Naughty By Nature – Metro Theatre, Sydney (13.11.15)

Naughty By Nature in Sydney. Photography: Tristan Stefan Edouard

Naughty By Nature in Sydney. Photography: Tristan Stefan Edouard

Naughty By Nature - Metro Theatre, Sydney. Photography: Tristan Stefan Edouard.

Naughty By Nature – Metro Theatre, Sydney. Photography: Tristan Stefan Edouard.

Naughty By Nature, Grammy winning award hip hop trio consisting of members Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay-Gee, have become a household name for over 25 years. From humble beginnings as teenagers making music to becoming one of the world’s most prominent, legendary and socially conscientious hip hop groups to ever exist. No one ever knows how successful one would end up being when you’re just starting out as teenagers making music, but they have maintained their position for more than two and half decades with two platinum albums and several gold and platinum singles. Their music is timeless – with songs being made reference to in movies and TV shows and reaching a diverse range of audience. Attending the Naughty By Nature Sydney show had left me extremely nostalgic, which brought back so many memories from back in the day.

As I was preparing to write this review, I began to think about when I was first introduced to Naughty By Nature, let alone hip hop music. My long term memory dates back to when I was probably only about four years old in the late 80s at one of the many house parties in West/ South-West Sydney (which were put on by friends of the family with all generations from parents, to grandparents, to us kids). My earliest memories were of Kuya Rey aka DJ Shy Guy of Priority One DJs, who would play all of the top hits from the “golden years” of hip hop (vinyls) including Naughty By Nature’s hits, and even dressed and danced/ crab walked to MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’ at nearly every party I’ve been to. It was these memories that stuck forever. His younger brother Chris aka DJ Filiano has also followed in his footsteps. Since then hip hop stuck with me, but I definitely got into other genres like R&B, jazz, blues, rock, pop, country, classical and all these old songs thanks to my parents (soppy love songs on karaoke), cassette tapes, radio and music TV shows like Video Hits and Rage!

Brothers Marlon, Chris (DJ Filiano) and Rey (DJ Shyguy) deejaying at their house in the late 90s.

Brothers Marlon, Chris (DJ Filiano) and Rey (DJ Shyguy) deejaying at their house in the late 90s.

Kuya Rey aka DJ Shy Guy

Kuya Rey aka DJ Shy Guy

Back then I didn’t really know much about hip hop. It wasn’t until the last eight or so years that I realised it is more than just a genre. It’s a culture. It brings people together as a community, it allows people to have their freedom of expression. It involves all elements such as DJing, MCing, graffiti, B-Boying and knowledge of the culture. Over the years I learned a lot about the true culture of hip hop by absorbing knowledge and experiences from places that foster and impart hip hop culture to youth such as the Street University, being surrounded by the hip hop community, supporting local music and artists and their music, attending local shows, watching documentaries, filming and interviewing local artists and promoters, reading, research, listening to more music from the 80s & 90s, as well as embracing new material.

Community Event. Street University Mt Druitt. Photo: Jackie Te-Aroha

Community Event. Street University Mt Druitt. Photo: Jackie Te-Aroha

On Friday night at 9:13pm, I’m literally “waiting for a mate” outside the Metro Theatre realising I’m standing in a very busy thorough-way, I make my way to the side of the venue to avoid being a hazard and getting trampled on. I look over my right shoulder and I see Treach arriving through the side access of the venue. Then I freaked out with excitement as I knew this show was about to go down soon. Luckily my friend arrived not too long after and we head straight into the venue, right up the front. I knew I was there not only to watch a hip hop show but to witness “the” Naughty By Nature who contributed to the development of hip hop as a genre.

First up I managed to catch Zehrish aka The 26th Letter as support act. Zee is from local hip hop trio Soul Benefits (MC/ Producer/ DJ), and a youth worker at The Street University. He played an apt selection of hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s including Outkast’s ‘Miss Jackson’, Biggie’s ‘Juicy’, Snoop Dogg’s ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, 50 Cent’s ‘Candy Shop’, Next’s ‘Too Close’ and many more! The 26th Letter definitely hyped up the crowd as they waited patiently for Naughty By Nature to hop on. My friend was feeling the hype too – “I like the build up – the anticipation!”.

