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.
In the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge sits what looks like a little hole in the wall. Peeking in from the windows will only reveal a small glimpse of plants and earthy colours. Inside, it becomes apparent these first glimpses were true, except The Botanist Bar and Restaurant is deceivingly larger inside.
Resolution was the last ‘horror’ film screened at A Night of Horror/Fantastic Planet Film Festival at Dendy Newtown, Sydney. The film was followed by The History of Future Folk (USA, 2012), the sci-fi closing night film. The festival was pretty fabulous (as it is every year), bringing together genre lovers of horror and science fiction from around Sydney and beyond.
There’s something about The Temper Trap that puts you in a happy, calm and chilled out mood. It’s a combination of their incredibly easy to listen to sound, their Mr Nice Guy persona... and that voice. The ever-so cool voice of The Temper Trap frontman Dougy Mandagi. With this killer combination, The Temper Trap have the ability to transport you to a carefree, happy place – particularly when they're performing live.
Indie darlings Tegan and Sara have come a long way over the last eight years since their first visit to Australia. It was 2005 and they had come as the support act for Little Birdy. When Katy Steele fell ill and cancelled the dates, the Canadian duo solidered on, becoming accidental headliners. It turned out most people had come to see them anyway.