|Few bands can match the level of fan devotion heaped upon My Chemical Romance; and rightly so, as they have truly earned their status as one of the most exciting bands of this generation. The fact that the devotion is returned in equal measure by the band makes it even more of a phenomenon.|
by: Rob [StickySteps.com]
|It all started with my girlfriend who overheard the complaint of one friend to another – A restaurant in Surry Hills, near impossible to get into. We were curious.
It is described as neighbourhood dining. A dinner shared amongst friends and strangers lucky enough to get a reservation (which is only available by SMS). The concept is unlike anything else we had encountered in Sydney and instantly conjured imagery of some kind of underground, urban “food club”.http://www.tablefor20.blogspot.com/. The blog reads: “So here’s the deal – We do a 3 course set menu every night, you can BYO or drink mine. The cost is $60 Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat.”
You won’t find this restaurant in your Good Food Guide. In fact you will find very few references to it anywhere outside of its own blog.
After months of trying, we were fortunate enough to be given the seats of a last minute cancellation on Friday night. We arrived at about 7pm to allow us some time to have a drink at their bar Sticky and to suss out the wine options. The low-key entrance was via a quiet back alley in Surry Hills – in what felt like the loading entrance to a cool room. A piece of paper was stuck on the door “SMS the following password and wait patiently for entry. Password = Turtle”….
Continue reading Table for 20: A remarkable concept and source of inspiration
|Blitzen Trapper is a group of native Northwesterners, most of whom grew up in Salem, Oregon. They have lived and played together in Portland since 2000. Critics and fans have compared their music to just about everything; there have been calls to coin a new genre. Blitzen Trapper‘s Pavement-meets-Southern rock sound, grabs influences from The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Big Star and Frank Zappa while playing in a scene that spawned The Shins, Fleet Foxes and Elliott Smith.|
Kreator @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney 24 September 2009
Only having one support act seems a trifle insufficient for a band of Kreator’s standing – insulting even – but that’s what confronts us Thursday night at the Metro Theatre. Still, it looks to be a promising evening. I have never, in fact, seen such a huge line to get into the Metro before, and that’s always a good sign as it suggests that the opening band is worth giving a shit about. That honour goes to Sydney’s Mortal Sin, a band that have been kicking around for nearly as long as Kreator. They do themselves proud. Though, unfortunately, by the time we get past the line and into the venue we’ve missed half their set – and of the half we do see most of it is taken up by that marvel of the rock n’ roll genre, the thrash metal ballad.
Continue reading Live Review: Kreator + Mortal Sin @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney 24 September 2009
|The line-up for Parklife 2009 has been revealed! Plenty of great locals and international acts have been announced.
Here’s the list in alphabetical order:
These will be the first ever live show for Empire Of The Sun, the project featuring Luke Steele (Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (PNAU).
Karnivool fans around Australia continue to show their undying support for the band with news that the first show of the Sound Awake tour in Brisbane on Saturday June 20 at the Tivoli has sold out. A second Brisbane show to take place at the Tivoli on Sunday June 21st is on sale now. Both Sydney shows have now sold out. See full tour details below.
Continue reading KARNIVOOL The ‘Sound Awake’ Tour : June 2009
Festival List for March, April & May 2009 Australia.