Lee Monro x Ello C of The Overtimers later joined the 26th Letter and his brother Aakell aka Young Supreme, to perform their collaboration single (and one of my favourites) ‘Roll Call’. Storme wasn’t there that night, not sure where he was. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to see them perform live, so it was totally awesome to watch them support one of the greatest hip hop acts.

After a good build up, Naughty By Nature hopped on stage and the crowd roared with excitement. DJ Kay-Gee asked the crowd who was born in the 90s, 80s, 70s and even 60s! For some people, they were introduced to NBN in high school or finished school at the time. For others, musical tastes we’re influenced by older siblings. One of the highlights of the night was when they performed their first hit single ‘O.P.P’ (sampled from Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’), ‘Feel Me Flow’ and ‘Ring The Alarm’ from 19 Naughty Nine: Nature’s Fury album. Another highlight was when the crowd was asked if they would like to “time travel” back to 1991 to ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ (a rework of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’) – a song about Treach’s childhood and youth growing up in poverty. This song was more of an encouragement to all that ‘everything’s gonna be alright’ no matter what situation one is faced with. NBN went on to remind fans that “most importantly you must love yourself” and asked the crowd to “put an L up in the air (making a hand gesture) if you love yourself!”. It was an energetic and touching set throughout. Another favourite was the party jam of ‘Jamboree’ where everyone jumped to the ‘jam jam’.

Although this was the Aussie By Nature tour (25th Anniversary) celebrating the Naughty By Nature’s long successful career of hit singles and their contribution to hip hop, they didn’t go without acknowledging other legendary and key hip hop icons including Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, Eazy E, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg – just to name a few. As they performed, Vin Rock noticed a teenage boy rapping to all the words to their songs, so he gestured to him to hop up on stage with him. However, the boy was quite hesitant at first so he let him be… for about 30 seconds, before he looked over to the boy again. One could see he really wanted him to come up on stage, so Vin reached out to him and he finally came up on stage with some encouragement from his family and the crowd. Vin said to him “I noticed you know all the words to our song, how old are you man?” The boy said “I’m 18”. The crowd cheered him on in awe. Vin asked him “who are you here with?”. “My mum and brother”. Again the crowd roared. It’s definitely awesome to see that their music is inter-generational which has transcended from the parents to their children and hopefully continues on. It seemed that attending this concert was like a family outing for some. That is what makes their music great. It’s timeless, simple and catchy. You can keep playing it year on, year out from decade to decade.

Being on tour at the other side of the world, they made sure to play one of Australia’s most iconic songs ‘Land Down Under’ by Men At Work, just for kicks. The crowd went crazy about it and even NBN were full into it. NBN asked who in the crowd was Aboriginal and for them to raise their hands in the air to acknowledge the first peoples of Australia.

Overall, it was a highly energetic live show (and party), with hands waving up in the air and people jumping up from front to back and side to side. There were little to no dramas in terms of the crowd and everyone was genuinely having a good time. I started to think about all the hip hop shows that I’ve ever been to and this was probably the best hip hop concert I’ve been to. Period.

Review Score: 9.5/10

Naughty by Nature has just finished up their Australian tour in Brisbane last night and New Zealand tonight. They will be heading back to the US before they continue their tour with over 25 shows booked in. For more information head to Big ups to all the organisers and the guys for coming to Oz. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

NGAIIRE’s latest single ‘Once’ and live shows

Photo credits: Vassi Lena

Photo credits: Vassi Lena

Following her debut neo-soul album Lamentations (2013 LP) Sydney-based folk/soul artist NGAIIRE has been working on her new LP, Blastoma with the single ‘Once’ as the appetizer of the album.’Once’ is co-written by Ngaiire, Megan Washington & the legendary Paul Mac, the track was also produced by Paul Mac & Jack Grace.

The single will be availble to buy from July 10. Feel free to check it out below and check out one of her live shows launching her single in Melbourne or Sydney.

