Category Archives: Live Performance

WE ARE… Inspired

Men. Muscles. Endurance. Flexibility. Grace. Power.

I give you, the Men of The Australian Ballet.

You’re welcome.

Jess

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WE ARE… Haunted

I feel most people have experienced a situation, where you hear something so mesmerising that you get so caught up in listening that you forget to actually hear what it is?? Confusing no?

So for the last six or so months, I was hearing this tantalisingly haunted melody played on a guitar with beautifully aching vocals on my favourite radio station on a few of their late-night programs (Hey FBI!). I was always so caught up in the emotion and the feels that the music evoked in me that I would, without fail, forget to actually listen out for the presenter to announce the artist. Then about two months ago I was doing my usual late-night internet prowling and live-streaming the radio and lo and behold! They played the track – I attempted to Shazam – no luck. I went to the program listing and clicked on the show’s playlist. Not updated yet. I waited for an update on the track listings. Nothing. The next day after work, I checked again. Hello updated playlist! Cue the Google-machine.

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And so, may I present to you the new love of my life – Joe McKee. Formerly of the band Snowman, who called it quits after the release of their 2011 album Absence, McKee himself quit writing. Thankfully that only lasted a year because Burning Boy is my current musical crack. Compared to Snowman who created epic tracks that blew you off your chair thanks to the onslaught of sound and the pure musical genius, McKee’s solo work is more pared back, yet still so layered and textured with hints of Snowman’s more atmospheric sounds mixed in.

Do yourself, and your feels, a serious favour and follow the link to his Soundcloud – fall in love, then purchase the whole album. Until then, watch this amazing clip of McKee performing Lunar Sea live.

 

Jess

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We Are… Besotted By Cinderblocks

You know, I can’t say I’ve ever been truly infatuated by another human being. What I can say is that alt-J deliver musically enamored chaos with such dapper, that I have this sudden urge to join an online dating site and find my “soul mate”.

alt-J’s Breezeblocks genuinely brings the fear back into romance. Of falling so deep that pure emotion takes control. The idea that if I cannot have you, no one will.

If you’re in the mood to “feel” something, that even the butterflies in your stomach need to pop a cheeky Xanex, make sure you suss out these Meistersingers. September sees the start of a 9-month tour through the US and Europe, with a 2-show stopover in Oz this October – Such considerate boys, aren’t they!

Tickets go on sale 9am today, Thursday 13th September, through Moshtix.

Our tip to you: if there’s a stage-5 clinger in the room, it might be a smart idea to overt their eyes from the clip below. Wouldn’t want to give them any ideas…

Amazingly intense.

Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole

I love you so, I love you, so I love you so

Please don’t go I’ll eat you whole

I love you so, I love you so, I love you so, I love you so

Ness

We Are… Proper Chillaxed

There are many reasons to love living in Sydney. One of the most recent additions to my list is how impressed I am with the current local music scene. I feel that one measly pair of ear holes just doesn’t cut it if you really want to make the most of what’s on offer these days, and the amazing thing is that so many gigs are free! Yay! Bless their cotton socks because I am poor… damn the man.

So my first gig of the week – thank EFF the good people at Beach Road Hotel in Bondi have wrangled lo-fi indie cats Twerps to perform tonight because I’m sure I wasn’t the only fan that was left sans ticket when their show sold out at Goodgod last month. Having toured with the likes of Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, and The Black Lips, Melbourne’s pop darlings got themselves noticed at SXSW earlier this year, had an 8-week US stint supporting crooners Real Estate, and are returning States-side in October for more. Greedy mothers.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then it’s time to sort your poop out and pay attention – or you’re gonna be missing the essential part of any summer road trip… the perfect soundtrack!

Do your Kombi proud and treat yourself to their latest musical trinket, He’s In Stock, which can be found on their upcoming 7″ titled Work It Out available September 18th.

Ness