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Rackett @ Frankie’s, 31st Jul

SHOW NOTES “It’s my second time seeing Rackett inside of a fortnight, and I think I’d be happy to go every week. The room fills up as the curtains come back on Frankie’s stage, and there’s clearly a buzz going on, not only of the beery kind. Seems like everyone here has been hearing about […]

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The Ivory Elephant @ Frankie’s, 31st Jul

SHOW NOTES “The Ivory Elephant have driven up from Melbourne, the plucky buggers, just to basically show off two things. First, that their singer-guitarist has the BEST SCRATCHPLATE OF ALL TIME and secondly that they know how to play some kickass blues with shades of psyche. Final track is called “Hoo Ha” which is both […]

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Pro Vita @ Frankie’s, 31st Jul

SHOW NOTES “Pro Vita are a band I’ve been waiting to see for a LONG time. It’s a Sunday night here at Frankie’s and they’re suffering from hangovers but damn if they don’t live up to every expectation their records promise. This is joy bottled and amplified, even if most of the songs are about […]

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Bloods @ The Marly Bar, 28th Jul

SHOW NOTES “I’ve been shooting Bloods since their first ever headline show, so it’s like coming home when you see them, especially in their natural Newtown habitat. They are launching the Up At The Marly night tonight, and we get a wicked-ripping mix of old thumpers, newer favourites, and brand-new stuff too. We also get […]

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Matrick Jones @ The Marly Bar, 28th Jul

SHOW NOTES “Matrick Jones – and I swear, I can’t think of a better description of them than this – are like the Flaming Lips being drowned in a bucket of jazz. Make no mistake, the music is virtuoso, intricate, twiddly and crazed – but it’s also smooth as silk, tuneful as hell, and cuddly […]

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The Escapes @ Vic On The Park, 22nd Jul

SHOW NOTES “The Escapes are having a lot of fun. Amid some amusing face-pulling, and some daft onstage banter, it’s a fun set of cheerily spiky guitar pop delivered by a bunch of blokes old enough to know better, but who clearly couldn’t care less. It’s entertaining as hell, and funny to boot. Just what […]

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Rackett @ Vic On The Park, 22nd Jul

SHOW NOTES “It’s my first time seeing Rackett, and while they’ve only been around for six months or so in this form, they come with a pedigree, featuring members of Bec & Ben, Fait Accompli, Salvador Dali Llama and Mylee & The Milkshakes. From the off, it’s clear they’ve got their scalpels out for this […]