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 Riley Fitzgerald

Zola Jesus + Miss Blanks @ QAGOMA,24.06.2018

Zola Jesus + Miss Blanks @ QAGOMA,24.06.2018

Can only be honest here, I’m late. Just in time to catch the closing roar of Zola Jesus reverberating off of gallery walls, nothing more. But those few and final tortured howls? Powerful stuff. I have to admit being a little late arriving when it comes to catching Miss Blanks live. That’s not to claim […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ QAGOMA, Brisbane, 15.06.2018

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ QAGOMA, Brisbane, 15.06.2018

Something sits heavy on my mind. I don’t want to mention it here and it’s hard to say. I’ll put it across to like this. A few days ago, a woman was murdered. Eurydice Dixon, 22. Not much more than a child. She was walking home through a Melbourne park. Aspired to be a comedian. […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Amyl and The Sniffers @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 28.04.2018

Amyl and The Sniffers @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 28.04.2018

Some bands peddle profundity. Others pull up and burn the roof off of the place. Amyl and The Sniffers? If it wasn’t clear from the get-go, an answer doesn’t take long to present itself. The moment of clarity arrives as can of beer sailing toward the face. The band cuts into ‘Westgate’. A heavy-hitting missive […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

1800-Laneway Failed Sydney

1800-Laneway Failed Sydney

You break up with your ex. You like them, but they’ve pushed the limits of what you can take. You no longer feel comfortable around them. You kick them out of your share house. A few weeks later you get out of the shower. Opening the door and walking through the living room there they […]

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Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 02.01.2018: Day 3

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 02.01.2018: Day 3

Rain. Again! Will it stop? F**K this, I can’t handle this place anymore. It’s destroying my sanity! Live music but. There’s so much of it here, this event has been littered with moments that cut through the numbness and ennui of life and make it feel real. For me, 30 seconds of The Smith Street […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 01.01.2018: Day 2

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 01.01.2018: Day 2

Let’s not put the thumb on Georgia Maq and Camp Cope. Yes, there could have been a few more women on the line-up. But they are only articulating what a large number of their peers, fans, women, allies – Australians young and old – think. I’m not present as she as she causes the stir, […]

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Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 31.12.2017: Day 1

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 31.12.2017: Day 1

I’m drowning. The heat. It’s 2.30pm on the opening day of Falls Festival’s 25th year. The ice is melting in my vodka coffee faster than I can drink it. The first official act kicks off at 1.30pm. Who are they? Jonathon Boulet and Kirsty Tickle –  Party Dozen. Cacophonous but never caustic, they create a […]

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Gizzfest 2017 @ RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, 18.11.2017

Gizzfest 2017 @ RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, 18.11.2017

Rain. Wiping a small ocean away from my face I make peace with the realisation that this year’s Gizzfest isn’t something to be attempted sober. I slide a drink out of my pocket and into my mouth, wincing. Alright. Okay. All good, some pitch shifting reggaeton chugs out from the radio from a car that […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

The Collapse Board Interview: Ron S Peno

The Collapse Board Interview: Ron S Peno

A born performer, Ron S. Peno is an expressive force. Amplified from a distance he’s just as compelling, if a little manic, up close. His dynamic stage presence is a sight to behold. Peno is something of a fixture within Australian music. It’s a reputation well-earned. But this notoriety isn’t something stemming from the industry […]

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The Melvins + Red Kross @ Crowbar, Brisbane, 10.11.2017

The Melvins + Red Kross @ Crowbar, Brisbane, 10.11.2017

Here’s a true story. The Melvins play Crowbar Friday night. Supporting them are Red Kross. Equally notorious, these Californians pave their contemporaries’ way with languid metal and throttling punk. A thundering performance comes littered with time-honoured rock gestures, power pop hooks and plenty of lose-your-shit moments. As the Melvins take the stage I’m reminded of […]

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