Leonard Cohen + Paul Kelly – Sydney Entertainment Centre (29.01.09)

Trying to write a review for a Leonard Cohen concert has been one of the hardest tasks I’ve undertaken in recent memory (clearly I live a difficult life…). To be able to clearly articulate this experience is far outside my skills as a writer. Put simply, I will never be able to replicate the true…

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A Sydneysider's Take on Melbourne's Big Day Out 2009

Having attended the Sydney Big Day Out for the past 5 years, it would be fair to say that being sick of the crowd that attends this event is an understatement. So, loving Melbourne, I decided to make the trip down south for this year’s epic BDO event – and boy, did it pay off….

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The Curse of Company + Cuthbert and the Nightwalkers + Fulton Lights (NYC) – Hopetoun Hotel (23.01.09)

While everyone else was at the Sydney Big Day Out (including, initially, some members of The Curse of Company), a small group had gathered at the Hopetoun Hotel for what was to be an excellent, albeit rather humid, night of live music. First up, all the way from New York, was the one-man machine of…

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL: All Tomorrow's Parties – Cockatoo Island (18.01.09)

Going to an All Tomorrow’s Parties [ATP] festival is like being in on a fantastic secret, a secret which has been kept from Australia’s shores for way too long. But this past weekend, Sydney finally got to see what the rest of the world doesn’t know about: the festival alternative to festivals, headlined and curated…

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL: The Bays (Performing a Live Soundtrack to Run Lola Run) – Darling Harbour (14.01.09)

A beautiful sunny day preceded the first event in the “iiNet Films Afloat” series: a unique event (part of the Sydney Festival) showcasing bands from around the world playing live (and original) soundtracks to three films. Enter the Dragon, Fantastic Planet and this, the seminal 1998 film Run Lola Run. And a good thing it…

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL: Festival First Night – Streets of Sydney (10.01.09)

Following last year’s hugely successful inaugural event (headlined by Mr. Brian Wilson), and a Sydney Festival with profits through the roof, they said they were going to make the 2009 Festival First Night absolutely massive by comparison. And thanks of course to an increased budget, it appears they were able to pull it off. Taking…

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The Black Keys + Gomez + Ash Grunwald + Dr. Dog – Luna Park Big Top (09.01.09)

In what has to be one of the best value-for-money tickets Sydney has seen in quite a long time (this side of “free”), Dr. Dog, Ash Grunwald, Gomez and The Black Keys lit up the Luna Park Big Top in a night not quite unlike the end of a day at Byron’s Blues Festival. Indeed,…

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Dr. Dog + Philadelphia Grand Jury – Beach Road Bondi (07.01.09)

One of the best things about getting into a band before anyone else in town is that every now and then you’ll get an opportunity to see said band for free. But usually this isn’t a privilege extended to fans of a band from, say, Philadelphia! Yesterday, however, an exception was made, and The Filth’s…

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The Hives – Metro Theatre (06.01.09)

Fresh off a hit of Franz Ferdinand, next on the calendar were the gods of Sweden: The Hives. And I don’t really know how to write a review for this one. I mean this gig was just so mind-blowingly good that words can’t really describe it. But let’s give it a shot. Fresh off a…

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Myspace Secret Show: Franz Ferdinand – Enmore Theatre (06.01.09)

FINALLY! FRANZ HAVE RETURNED! And they’re making new music too! For us Franz Ferdinand fans, it’s a very exciting time indeed – and well overdue. But for those of us who were already attending The Hives on the evening of the 6th when their gig was announced for the same night, disappointment was definitely the…

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The Honey Brothers – The Supper Club (03.01.09)

Now the first thing you may wonder when you look at the above picture is: Wait a minute, is that Vinnie Chase / Adrian Grenier in a band? Did I just miss Adrian Grenier in Sydney? The answer to both is, indeed, yes. With Adrian playing both guitar and drums (usually the latter) in The…

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Man Man + The John Steel Singers – Oxford Art Factory (13.12.08)

Man. Where do you even begin with these guys? Fun. Energetic. Ridiculous. Crazy. Hilarious. Grammatically Incorrect. If you didn’t have a smile on your face during this entire gig, then you really must have been having a pretty awful day. Its gigs like this that remind me how much fun live music can be when…

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MGMT + Luke Steele + Tame Impala – Hordern Pavillion (09.12.08)

Although I missed Perth’s wunderkinds Tame Impala, I think for many they would have been the highlight of the night. Indeed, there was a good bit of fun to follow… but I’m going to say this outright: MGMT are an awful live band, and Luke Steele’s solo tracks leave quite a lot to be desired….

