Archive for 'Live Reviews'
Walking into the Oxford Art Factory to hear Ann Peebles’ ‘Somebody’s On Your Case’ played next to Bobby Womack’s ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ gave me the feeling that it was going to be a good night. It was. New York MC Pharoahe Monch held nothing back as he delivered a high-energy set that had the whole venue offering a middle finger salute to the police.
No matter how thrashy they play their guitars or how loud they thump their drums, when some of Pro Vita’s songs feature more “Woo’s” than words, you know this is pure pop. The standout of this Sunshine Coast band is the bass, so light-fingered, it sounds like it’s bouncing from the speakers. Pro Vita play with an infectious fun that overpowers the suspicion that their inane rhyming couplets about girls make Ratcat lyrics sound deep.
I wonder if the church had listened to Callinan’s music before letting the Antichrist play in the House of God. Maybe that’s why his new single was only released that morning.
The xx’s 2013 Australian tour had been the highlight on many a hipster’s social calendar for months. The British trio sold out their first Sydney show within 15 minutes. My Facebook was saturated with poorly taken Instagram snaps of tickets, followed by multiple exclamation marks and snappy comments: “The xx, killing it, yeah”. There was no doubting the hype that surrounded The xx’s Hordern shows.
When reggae is discussed, names like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry are often bandied about without mention of one of the genre’s kings, Jimmy Cliff. A flagbearer for both ska and reggae, Cliff has been musically active for nearly half a century, had a proper dash as an actor, and wrote a song for an ad in this year’s Super Bowl. So, he’s done some things.