LIVE REVIEW: The Apartments @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival (24/01/16)

This was a show that had a touch of ‘the artist returns’ about it due to Peter Milton Walsh’s rare live shows and that he is currently celebrating his first album in 18 years — No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal. The briefly one-time member of The Go-Betweens and the Laughing Clowns has carved out an intermittent yet critically acclaimed career as The Apartments and … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Apartments @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival (24/01/16)

LIVE REVIEW: Dirty Three, Mirel Wagner @ State Theatre, Sydney Festival (15/01/16)

I’d heard great things about Mirel Wagner and she played a good if slightly disconnected set that, for the types of songs she writes (acoustic gothic ballads), lacks an element of menace or otherworldly spookiness to match her visceral lyrics. The talkers in the lobby were a complete distraction too. I can never understand why people shell out close to $90 for a show and … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Dirty Three, Mirel Wagner @ State Theatre, Sydney Festival (15/01/16)

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 in near darkness, the only visible objects were two red … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Ben Frost, Tim Hecker @ Sydney Opera House (11/01/15)

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 punk and post-punk – formed their sound and in the … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Clean @ Sydney Festival (19/01/15)

LIVE REVIEW: John Grant, John Murry @ Paradiso at Town Hall, Sydney (16/01/14)

Darren Sylvester opened the show with a solo set that felt a little dwarfed by the expanse of the Town Hall and the slowly arriving punters. With the aid of backing tracks he hit similar territory to 90s Suede and 80s dream pop but would be a much more interesting proposition with other musicians around him. John Murry’s The Graceless Age (2012) has been a … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: John Grant, John Murry @ Paradiso at Town Hall, Sydney (16/01/14)

LIVE REVIEW: Bombino @ The Spiegeltent, Sydney (09/01/14)

The Sydney Festival always provides the perfect opportunity for open-minded music fans to discover new and diverse acts and styles of music. Listening to a few conversations in the queue before the doors opened it appeared there were a quite a number of attendees with little or no knowledge of the music of Omara Moctar, otherwise known as Bombino. What they witnessed over the ensuing … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Bombino @ The Spiegeltent, Sydney (09/01/14)

LIVE REVIEW: Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations @ Paradiso at Town Hall (25/01/13)

by Chris Familton In a rare use of the Sydney Town Hall for rock n roll, Sydney Festival honoured both the original and seminal 1972 Nuggets 60s garage rock compilation and its recent Australian tribute Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era. The night was a chance for six of those bands to play short sets that gave a snapshot of their own Nuggets-spirited sound. … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations @ Paradiso at Town Hall (25/01/13)

LIVE REVIEW: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ State Theatre, Sydney (18/01/13)

by Chris Familton Take a musical icon who has made a career out of balancing art and popular music, combine him with a quirky indie songstress and you have a fascinating meeting of age, gender and artistic creativity. David Byrne & St Vincent released their album Love This Giant last year and received much praise for their translation of the songs from record to stage, … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ State Theatre, Sydney (18/01/13)

LIVE REVIEW: CANT @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney 14/01/12

written by Chris Familton Chris Taylor is a seasoned Sydney Festival performer with appearances as a member of Grizzly Bear. This though was the first of his Sydney shows in his solo guise CANT. With so many shows selling out at The Famous Spiegeltent it was a bit worrying when the venue was only half full just ahead of show time. A few more punters … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: CANT @ The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney 14/01/12

LIVE REVIEW: BON IVER Live @ City Recital Hall, Angel Place

21st January 2009 Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago was Doubtful Sounds’ number one album of 2008 so you can imagine the feeling of anticipation heading into this gig.  Justin Vernon and band were in town as part of the Sydney Festival and as well as three nights at the Famous Spiegeltent they also appeared for two nights at the City Recital Hall that normally … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: BON IVER Live @ City Recital Hall, Angel Place