Live Reviews

Live Review: Foals promise a spicy night of rock ‘n’ roll in Toronto with Preoccupations and Omni (and deliver)

April 23, 2019

Fresh off the release of the first part of their two part record Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, UK quartet Foals are on a world tour that tonight saw them play Toronto venue Rebel supported by Canada’s Preoccupations and Atlanta outfit Omni. First up, three piece Omni were singing songs with entertaining lyrics like […]

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Live Review: Bad Friday Festival proves how vital local festivals are to the music industry

April 22, 2019

Marrickville was turned into a grungy experimental boombox as Bad Friday Festival rolled in. The annual event held each Easter Good Friday was celebrating its 10th anniversary with a killer line-up featuring The Avalanches, DMA’s, Jungle, DZ Deathrays and more. But, importantly in a time where the political climate of live music festivals is souring, […]

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Kanye West’s Coachella Sunday Service: Tears, Water, and DMX

April 22, 2019

Coachella’s second weekend may have been rich with performances from some of the music industry’s biggest names, but no other event garnered as much wide-eyed curiosity as Kanye West’s “Sunday Service”. An extension and validation of all the Sunday Service sessions that have been drip-fed to us over the past few months, portraying an invigorated […]

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Live Review: Basement Jaxx vs. The Metropolitan Orchestra bring the Baroque Bangers to the Sydney Opera House

April 16, 2019

Contemporary act-plus-orchestra shows aren’t a new phenomenon in rock, with arena-size bands churning out orchestral projects since the 80’s; an attempt at legitimising corporate rock, re-selling already existing albums and making mums proud. With dance music reaching maturity, EDM acts and DJs are beginning to jump on the bandwagon as their audiences age and new […]

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Live Review: Art of Fighting + Leo Mullins, Howler, Melbourne (11.04.19)

April 15, 2019

For what was a return to music after over a decade, Art of Fighting‘s live return on Thursday night was a low-key affair. Sporting a sold out crowd, the mid 2000’s outfit, brought Leo Mullins, along in support, with Mullins quickly garnering a crowd as excited to see them as they were the evening’s headliners. Leo Mullins […]

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Live Review: Mallrat + Basenji + Kota Banks + NYNE – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (06.04.19)

April 9, 2019

Mallrat brought the party atmosphere to the Corner Hotel over the weekend with a run of four sold out shows in Melbourne, catering to both under-age fans and those over eighteen. The massive pop draw card brought with them a long list of talent on an expanded list of artists that displayed all the right […]

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Live Review: Matt Corby bears his soul to the Hordern in Sydney

April 2, 2019

Matt Corby is on a home run in support of last year’s long awaited Rainbow Valley, with a national tour booked a little later than the album’s release and following a run through Europe. Melbourne singer Eliott opened the show with a brand of electro soul and a huge voice, while second support Blessed turned […]

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Live Review: Anne-Marie + GLADES – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (31.03.19)

April 2, 2019

An assemblage of scrunchies and cheerleader bows spilled into Sydney’s Enmore Theatre for what was many young Anne-Marie fans’ first ever concert. The tweens filled the venue with high shrills and shrieks, waiting in anticipation for their UK pop princess. Warming up the sold-out night was Sydney-export GLADES, with lead singer Karina Wykes dressed in […]

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Live Review: Muse deliver unrivalled rock spectacle in Toronto

March 29, 2019

In a spontaneous, last minute decision, tonight I attended the latest arena spectacular by rock legends Muse in Toronto, Canada. The show comes off the back of their latest record Simulation Theory, with the tour in question given the same name. Hype articles have been floating around over the last few weeks talking about how the current arena show […]

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Live Review: “Not a single scooter anywhere the eye can see” at the Revival Experience outside of SXSW

March 27, 2019

Earlier this month, I was invited along to an impressively pitched day party / festival / experience called the “Revival Experience“, about an hour out of Austin during SXSW. Curated by Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit, the event took place in Dripping Springs, Texas, at a place called “Camp Lucy”, and promised a VIP […]

