Live Reviews

Pickathon’s Friday with The Beths, Dan Mangan and more cements the Portland boutique festival as one of the world’s best

August 3, 2019

Set about 40 minutes out of Portland in idyllic wilderness, Pickathon is a boutique festival with a strictly limited capacity that brings up memories of festivals back in Australia like Secret Garden, Peats Ridge and Dashville Skyline. Crowds are quiet and respectful, here for the music, and surrounded by good food and amazing drink. It’s […]

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Lollapalooza Best of Day Two: Tame Impala vs Childish Gambino and AJR owns the late night

August 3, 2019

Music festivals can put their attendees in tough spots. Lollapalooza is known for doing this every year. With over 100,000 fans in attendance, festival organizers have to devise plans to scatter the crowd and they do this by booking the biggest names of the festival against each other. Saturday brought two of the hardest decisions […]

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Lollapalooza Best of Day One: The Strokes take on “techno monsters” and reign supreme

August 2, 2019

The 15th edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago kicked off with the greatest weather you could ever ask for. The annual festival which always takes place on the first weekend of August is usually met with scorching sun, torrid temps, and severe threats of dehydration. But this year by the grace of the weather gods it […]

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11 Years, 11 Moments: That time Ed Sheeran played an apartment in Sydney and covered 50 Cent

July 30, 2019

This August, we’re celebrating the 11th birthday of the website. As of now, we’re not throwing any parties this year – though we are going to be doing two things. The first one is that we’re finally moving our new site out of beta at the “launch.theaureview.com” domain and moving everything – and almost all […]

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Live Review: James Blake stuns a sold-out Enmore Theatre

July 25, 2019

No one wails quite like James Blake. The Enfield artist has a unique way of catching his listeners and drawing them deep inside of his music, coaxing them to the very centre where his vocals are at their most penetrative. He touches your soul, truly, in the same way legends like Sam Cooke and Marvin […]

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Live Review: The Lumineers + Tyne James Organ, Enmore Theatre, Sydney (22.07.19)

July 25, 2019

After a couple of stellar Splendour In The Grass sets between both The Lumineers and their opener, Tyne James Organ they were able to back them up again during the only Australian sideshow The Lumineers provided. Tyne-James Organ was a brilliant opener for The Lumineers, while his sound had an abundance of energy, Tyne-James has […]

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Live Review: Friendly Fires are back and burning brighter than ever

July 23, 2019

It once seemed like St Albans’ party-starters Friendly Fires were destined to become one of the biggest bands of their time, back in the days of their 2008 self-titled debut. Frontman Ed Macfarlane, earnestly goofy in his stage presence, seriously clever in his delivery, could light a room on fire; their music was remarkably detail-oriented […]

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Live Review: Spin Off Festival – Adelaide Showgrounds (19.07.19)

July 22, 2019

Adelaide played host to the Spin Off Festival, the annual mini-Splendour event which featured headliner Childish Gambino, alongside an impressive lineup of international and local acts. The one-day festival took place at the Adelaide Showgrounds on what turned out to be a sunny Friday for Adelaide in winter. The event tried a new set-up this […]

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Live Review: Hilltop Hoods close Splendour In The Grass, Day Three, Byron Bay, (21.07.19)

July 22, 2019

Splendour In The Grass’ final day of performances saw the acts wind down and a softer mood take over the festival. Folk performances were aplenty with Matt Corby and The Lumineers putting together some incredible moments, intermingling with the raucous energy of masterful performances by SZA and Hilltop Hoods. Of course, the day was haunted […]

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Live Review: Maribou State + Swooping Duck – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (18.07.19)

July 21, 2019

Completing their run of Splendour slideshows before their inevitable super set on Saturday, Maribou State put on a brilliant set for those unfortunate enough to miss out on the festival action over the weekend. The London duo used the evening to stamp their quality as they melded live instrumentation with some golden production work. While […]

