Live Reviews

  • In the Flesh! The Wombats @ Brisbane Riverstage - Review – Richelle Allan Pic – Bobby Rein via themusic.com.au After a slew of festival appearances for their last few Australian visits, British indie-rock trio, The Wombats, are back in sunny Brisvegas for a headline show to celebrate ten years since the release of their debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. After releasing […]
  • In the Flesh! Oh Pep! @ Black Bear Lodge - Pics Bobby Rein Review – Georgia Corpe Folk-pop wunderkinds Olivia “Oh” Hally and Pepita “Pep” Emmerichs AKA Oh Pep! return to the Australian touring circuit, this time hitting a butt-load of venues spanning from Western Australia down to Victoria and the Sunshine State, with some shows even selling out. Tonight is Brissie’s turn to hear the […]
  • In the Flesh! Client Liaison @ The Tivoli - Pics – Zach Hogg Review – Richelle Allan Client Liaison took us back to the 80s and 90s on Friday sharing with us their latest album release Diplomatic Immunity. Their show was an ode to all things Australiana and the hedonism of the corporate world at the turn of the ’90s.  It was a full […]
  • In the Flesh! The Mountain Goats @ The Factory Theatre - Pics Annette Geneva Ahead of the release of their upcoming record, Goths we were lucky enough to catch US Indie-Folk warlords, The Mountain Goats perform an intimate set in Sydney town. Here’s a couple of pics of the North Carolinian’s performing hits from their huge 15 record back catalogue. Enjoy!
  • In the Flesh! Illy @ The Tivoli - Pics – Zach Hogg Review – Richelle Allan The Tivoli was bursting at the seams on Saturday night as swarms of fans gathered for Illy’s last show of his Two Degrees tour. Australia’s favourite rapper released his fifth album Two Degrees late 2016 after much anticipation from fans, and what a major success it was. Scoring […]
  • In the Flesh! Kingswood @ The Triffid - Pics – Zach Hogg Review – Richelle Allen The three indie rock boys of Kingswood are back in Brissy to share with us the killer live vocals of their latest album release After Hours, Close to Dawn. The band have decided to go in a completely different direction with their follow up album. Comparing it […]
  • Honeyblood_310317_BobbyRein-9 In the Flesh! Honeyblood @ The Brightside - Review – Georgia Corpe Pics – Bobby Rein Scottish alt-rock duo Honeyblood have finally graced our shores to tour their catchy af sophomore album Babes Never Die. After having some radio success with their single Sea Hearts over here, Australian audiences are keen to see how they pull off all that noise with just guitarist/vocalist […]
  • Frightened Rabbit bear family annette geneva In the Flesh! Frightened Rabbit @ Oxford Arts Factory - Pics & Review – Annette Geneva Frightened Rabbit have finally made it back to Australia after their three year absence. Their long anticipated east coast tour has almost SOLD OUT and their fan base has substantially grown since their 2014 string of shows. Painting of a Panic Attack the bands fifth studio album seemed more polite and […]
  • laneway-bobbyrein St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ BNE Showgrounds – 2017 - Review – Georgia Corpe Pics – Bobby Rein It’s that time of the year again. Yes, that’s right, it’s Laneway Day! (aka Australia Day). A typically hot January day in Brissie sets the tone for what was surely going to be a sweaty ten hours. But what better thing to do on such a morally […]
  • DESIIGNER - Copyright Zacharytexas 2015 In the Flesh! FOMO Festival 2017 @ Brisbane Riverstage - Pics – Zach Hogg Review – Meredith McLean One day – one stage – no clashes. Unlike the glut of bands (and undesirable camping conditions) of the New Year festivals, FOMO provides all the glory of the festival without the blistering heat and bucketing rain of festivals past. Bear Family kicked off the first official […]
  • ADTR Copyright Zacharytexas 2015 In the Flesh! A Day to Remember @ Brisbane Riverstage - Pics – Zach Hogg Review – Georgia Corpe Bringing their massively heavy 6th LP, Bad Vibrations, A Day To Remember grace our shores yet again for some wholesome metalcore fun. Along for the ride is Sydney’s very own emo-pop group Tonight Alive, and taking Of Mice and Men’s spot on the tail end of the […]
  • Flume - Copyright Zacharytexas 2015 In the Flesh! Flume @ Brisbane Riverstage - Images – Zach Hogg Review – Meredith McLean Lightshows and starry skies; that’s how we sum Flume’s return to Aus to close out the massive world tour. Besides an incredible light display featuring a beautiful cacophony of beams and smoke, Flume manages to achieve the impossible. In such an immense crowd at a sold out show, you […]
  • remi-nsc-teresapham In the Flesh! Remi @ Newtown Social Club - Images – Teresa Pham Review – Harry Ward Australia’s most promising hip hop act Remi comes to Sydney to celebrate the release of the gorgeous new album, Divas and Demons. THE OTHER GUYS: BARO Melbourne based rapper and an occasional feature in Remi’s repertoire, Baro opens the show up with a handful of pseudo-U.S.A. beats and […]
  • IN THE FLESH! The Tallest Man on Earth @ Melbourne Recital Centre - Words by Alistair Rathbone The Tallest Man on Earth, AKA the rather medium-sized Kristian Matsson, has been troubadour-ing his way around the globe for 10 years now, since the release of his debut self titled EP in 2006. Matsson has slowly but steadily evolved his sound from the rough-around-the-edges, ‘indie Dylan’ stylings of his debut […]
  • In the Flesh! Thundamentals @ The Tivoli - Images Zach Hogg Our boy Zach got down to The Tivoli to catch Aus hiphop legends Thundamentals do their thang mid-way through their huge 17 date Never Say Never national tour. These are his stories (in pics).. dun dun! THE OTHER GUYS: PEZ THE MAIN SQUEEZE: THUNDAMENTALS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE – FULL GALLERY
  • In the Flesh! Band of Skulls @ Oxford Art Factory - Images & Review – Annette Geneva Southhampton rockers Band of Skulls are touring Australia this month on the back of their fourth album By Default (released May 2016). Playing three shows in New South Wales (including Newcastle and Wollongong), Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson and Matt Hayward take the stage of Oxford Art Factory by storm on this fine Sunday evening! After […]
  • In The Flesh! Holy Holy @ The Triffid 26th Nov - Images Cristina Jorgensen It’s Saturday night in Brisbane and HOLY HOLY are back in town to close out their 10 date national east coast tour at what seems to be their favourite Bris venue, The Triffid. Alex L’Estrange and I Know Leopard warm up the stage nicely before the Holy Holy lads take to the stage to […]
  • apes-resized-by-annette-geneva-41 In the Flesh! APES @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney - Review – Harry Ward Pics – Annette Geneva THE OTHER GUYS: CREO Local boys CREO are a loud and proud band to watch. They love a chant and boast massive climaxes in each song, like Birds of Tokyo on steroids. The four-piece ripped through a great set with finesse and fearlessness, their sound belongs on […]
  • deftones-zachhogg In the Flesh! Deftones @ Brisbane Riverstage - Pics – Zach Hogg Review – Meredith McLean School nights are for chumps! Everyone is at Brisbane’s Riverstage on this fine Sunday night listening to Deftones‘ album tour, Gore. The album, which had a few bumps and kinks before finally getting an official release April this year is worth it in the end. These guys are the tough as nail […]
  • In the Flesh! The Dandy Warhols @ The Big Top, SYD - Pics Annette Geneva It’s Friday night in Sydney town and four piece Portland rockers The Dandy Warhols have rolled into town. Along for the ride are young up and comers outta Brisbane, Morning Harvey! Our gal Annette was there to catch all the action! MORNING HARVEY THE DANDY WARHOLS FULL GALLERY
