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Live Music Reviews

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:37pm

 

The last date of Chairlift's Australian tour fell on a Wednesday, and if one was serious about beating the mid-week blues, there was no better place to be. An evening filled with the Brooklyn synth pop stars’ signature hypnotic vibes, with support from Confidence Man and The Harpoons, served as the perfect panacea.  
 
Confidence Man brought the house down with raw retro...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 3:21pm

Coldplay's current tour saw them fill stadiums three nights on the trot with a show boasting all of the bells and whistles: think fireworks, confetti cannons (which belched different types of confetti, including glitter and tissue-paper leaves, which looked a treat drifting over the stadium), wristbands for every member of the audience, which lit up the stadium like Christmas, giant balloons...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 3:13pm

 

Early birds were treated to the delights of the Steve Miller Band. Not the American MOR warhorse, but the handsome Antipodean one. Book ended by two female members, Steve Miller brought to life visions of Boss Hog, The White Stripes and any garage trio you could think of. Hunched over his axe like a demented Gene Vincent, Miller growled his way to oblivion. This band is going places....

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 3:08pm

Something like a mixture of Rainbow Serpent, Glastonbury and Burning Man, there was so much happening at The Pleasure Garden.
 
There were roving theatrical performers, impressive art installations, carnival rides and food galore. There were day beds to chill out on or even a roller skating rink if you were in the mood to risk your ankles. The eye for detail was jaw dropping. Such...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 1:02pm

 

Sunshine, a Bar-BQ, some great live music with a twist of humour, conviviality, beers and fundraising for a good cause. What more could you want to celebrate the beginning of summer and bring together Melbournians with a passion for community radio and live music? RRR BBQ day held at CERES Environment Park on the edge of the Merri Creek in East Brunswick has become an institution on...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 11:03am

To many, the feeling of returning to the supernatural amphitheatre is something akin to coming home. The general feeling of joy that fills the place, exhibited by each and every attendee, has not changed throughout the years. Guards are dropped and the stress of everyday life is put aside for the weekend.

 

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Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:21am

 

Unfortunately both James Moloney and the Mad Dog Harrisons and Grenadiers fell victim to some of rock’s greatest pitfalls. Rather than ambition, it was illusion that propelled the Mad Dog Harrisons’ sound: Moloney’s voice was a contrived, punk groan, shredding solos offered no other purpose than to slap on additional rock factor, and each song ended with a crashing, epic jam when it...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:19am

 

Having released one of the best albums of the year, it’s no surprise most of the crowd for Angel Olsen have arrived early and made a beeline for the front.
 
Supporting Olsen is Jack Ladder, who reworked tracks from his Dreamlanders project for a rare solo performance. It’s a testament to his talent that Ladder had plenty of presence without a band, offering an interesting...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:16am

Melbourne’s Enlight opened the festival on the Ice Stage. Driven by the angelic vocals of Rachael Graham, the quartet’s mix of fragile harmonies and chugging riffs drew a humble crowd. Qlaye Face lit up the Fire Stage with skittering rhythms tied to ethereal croons, before Bear the Mammoth summoned sprawling instrumental post-rock akin to bands like Explosions in the Sky; their densely layered...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 10:16am

 

Julien Baker is the kind of performer who makes you feel at home. Bursting with talent and heart, it was something incredibly special to watch her hold down just one of the many sold out shows she’s playing on her debut Australian tour. Treating her fans Down Under to songs from her 2015 Sprained Ankle EP as well as some newies, the 21-year-old from Memphis proved beyond any shadow of...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 10:08am

 

The stage name The Tallest Man on Earth is like a private joke between the performer and his fans. At 1.7 metres tall Kristian Matsson wasn’t even the tallest man on stage, but everything else about him, from his voice to his stage presence, was huge.
 
Four years from his last stint in Australia, The Tallest Man on Earth is still undoubtedly one of the most exciting and...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:44pm

 

Openers The Ocean’s take on progressive metal went down smoother than whisky on the rocks. Lead vocalist Loïc Rossetti pulled a Maynard James Keenan to begin with, gently crooning from the back of the stage before shifting forward to steal the limelight with his angelic howl. Firmament’s tribal meanderings simmered and bubbled before rising up into thunderous metallic grooves, Damian...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:41pm

 

Her voice is dreamy and gentle, her harmonies are gorgeous, her folk swagger commands the attention of every person in the room: Julia Jacklin is a force to be reckoned with.
 
In the soldout Howler bandroom, Jacklin unleashed her album Don’t Let The Kids Win, in her own words, “the album straight up, no surprises.” The setlist was strong, featuring what seemed like hit...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:38pm

 

Paradise’s fourth installation continued the trends that solidified its place as a treasure in Melbourne’s music scene. Featuring a lineup that shifted between pop, heavier electronic and indie acts over three music hubs, along with stunning natural surrounds and near freezing temperatures, the event continued to boast a truly individual camping experience, much to the pleasure of...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:36pm

 

After teasing their new single Death to the Lads during their last Aussie tour, The Smith Street Band opened the set with the roaring anthem against dickheads, the packed room already singing along word-perfect with the ever-lovable Wil Wagner. Suffer was a brand new and never played taste of their upcoming album, doused with heavy vibes, with dense riffs and Wagner’s quintessential...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:35pm

 

At a time in history when it feels as if the world may be hurtling to hell in a hand basket, it's reassuring that in its 20th year the Queenscliff Music Festival has maintained its inclusive, eclectic and convivial atmosphere.
 
