Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield (USA)

Long time friends and collaborators Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield play a low key acoustic set from their extensive back catalogue of Lemonheads and Blake Babies, and a whole lot of stuff in between.

The Living End

Playing each one of their albums in full over 7 nights, The Living End kicked things off in style at The Corner Hotel with their eponymous debut album.

The Meanies

Close your eyes and it’s the 90s all over again. Melbourne punk scene stalwarts The Meanies delivered a raucous set at The Corner Hotel, warming up the stage for The Living End.


A stirring Melbourne homecoming for the man who most reviews will tomorrow call “Triple Grammy Award Nominated artist Gotye“. 

Tame Impala

Presumably to celebrate winning Album of the Year in pretty much every single poll on earth, Kevin Parker‘s band of fools from Perth kicked off a two night stint in Melbourne at The Forum Theatre that will no doubt get reviews of the rave kind. 

Missy Higgins

Melbourne’s own Missy Higgins returns to her home crowd and delivers a set that makes the whole audience feel like they’re her family and friends. Even though it seems plenty of them actually are.

Ball Park Music

Hard working Brisbane folk head south to Melbourne to show off their new album Museum

Loon Lake

Barrelling back down the Princes Freeway straight after opening the Queenscliff Music Festival, the boys from Wangaratta deliver probably the best of the many sets these eyes have seen – and these ears have heard – them perform.

2012 The Age EG Music Awards

The Age EG Music Awards were held at Billboard the Venue tonight, with the induction of Weddings, Parties, Anything into the Hall of Fame culminating in their final performance together.

Radiohead (UK)

As an unashamed member of the ‘I wish Radiohead would just go back to writing some bloody songs again’ camp, Friday night’s first show in Melbourne was, in the main, a brilliant mix of songs and drawn out musical ‘ideas’.

Grizzly Bear (USA)

Brooklyn indie 4-piece Grizzly Bear escaped the wild weather of their native East Coast for the sunny Harvest Festival series in Australia. In between, they treated fans to their own set at Billboard in Melbourne.

The Black Keys (USA)

Akron’s finest guitar & drums two piece kicked off the first of two nights in Melbourne with a set that, whilst short, didn’t miss a beat.

2012 Jaegermeister AIR Awards

The 2012 Australian Independent Record Labels Association awards were held in the plush warehouse surrounds of the Revolt Art Space.


It was like being back at Uni again as Quan and Ben tore through Regurgitator‘s Tu-Plang and Unit double header at the Hi-Fi Bar.

Senyawa (Indonesia)

Indonesian duo Senyawa deliver a set the like of which The Hi-Fi probably hasn’t seen before (OK, save for the previous night). Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi give us half an hour of avante-garde mayhem – at time confusing, at others simply cacophonic –  but rarely dull.

James Morrison (UK)

The less Australian, non-trumpet playing James Morrison delivered a laid back set of tunes to a packed Forum Theatre on the 2nd date of his whirlwind east coast tour. Don’t miss the review in next weeks copy of In Press.

2012 Victorian Cyclocross Champs

Lewis Rattray, State Champion, Men's Elite Category

Melbourne turned on a stunning spring day as Bundoora Park played host to the 2012 Victorian Cyclo-Cross Championships. What the day lacked in mud, it more than made up for with a great family turnout and carnival atmosphere as riders from Junior, Masters and Elite all attacked the 2.6km circuit hard, given the fast conditions.

Good Charlotte (USA)

Slightly older, probably with more tatts, and fresh from a profile boosting stint on Australian TV, Joel Madden brought pop-punk Triple M staples Good Charlotteback to Australia again.

Bleeding Knees Club, Drunk Mums

Drunk Mums, Converse Acts of Disruption (Melbourne, 10th August 2012)

A wild, beer drenching couple of sets from Drunk Mums and Bleeding Knees Club takes place in a partly demolished old pub in Clifton Hill, all in the name of selling more footwear. With most of the free beer flying through the air, it made for a crazy night. I think I need a new pair of […]

Splendour in the Grass 2012

Splendour In The Grass 2012

After a 2 years absence, Byron Bay’s own prodigal son – Splendour in the Grass – returned to where it all began. It’s grown up a bit, and although unable to cater to the 30,000 strong crowds of Woodford, 17,000 folk were seemingly happy to swap dust for mud and return to what I’m sure every other […]

Lana Del Rey (USA)

After postponing shows at the desperately undersized Toff in Town, New York’s polarising and sultry songstress Lana del Rey made it to Australian shores and delivered the first of two nights at the far larger Palace.

Ladyhawke (NZ)

Two Kiwi acts in the space of 3 days? That’s not happened since Dame Kiri Te Kanewa and Dave Dobbyn played Glastonbury together. Except that never happened.

Flight of the Conchords (NZ), Arj Barker (USA)

10 years on from their first visit to Australia – where they played to a handful of people at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, New Zealand’s 4th Most Successful Folk Parody Group(TM) plays the first of two nights in Melbourne at the Plenary Theatre.

Lady Gaga (USA)

With a crowd dress code treading the line between Carnivale and the Gay Mardi Gras, I rocked up in my jeans and T-shirt to watch Lady Gaga’s 2nd Melbourne show on her Born This Way Ball tour.