Since having visited us last year for a whirlwind tour, Highasakite stocks have risen considerably. Their record Silent Treatment has scored them two Spellemen Awards back home (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy) and more recently their anthemic single “Since Last Wednesday” garnered enough love to shoot its way to #77 on the Hottest 100 just the day before. With this in mind it came as quite a shock to find the Metro Theatre in more modest dressings; a black curtain cutting the room in half.
Rustie played a tight set featuring tracks from his latest album Green Language at the Oxford Art Factory last night. Hats off to Oneman too, who supported with a blistering opening set. Photos by Dan Turner.
Japanese contempo-pop singer Salyu brought her salyu x salyu show to Australia for the first time. One of the more curious additions to this year’s Sydney Festival program, the show was a collaboration with Japanese super producer Cornelius, seeing the singer stretching her voice as an instrument, utilizing loop pedals and multiple harmonies to create soundscapes.
It's Laneway time officially in Australia, with the official sideshows now kicking off around the place ahead of the national festival tour! The stunning Highasakite came through Sydney's Metro Theatre overnight with Japanese Wallpaper on support - Mikki's gallery captures some of that magic.
The last time I saw hip hop luminary Nas play the Enmore Theatre was on Halloween in 2010; I broke my foot in two places on the small raised platform against the front barrier about 3 minutes into his set. Sometime after support act Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) wrapped up, Nas burst out onto the stage with "Hip Hop is Dead", assisted by two Halloween-themed guitarists and a drummer.
The Oxford Art Factory is a funny venue. For many artists, both Australian and international, it’s the place that catalyses their trajectory towards bigger things. For all the acts on show at this Kim Churchill headlined show, it may well prove to be true.
Gyuzo is tucked away at the end of Liverpool Street, as you begin that frequent bridge walk to Darling Harbour, so it might be easy to unknowingly walk past this valuable Japanese BBQ. Walk slowly though, and be on the look out, because this place is well worth discovering. Meat is obviously the focus here, and the staff take great pride in knowing that they offer very high quality Wagyu among their rich range of meats, sushi, and other traditional Japanese dishes.
Lace Curtain seem to revel in challenging your perceptions. The Sydney Festival show was performed on Sunday evening at the famous Spiegeltent in Hyde Park. But the sound and vibe was closer to a sweaty nightclub at around midnight.
Filing into pop-up circus tent The Aurora at 11:45pm on a weekday may not inspire much energy in itself, but it's almost impossible to feel weary once you step inside the colourful and perky world of Dan Deacon. The American electronic musician is renowned for his unique live shows, which often involve various communal, ice-breaking mini games serving as interludes between his highly animated, effervescent productions.
Augie March played at the Sydney Opera House for a special Australia Day Eve show, making their debut at the venue. Robin Sarmento was there and brings you these photos.
The Kooks came back to Sydney to play some shows to play their new album Listen - as well as some huge old hits - and had The Griswolds along for the ride.
There are three ticking metronomes on stage. “Tick tick tick” they echo around the theatre as the audience files in. Far from keeping any sort of time with each other however, they are irregular and manic. “Tick TICK… tick”. You almost breathe a sigh of relief when Nioukhine, performed by Michel Robin, shuffles on stage to stop the metronomes one by one, as the lights dim and On The Harmful Effects of Tobacco begins.
Passenger played his biggest ever Australian show on Friday night, at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, supported by The Once. Evelyn Tjia was there and brings us these photos from the anticipated event:
Bo Ningen, one of Japan's finest exports, played a special Sugar Mountain Festival sideshow at Oxford Art Factory on Friday night. Pete Dovgan was there and brings you the photos:
Shonen Knife were in overdrive last night at the Factory Theatre and played an electric fast paced set supported by Step-Panther. Dan Turner was there and brings us these photos from the night: