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Live Review: Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes kick off Aussie tour at The Triffid in Brisbane (16.01.20)

January 17, 2020

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes kicked off the Aussie leg of their tour last night, bringing the noise to Brisbane’s Triffid. Led by ferociously energetic frontman Carter, the British punks are known for their live show, a manic yet heartfelt affair, and one not to be missed. Newcastle’s Eat Your Heart Out opened proceedings, with […]

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Sydney Festival Live Review: Regurgitator’s Pogogo show is as manic as their regular gigs, except they’re swapping swearing for sugary highs

January 10, 2020

If you’ve seen Regurgitator perform live you know that their shows are high energy ones. They’re also partial to a great costume and some interesting visuals. Their children’s show, Pogogo has all these same ingredients. The big change however, was that the content of the songs was less G-spot and more G-rated. The trio performed […]

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Live Review: Sir Elton John pledges $1m to Australian bushfire relief fund at joyous Sydney concert

January 8, 2020

An emotional Sir Elton John addressed a packed out Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney last night, expressing his admiration for the firefighters battling Australia’s current bushfire crisis and pledging $1 million dollars to the relief fund. It was but one of many moments of sincere and heartfelt speeches from the legendary artist during his first […]

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Live Review: Jon Hopkins’ sophisticated rave at the Sydney Opera House

January 7, 2020

Much like 2018’s widely acclaimed Singularity, a Jon Hopkins live show is defined by the tense relationship between order and chaos. Not chaos in the random sense, but a tightly controlled and wildly frenetic disruption to fundamental sonic throughlines, steered by the gifted musician to transcend the typical IDM experience. If anyone had their doubts […]

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Live Review: Beyond The Valley Music Festival – Day Four, Lardner Park, Victoria (31.12.19)

January 2, 2020

Beyond the Valley’s final day saw the ups and downs of the 2010s come to an end, and the festival organisers made sure it happened in style, bringing some of the best producers and musicians out for a well-versed closing day. While it could be argued that Tyler, the Creator was a bigger hit than […]

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Live Review: Beyond The Valley Music Festival Day Three, Lardner Park, Victoria (30.12.19)

December 31, 2019

The third day of Beyond the Valley seemed to go off without a hitch, regardless of the misinformation and rumours floating around the internet. It meant that there was an interesting atmosphere floating amongst the revellers, caught between a strange sense of angst and excitement for the main stage acts slated for the evening, namely […]

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Live Review: Beyond The Valley Music Festival Day Two, Lardner Park, Victoria (29.12.19)

December 30, 2019

Known for its beautiful sweeping valley, green hills and exotic stage designs, Beyond The Valley’s sixth iteration started off the second day of the festival with a whimper and then a bang as the rising heat and music fused for a memorable day. The constant heat and wait for festival entry seemed to frustrate guests, […]

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All aboard as Paul Kelly’s Making Gravy train pulls into Sydney

December 16, 2019

It’s a pretty amazing thing to see an artist who’s been around for 35 years continually reinvent themselves while managing to engage both the newest and oldest of fans. Returning for the third year of his Making Gravy tour, Paul Kelly brought along a heap of musical friends to well and truly welcome in the […]

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Live Review: Dead Prez are still bigger than hip hop – Metro Theatre, Sydney (11.12.19)

December 12, 2019

Sincere motivational rhymes about veganism and leading a healthy lifestyle may have been the last thing you would have expected from a dead prez concert. That is, if you thought the anthemic chant of their signature hit, “Hip Hop”, was nothing more than an infectious hook. The now veteran duo of stic.man and M1 don’t […]

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Live Review: Ziggy Alberts and Kim Churchill at Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth (01.12.19)

December 8, 2019

There couldn’t have been a more fitting venue than the back lawn at the Fremantle Arts Centre for the two bare-footed boys from Byron, Ziggy Alberts and Kim Churchill. It’s a venue that Alberts had always had on his bucket list to play, and he finally did it – to a capacity crowd – on […]