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Kanye West + Nas + Scribe + Consequence + Kid Cudi – Acer Arena (06.12.08)

I think it would be fair to say that most people were fairly blown away by the show Kanye West put on at Good Vibrations 2008. In fact, the whole festival seemed to be just a lead up to a production the likes of which I’ve never seen at a festival before – costume changes,…

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Global Gathering – Hordern Pavillion and Surrounds (30.11.08)

Like V Festival before it, Australia’s latest English export has arrived in spectacular fashion, taking over the Hordern Pavilion and its surrounds this past Saturday. And with a crowd as diverse as the bands and DJs who graced the 5 stages, this was a day to be enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike. But…

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Bloc Party + Van She – Hordern Pavillion (25.11.08)

When Bloc Party last came to town, they played the Hordern Pavilion with a show that sold out in seconds. But still a little peeved off about the leak of A Weekend in the City MONTHS before it’s street release, no longer would the band be playing any new material at concerts – so this…

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MUM feat. Decorated Generals + The Spirits – World Bar (14.11.08)

With a barrage of quality bands, DJs and a guaranteed packed dance floor (not something you can say for most band nights), Mum at World Bar is definitely one of the best places to experience local music on a Friday night. And for only $10, it’s a bargain too! Last week’s gig was certainly no…

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30th NEWTOWN FESTIVAL – Camperdown Memorial Rest Park (09.11.08)

Another year, another Newtown Festival… felt like just yesterday that the last one rolled around! But admittedly, it has been several years since I’ve attended the free event – now in its 30th year – and I must say it really was bigger than ever – not in size nor in the quality of the…

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The Vines + Wolf & Cub + The Wahas – Metro Theatre (02.11.08)

An excellent night of Aussie Rock n’ Roll was set off in style by The Wahas, one of the few local young bands left standing following Operator Please’s ride to stardom, which gave hope to high school bands across the country. Indeed, most of these guys are doing their HSC exams as we speak, but…

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iTunes LIVE feat. THE PRESETS – Apple Store, George St (24.10.08)

Fresh off the announcements of major spots at NeverEverLand (UK and Australia), Shore Thing and Good Vibrations… oh and then those ARIA awards as well… The Presets returned last night for a free hometown show that packed not only the Apple Store, but the streets outside as well. I think it’s fair to say that…

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Yeasayer + Tame Impala – Oxford Art Factory (06.10.08)

Actually arriving in time for a change to see the support act, Tame Impala, I must say these Perth boys are different to what I was expecting. They are, after all, Modular’s latest prodigal children, so the concept of “dance music” is the first thing that comes to mind. But instead, they seem to be…

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Parklife 2008 – Kippax Lake, Moore Park (05.10.08)

Another year, another Parklife festival – although this is the first year I’ve actually attended. While always one of the hottest tickets in town, there does generally seem to be a post-event “oh, yeah it was OK… but had a great time with my mates” kind of vibe. And I think I’m going to have…

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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Enmore Theatre (04.10.08)

I must admit that I didn’t go to this concert knowing any of Conor’s solo stuff, with the exception of the recent single “Souled Out!” Likewise, I never quite got into Bright Eyes the way others did, so I certainly wasn’t attending with an expectation to hear the better known music. I still don’t own…

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Supergrass + Jae Laffer + Cloud Control – The Forum (03.10.08)

This year has been an amazing one for live music in Sydney, especially for yours truly – finally being given the opportunity to see bands that I’ve been listening to since I was a young one! And having missed them last time they were in town (and then having their last tour coinciding with Bluesfest…

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The Ripping Dylans – Ruby Rabbit (01.10.08)

Sydney’s newest live music night is Wednesdays at Ruby Rabbit on Oxford Street, in which a local up-and-coming band is given the rare opportunity to headline, with guest DJs and performance artists rounding the rest of the night off. And in the second week of their new event, Ruby Rabbit welcomed to the stage Sydney’s…

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Ladytron + Familjen – Metro Theatre (29.09.08)

“The Great Escape” time has arrived! Well, it would have had it not been cancelled much to my dismay. In its place is the barrage of remaining “sideshows.” The first of these happened last night with Ladytron from the UK hitting the all ages Metro stage, in what was surprisingly their first ever concert in…

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Peabody + The Silents + Made in Japan – Candy's Apartment (25.09.2008)

A surprisingly small crowd featured at this Thursday night gig, and I myself missed the opening act Made in Japan, but nonetheless both The Silents from Perth and Sydney’s own Peabody put on a stirring performance for those who turned up, including The Silent’s label mates The Vines. The Silents are easily one of the…

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Marrickville Road Festival – Marrickville (07.09.08)

Despite not being the most well known of the street festivals in Sydney (even though it’s really the only decent one I’ve been to), these guys certainly manage to get some of the hottest acts in town…. and even more surprising: they managed some of the first great weather of the spring! Arriving to the…

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The Kooks + Dash and Will – Metro Theatre (27.08.08)

It’s taken a bloody long time for The Kooks to finally make it to our shores – and this, their first of 3 Sydney shows (if the MySpace one counts), finally gave audiences what they’d been waiting so long for. And didn’t disappoint! It’s taken a bloody long time for The Kooks to finally make…

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Live Revew: Death Cab for Cutie + An Horse – Enmore Theatre (18.08.08)

After traveling around the world several times, seeing concerts all over the place along the way, last week’s Death Cab for Cutie concert in Sydney proved one thing to me: We have some of the rudest crowds in the world. Such is to be expected, some may argue, with all ages gigs – the idea…

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