Fans of PiL (Public image Ltd.) welcomed the band to Australia after a long (too long) hiatus. The personality of Lydon the legend, preceded the tour, and the crassness of the icon that is ‘Johnny Rotten’, certainly lived up to expectations.
The Tiger and Me played a single launch at Northcote Social Club with support from The Twoks and Texture like sun. Carl Dziunka was there to capture the night and toe tap to the music.
Dead Letter Circus ripped up the Corner Hotel on Friday night, playing new songs from their forthcoming second album. Supported by special guests Breaking Orbit and Self Is A Seed. Our photographer Serena Ho was there to bring you some of the highlights from the night.
Public Image Ltd (pictured) returned to Australia for the first time in 20 years to showcase their new record and to show off an extremely impressive back catalogue. This was the last of 3 quick shows in the country and they held nothing back as John Lydon's voice only grew stronger and more potent throughout a set that left people knowing they had witnessed something truly special. Photos by Ian Laidlaw.
In this Issue: Elizaband and Delaney Davidson play the Spotted Mallard, The Workers Club hosts Velma Grove, The Growl, DAN AND AMY and Lorde. Joy Division & New Order battle it out for Ding Dong Lounge’s WEEKENDER, Neon Trees also play at Ding Dong, The Northcote Social Club have The Cambodian Space Project, Lightning Tape Wolf play two shows in Geelong and Collingwood, Tex Perkins new band The Ape are at Cherry bar, Dj Butcher graces CANT SAY and Zoophyte have residency at The Espy.
To be honest with you, I have never been too familiar with Ben Howard’s music. I’ve listened to him a few times and before tonight I could only name like, 2 songs. But as of late, his name seems to be popping up pretty much everywhere from the Brit Awards to Coachella, and having cancelled his show the night before due to illness, I was bursting with curiosity as to whether the 26 year old would win me over.
It was the night of young, attractive cover artists, with a talented line up from Australia’s Lakyn Heperi to British teenage superstar Birdy.
Young songstress Birdy lit up the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and Perri Cassie was there to capture all the action.
In support of his recently released debut EP Burnt Black Wood, a preface to a forthcoming debut full-length due out later in the year, Christopher Coleman and his Collective paid a short visit to Melbourne, with two very differing shows.
The John Curtin band room is as dark as I have ever seen it. It suited perfectly for some dark chord crunching bands to fill the room with their insanely doomy music. Any god-fearing music lover - is there such a thing? - would turn away at the door if they had no idea what they were seeing.
I was lucky enough to spend last week popping in and out of various shows as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF). This week long event welcomes anyone who wants to buy a ticket, and I saw audience members from as young as 5 to over 70s. Everyone had come together to enjoy the latest collections of leading fashion designers such as Sass & Bide, Alice McCall and Camilla.
Through recorded means, The xx is the perfect music for mellowing out, studying, even falling asleep. But just because the London trio have such a minimal and chilled sound does not mean they aren’t capable of providing an engaging live show that will have you buzzing and believe it or not, bopping.
The xx brought their massive show to the Festival Hall in Melbourne on Friday night and Perri Cassie was there to capture all the action. Buzz band Jagwar Ma were the supports for the evening.
The one thing about Life Lessons that you can be sure of is the amazing amount of friendship shown between the two performers on stage, Michelle Mammana and Gemma Duncan, who obviously are insanely close to one another. A melding of both observational and visual comedy make for a unique show that isn't too weird for discerning comedy lovers.