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The Cairos Review- The Workers Club, Melb- Fri March 9 2012

WHO: The Cairos (BRIS), Chicks Who Love Guns (SYD), We The People (MEL)

WHERE: The Workers Club, Fitzroy

WHEN: Friday, March 9


We Review 7th Australian Music Prize

The winner of the Australian Music Prize was announce in Sydney today with The Jezabels taking out the $30,000 cash prize courtesy of PPC for their album Prisoner. The four-piece were part of the biggest selection to date for the prize with over 50 albums put forth, in the end winning over the shortlisted Gotye, Boy & Bear, Kimbra, The Middle East, Jack Ladder, Gurrumul, Adalita and Abbe May.


With the awards being criticised of late for the shortlist being “too safe”, and Group Managing Editor of Street Press Australia Andrew Mast stepping down from the judging panel, the event nonetheless took place at The Basement in Sydney’s CBD without a hitch.


Playground Weekender 2.0 Review

La Nina. For centuries fisherman have told tales of the wrath of this weather phenomenon causing floods, cyclones and this year the cancellation of one of Australia’s most loved festivals, Playground Weekender.


Venue Review Numero Due- Two of Hearts, Melb

When you travel, your best source of know-how on where to drink, eat, dance and sleep is a local, or someone who has been there before. AAA Backstage contributor Yolande has just ditched Brisbane in favour of Melbourne and is working her way through the city's best and worst musical venues based only on what is recommended to her.



Mayer Hawthorne Review- Hi Fi, Bris- Thursday March 1

WHO Mayer Hawthorne

WHERE Hi Fi, Brisbane

WHEN Thursday March 1, 2012

It’s a slow warm up under the lights of the cozy stage at the Hi-Fi Brisbane, in fine fashion Sydney-sider Fantine and guitarist Tim McGrath step on stage and head straight into the first song. With the public still trickling through the doors, like many opening acts, Fantine and McGrath are met by a number of punters with the "that's-not-who-we-came-to-see attitude", talking over the performance. This soon changes when Fantine’s superbly controlled, powerful and buttery sound sweeps over the audience, instantly gaining their full and undivided attention.


Matt Corby Review- Alhambra Lounge, Bris- Friday March 2

WHO Matt Corby

WHERE Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane

WHEN Friday March 2, 2012

The last time I saw Matt Corby perform was at Brisbane’s The Troubadour in 2010. Then, he was an emerging singer/songwriter on the folk music scene who had frustratingly gone unnoticed. How things have changed. Since then Matt Corby is neither unknown nor is he underrated, rather he is one of the most recognisable voices in the Australian music, all since the release of the anathematic and inescapable track Brother.


Sisters of Mercy Review- Corner Hotel, Melb- Thursday March 1

WHO: Sisters of Mercy

WHERE: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Do you remember when you found out Santa wasn't real? (Sorry about the spoiler for all those believers out there). Or perhaps when you passed your eleventh birthday and Hogwarts hadn't sent you your letter yet? You will probably remember the sharp "POP!" of the bubble bursting as you came to that realisation and your dreams were shattered. That's what I felt when I went along to see UK post-punk icons Sisters of Mercy in their second, sold-out headline show at The Corner Hotel, in Melbourne, on Thursday night.


Future Music Festival Review - Brisbane March 3rd

The most anticipated party of the summer is here! After a long sunny season of some of the best acts in the world touring our country, what better way than Future Music Festival 2012 to end the summer, full of cold drinks and loud music, where hundreds of thousands of partygoers slap on the sunscreen and head out into the rolling grassy hills and blue skies to enjoy ear-splitting tunes and performances from some of the world’s finest. Of course heavy rain arrived just in time to reduce Doomben Racecourse into a muddy mess, but on a day like today, who cares? Organisers didn’t fail to provide an overwhelmingly odd variety of acts accompanied by its usual house/electronic staples, stating their intent with their most ambitious and diversified group of artists yet. Last years arresting lineup was hard to top, but with acts such as Swedish House Mafia, Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, New Order, The Rapture, Aphex Twin, Die Antwoord and Paul Van Dyk launching their assault on the masses, Future Music 2012 is set to be the climax of a long sweaty summer. Today’s forecast? Hot hot hot with a definite chance of awesome!

Future Music Festival 2012

Photo by Markus Ravik - AAA Backstage


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