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Tossing all ‘less is more’ beliefs to the side, Cosmo’s Midnight have made a name for themselves by using perfectly executed layers of bubbly samples and fun pop melodies to prove more really can be more. Their explosive headline show at Oxford Art Factory embodied this, combining the dance-centric forces of the Sidechains DJs, Swindail,...

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Alabama-born Katie Crutchfield, the driving force behind Waxahatchee, is by no doubt an incredibly talented and versatile singer-songwriter. Her aptitudes for music have seen release dozens of singles, demos, digital downloads and everything in-between since she was 14, and also feature in a two-piece pop punk band with her sister Alison called P.S Eliot. As...

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Where some artists have huge sounds fit for exaggerated stadium shows, others are far more suited to playing intimate venues to a bunch of sweaty, rowdy fans hanging off their every word. Last night saw Atlanta’s Raury prove to be the latter as he took to the stage of Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory for a...

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“You’re so wonderfully attentive this evening. It’s nice.” Boy & Bear were mid-set at their Sydney headline show when vocalist Dave Hosking took a moment to express his gratitude towards a crowd that had shown nothing but love all night. Admitting to the audience that despite driving past the venue multiple times recently to see...

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They’ve been making waves in the underground psychedelic rock scene since the release of their debut album Innerspeaker in 2010. But it was the success of Tame Impala’s newest release Currents that really brought them to the masses. And Kevin Parker, the mastermind behind Tame Impala has undoubtedly proved himself to be an imperishable force, after selling out two 10,000 capacity...

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Most bands work a crowd through some form of blatant interaction: eliciting call and response; shouting “Come on!  Get up!” or some such; waving their arms about like deranged puppet-masters; or appealing to ego by saying that the crowd “is the best ever”.  Not experimental rockers Battles; they work a crowd through a much more...

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St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been parading around Australia’s sunny coastline for eleven years now; always hosting an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming artists from scuzzy skate rock to pulsing dance music. With such a high calibre of performers gracing the 2016 line-up, sideshows became a crucial point for punters who wanted to taste...

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Dating back to 2004, the Laneway Festival has become the go-to institution for live indie music. Whilst not without problems, Laneway has always attracted big names; from The xx, to Lorde, to Caribou and FKA Twigs last year. Without fail, each year the line-up features a smattering of impressive names, and 2016 was no exception....

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After a massively successful run through Australia back in 2014, fronting iconic rock band Queen as part of the bands critically and commercially acclaimed world tour, Adam Lambert is back down under to promote material of his own, 6 years on from his last solo tour; something the glam pop hit-maker made known during a...

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If there was one word that best described Fatboy Slim’s performance, it was synchronisation. Synchronisation between 52 year old Norman Cook and the audience. Synchronisation between the stunning audio-visuals. And synchronisation between the music and the electrifying atmosphere that encompassed the outdoor venue. The British DJ had the Riverstage in the palm of his hands...

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There’s something to be said for a classic, rock n’ roll band. For a genre that seems less relevant to the contemporary music scene than ever, there something pure and magical about seeing a good rock band in their element, and Holy Holy are most certainly that. They’re not out to reinvent the genre, or...

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A small venue provides a unique opportunity for a different kind of performance that one normally sees in concert. If it’s an artist that plays quieter music, a small concert can seem extremely intimate and raw, as though the audience can connect with the artist more personally. If the band is louder, then the space...

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The live setting serves as a magnifying glass. It amplifies every element of a band, turning successes into perfection and flaws into catastrophes.  So it was at Wavves’ gig at the Oxford Art Gallery, one that saw the messy, surf-punk elements of their sound transformed into an all-out sonic assault, one that the frenetic moshpit...

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