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At The Drive-In: Live Review

At The Drive-In: Live Review

“SO WHO’S IN CHARGE IN HERE? BARKING OUT LOUD SO CLEAR, BECAUSE I’D REALLY LIKE TO MEET HIM”
Santigold: Live Review

Santigold: Live Review

Ah St Kilda, you really are a funny old place to hold a gig, aren’t you? Between your sheer impossibility to get to via public transport, your lack of viable nearby parking solutions, you really do know how to turn going to a gig into a Ulyssean type ordeal.
The Cure: Live Review

The Cure: Live Review

The Cure? Geezus Christ. How to say something revelatory about this entity that is so much more than a band; more of a counter culture behemoth that hasn’t already been said before… hmmm… tricky.
Stiff Little Fingers: Live Review

Stiff Little Fingers: Live Review

Sometimes, but not often, a gig can confound expectations. Blink-182 at the Vans Warped Tour in 1998 is the perfect example of this not occurring. It was just as terrible as you expected it to be, whereas Toto in Argentina was the antithesis of this;
Battles: Live Review

Battles: Live Review

Whilst Battles played their gig at Max Watts in mid-February and it is now early May, it may appear as though I haven’t necessarily been bang on in terms of punctuality. Or so it would seem from the outside looking in.
Modest Mouse: Live Review

Modest Mouse: Live Review

It couldn’t possibly be that easy to be a support act and play to a crowd of someone else’s fans. Especially when these fans aren’t even there at the time.
Blur: Live Review

Blur: Live Review

Whilst I have never claimed to being even remotely objective in any of my writing, the slightest pretence that this may have existed has been cast aside in this review, much like Cristano Ronaldo’s sense of humility. For me, this was one of the best gigs of the last few years, despite being held at...
TV On The Radio: Live Review

TV On The Radio: Live Review

God bless us, there are many, many things that we are good at in Australia. There are also many, many things that we are not good at. Clapping in time to music definitely belongs to the latter category.
Bob Dylan (Live Review)

Bob Dylan (Live Review)

“Tangled Up In Blue?” “Nah rookie error there my Pedigree Chum. No way that was Tangled Up In Blue. Tangled Up In Blue has words and a tune and stuff. That was more of a dull constant murmur like an InSinkErator with the word “Blue” thrown in to mislead you”.
Future Music Festival - Melbourne Review

Future Music Festival – Melbourne Review

“A singlet, a singlet, my kingdom for a singlet!” would have been the immortal line cried out by Richard III if he hadn’t died over 600 years ago and for some reason chose to attend Future Music Festival.

Future of The Left (Live Review)

As I write this, it is now some 72 hours since I left the Corner after witnessing yet another brilliant Future of the Left set and the ability of my ears to hear has taken an extended vacation.
Sage Francis - Live At The Prince Review

Sage Francis – Live At The Prince Review

As the Mystery Machine pulled away down Swanston Street, Scooby and Shaggy were baffled, stoned and hungry; the latter two feelings were nothing unusual but the air of bewilderment was something new altogether.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live At The Palace Review

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live At The Palace Review

If the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig at The Palace proved anything, it was that the double denim revival is gaining an incredible amount of momentum and that it is inevitable that it will devour us all.
Ash (Corner Hotel Review)

Ash (Corner Hotel Review)

When you walk into The Corner for a gig and Creedence are already playing over the speakers, there is a fairly strong chance that you are going to have a most excellent evening. This rule that I devised just then and have tested on a sample size of one was proven to be true with...
Tool (Live Review)

Tool (Live Review)

Attempting to review a Tool gig is the written equivalent of trying to describe the works within the Guggenheim Museum using smoke signals. It is really hard to do; you end up looking stupid for even attempting it and most importantly, you don’t even come close to doing justice to the original work.
The Drones (Live Review)

The Drones (Live Review)

