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LIVE REVIEWS

Sydney Festival Live Review: Electric Wire Hustle + The Stepkids - The Keystone Festival Bar (27.01.12)

New Zealand's Electric Wire Hustle have been around the world and back in the last few years. Since I last saw them play in Sydney early last year there has been a European tour, which even included playing at the iconic Glastonbury Festival. I was curious if these steps forward would be reflected in their performance on Friday night at The Keystone Festival Bar, as part of the line up with US based trio The Stepkids for the Sydney Festival.

Sydney Festival Live Review: Vintage Trouble - The Famous Spiegeltent (28.01.12)

As I entered the Spiegeltent, LA based outfit Vintage Trouble had already begun chanting "Welcome To Our Party" to the enthusiastic crowd. Indeed, they brought the party to Sydney at an early 7pm show - always an impressive feat - with the crowd on their feet and dancing from start to finish.

Live Review: Carus Thompson - Norfolk Basement Lounge (27.01.2012)

A lot can happen in nine years. For folk troubadour Carus Thompson, plenty has changed in the nine years since the recording of the first Acoustic at the Norfolk album. In that time he has gotten married, become a father, put out three acclaimed records, and played countless shows across two continents. Now, nine years on from the first, Thompson is recording the follow up to his career defining live album.

Live Review: Astrid and the Asteroids + Bec Laughton + Miss Elm - The Zoo (27.01.12)

It’s always an exciting night when an EP is released, and I am always privileged to be apart of it. Especially when the band is one that has seemingly come out from outer space. The band: Astrid and the Asteroids. The Venue: The Zoo, Brisbane, Australia, Southern Hemisphere, Planet Earth. The mission: Bring the house down.

Live Review: Röyksopp + RüFüS - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (27.01.12)

After serving up the best experience of Sydney's Big Day Out (yes even better than you Mr West) ambient trip hop gods Röyksopp backed up to transport us to another world.

Live Review: Kasabian + The Vaccines - Festival Hall (28.01.12)

Being a pretentious wank, I’m used to attending gigs in tiny rooms with a handful of other conceited punters who spent half their night looking disinterested while composing a smarmy Facebook status update on their smart phones to show the rest of the world how cool they are. So it was a grand experience to see every single punter in Festival Hall loosing their shit as what is arguably one of the best live bands of our generation strutted their stuff onstage and damn near caused a riot, with numerous revellers being bailed up by security as they made their merry way out onto the streets at the end of the show.

Live Review: Big Day Out - Sydney Showground (26.01.12)

There has been much talk about the behind-the-scenes happenings of Big Day Out lately, from the controversy to the ridiculously expensive ticket price but none of that seems to matter on the big day – as you enter the festival all you need is enough good music to make for a fun day.

Wasting no time, I positioned myself in the main area’s pavilion to check out what the early-afternoon had in store for the infamous blue and orange stages.

Sydney Festival Live Review: Adam Buxton presents BUG: The Evolution of Music Video - Seymour Centre (26.01.12)

Writer/performer/radio DJ and self-confessed “expert bedtime storyteller,” Adam Buxton is also the regular host of Bug. An audio-visual feast for the senses and a popular event at the British Film Institute in London, it made its Australian debut in Sydney on Australia Day no less. And really, what could be more Australian than cutting down some tall poppies and celebrating the efforts of others (especially if they’re from New Zealand, I mean, “Australia?”)

Live Review: Mariachi El Bronx + The Vasco Era - Metro Theatre (25.01.12)

Mariachi El Bronx

Got to give it to the boys in The Bronx. While they are across town opening for Soundgarden, I'm at The Metro waiting for The Vasco Era, who in the past have not impressed me much. The plus side is, my only clash at Thursday's Big Day Out has now been solved and I'm looking forward to some Mariachi music soon enough.

Live Review: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Metro Theatre (24.01.12)

There are some genres that will never die. They are the genres that paved the way for "Rock and Roll" as we know it today: Blues, Swing, Rockabilly, Jazz, Country and so on... and the reason we know it will never die is because not only do bands like Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - siblings from North London - exist, but they can pack out venues like the Metro in Sydney and have a thousand people dancing and singing along to every song.