‘Once’ Single Launch Dates:

Melbourne: FRIDAY 31 JULY, Shadow Electric, $15+BF/$20 door (TICKETS)

Sydney: THURSDAY 6 AUGUST, Newtown Social Club, $15+BF/$20 door (TICKETS)

Chet Faker ‘Built On Live’ East Coast Tour & New Single ‘Bend’


The almost 27 year old Nicholas James Murphy better known by his stage name Chet Faker is a proudly Australian electronica artist who rose to fame after his cover of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ went viral online in 2011. The cover song even featured on an American Superbowl commercial for Beck’s Sapphire!

Fast forward four years and Chet is set to embark on an Australian East Coast tour this October and November, playing his biggest venues to date. The ‘Built on Live’ Tour will have Chet performing an all-new show, featuring an expanded band with guests and never before performed live songs. Pre-sale tickets are available in a couple of days – be sure too get in quick! See below for more tour info.

Chet Faker ‘Built on Live’ Australian Tour

Frontier Touring, Opulent, Future Classic & WME present
Fri 30 Oct – Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Pre-Order 12pm AEST 22 June

Frontier Touring, Opulent, Future Classic & WME present
Sat 31 Oct – Riverstage, Brisbane
Pre-Order 12pm AEST 22 June

Frontier Touring, Opulent, Future Classic & WME present
Fri 6 Nov – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney
Pre-order 11am AEST 24 June

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In line with the announcement, Chet Faker has also premiered a previously unreleased track ‘Bend’ via triple j on Wednesday. Recorded during the Built on Glass recording period, Chet explains the track’s history:

“‘Bend’ was on Built on Glass until the last minute. I recorded it in 2013 and kinda wanted to put it out since. It’s always felt like a part of Built on Glass and since this tour is the sort of live “director’s cut” of the album it made sense to release this before it lost context.”

Stream: Chet Faker – Bend

Grab a copy now via iTunes or BandCamp, or stream on Spotify.

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Chet Faker – ‘Talk Is Cheap’ (Live at Enmore Theatre, Sydney)



SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS has officially SOLD OUT for 2015.

After you have had a moment to weep or cheer (depending on how lucky you were in securing your pass to the hottest festival in the country)


With a tidal wave of amazing shows announced today, there is plenty of Splendour to go around!

Take a deep DEEP breath and check out the Full list of shows below:

Azealia Banks

Friday 24 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 26 July – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Best Coast

Sunday 26 July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Tuesday 28 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (18+)

Tickets on sale Monday 27 April, 9am AEST

Blur with Jamie T

Saturday 25 July – Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Tuesday 28 July – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thursday 30 July – Perth Arena, Perth

Tickets on sale Friday 1 May, 10am AEST

The Districts

Monday 27 July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Tuesday 28 July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Everything Everything with Urban Cone

Thursday 23 July – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 25 July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Johnny Marr

Saturday 18 July – The Metropolis, Fremantle
Monday 20 July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 21 July – The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday 22 July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Tickets on sale now

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Saturday 1 August – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 2 August – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Tuesday 4 August – Governor Hotel, Adelaide
Wednesday 5 August – Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST


Thursday 23 July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Saturday 25 July – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

MØ and Elliphant

Tuesday 28 July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday 29 July – Oxford Art Factory

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST


Wednesday 22 July – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Saturday 25 July – The Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Of Monsters And Men

Tuesday 21 July – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne (18+)
Wednesday 22 July – The State Theatre, Sydney (all ages)

Tickets on sale Thursday 30 April, 10am AEST

Porter Robinson with Wave Racer and Cosmo’s Midnight

Wednesday 22 July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 23 July – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Purity Ring

Friday 24 July – 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Monday 27 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney (all ages)

Tickets on sale now through venues

Ryan Adams with Jenny Lewis

Sunday 19 July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (18+)
Thursday 23 July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (all ages)

Tickets on sale Monday 4 May, 10 am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Thursday 30 April, 12 noon AEST

The Vaccines with Palma Violets

Monday 27 July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tuesday 28 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Wolf Alice

Thursday 23 July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 24 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

The Wombats with Circa Waves

Thursday 23 July – Metro City, Perth*
Monday 27 July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 28 July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Thursday 30 July – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
(*Circa Waves not supporting)

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST

Years & Years
Sunday 26 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Thursday 30 July – Howler, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 April, 9am AEST
Pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 28 April, 10am AEST



San Cisco – Gracetown National Tour 2015


Josh, Scarlett, Jordi and Nick are better know as Indie Pop band San Cisco. Hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia.