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Festival Review: Spilt Milk sweats it out in Canberra

November 26, 2019

The first date of Spilt Milk Canberra was a steamy hot day at Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and punters from across the state streamed in and sweated it out with a bevvy of prime acts. With this kind of line up, it was always going to be a massive day – even the opening acts were […]

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Live Review: Lime Cordiale + Micra + Teenage Dads – The Roundhouse, Sydney (21.11.19)

November 24, 2019

Lime Cordiale has caught the attention of international superstars like Post Malone and Dre London, and the hype that that’s garnered is definitely well deserved. These Northern Beaches boys put on one hell of a packed-out, sold out show at Sydney’s Roundhouse on Thursday evening as they continue their mammoth Robbery tour. Warming up the stage […]

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Live Review: U2 + Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Adelaide Oval (19.11.19)

November 20, 2019

A U2 concert is not just another gig, it is an event that excites an entire city. There was an energy in the warm, summer air as thousands of Adelaide fans made their way across the footbridge over the River Torrens from the city to Adelaide Oval to see the Irish legends. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds […]

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Live Review: Middle Kids + Didirri – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (17.11.19)

November 19, 2019

It might have been a Sunday night, but it was an exciting time for those in Melbourne, with Middle Kids continuing along the path of their ‘New Songs For Old Problem’ tour. The band’s Melbourne dates fell somewhat unfortunately on a Sunday night, but as lead singer Hannah said, “people who see shows on Sunday nights […]

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Live Review: Lakyn + KESMAR – Low 302, Sydney (14.11.19)

November 17, 2019

Tucked away in Surry Hills sits the candlelit Low 302, easily missed if not for the bustle of people out front on a Thursday night. The at-capacity venue hosted Lakyn, aka Lakyn Heperi who we came to fall in love with on our screens when he appeared on Season One of The Voice. Opening the intimate […]

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Live Review: RNB Fridays – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne (09.11.19)

November 13, 2019

Over the weekend Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium hosted one of the largest single day RnB festivals this side of the hemisphere, rivalling that of FOMO. Boasting a line-up that included Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent and Janet Jackson, the RNB Fridays live event was sure to be an exciting one. The eventing also introduced fans to some of the […]

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Live Review: RNB Fridays Live – Adelaide Showgrounds (10.11.19)

November 12, 2019

A huge crowd packed the Adelaide Showground for RNB Fridays Live, an event that has become an annual mini-festival, touring some of the biggest acts from the world of rap, RnB, pop, and hip-hop. The event was hosted by US rapper, Fatman Scoop and Aussie Ash London with the help of DJ Horizon and Yo! […]

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Festival Review: Land of Plenty – Shepparton Showgrounds, VIC (02.11.19)

November 5, 2019

For a first time festival, Land Of Plenty, held in Shepparton, managed to get a lot of things right. Hopefully setting it off on a bright path for future years. The festival, which for its debut brought along a stellar line-up of local Australian artist, managed to keep the focus firmly on Shepparton’s local scene, […]

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Live Review: The Teskey Brothers + Harmony Byrne – Metro Theatre, Sydney (03.11.19)

November 4, 2019

There’s a strange level of community in country and blues music. It’s not the genre of music I’d listen to the most. But, every time I head along to a gig by a band playing this type of music, I’m bound to walk away after ninety minutes with a big dumb smile on my face […]

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Live Review: Holy Holy + Carla Geneve – The Roundhouse, Sydney (18.10.19)

October 20, 2019

Sydney’s Roundhouse was packed out on Friday night for Holy Holy, an indie rock outfit whose origins span Australia’s East coast. Having recently released their third studio album, My Own Pool Of Light, Holy Holy have garnered an intense fanbase eager to relive the best cross-section of their discography live. But first, it was Perth’s […]

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Live Review: Seeker Lover Keeper + June Jones – Factory Theatre, Marrickville (17.10.19)

