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Cold War Kids @ Metro Theatre 29/07/2013

November 19th 2013 09:58
With Splendour In The Grass over for another year, the sideshow tour begins and first cab off the rank was U.S indie darlings Cold War Kids. From all reports, they were amazing at SITG and tonight feeding off the energy from the festival delivered a near faultless set of classic Cold War Kids tunes featuring many fan favourites including 'Hang Me Up To Dry', 'Avalanche B' and 'Something Is Not Right With Me'.†

The band members criss crossed and weaved around each other with genuine enthusiasm for the music with each member seemingly lost in their own world as they danced around the stage. Stage banter was kept to a bare minimum as the band let the power of the songs dominate proceedings and with a back catalogue as impressive as Cold War Kids four albums, why wouldn't you? I was surprised that the new record Miss Lonely Hearts and Mine Is Yours got a limited number of tracks as the band focused on their critically acclaimed early material. However the soft balladeering 'Tuxedo' was warmly received as a good chance for loved up couple to slowly sway along in each others arms. 'Miracle Mile' proves how good these guys are at writing a catchy pop song and 'Royal Blue' was slowed down half a step and giving an added groove compared to the original recording.


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Deez Nuts @ Bald Faced Stag 28.07.2013

November 19th 2013 09:40
The show ended with the venue pulling the plug on the band half way through 'Band Of Brothers' which resulted in the crowd finishing the song off for the band. And in all honestly it was a fitting way to end the night. The band managed to rip through a thirty five minute set before they were told to cut it short and then ninty seconds into the last track the sound was cut. Earlier in the set JJ Peters was asked to politely tell the rabid crowd to refrain from stage diving. In his words "I can't tell you to not stage dive if the power of the music compels you to do it". The power and force of Deez Nuts hardcore punk style is perfect for circle pits, moshing and stage diving. The endless stream of people climbing up on stage to sing along and dive off really wasn't hurting anyone. Especially seeing security was throwing them out towards the end, but no one got hurt. We were all having fun, partying with one of best hardcore bands running around in this country.


Playing mostly jams from this years Bout It record with a few old school favorites because as JJ said "Because no one likes the new shit!" which couldn't be further from the truth. Evident in the final accapella of 'Band Of Brothers', a song about unity and sticking together in trying circumstances, none unlike tonight's show


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FIDLAR @ Oxford Art Factory 31/7/2013

September 23rd 2013 09:58
Splendour sideshow week continued on with Californian punks FIDLAR at the Oxford Art Factory, and judging by the crowd, this was one show that had a lot of buzz and excitement coming into it. Melbourne band Apes started things off with a solid little set. Starting off sounding like they were directly influenced by The Hives, slowly matured to resemble Dallas Crane by sets end. The best way to describe them is very typical Melbourne pub rock. Catchy tunes, big riffs and head bobbing chorus'.

The Dune Rats were here to have a good time and have a party, despite still being hungover from Splendour. The three piece garage rock band led the crowd in sing alongs, encourage drinking and crowd surfing and even busted out a rendition of Violent Femme's 'Blister In The Sun'. The singer looks a hell of a lot like Jay from Jay & Silent Bob and even had similar mannerisms and obviously the same desire to not give a toss and having a good time. Their set was a hell of a lot of fun and got the crowd fired up for FIDLAR.
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Bliss N Eso @ Enmore Theatre 5/7/2013

September 23rd 2013 09:48
On the back of a brand new record Circus In The Sky dropping just days beforehand, Sydney's favourite hip hop crew Bliss N Eso returned to the stage kicking off their tour with two sold out shows at The Enmore. The iconic theatre filled to the brim with a cross section of fans which really highlights the broad appeal that Bliss N Eso have and Aussie hip hop in general.

The guys bounded onto the stage with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. Their energy was electric as they traded rhymes and criss-crossed the stage like caged lions just waiting to the released. DJ Ism controlled the chaos from behinds the decks and the group unleashed brand new tracks such as 'House Of Dreams', 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Act Ur Age' complete with Bluejuice sample of the their same titled track that I think will be a crowd favourite for a long time to come. They kept the crowd jumping along with fan favourites from the Running On Air record 'Addicted', 'Down By The River' and 'Family Affair' plus a few older tracks for the long time fans, 'Woodstock 2008' and 'Happy In My Hoodie'.

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Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

September 23rd 2013 09:39
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories


I'm not one to normally like this style of music and I have never been a Daft Punk fan. But, like everyone else I couldn't help but get caught up in the hype surrounding this album. It's been a few years since an album has generated so much hype before its release. The music media was positively buzzing and bar was set extremely high. Pre release previews were glowing and the album upon release (via a listening party in the small country town of Wee Waa) was well received. So why the hype.
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Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful

September 23rd 2013 09:26
Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful


Letlive's second album for iconic punk label Epitaph is bubbling pot of influences, heavy groove riffs, venom like vocals and dissonant overtones to create a sound that is best described by the albums title....The Blackest Beautiful. Combining the frenetic energy of Enter Shikari, the groove of the Deftones and harmony structure of Linkin Park, letlive have developed a truly unique sound in the post hardcore genre. A genre that is on the brink of repeating on itself, this band and this record is breath of fresh air.

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City & Colour - The Hurry And The Harm


Some musicians can do absolutely no wrong. They have this uncanny ability to hit gold with every new song they write, with every new record. Dallas Green is one of those people. City & Colourís fourth record The Hurry And The Harm is chocked full of great, instantly likable songs. It helps that he has one of the sweetest, angelic voices in music and that is the big appeal to his songs but even when you put these tracks under the microscope, every element is perfectly placed. Whether itís the string arrangements, keyboard lines, the poetry in his lyrics, it all makes for beautiful music.

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Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonelyhearts


I could never understand why Mine Is Yours got such mixed reviews when released in 2011. It was one of my favorite records of that year and for me brought the perfect Cold War Kids sound. Dear Miss Lonelyhearts contains some of the previous records vibe. Especially in the openness and big spaces the music attempts to fill. But it also taps into the indie artistically of their first two records.
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Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True

August 27th 2013 10:45
Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True


Alkaline Trio are one of those bands that allow simplicity in the music and the themes of their tracks to engage the listener. Itís tinged with darkness, filled with melodic progression and has always struck a chord with me. However this album, My Shame Is True, lacks the punch and grab that Iíve come to expect from Alkaline Trio.
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Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob

August 27th 2013 10:41
Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob


With a knack of writing great melodic folk pop songs, the Canadian twins step out of their comfort zone with a straight up pop record with lots of keyboards and synths backing their acoustic chordal strums. The result is a perfect progression in sound and a album that really gets in your head and leaves you putting the record on repeat to listen to over and over again.
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