Visiting live performances at the Cherry Bar is something that has always been on my to-do list, but it never seemed to come around, that is until last night. Ultimately, I was very keen to observe the valuable treasures that would be performing inside the underground passageway in Melbourne.
First up we had the opening act EZEKIEL OX, who effortlessly jumped onto the stage and captured the audience’s engagement within seconds of introducing himself. I personally haven’t heard of this act before tonight, but I was undeniably blown away from his edgy and powerful voice, as well as his unique ability to turn the heads of every single person in the room. He could confidently crush his opponents with his I don’t give a f*ck attitude and charismatic demeanor this man owned the stage, and he knew it. His banter between songs was absolutely hysterical. In fact, I’m pretty sure the guy next to me choked and spat out his beer from laughing too hard.
Honest tunes, a taste of slam poetry and a pinch of comedic jokes were mixed into his cauldron. I felt like I was witnessing something dangerous. A confident, witty, talented and overall brilliant artist for sure. Overall an eccentric and entrancing performance delivered.
The eagerness from the audience to hear JON TOOGOOD's set was unquestionable.
Toogood has a credible name for a reason and boy can he belt out a tune!
Kicking off with songs off SHIHAD's latest album ‘FVEY’, the set twisted dynamically through Shihad's back catalogue including favourites 'Think you're so free' and ‘Run’, before diving into some of Jon's favourites from his solo project THE ADULTSand some covers of inspiration to his song writing.
A personal highlight was when Jon began telling us a story about a close friend of his and his battle with suicidal thoughts and depression. As Toogood ended the story, he confessed ‘Pacifer’ is the song that was carved out from the inspiration. But before he could even roll the word off his tongue, the crowd went bananas. Thunderous roars and a deafening applause echoed through the venue, which reminded me of being at a footy match. Friends were cheering with beers, their arms thrown over each other, with ear-piercing synchronised singing, couples getting sexy on the couch and drunk aussies in all directions of my peripheral vision. Toogood brought strangers in the room together, it felt like a big family towards the end of the night.
His captivatingly edgy vocals and jagged strumming, boom and resonate around the venue. It sounds thrillingly thunderous and boisterous, which permitted a sheer mindblowing performance. You certainly popped my cherry Jon.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.
They immediately sold out Sydney and Melbourne dates earlier this year, and now LCD Soundsystem are returning to Australia and New Zealand for their biggest headline shows ever this summer – touring February 2018!