On a rainy Thursday evening in Adelaide, the Grace Emily Hotel down the city's west end hosts two of my favourite Australian songwriters for a generous night of live music and good time times. Jack Carty and Jordan Millar have been touring together around the country over the past few weeks in their 'By Request' format and it's been one that has been incredibly well-received. With the idea of the show being that the fans dictate each set via suggestions made prior to the show, both Carty's and Millar's sets present themselves as unique in each city. There are obvious favourites that have been popping up, a few surprises and, as we saw on this night, a foray into the golden era of the 90's boy band.
Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. For the past 21 years in Melbourne, a friendly football game between musicians and journalists has raised over $1,000,000. This year Adelaide joins the fun. Check out these photos by John Goodridge of the event, including the pre-party at the Grace Emily Hotel and the award night at the Wheatsheaf.
Veteran punk rock legends, Good Riddance are touring Australia and smashed their way through a killer set at Enigma Bar, with highlights from their latest album Peace in Our Time. They were joined by California punk rockers Versus the World and local act Beaver. Our photographer John Goodridge brings you these pics.
It's been 13 years since ...Trail Of Dead have performed in Adelaide, but last night they kicked off their national tour at Jive with Sincerely, Grizzly and shit got gnarly. Lauren Connelly was there!
Immigrant Union is an Australian psychedelic folk/country band from Melbourne fronted by Brent DeBoer of the Dandy Warhols. They are heading around Australia on their Anyway album tour. Saturday night found them in the intimate Grace Emily Hotel in Adelaide supported by The Dunes.
Our photographer John Goodridge was there and took some snaps.
Jessi Lou, Sailor Jerry and Rocket Bar + Rooftop present PUNK ASS KIDS WINTERFEST! It was a crazy night on the rooftop with local acts Grenadiers, Jungle City and Dead End Friends with headliners DZ Deathrays smashing up the stage. Free pinball, tattooing and DJ sets from Horror My Friend and Young Offenders capped off the night. Check out these photos from Punk Ass Kids resident photographer Elliot Clarke and our favorite photographer John Goodridge.
Gurrumul (pictured) put on a beautiful performance at Adelaide's Festival Theatre last week joined by Caiti Baker and a local choir. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review and you can view her photo gallery here:
Photo Credit: John Goodridge
I last saw Death Cab For Cutie play HQ in 2012 and it was the first time I'd seen a crowd of 20 somethings - both men and women - react so intensely, revelling in nostalgia, melancholy and an emotional tornado swept up by the band's excellent delivery of lovelorn rock tunes. Fast forward to 2015 and we're back in the same venue but nothing much else has changed - the fans and the band have gotten a few years older but we're all wanting that same experience.
On the back of the release of their latest studio album Kintsugi,American rockers Death Cab for Cutie are touring Australia. They put on a stunning performance at HQ, with support by Eric Elbogen, otherwise known as Say Hi, which kept the audience enthralled.
Photo Credit: Kerrie Geier
Walking through the Entertainment Centre ‘Orb’ (as the staff there call it) on Thursday night there was a buzz fuelled by genuine excitement from all demographics of Adelaide. Only a small selection of bands can generate the level of excitement that The Wombats managed last week, the fact that they were upgraded from Thebby Theatre to the Entertainment Centre is a compliment in itself.
Adelaide 3-piece alt-rock band Horror My Friend packed out the beer garden of the Exeter Hotel in Rundle Street, Adelaide for the single launch of "Stay In" off their upcoming debut album. Special guests Archers also released their single "More Than Gold" with Relying on Luck kicking off the afternoon. John Goodridge was there and grabbed some photos!
When most people think of The Beatles, the massive hits and albums are likely to come to mind first. Even if you're unsure of what album the songs are featured on, you could probably name one hand some classics. In Rubber Soul and Revolver, the sixth and seventh albums released by The Beatles in the mid-sixties, are some of my favourite Beatles songs - from the lilting "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", to "Eleanor Rigby" and of course, "Tomorrow Never Knows", both records signified important stages in The Beatles' career and it's no surprise that they've continued to be revered well into today's music culture.
The Wombats wrapped up their time in Australia with their gig at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Thursday night. A sold out crowd packed the theatre for a high energy show including support from Circa Waves. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.
Adelaide is set to host this year's OzAsia Festival, Australia's leading international arts festival from September 24 - October 4. Festivalgoers can look forward to the best theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts from across Asia, including an impressive array of performance works by artists at the cutting edge of contemporary Asia. The opening weekend will focus on arts from Indonesia, followed by performances from countries including Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea throughout the festival.
Arriving in Darwin in the early hours of Friday morning, I could already feel there was a big weekend ahead. Driving to my city hotel took me through the humid and messy main drag of Mitchell Street at 2am and within the few minutes I spent in transit through the area, backpackers and locals alike were already pouring out on to the street, kicking off the long weekend strong. After a day of soaking up sunshine and not having to walk around in five layers of clothing, I headed to the Darwin Railway Club to see three bands I'd heard a lot about, but until now, hadn't had the opportunity to see perform live.