  • stickyfingers_bobbyrein-5 In the Flesh! Sticky Fingers @ The Tivoli - Review – Georgia Corpe Pics – Bobby Rein The epitome of a hot, sweaty night with one of Australia’s most beloved indie rock bands is Sticky Fingers. I mean, they do have a song called Australia Street. Off the back of their third studio LP, the five-piece hit one of Brisbane’s best stages, kicking off […]
  • ceres_cristinajorgensen In the Flesh! Ceres @ Crowbar - Review and Pics – Cristina Jorgensen It’s Friday night in Fortitude Valley’s favourite metal bar, Crowbar and the punters have flocked to catch Ceres do their beautiful alternative, punky thang. THE OTHER GUYS: WE SET SAIL Brisbane boys We Set Sail play to a very welcoming crowd. With only six songs to play, their set seems […]
  • IN THE FLESH! Mariachi El Bronx @Manning Bar - words by Adele Stewart THE EXPERIENCE Mariachi El Bronx here we go! RIIIIIVA RIIIIIVAAA RIIIIIIVAAAAAA! Manning Bar is a room in which the band always has to put in a decent effort to maximise crowd energy. From my first time there seeing COG to my ‘largest’ time there seeing the Foo Fighters, I’ve seen a […]
  • JAALA In the Flesh! Jaala @ Newtown Social Club - Words – Harry Ward Images – Teresa Pham Most recently in the state for Volumes Festival, Jaala return to celebrate the release of the new single Junior Spirit. They jump straight into a new tune for the Sydney crowd, titled Frog, and it is immediately apparent that this band have come a long way since […]
  • IN THE FLESH! Regurgitator @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney - Words by Adele Stewart Regurgitator are the band that keep on giving- from classic albums such as Unit, to game-changing bubble sessions, Regurgitator have a  place in every music lover’s hearts. Bear Family alumna Adele Stewart loves the ‘Gurg, and she headed down to Sydney’s Metro theatre to see if the boys are still killing it just […]
  • stonefield-annettegeneva-38 In the Flesh! Stonefield @ The Imperial Hotel, SYD - Pics – Annette Geneva Psych-rock sisters Stonefield are on the road with their sophomore record As Above, So Below. We had the pleasure of catching White Bleaches supporting and Stonefield knocking it out of the park down at The Imperial Hotel on Saturday night in Sydney. White Bleaches   Stonefield Full Gallery
  • superjesus-annettegeneva-94 In the Flesh! The Superjesus @ Oxford Arts Factory - Pics – Annette Geneva It’s Friday night in Sydney and The Superjesus are bringing the noise to Oxford Arts Factory. Local alt rockers, The Art warm the stage very nicely which sets a high standard for the headline act to follow. The wait is worth it, and The Superjesus absolutely blow the socks off the eager,  fans. […]
  • safia_zacharytexas_2 In the Flesh! SAFIA @ The Tivoli - Review – Dan Etiel Images – Zach Hogg Fresh off the release of their debut album Internal (but no strangers to hype) indie-pop darlings SAFIA bring their soulful, electronica A-game to an absolutely pumping, sold out Tivoli theatre. The Other Guys: Set Mo The Sydney DJ duo take to the decks at centre stage as punters […]
  • zacharytexas_thejezabels2 In the Flesh! The Jezabels @ The Triffid - Review – Georgia Corpe Images – Zach Hogg After months of uncertainty as to whether fans would get to catch Synthia live, The Jezabels return triumphant for a national tour. Cancelling a world tour earlier this year due to keyboardist Heather Shannon requiring treatment for ovarian cancer, this tour is seemingly a special one for […]
  • The Bennies I Love Life Festival 2016 @ The Triffid, Brisbane - Photos – Zach Hogg It’s that time of year again where legendary Aussie label, Poison City Records chuck a huge punky party for BRIS and SYD in lieu of the longstanding Poison City Weekender which is held exclusively in MELB each year. I LOVE LIFE FEST! Second year running, and we’ve got a hell of a lineup following […]
