Author: Antigone Anagnostellis

Live Review: Dillon Francis – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (20.04.16)

April 21, 2016

Sydney has recently received a lot of flack for its lack of nightlife, but that is easily crushed upon a wriggle into Oxford Art Factory on a weeknight. On this particular night, the lineup featured Aussie favourites Paces and Branchez supporting all-star American DJ/producer Dillon Francis. What was once underground is now familiar, when it […]

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Film Review: Flight Facilities: Across America (Red Bull Media House, 2015)

December 6, 2015

Flight Facilities are a household name in Australian dance music but a never-before-seen mini documentary shows us that behind the polished performances are two good mates who make music for a living, and love it. Red Bull Media House  produced Across America during the duo’s coast-spanning tour of the USA in early 2015. It is hard […]

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Album Review: Gary Clark Jr. – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (2015 LP)

September 21, 2015

It often takes a few listens to get into a song, but there’s no denying the sweet moment of that feeling like you’ve heard a new song before. Gary Clark Jr. oozes familiar, old-school sentimentality among creative production, and his latest record The Story of Sonny Boy Slim will delight most and move many. Even […]

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Live Review: SAFIA – Factory Theatre, Sydney (10.09.15)

September 12, 2015

“Do you guys want an album?” Safia’s loved vocalist Ben Woolner screamed out to a sold out Factory Theatre. In reverse career mode, the Canberra three-piece is now a household name in Australian music with just five official singles. They brought stadium level dynamics to a medium-sized venue (read: strobe lights and moving visuals) and […]

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Live Review: Methyl Ethel – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (03.09.15)

September 6, 2015

They’ve been coined “the next Tame Impala” and aside from sharing a home city of Perth, Methyl Ethel are experiencing a similar national hype with the former. The three-piece played to a packed room at Sydney’s Newtown Social Club, following a performance at the weekend’s Volumes Festival. Despite the crowd, they remained humble and ran their […]

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas Recap: Peter Greste "Journalistic Freedom" – Sydney Opera House (05.09.15)

September 6, 2015

“I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy… but it’s brought you all here today.” Peter Greste knows that journalists don’t have the best reputation at the moment. He even puts them up with used car salesmen and politicians in public opinion. But all jokes aside, Greste spoke at this year’s Festival […]

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the AU interview: Sam from The Paper Kites (Melbourne) on working with Phil Ek, night owl antics and making it overseas!

August 14, 2015

Ahead of the release of their highly anticipated twelvefour album, out this August, Antigone caught up with Sam Rasmussen of Melbourne band The Paper Kites to find out more about the making of the record and what the group has been up to during their time off the road. Working with the awesome Phil Ek […]

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Live Review: Wolf Alice – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (24.07.15)

July 25, 2015

Every few years, a great rock band emerges from England and comes to our shores around Splendour In the Grass. This time, it’s Wolf Alice. Their no-nonsense set put music at the forefront and a lack of theatrics complements the dysphoria in many of their tracks. In the underground Oxford Art Factory, it felt like […]

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

July 23, 2015

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. Porter […]

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

July 14, 2015

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 […]

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Live Review: Hermitude + Jayteehazard + Basenji – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (26.06.15)

June 28, 2015

Hermitude seize the improvised element of a live rock show and run it through their own, and the effect is captivating. All I could think is why aren’t they performing at an overseas festival right now.* Sydney’s Enmore Theatre crowd was rowdy an hour before the duo even took to the stage, thanks to warm-up […]

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the AU interview: Johnny from Pretty City talks their Triple A side, homemade music videos & Aussie psych bands…

June 26, 2015

Fuzz rock Melbourne band Pretty City are in the middle of their ‘Triple A’ east coast tour of Australia at the moment. We talked to lead singer John-Luis Moretti on their latest music video, why they released three singles and late night snacks in Sydney. What is going on in your latest film clip for […]

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the AU interview: Ember (Sydney) talks Australian Electronic Scene, DJ Lifestyle and the Collaroy’s Sunday Long Day

June 3, 2015

Ember is a regular in the Sydney club scene with a versatile style that gets people up and dancing. He travels cross country regularly to entertain crowds at the hottest party spots, and has just been nominated for an inthemix 50 People’s Choice Award. We spoke to him ahead of his Queen’s Birthday long weekend […]

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Vivid Live Review: Red Bull Music Academy presents Elefant Traks – Sydney Opera House Studio (31.05.15)

June 2, 2015

Photo Credit: Prudence Upton You wouldn’t think of the Sydney Opera House as a venue for an underground hip-hop party on a Sunday night, but that’s what Elefant Traks brought to the Studio as part of Vivid Festival this weekend. The Sydney-based record label presented a mix of live performances and DJ sets from old […]

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Vivid Live Review: Sufjan Stevens – Sydney Opera House (22.05.15)

May 23, 2015

Photo: Daniel Boud It’s the hardest part of being an artist – letting go of your work – and Sufjan Stevens lets go all the way. In the first of his performances for Vivid 2015, he transformed the Concert Hall into a mesmerising montage of his life’s narrative. First thought when the lights came on […]

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Live Review: PEACE – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (08.05.15)

May 11, 2015

As soon as Peace took to the stage in Sydney’s underground Oxford Art Factory, the space took off with an intensity of sound that made it seem like an outdoor festival. I saw Peace play the same venue two years ago and their confidence levels are now even higher, it felt like a seasoned rock […]

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the AU interview: Michael Shuman of Mini Mansions talks the new LP, working at Vox Studios & personal songwriting.

