Category Archives: Concerts

Favourite Gig: Haiku Hands

Electronic music collective Haiku Hands have announced their debut national tour. The Sydney-based group – Beatrice Lewis and Claire and Mie Nakazawa – has gained attention with their extremely boppy anthem ‘It’s Not About You’ and the funky ‘Jupiter’.  If you’re into strong multi-layered vocals, powerful lyrics and irresistible tunes tonight Haiku Hands in concert at Razzmatazz.

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Music by Bergman: Phum Viphurit

Armed with a penchant for witty lyrics, a knack for blending acoustic and electric sounds, and an intimate understanding of his Strymon Flint, Phum Viphurit is a prodiguous creator of dreamscapes. The Thai’s first indie pop-star  has found viral fame at home by channeling the breezy sounds of artists like Mac DeMarco.  23-year-old first burst on the scene in 2018 with his summery single Lover Boy, the music video for which has since garnered a jaw-dropping 40 million views on YouTube.

Larger than just an internet star now, the Thai singer-songwriter has been keeping busy touring the globe, spreading his brand of neo-soul cheer from Singapore to the United States. Taking some time out of his packed schedule, Phum will play tonight at La2 Apolo.

Divus Julius presents: Ladytron

With the passage of time, we have realized that Ladytron has been running for almost 20 years, and therefore they have stopped being that young Liverpool band that wanted to update the sound of synthetic pop – in the manner of mythical 80s groups  as The Human League– to become something better: the great synth-pop formation of its time, beyond the revivals and tributes. Ladytron have baggage, trajectory, important albums and hits, and their concerts have become increasingly rich and solid. Tonight at Razzmatazz they will present their new album Ladytron, the sixth already, and one of the most inspired of their long life.

The muses of La Musa: Holly Herndon

Since releasing “Movement” a decade ago, Herndon has consistently pushed at the boundaries of music creation, in the process further erasing the line between programmer and musician. Concerned intimately with the internet and the networked individual, her 2015 LP Platform is considered a watershed moment in the scene. As we approach the end of the decade, Holly continues to explore the nature of our reality as humans through technology like no other being. Today at 16.30 at Sónar.

Divus Julius presents: Octavian

Everyone is talking about Octavian. With one foot in Grime and the other in the spaciest reaches of the rap world, this young French born, London based artist has quickly found his own sound, impossible to categorise but unquestionably unique. His lyrics, mature, reflective but honed in the streets, convey the worldly nature of a man who at 21 years of age has been through the death of his father, a cultural uprooting (from France to Camberwell) and the contradictory peaks of attending two years on a scholarship to London’s private Brit School, followed by long stretches sleeping between friends sofas and the street.

Perhaps it’s due to these conflicting experiences that his tracks startle for their open minded approach to genre: drawing on spacey synths and hard edged trap beats, before veering into house or techno breakdowns. This virtuosity is on display in his early hits – Party Here (with more than a million views on youtube), 100 Degrees or Little – as well as across his two mixtapes to date: Essie World and Spaceman, both of which were critically lauded for their intelligence, authenticity, range and profound sense of rhythm.  This friday at 00.50AM at Sónar.

The muses of La Musa: Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana is a dynamic young artist who has commanded world attention since homemade videos of Tash went viral. A true virtuoso, Tash was soon selling out massive theatres globally and playing at the world’s biggest festivals – no mean feat for an artist who just a year before was recording songs on a go pro in a bedroom. Since Tash’s grandfather gifted a guitar at the age of three, the self-taught artist quickly developed a unique style that has people lining up to see around the globe. Tash has mastered over 15 instruments, vocals that shine with a magical quality and a live show that needs to be seen to be believed. The one-person powerhouse started out playing open mic nights on a fake id and busking on the streets of Melbourne. Now Tash is selling out every headline show, from theatres to arenas across multiple countries and playing dozens of high profile festivals around the globe.

Tash Sultana last release  is ‘Can’t Buy Happiness’ – the first new music since the globetrotting phenomenon’s J Award nominated debut album Flow State. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.