  • City Calm Down In the Flesh! City Calm Down @ Max Watts, Brisbane - Photos & Review – Bobby Rein City Calm Down have had a whirlwind of a 2016 since the release of their debut record In a Restless House in November 2015. They nailed their SOLD OUT national album tour in March/April, toured the UK, played a killer Splendour in the Grass set with a huge turnout, […]
  • In the Flesh! The Dead Love @ The Bald Faced Stag, SYD - Photos & Review – Annette Geneva Friday night in Sydney, everyone is keen to go out. With The lock out laws in the CBD you can clearly notice the amount of gig-goers reduced quite a bit, but The Dead Love‘s album launch at The Bald Faced Stag wasn’t at all like that. THE OTHER GUYS I […]
  • IN THE FLESH! Rare Finds #18 @ Oxford Arts Factory - Our newest member of the extended Bear Family, Adele, went on a reviewing rampage over the weekend at Rare Finds #18, one Sydney’s hottest nights for up and coming indie talent. With some of Australia’s best on show, how did it all go down? Hot Spoke Beginning the evening I was immediately enchanted by lead […]
  • In the Flesh! Billy Talent @ The Metro Theatre, SYD - Photos & Review – Annette Geneva After a 3 year absence Canadian four piece rock band Billy Talent finally graced Australia’s shores with their presence. And boy, I am excited. Touring on the back of their absolutely magnificent new album Afraid of Heights, which essentially switched their song lyrics from toxic relationships, bullying and being a […]
  • IN THE FLESH! James Blake at Margaret Court Arena - Fresh from what I can only assume was a rapturous Splendour performance (I was too busy in the Fat Yak tent playing hoopla with a dead bison head), James Blake headed to Melbourne to play his first Aussie arena show in front of a crowd of eager Blake disciples. I was curious as to how […]
  • IN THE FLESH! Band of Horses @ Sydney Opera House - Words by: Harry Ward Photos by: Annette Geneva It’s been just over one month since the release of Band of Horses’ wonderfully crafted fifth studio album Why Are You OK, and the South Carolina outfit are already hitting Aussie stages with the new goods. Last night, Band of Horses graced the Sydney Opera House with a one-of-a-kind performance. The […]
  • 10 Beautiful Moments.. at Splendour in the Grass 2016! - Splendour 2016 is done and dusted. I’m exhausted, my legs are jelly and all I wanna do is go back. WE HAVE TO GO BACK! As always, Splendour delivered the goods-a great lineup, beautiful weather, beautiful people and a killer weekend. Bear Family were on the ground to review all the action, and we’ve decided […]
  • jack garratt bear family IN THE FLESH! Jack Garratt Live at 170 Russell Melbourne - Jack Garratt, like the finest cream, has risen to the top in what seems like a heartbeat-his first big single Breathe Life was taken to by the Aussie masses like a 29 year old accountant with low self-esteem/crippling nostalgia takes to Pokemon Go. The public devoured this British electro-troubadour and couldn’t get enough. Breathe Life […]
  • glass animals shot by Bear Family-Annette geneva IN THE FLESH! Glass Animals @ The Metro Theatre - Glass Animals sure do love Australia and we sure as gosh darn heck love them right back. With new music on the very near horizon, the fish-slappin’ boys from the UK touched down in Sydney and got down with a bunch of us at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. Sounds good right? Lucky for us, Annette Geneva […]
  • Ngaiire live at The Foundry IN THE FLESH! Ngaiire @ The Foundry - Ngaiire is having a ‘blast’ this year- geddit? She’s touring the country, releasing albums and is gearing up for a huge set at Splendour in the Grass in just a few weeks! In a pretty exclusive (apart from heaps of other people) sneak peak at what to expect come the 2nd last weekend in July, […]
