Author: Jon Jobbagy

Live Review: Woodlock + Ed Wells + Direwolf – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney (05.04.14)

April 8, 2014

I like to justify my inherent pessimism with the surprisingly practical statement that when one is a pessimist, one is often pleasantly surprised by the outcomes of situations one is pessimistic about. Saturday night saw the epitome of one of those situations. After cynically thinking that the door charge would be exorbitant for a student […]

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Album Review: Molly Contogeorge – Dames (2013 EP)

July 1, 2013

Forget Gosling; forget Julia Stone! In fact, forget everything you think you know about female singer songwriters. There’s a new lass on the block and her name is Molly Contogeorge. Molly first grabbed my attention when I went along to see Stone Monks on a somewhat inconvenient, hung-over Sunday night. From memory it was rather […]

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Sydney Comedy Festival Live Review: The Kransky Sisters – Seymour Centre (24.02.13)

April 26, 2013

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. Poor […]

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Live Review: ZZ Top + The Dead Daisies + Voodoo Sons – Metro Theatre (15.03.13)

March 17, 2013

It’s a rare treat to see and hear classic Rock bands playing a bunch of songs you thought you might never have the pleasure of witnessing live. There’s been a bit of that going around recently, and Friday night gave me the chance to indulge in some good old Texas Blues played by the bastions […]

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Live Review: Knox + Sydney Songwriter’s Collective – Crown Hotel Dome Bar, Surry Hills (10.03.13)

March 12, 2013

Listening to live music in an air-conditioned space is a great way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon. Even better is when a veritable smorgasbord of up and coming talent is offered up for the auditory palate in a nurturing atmosphere such as the Sydney Songwriter’s Collective. Chelsea Gibson, with her almost neo-classical lilt was […]

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Album Review: Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Self Titled Debut (2013 LP)

March 7, 2013

For someone who is regularly possessed by the rhythm and spirit of Reggae and Ska, Melbourne Ska Orchestra instantly becomes an obsession. Even the simple concept of a vast orchestra with an 18-piece horn section playing a style I find it difficult not to move to is orgasmic, let alone when they actually start playing. […]

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Live Review: Cat Power + Mick Turner – Enmore Theatre (02.03.13)

March 4, 2013

Considering all the maligned reports I had heard of Cat Power’s performances in the past, I wasn’t sure what to expect on this overcast Saturday in Sydney. Reflecting upon my appreciation for her recorded material, I went along regardless, with expectations at a high. Despite the scathing review this lack of fulfillment may have given […]

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Live Review: Duff McKagan’s Loaded + Fozzy + Danko Jones – Manning Bar (25.02.13)

February 27, 2013

There’s a lot more to Duff McKagan than being an ex-member of Guns and Roses, but I’m sure this status helps when promoting his solo projects. Nonetheless, his very own Loaded lives up to all expectations on record as well as live. In fact, in some ways they outshine the past with an uncompromising sound […]

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Live Review: Tuba Skinny – The Basement (23.02.13)

February 25, 2013

Saturday night saw the Basement do away with its usual setup of catering to the forty plus “dinner and show” audience, and enter into “dance-floor mode” to provide ample room for the predominantly younger audience who had braved the ferocious weather to attend a sold-out performance by New Orleans’ Tuba Skinny. Ragtime, Dixieland, Jazz, and […]

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Live Review: The Good Ship + Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys + John Kennedy – Sandringham Hotel (01.12.12)

December 3, 2012

Things looked a little sombre at the Sando to begin with. Normally it’s the rain, but tonight it seemed to be the heat keeping the punters away. I thought I had turned up slightly late, but the lady at the door eased my mind when she told me the opening act had not yet commenced. […]

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