Brisbane’s third Track and Field festival features a collection of artists who are on the rise nationally and beyond, and (for the uninitiated) has absolutely nothing to do with athletics. Headlined by Melbourne’s Alpine, the event also featured local talents The Jungle Giants and Dune Rats plus Tasmania’s Triple J Unearthed High 2012 winner Asta. Held somewhat unusually at Electric Playground, the night turned out to be a great success and genuinely entertaining time for everyone.
The last time I saw The Griswolds perform, it was unenjoyable for the most part. It was a disgusting 30-something degree night in Brisbane in January and I was dealing with the fact that my make-up was melting off my face at an alarmingly fast rate, instead of focusing on the fact I was seeing some live music in a city that wasn’t my own for free. Still, I remembered this band bringing a great deal of fun to the night and ever since, I’ve been telling friends to look them up.
Well known Sydney band Dappled Cities played the Oxford Art Factory on Wednesday 24th April to celebrate their official ten year anniversary, a commendable achievement to have made it so long in the music industry! They were joined by Donny Benet and Collarbones for support.
Held in honour of the 30 year recording career of the Hoodoo Gurus and in its second year on a fine Anzac day, Dig It Up features a multitude of bands that The Gurus have handpicked; ranging from idols to contemporaries through to new discoveries, as well as some comedy thrown in for good measure.
How do I even begin to convey in words how brilliant The Growl are? I’m afraid what I’m about to write will not do the boys any justice, but just know, they are phenomenal and deserve all the praise they receive. You can only expect bigger and better things from them. Or maybe we should just keep them our little Australian secret?
Beloved dance-rock trio Midnight Juggernauts are finally ready to make a comeback after a bit of a hiatus, and the timing couldn’t be better, with enough of an absence to have send fans absolutely crazy for tickets to their current tour, which were snapped up pretty fast. Oxford Art Factory filled out very early on thanks to a very promising line-up with supports Four Door and YesYou.
The book, Toxic Oil is based on the idea that Government Health agencies and nutritional experts have got it all wrong. That vegetable oil – the one touted as the “good one” – will kill you and your family. It’s a tough area to negotiate and I’d say to take it all with a grain of salt. But that’s bad for you too.
Its been eighteen months since the debut record of The Bennies which saw the band tour extensively across Australia and Asia supporting the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, Leftover Crack, Guttermouth and best friends/roommates Smith Street Band.
A TV monitor, a projector screen and the silhouette of a man; arms upraised and perfectly still. Such was the scene awaiting us when we took our seats in the Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre in St Kilda last night. The man was Matthew Whitty – the star of About Tommy, a play by Danish playwright Thor Bjorn Krebs.
Even with a name like Too Soon you should be warned that Eddie Ifft’s comedy show is not for the faint hearted. Or the easily offended. The American comedian had his claws out and although he made some pot-shots at himself; for the most part he slaughtered some sacred cows, regaled us with sexual (mis)adventures and had the barbs out for every kind of minority or disadvantaged group imaginable. Let’s just say the proceedings suited the 9:30PM timeslot.
Melbourne’s Corner Hotel was lucky enough to host Brisbane’s Hungry Kids Of Hungary on the last show of their national You’re A Shadow tour. The much acclaimed shows around Australia and the sold-out Melbourne date incited high expectations in those headed to Richmond on Friday night. Hungry Kids Of Hungary did not let Melbourne down.
It has only been about 5 months since Brisbane boys, Hungry Kids of Hungary were last at Jive in Adelaide, but since then they've released their long awaited album You're a Shadow. Jive is the perfect venue for a band like Hungry Kids; it's a funky, indie setting with absolutely nothing pretentious about it. Hungry Kids of Hungary started a lot earlier than I had anticipated meaning I missed out on The Preatures which I was disappointed about, but heard nothing but good things.
Melody Pool was a sweet set to kick off the night. She’s long had a hand in music since she was a child. If the lodge hadn't warmed me up I’m sure her vocals would. I can tell she’s a charming lady. The next supporting act and the headliner, Vance Joy, both thanked her again and again for coming around.
Wednesday night at Fowler’s Live saw first-hand evidence that legendary punk rockers Buzzcocks have still got it. With support from nostalgic garage rock band The Molting Vultures, the pioneers of punk successfully upheld their reputation as one of the most charismatic and quintessentially cool bands of all time.
The Kransky Sisters are back in Australia after an eccentric tour of the European continent, on which the unbalanced spinsters managed some rest and recuperation before launching into their brand new show Piece of Cake back in their homeland. That’s the fictional back-story at least. Sorry, I didn’t mean to break the forth wall.