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Abbe May @ Newtown Social Club, 17th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Abbe May, all-round badass and multi-faceted songwriting warrior, is baaaack, and kicking off her tour in Sydney. Opening gag “Hi, I’m Delta Goodrem” sets the tone for the sharp fangs that are bared throughout, and the soundtrack is as razor-edged as the attitude. There’s gleeful malevolence in the music – “T.R.O.U.B.L.E”, latest single […]

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Mike Noga @ Newtown Social Club, 17th Nov

SHOW NOTES “After the loud of Particles, we get the QUIET of Mike Noga tonight, just him, a guitar, and a smattering of songs from his concept album based on an 18th-century play. Obviously. I used to live in Scotland, and so would frequently see Scott off of Frightened Rabbit do his solo thing acoustically, […]

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Particles @ Newtown Social Club, 17th Nov

SHOW NOTES “When half the band is made up of Skarlett off of Rackett, Particles were always going to set off some sparks of interest round these parts. When they show up for their third ever gig and bring it like a mix of – (praise be!) Hockey Dad and Queens Of The Stone Age, […]

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Moreton @ Brighton Up Bar, 12th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Moreton are on their first headline tour tonight, after causing a rideable swell of excitement with their entrance into the world earlier in the year. The tracks that are out in the wild – including “The Water”, “Johana”, and “Specimen” – all get shaken out tonight, and the reception here feels (presumably) as […]

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Hunch @ Brighton Up Bar, 12th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Hunch are no strangers round here, and are well and truly in the groove now of running a show; tonight, they treat us to the continuing evolution of a band growing ever-bigger teeth. With more Ian Dury-ish spoken word amid the grunge, there’s a ton of balance in the set now, but it’s […]

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Richard Cuthbert @ Brighton Up Bar, 12th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Richard Cuthbert has been around the block, and tonight he’s here with his three-piece band who, as per the Courtney Barnett Act 2015 that governs the naming of three-pieces, are now nicknamed the RC3. Stepping in at the last-minute to cover for Neighbours, we get treated to one of the most charming and […]

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Velociraptor @ Frankie’s, 8th Nov

SHOW NOTES “By the time the latest six-piece incarnation of long-time faves Velociraptor take the stage, the party is off to the races. We can’t know that in less than 24 hours, Donald Trump will become the President-Elect of the US, but there’s a distinct feeling of the last party before the Apocalypse in the […]

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Australia @ Frankie’s, 8th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Australia are one of those bands I’ve been meaning to catch for a while, and happily they’re easily as good as I’d figured. It’s danceable but laced with a sense of doom, guitars that want to be disco but can’t help but feeling a bit miserable about it. Maybe it’s the baritone vocal. […]

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Barefoot Alley @ Frankie’s, 8th Nov

SHOW NOTES “Barefoot Alley are Brisbane-brother-and-sister but there’s very little sunshine here. Whatever shack this two-piece live in, it has a hole in the roof, the landlord’s coming for the rent, and the rats have eaten all the food. This is dirty stuff, bluesy White-Stripes-y eeeeooaargh, thumping and distorted into weird shapes. They sound like […]