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Antony and the Johnsons + William Basinski and Johanna Constantine: 2 January 2010 - Sydney

The roaring standing ovation at the conclusion of the show was well and truly earned; personally I hadn’t felt so much at a show in a long time.

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The Dirty Three: 26 January 2010 - Sydney

The Dirty Three manage to create a distinctly Australian musical narrative, all without so much as a word being sung.

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Splendour in the Grass Festival: 25-26 July 2009 - Byron Bay, Austrailia

While part of the allure is undeniably the location, Byron Bay being one of the most beautiful & culturally intriguing places in Australia, Splendour also presents a thoughtful and satisfying blend of acts, from the hysterically trendy to the endearingly retro.

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La Dispute + To the North: 11 July 2009 - Sydney

It seems to me that the harder the style of music the more warm and welcoming the attitude of the band.

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Ghostface Killah + DOME: 24 June 2009 - Sydney

It was clear that the Wu-Tang connection was what had lured most of the audience to this show.

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Future Music Festival

What exactly is futuristic about a music festival featuring several acts that were stalwarts of the ‘90s?

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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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José González + Luluc

From the opening note it was clear that José González was giving his all, as his guitar strings screeched, tripping over themselves to produce the notes he demanded of them.

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Fantômas + Serj Tankian

It couldn’t have been more perfect, a match made in metal hell. Could it?

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Enter The Dragon with live score by Karsh Kale + MIDIval Punditz

Karsh Kale and MIDIval Punditz have achieved quite a coup in managing to rebuild the soundtrack to such an iconic film without trampling on its memory, but rather enhancing and complementing it.

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Fuck Buttons + Dead Meadow + Afrirampo

By the end of their set I felt as though I’d spent the entire hour with my head stuck between an industrial sander and a jet engine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Horrors + The Mercy Arms

I have seen the rise of the undead Mod-Goth, and it's face is a face of Horrors.

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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