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Archive | September, 2011

Big Day Out Lineup Dissected

By now you’ve probably heard the first announcement of the Big Day Out 2012 lineup. It’s not to my personal taste, and that’s fine, it was probably never really going to be. What is of more concern however it just how much of the lineup thus far consists of regurgitated acts who tour Australia every other year. Just how boring, safe, and predictable is this lineup? Let’s take a look.

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Bon Iver Australian Tour

Big Day Who??? Today’s announcement of the headliners for the Big Day Out festival was overshadowed by the revelation that Bon Iver will be playing at next year’s Golden Plains festival, as well as performing a series of sideshows around the country. Literally the only disappointing thing is the choice of Melbourne venue- it looks like a trip to Sydney (and not the music bowl variety) might be on the cards.

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Guineafowl National Tour

One of my personal highlights of Splendour In The Grass, Sydney’s Guineafowl, have announced a national tour following a stint overseas and the American release of their EP ‘Hello Anxiety’.

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Enola Fall ‘Andromeda’

I saw Tasmanian band Enola Fall open for The Jezabels more than a year ago. They played a really enjoyable set full of keyboard-driven rock music, structured around lead singer Joe Nuttall’s brilliant falsetto. The thing that really struck me about the band was that they were very intent on developing their sound- so much so that they passed out a notepad into the crowd halfway through their set, asking for constructive criticism and praise.

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Cloud Control Interview

I recently had a chat with Heidi from Australian expat band Cloud Control, who has been announced as one of the ambassadors for the prestigious Australian Music Prize for 2011. We talked about the prize itself, setting fire to Arcade Fire’s stage, chatting with Win Butler, Cloud Control’s relocation to the UK, Tame Impala’s A-list celebrity fanbase, plans for a new Cloud Control album, and of course that legendary Splendour stampede.

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Review: Pearl Jam ‘Twenty’

Last night I saw the Pearl Jam documentary ‘Twenty’ in a movie theater half-full with diehard fans of the band, including two people who had obviously confused the event with a concert and booked seats in the center of the front row. Directed by (and told through the point of view of) Cameron Crowe, a man just as interesting as the bands that he documents, this movie is brilliant, surprisingly powerful, and very interesting. But despite this it’s still strictly just for fans, which is perhaps why it only appeared in cinemas for the one night.

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