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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 […]

LIVE REVIEW: Donny Benét, You Beauty @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney (10/10/14)


  You Beauty released their rugby league-themed album Jersey Flegg earlier this year and it slowly but surely garnered attention leading to its imminent vinyl pressing. Their opening set showed they can nail the sound of the album in a live context with chorused guitar picking out lazy hooks and the rhythm section hitting a […]

LIVE REVIEW: Sunnyboys @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (08/10/14)

photo by Catherine Croll

Sunnyboys have been on a musical and emotional roller coaster over the last few years since they reformed for the Dig It Up Festival in 2012, the film on Jeremy Oxley and subsequent touring. Now they’ve scaled it back, eschewing extra musicians and venues like the Opera House for a show that focused firmly on […]

LIVE REVIEW: R.I.P Society 5th Birthday @ Sydney Opera House (24/05/14)


Vivid Live deserves a pat on the back for inviting Nic Warnock’s R.I.P Society label to celebrate their 5th birthday with a stylistically varied lineup of a dozen acts that have been released on the label or share its open-minded and independent approach to music. Things started off skronky and dissonant with Ghastly Spats before […]

LIVE REVIEW: Bad//Dreems @ Black Wire Records, Sydney (23/05/14)


Jimmy Junk Heart made the trip up from Melbourne and they were tasked with loosening up the atmosphere of the slowly filling record shop that would be full to capacity within the hour. They played an admirable set and there was potential behind their tentative performance. From ‘fresh outta the practice room’ garage rock to […]

Dr. John, Aaron Neville @ State Theatre, Sydney (24/04/14)


They are both heavyweights of soul, jazz, funk and blues-rooted American music but it was still a surprise to see Dr. John open a show on which he was billed the headliner. He kicked things off with one of his signature songs in Iko Iko, a New Orleans classic, before giving the audience a trip […]


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