Author: Alexandra Houle

The Delta Riggs to frontline next installment of Boost Mobile’s live streaming initiative

April 29, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 quarantine, musicians have been left practically and financially uncertain, losing a substantial portion of their income having lost the ability to play live shows. Thankfully, new opportunities are popping up, and in a time where the touring industry has been effectively made redundant, the music industry has found a new way to […]

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From Bob to Barter: 5 reasons you should be excited about Australian Music Week 2019

October 1, 2019

The annual Australian Music Week Conference is back for its fifth year and is returning with an impressive lineup of speakers and performers. Taking place November 2019, here are the five highlights of the week we know you won’t want to miss out on. And with many more announcements still to come, this is merely […]

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Interview: Jet’s Nic Cester talks fatherhood, the downsides of Melbourne, and the potential for new material

February 27, 2019

A lot has changed for Jet frontman, Nic Cester, since the Australian rock icons first shot to international superstardom. It’s been over fifteen years since the band first released their debut album, Get Born. Two more albums followed and then a decade long hiatus. In recent years, the band have finally made a return, supporting Bruce […]

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Parramatta to host 70 local artists this weekend at free “Live and Local” music event

April 11, 2018

Parramatta’s CBD will be livened with the sound of music this weekend, as the City Of Parramatta hosts its now annual “Live and Local” event. For the second time, over 70 artists of Sydney’s West will perform throughout the CBD, taking place this Saturday, April 14. The mini-festival will last for five hours, spanning across […]

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Interview: Amy Nelson (Canada) dishes on new music, inspiration and more with us in Sydney

November 10, 2017

Not to be confused with fellow musician and daughter of Willie Nelson, Canadian singer songwriter Amy Nelson has long been forging her way as one of the country’s hardest touring independent artists. In Australia for shows that brought her to the east coast, Amy caught up with us in Sydney. “I came to Australia as a backpacker years and […]

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Interview: Scenic Route to Alaska (Canada) take us through their debut Australian tour

November 9, 2017

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, indie group Scenic Route to Alaska have been impressing us out on their debut Australian tour. Joining us on the couch at Leadbelly in Newtown, the trio take us through their experiences on the road for Australian Music Week and other shows scattered down the east coast. “I think a lot of […]

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Interview: Dylan Menzie (Canada) discusses Adolescent Nature while Down Under in Sydney

November 9, 2017

With his new album Adolescent Nature, Canadian troubadour Dylan Menzie has put his heart on his sleeve yet again. In Australia for Australian Music Week and also the Canada Down Under showcase in Sydney, the songwriter takes us through his new music, the reaction to it and where he’s going from here. “It’s a strange feeling, to […]

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Interview: Twin Peaks (Canada) do away with band name confusion & reflect on their month touring Australia

November 8, 2017

Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt of Twin Peaks talk name confusion, how the band formed, koalas, Australia and the supportive Canadian governments arts’ funding ahead of their showcase at Canada Down Under at Leadbelly, Newtown. “We’re just an elaborate boob joke,” the name is explained. “The whole name ‘Twin Peaks’ is because we both have […]

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Interview: Louise Burns (Canada) on shunning expectations when making new music & more

November 8, 2017

Vancouver’s Louise Burns has been a true highlight of the recent Canada Down Under takeover that hit Sydney’s Leadbelly venue earlier this week. The songwriter has a smashing album in Young Mopes to her name and following on from her Polaris Prize nomination, Burns has already blazed through 2017 successfully, and looks forward to a bright 2018. “It’s […]

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Live Review: Canada Down Under takes over Sydney’s Leadbelly with Scenic Route to Alaska and more

November 7, 2017

Last night Newtown’s Leadbelly saw a Canadian invasion, with some of Canada’s top rock and country acts gracing the same stage that recently housed iconic Australian rockstar Nic Cester. Amy Nelson, Twin Peaks, Dylan Menzie, Louise Burns, and Scenic Route to Alaska were amongst the artists to bring the music of Canada Down Under. With big […]

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Spoon deliver Hot Thoughts to Sydney; captivate their audience free of gimmick