  • The paper Kites at the tivoli IN THE FLESH! The Paper Kites live @ The Tivoli - Our favourite mischievous munchkin Zachary Texas popped his nose in to see what The Paper Kites were up to at the Tivoli on Saturday night. Turns out they were busy performing a red hot bunch of tunes in support of their latest Midnight tour. The guys from The Paper Kites are just about to head off on a jet plane to […]
  • TSSB @ Max Watts In the Flesh! The Smith Street Band @ Max Watts, BNE - Review & Photos – @bobbyreinphoto Poison City legends, The Smith Street Band are back in town for a Throw Me in The River victory lap of Australia. Since its 2014 release, TSSB have galavanted: Australia, NZ, Europe and the US. The night is warmed up nicely by: Jess Locke, Joelistics (an impressive lineup-outcast), and fellow Poison City […]
  • Camp Cope @ Crowbar In the Flesh! Camp Cope @ Crowbar - Review – Georgia Corpe Photos – Bobby Rein One of the newest and most exciting additions to the Poison City lineup hits the road, bringing indie-punk geniuses Camp Cope to Brisbane, the last stop of their East Coast tour. After the success of their most-likely-to-be-put-on-repeat-for-days self titled debut LP, it is no surprise that the […]
  • Basement @ THe Triffid In the Flesh! Basement @ The Triffid - Review – Georgia Corpe Photos – Ophelia Symons After returning from an indefinite hiatus and releasing their third progressive punk-rock album Promise Everything last year, Basement have returned from the dead swinging, bringing the ruckus to Australia along with Virginia Beach pals Turnover. Tonight is their first show of their Australia tour, unfortunately with support […]
  • Tinpan Orange In the Flesh! Tinpan Orange @ Old Museum, Brisbane - Review – Georgia Corpe Photos – Bobby Rein On the outskirts of the Fortitude Valley, an understated venue for live music exists – The Old Museum. As a newbie to this undetected live music venue, it dawns on me how brilliant this place is; with it’s high ceilings, unimposing space for listeners with the low […]
  • In the Flesh! RÜFÜS @ Brisbane Riverstage - Review – Meredith McLean Photos – Bobby Rein What’d you get up on the weekend? Was it good? But was it really good? Like seeing RÜFÜS during their huge Bloom World Tour good? Because that’s how good it should’ve been. Now that we’ve established what’s good, let’s talk about what’s amazing. You should know the answer […]
  • m83 Junk tour brisbane IN THE FLESH! M83 @ The Tivoli - Words by Kirsty Keene Photos by Zachary Texas Photography The Tivoli went off Saturday night as Japanese Wallpaper and M83 graced Brisbane. Returning for their seventh LP ‘Junk’ tour, their performance was anything but junk as they enticed their audience with an alluring light show and electro anthems. Punters trickled into the venue as ased […]
  • wide eyed Live volume 3 IN THE FLESH! Wide Eyed Live Volume 3 - Words by Harry Ward Musicians love to look cool, this is fact. There is one particular breed of gig attendee that contributes to an artist’s image like no other. You’ll find them lurking in the front row of every show (although they never seem to stay for more than three songs), giving the artist their […]
  • Jaala live review IN THE FLESH! Jaala @ Plan B - Words by Harry Ward I remember asking my friends for new album recommendations. Jaala was mentioned. I gave it a spin on Spotify and KABLAM!, I found my new favourite Australian act. Jaala’s debut record Hard Hold is intelligently written, brutally performed and elegantly produced. I needed to see how they went on stage. They […]
  • Of monsters and men review bear family IN THE FLESH! Of Monsters and Men @ The Tivoli - Words by Georgia Corpe Photos by Cristina Jorgensen It’s 7:30 and the Tivoli is packed, but else would you expect from Icelandic folk bunch Of Monsters and Men as they travel around the country, selling out shows left, right and centre. This is the first run of shows since their appearance at last years Splendour […]

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