When walking down to the RNA showgrounds amongst the masses, I couldn’t help but get the sense that seeing Blink 182 was a rite of passage or a ticking off the bucket list moment for all concerned. After all, their music was the ultimate soundtrack to teenage life and consequently every teen movie. Blink 182 were undoubtedly the band blaring when most teens first tried alcohol, had their first vomit from said alcohol, experimented with drugs and lost their virginity. Most significantly, they were the band that made everyone want to learn guitar - the ‘Dammit’ guitar riff was heard from every teenager’s bedroom in the late nineties.
It’s been over seven years since Norah Jones has been Down Under, but on Tuesday, I caught her at her Brisbane sell-out concert for the “Little Broken Hearts” national tour. While I knew Jones was considered an unprecedented jazz and blues musician, I wasn’t all that educated on her repertoire since Come Away With Me. So, rather than pigeonholing her, I went with an open mind.
If you were like me and hadn’t heard of Feelings or their new lead single Intercourse before, I would advise that you be wary and prepared before researching this band. As I learned, the words, “feelings” and “intercourse” produce some interesting, confronting and somewhat hilarious results when typed into Google. (Net nanny and safe search - on are advised for minors.)
The day after I saw Yeasayer perform at Melbourne's Hi-Fi bar, I was singing their praises to anyone who would listen, and then even to those who wouldn't.
Sydney DJ/producer Flume was recently quoted as saying “I feel like the sound palate with a rock band is just so done, it's so boring to me. It never sounds fresh, I just hardly give it a chance, because guitars and acoustic drums can only go so far.” How timely it is then, to hear a new single that loudly and proudly extends a righteous middle finger in the general direction of the ridiculous notion that rock music is 'done'.
Sydney's Metro Theatre last hosted indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs one decade ago. In 2013, history repeated itself with their presence on stage again, minus one memorable mishap. This time, lead singer Karen O didn't lose her legs over the lip of the stage, injuring her head and back in the process.
Once upon a time in a tiny garage, a close group of friends were having a small party when a stranger with golden hair stood before them. She told of how she had come from a far away land to follow her dreams and find good fortune. The mysterious pixie creature filled the cement den with her sweet sounds. Who was she? Where had she come from? Where did she go? And like all fairy tales, would there be a happy ending?
Photo by Markus Ravik - AAA Backstage
There is that tempting hot summer atmosphere, but I don’t trust my eyes. I scowl at the clear skies because I know better than to lay faith in Queensland weather, especially after a streak of 11 festivals straight where I’ve been rained on, suffering and soaking wet as on the ONE day it rains all summer is the day I go to a festival. My mood cautiously turns as it’s clear that the unforgiving sun will last, and the Big Day Out 2013 organisers have saturated the 2013 lineup with acts that will savour the most discerning of musical tastes, from experimental hiphop Death Grips to punk rock controversy Against Me!, the sweet tones of Alabama Shakes and talented Australian representation in The Medics, Toucan, 360 and Dead Letter Circus, alongside some of the most established big-names in the industry. So I smile, lather myself in sunscreen and wear holes in my converses from running stage to stage of the seminal music festival of the summer.