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We Review Hyro Da Hero Feb 27 Sydney's Candy's Apartment

Traipsing through Sydney’s Kings Cross on a Monday night isn’t something we’d usually recommend to anyone, but with Texas-bred MC Hyro Da Hero playing a show off the back of his appearance at Soundwave, a late night trip down the Golden Mile was required. Already garnering critical acclaim for his Ross Robinson produced debut album Birth, School, Work, Death, newcomer Hyro Da Hero’s live shows have piqued interest in ever widening circles.


First up were B-Don and Mitzi who shrugged off the miniscule turnout with an enthusiasm to entertain that came through their whole performance. Proving to be a talented producer B-Don even whipped out a harmonica, an instrument sadly undervalued in the hip-hop scene. With DJ Mesmerize showing his talent on the decks Mitzi flowed over the music with some fast-paced rhymes and you got the feeling that with a few more years under their belt these boys have the raw talent to be the next big thing.


Last Dinosaurs LP Launch- The Toff, Melb- 28 Feb 2012


WHO: Last Dinosaurs (Bris), Them Swoops (Melb)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WHERE: The Toff, Melbourne CBD


Switchfoot Review- The Tivoli, Bris- 24 Feb 2012

It’s the night of Soundwave's eve, rain is bucketing down, and just across from the RNA Showgrounds punters eagerly await respite from the dank outdoors in the hallowed Tivoli Theatre. In dribs and drabs the crowd filters in, brushing the miserable weather from their clothes and unsurprisingly bee-line it straight for the punter barrier, a testament to the magnetic draw of pop rock outfit Switchfoot.



Neon Indian Review- Prince Bandroom, Melb- 24 Feb

Watching Snakadaktal open for widely praised US band Neon Indian at St Kilda's Prince Bandroom last Friday was a humbling experience.


While they didn't have the stage banter down pat or know how to perform and entertain a paying crowd in a professional environment other than a high school rock concert, they sounded excellent, and isn't that the point? At their age, Lord knows what I was doing.


Soundwave Review - Brisbane RNA Showgrounds

Whoever booked the bands for Soundwave Festival 2012 has got a serious hard-on for late 90’s hard rock nostalgia. Slipknot, System Of A Down and Marilyn Manson? Totally on my year 10 playlist. Limp Bizkit? Getthefuckouttahere. Headliners like this are sure to bring all of us outcasts who suffered in high-school back to the music we love, now much older, wiser and hopefully rid of any teenage angst. Even early in the day they came in their thousands, a sea of eager people clad in band shirts, tattoos, denim and darkness, ready for a full day of punk, hardcore, metal and all its subcultures (‘nu-metal’ I’m sure we all agree we can do without).


To accommodate this year’s colossal line-up, organisers have once again allowed the festival to spill across both sides of Gregory Terrace, so if Brisbane’s typically humid weather doesn’t make me sweat, the mad dash between the numerous stages certainly would. After last years diminutive attempt to make my way through the crowds, I concluded that I was going to have to do battle all day long to see the bands spread across the RNA Showgrounds. The body was willing and so was the mind, therefore I adopted a more aggressive approach, hip and shouldering anyone that stood in my way like a little blonde-haired demon possessed.


Venue Review Numero Uno- Cherry Bar, 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.


San Cisco/Jungle Giants Review, Feb 17 Alhambra Brisbane

Hipsters and cool kids alike, lend me your ears! San Cisco and Jungle Giants are on the road together for their first ever national junket, the “Politely Awkward Tour”. Both of these young treasures were unearthed by Triple J and have been gracing our radios with music fit for summer, packed with light and sparkly teen spirit. The tour has boasted sold out shows for the emerging acts and the indie-pop double bill showcased their low-fi garage tunes at Alhambra in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.


Bright young things San Cisco drew an impressive crowd, filling out the area around the small stage. Frontman Jordie James rocks some scruffy facial hair, but don’t let it fool you, the kid’s fresh outta of high school. Their age shouldn’t be a factor and considering their knack for penning lo-fi pop ditties - it generally isn’t, it’s just difficult to shake, particularly watching the diminutive Scarlett Stevens smash her drum kit like a woman possessed. The twin appeal of James and Stevens is the band’s secret weapon, trading their scrappy but endearing lines over their latest single ‘Awkward’, which came an impressive 7th on Triple J’s Hottest 100.


Incubus Review- February 10- Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre

WHO: Incubus (US), Papa vs Pretty (SYD)

WHERE: The Exhibition and Convention Centre, South Brisbane

WHEN: Friday, February 10th, 2012



As the working week rolled to an end and the general population were making their way home or to their favourite Friday afternoon drinking holes, an eager crowd began to gather at South Brisbane's Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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