[LIVE REVIEW] Pale Waves // Metro Lair // 11/07/18

As the houselights dim on the Metro Lair just a spot after 8:30pm, a cheer goes up – and stays up. Normally, the arrival of a headliner will elicit a positive response before settling down and getting ready for the show to begin in earnest. Tonight already fee...

Dreams // Sydney Opera House // 29/05/18

It's the intertwining of two of the most unpredictable stories in the modern history of Australian music. One begins in Newcastle, riding a wave of post-grunge into orchestral arrangements, pop flourishes and deep electronica. The other begins in Perth, tradin...

[LIVE REVIEW] Iron and Wine // Sydney Opera House // 25/05/18

A lot goes into the psyche of Iron & Wine's music. There's the storytelling, the imagery, the poetry, the earnestness – oh God, the earnestness. Sam Beam has been the bearded bloke wielding an acoustic guitar since well before any of the current batch coul...

[PHOTOS + REVIEW] Seether // Metro Theatre // 23/05/18

If the world's a stage, lest we forget the bit players. Long after the curtain falls on their single line or scene, their lives go on in the exact same way as the starring leads. Take Seether, for instance. Yes, it's coming up on 15 years since their big cross...

Confidence Man + Lex Deluxe // Metro Theatre // 18/05/18

The first time that Confidence Man played at the Metro Theatre in Sydney was in late 2016, supporting Chairlift on what was their final-ever tour. Although playing to a curtained-off room populated by literally dozens of people that had no idea what they were ...

[LIVE REVIEW] Belle & Sebastian // Sydney Opera House // 05/05/18

The phrase 'power move' is usually associated with alpha males, big businesses and confident workers. It's not normally one that comes to mind when discussing a band that are literally associated with the term “twee” and its ongoing usage within musical discou...

Biffy Clyro + WAAX // Enmore Theatre // 30/04/18

Since the release of their Wild & Weak EP in 2017, Brisbane quintet WAAX have been bustling about the tour circuit in a big way. You may have seen them taking on festivals, opening for the likes of Dune Rats and Fall Out Boy and packing out their own headl...

José González // Sydney Opera House // 31/03/18

After a few years of going to shows in loud bars, it's easy to forget the direct connection with music and performance. There's always variables and circumstantial elements that play into your attention not being 100% on the music itself – the company you're i...