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Live Review: Fergus James makes Melbourne headline debut as he packs out The Workers Club

March 26, 2019

After debuting his first singles “Golden Age” and  “What Are We Waiting For”, the young streaming rising star Fergus James has already taken crowds by storm. Fitzroy’s very own Workers Club was fortunate enough to host his first ever Melbourne headline show. After packing out the intimate Workers Club Bandroom, he started off the night […]

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Festival Review: Wine Machine proves a long and deflating day in the Hunter Valley

March 25, 2019

After a drizzly week in Sydney, the skies miraculously cleared for a radiant Wine Machine day at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley. Little did upbeat punters know, Mother Nature was planning to absolutely blindside them with a literal show-stopping electrical storm in the evening to come. Hold on to your ponchos because this […]

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Photo Gallery: The Magic Numbers + BATTS – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (22.03.19)

March 24, 2019

UK indie outfit The Magic Numbers returned to Melbourne this week playing songs off their new album Outsiders, for the first time since 2010. Supported by BATTS and Nat Vazer, this was an all round excellent night of indie rock. The band have one remaining tour date in Australia this week: Tuesday March 27th at Capitol in […]

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Adelaide Fringe review: Ambient Orchestra presents an Ambient Primer of Fripp / Eno, Laraaji and Satie – Elder Hall (15.03.19)

March 17, 2019

American Composer/Conductor Evan Ziporyn opened a two-night residency in Elder Hall with a world premiere featuring new arrangements of Fripp/Eno’s “Evening Star, Side A”; Laraaji’s “Dances From Day of Radiance” plus his own “Frog’s Eye” and an Ambient Orchestra arrangement of Satie‘s Gymnopedies. Ziporyn addresses the audience at the start of the show to explain […]

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Julia Jacklin

Live Review: Julia Jacklin + Olympia + Annie Hamilton – Metro Theatre, Sydney (15.03.19)

March 17, 2019

Julia Jacklin has had a massive start to 2019. With international tours and the release of her second album Crushing already in the bin, it looks like this year could be one for the record books. Returning to Sydney’s Metro Theatre almost two years since her last headline national tour, the Blue Mountains native wooed […]

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Live Review: The Eagles prove legends never die with flawless Sydney show

March 14, 2019

Finding a way to continue Eagles without Glenn Frey, who passed in 2016, must have been difficult. How does one treat a legacy so treasured by music fans the world over, after a loss so deep? The answer, in this case anyway, is actually quite simple. “We aren’t the same band we once were”, founding […]

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Live Review: Download Festival – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (11.03.19)

March 13, 2019

With the sun pelting down as you walked in, Download Festival was off to a hot one in Melbourne. Luca Brasi helped kick things off, with a set on one of the two main stages. I Prevail were an early highlight, too, as punters piled into the Flemington Racecourse. Eric Vanlerberghe’’s vocals punched through the air and drew a […]

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The New Colossus reignites live music in New York’s Lower East Side as international acts warm up for SXSW

March 13, 2019

The first year of the new showcase festival The New Colossus kicked off on Thursday night, taking over the lower east side of New York City not unlike CMJ had done for so many years. In fact taking over venues like Pianos, The Delancey (home to The Aussie BBQ during CMJ) and Arlene’s Grocery brought […]

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Live Review: Snail Mail + Major Leagues + Shaad – Estonian House, Melbourne (08.03.19)

March 11, 2019

There was a quiet excitement through the crowd as Shaad DJ’d through the opening half hour at Estonian House in Brunswick on Friday night. Obviously, there was something to look forward too with the final of two shows performed by band, Snail Mail beginning within the hour. Artist Lindsay Jordan has had a cult following […]

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Live Review: Millencolin + Goldfinger – The Roundhouse, Sydney (08.03.19)

March 10, 2019

I couldn’t tell you how many hours I would have spent listening to Millencolin as a teenager. All I can say is it was a lot. Now in my mid-twenties, I can go months without even thinking of the Swedish four piece. But my lord, when I do manage to put them on, they’re always […]

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