldwide change – not as major as the industrial revolution, splitting the…

Video Premiere: Orphans Orphans – Lighten Up Your Day
September 26, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: Orphans Orphans – Lighten Up Your Day

When Brisbane supergroup Orphans Orphans dropped their single Orphan, I was under a bit of an impression that these guys were either a little simple or marketing geniuses. Imagine if all bands just named their albums…

Vid O’The Week: The Grease Arrestor – Come Together
September 25, 2014 · Jen Ng

Vid O’The Week: The Grease Arrestor – Come Together

I never really considered myself a ‘fan’ of shoegaze-drone rock as I mostly have indie folk circulating through my veins. But after countless reviews and exposure to this rock genre I have grown…

Vid O’The Week: Spookyland- Rock and Roll Weakling
September 18, 2014 · Jen Ng

Vid O’The Week: Spookyland- Rock and Roll Weakling

Here a lone man stands, open to the calamity he may face in a world where aggression and masculinity are at times a testament to earning your rightful place. Two fists at the ready,…

Video Premiere: Breve – She Gets Around
September 4, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: Breve – She Gets Around

When it comes to guitar effects, there is one thing that all musicians can agree upon the awesomeness of. While people will argue that fuzz is ‘creamier’ than distortion, or that chorus is…

Video Premiere: Beat Club – Skull Daiquiri
August 29, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: Beat Club – Skull Daiquiri

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that the latest tumblrista craze is against a sexist phenomenon that I thought died a long time ago – certainly long before the emergence of…

Vid O’ The Week: Bluejuice – I’ll Go Crazy
August 20, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O’ The Week: Bluejuice – I’ll Go Crazy

Schadenfreude – a German term for the joy in observing others’ misfortune, and perhaps number one on the list of wanky words that overly verbose bloggers have murdered through constantly vomiting it up…

Vid O The Week – Sounds of Sputnik – New Born Feat. Ummagma
August 6, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O The Week – Sounds of Sputnik – New Born Feat. Ummagma

Whenever I see the word ‘feat.’ on a track, my mind pops straight to the distasteful thought of R&B with extra cheese and the drunk Darlinghurst Darlings dancing their nights away. What I…

Vid O’ The Week: Jonathan Boulet – Hold It Down
July 30, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O’ The Week: Jonathan Boulet – Hold It Down

Chances are you’ve heard this song before (a million times before if you listen to FBi Radio), so you’re gonna need a pretty good excuse to hit play again on Jonathan Boulet‘s Hold It…

Vid O The Week: Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest
July 25, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O The Week: Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest

If you haven’t heard of The Black Angels, then you’re coming in at the right time. A band named for The Black Angel’s Death Song and undoubted bearers of the latest wave of…

Vid O’ The Week: White Reaper – Cool
July 17, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O’ The Week: White Reaper – Cool

Jay Reatard is reincarnate, and he looks a little like Adam DeMamp with a Robert Smith hairdo. White Reaper are a punk band from Louisville Kentucky who are nailing the most difficult part…

Vid O’ The Week – Gang of Youths
July 11, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O’ The Week – Gang of Youths

Thank goodness Gang of Youths moved to the United States. If they decided to shoot the video for their latest single Poison Drum here in their home town of Sydney, we’d have yet another video of a…

Vid O’ The Week – Flyying Colours
July 4, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O’ The Week – Flyying Colours

Okay, so this is my first time doing a Vid O’ The Week, and there’s a surprising amount to get your head around in doing a Vid O’ The Week. Firstly, where does…

Vid O’ the Week – Liam Finn
June 26, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Liam Finn

I don’t know what is in the water in New Zealand. I’ve never been there and to be honest, it never really appealed to me as a travel destination. I always used to…

Vid O’ the Week – Chloe Kat
June 19, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Chloe Kat

I first stumbled upon the vocal wonders of Chloe Katerndahl a couple of years ago through a video her and her friends made entitled YOUTH. It comes across like such a perfect, homemade…

Vid O’ the Week – Kaja Gunnufsen
June 12, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Kaja Gunnufsen