With some pretty impressive EPs already released including Golden Revolver (2010) and Awkward (2012), San Cisco are set to hit the road with a tour to support their sophomore album, Gracetown, which was released 6 March 2015, the title of which was inspired by Gracetown a small coastal town in Western Australia. 

The band is also set to hit the stage at the Groovin The Moo festival which hits regional cities across the country in April/May 2015.

With a lot of early praise for the band’s first album, you really should make it out to a show and see what all the fuss is about. I think your ears will thank you!

Tour Dates:

Bendigo, VIC – Groovin the Moo Festival SOLD OUT

Canberra, ACT – Groovin the Moo Festival BUY TIX

Wagga, NSW – The Crow Bar @ CSU (18+)

Bathurst, NSW – Charles Sturt University (18+) BUY TIX

Maitland, NSW – Groovin the Moo Festival BUY TIX

MAY 10
Townsville, QLD – Groovin the Moo Festival BUY TIX

MAY 14
Maroochydore, QLD – Solbar (18+) BUY TIX

MAY 15
Gold Coast, QLD – Coolangatta Hotel (18+) BUY TIX

MAY 16
Brisbane, QLD – The Triffid (18+) BUY TIX

MAY 17
Brisbane, QLD – The Triffid (U18 Matinee) BUY TIX

MAY 20
Launceston, TAS – Club 54 (18+) BUY TIX

MAY 21
Hobart, TAS – Hellenic (All Ages) BUY TIX

MAY 22
Melbourne, VIC – 170 Russell (18+) SOLD OUT

MAY 23
Melbourne, VIC – The Hifi (U18 Matinee) BUY TIX

MAY 24
Melbourne, VIC – 170 Russell (18+) BUY TIX

MAY 29
Wollongong, NSW – UOW Unibar (18+) BUY TIX

MAY 30
Sydney, NSW – Enmore Theatre (All Ages) BUY TIX

For tour info head to:

See you on the dance floor!

GROOVIN THE MOO 2015 is upon us


Follow your animal instincts to what is widely regarded as one of the most exciting Music festival in the country. Stretching across the country and hitting regional hotspots GROOVIN THE MOO 2015 is set to get your feet MOO-ving .

The Set times have dropped and it’s set to be one to remember. With a heap of Australian Home-grown stock added to the already Beefed up line-up.. its sure to leave your mouth watering!

Oakbank 25 April SELLING FAST
Bunbury 26 April SOLD OUT
Bendigo 2 May SOLD OUT
Canberra 3 May SELLING FAST
Maitland 9 May SOLD OUT
Townsville 10 May SELLING FAST

Tickets are flying out the door!…So as Bart Simpsons would say..Don’t have a cow man! There is still time…
For ticket and event info head over to:

Groovin the Moo 2015 – Set times Drop it like its HOT



SAFIA – Counting Sheep Single Launch


SAFIA are set to hit the road a string of already SOLD OUT performances to launch new track Counting Sheep, which has been describes as the “evil sibling” of last year’s Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (96 in the hottest 100 for 2014)

With almost 25,000 shazams since its debut this track surely helps support the belief that SAFIA.. ‘You are the one’ and is certainly not to be missed!

As part of the first instalment in the Vinyl Club series, each ticket purchased comes with a free 7” vinyl of the single, to be collected on the night.

For more information on the tour and to keep up to date with any further dates that may be added, visit:

Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW – April 30, SOLD OUT

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC – May 7, SOLD OUT

Hermitude ‘Through The Roof Remix’ EP is available now & Tour Dates!


Hermitude‘s Through The Roof Remix EP is available now in AUS/NZ. Featuring heavy hitting remixes from the likes of HWLS, Kilter, Sable, Kito & Reija Lee and AWE.

Their new album Dark Night Sweet Light is out May 15.


