Live Reviews

Live Review: The Avalanches reimagine their debut album with the ASO in an unforgettable performance

May 21, 2022

The Avalanches released their debut album Since I Left You in 2000 to critical acclaim. Created from countless music and film samples, it was a grand musical collage, creating orchestral sounds from layers of disparate noises. Tonight at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, the Avalanches duo of Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi were joined by […]

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Revisit our live review of the Kendrick Lamar 2016 Sydney show ahead of his new Australian tour

May 19, 2022

*UPDATE* [19/05/2022]: Well, the news is out now. Every single music fan in Sydney is going to be knocking down the online Live Nation door as of Friday 20th May in a frantic attempt to scrape up tickets to Kendrick Lamar’s new Australia tour for 2022. The Compton emcee, who just released the brilliant Mr […]

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Live Review: Caravãna Sun have crowds eating out of the palm of their hands at Freo Social

May 17, 2022

Cronulla/Byron Bay four-piece Caravãna Sun have grown in popularity on the back of heartfelt single “Whale Song” appearing on 2021 Netflix doco Seaspiracy but don’t be fooled, their live shows are far from solemn. The pop-infused indie rock foursome have evolved a lot over the past decade since their 2013 debut LP Aya, with ska, […]

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Live Review: You Am I – Rosemount Hotel (13.05.22)

May 17, 2022

“Now kids, this is what 1993 sounded like,” lead singer Tim Rogers announced before You Am I launched into mid-90s hit “Cathy’s Clown”. The irony was lost on few at Friday night’s show at Perth’s Rosemount Hotel, populated by an older crowd wanting to re-live those 90’s pop-rock memories from when they were the kids […]

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“Honest, brave and dedicated”: Camp Cope and Birdz shine at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre

May 13, 2022

The artist, known as Birdz, a proud Butchulla rapper, original from Katherine in the NT, arrived on the expansive Enmore stage to a smattering of early arrivals. It didn’t take much encouragement for the main floor the start filling as he introduced himself and dove into a visceral highlight from his 2021 Legacy album, ‘Aussie […]

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Live Review: Methyl Ethel + Ash Baroque & Les Fleurs d’Ombre, The Night Cat (27.04.22)

May 2, 2022

It’s been an alluring three nights for any fans of dreamesque Indie rock in Melbourne, as Methyl Ethel and their haunting opening act, Ash Baroque & Les Fleurs d’Ombre spent their evenings at the Night Cat. The opening act of Ash Baroque and Les Fleurs d’Ombre had a flair for the dramatic. Including drag, operatic […]

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Review: Groovin’ the Moo transforms Canberra into a festival-goers’ dream

April 26, 2022

We love long weekends – particularly when they give us an opportunity to dance, eat well and sing along to Lime Cordiale’s ‘Inappropriate Behaviour’. Groovin’ the Moo (GTM) did just that in Canberra! This year, Groovin’ the Moo was held at the EPIC Showgrounds, a place we usually find graced by farmer’s markets, exhibitions and […]

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Review: Jack White proves Fear of the Dawn is some of his finest work to date in blockbuster Brooklyn set

April 23, 2022

A recently remarried Jack White took to the stage last night in Brooklyn’s Barclay Stadium, as part of his North American tour for the brilliant new album Fear of the Dawn – one of the iconic Detroit musician’s finest to date, and the first of two albums he’s set to release this year. The 2 […]

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A Spectacular Journey: Bluesfest finally returns to Byron Bay

April 21, 2022

The excitement was palpable as we crunched our way through mud and pebbles towards the 33rd annual Byron Bay Bluesfest. After two years of cancellations, the 2022 festival was not just a celebration of music but a true celebration of life and the joy of human connection. I’d had my first Bluesfest experience back in […]

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Live Review: Columbus + Reside + Wifecult – The Brightside, Brisbane (14.04.22)

April 16, 2022

The time has come for Brisbane rock trio Columbus to call it a day after a decade. Before announcing the breakup on their socials, the band released their latest EP Driving in the Dark on 24 March – featuring singles “Pain is a Mirror”, “Temporary Summer” and “Full Heart”. The beloved punks played the second […]

