LIVE REVIEW: Cosmic Psychos @ Bald Faced Stag

Cosmic Psychos, Birdcloud, The Chats @ Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, April 6th 2018 Who said rock n roll is dead? The top echelon may be uninspiring but down at ground level guitar rock is still brimming with passion, humour and free-spirited energy A sold out venue and mosh-pit ready crowd greeted young upstarts The Chats. Joining the Cosmic Psychos tour from the Sunshine Coast they were like … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Cosmic Psychos @ Bald Faced Stag

LIVE REVIEW: Protomartyr @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Protomartyr, Mere Women, Angie @ Oxford At Factory, Sydney Australia. February 16th, 2018 The best gigs are the ones where the creative quality and intensity builds evenly, seemingly at a symbiotic pace with the gathering audience. Angie set the scene with a low key and hypnotic opening set. This was another iteration of her solo incarnation, now fleshed out with drummer and acoustic guitarist. Previously … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Protomartyr @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

LIVE REVIEW: Pissed Jeans @ OAF, Sydney 2017

Pissed Jeans, BB & The Blips, L.A Suffocated @ Oxford Art Factory 6th Dec 2017 After the unfortunate dropout of the original support acts, relative unknowns La Suffocated and BB& The Blips stepped in to warm the crowd and set the scene for Pissed Jeans’ first show on Australian soil. L.A Suffocated only played a handful of songs, with a low-key vibe from behind their table of … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Pissed Jeans @ OAF, Sydney 2017

LIVE REVIEW: Lambchop @ Factory Theatre, Sydney

Lambchop, Antonia & The Lazy Susans, Jack R Reilly @ Factory Theatre, Marrickville, Oct 19th, 2017 Early arrivals were privy to opening sets from local acts Jack R Reilly and Antonia & The Lazy Susans. The former showed a fine line in intimate, emotionally open and vocally impressive singer/songwriter fare over sparse and haunting electric guitar. In contrast, Antonia & The Lazy Susans were a confusing choice … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Lambchop @ Factory Theatre, Sydney

LIVE REVIEW: Gold Class @ The Lansdowne, Sydney

Gold Class + Flowertruck + Neighbourhood Void @ The Lansdowne, July 15th, 2017 It was great to arrive and see the newly re-opened Lansdowne hit the ground running with a busy downstairs bar and a band room that, as it filled, had a definite vibe and communal atmosphere. Youngsters Neighbourhood Void were the first to grace the low stage and they played a strong and … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Gold Class @ The Lansdowne, Sydney

LIVE REVIEW: Kirin J Callinan @ Oxford Art Factory

Kirin J Callinan, Spike Fuck, Hviske @ Oxford Art Factory, June 10th 2017 Sydney has produced a number of forward thinking songwriter/musicians in recent years who blend differing levels of theatricality into their performances. From Jack Ladder to Alex Cameron and Mossy, they all cultivate a persona and carefully consider an image as part of their creativity. Kirin J Callinan though, is out on his limb of … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Kirin J Callinan @ Oxford Art Factory

LIVE REVIEW: Spoon

Spoon + Mike Noga @ Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia, March 23rd, 2017 Mike Noga has stepped things up and fleshed out his live show with a full band that at times featured a triple guitar approach. The transition from solo performer to band leader mean he’s lost a bit of that Dylan-esque raconteur vibe but one can see where he’s taking it – giving the … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Spoon

LIVE REVIEW: PIXIES @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 07.03.17

Returning for their fourth post-reunion Australian tour, Pixies have a new weapon in their arsenal in the form of last year’s album Head Carrier which saw a balanced return to their classic sound with fresh songwriting and a renewed edge. In support, The Murlocs fulfilled their obligations but a 40 minute opening slot of mid-paced bluesy garage-rock fell flat ahead of the headliners dynamic onslaught. … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: PIXIES @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 07.03.17

LIVE REVIEW: My Disco @ Newtown Social Club

My Disco, Marcus Whale, Hviske @ Newtown Social Club, 11 February 2017 Minimalism shaping grand emotion was the order of the night at NSC for My Disco’s last stop on their summer tour. From the headliners down through Marcus Whale and opening duo Hviske, there was a common thread of space, intensity and the blurring of technology and organic instrumentation to create dramatic musical pieces. Hviske are … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: My Disco @ Newtown Social Club

LIVE REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr

Dinosaur Jr, Luluc @ Metro Theatre, Sydney 12.01.17 There had been some worrying moments leading up to the start of  Dinosaur Jr’s Australian tour, with news that visa issues for Lou Barlow had meant a delayed flight. It all got sorted but there was more drama to come. Luluc had opening honours, as they have for a number of J Mascis solo shows in the … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr

LIVE REVIEW: The Smiths Tribute @ Factory Theatre (24/09/16)

Covering another artist can be either be an exercise in slavish re-creation of their music, an attempt to replicate it as accurately as possible, or an insightful reinterpretation of their songs, adding a new shade, a new flavour to the music. This night was a tribute to The Smiths, in honour of the 30th anniversary of the band’s album The Queen Is Dead and we … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Smiths Tribute @ Factory Theatre (24/09/16)

LIVE REVIEW: Gold Class + Straight Arrows + You Beauty @ Plan B, Sydney (26/08/16)

Red Bull continue their support of local music with this sponsored show curated by the good folk at I OH YOU. It was a super low door price and first in first served which ensured punters were queuing at the door early. You Beauty had a false start to their set with guitar amp issues causing a minor delay before they returned to the cramped … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Gold Class + Straight Arrows + You Beauty @ Plan B, Sydney (26/08/16)