Live Reviews

Luke Hemmings brings the Nostalgia For A Time That Never Existed Tour back home – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne (12.06.24)

Luke Hemmings‘ show in Melbourne on Wednesday, June 12th, marked a significant milestone in his career. This was his first solo performance in Australia, a highly anticipated event for fans of the frontman of the beloved Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer. The band’s latest album was released in 2022, while Luke’s solo journey began…

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Yasiin Bey pays tribute to the late great supervillain; MF DOOM at Sydney’s Vivid (12.06.24)

In 2004 MF DOOM released Madvillainy and MM..FOOD, often cited as the two best albums of his career, in 238 days. For the years following up until DOOM’s death in late 2020, these two albums and the entirety of his discography have garnered consistent critical acclaim, frequently appearing in year and decade-end lists. Universally accepted…

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The National

Festival Review: Primavera Sound Porto wraps up with a bang (08.06.24)

Despite it being quite a warm day, there were threatening clouds on the horizon at the start of the third day of Porto’s Primavera Sound festival. On the main Porto stage, Best Youth, Portugal’s indie pop band showed that a little rain was not going to dampen their enthusiasm. They played their infectious music and…

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Live Review: Charlotte Day Wilson shines in her biggest ever hometown show

On the final date of her North American tour for her latest album – the brilliant Cyan Blue – Canadian R&B artist Charlotte Day Wilson sold out one of Toronto, Canada’s most popular new venues, History. “You know it’s a big night, right?”, Wilson said as she stared out into a crowd full of fans,…

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Live Review: Middle Kids + Mia Wray – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (07.06.24)

I love my hometown. I know its ins and outs, the traffic to avoid, best food and drink spots and most importantly, it is comfortable, familiar and feels like home. For Middle Kids, their Enmore Theatre show was a triumphant homecoming showcasing the best from their recent album Faith Crisis Pt 1 and their ever…

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Lana Del Rey

Festival Review: Primavera Sounds Porto celebrates with Lana Del Rey (07.06.24)

The second day of Porto’s Primavera Sound Festival was marked by threatening rainclouds overhead. Despite this the rain stayed mostly away and raincoats were not really needed. But the action on stage was what people were there for. The Vodaphone stage was strangely under construction which meant that artists such as Justice did not perform….

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PJ Harvey

Festival Review: Aussies dominate on first day of Primavera Porto (06.06.24)

Primavera Sound Porto celebrates ten years of music festivals with an amazing lineup. Created in Barcelona, the Porto, Portugal leg is held in the Parque da Cidade, a large park right on Porto’s shore. With four stages and numerous pop-up installations, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. The atmospheric pop and futuristic Portugese R&B artist,…

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AIR

There’s something in the Air as the iconic French group shine at the Sydney Opera House

Something in the air? A buzz perhaps? Or maybe it was just the manic crowd gathering in Circular Quay? No, Air, performing an exclusive debut set as part of Sydney’s Vivid were gathering and providing a rush of excitement from the confines of the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall.  Moon Safari, their debut record, released…

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Photo Gallery: Sleepy Benjamin – Fat Dumpling, Brisbane (18.05.24)

Just over a year since gracing the stage at Fat Dumpling in Fortitude Valley, Sleepy Benjamin is back better than ever, preforming to a crowd doubled in size! This intimate performance created a unique and immersive experience, with the artist and audience connection at the forefront of this show. With the setlist featuring covers of…

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Live Review: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Spoon Benders light up Toronto, Canada

Stopping by Toronto at the half way point of their 26 show stint across North America, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets gave everyone exactly what they needed on one of the first warm Canadian Wednesdays of the year. Originally slated to play the smaller Opera House, a last minute upgrade to the Phoenix Concert Theatre resulted in their largest…

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Angie McMahon

Live Review: Angie McMahon – Sydney Opera House (12.05.24)

After releasing one of, if not, the best albums of 2023, Angie McMahon returned to Sydney to play the first stop on her Making It Through national tour. Selling out the Sydney Opera House in the process, McMahon greeted the Sydney crowd as old friends by welcoming them into her world and showcasing the stories…

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Live Review: Everything Everything + The Vaccines + Seaside – Roundhouse, Sydney (11.05.24)

Embarking on the last leg of their co-headline tour down under, Everything Everything and The Vaccines brought their A-games to a near capacity crowd at Sydney’s Roundhouse. It’s not every day you get a co-headline tour. Those days are even less common when the headline bands are two of England’s tightest bands returning to the…

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Ngaiire

Live Review: Ngaiire + Godtet + Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Sydney Opera House (04.05.24)

If I’m going to make one recommendation to you this year, let it be this: attend a Sydney Opera House show on a rainy Saturday night. If it’s with Ngaiire as the headline act, then that will make the night that much better. On the back of the release of her new live album, Live…

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Niall Horan’s The Show tour hits Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena – 03.05.24)

Niall Horan‘s inaugural Melbourne show on The Show tour at Rod Laver Arena marked a monumental milestone in his solo career journey. Having risen from his One Direction roots, Niall has solidified himself as a formidable solo artist with three studio albums to his name, amassing a dedicated and loyal fanbase. This concert, selling out…

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Live Review: Niall Horan had one only one direction on Australian opening night of “The Show: Live on Tour”: To entertain! (Brisbane – 28.04.24)

When it came to the individual members of One Direction embarking on their inevitable solo careers, it would be a fair assumption that not many expected Niall Horan to emerge as one of the most successful.  Sure, he hasn’t risen to Harry Styles’ level of manic fandom, but Horan, with his easy Irish charm, blend…

