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Live Review: Tkay Maidza + Willow Beats + Porches + L.K. McKay - Oh Hello!, Brisbane (25.09.15)

Photo Credit: Lauren Connelly

Tkay Maidza has been going from strength to strength of late, and tonight truly showed what this pocket powerhouse is capable of. She brought all the noise hipsters out of their hiding places, but this made for a killer vibe in the room.

Live Review: Dustin Tebbutt - The Factory Theatre, Sydney (25.09.15)

Playing against a backdrop of snow capped mountains, Dustin Tebbutt captured the minds and bodies of his listeners this past Friday night, thrusting them into a mystical universe where snow constantly falls, and floors in venues aren't sticky. With three EP's behind him, Tebbutt is emerging as one of those Australian artists to keep an eye on, reminiscent of Icelandic folk such as Sigur Ros or Asgeir, but with an undeniable Australian twang.

Live Review: Last Dinosaurs + Palms + The Jensens - The Triffid, Brisbane (25.09.15)

Photo Credit: Aidan Hogg (View th Gallery)

It’s been a month since Last Dinosaurs released their sophomore studio album Wellness. To pay it forward, these indie rockers have kicked off their Australian tour in Brisbane, inviting along their dedicated and loyal fan base; something about their sound and lyrics seem to emanate with Australia’s younger listeners. To appreciate that faithfulness, Last Dinosaurs even put on a specifically Under 18’s show at The Triffid earlier that day, tactfully timed with school holidays. Being the cynical, jaded writers we are, we came along to the 18+ show later that night.

Live Review: As It Is + Breakaway - The Lair, Sydney (26.09.15)

Hitting the stage ahead of our UK headliners were local outfit Breakaway. Think The Used and Lights and Sounds-esque Yellowcard and you get a band with talent and passion that soar to new heights. After catching them in a few gigs last year, there's no denying that the Sydney group have what it takes to crush a setlist with pulsating energy.

Live Review: The Garden + Gold Class + Miss Destiny - The John Curtin Hotel, Melbourne (24.09.15)

The Curtin looks as if it is a set piece from a movie focusing on the rise of Nick Cave and the Melbourne goth scene. The stage is framed by gold streamers, messy banners twisted up against each other. It makes the wall clock hidden in the corner seem even more out of place, as if a teeny tiny bit of my high school worked its way into the bandroom.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Wiz Khalifa - Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (27.09.15)

Despite a last minute downsizing of venue (from Riverstage to Eatons Hill Hotel), the faithful turned out in droves to welcome Wiz Khalifa to Brisbane. With a setlist spanning his now decade long career, Khalifa wasted little time jumping into "Taylor Gang" and sprinting and jumping around the stage, and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Live Review: Sebastian Bach - The Metro Theatre, Sydney (23.09.15)

Last night, the legendary singer of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach, hit the stage in Sydney for the first time in seven years as part of his “18 and Live” tour.

Live Review: The Rubens + Saskwatch + Winterbourne - The Astor Theatre, Perth (18.09.15)

After a couple of regional shows down in Western Australia’s South West, The Rubens national tour, in support of their new record Hoops, hit Perth over the weekend for a sold out show at the Astor Theatre.

Live Review: The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + Lucy Wilson - Metropolis, Fremantle (18.09.15)

Finally back from their adventure overseas, The Smith Street Band left their trusty place at The Rosemount to play a massive show in Fremantle on Friday night. Joined with an ever interesting and spot on support line up as always, there was nothing held back. Spitting out that loveable intensity across the crowd there wasn’t a punter in the place not yelling the songs right back.

Live Review: Tkay Maidza + Willow Beats + Porsches - Capitol, Perth (19.09.15)

After exploding onto every festival for the past year Tkay Maidza has kicked of her own national tour, getting down to Perth on Saturday night with a slew of supports all showing off new songs. Although the night started extremely early, the young crowd were more than happy to start partying with most flashing their fresh merch (Tkay has socks guys) and enough energy to keep the acts smiling.

Festival Review: Young Henry's Small World Festival ft. The Church + DZ Deathrays - Sydney Park, St Peters (19.09.15)

Young Henry's Small World Festival celebrates the four essential things in life - booze, music, food, and good mates. Set for the first time in St Peters' iconic Sydney Park, the festival specialises in everything good that's local, solidifying itself as one of those events that are really important to the Sydney arts and culture scene.

Live Review: The Waifs - Perth Concert Hall (15.09.15)

Perth Concert Hall, normally home to the likes of Schubert and Beethoven, was transformed into Perth’s largest and grandest folk club on Tuesday night for the return of hometown favourites The Waifs as they continued the West Coast leg of their national tour in support of new record Beautiful You. There was wolf whistling, mass sing-alongs and I’m pretty sure I spied some dancing in the aisles – not your typical concert hall crowd at all.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: A Weekend in Auckland (Part One) - Discovering the best NZ music at "The Others Way" Festival

Pictured: Aldous Harding

Earlier this month, I headed over to Auckland, New Zealand, to talk at the Going Global music conference. Coinciding with the event was Flying Out's inaugural festival The Others Way (Friday 4th September), which showcased the best music from New Zealand across seven stages over six hours, with some 32 bands selling out the event. I was only able to capture a fraction of the performances, but here they are in the order they performed:

Live Review: Eves The Behavior + Paul Conrad - Shebeen, Melbourne (14.09.15)

Adorning the ceiling are several white lights, more like ufos really. On the stage there are a few pot plants. I can’t tell if they’re the same that I saw last year but they look about the same size, same thickness. Same plastic hue. I sit at the back of the room, bleachers of sort, and watch as the band and the handful of people who arrived earlier than I did talk amongst each other. A man in a loose fitting jacket and long beard climbs the ankle height stage. A dulled hum begins to sound and Paul Conrad begins his set.

Festival Review: Lollapalooza Berlin - Tempelhof Airport, Germany (12.09.15 & 13.09.15)

Photo: Stephan Flad.

Lollapalooza branched out into Europe for the first time over the weekend, taking Berlin's Tempelhof Airport by storm. The sold out event drew huge numbers of music fans down to the defunct airport (one of the coolest festival venues I've been too, I'll add) for some brilliant sets by artists who've been away for a little while, some of the biggest names touring at the moment and some recent festival favourites. Having attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last year, I felt like I was going into this one at least a little prepared, but Berlin's festival game was another beast in itself.