Kaja Gunnufsen is an electonic pop princess from Oslo, Norway. Although, forget the sugary sweetness that that description probably conjured up. This girl is straight up, undiluted and unpretentious in the way she…

Vid O’ the Week – Billy Fox
June 5, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Billy Fox

Billy Fox is a Sydney based music, writer and producer. I had never heard of him until today when I collided head-on with his track and video to Mystery. Whoa. It had me…

May 29, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid O’ The Week: Babe Rainbow’s Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest

What remains of our knowledge of the western world’s most celebrated decade is, I would assume, a pretty biased picture, skewed towards the carefree and the senseless rather than the Vietnam draft and the constant…

Vid O’ the Week – Mac DeMarco in Pepperoni Playboy
May 15, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Mac DeMarco in Pepperoni Playboy

Our choice vids are usually video clips, or live performances. This is our first music documentary, hand plucked from the vast, confusing lands of the interwebs and delivered to your computer screen, because…

Vid O’ the Week – Broadwing
May 7, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Broadwing

When I was 13 I spent a painful few weeks traveling through the desert of Australia in a campervan. A decade on it sounds incredible, but at the time I was trapped in…

May 2, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: SWRLS – Definition

Happy are super pumped to premiere the slick new video for SWRLS single Definition. Check them out this June at Fredas – more details below. For all you avid readers, SWRLS should still…

May 1, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett has been welcomed to the sunny lands of the USA with open arms. Watch her play solo in a candy store for Nylon TV. So sweet. My favourite girl of the…

April 30, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Sherpa – Quittime

Sherpa are from New Zealand. They first planted their musical seed back in 2006, which seems like a real long time ago considering today’s high-speed band turnover.  Rest assured, these guys were built…

April 25, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: I, A Man – Lucky

Okay, so I understand if that title doesn’t make sense upon first read – there’s a lot of punctuation in there. To clarify, we are premiering a video by a band called I,…

Vid O’ the Week – FKA Twigs
April 24, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – FKA Twigs

Tahliah Barnett was born in rural Gloucestershire. You know, one of those counties of Britain that truly feels like the middle of nowhere. When she was 17, she moved to the big bright…

April 17, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere – The Tambourine Girls

We’re super pleased to premiere the hazy, timewarped new music video for Deep Sea Arcade’s Simon Relf’s solo songwriting project. Watch Blood and Bones by The Tambourine Girls – only on Happy. Solo projects…

April 17, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Tom Lark

Tom Lark is back, this time with the live clip to his banging Dole-life anthem, Go Get A Job, recorded live at Roundhead Studios in Auckland for bFM. “This song is about apathy,…

April 16, 2014 · John Principe

Sheep, Dog & Wolf

Sheep, Dog & Wolf is only 19 but already so cool. The vid for his track Glare was shot in the harsh Australian outback at dawn, and its seriously beautiful. Who is Sheep,…

April 15, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Vid ‘O The Week – Rainbow Chan – Fruit

Rainbow Chan’s latest single Fruit is her strongest vocal performance to date, and also our pick of Vid ‘O The Week This is the second time Sydney’s own art-pop darling and Australia’s very…

April 7, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Perfect Hair Forever – Sad and Blue

From the genius that is directional outfit THUNDERLIPS comes the quality, gif based video to the equally genius Perfect Hair Forever’s tune, Sad & Blue. Perfect Hair Forever is the mysterious, bedroom-produced pop…

April 3, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Huckleberry Hastings

Huckleberry Hastings has been a favourite since we first heard his incredible vocals and tight songwriting*. Watch his very first vid to Huckleberry Blues here. Huckleberry Hastings found his way to our ear…

April 3, 2014 · John Principe

Piece War

In a chair cluttered, Auckland city courtyard surrounded by tall apartment buildings are amps, guitars and gurl duo Piece War. Chugging and hitting their instruments, these punks are making some pretty tight music….

