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Glen Schenau + Jive Canyon (duo) + Hexmere + Soot @ Via Studios, Brisbane, 11.05.2018

Glen Schenau + Jive Canyon (duo) + Hexmere + Soot @ Via Studios, Brisbane, 11.05.2018

Words and photo by Ben Snaith The show is in Rehearsal Room 1. This means that tonight we are in a small box with a low ceiling and the bands filling half the space. The lighting is subtle, the smells are apparent and the door price is $5. At this moment, I’m grateful to be […]

 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 […]

 Tom McCall

Car Seat Headrest + Morning Harvey @ Triffid, 01.03.2018

Car Seat Headrest + Morning Harvey @ Triffid, 01.03.2018

Car Seat Headrest have quickly risen in popularity since their 2016 album Teens of Denial. Starting as a lo-fi solo project of frontman Will Toledo back in 2010, they have since been prolifically putting out records of hook-filled indie-rock, with the most recent release being February’s Twin Fantasy, a re-recording of their 2011 album of […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Phoenix @ The Forum, Melbourne, 26.02.2018

Phoenix @ The Forum, Melbourne, 26.02.2018

Jeez louise – Phoenix have been around for a while. Having released their debut record United back in 2000, they’re coming up on 20 years as a commercial band – reading into it a little more they smashed that barrier last year since they technically formed in ‘97. A lot of people my age would […]

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Lorde @ The Riverstage, Brisbane, 22.11.2017

Lorde @ The Riverstage, Brisbane, 22.11.2017

I was always planning to get tickets to see Lorde on this current tour.  The tipping point that got me into acting on my intentions was seeing the broadcast of her amazing Glastonbury set online.  For this festival appearance she performed in front of a shipping container-sized glass box that filled with dry ice and […]

 Venita Munir

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders @ Howler, Melbourne, 20.11.2017

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders @ Howler, Melbourne, 20.11.2017

Here in Australia we love to claim New Zealanders, especially musicians, as our own. It’s pretty safe to say that we’d kill to brag about Marlon Williams being an Aussie. I mean, he was based in Melbourne for a while. Let’s face it, he’s a prodigy. A rare vocal genius and still only 26 years […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

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 […]

 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 […]

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