The weekend began with the rich vocals and assured guitar licks of Jordie Lane & The Sleepers. Lane was in fine voice and displayed a warm and...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:29pm

 

The night began with Sydney group The Art taking to the stage to get the audience nice and warm. Having just released their latest album All In The Mind, The Art played a few of their older tracks laced with some of their new.  There were big vocals and some even bigger biceps, as their topless drummer attacked the skins.
 
Bathed in violet lights The Cult entered the...

Posted 29 Nov 2016 @ 3:37pm

Tankerville eased punters into the night with their short sharp heavy fuzz. Their between song banter was great, and their humorous take on punk certainly kept fans keen. They had plenty of songs to play and few of them crept over a minute.
 
Shepperton Aeroplane, provided a weird sense of familiarity – that could be because two thirds of the Peep Tempel were acting as the rhythm...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:35pm

Nestled perfectly in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne Music Week, Face The Music successfully united musicians, industry professionals and lovers of live performance under the same roof, and gave The State Library Of Victoria a rare, exciting buzz.
 
The two day conference held a diverse number of panels, but one topic seemed to prevail throughout all of them - the rise of online...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:31pm

It felt somewhat mischievous watching bands in the ornate confines of the State Library. Drug Sweat smashed out a vociferous set, the usually silent halls of the library now disrupted with the band’s bratty and boisterous noise. Excellent.
 
Terry have really come into their own lately, playing a few spanking new songs which were first-rate. Tom Hardisty from NUN joined them...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:31pm

 

Swamp rockers Local Coward ripped through their set. Kate Alexander spat vitriol in So Sick Of Your Voice, and Jess Zubkevych’s guitar skills were kickarse. SpinningRooms sound is an aberration. Saxophone caterwaulled like some Mephistophelian daemon from a Lovecraft dimension. 
 
A low rumbling signalled the arrival of The Peep Tempel. The sold out Corner was well sauced...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:27pm

As an iconic Melbourne venue with one of the largest capacities in the city, it was easy to predict the magnitude of The Corner's 20th Birthday fiesta. With the newly refurbished rooftop revealed just in time for the first taste of summer, the venue pulsed with cheery though slightly sun-scorched punters. To keep everybody guessing, The Corner hosted a delightfully mixed bill of performers...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:21pm

Providing a funky and energetic start to this night of nostalgia were the newly reformed Down to Size, who had last toured with Superheist at the turn of the century.    
 
Next, Sydney Oz metal legends Segression proved once again that they're not ones to ever run out of steam or deviate from their core sound to fit the times. In fact, this year marks Segression's 20th...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 2:50pm

The atmosphere of Heaps Gay Heaps Yummy, a feast for the Melbourne Music Week, was utterly striking from the very beginning, before even entering the party. The State Library was alight and brilliantly glowing, in addition to featuring a thumping DJ booth set up on the lawn. The vibrant outdoor atmosphere drew curious crowds. Even for those without tickets, the night was to be enjoyed. With...

Posted 19 Nov 2016 @ 11:04pm

This series, From London With Love, gives you a glimpse of the London music scene from our on-the-ground music writer Augustus Welby.

 

Reviewed on Wednesday November 16.
 
Unless you’re fully tuned in, the nuances and unique assets of Sydney’s Alex Cameron won’t completely reveal themselves. It’s not that his songwriting lacks immediacy; his Jumping the Shark LP is...

Posted 19 Nov 2016 @ 9:52am

It's easy amongst the daily grind to lose track of exactly how necessary it is to celebrate artistic passion within a community like Melbourne. Sometimes, you need a reminder like Melbourne Music Week's Live Music Safari - the collaborative effort a city as awesome as this deserves.
 
From the moment you step onto the front steps of the MMW Hub – the State Library – you are struck...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 3:38pm

 

“Do you respect wood?” asks one audience member to his partner, as they scramble to their seats in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Centre. The hall is wooden from the walls to the floor to the ceiling and seats –the better to accompany string and vocal performances, and to carry a much-appreciated Curb Your Enthusiasm reference.
 
As soon as the lights...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:29pm

 

Custard were an appropriate choice for opening night of the NGV's Friday Night series since like many of the greats, they present intelligent, off-beat and timeless works of art.
 
Returning in 2015 with Come Back, All Is Forgiven they haven't played live much so one could be forgiven for forgetting what a rare treat it is to watch David McCormack onstage.
 
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Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:19pm

 

Back in the ‘80s, lauded director Wes Craven was forced to defend horror films against the accusation that the genre’s violent imagery encouraged real-life aggression in its audience. “Horror films don’t create fear,” he said. “They release it.”
 
The same could be said of The Drones. The snarky, funny-cause-it-ain’t horror buried in the band’s discography isn’t the case...

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 11:21am

Year after year, the opening night event of Melbourne Music Week encapsulates the current music trends, topical issues and local artists that are making a mark on the Melbourne music scene. Her Sound, Her Story: A Celebration Of Women In Music was no exception. Proudly introducing the exhibition and video series by photographer Michelle Grace Hunder and filmmaker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore,...

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