Sometimes it’s the little shows that can take you by surprise with their quirkiness and ability to combine the things we love all into a neat little package. Cameron James brings us Nite Zoo a stand up comedy performance that twists the tv chat show format into an interactive live action extravaganza with music and games and deep probing questions.
My first introduction to the work of Sam Beam and Iron & Wine came back in 2005 with the release of Woman King. At the time I was captivated by the sparse acoustic driven tracks that dominated those early recordings. Each new release since has seen Beam move steadily further and further from that early folky aesthetic. Now five records in, Ghost On Ghost sees Beam’s musical journey progress even further, with his most experimental album to date.
One of the best feelings in the world is going travelling and stumbling across a great live music venue and discovering a hypnotising local band or getting lost in the mosh pit of a larger venue and making best friends with your fellow sweaty moshers. But sometimes, the travel gods don’t shine so favourably on wandering souls. To save those lost souls, AU Reviewers up and down the east coast, and Adelaide, of course, have made a list of their top five venues in each city to check out whilst travelling around this great big dusty country of ours. Without further ado and in alphabetical order so no one feels slighted, here are the top 5 venues for Brisbane.
Trigger Jackets launched their album 'Skinny' at the Amplifier Bar. Joining them were Royston Vasie from Victoria and locals Mezzanine, Further Earth and Apache.
Though we're now spoilt for choice with a cocktail / small bar scene in Sydney and Melbourne, many other cities around Australia have yet to embrace the trend. But as bartenders/bar owners travel around Australia and see the popularity of such an experience, it's only natural that they will start popping up elsewhere. Enter The Terrace Bar, a not-so-small Cocktail bar in Newcastle. The two level venue includes a DJ room, two bars, a band room and a rooftop section. Though you wouldn't know it from the outside. Blink and you'll walk straight past it...
Larry caught up with Tim DeLaughter, founder of choral symphonic band The Polyphonic Spree to have a chat about their take on The Rocky Horror Picture Show which they'll be premiering in Austraila as part of Splendour in the Grass, their psychedelic new album and Texan-Australian relations.
Stone Sour – also known by some as the side project with two of the guys from Slipknot in it – is a more mainstream take on metal music than their heavier metal sister band. Far less screaming (if at all) has given way to more clean vocal styling of frontman Corey Taylor making the lines more singable at a concert. Thrash has given way to melodic guitar lines thanks to Jim Root. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any less brooding – not at all.
English producer Stephen Wilkinson AKA Bibio has returned with his seventh album Silver Wilkinson. A release rich with totally out of this universe electro-haze pop, it seems the experimental visionary has done it again.
Wednesday night saw the re-launch of the Marlborough Hotel in Newtown, with the debut of the new astro-turfed Garden Bar bringing an exciting new feel to the venue. The changes will see the venue strive for more upmarket clientele, serving as direct competition to the recently revamped Newtown Hotel just up the road - while embracing the original feel of the Hotel to keep the regulars on side.
What does one do when the only way to personally achieve organic joy is through the destruction of others? Hedda Gabler (played by Alison Bell) is a female enigma who struggles to find any sort of organic happiness and satisfaction throughout life, yet regardless seems to be admired by all.
Having toured Australia off the back of Lonerism in late 2012, it was ambitious of Tame Impala to book Hordern Pavilion just a few months later, but the crowds arrived in droves in anticipation of a more refined show following their overseas ventures.
Now in its fourth decade, Primal Scream's career has had more twists and turns than a Formula One race. From flower power, acid house, dub, dance, and straight-up rock 'n' roll, there's not much the 'Scream haven't tackled since their formation in Glasgow in 1982.
The Bronx, currently in the country for Groovin' The Moo, gave Adelaide fans one hell of an amazing show at Fowler's Live on Thursday night. Lauren Connelly was there and brings us these photos...
Brisbane alt-country band Halfway brings "The Labours Of Love" to The Zoo in Brisbane along with Rick Fights (aka Matt Somers from I Heart Hiroshima) and balladeers Bandito Folk. Mark Tainton brings us photos from the night.
Exclusive photos from the sold-out Melbourne leg of the Six60 tour on Friday night, brought to you by our photographer Serena Ho, with support from The Hiding! Enjoy!