LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Alex Cameron @ OAF, Sydney (16/05/15)

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Alex Cameron’s (Seekae) saxophonist and off-sider Roy Molloy arrived first, setting up his instrument, pacing the stage with Corona in hand and chatting to the front rows. Cameron’s strikingly skeletal frame joined him, his designer suit a couple of sizes too small, hanging from his lanky bones. He has a commanding stage presence, throwing Nick […]

LIVE REVIEW: Peter Bibby, The Dandelion, Big Dingo @ Newtown Social Club (14/05/15)

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I’m calling it now – larrikin rock. That mix of Australiana, slacker indie/garage rock that keeps getting better and better. Headliner Peter Bibby is a leading progenitor as is Big Dingo who played a short 6 song set as it was their first show in a year. Observational lyrics using colloquial language and sung in […]

LIVE REVIEW: Twerps, The Garbage & The Flowers, Orion @ Newtown Social Club, Sydney (08/05/15)

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Orion had opening honours on the first of Twerps’ two sold out nights and things weren’t looking promising after half an hour of vague attempts at tuning a guitar before a note was played. Once they got things sorted they proved to be an intriguing take on 80s goth music circa Joy Division and The […]

LIVE REVIEW: The Phoenix Foundation, Eden Mulholland @ Newtown Social Club, Sydney (17/04/15)

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The Phoenix Foundation​ were quite superb last night at Newtown Social Club​ in Sydney. I’ve only seen them once before and now, years later, they have a pretty hefty back catalogue to draw from across their 90 min show. In support Eden Mullholland showcased his warped pop sensibilities across jagged guitars, pulsing synth and with […]

LIVE REVIEW: Forest Swords, Cassius Select @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (16.03.15)

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Even though it was a Sunday night, I had expected that this would be a pretty popular gig, so I was surprised to see the dividing curtains drawn across the room at the Oxford Art Factory, and by the slightly hushed and cavernous feeling that I got as we walked in, regardless of the fact […]

LIVE REVIEW: Robyn Hitchcock & The Holy Soul, Emma Swift @ The Factory Floor, Sydney (12/03/15)

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Emma Swift’s opening set and one of her last in Australia for the foreseeable future was a stark contrast to what was to follow. In a slowly filling room she kept the audience enthralled in eerie silence as she played songs from her debut mini-album plus a cover of Gram Parsons’ Brass Buttons. Over 30 […]

LIVE REVIEW: Infinity Broke @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (12/12/14)

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Sounds Like Sunset have been a staple on the Sydney scene since the late 90s and like all good things they seem to just get better and better with age. Tonight they had a new bass player on board who slotted in nicely with their indie rock wall of sound. Minor amp/pedal issues threatened to […]

LIVE REVIEW: Jamie Hutchings, Buddy Glass @ Camelot Lounge, Sydney (05/02/15)

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Buddy Glass is the stage name for Bruno Brayovic (Peabody) in his solo guise. With a recently released debut under his belt he took the audience on a journey through those songs, stripped back to just his voice and acoustic guitar. There were flashes of the wit and venom often seen with Peabody but for […]

LIVE REVIEW: Ben Frost, Tim Hecker @ Sydney Opera House (11/01/15)

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Experimental electronica, avant garde, instrumental composition, sound art… all these and more were at play when Canadian Tim Hecker and Australian native, now based in Iceland, Ben Frost brought their immersive and extreme synthetic music to the magnificent surrounds of the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Festival. Tim Hecker performed his set […]

LIVE REVIEW: The Clean @ Sydney Festival (19/01/15)

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The Clean are one of those bands that possesses a mythical aura about them. Across multiple decades they’ve remained an underground act yet they’re constantly being touted as an influence on a multitude of bands as each indie rock generation emerges. Their own influences – Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Byrds, Can, 70s […]

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