Gypsys of Pangea launched their latest single 'The Suit' to an adoring crowd at Brighton Up Bar, before taking a hiatus for five or six months.
Given she is one of the most hyped and in demand artists right now, it was not overly surprising that I would be greeted by a huge line wrapped around 170 Russell on Wednesday evening for FKA Twigs’ Laneway sideshow and her first performance in Australia. A strong sense of regret however was soon felt upon joining the already jam packed crowd inside the former Billboard venue and any hope of scoring a decent viewing spot was gone. God damn it, why didn't I get here earlier?
Promotional material for SOHN’s current visit to Australia have mostly led with the whole London born / Vienna based thing, and it’s clear why. The talented multi-instrumentalist’s debut album Tremors was unique and brilliant, even ground-breaking in a way, in that it took that foundation of a very British sounding electronic indie and swirled it together with an inherently European influence to create something fans hadn’t quite heard before.
Japanese contempo-pop singer Salyu brought her salyu x salyu show to Australia for the first time. One of the more curious additions to this year’s Sydney Festival program, the show was a collaboration with Japanese super producer Cornelius, seeing the singer stretching her voice as an instrument, utilizing loop pedals and multiple harmonies to create soundscapes.
The last time I saw hip hop luminary Nas play the Enmore Theatre was on Halloween in 2010; I broke my foot in two places on the small raised platform against the front barrier about 3 minutes into his set. Sometime after support act Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) wrapped up, Nas burst out onto the stage with "Hip Hop is Dead", assisted by two Halloween-themed guitarists and a drummer.
The Oxford Art Factory is a funny venue. For many artists, both Australian and international, it’s the place that catalyses their trajectory towards bigger things. For all the acts on show at this Kim Churchill headlined show, it may well prove to be true.
More Australian music followed Courtney (read about her in part one) with Angus and Julia Stone taking the stage to play tracks from their latest self-titled album and old favourites like "Big Jet Plane" and "For You". The duo played well, accompanied by a four piece band. But their down tempo tracks didn't quite match the loud, raw energy of the band that followed. Brighton duo Royal Blood cranked everything up to 11 in what was the best performance I've ever seen from them - they really are at the top of their game right now. After a year of non-stop touring, that comes of little surprise.
Lace Curtain seem to revel in challenging your perceptions. The Sydney Festival show was performed on Sunday evening at the famous Spiegeltent in Hyde Park. But the sound and vibe was closer to a sweaty nightclub at around midnight.
Filing into pop-up circus tent The Aurora at 11:45pm on a weekday may not inspire much energy in itself, but it's almost impossible to feel weary once you step inside the colourful and perky world of Dan Deacon. The American electronic musician is renowned for his unique live shows, which often involve various communal, ice-breaking mini games serving as interludes between his highly animated, effervescent productions.
With 13,000 punters from Singapore and around the Asian region descending on the iconic Gardens By The Bay, yesterday saw St Jerome's Laneway Festival take place for the fifth consecutive time in the city, with organisers selling out tickets for the first time ever.
“This song is about a bear committing suicide”. That's how mewithoutYou singer Aaron Weiss introduced their second to last song of their set in Adelaide's UniBar on the 24th of January. It's that kind of thing – the song was 'Bears Vision of St Agnes' from Ten Stories, by the way – that sums up the blend of bizarrely entertaining and deeply maudlin that mewithoutYou bring to both their live show and their albums.
The Kooks came back to Sydney to play some shows to play their new album Listen - as well as some huge old hits - and had The Griswolds along for the ride.
Not many bands can claim 30 years of albums, tours, singles and a worldwide cult status, but Japanese all-girl pop punk act Shonen Knife are one of the few - and with good reason. Their songs are simple, incredibly catchy and have extreme novelty value, and their live show is an energetic and polished affair - it’s a winning combination, and it drew a huge crowd to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art on Friday night.
A sheet of cross-legged fans formed the floor of the theatre, hungrily awaiting a sign of life. Rosy-cheeked children munched on iceblocks while grey-haired couples chattered close by; an unspoken harmony connected the audience and made Passenger’s warmhearted energy evident long before he hit the stage.
It's all too rare to see an artist genuinely doing something that seems to run against what is "popular", or deemed "sellable" for either commercial or "indie cred" success. Underneath the demeanour of any artist is the drive for success, and though one would assume Canada's Jaron Freeman-Fox is no different, when it comes to his music, one this is for sure: he's trying to offer something different. But he probably tells that story best through the name of his four piece backing band, The Opposite of Everything.