April 2, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid Premiere: The Babe Rainbow

The Babe Rainbow are thee guys from Rainbow Bay in Queensland. Lara wrote about their sun-bleached, sunny, 60’s revival pop last November after stumbling upon their video to Love Forever. The clip is…

March 27, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Mac DeMarco

I’m doing this to celebrate a couple different things: 1. Canada – fuck, I’ve never been, but I need to. It just sounds like Australia except less racist, and snowier. 2. FBi picking…

March 27, 2014 · Elle Ruh-Millward

Terra Lightfoot

Terra Lightfoot is a folk artist from Waterdown, Canada. In addition to her solo work, Lightfoot also plays in country band The Dinner Belles, which includes members of Monster Truck, Spirits and The…

March 26, 2014 · David Whiteway

Liam Finn

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… Liam Finn is a deliciously shiny, beardy apple, born to one of the great songwriters/trees, who too decided to branch out on his…

March 20, 2014 · Georgia Sinclair


Je tiens à vous presenter Ponctuation! Unfortunately (and embarrassingly), that’s about as far as my French goes… but Guillaume and Maxime Chaisson have certainly inspired me to learn some more. The brothers, who…

March 17, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Hideous Towns – Joy

Hideous Towns are a cute, new band from Melbourne. Here’s how they know one another: Chris and Ryan are long time pals, nothing sexual, Ashley’s mother was a coworker of Ryan’s so she…

March 14, 2014 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere: High-tails

Never has a video premiere been so relevant to the Friday live issue of Happy! Not only have Sydney guitar outfit High-tails shot us a sneaky exclusive link to their newest vid, but the band are also…

March 13, 2014 · Lulu Rae

The Death Set – Soar Away

The Death Set are a punk rock band that formed in Sydney in 2005. After the success of their debut EP, they moved to The States and have pushed out a steady stream…

March 13, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Doctopus

* Yes, we had already chosen a Vid for this week… but this one was so good, we have to make it a double * Oh my god, this one wins for least…

March 11, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Connan Mockasin

My first introduction to Connan Mockasin was back in January. I’m a big fan of his weird and wonderful album Caramel, but had never thought to YouTube his film clips (which is stupid…

March 4, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Exclusive: Behind the scenes with Saskwatch

We stumbled upon Melbourne’s soulful nine piece Saskwatch only a few weeks back. These guys have just released their newest track Born To Break Your Heart, taken from their forthcoming sophomore album Nose Dive,…

March 3, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Cull

Incredible Sydney psych band Cull released their debut EP Bà nội (Vietnamese for ‘Grandmother’) earlier this year (and launched it at Goodgod). A couple of weeks ago, they uploaded their truly wonderful clip…

February 24, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Border Bands: Quinto Sol

A border band is a band that lives on or near an international border or state border of significance, where the duality of their location influences the music they create. Happy will be…

February 24, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Doprah

Yeah, we have covered New Zealand’s Doprah before, but you need to see this video. Recorded at Roundhead Studios for bFM (kinda like NZ’s FBi), Doprah perform their creepy track San Pedro live….

February 17, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Tom Lark

Tom Lark is a young dude from Christchurch, NZ. From what I can gather, he writes his revolutionary pop music solo before jamming them live with his band. His self-titled 2011 EP is…

February 17, 2014 · Lulu Rae


Sometimes on particularly sorrowful, jaded days, I find myself slightly sick of all the garage rock stoner boys, indie pop cardigan wearers, and dark, Grimes-eque electronic beatmakers that seem to dominate the current…

February 10, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Video Premiere: Bloods – Language

Yewwwwww, Sydney garage punk trio BLOODS are dropping the clip to their new track Language tomorrow, but because they’re total legends, they’ve hooked it to us a day early. Filmed during the recording of their…

February 10, 2014 · Lulu Rae


Either New Zealand is really small, or I am really small-minded. I’ve been writing on NZ bands for only a few weeks, and have already stumbled upon several musical double ups. Case in…

February 6, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid Premiere: Fun Machine – Shave

Alex wrote about the sex-pop quartet that is Fun Machine back in November. They’re a raucous, colourfiul, glitter-exploding wild machine from Canberra, and we love ‘em. When they asked us to premiere their new…