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Live Review: Childish Gambino nourished our spirits – Splendour In The Grass, Day Two (20.07.19)

July 21, 2019

After the high spirit opening day of Splendour In The Grass’, its second had a lot to live up to. Of course, this was no problem with a line-up that would be the envy of most other festivals in Australia. While a minority of the crowd skulked through the gates, looking a bit rougher around […]

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Live Review: Splendour In The Grass 2019, Day One, North Byron Parklands, (19.07.19)

July 20, 2019

After selling over 40,000 tickets this year – a sell out, as always – Splendour in the Grass led up to headliners Tame Impala with a string of stunning performances by both international and Aussie acts. A testament to how strong the festival’s curation has gotten, those strictly in it for the love of live […]

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Live Review: An Evening With The Punch Brothers – State Theatre, Melbourne, (16.07.19)

July 18, 2019

While Australia fancies in the upcoming Splendour In The Grass and the indie/pop music it brings with it, folk guns and Grammy award winners; The Punch Brothers have snuck in under the radar to put on a memorable evening. The group made up of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjoist Noam Pikelny, double bassist […]

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Live Review: Eliott + Morgan Bain + Shannen James – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (06.07.19)

July 10, 2019

Melbourne was treated to a wonderful selection of artists on Saturday night as Eliott celebrated her release of “Shaking My Hips” by performing at Northcote Social Club alongside Shannen James and Morgan Bain. It may have been a late night out, but it was worth braving Melbourne’s cold travelling to Northcote to see all three […]

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From Curtis Salgado to Jim Belushi: International Stars and Local Heroes light up the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival

July 9, 2019

The Waterfront Blues Festival, now in its 33rd year, was held from July 4th to the 7th in Portland, Oregon. The venue was Tom McCall Park, a narrow green strip on the western edge of the Willamette River in the city centre. With four stages and dozens of performers, this is the largest festival of […]

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Live Review: Polish Club + Approachable Members of Your Local Community + Dulcie – 170 Russell, Melbourne (28.06.19)

July 2, 2019

Melbourne’s 170 Russell St was lit up over the weekend by the high energy soul-rock of Polish Club as a for a big bash celebrating the release of their new album Iguana. The Sydney duo brought along Perth group Dulcie and Melbourne locals Approachable Members of Your Local Community for the party, giving the groups […]

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Live Review: Washington + Lovesongs – The Lansdowne, Sydney (28.06.19)

July 1, 2019

I was still in High School when Washington first started making a name for herself with the singles “Clementine” and “How To Tame Lions”. A lot has changed in the decade since those singles put her at the pinnacle of Australian pop. One variable that hasn’t changed in that time is her ability to not […]

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Live Review: Chamber ensemble The Boxties bring folk like you’ve never heard it before to the Cremorne (Brisbane, performances to June 29th)

June 27, 2019

Brisbane creative collective The Boxties (that’s “box-tees” not “box-ties”) have returned to the QPAC stage, with A Net of Souls: Songs of Dislocation and Common Ground. The ten piece chamber ensemble have pulled together a collection of songs of change, upheaval, and a longing for community. Industry, love, and war all come forward as disruptions, […]

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Father John Misty plays two new tracks in New York City with Jason Isbell

June 24, 2019

Last week, Father John Misty headlined the Celebrate Brooklyn stage in New York City, accompanied by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – who he’s on a co-headline tour with at the moment – and Jade Bird. It’s the 41st year that Celebrate Brooklyn has been held, with a mix of free and paid gigs […]

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Live Review: Methyl Ethel + Broncho + Ada Lea – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (22.06.19)

June 24, 2019

Heading out on a national tour is always a big deal for bands, irrespective of whether it’s their first or thousandth. Selling out said tours is probably always the goal. Touring in support of their third album, Methyl Ethel not only managed to sell out their Enmore Theatre show in Sydney, but sold out the […]