Catch them on the Dark Night Sweet Light Tour in June. Also appearing at roovin The Moo (April/May).

Hermitude with special guest Basenji
Supported by Jayteehazard
Presented by triple j, Artist Voice and Elefant Traks

Friday, June 12 – Metropolis, Fremantle WATickets
Thursday, June 18 – HQ, Adelaide SATickets
Friday, June 19 – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC – Tickets
Friday, June 26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Tickets
Saturday, June 27 – The Met, Brisbane QLD – Tickets

Watch the original ‘Through The Roof’ video by Hermitude feat. Young Tapz below:

Live Review: Macy Gray – Enmore Theatre (19.03.15)


It was almost a full house at the Enmore Theatre as last minute fans were ushered to their little red seats. You’d expect nothing less for the Grammy award winning soul singer, Macy Gray, who burst out into the music scene more than fifteen years ago with her album On How Life Is. Now, with the 2014 release of her eighth album, The Way, fans were restless to see what Macy was going to bring to the stage this time round.

Rocking illuminating LED ties, the band members got behind their instruments and let the smooth sounds of live music take over the room. The banging of the snare drum built up the audience’s vibe as they clapped for Macy Gray while she strutted on to the stage in a confident demeanour.

Wearing a red and gold glitter dress, Macy ran her hands down the pink feather boa that sat gracefully around her neck. Gripping her blinged out microphone stand with her black leather gloves, Macy stared into the crowd and let her husky voice speak the words that said ‘hello sexy people, my name is Macy Gray’.

Performing a mix of songs from her new and old albums, Macy’s voice was no different from what you would hear on her CDs. The raw talent of her extensive vocals were portrayed through songs like ‘Sweet Baby’, ‘Ghetto Love’ and ‘Relating to a Psychopath’.

Coming back from a costume change, Macy rocked another feather boa and brown glittery dress as she dropped the song ‘Sexual Revolution’. It was in that moment that everyone got up out of their little red seats and overtook the aisles to show off their funky dance moves. Hips were shaking as the track went into a cover of Rod Stewarts ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’, where people let themselves be care free, all under Macy’s demand.

Throughout the night, Macy gave a comedic insight of her life and her songs that made you nostalgic, especially when she sang her huge hit, ‘I Try’. Sounding like a choir recital, the audience sang every lyric back to Macy as she put her hands on her head and took it all in.

With a final costume change of another feather boa and dress, Macy came back on to the stage for a final performance of her song ‘The Way’. Bringing a cameraman out, Macy announced that the next video would have clips from the Sydney show, so everybody continued on with the feel good vibes. As she kept addressing the crowd as ‘you sexy people’, Macy created a bond with the audience that felt like a true friendship. You couldn’t help but get excited to see what’s in store for Macy in 2015.


Rating: 8/10

Macy Gray: The Way Australian Tour 2015

Macy Gray. Photo credits: Adam Fulton

Macy Gray. Photo credits: Adam Fulton

American Grammy award winner-songwriter Macy Gray has returned to Australian shores and is halfway through her tour to celebrate her latest release The Way (2014 LP).

Since Macy’s last visit for her Covered Tour in 2012 performing to an array of sold-out shows, she has developed a greater love for the Aussie fans and the fans have fell in love with this smooth soul songstress.

Macy Gray’s hit singles dates back to the late 90s and early 2000s during what seemed to be the era of popular Soul/ R&B releases. Her hit singles included ‘I Try’, ‘Sweet Baby’ and ‘When I See You’. Be sure to catch her at one of her upcoming shows in Newcastle, Port Macquarie and finishing off with Sydney! See below for more tour information.

Don’t forget to check out our last review from Macy Gray’s Sydney show at the Opera House Concert Hall on her last visit in 2012. Click here to view. 298423_413451505385256_564033778_n


Macy Gray’s upcoming shows in Australia

Tuesday, 17th March 2015
Lizotte’s, Newcastle
Tickets: via Lizotte

Wednesday, 18th March 2015
Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
Tickets: Glasshouse Theatre | 02 6581 8888

Thursday, 19th March 2015
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: via Ticketek | 132 84

For more info: and