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Neko Case @ Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 13.03.2019

Neko Case @ Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 13.03.2019

Photo courtesy of @eliseormston It’s been a busy week for live music all over Australia. There were so many tantalising acts, both local and international, I had to rationalise and choose how many gigs I could attend (unfair). By the time tickets went on sale for Neko Case at the Melbourne Recital Centre, I almost […]

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Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders + Laura Jean @ Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, 08.03.2019

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders + Laura Jean @ Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, 08.03.2019

photo courtesy Jessie Fowler @jessiecfowler Another month of Zoo Twilights concerts is almost a wrap, with Marlon Williams, supported by Laura Jean, as the penultimate show.  Laura Jean and her band arrive on the stage at dusk. I’m not familiar with her music, and she takes a couple of songs to warm up, but her […]

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Calexico @ Theatre Royal, Castlemaine 27.01.19

Calexico @ Theatre Royal, Castlemaine 27.01.19

I love a road trip. If I didn’t have to work, I’d probably buy a VW Kombi van or a convertible Mustang and take off with little more than a fridge, my music and my dog. At risk of being chastised by the family, I’ll qualify this by saying there is something deeply personal and […]

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Phantastic Ferniture – Phantastic Ferniture (Makeout Records/Caroline Australia)

Phantastic Ferniture – Phantastic Ferniture (Makeout Records/Caroline Australia)

They wanted to make a pop record for fun, and yep, that’s what they’ve done. Phantastic Ferniture’s self-titled debut album gets the tick for ‘pop’ and ‘fun’, but not in that sickly boy-band/girl-band formulaic kind of way. It’s much more cool. There’s something that evokes the 80s for me, but the more I listen, the […]

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Iron & Wine @ Sydney Opera House 26.05.2018

Iron & Wine @ Sydney Opera House 26.05.2018

Photo courtesy Prudence Upton And so it transpires, this weekend is the opening of Sydney’s Vivid Live 2018 festival, in its 10th year. I’ve made the trip up from Melbourne to see Sam Beam and his full band, Iron & Wine, play at the Sydney Opera House having never set foot inside the building. I […]

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Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans)

Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans)

I’ve been fortunate to listen to Marlon Williams’s much anticipated new album, Make Way For Love, for a couple of months now and finally it has made its public arrival. Fans will already be familiar with a lot of these new songs from his recent gigs or from having seen a few videos on Youtube.  This […]

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Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (Spunk)

Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (Spunk)

Yeah, so I’m a self-confessed Calexico groupie. Have been since first seeing them support Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2003, touring their much revered album, Feast of Wire (2003). My mate Ross burnt Hot Rail (2000) for me soon after and I became hooked to their unique […]

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The Collapse Board Interview: Pete Oxley (Sunnyboys)

The Collapse Board Interview: Pete Oxley (Sunnyboys)

The other day I read a feature article about one of my all time favourite bands, The Jam – their individual style and musicianship, their rapid rise and premature break up, the precocious genius of frontman, Paul Weller, and the enduring love their fans still hold 40 years later. It made me contemplate the similar […]

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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 […]

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Damage and Joy – The Jesus and Mary Chain (ADA/Warner)

It’s been a long wait – 18 years since their last offering – and fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain, like myself, have surely been hanging out for the band’s ninth studio album, Damage and Joy. The enduring brothers-Reid from Glasgow are back with 14 tracks of quintessential J&MC grungey guitar pop. They haven’t […]