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Festival Review: Under the Southern Stars hits Brisbane for big send off

March 29, 2022

Huge touring festival Under the Southern Stars brought its stellar lineup to the Brisbane Riverstage on Sunday 27 March for the final show of a 12-date run. Headlined by legends Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and Cheap Trick, this celebration of 90s rock was the first international tour of Australia in two years. An afternoon of […]

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Live Review: Trophy Eyes + Waxflower – Eleven Dive Bar, Maroochydore (24.03.22)

March 27, 2022

Newcastle punk favourites Trophy Eyes know how to put on a show and seeing them live is a rite of passage in the local heavy scene. The esteemed four-piece kicked off their first tour since 2020 at a packed Eleven Dive Bar in Maroochydore with Waxflower on Thursday 24 March. It was the first of […]

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Live Review: Bloom + Starve + Future Static + Blind Girls – The Brightside, Brisbane (18.03.22)

March 20, 2022

Sydney emo-punk favourites Bloom have rocketed to success in the last two years and hurdled every obstacle of the pandemic. Their highly-anticipated Sink into the Soil Tour – originally planned for June 2020 – kicked off at The Brightside in Brisbane on Friday 18 March in celebration of their latest single. It was the band’s […]

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The Cat Empire

Live Review and Gallery: WOMADelaide Day 3 featuring The Cat Empire, Electric Fields, Goanna and more

March 16, 2022

The weather slowly warmed up over the Adelaide Cup long weekend, making Sunday a perfect day at Womadelaide. Rugs marked meeting spots under the trees. Lines formed at the free water stations. Some visitors discovered artist workshops and Planet Talks. Kids had plenty of zones and activities to keep them busy. The lifting of some […]

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Courtney Barnett

Live Review and Gallery: WOMADelaide Day Two featuring Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Motez and Courtney Barnett

March 15, 2022

With such and incredible range of music on offer at Womadelaide, it can be easy to forget that there is much more available. HEXADECA music-making playground and roving performers entertain the families. There’s Eddie Betts story time in the KidsZone. Yoga from Human.Kind studios for the early risers. The Taste the World sessions have moved into […]

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Live Review and Gallery: WOMADelaide opens Friday night with a massive lineup including Baker Boy, Taikoz, and L.A.B.

March 15, 2022

Celebrating thirty years of presenting world music, WOMADelaide has weathered COVID restrictions to put on a massive show for 2022. As international travel uncertainties played out, the focus this year has been on highlighting Indigenous and Pacific Island acts. After the traditional Kuarna Welcome to Country, Cairo-born oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros played with the Adelaide […]

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ARIA 2021

Live Review: Genesis Owusu + 1300 + Bukhu – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (09.03.22)

March 13, 2022

It has been rapidly coming together for Genesis Owusu. After releasing an EP in 2017, and some singles in the following years, everything was set and bubbling, on the threshold of an explosion; a big, dramatic and impossible to miss kind of explosion. With the release of his debut studio album, Smiling with No Teeth, […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Lady Sure Knows How to Sing the Blues

March 10, 2022

Sometimes, everything aligns to create that perfect moment. International Women’s Day marking the opening night of Lady Sings the Blues was one of those moments. As the full-house crowd filled the Melba Spiegeltent in Gluttony, it was clear that something special was about to happen. The feeling of the wooden floors, the mirrored walls, the […]

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Foo Fighters

Live Review: Foo Fighters + Amyl & The Sniffers + The Meanies, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong (05.03.22)

March 5, 2022

It felt like a long time coming, the Foo Fighters released both their Bee Gees inspired album, Hail Satin under the name DeeGees and released their most recent Grammy-nominated record, Medicine At Midnight. Yet, every time it felt like we may see the glimpse of an announcement that the Foo Fighters would come to tour […]

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Live Review: Polaris + Alpha Wolf + Justice for the Damned + Mirrors – The Tivoli, Brisbane (23.02.22)

February 24, 2022

Sydney metalcore legends Polaris have quickly established themselves as one of the most revered heavy bands in Australia. Known for their explosive live performances and dedication to their craft, the quintet has been dying to bring their sophomore record The Death of Me – released 21 February 2020 – to stages across the country since […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Electric Dreams’ Anthropocene in C Major is an inspired, if sobering, climate change symphony

