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Elbow @ Festival Hall, 21st Of March

There were a couple of strange things about Wednesday night’s Elbow show. Firstly, the band were returning to Australia despite touring as recently as mid-last year while playing Splendour In The Grass. Secondly, the choice of Festival Hall as a venue was very peculiar: it’s not exactly a mystery that it’s my least favourite music venue in Melbourne, and I would have far preferred to have seen Elbow at a venue such as The Palace or Forum. But, once the night’s music started none of this seemed to matter very much, because one thing that was very, very predictable about the gig was that Elbow were just fantastic.

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Bon Iver @ The Sydney Opera House, 11th And 12th Of March

The most remarkable thing about Bon Iver and Justin Vernon in particular is how they have grown so much as a band and as a person respectively but yet have maintained their identity; how they have kept the essence of what made their early music so very special and imprinted it into everything they do, whether that be their sophomore album or playing at the Sydney Opera House in front of thousands of people with a ten-piece band. Three night in a row.

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Gig Review: Neon Indian @ The Prince Bandroom, 24th February

This is going to be a bit of a short review, because I thought this was a really poor gig. I can’t remember ever writing a solely negative gig review before and don’t think there’s much to be gained by doing so, in fact the only reason why I’m writing this at all is that I feel it would be dishonest to only review gigs that I enjoy. Neon Indian at the Prince Bandroom last night was obviously not one of those gigs.

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Gig Review: Portugal. The Man And Givers @ The Corner Hotel, 9th February

It’s pretty rare that you can see three fantastic bands at the one gig for one very low price, but that’s exactly what those who visited the Corner Hotel last Thursday enjoyed. The double-headline bill of old indie favourites Portugal. The Man and new kids on the block Givers was a brilliant combination albeit a bit of an odd one, and chuck in opening act Guineafowl and you really do have an incredible gig for a Thursday night. It was lovely to get a bit of a taste of Laneway, and all the bands involved definitely delivered.

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Gig Review: M83 @ The Prince Bandroom, 3rd February

If there was ever a time to see M83 live it is now. Armed both with material from their critically acclaimed and insanely popular 2011 double-album, as well as choice numbers from their older records, the band put on an exhilarating and powerful live show at the perfect venue of the Prince Bandroom to an adoring crowd.

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Gig Review: Beirut @ The Forum, 10th January

Not many bands can calmly walk onto stage and play two of my favourite ever songs within the first ten minutes of the show. But that’s exactly what Zach Condon and his band did a couple of nights ago at The Forum in Melbourne, with a casual nonchalance that contrasted with just how important their music obviously was to many of the adoring people packed into the sold out venue. And the night had only just begun.

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