March 24, 2017

Thursday night, American act Spoon performed to a fully packed Metro Theatre, travelling in the wake of their latest release, Hot Thoughts. The most noticeable and impressing aspect of the band’s performance was its intentional understatement: the set was free of gimmick, distracting light design, or larger-than-life rock star ego, and yet was effectively captivating in […]

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Live Review: Steel Panther – The Big Top, Sydney (17.06.16)

June 20, 2016

Last night, 80’s parody band Steel Panther rocked The Big Top in Sydney’s Luna Park. If you’ve heard even one Steel Panther song, you know exactly what to expect from their live performance and god, I hope for their sake there was not a single feminist without a sense of humour in the audience. The […]

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Live Review: Def Leppard + Baby Animals + Live – Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (17.11.15)

November 19, 2015

Playing one of the venue’s last shows ever. English rock band Def Leppard hit the Qantas Credit Union Arena this Tuesday, accompanied by openers Baby Animals and Live. Aussie rock outfit Baby Animals kicked off the night, starting off with limited energy that picked up as more and more fans trickled in for their early […]

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Live Review: The Darkness – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney (13.11.15)

November 16, 2015

Friday night I donned my most obnoxious striped pants to see 80’s power rockers The Darkness play the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. The band took the stage with flamboyance, Justin Hawkins sporting a gregarious black and white pinstriped suit, complete with suspenders and his name emblazoned in metallics across the back, validating my calculated fashion […]

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Live Review: Sebastian Bach – The Metro Theatre, Sydney (23.09.15)

September 24, 2015

Last night, the legendary singer of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach, hit the stage in Sydney for the first time in seven years as part of his “18 and Live” tour. The flaxen-haired front man performed at Sydney’s Metro Theatre, playing, in his words, a “sold out motherfucker.” Backed by guitarist Brent Woods, Bach was welcomed […]

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Live Review: James Bay – Metro Theatre, Sydney (12.08.15)

August 14, 2015

On Wednesday night, award-winning singer/songwriter James Bay achieved a feat new musicians touring Australia all aim to accomplish, selling out the iconic Metro Theatre. The Sydney venue was packed to capacity as a rowdy Australian crowd waited impatiently for James Bay to join his keyboardist/guitarist, bass player, and drummer on stage. The spindly artist took […]

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Live Review: Motley Crue + Alice Cooper – Allphones Arena, Sydney (16.05.15)

May 18, 2015

This year, an epic 35 year run in music is coming to its inevitable end, with Mötley Crüe making their last ever stop in Sydney at the Allphones Arena. The glam four-piece was accompanied by legend in his own right, Alice Cooper. There are few other ways to describe Cooper’s opening act as aptly as […]

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Live Review: The Delta Riggs + Harts – The Metro Theatre, Sydney (01.05.15)

May 3, 2015

Friday night, Sydney’s iconic Metro Theatre was graced for the first time by Melbourne/Sydney rockers, The Delta Riggs, who were joined by openers, Food Court and Harts, and I was lucky enough to catch it all live. As a person with a need for immediate gratification and a “skip to the main event” personality, admittedly […]

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the AU interview: Max Kerman of Arkells (Canada) talks Rock and Roll, touring, and Springsteen

April 5, 2015

As part of our On The Rocks feature, the AU review’s Alex Houle caught up with Max Kerman, frontman of award-winning Canadian rock band, Arkells. Kerman shared with us his insightful opinion on the “death of Rock and Roll,” chatted about his musical influences and latest album, High Noon, and explained why he might never […]

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the AU interview: Elliott Hammond of The Delta Riggs talks Rock and Roll, Drugs, Foo Fighters and Kanye West

April 3, 2015

As part of our On The Rocks feature yesterday, the AU review’s, Alex Houle, recently caught up with Elliott Hammond, the opinionated singer of The Delta Riggs, to chat about their recent Foo Fighters tour, their latest album, Dipz Zebazios, and the current state of Rock and Roll. In this no holds barred interview, we […]

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On The Rocks: Answering Music’s Most Annoying Question

April 2, 2015

Photo Credit: Andrew Wade No one ever asks if Hip-Hop is dead, if Pop is dead. Rarely, if ever, does any one bother to pit Country and Rap music against each other. Yet for the last 60+ years, as each decade comes to a close, there has always seemingly been an advocate for the death […]

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