With subject matter that is slightly on the more opaque side of pitch black, tonight’s gig was never going to be one that had the masses rolling around the aisles with tears of laughter streaming down their cheeks. Tears could possibly come, but they most certainly would not have been as a result of laughter....
Dinosaur Jr. - Live Review (Espy, Melbourne)

Dinosaur Jr. – Live Review (Espy, Melbourne)

Fear. Fear is not exactly the expected emotion to be feeling prior to attending a gig.
Band of Horses vs. Total Recall: A Live Review

Band of Horses vs. Total Recall: A Live Review

You know what was absolutely vital and what the world could not possibly do without? Yes, you guessed it, a gritty reboot™ of Total Recall. Some could unkindly (but possibly quite accurately) suggest that it is an indication that Hollywood is completely bereft of any form of original idea. The Phillip K. Dick cookie jar...
Gomez - Live At The Corner Review

Gomez – Live At The Corner Review

The stage lights beat down mercilessly. The sweat drips like a rapidly defrosting Icelandic glacier. The tension is palpable. All wagers have been placed and the answer for the Final Jeopardy! round is revealed. “Very” is the response. Much scrawling of light pens occurs in the next thirty seconds, until the correct question is announced....
Vaudeville Smash - Best Night Single Launch (Live Review)

Vaudeville Smash – Best Night Single Launch (Live Review)

It was a cold, cold Saturday night in Fixie-ville. Much of Melbourne was in mourning / drowning their sorrows / slicing up and not across after the Hawks failed to beat the Swans in a quite convincing manner. Their expertise in not beating the Swans was unrivalled on this particularly day, as they did their...
Diafrix - Pocket Full of Dreams

Diafrix – Pocket Full of Dreams

Could it be that OzHop is evolving into something that with every recent new release was becoming more and more inconceivable; something that is actually good? The Herd have long been at the forefront of non-generic OzHop and based upon the evidence presented in “Pocket Full of Dreams”, it appears as though Diafrix are going...
The Beautiful Girls - Live Review (Corner Hotel)

The Beautiful Girls – Live Review (Corner Hotel)

It wasn’t exactly the day the music died, but still when one of your favourite bands decides to call it a day, it is a bit sad. And that is exactly what this was as The Beautiful Girls bade farewell for the last time with a series of gigs at The Corner. After 10 years...
Your Gig Radar's Splendour Recap & Review

Your Gig Radar’s Splendour Recap & Review

It was somewhat fitting that The Smashing Pumpkins aka The Billy Corgan Experience were headlining Splendour 2012. Their clip for Bullet with Butterfly Wings summed up their whole weekend quite neatly; awesome music, mob mentality descending as all and sundry were swept up in a sea of animal onesies and finally mud, lots of mud....
Children Collide Live Review (Corner Hotel)

Children Collide Live Review (Corner Hotel)

As I missed almost all of the Dune Rats set, I am going to base this review on the 1 ½ songs that I did catch and random bits and pieces that I have managed to find out from a 5 minute trawl of the interweb and youtube.
The Shins Live Review - Festival Hall, Melbourne (23rd July 2012)

The Shins Live Review – Festival Hall, Melbourne (23rd July 2012)

“How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways. I loathe thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach …I loathe thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life!”              Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Live Gig Review: Florence + The Machine - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Live Gig Review: Florence + The Machine – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

He’s at it again!!! Our roving gig radar Aymeric de Rosbo has been out on the trail of a good concert and has dropped us another fine gig review.  This time it’s for the mighty Florence + The Machine when she dropped in with her band at Rod Laver Arena.
Live Gig Review: The Raveonettes & The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Forum, Melbourne

Live Gig Review: The Raveonettes & The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Forum, Melbourne

Our roving gig radar Aymeric de Rosbo has been out again on the trail of a good concert and dropped us a fine two for one review of The Raveonettes & The Brian Jonestown Massacre gig at The Forum in Melbourne. Don’t mention DiG! though…