Live Review: Laneway Brisbane 2014, Lorde, HAIM, CHVRCHES + more
Words: Sophie Blackhall-Cain Photos: Reuben Beer For the first time in recent memory, Laneway’s line up this year failed to grab me. Megastars Lorde and HAIM made the relatively low ticket price seem worth it, but I was dubious as to whether each of the acts could pull off strong performances. So it was with […]
Males making a career of being blue: masculinity and moroseness in alternative music
Why is that male-fronted bands are more easily notorious for emotionality than any similarly visceral girl-fronted bands?
Joanna Newsom + Neal Morgan @ The Tivoli, 04.03.11
Joanna Newsom is an artist who is a hair’s breadth away from my heart. Milk-Eyed Mender is a startling discovery to make when you’re 15
The Books + High Places @ The Zoo, 19.2.11
The band members simply smiled wryly at the visual aid behind them and let it do the majority of the crowd interaction.
Owen Pallett + Jessica Says live @ Old Museum, 25.01.11
It’s always a gamble to see a loop performer play live
Spotlight – 49: Nosferatu D2
I’m in the clutches of a torrid lyrical love affair.
A biased review of Frankly! It’s A Pop Festival 2010: Guy Blackman + Surf City + High Places + Xiu Xiu, 04.09.10
I spent the majority of Saturday at work in New Farm, painfully waiting my clock-off time. Arriving short of breath at the Powerhouse, I was greeted with a string of bad news: that Fabulous Diamonds had already played (“So loud! So good! They’re going to be huge! You missed out”) and that during their Sydney […]
Big Strong Brute + Carry Nation + Scott Spark live @ The Troubadour, 19.08.10
Emaciated, agitated and wearing a Vegemite woolen sweater, Scott Spark was daintily poised at his keyboard belting out his lovelorn pop as I walked into The Troubadour. Over the inattentive crowd’s chatter, it seemed to be typical bedroom pop: a kitschy drum machine and a backing band that unobtrusively augmented the the dainty songs. I […]