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Live Review: Methyl Ethel + Broncho + Ada Lea, Forum Theatre, Melbourne (20.06.19)

June 23, 2019

Methyl Ethel put on a couple of shows to remember over Thursday and Friday night, gracing Melbourne with the celebration of the band’s newest album Triage at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre. Along with them came Ada Lea and Broncho to help warm up the Forum’s crowd for a dreamy Methyl Ethel set. Ada Lea and Broncho […]

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SNL alumni reunite as The Lonely Island play their first ever headline show in New York City

June 22, 2019

“The Year was 2005,” said former Saturday Night Live (SNL) star and head writer (now host of Late Night) Seth Meyers, as he reflected on his friends – and former SNL co-writers and stars, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, aka The Lonely Island – arrival on the infamous show. At first, the rest was […]

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Live Review: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier with The Men, Hamer Hall, Melbourne (16.06.19)

June 20, 2019

If you’ve wished to see the pinnacle of lyrical songwriting with a pragmatic twist, you definitely need to find yourself listening to an album of Deborah Conway. Alongside her long time partner, Willy Zygeir, the two have crafted some sensation works over the past twenty five years. Sunday night was an opportunity to hear these […]

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Review: Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Gallery Rockin’ 2019 ft. Death Cab For Cutie + Tank and the Bangas + Phosphorescent + Mom Said No (16.06.19)

June 18, 2019

Out the front of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is held an annual concert series, “Rockin’ at the Knox”. With artists like Beck, Collective Soul and Hollerado playing the event in recent years, it attracts an eclectic lineup of performances to say the least. This year was no exception, with yesterday’s event […]

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Live Review: Yeasayer take Erotic Reruns on the road in North America

June 18, 2019

On Saturday night, New York trio Yeasayer hit Toronto, Canada for the third date of their Erotic Reruns North American tour – celebrating the group’s fifth full length record of the same name. Along the ride for the first few weeks of this tour are Olympia based outfit Oh, Rose. The Washington quartet reeked of beauty; […]

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Bonnaroo Day 4: Brandi Carlile’s set was so good, the Mayor gave her the keys to the freakin’ city

June 18, 2019

Sunday marked the end of Bonnaroo and the blistering heat and weathered faces of those in attendance made the freezing temps of day one seem like ages had passed. But the sun and lack of shade didn’t keep the thousands of fans from winding down Bonnaroo with an eclectic mix of headliners ranging from American […]

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Bonnaroo Day Three: It’s Kacey Musgraves’ world, we are all just living in it

June 17, 2019

If Bonnaroo is known for one thing it is that is has a little everything for everyone. Saturday was the prime example of what one day at Bonnaroo can be. On one stage you had the Grammy award-winning country superstar Kacey Musgraves who embodies everything about the Tennessee music spirit. On the other, you had […]

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Photo Gallery: Barunga Festival (The Music) – NT (07-09.06.19)

June 17, 2019

This years edition of the Barunga Festival had as always a very strong lineup of First Nations musicians and close friends. As with the last couple of years Justine Clarke has worked with the local kids for their moment of fame on the main stage. This year with the aid of Serina Pech, they produced a […]

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Live Review: Polish Club + Dulcie + Approachable Members of Your Local Community – Manning Bar, Sydney (15.06.19)

June 17, 2019

There’d almost be nothing as satisfying for a band than releasing one of the year’s best releases to only follow it up with a sold out home town show just weeks later. For Sydney two piece Polish Club, this is exactly what they’ve managed to do in the past month. Playing to a loyal and […]

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Bonnaroo Day One & Two: Gambino shines while emerging acts take center stage

June 16, 2019

Something was very different about Bonnaroo 2019 as opposed to other years. Visible clouds were following festival goers around the concert grounds and campsites. These mists, usually are expected to be smoke billowing from people partaking in certain festival extracurriculars, but no, that was not the case this year. With temperatures dropping just shy of […]

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