“We do make music for girls,” Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard admitted to the Guardian in 2008. “We love girls! Why wouldn’t we want to make music for them?” However finely attuned Mr Pritchard actually is to the desires of women, a fair number of girls seem to love the Kooks. The crowd at the Palais on Wednesday night was overwhelmingly young and female. There was even a different timbre and pitch to the cheers than I’m accustomed to hearing — lighter and more piercing — and the decibels kept rising. It was probably the only concert I’ve been to where the shrieks of fans did more damage to my eardrums than the music. And Pritchard knew how to work it, reaching out towards the audience as he sang “I’m just trying to love you, girl”, causing a palpable flutter of excitement in the room.
Cowboy shirts and handlebar moustaches were plentiful amongst the audience that turned up to the sold out Corner Hotel on a cold and wet Saturday evening. Jon Spencer and his merry men (Judah Bauer on guitar and Russel Simins on drums) have a reputation as a live act that demand a lot of energy from their crowds, and this collection of mainly 30+ year-old blokes were more than happy to oblige.
Words by Lucy Watkin Photos by Cassie Dennis Over its 20-year history, The Falls Music & Arts Festival has proven why it is considered to be one of the premier events on the Australian festival calendar. And this time around was no exception, Falls once again wow-ing those who made the journey from all around [...]
All the goings on at Meredtih 2012.
It was one of those Friday nights where standing in a densely packed area seemed appealing. Yes, Melbourne sure can turn on a cold evening if it get’s its act together. And on this very night, the largely well-attired crowd huddled in a small band room above the Grace Darling’s front bar and dining area [...]
When you look at the lineup for the next big festival, are you one of those people that looks at the first three names and decides based on that?
So without further ado, let us outline our predictions for this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival and why it is easily comparable to Coachella.
You can consider April 2012 as a mighty step forward for Perth fun and sunlovers Pond.
A hairy road-trip through the woods of the US of A. On a relaxed Tuesday night a dedicated audience filled out the Prince band room to experience the dilectable country folk of Portland’s Blitzen Trapper.
I have to admit, I was flecked with mild sceptism ahead of this performance, having glimpsed the live Canyons experience when they supported French electronic maestros Justice earlier this year. In the context of Festival Hall, the Sydney group was unable to realise their potential and fully capture the vigour and depth of their studio recordings.
‘We heard tuesday nights are big in melbourne’ Last Dinosaurs frontman Dave McGann told the crowd early on in their set. Tuesday nights are usually just another night to endure before the weekend arrives, but on this particular Tuesday, it certainly was big. Last Dinosaurs had everyone at the Toff bopping their heads along with their good hooks and catchy melodies. No one in sight was standing still, I even caught the bar man swaying his hips to the beat of Time & Place.
The blues genre can ellicit such polarised responses from today’s ardent music fan. Some are taken by it’s lonesome, hypnotic and earthy charm, while some point to it’s predictability as a defining feature of why they will never enjoy it. And then of course there are those who fall somewhere in between.