April 24, 2015

Photo: Neil Krug After branching out from his work as Queens Of The Stone Age bassist, Michael Shuman has gone on to perform with his band Mini Mansions around the world. They are now about to play Austin Psych Fest and a few gigs with Tame Impala. Having just released their second album The Great […]

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Album Review: Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon (2015 LP)

March 30, 2015

Our most-loved songs are often from a heartbroken man. And while Goon has an undoubtedly autobiographic touch to it, Tobias Jesso Jr at least takes on the persona of any sad lover pining helplessly for what once was. Sure a whole album dedicated to heartbreak has its melodrama, but Jesso Jr brought his real-life experience […]

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Album Review: Foster The People – Supermodel (2014 LP)

March 28, 2014

To be honest, I did judge a book by its cover when it came to listening to Foster the People’s sophomore album. While I loved their catchy hooks and sing-a-long creations in Torches, what led me to pay particular attention to this release was the psychedelic touch on the album art, injected with colour, and […]

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Festival Review: Field Day – The Domain, Sydney (01.01.14)

January 3, 2014

With a big night before in check, Field Day offered enough dance music to keep the celebrators happy while offering a few more chilled out options for those still recovering from New Year’s Eve. Its size, slightly smaller than a regular festival, meant that it was easier to get around and criss-cross genres throughout the […]

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Live Review: Pond + Doctopus – Metro Theatre, Sydney (20.12.13)

December 22, 2013

Pond has built themselves a reputation as one of Australia’s top live acts, and it’s not hard to see why, delivering a whole lot of noise on par with the depth of the album recordings. Support band Doctopus did a good job of warming up the crowd – with plenty of electric guitar, stage banter […]

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Live Review: Cub Sport – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney (23.11.13)

November 25, 2013

Cub Sport’s music has been described as ‘infectiously happy with summer pop vibes’. Their live show does just the same, carrying off a smooth-sailing performance that is surprisingly low-key. Not as in low energy (each band member pays ferocious attention to their instruments) but the night took a friendly register, only encouraged by the cosy […]

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Live Review: World’s End Press + Movement – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney (14.11.13)

November 15, 2013

Electronic music isn’t what it used to be – where there once were clear lines between house, dance and rock, Australian music has openly taken on all technology so that there is a fusion of the best parts of each genre. Melbourne’s World’s End Press and Sydney trio Movement take on big sound for a […]

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the AU interview: Jo Syme of Big Scary (Melbourne)

October 4, 2013

Big Scary have just finished touring nationally with Bernard Fanning and are soon to head to the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, where they are up for three nominations, including best independent artist and best independent album for their latest Not Art. Big Scary have released their two albums through their own label Pieater. We […]

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Live Review: Peace + Millions – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (21.09.13)

September 23, 2013

Between these two loud live acts, Oxford Art seemed such a tight space on Saturday night. Loud in their sound but also with a high performance energy that seemed almost too intense to watch from the bar. Brisbane band Millions kicked off the show, keeping fairly quiet in between songs but gathering a big crowd. […]

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Sydney Fringe Techno Film Showcase Review: Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno (France, 2012)

September 16, 2013

While electronic music is doing supremely well in Australia at the moment, we can’t say that it’s always been this way. We can only dream of regularly having warehouse parties and living up to techno hotspots Paris and Berlin. With links to the underground and drug scene, it’s no surprise that the mysterious depths of […]

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Live Review: Alison Wonderland + LDRU + Willow Beats – Oxford Art Factory (07.09.13)

September 9, 2013

High expectations come with buying a ticket to a live DJ set. Unlike a live band, they can’t often interrupt the music to speak to the crowd or ask for an encore. But that’s how Alison Wonderland has gathered a band of followers – with a live show that interweaves top songs of the moment […]

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Album Review: Various Artists – Melodie Française (2013 Compilation)

August 27, 2013

We may seem far from a world of heightened suffering and melodramatic love affairs but the Australian reworking of French classics on Melodie Française could be the perfect soundtrack to a wine-heavy dinner party. Francophiles will love it – there is more value upon recognising the originals – but the album speaks to any music […]

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the AU interview: Tim Nelson of Cub Sport (Brisbane)

August 26, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following interview took place last week, before Brisbane’s Cub Scouts announced they were changing their name to Cub Sport in response to legal proceedings from Scouts Australia. It’s a pity to see this happen – but like The Preatures, PVT and DZ Deathrays before them, a slight name change might actually be […]

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Live Review: Giraffage – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (17.08.13)

August 19, 2013

Giraffage a.k.a. Charlie Yin took to the stage, still and unassuming, until he began playing and grooving along to his own music. He is no macbook act – working the board in real time and constructing his own soundscape. Donned in black t-shirt and gold chain, he suggests an illusion of simplicity, while dipping into […]

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