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Queen Street Sunday: Avaberée

Good things come in threes; this is no truer than with Avaberée, a ‘harmony infused folk’ trio from Brisbane. Consisting of Irena, Geneieve and Aimee, these lovely ladies have been playing in and around Brisbane for the last few years. Chances are you have already seen them play at some time, maybe without even realising it.


Splendour in the Grass Review - Sunday July 31st

By the start of Day 3, the overall festival exhaustion starts to set in – to the point where we take until early afternoon to recover from last night's shenanigans before trudging up the now-ubiquitous Amphi hill, cursing and coughing up dust on the way.


What did we expect from The Vaccines in a live setting? We expected dead-simple Brit-rock, and to be fair, that's precisely what the London four-piece specialise in – and what we ultimately got. All the singles from the band's wavemaking debut LP – Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Post Break Up Sex, If You Wanna, All In White – are churned out with bravado in front of a semi-engaged audience. Play a smaller stage next year, please!


Ball Park Music @ Jive - July 29, 2011

How I Met Ball Park Music? It was a night very similar to this. Stepping into Jive had immediately conjured up a sense of déjà vu, but the good kind, the kind where you know that good times will eventually follow through. It was back in October of last year that these happy campers opened for their fellow Brisbane compatriots, Hungry Kids of Hungary, at the very same place. At the time, having the first slot meant starting the night with a crowd of early birds who were mistakenly there for the drink specials or front-row hogging. But boy, were they in for a treat. Leaving quite an impression, Ball Park Music were back last Friday night, this time, on their very own headlining tour.


If Brisbane has their Ball Park Music to satisfy their offbeat indie-popping fix, Adelaide’s got our very own 20th Century Graduates. The sextet, equipped with everything from a trombone to a melodica, took to the stage and started the night off with their own brand of shamelessly happy tunes. Playing local favourites, including Little Red Romance and Misery Jane, they proved that there wasn’t a band as suiting to open for the Brisbane collective. Even with their slower number, Lucky You, they still found a way to keep it melancholically upbeat, making sure that this wasn’t a night for the cross-armed devotees. There was also a sense of familiarity between the band and their audiences that occasioned that overall feel-good vibe throughout the set. The band rounded up with Keeping Up With The Joneses, proving that twee pop still got its quirks in the business.



Splendour in the Grass Review - Saturday July 30th

Day 2 of Splendour is off to an early start, with an obligatory breakfast stop at the Rotary Tent near the festival entrance. Already beginning to feel sore in the joints, we briefly see Perth's 2010 answer to Passion Pit, Tim & Jean at the Mix Up and Scottish rabble-rousers Dananananaykroyd who orchestrate a trademark “wall-of-hugs” (one of us manages to avoid getting groped by a sweaty dudebro) – at the Amphi.

Getting inside the GW to have a peek at Triple J faves The Jezabels amounts to mission: impossible – the tent is absolutely packed. Boosted by the non-ceasing adulation, the indie-poppers run through a tight set, finishing on a high with latest single Endless Summer. Pixie-like vocalist Hayley Mary sings like a bird and to many onlookers, delivers the “eye candy”. If the Splendour reception is anything to go by, the Sydneysiders are destined for even bigger things.


The afternoon's other big attraction are Foster The People – aka the combo behind the mega-catchy Pumped Up Kicks and Helena Beat. Easily the standouts of a slick, polished pop set, those two numbers are met with a decibel-pushing singalong by the chock-full Mix Up, yet something about this year's “LA version of Passion Pit” feels a touch... calculated in an almost “revenge-of-the-nerds” way.


Splendour in the Grass Review - Friday July 29th

The second installation of Splendour In The Grass at Woodfordia marks Australia's largest annual music event's 10th anniversary. For these festival troopers, it's the second end-of-July trip out of town in a row – we were lucky to catch the excitement at the Woodford Folk's site the year before. It has been strongly implied that SITG is going to return to its Byron Bay home at the new Belongil fields, so we decide to absorb as much vibe as we can from the unique surroundings.


Already acclimatised to Woodfordia after setting up camp and wandering around the festival the day before, we make the first of Day 1's many south-to-north walks, dodging hordes of colourful (and less so) punters/munters on the way.


Elbow (UK) -Live @ The Palace 27/07/2011 Review

It’s been two years since Manchester lads Elbow were last on our shores, touring off the back of their 2008 Mercury Music Prize winning album, The Seldom Seen Kid. This year has seen the band release their fifth studio album Build a Rocket Boys! in a career spanning 20 years and last night, they played a sold out show at The Palace in Melbourne.


It’s always testament to a fans dedication when you see eager punters lining up round the block before the doors have even opened. This demonstration of adoration is what greeted me as I walked past the Palace on my way to Chinatown for a cheeky feed. I should confess now that Elbow were not a band that I was overly familiar with…. ok I had pretty much no idea who they were until the opportunity to review them came up! However, what I’d heard of their music in the days leading up to the show had me intrigued as to how their lush, dreamy sounds would translate in the live music realm.


emma louise Live @ The Powerhouse

Indie folk princess emma louise played at Brisbane's Powerhouse on Saturday night, Brendon Rosolen was there as your eyes and ears into this intimate gig. Read on to find out what made it so special.


The Grates Live @ The Hi-Fi, July 1st.

Last Friday night we sent Brendon Rosolen out into the night to discover, first hand, what The Grates had learned from their Secret Rituals in NYC. Read on...


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