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Music Reviews

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:41pm

Anyone noticed Melbourne’s weather today? Isn’t it hot/cold? Jeez Louise!

 

Single Of The Week

Darcy Baylis : Be Patient, Be Tender

As if the emotional essence of Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreaks, MBDTF, and Yeezus coagulated into a dancefloor-ready jam, Beat Patient, Be Tender pushes introspective vocal house into its dichotomous extremes – beauty both scary...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:37pm

9.5

 

Reigning from the now war-torn Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, Tinariwen’s Elwan sees the seven-piece capturing the nostalgia of their once-harmonious homeland and the tragic circumstances they have faced after being forced into exile. The band’s eighth album to date could not have been unveiled at a more appropriate time.
 
Confronting the political,...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 12:19pm

 

Venturing all the way from New York, this was Sofi Tukker’s first (and hopefully the first of many) Australian tour. Comprising of the wonderful Sophie Hawley-Weld and charismatic Tucker Halpern, Sofi Tukker enhance the electronic dance genre with their own unique aptitude. According to the duo, their music is created with the awareness of the ‘Holy Trinity’; movement, community and...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 12:16pm

 

Returning to Australia after a three year absence, Mother’s Cake reunited with a diverse and loyal crowd. The Austrian trio can be forgiven for their absence. Firstly because of the large geographical trek and secondly, they return with the release of their third album No Rhyme No Reason. Mother’s Cake put on an energetic, fierce performance, making the wait even more acceptable....

Posted 20 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

 

While the collapse of Soundwave left a sizable gap in the Australian heavy music festival calendar, the good news is new mini festivals including Thrash Blast Grind fest are slowly filling the void.
 
Sydney groove metal kings Black Rheno kicked off the Melbourne leg of the tour. “Melbourne, this is the place to be,” commanded vocalist Ryan Miller, gesturing to the front...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:23pm

8.5

 

Following their 2014 self-titled EP and a national tour, Broads have released their debut album. Broads comprises of Kelly Day and Jane Hendry, two ladies with a strong background within Australia’s music scene, yet their music, and this album, has its own distinct flair. Titled Vacancy, this album is an eclectic mixture of feverish lyrics with the duo’s signature noir-...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:22pm

8.5

 

There’s a captivating whimsy present across the new release from Elbow.
 
The British alt-rockers have been hard at work producing their seventh album Little Fictions –their first without long-time drummer Richard Jupp – and the results embrace a more minimal aesthetic, yet still retain Guy Garvey’s songwriting mastery. It’s an addition to their discography that...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:21pm

5

 

There’s a new type of ballad in town, and gone are the big chords, big voices and bigger hair. These tunes of communal catharsis are roomy and gloomy affairs; vocals wafting over fudgy chords, thrumming basslines speckled with electronics.
 
Such is the case in Melancholia, the first EP from Melbourne singer/songwriter Bel, which – as the ominous title suggests –...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:18pm

5

 

In the world of progressive metal, there’s something refreshing about an album that de-emphasises flashy instrumentation and jarring time signature changes. Each musician in Soen is a master of their respective instrument, but this isn’t shoved in the listener’s face through overzealous solos or technical wankery. Instead, Lykaia works to build a particular atmosphere and...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:17pm

7

 

The Incessant follows two EPs and 2015's Delusion Moon, and fans of Meat Wave will immediately note that their new release lacks a little of the flavour and likeability of previous releases. This change is understandable in the context of the album. The Incessant comes as a response to frontman Chris Sutter exiting a relationship that lasted over a decade, and the fallout of...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:16pm

7.5

 

Sailor & I is the rather quaint and opaque alias for Swedish electro terrorist Alexander Sjodin. He lives the dream craving the rave wave.
 
Chameleon is like any pop take-off that harbours both the sense of the familiar and the new. Atmospheric convention exudes from the strains of Fire On The Moon. Referencing the pondering charm of David Sylvian with just...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:14pm

9

 

“You’re … real fun,” spits Lorri Williams’ Billie towards the beginning of the 1965 cult classic, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. “Like a velvet glove cast in iron.”
 
She’s talking about her friend and accomplice Varla, but the evergreen quote applies just as well to II, the new work by The Courtneys
 
See, there’s a lot to love about II – its choruses...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:11pm

Glad the Grammys could find a fellow openly British artist in Adele to pay tribute to George Michael.

 

Single Of The Week

Aldous Harding : Horizon

Daring inflections embolden barebones arrangement to devastating effect on Horizon. Harding meditates on moments, on melodies, with impeccable mastery – cracks opening in the darkness. That’s how the light gets...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:26pm

Party In The Paddock

White Hills, Tasmania

Friday March 10- Saturday March 11

 

The voyage from Melbourne to Tassie in most circumstances is an easy one. But throw in a delayed flight, a missed bus, two closed supermarkets, a long and arduous taxi ride to the wrong side of the festival, and you've got yourself a recipe for disappointment.

 

Arriving...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 11:43am

 

First to grace the stage at summer hotspot Shimmerlands was Pseudolux, with an inimitable combination of throbbing synths, with a metal backbone. Setting the scene for a diverse lineup, punters knew they were doing their Sunday right.
 
