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Lyzee live on 8 April 2016

This is what the emergence of a pop artist looks like. On 8 April, Lyzee took the stage and melted our faces. Beyond sound, beyond even songs, Lyzee put on a show that delivered much more than a typical gig. Choreographed dancers. Synchronised lighting effects. Glow-in-the-dark fingernails. Luminescent knuckledusters. Exploding out of the shadows, Lyzee…

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Surface live on 6 November 2015

Well, this was a right treat. On 6 November Surface launched their new album at Bennett’s Lane. The brainchild of electric bassist Claire Cross, Surface is a six-piece jazz band with a thoroughly modern sound. This was no throwback, there was no swing to be heard. This is the jazz of now: Dramatic, expressive and…

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Jennifer Kingwell live on 17 June 2015

Well, here we have it. This is what happens. On 17 June, Jennifer Kingwell showed her audience what happens when you make good on your promises. Let’s get this straight. This is pop music. Backed by little more than a string quartet. And it was every bit as expressive and emotional as you’d expect. Jennifer…

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Royal Funk Party live on 7 June 2015

That was intense. And who cares if His Royal Badness would be proud? On Sunday 7 June, a likely crew of bandits assembled to perform deliciously unspeakable horrors to some of the greatest Prince songs. That likely crew of bandits happened to be an all-star cast of Melbourne funk, soul and pop singers. Backed by…