You know those people who seem to be at every gig, the ones who wait until the head-liners have just come on stage before pushing their way through the crowd to get a good spot at the front, and pissing everyone off in the process? Yeah, those guys.
With the sun setting behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a light breeze coming up off the harbour, the conditions could not be any more perfect for a Jack Johnson show. The mellow, part time surfer/full time crooner entertained a healthy sell out crowd for the first of his three shows at the famed Opera House forecourt.
In many high-school movie dramas there rarely ever seems to be anything remotely average or commonplace about our main characters. There always seems to be a life-changing romance, or the desire to change the world, or save the universe. However, what happens to those who are not tangled up with chasing the heart of their sweetly innocent soul mate, or saving the whole of humanity?
Well, the Vans Warped Tour rolled into Melbourne on Saturday, and it was about time. Hot weather was promised and delivered in many depths of sunburnt punters.
If you were one of the millions of kids who cut their teeth on pop-punk and skate-punk in the late nineties and early-to-mid 2000s, the Vans Warped Tour was pretty much hallowed ground. I distinctly remember following the coverage of the American Warped Tours every year in high school, drooling over the line ups, following Buzznet blogs, watching videos and reading interviews. It was my dream to go over and follow the tour for myself at some point, although I'm not sure how I thought I was going to afford it.
Ms Alicia Keys was in Adelaide tonight – the vocal powerhouse bringing her new album Girl On Fire, as well as her classics, through the City of Churches on a chilly Monday night. It’s a fully seated show and it’s pretty cool to think about the different ways the Entertainment Centre can be set up, especially thinking about the different acts we’ve seen come through over the past month or so. As people file into the arena, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder tunes play; the there are two pianos gleaming onstage (one is partially hidden under a sheet), and it’s not long before the opening artist makes his way onstage.
It’s 8pm and The Hi-Fi is slowly filling, but nowhere near full. 6ft Hick are the first act billed, and they deliver. The Australian rock/folk/swamp legends have been kicking around the traps for almost twenty years and it shows -they set a high standard for the evening. Ben and Geoff Corbett are spastically dancing, frenetically exchanging screams and shouts.
Louis London are hitting their stride, showing maturity and promise beyond the early stages of their career. Following the resounding success of their first ever Pozible campaign, the band confidently launched their second EP The Big Deep with a string of local shows, finishing up in Melbourne. It seems that their hard work has paid off with latest singles "This Night Time" and "We’re Not Alone", receiving some well-deserved airplay and their EP picking up kudos overseas. An intimate gig at GoodGod Small Club over the weekend was a chance to see what the fuss was about, as the quintet took to the stage with special guest You Am I guitarist, Davey Lane.
When you name your tour Spreading The Disease and feature some of America’s leading acts to deliver big riffs and big vocals and big hair, you can expect nothing less than a hilariously stellar rock show.
Sunday night’s Whitley gig at Mojos, Fremantle was easily one of the more entertaining gigs I’ve been to this year, and not just for the obvious musical reasons.
Opening the night were emerging outfit Young Mayfair and the intoxicating Ginger and the Ghost, who enlivened the Brighton Up Bar as Friday night kicked off, but the night belonged to local outfit Battleships, celebrating the release of their latest single "Take Your Rest".
Heading into West End in Brisbane on Thursday night was somewhat of an experience. Black and white face paint, baggy threads and ‘Whoop Whoops’ filled the streets and the air as the Juggalos descended on The Hi-Fi to see their beloved Insane Clown Posse live in concert.
The Workers Club has this strange way of gathering crowds. Sparse people saunter in and out of the bandroom with everyone wanting to socialise while an ear was eagerly kept on alert for when the music will begin. It's very strange, but this venue has a way of bringing in fascinating crowds, if previous gigs are any indication.
Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll of Applejack Hospitality, the folks behind two of the year’s stand-out small bars - Bondi Hardware and The Botanist - have expanded into the underrated suburb of Neutral Bay with SoCal, tucked away at the top of Young Street right off Military Road.
Eight years before, Kanna experienced a tragic loss in her teen years which left her heart shattered and confused before she was old enough to truly understand love. Now in her twenties, she is making her way through life in her film company and enjoys hanging out with her co-worker at the local bar. One night, they are enjoying a meal when a drunken Akazawa tries to hit on the two ladies. Her co-worker claims Kanna always attracts the weirdos but is surprised when most of the attention goes to her.