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Soundwave Festival 2009

There was no need for me to have been afraid; as it turns out metal crowds are the most welcoming and nurturing you could hope to find surrounding any scene.

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Adam Green + Straight Arrows

Adam Green ripped the pink leather jacket from his torso, tore it into strips and hurled them into the crowd, who grasped for it as though it were a piece of the true cross.

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The Rocky Horror Show

Much as the entrance of Tim Curry in his outrageous tranny outfit defines the film version, the roof lifted off the theatre when iOTA emerged in full space-bitch garb as Frank.

Nick Gunn
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Iron & Wine

It turns out Iron & Wine can rock out with the best of them: the force of it almost knocked me out.

Nick Gunn
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Beirut

There is a sense of fin de siècle in the music of Beirut, as though it is prophesying the death of an era in which American music for the most part shunned external influences.

Nick Gunn
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Interpol

There has been something of a demographic shift in Interpol’s audience since they last visited Sydney. Whereas 2005 saw the prevalence of post-Goth black lace and even blacker eyeliner, 2008 witnessed the long-awaited reappearance of -- dare I say it? -- grunge.

Nick Gunn
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Arcade Fire + Spoon

An army of roadies buzzed about the stage, assembling a clavichord here, a glockenspiel there, plus several mic stands with loudspeakers perched at the tops. Whatever we were about to see, it was obvious that it was going to be big.

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Spank Rock

Everyone in attendance had come prepared to bang on until the party juice had been drunk to the bottom of the jar.

Nick Gunn
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Crystal Castles

It has been terribly fashionable for the better part of the last decade to dismiss rave culture as an ecstasy-induced fluoro nightmare that died a sad and lonely death.

Nick Gunn
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The Cure [2007 Rewind]

PopMatters' Nick Gunn joins a mere 150 others for a semi-secret set that sees the Cure stretch their soundcheck into an intimate, hour-long experience.

Nick Gunn
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The Cure

PopMatters' Nick Gunn joins a mere 150 others for a semi-secret set that sees the Cure stretch their soundcheck into an intimate, hour-long experience.

Nick Gunn
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Guns N’ Roses

It’s been a long, painful process that has taken more than a decade to complete, but I can finally admit it: I was a Guns N’ Roses fan.

Nick Gunn
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