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Live Music Reviews

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:28pm

Enter Shikari are an absolute powerhouse live, and they keep equally frenetic company. In what will sadly be their last tour before taking an indefinite hiatus, Sydney-based Stories opened with an exceptionally tight and enthusiastic set, closing what has no doubt been an incredible journey with a dark, raw power.
 
 
UK's Hacktivist followed suit with a very different kind...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:25pm

 

Soulful duo Take Your Time kicked things off with vocal samples over smooth, rich production that didn't sound a touch out of place. Between harmonisation and a great chordal structure, the duo's only weakness seemed to be their male vocalist, who tended to take a backwards seat to his counterpart after being relegated to bass duties later in the set. The band's stronger tracks were...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:13pm

 

Gabriella Cohen has had a cracker of a year. The mighty success of her album Full Closure No Details earned her a deal withDot Dash/Remote Control Records and High Road touring, and tonight, she's fresh from heating up stages at Bigsound and Sunifest. Not even 12 months ago, the Brisbane native made a move down to Melbourne to spread the word of her solo venture, so tonight seems a...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:11pm

 

It was time to escape from Melbourne’s finals fever with some classic garage rock. The Sonics’ sound helped shape the sound of your favourite bands (Mudhoney, Nirvana, even LCD Soundsystem) and it’s easy to see and hear why.
 
Thee Wylde Oscars kicked off proceedings with some vintage rock‘n’roll stylings and outfits to match. It was fun, fun, fun in music form. The...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:08pm

 

What a grouse lineup this was. First up were Disasters. The young guns delivered sharp metalcore with mean cymbal-cracking breakdowns, as the singer ran around in front of the stage and screamed himself breathless. This is one of the best things about Northcote Social's bandroom - its low-set stage allows for a homely, up-close-and-personal atmosphere where bands can easily interact...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:06pm

 

You can always count on Reverend Horton Heat to rock the shit out of a show. The trio hit the ground running hard and fast, pulling out their classic Psychobilly Freakout as one of the first songs in the set. Consummate showman, lead singer and guitarist Jim Heath (AKA “the Rev”) and upright bassist “Nature Boy” Jimbo Wallace played back-to-back smiling affably, Leave it to Beaver-...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 11:17am

 

Angelsea three-piece Tiny Giants are all still at high school and display a profound ability for psych rock and ‘60s pop. Their set was let down only by too many drum fills and far too washed out vocals.
 
Speaking of affected vocals, primary support Baked Beans’ Matt Blach got the mix right with his otherworldly vocal range pitching perfectly over the band’s surfy circus-...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 11:08am

 

Tool are an anomaly. Over the course of their career, the Californian quartet have consistently avoided the hard rock status quo: they’re notoriously media shy; both their music and visual aesthetic is dark, complex, and cryptic; and their output is sluggish at best (it’s been ten years since the release of their latest album, 10,000 Days). It seems paradoxical they maintain such an...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 11:01am

 

Moon Holiday was the first to grace the stage at Boney with a long dress over white sneakers. As she opened up her set with smooth, hypnotic vocals, coupled with synth lines that seemed to set the audience that came to see her in a trance, she motioned for the smoke machine to be turned up for better atmosphere. True to her name, and using her synth pads almost effortlessly, Moon...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 11:00am

After touring Canada off the back of launching her All the Bridges album this year, Liz Stringer returned to her home turf of Melbourne, at the heart of her Australian tour, which is taking her to the far reaches of our land, bar Canberra naturally.
 
On stage, Liz has a comforting quality about her, like the porch light your mum would leave on for you when you arrived home late...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 10:52am

Cuntz were in charge of opening the night, having not played in Melbourne for a while. The contemporary context of 2016 isn’t too kind to bands that choose to revel in a particularly iconic genre, such as Australian punk/proto-noise-rock of the mid ‘80s. A band has to be convincing in its own right, or else the merciless comparisons with Venom P. Stinger and Lubricated Goat come too thick and...

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 2:20pm

Our new 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 Monday September 5
 
You couldn't talk about a full-house You Am I gig in London without mentioning the X word. And yes there were plenty of expats in attendance, but that doesn't mean the band assumed a lethargic...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:02pm

A dark room with minimal lighting and the sounds of traditional Africana blared as punters shuffled into the Evelyn’s band room, and gazed at the incredibly diverse setup on stage. It became clear quite quickly that this was no ordinary show, as DJ Manchild began to spin and scratch on the decks faster and more ferociously, in contrast to the smooth jazz made famous by African sensation Fela...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 11:54am

It began in a blaze of churning guitars and thrashing manes, care of local legends Flour and Batpiss. It ended in a flurry of dancing, singing and celebrating; care of Adelaide heroes The Hard Aches and soul sensations The Sugarcanes. What came in-between was a celebration of the full spectrum of original alternative music – this was a lineup that showcased more diversity over the course of...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 11:48am

 

In her 30 years as a creative, Kim Gordon has done it all – she’s a musician, writer, actor, director, fashion designer and visual artist best known for playing in the seminal band Sonic Youth. Joining host Fee B-Squared for a conversation about her career, Gordon arrives on stage with her effortless cool permeating instantly. It’s certainly hard not to look at her accomplishments...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 12:01pm

 

Crop Top were the first to hit the stage. Between songs about the simplicities of drinking coffee and closing track Linda Hamilton - a tribute to the actor from their favourite movie Terminator 2 - this band proved to be impressive from start to finish through simple, catchy melodies.
 
