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 Riley Fitzgerald

NO ZU @ QAGOMA, 01.09.2017

NO ZU @ QAGOMA, 01.09.2017

NO ZU are a group which is difficult to pin down. Reaching into a rich history of dance music obscurity with magpie mentality they combine the deep cuts of disco-funk, no-wave, and worldbeat with their own inventive ideas. The result is something you can’t quite put your finger on but is instantly danceable. Live they […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Models @ QAGOMA, 25.08.2017

Models @ QAGOMA, 25.08.2017

Suddenly the Models return. Back together for the sheer hell of it, they bring a party atmosphere to their QGOMA surrounds. Before the stage sizeable gathering nudge, jostle and clamour to find a position as four figures take the stage. For those unfamiliar, this is a group which lived on the edge in a decade […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Habits @ QAGOMA, 07.08.2017

Habits @ QAGOMA, 07.08.2017

Habits traverse an area few of their more visible Australian contemporaries dare venture. The pair’s 2016 debut Ugly Cry makes nods to the sounds of Melbourne’s electronic underground, acid house, industrial, synth pop, club music and future R&B. Wherever the two find their inspiration, they make it exciting, without losing a grip on creating music […]

 Tom McCall

Death Grips @ Max Watt’s, Brisbane, 04.08.2017

Death Grips @ Max Watt’s, Brisbane, 04.08.2017

Death Grips have spent the last six years delivering a unique style of music that infuses elements of punk and noise rock into a hip-hop framework. Back when they released their first mix-tape Exmilitary and their debut studio album The Money Store, they quickly attracted much acclaim for their innovative blend of genres which would […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Real Estate + RVG + Parsnip @ Croxton Bandroom, 20.06.2017

Real Estate + RVG + Parsnip @ Croxton Bandroom, 20.06.2017

In the words of Aubrey Graham, “I’ll admit it, I’ll admit it”; I’ve not listened to a Real Estate album fully since their 2011 album Days, which, if I remember correctly, sat sandwiched between other similarly inoffensive indie rock albums in my iTunes library. Every few years the band would crop up again, another album, […]

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The Undertones @ Triffid, 07.07.2016

The Undertones @ Triffid, 07.07.2016

Playing your biggest hit/best known song more than once during a show is never a good thing. When The Undertones nonchalantly play ‘Teenage Kicks’ as their tenth song, it’s perfect. It’s a true punk rock moment. Guitarist Damian O’Neill dedicates it to someone in the crowd before being reprimanded by singer Paul McLoone for the […]

 Darragh Murray

Radio Birdman, Died Pretty @ The Tivoli, 23.06.2017

Radio Birdman, Died Pretty @ The Tivoli, 23.06.2017

My first Radio Birdman experience was at the Golden Plains Festival in Meredith, Victoria back in 2015. I didn’t know much about them at the time. My friend Warren used to bang about them all the time. It seemed that their main guy, Deniz Tek, was some sort of modern day renaissance man, who could […]

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Beth Orton @ Triffid, 18.06.2017

Beth Orton @ Triffid, 18.06.2017

When do you fall out of love with a musician? At what point do you decide to quietly (or otherwise) withdraw your patronage and stop taking an active interest in what do they do? I’ve always considered myself to be fairly reasonable in that I’m generally happy to overlook a disappointing follow-up to a dazzling […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Xiu Xiu Plays The Music of Twin Peaks @ The Substation, Newport, 23.06.2017

Xiu Xiu Plays The Music of Twin Peaks @ The Substation, Newport, 23.06.2017

For a moment, when technical difficulties intrude, Jamie Stewart’s mask slips. “Sometimes, all you can do is just fucking start over” he offers to the crowd at Melbourne’s electrical-warehouse-come-arty-locale The Substation. It’s only song two of the evening, but Stewart’s missed vocal entrance is easily forgiven –  given the scope of the evening, it’s a […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Allah-Las + Nice Biscuit @ The Zoo, 12.05.2017

Allah-Las + Nice Biscuit @ The Zoo, 12.05.2017

Relative newcomers to the Brisbane music scene, psych pop outfit Nice Biscuit were on hand to open the evening. Live they may not cut psychedelia in its purest strain, but there’s an undeniable pull to the funk-laden pulse and intuitive pop flourish underscoring the six piece’s sonic concoctions. What really pushes the group forward is […]

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