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 Nicholas Kennedy

The Stevens – Good (Chapter)

The Stevens – Good (Chapter)

I think people have a soft spot for art that, while it might seem at odds with itself at times, ultimately forms an experience that defies expectations of failure. Like a forest made up of different kinds of trees, or mismatched chairs around a table – there’s always something that’ll warm you when unity occurs […]

 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 […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Faith in your Guts: The spontaneity, honesty and naivety of Jade Imagine

Faith in your Guts: The spontaneity, honesty and naivety of Jade Imagine

Jade McInally has had since January to make a call on the design of her tour poster, a decision that needs to be made today. “I’m a last-minute girl” she admits, sat within the mid-afternoon rush of a Melbourne cafe, “but I need deadlines, I need them to impose themselves on my life”. Admitting things […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Tourist Dollars – Tourist Dollars EP (Deaf Ambitions)

Tourist Dollars – Tourist Dollars EP (Deaf Ambitions)

Listening to Melbourne’s Tourist Dollars on their debut EP is like drifting into scenes of a slightly melancholic 1970s romance movie. They’ve got this nostalgic swagger to them, like a band performing to a mostly empty school hall covered with adornments from a local party supply store, with two star-crossed youths swaying beneath a softly […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Poliça + Jaala @ Melbourne Recital Centre, 31.05.2016

Poliça + Jaala @ Melbourne Recital Centre, 31.05.2016

I spent the first few minutes of Polica’s set at the Melbourne Recital Centre wondering whether or not this whole ‘sitting down’ thing was going to work for a band that, as I understood them, thumped and grooved enough in a way that might warrant a little boogie. Sitting down seems so academic, so chin […]