By Jye Smith Dec.3.2008
In: Concerts
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Sheryl Crow shows she's still got it

On Friday night, Kahlee and I headed over to the Acer Arena to see Sheryl Crow’s opening set for John Mellencamp. After a cracker start with All I Wanna Do, Crow delivered a terrific set of old and new songs, plus excellent covers of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut is the Deepest and Crowded House’s Mean to Me. If I’m going to be honest, the brand new song “inspired by the Dalai Lama” pretty much sucked, but hopefully Shazza will leave the political stuff to Rudd in the future. (Xavier, not Kevin.) Read the full story

By Peta Kiellor Dec.1.2008
In: Commentary, Concerts, Opinion, Other
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Where has all the music gone?

Now live music, to me in Sydney has always been great, and there has always been lots of it. But even in the past year I’ve noticed a steady downturn in not only the amount of live music that’s been going on (everyone shout – hooray economic downturn!) but also the amount of people who just don’t even seem to be keen for it anymore.

As someone who used to have a lot to do with all ages live music around the Sutherland show, I saw hundreds of kids pack themselves into a venue to watch local bands do what they do best, for a reasonable amount of money at least once a month minimum. Now, these shows have been canned for reasons beyond the promoters control and the kids just seem to have… lost it? Almost all the kids who used to come to Engadine to see bands they love would have turned 18 by now, but do I ever see any of them out at venues watching the same bands the used to love struggle to hit it in the city scene? No.

And this frustrates me.

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By Jye Smith Nov.24.2008
In: Concerts
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Coldplay: Australian Tour 2009

Friday 27 February – Perth, Burswood Dome
Tuesday 3 March – Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 4 March – Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Sunday 8 March – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Monday 9 March – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 11 March – Sydney, Acer Arena
Thursday 12 March – Sydney, Acer Arena

We haven’t seen these chaps since 2006.  Welcome back boys :) Tickets go on sale: Thursday 4 December. Tickets and details through www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849 (this is a very hard number to find!).

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By Jye Smith Nov.18.2008
In: Concerts, Production
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Big Day Out 2009: Side Shows Announced

All the 2009 Big Day Out Side Shows Have Been Announced:

TV ON THE RADIO
SYDNEY – Saturday 24 January – THE METRO (plus WOLF & CUB)
MELBOURNE – Thursday 29 January – THE HI FI BAR (plus WOLF & CUB)

SERJ TANKIAN AND THE FANTOMAS
BRISBANE – Wednesday 21 January – THE TIVOLI
SYDNEY – SATURDAY 24 January – THE ENMORE THEATRE
MELBOURNE – Sunday 25 January – THE PALACE

DROPKICK MURPHYS
SYDNEY – Sunday 25 January – THE METRO (plus THE CORPS)
MELBOURNE – Wednesday 28 January – BILLBOARD (plus BULLDOG SPIRIT)

THE PRODIGY
BRISBANE – Tuesday 20 January – RIVERSTAGE (previously announced)
SYDNEY – Saturday 24 January – HORDERN PAVILION (previously announced)
MELBOURNE – Thursday 29 January – PALACE

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By Nathanael Boehm Nov.17.2008
In: Concerts
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Craig Nicholls' mental health deteriorates; The Vines cancel tour

The Vines have had to cancel their tour which included appearances at the Big Day Out and Homebake due to the deterioration of mental health of their vocalist Craig Nicholls.

Nathanael Boehm

By Dan Clarke Nov.11.2008
In: Commentary, Concerts, Opinion
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Dialectrix - Aussie hip hop's working class hero?

Aussie hip hop's working class hero?

Touring seems to be the most fun aspect of being a working musician. Heading out on the road for weeks at a time, neglecting concerns for personal health and indulging in excess at every turn seems to be part and parcel for most artists but as I sat down to chat with Sydney MC Dialectrix I started to realise that not everyone has it so easy.

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By Jye Smith Nov.10.2008
In: Concerts
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Soundwave Festival 2009: Second Line Up Announced

Second announcement and update on general public ticket sales: Thursday, November 13 2009 at soundwavefestival.com.au and ticketek.com.au

Joining the show:

  • Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Underoath
  • Forever The Sickest Kids
  • Jack’s Mannequin
  • All That Remains

Will be joining the already amazing line up.

NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG, LAMB OF GOD, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZY FISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE, EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER


By Jye Smith Nov.6.2008
In: Concerts
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Big Day Out 2009: 2nd Line Up Announced

Personally, I’m now considering selling my Big Day Out 2009 ticket and heading to The Prodigy sideshows. Even tempted to hop cities and see them in Brisbane.  But here you go.

Big Day Out second round line-up:

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By Jye Smith Nov.3.2008
In: Concerts
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The Prodigy: Australian Sideshow in 2009 - Confirmed

Once again we’re lucky enough to have The Prodigy playing in Australia next year in 2009 for the Big Day Out Festival and once again – just as they did in 2005 with Two Tribes – they are playing a side show.

Five years of waiting and The Prodigy are locked for two massive sideshows in Sydney and Brisbane.

Tickets on sale Friday 14th November.

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By Jye Smith Oct.9.2008
In: Concerts, Opinion
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Saul Williams coming to Australia

Saul Williams is an American poet, writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film Slam.

