Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 19/07/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
Video killed the radio star, then hanged itself. They both knew what was coming.
10) Elton John: Place of the Apotheosis
What: Sir Elton John, is a singer, composer, pianist and all round British national treasure who has been blessing the world with his talents for decades. Experience his 1995 Rio de Janeiro concert broadcast live to a global audience.
Why: Nothing like a vision of Rocketman in Rio in ’95 to contrast ‘rona in Rio in 2020. They’re both mass amounts of bodies piled on top of each other but in the latter version they’re not moving.
9) Silverstein: Next Level
What: Silverstein is a 5-piece post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada who formed in 2000 and currently consists of Paul Koehler, Josh Bradford, Billy Hamilton, Shane Told and Paul Marc Rousseau. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they will be livestreaming a special concert from isolation.
Why: You know how the place around your stomach shrivels with embarrassment when you remember your ‘nobody-understands-me’ teenage phase? Well these guys are in their 40s and have stomachs of f***ing steel.
8) Mando Diao: Live From Nalen
What: Formed in Sweden in 1999, Mando Diao is a garage rock band that takes the form of a pop outfit that has earned two Platinum certified albums with “Give Me Fire!” and “Infruset”. According to the band, The Beatles is their original inspiration source and the name Mando Diao has only one meaning, and it appeared to band member Björn Dixgård in a dream. Experience their unique talents in a livestreamed concert.
Why: The Beatles via Sweden. This is definitely not the first time someone has thanked a higher power for the existence of Liverpool, but perhaps the first time someone has been spurred to do so because of someone named Björn.
7) Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Livestreamed Concert
What: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (formed in 2003) is an American folk-rock influenced alternative rock band who have collaborated with the likes of Andrew Bird and Joanna Newsom, hailing from Fall Church, Virginia, U.S. Experience their unique talents in an intimate livestreamed concert.
Why: Folk as processed by replicants.
6) Dirty Honey: Live
What: L.A. band Dirty Honey takes its cues from Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses as it taps into new sources of rock, and adds a gritty blues flair to the anthemic style of their rock heroes. Experience their style of new-fashioned rock and roll in an intimate livestreamed concert.
Why: They actually are very reminiscent of Aerosmith. So, Steve Tyler, please feel no need to keep hanging on. We’ve got people covered in human meat and blood and all their own fully functioning organs to scream for us. If you don’t want to die unnoticed we can prop you up in a wheat-field somewhere in Massachusetts and invest a large part of your wealth in surrounding your moulding corpse with a constant stream of just legal sixteen-year-old female mourners.
5) Video Age & Dana Gavanski: Live
What: Video Age is the project of Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli, longtime friends from their early years coming up in New Orleans’ DIY scene. Together, they use a host of vintage synthesizers to craft music that taps into a vein of early ’80s synth-pop. Experience their unique talents in a livestreamed concert.
Why: A chill funk sound for the 2020 era. In other words, almost offensively inappropriate.
4) Mandolin Orange: Echo Mountain Concert
What: Slow-burning, steadily rising folk duo, Mandolin Orange, have mastered a largely acoustic sound that exudes gentle elegance. Experience their unique vibes in an intimate livestreamed concert from one of their favourite studios in Echo Mountain.
Why: Check them out before Nutella soundtracks its next ‘wholesome-family-memories-this-isn’t-diabetes-on-toast’ ad.
3) La Luz Livestream Concert
What: Los Angeles rock band La Luz, featuring Shana Cleveland, Marian Li Pino, Alice Sandahl, and Lena Simon has received critical acclaim following the release of three studio albums It’s Alive, Weirdo Shrine, and Floating Features on Hardly Art, and continues to impress audiences worldwide. They will be holding a unique livestreamed concert for the COVID era.
Why: Catch them before they’re contracted to provide the entire soundtrack for the inevitable Daria reboot.
2) Tomorrowland Around the World
26th & 27th July
What: Tomorrowland is the world’s biggest dance music festival, bringing an A-list lineup of DJs from across the dance music spectrum to Belgium each summer. That means whether you’re into EDM, house, techno, hardstyle, or all of the above, you’ll be surrounded by only the best. This year, the festival is going digital, providing 3D imaging from within its website, along with the fireworks and laser shows that have become trademark of the festival, no VR goggles required. Katy Perry will be hosting this year’s festival along with talents such as Adam Beyer, Afrojack, ANNA, David Guetta, Gryffin, Martin Garrix, San Holo, Steve Aoki and Tiësto.
Why: The deserved soundtrack to this hell of our own making.
1) Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace
What: Nick Cave performed solo at the piano at the iconic London venue, Alexandra Palace in June. In this unique performance, audiences around the world will have the chance to watch Nick Cave play songs from his extensive back catalogue, including rare tracks that most fans will be hearing for the first time. The songs are taken from across the breadth of Cave’s career, including early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen. Join the global live streaming event of the film of his performance. The performance will not be available to view online following the event.
Why: Keep making love to your misery.