Thursday night, with the weather outside bleak and wintery and with drizzle pattering on the tin roof, Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce played an intimate show at the Blinco Street Café, the first of a series of shows across Perth with visiting Sydney muso Dylan Wright.
Last night, The AU Sessions returned to The Hive Bar in Erskineville for our fifth instalment, featuring local artists Lincoln and Ed Wells. Both talented artists graced us with the accompaniment of a keyboard - while Ed also had a backing guitarist to round out his amazing sound. We may be a bit bias, but we think it was the best AU Sessions yet!
It's been a while since I've seen Gold Fields perform. Aside from a late night set at BIGSOUND last year where they suffered from the bullshit noise restrictions limiting the quality of the actual show, the last time the Ballarat band was in Adelaide they were touring debut album Black Sun to a pumping Jive. Friday night saw them return with KLP as part of their current joint Australian tour and it was great to see them back.
The first show of Alpine's national 'Foolish' tour took place at The Gov on Wednesday night, the audience an eclectic range of both the young and old.
In Australia to perform material from their albums The Traveling Kind and Grammy award winning Old Yellow Moon for the first time, country/Americana/folk luminaries Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell put on a show rich with their utterly mesmerising sound. Considering that the pair first met and started working together back in 1974, it is easy to see how such a history could lead to their evocative and rich collaborations today – also making for a show that was at once relaxed and of the highest quality.
Hermitude seize the improvised element of a live rock show and run it through their own, and the effect is captivating. All I could think is why aren’t they performing at an overseas festival right now.*
Pictured: Cruisin’ Deuces
Presented by Lost Highway Australia, the Country and Inner Western monthly music nights at The Basement are only getting better and better. Offering the best mix of alt-country, bluegrass, Americana and folk on offer on Australian shores, this event well and truly meets the growing demand for such gloriously heartfelt, toe-tapping live music. On Wednesday 24th June, Harry Love, Lucky Luke and his Shooting Stars and Cruisin’ Deuces all took to the stage to woo their loving audiences – a growing crowd that indisputably ate up the exuberant performances.
Having Dune Rats and Cosmic Psychos in Adelaide on a Thursday night can really screw you up - the concept of returning to a full day of work on Friday and then a full weekend while feeling hungover as a dog after one of their shows is horrendous. Deciding to roll sober on this particular night (four previous Dunies experiences having taught me some lessons in the art of navigating hangovers in the past), I turned up at The Gov and became part of a crowd that had no qualms about rising to the occasion - things got messy, sweaty and anarchic quickly.
The Triffid has served up another fantastic gig to keep you going through the mid-week. This time Brisbane was visited by the folk of funk from Melbourne, The Bamboos. Bamboos fans will know their latest album The Rules of Attraction is a collaborative effort with Australian musician and You Am I front man Tim Rogers. So of course, this tour will have The Bamboos not just fronted currently by Kylie Auldist, by far the most fabulous heart and soul of the show, but also Tim Rogers himself jiving and grooving beside her.
Those kids from the 90's, Jebediah, are back. It's their 20th anniversary and it's time to party with one hell of a tour. To celebrate their first night in Melbourne, punk rockers Bodyjar are the opening act. They kick things off with a few songs from their 98 album, No Touch Red, before playing an assortment of tracks from Plastic Skies and Role Model. Loud and crunchy guitar riffs populate the set as Bodyjar fill the room with an energy that can only be relieved by breaking out into a skank. 'Too Drunk To Drive' brings back vivid memories of their 80's themed video clip and Adalita prancing about like a giant dork alongside a poker faced singer, Cam Baines. However it's 'Not The Same' and the cover of 'Hazy Shade of Winter' that truly demonstrates their punk prowess.