October 20, 2019

The last time I saw Seeker Lover Keeper it was in a dinky little restaurant venue just down the road from the Enmore Theatre. This was was during the initial run of the act back in 2011. It was a showcase of sorts, as the act made up of Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, and Sally Seltmann […]

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Live Review: Kamasi Washington and his flawless jazz spectacle hit Sydney Opera House

October 10, 2019

Forget harmony, Kamasi Washington and his exceptional band, The Next Step, are here to preach the virtue of divergence. Well, not entirely; they are here to show how top-tier musicians can veer off onto their own paths, only to meet back at one singular spot, occasionally checking in on the boiling butter of our melted […]

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Live Review: Noah Gundersen proves a talent beyond his years at spellbinding Toronto Lover show

October 10, 2019

It’s been 7 years since I last saw Seattle based singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen. Then, he had a lot less tattoos. Me, a lot less facial hair. In that time he’s gone on to release four more albums and work with Glorietta. His latest, Lover, hit our headphones at the end of August. It’s a stunning record that deserves to […]

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Festival Review: Day Two at Yours & Owls proved why trekking to Wollongong is well worth it.

October 9, 2019

After a truly excellent first day of Yours & Owls Festival, spirits were definitely high as Day Two rolled in over Wollongong’s trampled Stuart Park. Although the morning looked like an ominous rainstorm, punters were luckily blessed with an evening of pristine perfect clouds and an equally dreamy line-up of acts. I caught Perth’s Spacey […]

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Festival Review: Yours & Owls brought Australia’s biggest musicians to Wollongong for Day One

October 8, 2019

According to my Uber driver, Yours & Owls Festival is the biggest event in Wollongong’s calendar and apparently cultivates a dedicated returning community each year, which is something to be said about the standard of this regional festival. But as the clouds rolled in for the long weekend, it was beginning to look like a […]

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Live Review: Ruel + Billy Davis & The Good Lords – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (03.10.19)

October 4, 2019

To my left, a teen was clutching her phone in one hand and her chest in the other, screaming at an unnatural decibel. To my right stood a girl whose eyes were tightly squeezing out silent tears as she heaved. And in front was a countdown clock presenting five seconds until 16-year-old pop sensation Ruel […]

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Live Review: Bruno Major + Tash Wolf + Georgie Clifford – The Lansdowne, Sydney (18.09.19)

September 19, 2019

British crooner Bruno Major delivered two sold-out nights at The Lansdowne this week and, look, there are now a lot of impregnated ears around Sydney. Opening the swoony night was Insta-famous Tash Wolf, showing off guitar shredding talents in an acoustic set filled with originals. Her goofy demeanour made the intimate crowd feel as though […]

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Live Review: Didirri + Ro + Kat Edwards, 170 Russell, Melbourne (30.08.19)

September 3, 2019

Over the weekend Melbourne’s 170 Russell was tuned into the emotional works of Didirri, with a bustling crowd eager to hear his works lining up early the night was a grand success as both Didirri and Ro saw the launch of ‘Tea Stains’ off in Melbourne. The two were joined by Kat Edwards, who opened […]

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Live Review: Musical genres collide as Synthony blasts its way into Brisbane City Hall

August 18, 2019

Synthony is a pretty unique concept. Bringing together local orchestras, DJs, vocalists, feature musicians, and a crowd hungry for dance music, Synthony presents some of the biggest tracks of the last thirty years, live on stage, in an energetic and exciting event. Since kicking off a couple of years ago in Auckland, Saturday night was […]

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Festival Review: Sesh And The City returns to celebrate Brisbane’s sesh lords

August 14, 2019

After the breakout success last year on Ekka Eve, Sesh And The City has graced Brisbane for the second time with a top billing line-up and a Saturday takeover at Brightside. Ambitious to compare Brisbane to New York? Hardly. Is there any correlation with Sex and the City other than the punny name of the […]

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