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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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If you are going to see someone like Elton John in concert at one point in your lifetime, then to see the iconic piano man performing his biggest and best hits from his half of a century long career is definitely the option to go with if you are presented with such an opportunity. The...

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Time has spared John Farnham, though perhaps not entirely: even the Australian legend himself made fun of his less than peak physical condition, and by the conclusion of the show he was a sweaty, panting mess. But that voice hasn’t aged a day: like an insect trapped in amber it has been preserved, and the...

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Surrounded by a beautiful collection of guitars, the occasional help of a friend on cello to provide a rich backing to several of his hits and a voice as distinctive as they come in rock music, as well as a hefty catalogue of records to form one hell of a set list, Soundgarden front-man and...

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The core tenet of Josh Tillman’s work as Father John Misty is duality. Both of his albums, 2012’s Fear Fun and this year’s highly acclaimed I Love You Honeybear oscillate between tones at any given moment. Particularly on that second album, one could never tell whether Tillman would be cynical or sweet, performative or sincere,...

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Too often the parting of the Oxford Art Gallery’s heavy curtains seems out of place; an overly grand gesture not always befitting of the artists who are about to grace the venue’s stage. But as the fabric was drawn apart for Bully’s Sydney show, revealing the Nashville band standing taut and ready, soaked in red...

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