One of the Sidewave shows from the Soundwave Festival, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators with support from Steel Panther rocked the historic Festival Hall. Carl Dziunka was there to capture all the action. Enjoy the pictures here:
Soundwave Festival passed through Melbourne last weekend, so before it moves onto Sydney and Brisbane tomorrow, we look back on our top 5 moments of the weekend, and give our readers a little taste of what's to come on the rest of the tour...
Milo Greene are bringing the 80's back. Hard. Their latest album, Control, is riding the wave of dreamy, retro-spiced electro-pop that's been building and building for the last five years or so. It's got a crystalline, dream-scape kind of quality to it, overlayed with 80's electro beats and dreamy vocals. I kind of feel like I'm getting gin-and-tonic drunk in one of those hipster-y faux-speakeasy places with all the dark wood and burgundy velvet.
Something For Kate has been a bonded musical machine that never seems to make a step in the wrong direction. Whether it be moody melodic refrains within Official Fiction or the more gritty sounds of earlier albums like Elsewhere For Eight Minutes, the band have an ability to just keep on keeping on. After twenty years, the group are still performing and will do so at an upcoming Twilight at Taronga concert. Stephanie Ashworth from the group was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.
We've taken a look at some of the shows we're going to be heading to through the weekend ahead and deliver you this guide - where will you be partying?
Laura Jane Lowther, the Perth artist who performs under the moniker of KUČKA, is one wickedly talented lady. I was blown away when I saw her and her band perform at BIGSOUND last year and was surprised to connect the dots to realise she was behind those vocals on A$AP Rocky's "Fashion Killa" track. With an emerging profile on the Australian music industry growing for herself in her own right, KUČKA is making a definite impression and we're excited that more people are starting to notice.
The K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase is back for its third year at SXSW. Held on Thursday, March 19th at Elysium (705 Red River), the KOCCA sponsored event will again showcase the best of Korean music. From DJ/Producer (Hitchhiker), K-Pop (Crayon Pop), Hip Hop (Epik High) to 1950s doo-wop (The Barberettes) and Korean indie rock, The K-Pop Night Out showcase will again be an anticipated event on the SXSW calendar. The team at Hello Asia has profiled the 7 artists showcasing this year.
Smashing Pumpkins played a fantastic set on Wednesday night at the Big Top in Luna Park finishing with a cover of David Bowie's "Fame". Gerard Way played a tight supporting set for the Pumpkins.
The Between the Bays Festival returns in 2015 as the Mornington Peninsula's leading gathering of music lovers and general fans of a damn good time - celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend! There is plenty of reason Between The Bays always brings the good times and, music line up aside (you've got the likes of Henry Wagons, James Reyne and Sweet Jean this year), there are a few reasons why this bad boy should be on your list of things to attend if you're in the area.
Future Music Festival packed a lot into their 2015 line up, the most glaring being Canadian emcee and megastar Drake, who has never toured Australia until now. FMF favourites The Prodigy, Avicii, and Sven Vath will also be headlining, presenting punters with a pretty big clash at end of the night. But it isn't just the headliners that's reason enough to head along to this years massive FMF, the festival has managed to curate quite the line up, diverse across the various styles of EDM and hip-hop. Here's 5 acts one should not miss, all whom are known for their exciting, high velocity live shows.
Being the young whippersnapper that I am, I'd never been to what one would call a 'classic' rock show before, but it turns out that every stereotype associated with these shows is absolutely 100% accurate. And that's not a bad thing. Veteran world-famous guitarist Slash along with Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators put on the very definition of a rock and roll show, and with glam-metal parodists Steel Panther providing many a laugh as the support act, it was clear that all those who had filled Melbourne's Festival Hall were going to have a good time.
Like old friends reuniting, “The Telephantasm” played over the speakers as Soundgarden strutted onto the Big Top Luna Park stage and met their adoring fans with a hit-laden and triumphant 2.5 hour set that proved the band have been in their ‘prime’ for 25 years and counting.
One of the feature artists for this year's Bluesfest in Lenny Kravitz, has just announced that his whole tour of Australia has been cancelled. Citing scheduling issues, Kravitz's run of Australian dates haven't been rescheduled at this stage, it's been made clear that the circumstances leading to the tour's cancellation were definitely unforseen. Kravitz was due to perform in Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Byron Bay festival, not to mention dates in South East Asia and Japan as well this April.
The State Theatre Company's production of three of Samuel Beckett's shorter plays (Eh Joe, Footfalls, Krapp's Last Tape), brought together under the name Beckett Triptych, made me very, very uncomfortable. That's not a bad – anyone who knows anything about Beckett's work knows that you're supposed to feel uncomfortable, off-centre, confused. He doesn't write about easy subjects – it's all tramps and drunks, hoarders and mad women, the alienated and the chronically lonely. It's a testament to the very talented cast and crew behind Beckett Triptych that I felt so very discomfited for the entire evening.
Possibly one of the most anticipated of the Soundwave Festival sideshows would have to be those Incubus were scheduled to perform. Supported by Antemasque, the US band took to The Forum in Melbourne and whipped out an incredible set - Kimberley Salmond captured these moments from the gig.