February 24, 2022

The Electric Dreams collective are presenting several immersive arts programs for the 2022 Adelaide Fringe. These include the alternate realities of Bedtime Stories, Volo: Dreams of Flight interactive VR swings, First Nations centerpiece performance Sky Song, and more. This reviewer found themselves in the confines of the Pacific Islander room at the Adelaide Museum, where […]

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Live Review: Pond – Fremantle Arts Centre (11.02.22)

February 14, 2022

WA-based psychedelic rockers Pond opened the Perth Festival at the wondrous Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday night in front of a gig-starved audience on a glorious late summer’s evening. Pond are much more than a Kmart version of Tame Impala and they showcased that to their tune-thirsty audience, with a fun and groovy display that […]

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Live Review: Seth Sentry’s Brisbane return with Skrub was well worth the wait

February 12, 2022

Melbourne rap legend Seth Sentry’s anticipated Brisbane leg of the Super Cool Tree House tour at The Zoo on Friday 11 February was more like a party than a gig. A night full of comic skits, fan participation, drinking contests and stagedives, the man definitely put on a show. Accompanied by the infamous DJ Sizzle […]

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Live Review: Stepson + Rumours + Outloved + Headwreck – The Zoo, Brisbane (29.01.22)

January 31, 2022

Beloved Brisbane hardcore five-piece Stepson finally got to take their acclaimed debut album Help Me, Help You on the road last week after countless setbacks and it was definitely worth the wait. After having to reschedule the tour four times in response to the everchanging government restrictions surrounding live music and venue capacity, the Melbourne […]

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Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Live Review: The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria + Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (22.01.22)

January 25, 2022

While the sun-scorched Melbourne, homage was paid to the release of The Teskey Brothers’ newest album Live at Hamer Hall at the Sidney Myer music bowl alongside the Orchestra Victoria (OV). With what seemed to be a full house, close to two and a half hours of folk, blues and rhythm were unleashed on an […]

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Happy Mallrat

Live Review: Mallrat + Ninajirachi – Forum Melbourne (07.12.21)

December 9, 2021

After multiple postponements, one wouldn’t be surprised if Mallrat decided to cancel her run of two shows at the Forum in Melbourne. Thankfully, she persevered and we were finally able to get a taste of her emphatic pop sounds once again at the Forum on Tuesday night. To make sure the evening started off with […]

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Festival Review: Jameson House of Rounds shouts Byron Bay a day of live music

December 7, 2021

The eminent Jameson House of Rounds returned for a night of whiskey, food and music at iconic bar The Rails in Byron Bay on Saturday, 4 December – and you can bet that we were there for every bit of it. As New South Wales emerges from lockdown, Jameson House of Rounds provided a unique […]

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Live Review: Spacey Jane + Supathick – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth (09.10.21)

October 11, 2021

“This venue is daunting to play,” admitted Spacey Jane lead singer Caleb Harper early in their maiden set at Perth’s revered Red Hill Auditorium on Saturday night. Given Western Australia’s hard border, Perth-based Spacey Jane have gigged in their hometown countless times before, but playing at Red Hill is something else altogether, as a wonderful, […]

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Live Review: Michael Dunstan – Rosemount Hotel, Perth (01.10.21)

October 5, 2021

When you’re stuck playing to the same audience over and over, it’s easy to slip into a mode of monotony, which has been a challenge thrust upon lots of WA musicians including artist Michael Dunstan with Premier Mark McGowan’s hard border. Of course, the rebuttal is at least they get to play but that doesn’t […]

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Live Review: Pretty Uglys – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth (11.09.21)

September 14, 2021

Perth surfie punk-rock trio Pretty Uglys have been generating lots of hype lately, fueled by popular new single “Your Shade” prompting a strong turnout to their Saturday night show in their hometown. Pretty Uglys’ tunes are gritty punk but it’s grunge-y yet summery, loose with a surfer twang, heavy on driving bass, unrelenting drums and […]

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