February 5, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid Premiere: White Hex for Drive Live

Another cool thing Melbourne has over Sydney: PBS106.7FM, the lil’ local radio station “home to little known music”. All of this week, they’re broadcasting live performances by some of Melbourne’s favourite independent acts,…

February 5, 2014 · David Whiteway

Assassins 88

Killer name, killer tunes. These assassins come armed with a brand of pop-y noise-punk aimed directly at your eardrums. With a precision-developed low-fi sound and distorted guitars aplenty, their musical marksmanship has found…

January 29, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – The Dead Heads

This weeks choice vid comes to you from Sydney band (and Happy favourites) The Dead Heads. Taken from their 2013 release, For The Sake Of Sanity And Good Vibes, this is a love…

January 16, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

As soon as I saw the little face inside the Vegemite toast, I knew there was no other legit contender for Vid O’ the Week. Please enjoy the King Gizz boys educating you…

January 15, 2014 · Daniel Vandenberg


Think of most strains of heavy metal and you’ll find in each sub-genre’s sonic characteristics a pretty clear reflection of the environment that spawned it. Black metal, with its frostbitten lo-fi production values…

January 13, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Cool Runnings

Their musical influences are Blink 182, Black Sabbath and Bob Marley. Their life influences are church, glue and six packs. These heavenly forces give birth to the kicking, screaming, fat baby that baptized…

January 8, 2014 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – North Arm

North Arm have released the most recent single and clip from the Thought Lines EP, entitled Locked Gate. Produced by J Walker (Machine Translations), it’s a contemplative little number, with a video to…

December 23, 2013 · Alex Gordon

Video Premiere – Dorsal Fins

Dorsal Fins are the thin components or appendages located on the backs of various unrelated marine and freshwater vertebrates, including most fishes, cetaceans and ichthyosaurs. Dorsal Fins are also the studio project of Liam…

December 23, 2013 · Lulu Rae


I stumbled upon Adelaide based Swimming after browsing Triple J Unearthed’s Top 50 Most Played Artists of 2013. They clocked in at #17. A relatively unremarkable number*, it was their band name that…

December 19, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Video Premiere: Sunbeam Sound Machine – Cosmic Love Affair

Sunbeam Sound Machine is the solo project of 23-year-old Melbourne musician Nick Sowersby. Today, we are stoked to premiere the psychedelic whirlpool that is his clip to Cosmic Love Affair. Taken from the…

December 19, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Major Leagues

Yes, another sick Brisbane band. You might have heard this track getting some attention on FBi over the past couple of months, but its taken me till now to spy the clip. It’s…

December 12, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ The Week – Palms

This weeks vid fav comes to you from Sydney band Palms. Their debut album Step Brothers was one of my favourites of 2013. These guys deserve a slap on the back (or is it…

December 6, 2013 · Penelope Mohini

Introducing Chook Race

These guys are regulars on the local line-up of Melbourne based independent bands, and rightfully so. Sunny voices accompany the cascade of electrical notes to create a sound that reminds you of languid…

December 5, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – The Hollow Bones

The Hollow Bones know how to make you wanna destroy stuff. They’ve just released the clip to their single, Hot Press. Filmed at one of the Sticky Fingers’ house parties, it brings back…

November 28, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – The Ocean Party

Melbourne buddies The Ocean Party have released their Split LP through Spunk, and its like an audio reading of the diary of a twenty-three year old. Their clip to Quarter Life Crisis is…

November 21, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Pretty City

Have you seen Reality Bites? I was obsessed with this movie in my teens, and I largely blame it for my thinking that the life of a down and out twenty-something would somehow…

November 21, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Mesa Cosa

Mesa Cosa are a messy, loud, screaming, tumbling, rumbling, 100% wonderful Melbourne band. Apparently the boys put on a wild live show. When playing with The Pretty Things, one band member broke a…

November 14, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Bon Chat Bon Rat

This week’s Vid O’ the Week comes to you from Bon Chat Bon Rat, two boys from Sydney who create electronic ambience that brings to my mind a sonic feeling similar to Mount…

