Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Sydney Entertainment Centre, 10 March, 2013

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Over his 50-plus years as a musician Neil Young has consistently confounded the wants of his audience, critics, records labels and band mates to do exactly what he wants to do. Indeed, while many of his contemporaries have slowed down their musical output in favour of relying on nostalgia, Young has released 11 studio albums since 2000 that are as strong and diverse as any in his canon. This includes two albums released in 2012; Americana and Psychedelic Pill, both recorded with his greatest and loudest musical foils, Crazy Horse.

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Tame Impala @ Enmore Theatre, 13 December 13, 2012

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Not long before the doors opened for the first night of Tame Impala’s two night run at the Enmore Theatre, both shows (along with the final homecoming show of the tour in Fremantle) became sell outs.  It’s their first Australian headlining shows since the release of second album Lonerism and sees them playing to their biggest crowds to date. In a way this seven date sojourn feels a bit like a valedictorian tour.

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The Beach Boys @ Allphones Arena, 30 August, 2012

 

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For a band with such an extensive history of friction and differences of opinion, the fact that The Beach Boys are together as a band 50 years after they released their first single, ‘Surfin’’, is astonishing. What makes this tour particularly significant is the fact that it’s not just one or two of the originals. No, before our very eyes is every living official member of The Beach Boys (well, apart from Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin who were official members between 1972 and 1974).

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Mark Gardener @ Factory Theatre, 4 August, 2012

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Making their Australian debut, Sky Parade is working double time on this tour. Not only do they open the show, they’ll be seen again later providing backing to headliner Mark Gardener. The LA quartet’s originals give a good indication of why Gardener asked them to back him; the chiming guitars portray the influence of many a guitar-lead indie band from the early 90s who also had a foot in the 60s.

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Jack White @ Hordern Pavillion, 26 July, 2012

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Since first coming into the greater consciousness in 2001 with the release of The White Stripes’ White Blood Cells, Jack White has built a body of work as a musician and producer that has been matched by few others. Presenting his different musical guises in distinct visual aesthetics and forever being ambiguous about anything in his world other than the music, White has become one of the great rock ‘n’ roll iconoclasts of the last decade.

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Tumbleweed @ Annandale Hotel, 14 April, 2012

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Cabins use their opening slot as an opportunity to test out some new songs ahead of their second album getting a release. The newer material seems to have moved away from debut Bright Victory‘s territory and into a harder sound more of their own making than the sum of their record collections. It should be interesting to hear the recorded output. The band’s makeover of Edwyn Collins’ hit ‘A Girl Like You’ takes it away from the suave northern soul stomp of the original and into a much dirtier and distorted realm.

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