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Lisa Mitchell @ St Michael’s Church, 13th Of June

If church is always as enjoyable as it was last Wednesday night then I’ve been missing out all my life. Lisa Mitchell and Georgia Fair put on a great show, but it really was the unusual venue that turned this from what would have been a couple-of-times-a-year experience to one that felt truly special. St Michael’s Church deceptively appeared as if it were designed for this kind of thing, and boasted great acoustics, a perfect balcony, and even a makeshift stage. It provided an incredible backdrop for the night’s entertainment.

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Under The Needle: Oliver Tank, Tom Rosenthal, Atlas Genius, Bowerbirds

In which I briefly write about my thoughts on four records I’m currently listening to: Oliver Tank ‘Dreams EP’, Tom Rosenthal ‘Keep A Private Room Behind The Shop’, Atlas Genius ‘Through The Glass EP’, and Bowerbirds ‘The Clearing’.

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Reviews: The Walkmen, Beach House, Exitmusic, Edward Sharpe

In which I briefly summarise four albums I’ve been meaning to review for a while: The Walkmen ‘Heaven’, Beach House ‘Bloom’, Exitmusic ‘Passage’, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros ‘Here’.

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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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Review: The Tallest Man On Earth ‘There’s No Leaving Now’

Kristian Matsson, also known as The Tallest Man On Earth, is an artist who was plagued with the burden of comparisons when he started recording music, most notably to some guy called Bob Dylan. It is therefore ironic that now, about to release his third studio album ‘There’s No Leaving Now’, it is more often other musicians that are compared to Matsson. The Tallest Man On Earth may not have exactly reinvented music, but he certainly has demonstrated a special form of escapism through music that many other acts have tried, and, for the most part failed, to capture.

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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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