Category: Music Reviews

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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: 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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ALBUM REVIEW: San Cisco’s “The Water”

Fremantle band San Cisco exploded into the Australian music scene when their addictively catchy single ‘Awkward’ shot to the seventh spot in the Hottest 100 of 2011. Since then, San Cisco have released two genre bending albums, a delightful self-titled effort in 2012 and the diverse, and funky album from 2015, ‘Gracetown’. With these two uniquely splendid albums under their belts, a new album taking the band’s diversifying sound to the next level has been anticipated for the past two years. Being teased by singles ‘B-Side’, ‘SloMo’ and ‘Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?’, San Cisco‘s third studio album ‘The Water’, has finally arrived and it’s the perfect sequel to ‘Gracetown’, if not an even more terrific successor. Read more …

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Music Review: ‘Coming Home’ by Falling in Reverse.

‘Coming Home’ is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Falling in Reverse. The 13 song album contains music that is soothing, therapeutic and confusing at the same time. Reminiscent of My Chemical Romance, the album is the perfect cure for boredom or dreariness leaving listeners engaged and enthused.

There’s a certain pattern to the music. Ronnie Radke, the bands main singer; writes from a deeply personal place, channelling himself and his experiences through the lyrics of the album. There is, however, a certain relatability in the music, which comes as a relief to the sombre motivations behind each song. “Loser”, “I’m Bad At Life” and “The Departure”, are all stand out tracks on the album. Read more …

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Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

With the power and gusto of so many timeless rap artists, but the existential lyricism of new wave hip hop, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. stomps its way into the charts, and does so for good reason.

The album opens with a skit, BLOOD. in which Lamar quite clearly signposts the ideas he intends to challenge throughout the album. The skit shows that taking the right path often doesn’t lead to the right outcome, ending with a gunshot. Then the haunting harmonics of producer Bēkon which opened the song re-enter questioning “is it wickedness?” setting up for the whole album the biblical struggle between weakness, and wickedness. Read more …

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Music Review: The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack’s collaboration EP ‘Do It For Nothing’

Australian music has always been welcoming and positive when it comes to musical collaboration. Recently bands such as Northlane and In Hearts Wake put out a surprise collaboration EP ‘Equinox’ and one of our most famous bands, Empire of the Sun, is formed as a collaboration between a member of Pnau and a member of The Sleepy Jackson. With such an embracing and accepting industry, there are endless possibilities for potential collaborations, and thankfully enough for us, Melbourne’s very own nine-piece outfit The Cactus Channel had studio time with Ball Park Music’s leading man, and My Own Pet Radio’s mastermind, Sam Cromack to record a six-track EP that is a unique and satisfying musical experience. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Mallrat at the Gasometer 6/04/17

‘She’s like the Australian Lorde,’ the guy beside me explains to his mate. And he wasn’t wrong. Mallrat, much like Lorde, expresses the universal angst and confusion teenagers often undergo. However, unlike Lorde, the Brisbane teen masks this uneasiness with complementing groovy and funky beats that almost celebrate the ever so uncomfortable ‘coming of age’ journey. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ruby Gill @ The Retreat Hotel

Over The Retreat Hotel’s Tuesday night’s curry deal, I had the pleasure of a Ruby Gill gig. Despite the sparse audience and stripped back set this was an enjoyable night of indie music. Ruby Gill is a triumph as a solo artist with her strong vocals and poignant lyrics. The small venue was a surprising bonus as the atmosphere was intimate but casual. Letting Gill’s confidence and sweetness shine through in a way not often seen in live music. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ceres ’91, Your House’ tour at the Howler [10/3/17]

‘This song’s about my dead dad.’ On Friday night, Melbourne band Ceres proved that the ’91 Your House’ Tour was a night that could not be forgotten. The four-piece put out their sophomore album, ‘Drag it Down on You’ in September last year and it’s one that was praised exceptionally well, and for good reason too. The last time I was at a show where there was such a strong emotional connection between both the band and their music was when I was 15 and at My Chemical Romance. What’s so special about seeing a band like Ceres is that strong bond to the music and their ability to make an audience go wild with passion. Supporting Ceres on the night at the Howler was a sweet lineup of local talent including The Football Club, Neighbourhood Youth and Jess Locke who all put on exceptional performances. Read more …

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Gabriella Cohen at NGV’s Summer Sundays 5/2/2017

If you constantly find yourself on a budget and bored on a Sunday afternoon, say no more, the National Gallery of Victoria has your back and have curated an epic summer line up of wonderful Melbourne musicians to keep your musical tastebuds satisfied. These events invite people of all ages, to come and hang out in the NGV’s luscious backyard and see some of Melbourne’s upcoming bands and DJ’s perform under the mesmerising stained glass roof of the gallery, whilst also being able to check out some cool art, entirely for free. To kick off this summer series, the lovely Gabriella Cohen took to the stage to enchant her audience with her playful and energetic set. Read more …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Birds of Tokyo’s “Brace”

Following Birds of Tokyo’s channel ten sports-montage-anthem ‘Lanterns’, to say the band had fully embraced pop-rock success would have been a fair assessment. Rarely does a band make a record like ‘March Fires’ and then emerge two years later with something entirely different. During the ‘Lanterns’ era, many would not have guessed the next Birds of Tokyo album would be hell-bent on channelling anger, disillusionment and general vitriol at the state of the modern world. Read more …