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Incubus and Līve make us pine for the old days – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (10.04.24)

For two bands that have been active for over 30 years, it’s a surprise to discover that they have never toured together until now. The tour matches two bands – very popular with the Gen X and Millennial fans – for slightly different reasons. Incubus were born out of the burgeoning nu-metal crave of the…

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Queens of the Stone Age light up regional Canada as they take requests in Oshawa

Just weeks after their successful Australia and New Zealand tour, Queens of the Stone Age are currently touring Canada, playing a mix of capital and regional cities around the country with UK group The Struts. In Ontario, The End Is Nero tour is hitting four shows around the Province, with the first in Oshawa –…

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Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak shines at A Day on the Green – Peter Lehmann Winery (07.04.24)

This year, the South Australian leg of The Day on the Green tour was held at Peter Lehmann Winery in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. The setting is a grassed clearing in a heavily wooded area, with good views of the stage from anywhere on the grass. Those seated close to the stage had an intimate…

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Holy Holy

Holy Holy kick off their Cellophane tour at Hindley Street Music Hall in style (05.04.24)

It was probably unfortunate timing to start an Australian tour in Adelaide on the Gather Round weekend, as it seems everyone’s attention was on the football. However, times like this weeds out the true fans, who gathered at the Hindley Street Music Hall to hear Holy Holy play their latest album Cellophane. Gumbaynggirr rapper Tasman…

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Live Review: Days Like These delivered a night unlike those at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge

Beginning as a melodic hardcore quintet, alt-rock duo Days Like These have come leaps and bounds since their 2021 debut EP Wide Awake. After releasing their anticipated debut album ICON in 2023, they now make their own brand of dark pop songs with the occasional breakdown. The band kicked off their Suckers for Fame tour…

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SXSW 2024 Wrap Up: The return of South by Southwest, the discovery festival

“I knew that band before they were famous” Does anyone have that friend who seems to say this constantly? For the people in my life, I was that friend. In my 20s, it was my life’s mission to discover every fantastic band before anyone else. I wanted to be the guy who always had an…

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New R&B festival, Souled Out, makes an impression on a young Sydney crowd

The market for R&B festivals in Australia is tricky, but the demand is clearly at a level that seemed unreachable a few years ago. It felt unlikely we’d ever get a modern R&B festival with a solid all-round lineup, especially since Soul Fest folded and Made in the 90s is set on that vintage niche….

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sahara beck

Sahara Beck takes another step towards stardom at The Bird in Perth

In patent leather shoes and a skirt and coat like a school girl’s, Sahara Beck took to the stage and enveloped the bar in warm tones and bright anthems. She might be relatively unknown, but seeing her sing makes you feel like you’ve found a hidden gem–the guy next to me nudged me and asked,…

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Live Review: Ville Valo (VV) + Dark Water – Metro Theatre, Sydney (16.03.24)

Melbourne/Naarm darkwave synthpop band, Dark Water, opened proceedings at the Metro Theatre in style. Their moody, atmospheric tunes certainly set the tone for an already packed-out room. Whilst it was a relatively short set they had the crowd engaged. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the future, for sure. By the time Ville…

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Fred again.. gives Sydney an arena-sized theatre performance (and lives up to the hype)

We live in a world where cynicism is constantly mistaken for wisdom or rationality. No one really cares when you tell your own story, unless they can see themselves in it. The best storytellers know this, which is why they’re adept at creating art that is relentlessly human. This is what separates a truly great…

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Moorcheeba

Review and Photos: WOMADelaide was a weekend oasis in a desert of searing heat

Adelaide endured one of its famous 40C heatwaves over the Adelaide Cup long weekend. In this climate, events can be cancelled, postponed or modified. To their credit, the WOMADelaide organisers made the World’s festival as comfortable as could be. The bats that have recently taken up residence in the Frome Road copse of trees were…

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Live Review: Hot Mulligan made it fun to feel sad at The Princess Theatre in Brisbane

Michigan emo larrikins Hot Mulligan have just wrapped up their 11-date debut Australia and New Zealand tour with a sold-out show at The Princess Theatre in Brisbane on Saturday 9 March. Upgraded from The Brightside Outdoors, the beloved punks were supported by Nashville five-piece Free Throw and esteemed locals Bad Neighbour in an emotional farewell…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Japanese kraut-rockers Minami Deutsch heat up the Cranker

It was a hot summer evening in Adelaide for a night of psychedelia, with four bands on the bill at the Cranker (Crown and Anchor Hotel). Local outfits Nite Rites, Thunder Speaks and Sons of Zöku supported the highly anticipated Japanese Krautrock band MINAMI DEUTSCH, making their debut in Adelaide. Outside, the closed off Rundle Street…

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Mona Foma Review: TISM prove their utter worthlessness to the world (02.03.24)

Mona Foma finished off their month-long Tasmanian summer festival with a free evening concert in the beautiful Cataract Gorge in Launceston. The natural rock pool, enhanced with a shallow man-made wading pool made for a natural amphitheatre for the music event. It’s a popular destination, with a walking trail along the Tamar River, a swimming…

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Live Review: The National make up for the long absence at world-class Sydney show

The National have been regulars to our shores for 16 years, so the six-year gap since their last show in Australia is a fair enough gap to have revived the appetite for the Ohio via New York City group.  Bringing Annie Hamilton along for the tour was a stroke of genius. Not only is she…

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