School night be damned, that wasn’t going to stop a bunch of punters to come along and check out some styled Aussie rock and roll tunes get cranked out. Both of the acts on the bill tonight have been critically recognised in the indigenous and mainstream music scene and both perform with an intensity and energy that befits such acclaim.
The sun was smiling on one of Australia’s biggest travelling dance music festivals as it rolled into Sydney for yet another year of behemoth performances by the likes of Deadmau5, Pheonix, and Sven Vath.
Fat Freddy's Drop brought their chilled-out, laid-back sounds to the Melbourne Zoo on Saturday night, the picnic-style atmosphere proving to be the perfect setting for the relaxed and largely barefoot crowd.
Ever since that ‘Nothin on You’ hook, the world has been trained to flock to Bruno Mars’ sugary vocals like bees on honey. As such, he has become one of the most bankable pop stars in the world; this tour was a complete justification of that. Stopping in Sydney for his worldwide ‘Moonshine Jungle’ tour, the Hawaiian-born artist took any doubts some may of his viability as a live performer and stomped all over them.
Thursday night saw the iconic Adelaide Town Hall filled with the eerie sounds of Jed Kurzel’s award-winning Snowtown score, and influential duo Stars of the Lid joined by Zephyr Quartet.
We’re on a barge in the middle of Sydney Harbour and we’re about to capsize. At least, that’s what it feels like. Because right now, 100 hyped up people are jumping in unison, and the Channel V Island is under some serious pressure. Rudimental are at the helm, and their explosive single “Feel The Love” is the cause for all the commotion. The band already have their shirts off, Mark Crown is showering the front row with sweat while ripping through a trumpet solo as the bass shudders and splinters below the drums. The beat is brutally relentless, a violent, hyperactive mix of house drums and spine shaking bass. When the song ends, and the jumping crowd regain their stance, the Island gives another gentle sway, but rights itself soon after, and all is well. Very well, in fact.
If you’re a discerning lover of all things dance then you’ve most certainly seen the envy-inducing streams of partygoers in sweaty, underground clubs, huddled around big DJ set-ups and listening to a who’s who of producers lay out their absolute A-game, right? If you haven’t, then you probably should go to HERE right now and spend the entire week browsing the phenomenon that is Boiler Room TV.
Future Music Festival - one of Australia’s premier electronic music festivals - was a writhing pit of visceral pandemonium that began with tens of thousands of dance and electronic music fans thankful to the elemental gods for a day of blue skies. I knew, even before I entered, I was on a safari into the belly of a metaphorical shirtless, musical, beast on pills. Hashtag 'bulkin’ for Future.'
Sometimes good songs and killer dance moves just don’t cut it. Unluckily for World’s End Press tonight was one of those occasions. The hotly tipped Melbourne quartet have developed a reputation for putting on packed out sweat drenched parties in small venues across the country. The apathetic crowd that slowly trickled in were clearly oblivious to what was happening on stage; coupled with the cavernous surrounds of the Hordern Pavilion, the band did little to enhance their reputation and robbed their electronic-funk of its impact.
Forever robust and eternally powerful, Public Enemy have been living and breathing hip-hop since the early 80’s. The contributions – both sonically and culturally - they have made to the entire scene cannot be overstated; simply put, they are an indelible and large part of the foundation of hip-hop.
The co-headline gig is something we rarely see in Australia from international artists. But in America, it's fairly common place, with tours like NINJA (Nine Inch Nails and Janes Addiction) becoming something of legend. Finally, Australia gets its turn, with NIN - returning for the first time since Soundwave in 2009 - joined by Queens of the Stone Age in shows around the country, and a toss of a coin approach deciding who closes each night. In fact, it wasn't until Nine Inch Nails took the stage first that we knew who would kick things off. But before that could take place, the night's opening act, Brody Dalle got the night started.
“It feels like I get to be on your $10 bill for a day”. This is how Neko Case put in to words what an honour it was for her to perform at a venue as iconic as the Sydney Opera House. Unfortunately, the venue hindered the concert, its cavernous structure creating an echoey sound mix, the only negative in an otherwise wonderful set.
He croons and makes the ladies swoon, he can shred a guitar, he can bang out on the drums, he’s sexy, and he’s one of the biggest artists in the world right now. His name is Bruno Mars and he has brought his animal prowess and an entourage to Melbourne as part of their 2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour.
Ahead of the release of his third studio album, Blackbird, Dan Sultan and his band performed a mid Sunday afternoon Corner Hotel gig to celebrate the release of first single, the sexy and sassy "Under Your Skin."
The bonus of watching live music at the Zoo is seeing the animals before hand and being later in the day and more temperate, the animals are less likely to be avoiding the heat of the day, lying comatose where you can’t see them. Lively lemurs, with their black and white striped, long tails, a grumpy gorilla, hefty hippo, bright coloured butterflies, tempestuous tiger, and eager baby elephant are a few of the animals that the punters not scrambling for grass space are fortunate to see.