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Gruff Rhys + Matt Tow @ Excelsior Hotel, Sydney, 03.05.11

Gruff Rhys + Matt Tow @ Excelsior Hotel, Sydney, 03.05.11

Without the strange adjuncts Rhys has a nice collection of folky tunes. With them he has a nutball bag of charming oddities.…

Johnny Foreigner @ Bodgea Social Club, Nottingham, UK, 22.04.11

Johnny Foreigner @ Bodgea Social Club, Nottingham, UK, 22.04.11

Beneath THAT, there's the intricately dense, instantly relatable and increasingly self-referential lyrics.…

Crystal Stilts @ Farm 255, Athens GA, 24.04.11

Crystal Stilts @ Farm 255, Athens GA, 24.04.11

Somewhere along the line, apparently, Crystal Pepsi and I developed different ideas of what rock music could/should/would do.…

Totally Autumn: A Day On The Green

Totally Autumn: A Day On The Green

“Get tropical, cunts”…

Motörhead @ Gold Coast Convention Centre 01.04.11

Motörhead @ Gold Coast Convention Centre 01.04.11

Long way to go to hang with life’s metal carnage. But that…

No Age @ Fondation Cartier, Paris 11.04.11

No Age @ Fondation Cartier, Paris 11.04.11

What is it they say about punk bands in glass houses?…

Gang Of Four @ Le Trabendo, Paris 18.03.11

Gang Of Four @ Le Trabendo, Paris 18.03.11

There are no wanky digressions or lead fretwork clogging up the song with rock star dirge, just a well executed use of noise vs silence, skill vs sparse. …

Justin Townes Earle @ Step Inn, 10.03.11

Justin Townes Earle @ Step Inn, 10.03.11

by Alex Gillies…

Neil Diamond @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 23.03.11

Neil Diamond @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 23.03.11

"The rules of tonight are very simple. I go where the noise takes me." …

High On Fire, Trash Talk, Kylesa @ The Hi-Fi Bar 01.03.11

High On Fire, Trash Talk, Kylesa @ The Hi-Fi Bar 01.03.11

By Alex Gillies…

The Idiot Bastard Band @ The Wilmington Arms, London 14.03.11

The Idiot Bastard Band @ The Wilmington Arms, London 14.03.11

"Let there be drums." "Fuck off."…

The Hold Steady @ The Zoo, 09.03.11

The Hold Steady @ The Zoo, 09.03.11

When it comes to flicking through the shelves of CDs at my place to…

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