RVG put an emphatic trance on the crowd. They really placed emphasis on huge choruses,...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 11:57am

 

Born out of collaboration between hip hop trio Child’s Play and jazz quartet Kashikoi in 2014, Koi Child have fast built a strong following and a reputation for their energetic live shows, as evidenced by the packed house at Howler for the final leg of their Touch’Em single tour.
 
 If you’re one of those fortunate enough to have seen a Koi Child live set before, then you...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 11:54am

 

The lineup selected by the band for their album release day show was absolutely spot on. First up, the Twelve Foot boys gave a golden opportunity to a young, up and coming act, and Acolyte grasped it with their ten collective hands. This would have been their biggest gig and biggest support of their careers so far, and they didn’t seem overawed at all. In fact, they sounded huge,...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 11:54am

 

“We had one goal before we put out our last record, to headline the Corner Hotel and hope a few people turned up” Luca Brasi’s Tyler Richardson beamed, looking out at the sold out Melbourne crowd. The Tassie punks had put together a solid lineup, with Adelaide duo The Hard Aches and UK emo rockers Moose Blood joining them on their completely sold out Australian tour.
 
Two...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 11:49am

 

Thank fuck Kid Congo Powers decided to step out of the shadows and become a frontman: it doesn’t get much more entertaining than this. In his formative years, Kid’s Mexican/American folks took him to the drive-in to watch kooky movies about freaks out for kicks. He says it shaped him as an adult and you can tell: this is music for Russ Meyers’ girls, a John Waters’ movie or a spot of...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 11:47am

 

It’s easy to tell from a live show whether or not the artist is doing something merely for the spectacle or whether they’re genuinely trying something different for the sake of art – and Ben Folds’ latest collaboration is as genuine as they come. This was clearly a passion project, and he seemed to revel in the young talent joining him on stage.
 
yMusic opened with a...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:39am

 

The aging and charming Athenaeum was a perfect setting for both performer and audience alike. With an average age of 55 in the seats and the Crown Lager flowing, the atmosphere felt like that of a rowdy favourite uncles Sunday barbecue. The obvious father and son combinations gave an insight into the kind of career Garrett has had in his 40-odd years in the industry.
 
For...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:35am

 

It’s a long way from Nashville to Melbourne. Fifteen and a half thousand kilometres to be precise, but last Sunday it felt like they were one and the same as the Retreat Hotel hosted Melbourne’s own Americana party.
 
First up was Waz E James whose set was accompanied by the legendary Bill Chambers. Together, with some melodic pedal steel, his original material sounded...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:33am

 

Lisa Mitchell brought a large portion of the sold out crowd early on a Thursday. Her performance was ridiculously professional and instantly mesmerising.
 
The infectious sounding Grouplove bounded onstage to a thoroughly rapturous reception from the adoring crowd. They broke into Borderlines and Aliens from their 2013 album Spreading Rumours. From the get-go it was...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:31am

 

There's no doubt that it has been a pretty gloomy winter here in Melbourne. That's why a really beautiful album released in the midst of the season feels like a godsend, Two Steps On The Water’s God Forbid Anyone Look Me In The Eye seeming to come at the perfect time.
 
RVG kick the night off. The four-piece are reminiscent of Australian new wave bands such as The Sports....

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:28am

When an artist comes out for a second encore, the crowd is cheering, and no one wants the night to end, it’s probably safe to guess it’s been an amazing show .
 
Playing his biggest solo show ever – Wil Wagner admitted that the night before in Sydney had claimed the title for a short reign, the Corner Hotel filled with 400 more  punters – he  was feeling pretty happy.
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Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:26am

With the excitement of Live N Local in the air, Beat partnered with the festival to bring together three exciting Melbourne acts for a free party and gig, The Warehouse. Food trucks were parked out front and the bar was flowing, making for a mini-festival atmosphere, perfect for a fun and chilled Saturday night.
 
Rock n soul quintet The Sugarcanes were up first, filling Globe...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 12:46pm

 

In front of a sold-out crowd at a jammed packed Tote, Melbourne band Drunk Mums put on a clinic in punk infused high-energy attitude laden rock’n’roll.
 
One could assert if it wasn’t for the hard work of The Drunkies in their first three years, where they played every gig offered, their style of music that harks back to bands like X and pre-Angry Anderson Rose tattoo may...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 12:40pm

 

Orb’s run of headline shows are on the heels of their recent King Gizzard support slots – shows that helped the trio get more exposure to people that love fuzz. But this isn’t a standard headline set – Orb is launching their debut release, Birth. The four-track, 40-minute romp of thunder and psych that never stops saluting the birth of heavy metal. The album is duly represented in...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 12:38pm

 

The ode to the assiduous musician is personified by one of Australia’s most tireless of the sort, Joe Alexander.
 
Melbourne was lucky enough to witness one quarter of the Bedroom Suck pioneer’s musical responsibilities in post punk trio Terrible Truths. Little did everyone know that only hours before Alexander has graced the stage alongside Dion Nania for Free Time’s...

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