If we’ve missed anything on the list, let us know by emailing email@example.com
|Future Music Festival||Perth||WA||Sun, 1 Mar 2009|
|Sound Wave||Perth||WA||Mon, 2 Mar 2009|
|The Big O||Canberra||ACT||Tue, 3 Mar 2009|
|Fuse Festival||Adelaide||SA||Wed, 4 Mar 2009||–||Fri, 6 Mar 2009|
|The Big O||Wollongong||NSW||Thu, 5 Mar 2009|
|The Big O||Newcastle||NSW||Fri, 6 Mar 2009|
|WOMADelaide||Adelaide||SA||Fri, 6 Mar 2009||–||Sun, 8 Mar 2009|
|Future Music Festival||Brisbane||QLD||Sat, 7 Mar 2009|
|Golden Plains Festival||Meredith||VIC||Sat, 7 Mar 2009||–||Mon, 9 Mar 2009|
|Quicksilver Pro Show||Gold Coast||QLD||Sat, 7 Mar 2009|
|Future Music Festival||Melbourne||VIC||Sun, 8 Mar 2009|
|Push Over Festival||Abbotsford||VIC||Sun, 8 Mar 2009|
|Future Music Festival||Adelaide||SA||Mon, 9 Mar 2009|
|Brisbane Comedy Festival||Brisbane||QLD||Tue, 10 Mar 2009||–||Sun, 15 Mar 2009|
|Dusty Days||Wagga Wagga||NSW||Sat, 14 Mar 2009|
|V Festival||Sydney||NSW||Sat, 28 Mar 2009|
|V Festival||Gold Coast||QLD||Sun, 29 Mar 2009|
|V Festival||Melbourne||VIC||Sat, 4 Apr 2009|
|V Festival||Perth||WA||Sun, 5 Apr 2009|
|Coconet Classic||Boyne Island/
|QLD||Wed, 8 Apr 2009||–||Sun, 12 Apr 2009|
|Byron Bay Bluesfest||Byron Bay||NSW||Thu, 9 Apr 2009||–||Mon, 13 Apr 2009|
|Sydney Comedy Festival||Sydney||NSW||Mon, 27 Apr 2009||–||Sun, 17 May 2009|
|Groovin The Moo||Townsville||QLD||Sat, 2 May 2009|
|Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival||Brisbane||QLD||Sun, 3 May 2009|
|Ripe Festival||Noosa||QLD||Sun, 3 May 2009|
|Groovin The Moo||Maitland||NSW||Sat, 9 May 2009|
|Groovin The Moo||Bendigo||VIC||Sat, 16 May 2009|
Death Cab for Cutie Australian Tour, February 2009
|After their sold out Australian tour in August 2008, Billions Australia are pleased to announce the return of Death Cab for Cutie to Australian shores for a run of summer dates this February.
Kicking off the tour with an outdoor show in Fremantle, Death Cab for Cutie are then set to perform in intimate theatre surrounds in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The year just past saw Death Cab for Cutie’s sixth studio album “Narrow Stairs”, debut at Number 6 on the ARIA Album Chart and an impressive Number 1 debut on the US Billboard Chart. “Narrow Stairs is rapidly approaching Gold sales (500,000) in their home country.
|Prodigious, influential, boundary-pushing UK group STEREOLAB return to Australia after a six year hiatus to play two highly-anticipated side shows in Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to the national St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Over the course of their 17-year history, the enviable, genre-shifting writing talents of Tim Ganes and the eloquent, elegant vocals of singer Laeticia Sadler have been honed to perfection, as evidenced on their 2008 release, Chemical Chords. At once experimental and crowd-pleasing, STEREOLAB have assured themselves a place in the in the indie-rock canon and are a live proposition not to be missed.|
For the inaugural Australian series All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) have announced that arguably the most significant Australian export of the last twenty years Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, are to make their curating debut. The Bad Seeds intimate knowledge of all things Australian (music and otherwise) coupled with their innate sense of the weird and wonderful will – we are sure – make for a series of very unique events.
Performers already chosen to appear at All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 include seminal Australian punk band, The Saints – featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay performing their first Australian shows (outside Brisbane) since 1977; British transcendentalists, Spiritualized; avant-blues artist, James Blood Ulmer (US); krautrock supergroup, Harmonia (Germany); electro-terrorists, Fuck Buttons (UK); pioneering synth-minimalists, Silver Apples (UK); psychotic space rockers, Afrirampo (Japan); Ex-Swan M. Gira (USA), the jazz-noir stylings of the Laughing Clowns (Aust), former Go-Between Robert Forster (Aust), the synth-punk of Primitive Calculators: former Birthday Party guitarist, Rowland S. Howard (Aust), post-grunge/noise devotees, The Stabs (Aust), classical-rock teenagers Bridezilla (Aust) & the sublime ambience of The Necks (Aust)
Awaken from thy nightmarish faerytale and prepare for the violation of thy soul as the Lords of all the metal-goth-vampire disciples, the inimitable Cradle of Filth, descend upon Australian soil in 2009. Just Say Rock Productions, in bloodied unison with Roadrunner Records Australia, proudly presents the Australian leg of Cradle of Filth’s, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder tour in May 2009.
Conspicuously missing from our shores since 2000’s Midian tour, the highly successful extreme metal innovators from Suffolk, England will deliver their full theatrical rock show to Australian audiences who have been kept waiting in the depths of murky darkness for ‘ages’.
Smack my BIG DAY OUT up! It’s the one, the only, THE PRODIGY, back for BIG DAY OUT No.4. Whilst here they will also be playing a number of SideShows – Brisbane Riverstage, Sydney Hordern Pavillion and Melbourne Palace. (Sideshow Details Below)
The British pioneers of crash-bang-boom rocktronica will be armed with a brand new album (due in February), and the same old fierceness.