November 14, 2013 · Jaime Macmillan

Tropical Strength – Wake In Fright

Today is by no means tropical, in fact, it’s pissing it down with rain. What could be perceived as a depressing weather situation, is cheered up dramatically thanks to Tropical Strength and their…

November 14, 2013 · Courtney Duka

Timberwolf – Grace

Folk wonderkind Timberwolf – aka Chris Panousakis – is quickly becoming one of Adelaide’s favourite bragging rights. Growing up in a home full of blues and rock it was only a matter of…

November 11, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Video Premiere – Kieran Ryan

Kieran Ryan, songwriter and one half of now split indie rock group Kid Sam, has recorded his first solo album under his own name. We are super proud to premiere the awesome video…

November 11, 2013 · Courtney Edstein

Touch Sensitive

Have you ever secretly wanted to be a musician, DJ or just partake in a music video, but painfully had to accept the fact that your future prospects laid in something like writing…(I’ve…

November 7, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Keep On Dancin’s

The reverb-heavy, crooning, make-out anthem that is Keep On Dancin’s Baby is magnificent. I just discovered that they’ve also released the accompanying clip and whattayaknow, its beautiful. Charmingly lo-fi, it follows the band…

November 4, 2013 · Jaime Macmillan

Panama – Always EP

Sometimes you just know when a band is going to do well. Panama is one of those bands. If you are yet to hear them, I suggest you jump on the bandwagon and…

October 31, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Mining Boom

Music fans are dedicated people. We know they love the band, but we sometimes forget how cool and creative they can be too. Which brings me to this week’s Vid O’ the Week…

October 24, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Violent Soho

Man, I love these guys. The Mansfield, Brisbane lads (4122 represent) have released the clip to my favourite Hungry Ghost track, and its epic. Its one continuous shot that sets the scene of…

October 17, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Rainbow Chan

The video to the third single from Rainbow Chan’s debut EP, Long Vacation, is here! Filmed inside her parents’ Chinese takeaway restaurant, it’s equal parts charming and strange. Rainbow writes: “Sadly, my folks are…

October 14, 2013 · Courtney Edstein


Sydney has done yet another excellent job at providing us with a musically gifted all-rounder, with musician/composer/producer, BATTERIE releasing an electronically layered masterpiece with more jazzy fidgety beats. This solo artist, otherwise known…

October 10, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Bushwalking

If watching pretty girls boat around Sydney Harbour in the springtime to the sound of soft, sparkling, Mazzy Star style vocals, then look no further than Bushwalking‘s clip to In My Hair. This Melbourne…

October 4, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Bad//Dreems

We’re big fans of Adelaide boys Bad//Dreems. For a melancholic pop band from the ‘burbs, they sure do know how to make a sweet video. Laden with vintage home video and lens flares,…

September 26, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Seekae

We already knew Seekae‘s new single Another was a beautiful track. Yesterday, they dropped the accompanying video, and holy shit… its amazing. The cinematic clip was filmed on location in Bolivia, and tells…

September 18, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – East River

This week’s Vid O’ the Week comes to you from Sydney band East River, with their clip to Salsa Picante. Its a hectic two and a half minutes, with illustrations from Vince Collins,…

September 12, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – KINGSWOOD

Melbourne’s KINGSWOOD have created a belter of a clip to their single, Ohio. Seemingly and rather blatantly Tarantino-esque, the clip is a piece of art in itself. Complete with old school sports cars,…

September 11, 2013 · Alex Gordon

The Pretty Littles

The Pretty Littles have been kicking out chaotic, heavy rock n roll around Melbourne’s backyard party scene for a few years now, and when I say ‘kicking out’ I mean ‘kicking out at…

September 11, 2013 · Alex Gordon

Listen to: Lowtide

I can’t help but find myself constantly surprised by the quality and quantity of local bands playing cavernous, shoegazy guitar music. Lowtide (check out their sexy Stone Roses cover in the vid above),…

September 5, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Tomatrax interviews Ed Kuepper

