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REVIEW: Beach House

Beach House, Wintercoats The Tivoli, Brisbane, Friday January 11 Melbourne’s Wintercoats (James Wallace) takes the stage with a violin. Plays. Loops. Plays more. Layers and layers. There are smooth violin lines turned into chords and pizzicato pluckings turned to bass through a pedal; bow and body tapping turned to processed electronic rhythm tracks. And histrionics —the histrionics … Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Meredith 2012

Meredith Music Festival Dec 7–9, 2012 Review by Chris Harms The Meredith Music Festival occupies a special place in the hearts of its regular patrons, many of them willing to trumpet its superiority to other Australian festivals at a moment’s notice and at surprising length. For outsiders and newcomers to Melbourne who profess to love … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: All India Radio

ALL INDIA RADIO – Red Shadow Landing (Pledge Music) PETE WALSH explores the dreamy landscape of transcendent instrumentalism. Martin Kennedy’s All India Radio are veterans of the underrated cosmic force that is instrumental rock, and Red Shadow Landing is yet another testament to their exemplary service record in the Australian music industry. The chilled ambient stylistics … Continue reading

PREVIEW: REEL BIG FISH

REEL BIG FISH frontman AARON BARRETT gets in touch with TOM HERSEY to discuss what has kept the ska band dancing for 20-plus years. Talk about Peter Pan syndrome. Since their inception in the late ‘80s, Californian ska-pop-punk outfit Reel Big Fish have kept crowds and themselves grooving to songs about adolescent concerns like beer, … Continue reading

PHOTOS: Touche Amore, Make Do And Mend, Nuclear Summer

The one and only Moshpitson, ALLAN ALLPORT scored a hardcore trifecta at Brisbane’s Sun Distortion Studios a fortnight ago — here are some of his adrenalin-charged stills from TOUCHE AMORE/MAKE DO AND MEND‘s joint gig.

REVIEW: Radiohead

CHELSEA HEANEY tries to put the religious experience that was RADIOHEAD‘s long-awaited Brisbane concert into words. Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Friday November 9 It was rainy and cold as thousands made the journey to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last Friday for the sold out Radiohead concert. I have described this venture as the musical equivalent of a … Continue reading

REVIEW: Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg + Jordie Lane QPAC, Thursday October 25 DON SINNAMON catches BILLY BRAGG‘s world tour for Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. It’s rad. From the back row, Jordie Lane is just a distant hat, beard and guitar until he opens his mouth and that amazing voice spills out. His soulful lilting could easily belong to one … Continue reading

GIG: Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses

In case you’re due for a dose of Tex “The Sex” Perkins, you’d be thrilled to learn the gruff-voiced entertainer/storyteller is set to roll into Brisbane with his restless Dark Horses — aka rock & roll journeymen Charlie Owen, Joel Silbersher (of GOD fame), James Cruickshank (of The Cruel Sea), Stephen Hadley and Gus Agars (of The … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Blaqk Audio

BLAQK AUDIO — Bright Black Heaven (Superball Music) PETE WALSH invites all spelling Nazis and genre critics to have a squiz at this one. Best known as the BFFs of AFI fame, Jade Puget and Davey Havok have returned their attentions to their little electro lovechild, Blaqk Audio. Bright Black Heaven builds further on the ‘90s … Continue reading

ARTS REVIEW: Lost Movements

Lost Movements Review by Kelly Wong Coniston Lane, Sunday 7 October Lost Movements is a massive collaboration between local artists, performers and musicians — the second event of its kind. This not-for-profit, artist-run initiative encourages the summative, extrasensory experience that comes from being surrounded by live art in every corner and crevice of the venue. … Continue reading

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