In the streaming era, so much music is designed to resist the consumer’s urge to skip or shuffle; so it’s really quite refreshing to hear music that expects something of the audience, where the reward lies in repeated listens rather than the obvious, but fleeting, hook.
Dallas Frasca is just pure rock’n’roll and it’s a beautiful thing.
Following the band’s relocation to LA, the emphasis is on reconnecting with fans in more intimate venues, touring with slightly less fanfare in support of their Anchor EP. The Gov provided a perfect location for this, with the diverse, sold out crowd genuinely appreciative of the chance to catch the act in such a great pub venue.
A feast for the ears, Why Make Sense? displays an abundance of creativity in the production mix. But there’s also striking restraint here, with enough space that the listener never gets overloaded. What separates Hot Chip from many other electronica acts is that they do, indeed, sound like a band.
Having premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, Touch has screened at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and will feature later this year at Cannes Antipodean Festival, and St Tropez Film Festival.
A flame throwing guitar, a burning pentagram suspended from the ceiling, fireworks and a light show made for one spectacle after the next; this was not your average rock show, this was an event.
Rebel Wilson’s quirky performance and well placed fart jokes give the film some life but aside from that, Pitch Perfect 2 is less than perfect.
This is a lively, seductive album; full of warmth and colour, it’s the sound of a band playing to their strengths.
There’s an authentic feeling to the music here: a refreshing win for artistic integrity. It’s a bit of gamble, and risks alienating many a hipster fan, but in broadening their horizons, Mumford & Sons avoid turning into the musical caricature that had seemed almost inevitable.
Ex Machina is an absorbing piece of speculative fiction. Strong on ideas and characterisation, Alex Garland (The Beach) capably draws on his skills as a novelist in this confident directorial debut that lies somewhere between Frankenstein and Spike Jonze’s Her.