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Sloan Peterson @ The Oxford Circus, 6th Oct

“While singer Joe’s previous band Black Zeros were always more raw than cooked, this new version – Sloan Peterson – is chock full of lovely moments. Clever, well-read references abound. It’s *incredibly* reserved, it holds back, which is a rare talent these days. Jesse gets to shred properly just once in the whole set, a […]

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Hair Die @ The Oxford Circus, 6th Oct

“Hair Die are new to me, but at the end of their residency here in the barkingly ornate shabbiness of The Oxford Circus, I get the sense I’ll be seeing more of them. Singer Alys has clearly been putting in work in front of mirrors and/or cameras (I suspect the latter), pulling off some note-perfect […]

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Left @ Oxford Art Factory, 30th Sep

“Left. are an electronic duo with live drums and vocals, with computers doing the heavy musical lifting, and are yet another of those bands that shame me into admitting I know virtually nothing about what they do. It’s really good fun and it’s an enjoyable setup, with some meaty drums complementing soft and bouncy electronica, […]

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Sans Parents @ Oxford Art Factory, 30th Sep

“Sans Parents prove that it’s not the size of the band in the tune, it’s the size of the tune in the band, and holy hell, it’s big tunes all the way tonight. They’re split between Sydney & Brisbane so don’t get to play all that often, which is a pity since their growing collection […]

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Ivy @ Oxford Art Factory, 30th Sep

“Ivy are playing their first Sydney show tonight at Rare Finds, and bring some really filthy tones with them from the Central Coast. This is pure, dirty, stomp full of fuzz and thump, and it’s just what you need to open up a Friday night.” Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Alex Lahey @ Moonshine, 23rd Sep

“Alex Lahey got a bit miffed earlier about lazy comparisons to a certain Melbourne artist, thus rendering it impossible for anyone not to wonder whether it’s true or not, and ensures that her name will get mentioned in the same sentence as Courtney Barnett for the rest of time. For the record though, it is […]

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Betty & Oswald @ Moonshine, 23rd Sep

“Betty & Oswald make a strange noise. It’s basically not the least bit obvious. There’s undeniable groove, there’s some weirdo inventiveness, they’re patently tinged with lunacy and should probably not be allowed out unaccompanied, and there’s no obvious tune anywhere in sight. And yet – the whole thing is strangely and inexplicably attractive, luring you […]

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Royal Chant @ The Townie, 16th Sep

“Royal Chant kick off and by the second song – a double-speed rendition of “I Can’t Make It On My Own” – all memories of acoustic peace are blasted out the back windows. James from Wasters eventually gets to play with electricity tonight, joining Royal Chant for a version of “High Low”, as roaring and […]

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Wasters @ The Townie, 16th Sep

“Wasters’ drummer, apparently, has a never-ending nosebleed, so instead of the full band we get singer James and an acoustic guitar. It’s a bummer to miss their modern-grunge pop, but an unexpected pleasure to see the distorted machine stripped back. James’ voice is exposed in this setup but stands tall nonetheless, seeming a bit more powerful […]