5th December – Melbourne – The Espy
6th December – Byron Bay – The Great Northern
7th December – Brisbane – The Zoo
11th December – Sydney – Oxford Art Factory
12th December – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
13th December – Meredith Music Festival

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By Jye Smith Oct.8.2008
In: Concerts
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Soundwave Festival 09: New Ticket Date

Good to see they have their shit together. Now if they can only do something about that bar line.

Early Bird On Sale Date Postponed

In order to avoid the unfortunate clash with The Big Day Out on sale week which has caused some distress to fans wanting to attend both festivals, we have postponed the SW09 Early Bird On Sale by 2 weeks.

New Dates as follows:

BRISBANE: THURS 23 Oct @ 9am
SYDNEY: FRI 24 Oct @ 9am
MELBOURNE: SAT 25 Oct @ 9am
ADELAIDE: SUN 26 Oct @ 9am
PERTH: SUN 26 Oct @9am

All times are local standard.


By Jye Smith Oct.7.2008
In: Concerts, Opinion
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Lifeless Ladytron

Last night Chizm and I decided to head out and see electronic pop outfit Ladytron at The Metro Theatre. What a fucking disappointment.

It was, without a doubt, the most boring concert we have ever been too.  It was like someone had an unequalized recording blasting out of the speakers.  The front female vocalists were lifeless and completely emotionless.
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By Jye Smith Oct.2.2008
In: Concerts
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Soundwave Festival 2009: Nine Inch Nails

Another one of my favourite acts is coming out: Nine Inch Nails to play at Soundwave Festival 2009 —  as if the announcement of The Prodigy playing at Big Day Out 2009 wasn’t enough!

Watching the Deftones and Flyleaf play in 2006 was incredible — even if the bar lines were ridiculously long.

Tickets on sale as follows: Postponed by 2 weeks
BRISBANE: THU 9 October @ 9am
SYDNEY: FRI 10 October @ 9am
MELBOURNE: SAT 11 October @ 9am
ADELAIDE: SUN 12 October @ 9am
PERTH: SUN 12 October @9am

Soundwave 09 is proud to announce our headlining act…Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I – IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

Trent Reznor explains, “I’ve been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn’t have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts.”

NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG, SCARS ON BROADWAY, LAMB OF GOD, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZY FISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER

By Jye Smith Sep.30.2008
In: Concerts
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2009 Big Day Out Line Up - 1st announcement and ticket information

BIG DAY OUT 2009: NEIL YOUNG, ARCTIC MONKEYS, THE LIVING END, THE PRODIGY, SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM, MY MORNING JACKET, PENDULUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, TV ON THE RADIO, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, THE TING TINGS, TIKI TAANE, CUT COPY, COG, YOUTH GROUP, THE GRATES, BIRDS OF TOKYO, TZU and EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING.

Fucking awesome.  See you there.

Ticket information has also been released.  I’ll be there for: The Prodigy, Pendulum, Cut Copy, Cog, and Sneaky Sound System.

TICKETS ON SALE:
SYDNEY: WEDNESDAY 8th OCTOBER
GOLD COAST: THURSDAY 9th OCTOBER
AUCKLAND, MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE & PERTH: FRIDAY 10th OCTOBER

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By Jye Smith Sep.11.2008
In: Concerts
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The Prodigy coming to Australia in 2009

There have been countless rumours exceeded only by countless hopes.  But it seems it has all come true — The Prodigy are coming to Australia in 2009.

I was lucky enough to catch them in 2005 at their Hordern Pavilion show, and I was blown away.  The ferocity, presence and power of the live group was surreal.  I’ve been a fan since I was about 13 and believe they have always been a very innovative group well ahead of their time.

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By Jye Smith Sep.10.2008
In: Concerts
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New Years Eve 2008: Sensation - Melbourne, Australia

Annik and I have our tickets – got yours?

Sensation is a Dutch based Dance party organiser who runs these amazing events call “Sensation White” and “Black” (which originally was called “Sensation Black”). Everyone will be in white to celebrate.

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By Jye Smith Sep.8.2008
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Shapeshifter in Sydney at The Metro

My anticipation for Friday’s Shapeshifter (New Zealand) show was well worth it.  Although I only managed to fire off a few shots with the iPhone, they took the stage with presence and experience.

Paora ‘P Digsss’ Apera presents himself with power and intimacy and hits every note with passion and skill.  He, and the NZ band have the ability to make a grand show seem personal.

Watching a genre like Drum & Bass performed live with a five piece outfit brings electronic music to life.  It’s powerful, melodic and upbeat. If you ever have the opportunity to check them out, be sure too.

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By Jye Smith Jul.29.2008
In: Concerts
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Shapeshifter coming to Sydney in 2008

At last year’s Parklife I finally got to see my favourite live drum & bass act, Shapeshifter.  The 5 piece is playing this September 5 at The Metro.  The second Chizm flicked me the announcement, I bought tickets and they arrived yesterday.  If you want to go you can buy tickets for just $35 through The Metro – let us know if you’re going too.

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By Jye Smith May.5.2008
In: Concerts
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Tiesto (Photo Gallery)

Saturday’s Tiesto show at the Hordern Pavillion (Sydney) created an amazing atmosphere and a surreal experience – managed to catch a few moments, check out my Flickr gallery for more.

Tiesto - White Lights

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