The beard may be gone, but rest assured – Chet Faker is still the king of Australian soul music. On Friday, thousands of fans flocked into the infamous Opera House forecourt for the first show in the new summer series that will welcome both Tame Impala and Florence and the Machine to the prestigious venue. But tonight, we would all hide under our ponchos as Sydney fell into darkness, enraptured by Chet Faker, Nick Murphy’s alter ego.
Live Review: Sufjan Stevens – The State Theatre, Sydney (23.02.16)
For most people here, this isn’t the first time they’ve seen the enigma that is Sufjan Stevens; some – like myself – experienced his soul-crushing live show last year at the Sydney Opera House, others are seasoned veterans, having joined the Sufjan train many moons ago upon his release of highly acclaimed album Seven Swans. Regardless of how long we had been apart of this fan club, most can attest that there is something uniquely ethereal about Sufjan Stevens.
LIVE REVIEW: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY (01.08.15)
You would be inclined to think that seeing your favourite band live would automatically equate to an amazing experience. Sadly, the last time I saw Death Cab For Cutie at The Enmore Theatre two years ago, I was underwhelmed to say the least; perhaps it was the heartbreak from Gibbard’s recent divorce, perhaps he just didn’t give a damn. While the songs were delivered note-perfect, the unavoidable truth came in the form of the realisation that there’s more to a gig than just the pitch of a performance – there also needs to be soul and charisma.
LIVE REVIEW: REGURGITATOR + POLISH CLUB + GODSWOUNDS – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY (29.08.15)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been an entire ten years since Aussie legends Regurgitator last set foot in University of Sydney’s Manning Bar, and quite frankly, it’s a combination that I need to see more of. The room was filled with thirty-something’s, re-enacting the last time they saw the band when they, presumably, were still in university.
LIVE REVIEW AND PHOTOS: VOLUMES MUSIC FESTIVAL (PART TWO) – OXFORD SQUARE, OXFORD STREET, SYDNEY (29.08.15)
Usually Oxford Street at 4 o’clock in the arvo boasts nothing more than a few old guys having a VB at the local pub, and maybe a couple of loud and obnoxious girls with penis paraphernalia going out for a hens night. You can imagine how shocked they’d have been this past Saturday when Oxford Square was flooded with hundreds of music enthusiasts, transforming the street into the new music festival to keep an eye on, VOLUMES.
Live Review: MUM Feat. Bumpercar Fighterpilots + Battlehounds – The World Bar, Sydney (10.04.15)
When discussing the Sydney night club scene, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who was unfamiliar with The World Bar. Most of us have gone through our “freshly 18, club-rat” phase, and can fondly recall donning a poorly chosen outfit and uttering the catchcry “LET’S GET SOME TEAPOTS!” Sadly, as we grow older, more mature, or maybe a little less fun, we feel like we have outgrown that favoured haunt, and settle for more age appropriate (but infinitely less fun) venues. I come bearing good news for all those who thought their World Bar days were behind them: World Bar is still there, in all its teapotted glory. The difference is in the event, not the venue. I present, with great aplomb,MUM at World Bar!