Category: Music

Jungle

GIG REVIEW: The Jungle Giants @ The Croxton Bandroom

Touring for their 3rd studio album, Quiet Ferocity, The Jungle Giants brought power and energy to the stage all night long. The Croxton Bandroom was pumping on Sunday night, filled with fans and friends alike of the acclaimed indie-rock quartet. Before the acts began at 8:30, everyone was already getting down to even the background music played through the room, as we awaited the start of the real party. The band’s new record promised a synth-based dance party for the night ahead – and true to form, they did not disappoint. Read more …

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Gig Review: The xx at Splendour in the Grass

“I knew it’d be good, but I didn’t think it’d be this good,” said the lady standing next to me, a grey fox some may call her. Her hubby, also donning salt and pepper hair, was dancing around trying to figure out how to record on his iPhone 4.

Since their first album ‘xx’, the British trio have released another two, and are now touring their latest release ‘I See You’, which came out at the beginning of the year. I made a significant claim that their first album ‘xx’ was one of the most cohesive contemporary albums. And, that’s what this British band master – consistency. After releasing their third album ‘I See You’, Romy, Oliver and Jamie xx travelled to Australia to play their one and only show at North Byron Parklands’ Splendour in the Grass. By the end of their set I remembered why I had made such a claim and why I am still keeping my word, but I had a stark realisation. Read more …

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MUSIC REVIEW: The Best of New Releases (August 2017)

August is an inherently odd month. In London (the city where I am currently reliving Orwell’s Down and Out), August is the tinder date with clearly photo shopped images, masquerading as a “Summer Month” – but whose distorted hips and rainy afternoons are not fooling anyone. In Melbourne, August takes the role of a thirteen-year-old attempting to convince you he is emerging puberty early into the golden months of sun – though is similarly foiled by the immaturity and attitude of its own climate.

August is an identity crisis. August is you up at 3am planning a personality overhaul you’ll never commit to. August is hope for change – whether that hope be naïve, sincere or a mixture of the two. Something that unites the selected tracks in today’s playlist is that they each embody a different element of August’s indecisiveness, anxiety and courage.  Read more …

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ALBUM REVIEW: 明 (Akira) by Black Cab

Lost in a Blade Runner-esque soundscape that Vangelis would be proud of, I’m sitting here with my eyes closed, headphones on. Lost in a cyber-punk world of Tokyo noir and dystopian motifs. The album begins with a panic-stricken urgency of synths and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by Toshi Sakamoto. Black Cab’s latest offering, Akira (明) is a tour de force of theme and style. It is a concept album in the tradition of the great experimental/electronica/progressive rock artists of the past like Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield and the aforementioned Vangelis. Read more …

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CABARET REVIEW: From Bourbon St to Broadway @ The Butterfly Club

From Wicked to Mary Poppins, she’s been behind some of the most iconic and vocally demanding roles in Melbourne’s amateur theatre scene; but this week Britni Leslie is offering audiences a new character that is just as entertaining and spirited as those she’s played before: Herself.

Leslie’s latest outing, From Bourbon St to Broadway, tells the “very true tale” of Leslie’s personal journey from her front porch in Alabama to Australia, with a substantial pit-stop in New York City. Sourcing from her own experiences the cabaret is guided by the motifs of following your dreams, falling in love and rising above with every part-time job, internet dating profile and Disney movie encountered along the way. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Lewis Watson @ The Evelyn Hotel 17/6/17

Saturday 17th of June marked Lewis Watson’s first Melbourne gig held at the Evelyn Hotel as part of the Australian and New Zealand leg of his tour of his latest album Midnight. It was a superb night of live music from Watson which highlighted his skill as a performer and proved that simplicity and honesty can captivate an audience just as well as drama and glitz. The mix of stripped back versions and energetic numbers, which were drawn from new and old releases, and a few little surprises in their execution made it a very enjoyable evening of soft indie pop music. Credit must also go to the two support acts, Mike Waters and Winterbourne for sharing their songs and energising the crowd. Both are worthy of a recommendation, Mike Waters for his simple but sweet tunes and heartfelt banter, and Winterbourne for their cheeky attitude, upbeat clap-along tunes and electric cello. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: All Eyez On Me (2017)

An abundance of dramatic biographies, such as Jimi: All Is by My Side and Get Rich or Die Trying, tell the ever-enticing narrative of how an icon, despite all odds, rose to stardom changing their lives’ and the lives of those around them. No biographical film could truly capture the enigma that was Tupac Amaru Shakur, nor has it been attempted. We know the story of how Tupac died, yet we are still eager to learn how the actor, rapper, poet and activist lived. Finally, 20 years after his death, director, Benny Boom, and Morgan Creek Productions undertook this challenge of creating All Eyez On Me. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Northeast Party House @ The Croxton

The up-tempo and ever-energised music of Northeast Party House shook Melbourne to bring in the Winter. Indie-rock loving people of all ages filled The Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury on Saturday the 3rd of June, flocking to hear the Melbourne based boys play, and Northeast Party House did not disappoint.

The Croxton Bandroom is a beautiful venue, with a very reasonably priced bar and a great space, hence so perfect for a sold-out show full of predominantly broke university students like myself. The venue was so great that after selling out one, the band booked a second gig at The Croxton for this Sunday, which proved to sell out almost just as quickly. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Julia Jacklin @ The Corner 24/5/17

“This is like a dream,” said the girl’s trembling voice next to me. Another girl in front of me cried while her tinder date (I presume) kept an awkward distance, unaware of how to comfort her. A few rows ahead, a man bowed his head with his eyes shut, simply taking it all in. There were certainly varying groups of people at Julia Jacklin‘s show and it’s because Jacklin can touch upon anyone’s vulnerability. Read more …

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Gig Review: The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack @ The Howler featuring Frida and New Venusians

The Cactus Channel‘s most recent release, a collaborative EP with Ball Park Music frontman, and My Own Pet Radio mastermind Sam Cromack dropped last month, and to celebrate, the band and Sam are travelling to three of our major cities to perform the EP’s six soulful tracks, sprinkled in with some other extra surprises. For the first stop on the tour, the band performed on their home turf at Brunswick’s Howler. Supported by two spectacularly soulful bands, Frida and New Venusians, it seemed that the night was going to be an expressive, and funky expedition for all in attendance. Read more …