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 Riley Fitzgerald

Fortitude Music Hall Opening Party, 26.07.2019

Fortitude Music Hall Opening Party, 26.07.2019

It had the hype. The media was all over it. Radio or TV, turn on either and you couldn’t escape the coverage. The opening of the Fortitude Valley Music Hall was an event. But it wasn’t just a happening for the city’s musical community. It was a bigger moment, one which made a statement about […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Clever – Hangin Egg (Tropical Cancer Rort)

Clever – Hangin Egg (Tropical Cancer Rort)

This record bursts into existence, there’s simply no other way to describe it. The band plays with intensity. Like punk. But as with any kind of idealism you could throw around the P-word in this day and age the group sounds ragged, weathered and torn. ‘No Cold Solo in Red Hill’ tells you this before […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ The Triffid, Brisbane, 24.04.2019

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ The Triffid, Brisbane, 24.04.2019

In an imagined universe where The Go-Betweens’ ‘Apology Accepted’ was a hit single or The Velvet Underground ran all the way to the top of the charts the week it was released, a band like Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever would be king. It’s not that I want to peg them as cult just yet – you could […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Beach House @ The Tivoli, 26.02.2019

Beach House @ The Tivoli, 26.02.2019

Beach House’s Music Is About Escape

I like Beach House. The older records hold up, they seem to have the strength of resisting time. At their best moments Beach House transcend, pushing aside labels and cliché they touch upon white-hot moments of feeling and the spaces between. And just to go back on that earlier point, Beach House have been around […]

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Laneway Festival 2019 @ RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, 02.02.2019

Laneway Festival 2019 @ RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, 02.02.2019

Walk in. Methyl Ethel. Jake Webb strikes his guitar. Sings. ‘Scream Whole’ then ‘Ubu’.People babble, cry, drink and jump. Excitement. Exit shade of tent. Sun, heat. Vendors sweat. Boys lean on grandstand rails. Girls walk on the concourse, arms linked. Most sit,a sea of crossed legs and bobbing heads on green grass. Seeking excitement. Find […]

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Kitchen’s Floor – ‘Dictaphone’ (Reissue)

Kitchen’s Floor – ‘Dictaphone’ (Reissue)

I guess you could call this a reissue. But get this clear. It was never issued. Don’t care. Do you? I just listen to the first few seconds of ‘Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress’ and my heart stirs. Dictaphone is early Kitchen’s Floor. A few songs recorded, thrown together on tape and put out there […]

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Cold Fish – Cold Fish EP (Tropical Cancer Records)

Cold Fish – Cold Fish EP (Tropical Cancer Records)

Cold Fish are from Brisbane. Their new 4-track is a sludger, searing riffs and a whole lot of venom. A kind of dirty blues, albeit dragged through an underground silt then rubbed a little clean. The man who sings is not a happy one but if you’re feeling the magnetism then neither probably are you. […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Hatchie @ Black Bear Lodge, 14.07.2018

Hatchie @ Black Bear Lodge, 14.07.2018

When Harriette Pilbeam released her first single something happened. Nestled in out-of-the-way Brisbane, ‘Try’ caught ears. More than a few were in far-off places. From here Hatchie built a natural kind of momentum. An excitement that can’t be spun. The kind of feeling all the well-connected management or pre-existent reputation can’t buy. Here, tonight, Harriette’s […]

 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. […]

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