Ed Kuepper has been a pioneer in Australian punk, fronting The Saints, The Laughing Clowns, and The Aints as well releasing an extensive collection of solo albums. He is currently touring round playing…

September 5, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Black Vanilla – Black on Black on Black

Black Vanilla are three boys from Sydney who have been enjoying a steady increase in Facebook likes since being featured as FBi’s unsigned artist of the month for September. They’re electronic crooners like…

September 4, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Beef Jerk

Just like the classic pub snack, these boys are easily accessible, and go super-well with beer. They recently premiered their new clip for Schooners at the Chippo Film Festival, and I can only…

August 29, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Introducing Golden Blonde

Blonde on Blonde, Blonde Redhead… and now Golden Blonde. These guys are a Canberra born, Sydney-living quartet who are set to release their debut album, Gwen, on September 2nd. Although their Internet presence…

August 29, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Spookyland

We love a bit of Spooky Land action here at Happy and mad props to FBi for their recent rotation of Silly Fucking Thing.  However I’ve only recently discovered this live recording from…

August 28, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Ngaiire – Lamentations

Following Miley Cyrus’ intense and slightly disturbing VMAs performance over the weekend, I’m really happy on this sunshiney morning to be listening to a female artist full of honesty and strength. Ngaiire is…

August 22, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Introducing Little Bastard

Little Bastard are seven boys from Sydney who know how to party. They play “punk country or party country”, and they play it loud. This year has been big for them, seeing them…

August 22, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Day Ravies

Yes folks, its that time of the week again!  We’re approaching the last week of winter for 2013 (thank christ) and what better way to celebrate than with Day Ravies’ dreamy, sugar sprinkled…

August 15, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Danger Beach

This week’s pick for Vid O’ the Week comes to you from Australia’s capital. Danger Beach are a Canberra based act who I came across through my recent but fruitful discovery of TV Colours….

Sticky Fingers Announce Aussie Tour
August 14, 2013 · Radi Safi

Sticky Fingers Announce Aussie Tour

Sydney scallywags Sticky Fingers are fresh off the plane, back in town after touring Europe on their debut album release Caress Your Soul (check our their travel diaries here). The boys made a…

August 8, 2013 · Lulu Rae

Vid O’ the Week – Dirty Ma’s

Our choice for this week’s Vid O’ the Week is the debut from local Sydney boys, Dirty Ma’s. Featuring hazy visuals, electric blue saturation, brightly coloured revolving gerberas and beers in Camperdown Park,…

July 5, 2013 · Juliette Rose

Cub Scouts – Have You Two Met?

So it’s about time to discuss one of the most unique and coolest music groups at the moment, and that’s Cub Scouts… “Babe Scouts” as they are affectionately called by their adoring fans….

June 20, 2013 · Juliette Rose

Cloud Control – The Start Of Something New

It took a while for the hype of their debut album Bliss Release to wear off for Cloud Control, especially considering it was the winner of the 6th Annual Australian Music Prize in 2011….

June 5, 2013 · Juliette Rose

Boy & Bear Are Breaking The Drought

I cannot begin to describe the excitement I get when I’m listening to or talking about Boy & Bear. The Aussie group is made up of Dave Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon…

The Red Paintings – The Revolution Is Never Coming
June 5, 2013 · Radi Safi

The Red Paintings – The Revolution Is Never Coming

Five years in the making and The Red Paintings have finally given us The Revolution Is Never Coming, but it can’t be denied that this is an album that is well worth the wait….

