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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 […]

 Tom McCall

The Goon Sax + Scraps + The Mosaics @ The Foundry, 28.04.2017

The Goon Sax + Scraps + The Mosaics @ The Foundry, 28.04.2017

The Goon Sax have recently been enjoying a quite rapid ascension in popularity as a well-known presence within Australian music, along with growing attention from overseas. Before taking off on a European tour, they play what is billed as their last show for “quite a while” in their home city, at The Foundry with support […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

The Blurst of Times @ The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, and The Brightside, Brisbane, 29.04.2017  

The Blurst of Times @ The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, and The Brightside, Brisbane, 29.04.2017  

Opening The Blurst of Times’ fourth iteration at The Foundry is an exceptionally powerful performance from Brisbane’s 100%. Melding synth pop to harder-edged industrial dance, the trio revamps some of the bleak allure of early ‘80s new romanticism. Casting a commanding stage presence, band leader Lena Molnar croons and smoulders between sudden moments of elevation. […]

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Neurosis + DISPOSSESSED @ Triffid,16.02.2017

Neurosis + DISPOSSESSED @ Triffid,16.02.2017

By Tom McCall California’s Neurosis have spent the last 30 years delivering some of the most confronting and boundary-defying metal of any era. Having been a fan for several years and knowing their reputation for notoriously intense live shows, there was no way I was going to miss this performance, especially with Sydney’s DISPOSSESSED in […]

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Why am I watching Guns N’ Roses in 2017?

Why am I watching Guns N’ Roses in 2017?

You would have seen those Facebook posts last month when your friends posted up the 10 records that shaped them as teenagers.  Most of your friends were lying to you and to themselves or at very posting a selective recall that avoided at least the first half of those teenage years.  I have no doubt […]

 Bianca Valentino

PJ Harvey @ The Tivoli, Brisbane, 27.01.2017

PJ Harvey @ The Tivoli, Brisbane, 27.01.2017

Between 2011 and 2014 English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, PJ Harvey travelled with filmmaker and photojournalist, Seamus Murphy, to Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington D.C. The pair documented their observations and the experiences of daily life and the struggle faced in these environments rife with conflict—culminating in a collaborative poetry/photo book, The Hollow of the Hand. Extensive […]

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