The West Thebarton Brothel Party boys packed Jive out well on Saturday night, the official launch party for their debut self-titled EP. The band has been growing a strong fan base in Adelaide in recent months and their time supporting some pretty impressive Australian and international names, has brought them to the attention of many different type of Adelaide music fan who may be on the look out for something new. Their gathering at Jive represented not only the supportive network of fellow Adelaide musicians and friends within these circles, but a good percentage of people looking to kick on well into their Saturday night - the chaos the boys brought to the show was the perfect way to do so.
Photo Credit: Belinda Dipalo
With the release of their debut Tawk Tomahawk in 2013, Hiatus Kaiyote emerged fully formed from the Melbourne suburbs, playing the kind of kaleidoscopic soul jazz that was so far beyond anything else in the scene that they transcended it straight away - all the way into the Grammy Awards. The track "Nakamurra", featuring Q-Tip, earned them the honour of being the first Australian band ever nominated for an R &B Grammy, bringing with it plenty of highbrow international acclaim long before they became recognisable to most at home.
On a rainy Thursday evening in Adelaide, the Grace Emily Hotel down the city's west end hosts two of my favourite Australian songwriters for a generous night of live music and good time times. Jack Carty and Jordan Millar have been touring together around the country over the past few weeks in their 'By Request' format and it's been one that has been incredibly well-received. With the idea of the show being that the fans dictate each set via suggestions made prior to the show, both Carty's and Millar's sets present themselves as unique in each city. There are obvious favourites that have been popping up, a few surprises and, as we saw on this night, a foray into the golden era of the 90's boy band.
On Wednesday night, award-winning singer/songwriter James Bay achieved a feat new musicians touring Australia all aim to accomplish, selling out the iconic Metro Theatre.
Timing is a funny thing in music, isn’t it? I’m not speaking technically here, but more so when you first hear a band that you reeeeally like and you are so captivated by their sound, by their story etc. Regardless of where they are in their career, whether that be well established or literally just starting out, that first time you hearing them is a completely new experience for you.
Photo Credit: Stuart Sevastos.
Thursday evening saw Death Cab for Cutie play the final show of their Australian tour, their first since 2012, at Perth’s Metro City. An event that saw certain OC memes flood social media in the days and weeks running up to the gig.
Kitty Daisy & Lewis captured by Carl Dziunka.
Perth, being the most isolated capital city tends to find itself playing host to a lot touring bands playing their final shows of any given tour; especially if they’re in the country for Splendour. This can generally lead to some pretty interesting shows, in some cases the bands are tired and ready to get off the road, in others they’re in full party mood – which inevitably leads to some loose and very fun and entertaining shows.
A melting pot of Australian talent in Husky Gawenda, Fergus Linacre,
Richard Thompson performs while The Milk Carton Kids look on...
Our third day started off on stage three with the phenomenal "Define Folk" session, featuring Oysterband, Richard Thompson, Geoff Muldaur and Amos Garrett and The Milk Carton Kids. We arrived just in time for Geoff Muldaurs' delivery of "Tennessee Blues", which had a beautiful heartfelt country blues feel to it, before Richard Thompson went on to sing a gentle Celtic folk song accompanied by a rich swirl of strings.
Pictured: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
On Day Two of Edmonton Folk Music Festival, we were treated to a rich and wonderfully extensive line up of artists, spread out across seven stages. Our night of music kicked off with the exciting and very promising session entitled "Magical Moments" with Jenn Grant, Bear's Den, John Smith and Danny Michel collaborating for a special performance.