Matt Corby – The Perfect Comeback
May 29, 2013 · Juliette Rose

Matt Corby – The Perfect Comeback

This boy (aka Matt Corby aka Guy Smiley), has certainly been busy since he released his first song Brother in late 2011. Matt Corby faces Paranoia, a Love/Hate Relationship with LA and his…

The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion EP
May 22, 2013 · Radi Safi

The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion EP

The Griswolds‘ titular track Heart of a Lion has a music video that almost perfectly encapsulates the band; they’re bubbly and bouncing all over the place with seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm. Music…

Tigertown – What You Came Here For
May 22, 2013 · Radi Safi

Tigertown – What You Came Here For

There are a whole lot of issues that come from spending too much time with your family, but Tigertown seem to be coping just fine. Set aside the disagreements in your family and…

Vance Joy – God Loves You When You’re Dancing
May 16, 2013 · Radi Safi

Vance Joy – God Loves You When You’re Dancing

The Australian music scene has been pumping out hits for the past few years and Vance Joy is the latest in a long line to gather some well-deserved international recognition. Joy, 25, seems…

Introducing The Trouble With Templeton
May 8, 2013 · Radi Safi

Introducing The Trouble With Templeton

The Trouble With Templeton hit the ground running from the start and they’re only growing to new heights from here. For the first twelve months the moniker was in fact just one man;…

Bob Evans – Familiar Stranger
May 8, 2013 · Radi Safi

Bob Evans – Familiar Stranger

Never before has an album title so perfectly embodied it’s particular collection of songs. Kevin Mitchell (a.k.a Bob Evans) pops up here and there all over the musical radar; He’s the frontman of Jebediah,…

Interview – The Pretty Littles
May 8, 2013 · Tomatrax

Interview – The Pretty Littles

Melbourne-based The Pretty Littles have released their second EP, I Am Not From A Small Town. Jack Parsons from the band spoke to Tomatrax about the release. Where did the name The Pretty…

John Murry – The Graceless Age
May 8, 2013 · Radi Safi

John Murry – The Graceless Age

I’ll admit that listening to John Murry‘s “The Ballad of the Pajama Kid” on a recommendation was the first time I’d ever heard of him, but more than anything I wish I had…

Sarah Blasko – I Awake & The Sydney International Orchestra
May 8, 2013 · Radi Safi

Sarah Blasko – I Awake & The Sydney International Orchestra

Back in late 2012, Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko released her fourth studio album I Awake to critical acclaim. Blasko’s latest is not afraid to be on the front lines, she has thrown herself…

Jinja Safari – Self Titled
May 8, 2013 · Radi Safi

Jinja Safari – Self Titled

Is it May 17th yet? How about now? Please let it be May 17th soon, the wait is torturous. What is so special about May 17th you ask? It’s only the release of…

California Wives – Art History
April 29, 2013 · Radi Safi

California Wives – Art History

Definitely jumping on the California Wives bandwagon here, their debut album Art History has proved to be an album well worth purchasing. The songs are smooth and get better each time the album…

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
April 27, 2013 · Radi Safi

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

There has been a general consensus that Mosquito has fallen short of the typical standard you’d expect from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but not all hope is lost! With phrases floating around like…

Interview – Future Love Hangover
April 24, 2013 · Tomatrax

Interview – Future Love Hangover

Future Love Hangover is the brainchild of Jack Prest. His debut album has been put out in an unconventional way. In order to unlock the download, the viewer/listener must complete the exposure –…

James Blake – Overgrown
April 4, 2013 · Radi Safi

James Blake – Overgrown

James Blake has been keeping us on tenterhooks for the longest time, Overgrown won’t even be officially released until the 8th. That doesn’t mean, however, that we haven’t been able to bask in…

High Highs – Open Season
February 10, 2013 · Tilly Street

High Highs – Open Season

The debut LP Open Season has finally been released by the dreamy folk duo High Highs. The Sydney-born ex-pats Jack Milas and Oli Chang have been living in Brooklyn for the past three…

Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough
November 28, 2012 · Melody

Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough

On top of the wacky birthday drumming videos and EP’s he’s recently released, Californian hip hop DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer has unleashed his first full length album titled ‘Breakthrough’, though he didn’t technically…

Christopher Owens – Lysandre
November 24, 2012 · Radi Safi

Christopher Owens – Lysandre

Earlier this year, Christopher Owens announced his departure from the indie rock duo ‘Girls’ leaving behind him bassist/producer JR White as well as a string of well-loved songs and saddened fans; but just…

