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Cosmo Jarvis @ The Corner Hotel, 3rd Of January

Last Thursday night the one and only Cosmo Jarvis played a very entertaining set to an enthusiastic Corner Hotel crowd. It had been just a few months since the UK musician last toured Australia, only this time he brought a full band down with him, which added a lot of texture and power to his live show. This gig was a whole different beast to his earlier acoustic set at the comparatively tiny Pure Pop Records Courtyard, yet it was still full of the typical and exuberant Cosmo Jarvis flourishes and trademarks, and made for a night of fantastic music.

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Cosmo Jarvis @ Pure Pop Records, 3rd Of August

Cosmo Jarvis played a wonderful acoustic set last evening in the idyllic surrounds of the iconic Pure Pop Courtyard to a rapt crowd that spilled into the record store itself and the street beyond. All the way from the UK, it seemed a pity that Cosmo was only playing this one show in Melbourne, but thankfully he will be returning in December with his band to play more venues, and given his performance at Pure Pop it’s not hard to see most of the audience returning to see him again.

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Of Monsters And Men @ The Corner Hotel, 20th Of July

On Friday night Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men played their first ever show in Melbourne to a rapt and sold out crowd at the Corner Hotel. Their set was so consistently strong that it beggared belief coming from a band who have only released one album, and the high points of the night stand out as some of the most enjoyable times I’ve had at a gig so far this year.

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Georgia Fair @ The Toff, 12th Of July

There’s only so much I can say about a Georgia Fair live show that I haven’t already said, given that I think I’ve seen them play nearly ten times now. But the fact that I still really enjoyed Thursday night’s show at The Toff despite that fact shows just how good they are, and also just how much they’ve grown as a band over the last year.

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Boy And Bear @ The Forum, 18th Of May

It seems like an eternity ago when I saw a bunch of nervous guys play their first ever festival set in a cramped tent at Homebake. Since then Boy And Bear’s rise in Australian music has been nothing short of meteoric, and at no time has this been more clear than last night, when they played the second of two sold out shows at The Forum in Melbourne. And it was immediately obvious that the band have polished their live act to the point now where they are perfectly comfortable with playing a one and a half hour set in front of thousands of people, which it really didn’t seem like they were as little as a year ago. I guess you can call Boy And Bear an accomplished live Australian band now, and sure enough this show was pretty hard to find fault in.

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Steve Poltz @ The Northcote Social Club, 3rd Of March

At a Steve Poltz gig you’re never quite sure whether you’re witnessing an inspired solo show or one man’s slow descent into insanity. This time round, I’m pretty sure it was mostly the latter, however there was also a fair share of moments leaning towards genius as well.

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