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LIVE REVIEWS

Live Review: Johnny Marr + Flyying Colours - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (20.07.15)


Photo Credit: Gwen Lee

Should Johnny Marr be re-named 'Johnny Young'? That was the question at Marr’s Enmore show in Sydney on Monday night. And it wasn’t because he resembled the former host of Young Talent Time but because the former Smiths guitarist oozed energy and charisma. This was definitely a case of a charming man looking half his age but playing with the virtuosity of a hardened axeman over double his age.

Live Review: Porter Robinson - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (22.07.15)

Cartoons and confetti on a weeknight sound like a child’s dream and Porter Robinson’s Worlds show at the Enmore Theatre was a dream of sorts. He moved through the new record almost seamlessly with striking visuals and festival-sized effects that made it feel like there was more than one young producer up on stage.

Live Review: Ryan Adams + Jenny Lewis - The Forum, Melbourne (19.07.15)


Photo Credit: Rebecca Houlden

Jenny Lewis, the former front woman of indie-rock band Rilo Kiley, oozes confidence as she struts on stage. She's wearing a white suit with a rainbow motif while the twinkle in her eye suggests she’s ready to show Melbourne a good time. Lewis and band kicks things off with the Rilo Kiley song, "Silver Lining". It has distinctly pop sound that inspires the five foot tall man in front of me to eagerly bop along. This is preceded "The Moneymaker" and "The Next Messiah", the latter exploring hard hitting blues with a country rock twist to its full potential.

Roskilde Festival in Denmark is More Than a Festival, It's An Experience

Over 8 days, 100,000 passionate music lovers got together to experience music, camping culture, art, community, charity and sustainability at the Roskilde Festival. There were different zones around the festival including: street city, graffiti zone, art zone and Dream City. Roskilde Festival is about 30 kilometers from Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, and after being built, this temporary city becomes the 4th largest in Denmark. Although I only attended one day, I couldn't help but get swept up in the vibe...

Live Review: Johnny Marr - The Gov, Adelaide (21.07.15)

"It's Tuesday, isn't it? Fuck, man..." Johnny Marr has come to Adelaide off the back of successful shows in Sydney and Perth and on a freezing cold Tuesday night, fans have rocked up enthusiastic and willing. Seeing Marr perform in the surrounds of The Gov is an opportunity obviously not lost on the hundreds that have piled into the venue tonight, the vibe is cosy and warm and perfect for a few hours of straight up rock and roll done with that flair that has become one of the most talked about elements of Marr's live shows in recent times.

Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Nine ft. Bahamas + Dropkick Murphys + Dear Rouge and more! (17.07.15)


Pictured: Dropkick Murphys. Photo by Mark Horton.

Though Friday marked the ninth day (of eleven) of the 21st RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, it would also mark our last. And with a focus on bands more suited to a traditional Bluesfest - accompanied by the sort of rainy weather that our own Byron Bay Bluesfest is famous for - it was a perfect way to bring our week at the event to an end.

Live Review: The Forty Thieves + Indigo Daze + Fugitive Hotel - The Zoo, Brisbane (16.07.15)

The Zoo in Brisbane can always be relied on to host a pumping show any night of the week. On this particularly cold Thursday night The Zoo was the perfect venue, not just for body warmth but a great show. This eclectic round up of gigs was a testimony to the local talent occupying Brisbane at the moment.

Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Eight ft. Keith Urban + Mother Mother + Lurrie Bell and more! (16.07.15)


Photo: Keith Urban. Captured by Mark Horton.

Day Eight of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa saw a strong focus upon major country acts like Keith Urban, whilst also treating us to blues, indie pop and indie rock with the likes of Donovan Woods, Mother Mother, Hilotrons and Lurrie Bell putting on impressive shows. As the festival saw a much larger influx of cowboy hats and checkered shirts (bringing back some major Calgary Stampede nostalgia), it can easily be said that a vast quantity of the crowd were out for their dose of Nashville style country music.

Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Seven ft. The Gaslight Anthem + Current Swell + Run The Jewels and more! (15.07.15)


Photo: Run The Jewels. Captured by Mark Horton.

North American Hip Hop was a dominating force on the 7th day of the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, though a last minute cancellation from De La Soul may have disappointed some (this writer included! They always put on a great show). US powerhouse Run The Jewels, Canadian rapper , local MC G. Grand (who filled in for De La Soul) and Montreal duo Heartstreets all showed off their take on the genre to great response. Alongside them were modern blues icons, one of Canada's biggest pop rock bands, a Scottish group playing their first show in eight months and one of Canada's finest psych rock bands.

Live Review: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Six ft. Future Islands + Mama Kin + Edward Sharpe + Operators and more! (14.07.15)


Lynyrd Skynyrd in action. Photo by Mark Horton for Ottawa Bluesfest. Used with Permission.

The sixth day of Ottawa Bluesfest served up a phenomenal mix of artists; from Australia’s own John Butler Trio, Mama Kin and Hamish Anderson, to North American acts including Operators, Future Islands, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and - just to shake things up - Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Photo Gallery: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Six ft. Edward Sharpe + Lynyrd Skynyrd + John Butler Trio + Mama Kin and more... (14.07.15)

We head to the sixth day of Bluesfest in Ottawa, and bring you some photos of Australia's own Hamish Anderson, John Butler Trio and Mama Kin who played alongside the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dan Boeckner's new project Operators, METZ, Black Lips and many more. Enjoy these photos and stay tuned for the full review of today's action packed event!

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Five ft. Blue Rodeo + Arkells + CeeLo Green + Sticky Fingers (12.07.15)


Photo: Mark Horton captures Sticky Fingers in Ottawa!

Australian acts Sticky Fingers (pictured) and Hat Fitz and Cara were among the main attractions on the fifth day of the Bluesfest in Ottawa, Canada this week, with the festival's stages being closed out by the likes of Richard Thompson, Blue Rodeo, Arkells and CeeLo Green.

Live Review: Alpine + Pearls + Olympia – Metro Theatre, Sydney (10.07.15)

It’s not often that a band will introduce a song by ordering the audience to dance more expressively, “not just this bopping up and down” as Phoebe from Alpine did. She momentarily turned the attention away from their colourful stage presence to the night as a whole. Despite joining fellow vocalist Lou in an uninhibited performance - playing with the mics, kicking, dancing and at times even rolling on the floor, she also wanted the audience to join in on the fun.

Live Review: Marlon Williams - Jive, Adelaide (02.07.15)

The magic Marlon Williams conjures on stage is something I've not seen in a live music environment for quite some time. He comes through Jive, a venue on Adelaide's west end, with an old-timey charm and an alt-country/folk music fusion that sets hearts aflutter before breaking them into tiny pieces with some powerful lyrical storytelling. Yet, in between songs when he's introducing his band, warning the crowd an upcoming guitar solo might not be up to scratch or throwing back to high school days with his band mates, the man who stands before us is a friendly and down to earth 20-something from Lyttelton, New Zealand.

Live Review: Last Dinosaurs + I Know Leopard + It's a Hoax - Jive, Adelaide (03.07.15)

On Friday night Brisbane’s Last Dinosaurs took to the stage at Jive and delivered one of the most well-received performances you’re likely to see. The boys were touring (it finished up at the Amplifier in Perth on Saturday) in support of their new single “Evie”, which has been getting some solid rotation on Triple J of late.