Chromatics – Kill for Love
April 15, 2012 · Radi Safi

Chromatics – Kill for Love

Portland band Chromatics are a blazing mix of synth, squelch and vintage pop. And yet… so fresh. Nice. The band with Ruth Radelet (vocals, guitar, synthesizer), Adam Miller (guitar, vocoder), Nat Walker (drums, synthesizer),…

Princess Chelsea – Cigarette Duet
March 28, 2012 · Radi Safi

Princess Chelsea – Cigarette Duet

Could we say Princess Chelsea AKA  Chelsea Nikkel is Best Coast meets The Magnetic Fields? Maybe that’s a little unfair but we just came across this so it’s not new but it’s a goodie. …

M. Ward – The First Time I Ran Away
March 20, 2012 · Radi Safi

M. Ward – The First Time I Ran Away

M. Ward rocks our world. As both a songwriter and producer, his work is other-worldly and continues to get better! Don’t ask us how we know what we hear is good, it just…

Chairlift – Amanaemonesia
March 19, 2012 · Radi Safi

Chairlift – Amanaemonesia

Spirit fingers and a shiny green body suit that doesn’t quite fit?  Well it works and we’re in love with Chairlift’s latest offering. Here we were thinking ‘amanaemonesia’ was a real word. But we’re…

Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag
March 17, 2012 · Radi Safi

Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag

New Yorkers, The Magnetic Fields’ revisit to synths makes us very happy indeed. Songwriter /producer/instrumentalist Stephin Merritt’s good use of the rhyming dictionary just makes  us even happier! There are many things we can be…

The Shins – Simple Song
March 17, 2012 · Radi Safi

The Shins – Simple Song

Simple Song? Sure. Not so simple video though. Of course we love it. A simple song with a big heart. The Shins never cease to amaze us with their powerful pop prowess. Here’s…

Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow
February 15, 2012 · Radi Safi

Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow

No surprises that a band from Nashville in the U.S was able to craft one of the best songs we’ve heard this year – it does have one of Australia’s favourites things in…

Beirut – Santa Fe
December 14, 2011 · Radi Safi

Beirut – Santa Fe

When you combine indie folk with worldly music, you end up with the wondrous sound of Beirut. Song’s that speak the truth of  travel and experience. Santa Fe delicately masters the art of nostalgia,…

Tune – Yards – Space Is Everything
December 1, 2011 · Radi Safi

Tune – Yards – Space Is Everything

We love tUnE – YarDs for many reasons. It’s a pain to write their name is one, they understand things like space + letter casing and it’s impact and effect on the HumAn…

November 20, 2011 · Radi Safi

Live at Happy – Atlas B Salvesen

Local Sydney artist and friend Atlas B Salvesen soft releases a demo of ‘Fruit Juice‘ and is currently gearing up for his debut release in early 2012. We were lucky enough to have…

July 26, 2011 · Radi Safi

Freelance Whales

Mad props to the Dew Process crew for signing these guys last year. Sadly we have not heard any of it on Aussie radio yet but caught this on Youtube a couple of…
June 15, 2011 · Radi Safi

Birds Means

GITNB launch crazy Middle East landscape clip. Yeah we dig it. Little is known about this track except that it features the vocals of Sydney based singer Sarah Bird and is written and…

May 21, 2011 · Radi Safi

PS I Love You – Facelove

There’s so much to love about this song and band. Let’s just leave it at that for now. Wiki on the other hand has this to say: PS I Love You is a…

December 20, 2010 · Radi Safi

Circle – US College Radio

We may have mentioned Circle having won a US comp recently which saw their Molasses album pressed and serviced to US College Radio. Reports are coming through hard and fast and the results…

August 28, 2010 · Radi Safi

Last few Gigs – Happy on the Home Stretch!

Home stretch with Onur Karaozbek, Brendan Maclean, Monii and Casey. Only three more Happy’s to go! :(  

August 9, 2010 · Radi Safi

The Hive Bar – Acoustic Shows

The Circle acoustic gigs went down a treat with a great turn out at the Hive Bar on Thursday night. Thanks to the Hive, Bryan Estepa and Russell crawford who played on the…

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