When East Brunswick All Girls Choir took over, scratchy guitar blared from the speakers as the backdrop to Marcus Hobb’s screeching vocals...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:57pm

 

PBS Drive Live is a yearly festival of five evenings of live music, broadcast to radio. The PBS radio station opens up its doors to the public, so they can watch this fantastic parade of live local acts take to the studio. Tuesday drive time on PBS every week is Mixing Up The Medicine presented by Erica.  The lineup featured RVG, Miss Destiny and ORB for a couple of hours of solid...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 2:34pm

Before Justin Timberlake, there was James Taylor, himself a devastatingly handsome man in his youth, and now, at 68 and favouring chinos and flat caps, looking more like your dear old uncle who enjoys a spot of bird-watching.
 
Sure, he might not have quite the same vim and vigour as Springsteen, but what matters most is that Taylor’s voice, that plaintive, clear croon, is in...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 10:44am

 

When the Shimmerlands program was unveiled, City Calm Down was undoubtedly one of the highlights. Heavily promoted in the lead up to the evening, you couldn’t have asked for a more torrid dose of weather when the day finally rolled around.
Set among the regal buildings of Melbourne University’s Parkville campus. The chosen courtyard included a small marquee around the bar, which...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:49pm

9

 

Dave Graney once told Triple R listeners that he held Will Oldham in high regard, based on the impression that when listening to Oldham’s work there was an authenticity to it that wasn’t entirely present in other artists attempting the same sorts of things. Valerie June possess that same quality.
 
The Order of Time has been four years in gestation, June says she...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:48pm

8

 

Although they’ve been rattling around the east coast of Australia creating havoc on dance floors and blowing speakers for almost seven years, Satellite is The Harlots first full-length release.  On vinyl, no less – and it’s been well worth the wait.
 
If you were to pick up a track or two you could be forgiven for comparing the Melbourne band to just about any...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:47pm

4

 

At almost an hour, The Flaming Lips’ fourteenth album Oczy Mlody goes for at least 20 minutes too long. That’s not to say a long record is necessarily a bad thing, it’s more that there are far too many meandering moments on the album that could’ve been cut down.
 
The record shows promise with the titular opening track, which is a delicate and ambient instrumental...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:45pm

8

 

A friend of mine had a Sodastream back in the day.  By the standards of the era, it was a fun kitchen toy: take tap water, compressed carbon dioxide and a dose of sickly sweet syrup and voila – a sweet fizzy drink.  A couple of years ago we pulled it out of storage and gave it a go.  The results were unimpressive, like searching nutritional value in a Sunnyboy or dramatic...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:44pm

8.5

 

Nominee’s infectious new EP Drag Me Out, is a pop punk historiography of everything good the genre has to offer. It connects with fans on a personal level as lead singer Chris McLelland belts out passionate lyrics to shed light on the reality of bipolar disorder. The tracks are full of punchy kick drums and fills, and quickly jump from riff to riff.
 
Harmonic...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:43pm

8

 

The soft Bluebelle opens the album, its piano melody layered by Frank Carter’s flowery vocals lull you into a peaceful state of mind. Just as you get comfortable Lullaby yanks you right out of that tranquil reverie, kicking off with a catchy guitar riff as Carter’s raw vocals mesmerise, reminding you how much of a powerful impact he truly has on British rock today.
 ...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:37pm

Dogs AFLW flag 2017.

 

Single Of The Week

Divide & Dissolve : Black Vengeance

Listening to Divide & Dissolve on headphones is a bit more comfortable than watching Divide & Dissolve in a 40-degree Tote bandroom. But that’s not to say it’s comfortable, it’s discomfort without aggression, yet still achieving an immense scale of power. New album...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:30pm

9

 

Freedom Highway is an aural representation of the history of black people’s struggle within America. The album, Rhiannon Giddens’ second solo full length, digs into the past to comment on current sociological and political developments in the USA. Whether it’s slave narratives from the 1800s, civil rights anthems from the ‘60s or country blues from Mississippi, Giddens...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:25pm

Wetfest has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the share house of Wet Lips’ Grace Kindellan and Jenny McKechnie. Now a daylong event at The Tote, the festival has become an incredible celebration of the strides the Melbourne music community has made towards diversity and safety.

 

The festival kicked off with Hexdebt who delivered a solid set of fast-paced rock...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 4:31pm

 

Alexander Biggs sold out the Gasso upstairs and if the crowd’s reception is anything to go by, sold out shows will become something of a habit for Mr Biggs.
 
BATTS opened the night, her angelic voice and quirky humour winning over the rapidly filling room. Playing unaccompanied, BATTS wowed the audience with her honest vocals and guitar strums between little snippets of...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 11:35am

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band 

AAMI Park

Thursday February 2

 

There are certain elements that you expect going into a Bruce Springsteen concert; showmanship, musicianship, heart-on-the-sleeve and knees-to-the-floor pleas to your most uncomplicated emotions. His first show of his 2017 summer tour at Melbourne’s AAMI Park provided all of the above in a huge...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 10:17am

Complete with the backing of two fantastic albums, Glass Animals presided over an 80-minute party at Melbourne Town Hall, filled with high energy and boundless enthusiasm. Launching into Life Itself, fans started bouncing in time to Joe Seaward’s drums and the crowd singalong that would continue for the whole show shot into gear. From the moment the 1500 strong crowd belted out the chorus...

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