On their first tour of duty in 1996, thanks to killer tracks like Voodoo People, THE PRODIGY were the big thing on
Laneway Festival 2009: Second Announcement
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In the continuing tradition of presenting music fans with the very best music that the country has to offer, the Laneway Festival is pleased to announce a huge array of amazing local acts to the line-up – see below – in each city, in addition to a few exciting developments in 2009 across the country.
In Melbourne, the gorgeous, historic Victorian State Library will play host – for the first time ever – to a music stage on its steps, transforming the grassy knoll into an ampitheatre featuring the best of Melbourne’s underground. We’re also teaming up with QV to present a stage in their quadrangle. Chill out to some of our finest low-fi acts as the Laneway Festival takes over the entire QV precinct. Melbourne punters can also admire Warwick Baker’s astonishing pictures in his Laneway Festival photography retrospective.
The people at The Thousands are using their considerable knowledge of the best local designers, street fashion and art to present independent designer markets at the Laneway Festival in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Buy some cool vintage stuff, designer gear or baked goods and use their concierge mail service so you don’t have to lug it around. ??We are excited to support the thriving W.A music scene as we head to Perth for the first time for a special twilight show. The Path to Laneway program offers emerging, original, unsigned (to a major record label) Western Australian acts the chance to open the Perth leg of the festival. You only have a week to enter, so get to www.sonicbids.comfor all the details.
Tickets to all shows are selling quickly and there will be no second release of tickets. Get yours now from www.moshtix.com.au
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DATES AND VENUES
Over 18’s only.
Saturday, 31 January 2009
Alexandria St off St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Sunday, 1 February 2009
*PLEASE NOTE THAT MELBOURNE IS A NON-SMOKING EVENT
Lonsdale St, Caledonian Lane and Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Friday, 6 February 2009 (Twilight Event)
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Fowler’s Live, North Terrace
Sunday, 8 February 2009
The Basement, Macquarie Park & Reiby Place, Circular Quay
Online Booking: www.moshtix.com.au
Phone Booking: 1300 GET TIX (438 849) and all Moshtix outlets nationwide.
Purchase Laneway tickets from these Levi’s® stores to receive your FREE Laneway T-shirt (while stocks last).
St. Jerome’s Bar, 7 Caledonian Lane, Melbourne
Polyester Fitzroy store: 387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – (03) 9419 5137
In a rare move for the Australian market, Coldplay will go on-sale with two shows in each of the East Coast cities to ensure as many tickets as possible are made available to meet the demand that was set the last time they toured.
The winners of the 2008 ARIA Awards, proudly presented by Motorola, have been announced and pop and electronic dance music have ruled the day in the form of multiple winners GABRIELLA CILMI and THE PRESETS. They join an eclectic group of ARIA Award recipients who include THE LIVING END, KASEY CHAMBERS and SHANE NICHOLSON, NICK CAVE and GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU, THE PANICS and BLISS N’ ESO, among others.
In what is an extraordinary success story, vocal powerhouse GABRIELLA CILMI, a pop singer who had yet to emerge on the Australian music landscape this time last year, has taken out an incredible 6 ARIA Awards on the back of her debut album, Lessons To Be Learned, and her breakthrough smash hit single, Sweet About Me. The Melbourne-born, London-based Cilmi has received ARIA Awards in the categories of BEST FEMALE ARTIST, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – SINGLE (Sweet About Me), BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – ALBUM (Lessons to be Learned), BEST POP RELEASE (Lessons to be Learned), HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE (Sweet About Me) and the coveted ARIA Award for SINGLE OF THE YEAR for Sweet About Me. With the world at her feet, GABRIELLA CILMI’s ARIA Awards triumph is nothing short of a phenomenal achievement for the Dandenong girl who has just celebrated her 17th birthday.
Electronic duo THE PRESETS has also had a cracking year with the release of their widely acclaimed second album Apocalypso. They fought off stiff competition in the prestigious categories of ALBUM OF THE YEAR and BEST GROUP to take out both for the hugely popular Apocalypso. The album has also seen THE PRESETS receive the pointy trophy in the category of BEST DANCE RELEASE taking their tally to 3 ARIA Awards (plus 2 ARIA Artisan Awards, including Producer of the Year for Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes). The self-produced Apocalypso, which spawned the gritty hit single My People, has sealed THE PRESETS as Australia’s premiere electronic act.
Continue reading Gabriella Cilmi and The Presets sweep the 2008 ARIA Awards