Touted as an artist to watch by The Guardian from the young age of 16, Soak has already drawn a considerable amount of hype. The next 2 years have seen her impress Chvrches enough to be the first act to release a track on their singles label, perform Glastonbury, record an album for Rough Trade and be named on the prestigious taste-making BBC Sound of 2015 longlist. With all the accolades it’s almost amusing how taken aback she was by the sizeable crowd, attracted to the Paddington Uniting Church.
Photo Credit: Johnny Au
Coming to Australia all the way from Benin in West Africa is the beautiful, the wonderful Angélique Kidjo. She's a Grammy Award winning artist who has been described as "the undisputed queen of African music" and is no stranger to our shores, returning this past week to play Bluesfest in Byron Bay as well as a run of her own shows, including a very special night at the Sydney Opera House supported by another musical powerhouse, the one and only Mavis Staples.
When discussing the Sydney night club scene, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who was unfamiliar with The World Bar. Most of us have gone through our “freshly 18, club-rat” phase, and can fondly recall donning a poorly chosen outfit and uttering the catchcry “LET’S GET SOME TEAPOTS!” Sadly, as we grow older, more mature, or maybe a little less fun, we feel like we have outgrown that favoured haunt, and settle for more age appropriate (but infinitely less fun) venues. I come bearing good news for all those who thought their World Bar days were behind them: World Bar is still there, in all its teapotted glory. The difference is in the event, not the venue. I present, with great aplomb, MUM at World Bar!
The Redfern Block Party returned after a six year break, and brought face-painting, live graffiti art and breakdance battles to the Redfern Community Centre.
Band of Skulls played an intimate Bluesfest sideshow to an enthusiastic crowd at Oxford Art Factory.
At this point, I feel I've said everything there is to say about the great Gary Clark Jr, yet once again I find myself at one of his concerts in absolute awe of his talent. The way he makes everything look so effortless, the way he moves along that guitar and makes us move in return - and don't get me started on his backing band, who are equally brilliant and occasionally are given their chance to shine (but we know whose show this is!)
A powerful figure in music since the 1950s, Mavis Staples is nothing short of awe inspiring. Delivering a number of upbeat, joyful numbers with her booming gospel vocals, Mavis put on a brilliant show on Sunday night at the Sydney Opera House. Exhibiting a strong pride in the contribution that her family has made to music and civil rights across the set, Mavis really is a musician worth experiencing.
Ever since Dune Rats kicked down the door to the Australian music scene early last year with the release of their self-titled debut LP, the Brisbane trio have been relentless. Backing up national tour after national tour before ending their home turf stint at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, the next logical step was to go scream obscenities through the door of the music scene on the other side of the world. They joined British rockers The Subways on a European tour and are now rocking their own shows across the UK.
The list of highlights and accomplishments in John Mayall’s career reads like a who’s-who guide to contemporary blues and rock music. The 81 year-old has not only released over 60 albums, but his band the Bluesbreakers became the vehicle which introduced one or two talented folk to the public sphere for the first time: Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood and the recently-deceased Andy Fraser, to name a few. To say the Englishman has had a bit of a part to play in the many twisting paths of contemporary music is a laughable understatement: the guy is simply, a living legend.
My Easter Sunday wrapped up at The Gov, where Sydney's
It's been a while since Northeast Party House had performed in Adelaide and going off the reaction the Melbourne band received from the Unibar crowd on Easter Saturday, it'd been far too long for their liking. Bringing the 'Double Darts Tour' to Adelaide and then Ballarat this weekend, NPH showed no signs of weariness or complacency as they took to the stage and ripped the Unibar a new one.
Ed Sheeran made his return to Adelaide last night, as his current national tour edges closer to its end. The last few weeks have seen the 24 year old British musician popping up everywhere, promoting his X album relentlessly on radio and in the press, not to mention ensuring that the two artists have been receiving good amounts of press as well. Performing wedding singer duties, spending time at children's hospitals, appearing on Home and Away and launching his own imprint label have been just some of the things Sheeran's been up to while in the country and yet, the only sign of any weariness the crowd gets during his first of two Adelaide shows is in the cracking of his vocals at various points of the show.
The line up for today's A Day On the Green at Bimbadgen Winery in the Hunter Valley has a stellar line up featuring a plethora of talented musicians. The venue appears to be practically sold out as there isn't much green left to sit on, the regular general admission punters always arrive early to grab the best position and the seated punters have arrived to catch all four bands. There are plenty of toilets, free water and huge merchandise tent to check out as well as the possibility of grabbing a food hamper or a glorious bottle of wine.
Noise rock is the heart of the Melbourne rock scene. Sorry, but it's the truth. While you have your Chet Fakers dominating the land of melancholy-subdued-sad boy-electronica and your Amity Afflictions doing whatever they're doing, the local scene is writhing with grimy garagey goodness. And of this goodness Dorsal Fins are arguably one of the best. A ten-piece trash masterpiece filled with members of both Saskwatch and Eagle and the Worm? It's not surprising that despite only finding themselves releasing their debut album Mind Renovation this year the band are dotting festival lineups all around.
I can’t stress enough how great Rocket Bar is. Being open on a Wednesday night for Punk Ass Kids, Friday night for Cats and Saturday and Sunday, why the heck not throw a party on a Thursday night, right?! So that’s exactly what the dudes from Badhaus did! With entry only being 5 smackers and $5 drink specials all night long, your Friday mornings are starting to look hazier by the second... I know mine did!