Dig It Up! Hoodoo Gurus Invitational 2013 in Melbourne

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Rocked up to the Palace in time to see The Stems. Dom, Ash et al nailed it, with just the right mixture of volume, stage presence, and of course, great songs. They make it look easy, but that's due to starting a long time ago, and continuing to keep us happy, due to the "lerv" of the music they play, and those pesky bills. Spied Compleat Angler shop owner Chris Baty in the crowd next to me, without his customary fishing tackle in- hand - so I knew I was close to the bar.

Hoodoo Gurus and Lime Spiders in Adelaide

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The Gov, Sunday, June 9, 2013

Haven't you always loved the idea of parallel universes? In a parallel universe, Iggy Pop invites the Lime Spiders to open for his every gig throughout 1990, and they come to the attention of endless slebs who praise Mick Blood's icewater-on-hot-embers voice so much that he ends up co-starring in one of the die-hards franchise, singing duets with Amy Winehouse. Mick's a kind man and he helps her kick the hard stuff.

Kraftwerk in Sydney

Kraftwerk, along with the Ramones and the Stooges, are members of a fairly exclusive gang of determined minimalists who worked to change how the world saw music.

Chris Masuak & The North 40

Marrickville, Leichhardt and Rozelle, January 2014

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Photos & video by Shona Ross

The problem with Australia is that we have so many actual legends that we can't keep up. This gives rise to an unpleasant result where many living legends fall through the cracks.

The Cannanes + Summer Flake + The Monies

The Metropolitan Hotel, Adelaide, September 22, 2013

There is a likelihood I will offend during this review. If I do, I apologise in advance, to the bands and to I94bar, and to The Dark Lord Barman. Particularly as I am going to delve into that dreadful area of 'journo advising a band how to improve'.