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Okkervil River – Brisbane – 3 May 2009

Okkervil River The Zoo, Brisbane 3rd May 2009 "No one wants to hear about your 97th tear" offers Will Sheff, he of red beard, bookish glasses and shaggy hair, during tonight's opening rhyme heavy "Plus Ones". Oh but we do. We want to hear ninety odd minutes of heartbreak and loss, songs about self

By | 2018-07-09T10:05:21+00:00 May 3rd, 2009|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Okkervil River – The Stand Ins

Jagjaguwar, 2008[rating:8/10] The Austin boys in Okkervil River are back with another album and like always it's filled with surprising stories, dense lyrics and great tunes that stick with you. The Stand Ins sees the band explore the issue of stardom and fame from different perspectives including those of groupies, porn stars, ex-boyfriends and ageing

By | 2009-04-05T22:34:15+00:00 September 13th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

Rough Trade, 2008 [rating:7.5/10] Never has a record so wrong-footed me like Evil Urges has. Louisville's My Morning Jacket were always a band with broad influences in their sound. 2005's Z was the strongest indication that their fret-tapping southern rock roots had run their course. Playing a solo show in London to promote the album,

By | 2009-02-28T05:33:11+00:00 June 20th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Spoon – Atlanta – 14 April 2008

Spoon Centre Stage, Atlanta, GA 14th April 2008 It's Britt Daniel's birthday but you wouldn't know it. There's no cake and candles, no rambunctious behaviour or jokes. You'd be expecting the band to be soused and swaying, playing covers and celebrating the occasion, using the opportunity to cut loose. In fact Daniel looks embarrassed as

By | 2009-07-27T15:30:02+00:00 June 4th, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Explosions in the Sky – Static (2008)

Austin post-rockers Explosions in the Sky have been weaving their instrumental magic for almost ten years now, releasing four revered albums and one soundtrack over that time. During their recent Australian tour Static's Chris Berkley talked to Chris Hrasky drummer with the band about creating their last disc, All of a Sudden I miss Everyone,

By | 2015-08-11T02:12:49+00:00 April 22nd, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Merge, 2007 [rating:9.5/10] It's almost an established fact that once a band hits album number 4 or 5 they're practically running on empty. Creative juices have all but dried up, different directions are attempted, band friction comes to the fore and as the years go by each new release just isn't a patch on former

By | 2009-02-28T06:02:29+00:00 November 18th, 2007|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments