Earwax Index

Degas guitar The Apartments NGVOver the past few years I’ve been documenting most of the gigs I’ve attended. From little known local acts in small, dingy pubs to big international bands in arenas. I’ve squashed in up the front and taken respite up the back. I’ve also taken notes, blurry photos and blurted out my thoughts on this blog.

It’s been a labour of love, but I’m winding up the project at some point, partly due to exhaustion and partly due to expense.

Over this time I’ve seen more than 180 acts at over 50 venues. Some of the best gigs have been St Vincent at Howler, Adalita at Northcote Social Club, Perfume Genius at the Corner Hotel and The Recital Centre, The Fall at the Melbourne Festival Hub, Tame Impala at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Prince at the State Theatre, Big Scary at 170 Russell Street, The Cure at Rod Laver Arena, Sufjan Stevens at Hamer Hall, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in Ballarat, Patti Smith at Festival Hall, Pussy Riot at Playhouse and Parquet Courts at Melbourne University.

Below is an alphabetical list of the acts I’ve seen. Rock on!

AC/DC: Etihad Stadium – 8 December 2015

Adalita: Northcote Social Club – 6 September 2015

Ainslie Wills: NGV – 21 February 2016

The Aints: Corner Hotel – 18 November 2017

Aldous Harding: Corner Hotel – 15 February 2015

Aldous Harding: Croxton Park Hotel – 7 February 2018

Alvvays: The Forum – 7 March 2016

Anohni: Sydney Opera House – 28 May 2016

Amanda Palmer: NGV – 10 March 2017

Angel Olsen: Corner Hotel – 28 November 2016

The Apartments: NGV – 22 July 2016

Arcade Fire: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 22 January 2014

Ball Park Music: Royal Melbourne Zoo – 10 February 2017

Batpiss: The Forum – 5 September 2015

Beach House: 170 Russell – 11 February 2016

Beth Orton: Croxton Park Hotel – 9 June 2017

Biddy Connor & Dave Williams: Northcote Social Club – 22 October 2017

Big Scary: 170 Russell – 5 October 2016

Big Thief: Royal Melbourne Zoo – 24 February 2017

Big Thief: Howler – 8 December 2017

Bjork Biophilia Live: live concert movie ACMI – 27 October 2014

Black Cab: NGV – 19 February 2016

Bob Dylan: Palais Theatre – 19 August 2014

Bob Dylan (2): Margaret Court Arena – 13 August 2018

Bruce Springsteen: AAMI Park – 4 February 2017

Bryan Adams: MCG – 1 October 2015

Calexico: Hamer Hall – 3 March 2016

Camp Cope: NGV – 26 February 2017

Camp Cope: Corner Hotel – 15 September 2017

Camp Cope: Thornbury Theatre – 15 March 2018

Car Seat Headrest: Croxton Park Hotel – 28 February 2018

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks: John Curtin Hotel – 27 May 2017

Ciggy Witch: Gasometer Hotel – 10 May 2016

Chris Isaak: MCG  – 1 October 2015

The Church play The Blood of a Poet: ACMI – 21 November 2014

City Calm Down: Corner Hotel – 7 April 2016

City Calm Down: The Forum – 15 June 2018

Cloud Nothings: Max Watts – 24 February 2018

Conor Oberst: Corner Hotel – 26 February 2015

Courtney Barnett: Festival Hall – 20 April 2017

Courtney Barnett: Festival Hall – 1 September 2018

Crowded House: Sydney Opera House Forecourt – 27 November 2016

The Cure: Rod Laver Arena – 28 July 2016

Dan Kelly: Parliament House – 15 November 2016

The Darling Downs: Grandview Hotel -2 April 2016

Dave Graney – The Workers Club – 2 May 2014

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes – Memo Music Hall – 7 August 2015

Dave Graney and the mistLY – The Tote – 16 April 2017

Davey Craddock: Parliament House – 15 November 2016

Deep Sea Arcade: The Forum – 11 February 2015

Dick Diver: Royal Melbourne Zoo – 1 March 2014

The Drones: The Forum – 5 September 2015

The Drones: 170 Russell – 20 May 2016

Ed Kuepper: Howler – 14 January 2017

Ed Sheeran: MCG – 27 September 2014

Eileen Jewel: Melbourne Recital Centre & Croxton Park Hotel – 29 March 2016 & 1 April 2016

Ellie Goulding: MCG – 1 October 2015

Emma Louise: Corner Hotel – 8 October 2016

Emma Russack: The Fitzroy Pinnacle – 16 September 2017

Evelyn Ida Morris: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre – 2 June 2018

Even: Northcote Social Club – 27 September 2018

Exo-Tech: State Theatre – 18 July 2018

The Fall: Melbourne Festival Hub – 23, 24 & 25 October 2015

Father John Misty: The Forum – 9 December 2015

Feist: The Forum – 1 December 2017

The Felice Brothers: Corner Hotel – 26 February 2015

The Flaming Lips: Palais Theatre – 8 January 2016

Fraser A. Gorman: Rocksteady Records – 13 July 2018

Gang of Youths: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 16 December 2017

Gemma Ray: Northcote Social Club – 27 April 2017

Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical: Her Majesty’s Theatre – 24 February 2016

Gold Class: Newtown Social Club – 27 May 2016

Gold Class: NGV – 6 January 2017

Gorsha: Northcote Social Club – 26 September 2015

The Grand Magoozi: Parliament House – 15 November 2016

Harry Howard and the NDE: Prince of Wales Hotel – 10 December 2015

Harry Howard and the NDE: Corner Hotel – 18 November 2017

Hideous Towns – Bella Union – 2 December 2016

Hilltop Hoods: Rod Laver Arena – 23 April 2016

Honeyblood: John Curtin Hotel – 1 April 2017

Hugo Race & Michelangelo Russo: The Spotted Mallard – 27 January 2018

Jack Ladder: Corner Hotel – 28 November 2016

Jack Ladder: Rocksteady Records – 5 May 2018

Jacky Winter: Northcote Social Club – 11 April 2016

Jason Isbell: Melbourne Recital Centre & Croxton Park Hotel – 29 March 2016 & 1 April 2016

Jungle Cuffs: Collarts – 17 July 2017

Jen Cloher: Thornbury Theatre – 27 November 2015

Jen Cloher: Howler – 10 September 2017

Jess Cornelius: Noisy Ritual People Powered Winery – 18 March 2017

Jess Cornelius: The Tote – 27 June 2017

Jess Ribeiro: Northcote Social Club – 26 September 2015

Jess Ribeiro: Parliament House – 15 November 2016

Jess Ribeiro: The Tote – 27 June 2017

The Jesus and Mary Chain: The Forum – 7 March 2016

JG Thirlwell: The Playhouse – 19 August 2017

Johnny Marr: Northcote Social Club – 5 January 2014

Julia Holter: Howler – 11 December 2015

Julia Jacklin: Corner Hotel – 24 May 2017

The Jungle Giants: Royal Melbourne Zoo – 10 February 2017

Kanye West: Rod Laver Arena – 10 September 2014

Kendrick Lamar: Rod Laver Arena – 14 July 2018

The Killers: MCG – 30 September 2017

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: The Night Cat – 24 March 2017

King Krule: Croxton Park Hotel – 8 March 2018

Kingswood: Howler – 19 November 2016

Krista Polvere: Hamer Hall –  3 March 2016

Kurt Vile: Abbotsford Convent & Corner Hotel – 26 January 2016 & 5 February 2014

Lana Del Rey: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 31 March 2018

Laura Marling: The Forum – 11 June 2017

LCD Soundsystem: Margaret Court Arena – 26 July 2017

The Living End: MCG – 1 October 2016

Loose Tooth: Northcote Social Club – 28 October 2018

Lorde: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 26 November 2017

Lost Animal: Northcote Social Club – 11 April 2016

Low: Melbourne Recital Centre – 4 April 2016

Luke Sinclair: Grandview Hotel – 2 April 2016

Lunatics on Pogo Sticks: Howler – 19 November 2016

Machinations: Croxton Park Hotel – 8 September 2017

Mark Lanegan: Croxton Park Hotel – 15 September 2018

Marby: Collarts –  17 July 2017

Marlon Williams: The Forum – 12 May 2018

Maverick Sabre – 23 April 2016

Meg Mac: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 16 December 2017

Melody Pool: Parliament House – 15 November 2016

Methyl Ethel: Corner Hotel – 17 May 2017

Mere Women: John Curtin Hotel – 30 June 2017

Mick Harvey: NGV – 2 September 2016

Middle Kids: Corner Hotel – 26 May 2018

Midnight Oil: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 15 November 2017

Mini Mansions: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 7 November 2015

Mitski: Howler – 2 December 2017

Models: Croxton Park Hotel – 8 September 2017

MONO: Corner Hotel – 5 December 2015

Montaigne: Corner Hotel – 14 October 2016

Morrissey: Festival Hall – 22 October 2016

The National: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 1 March 2018

The Necks: North Gardens, Ballarat -15 January 2017

Neko Case: Royal Melbourne Zoo – 1 March 2014

New War: Grace Darling Hotel – 15 July 2017

Next Question: Palace Hotel, Camberwell – 21 October 2017

Nick Cave: One More Time With Feeling 

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: The Plenary, Melbourne Exhibition Centre – 16 December 2014

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: North Gardens, Ballarat – 15 January 2017

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Sidney Music Bowl – 28 January 2017

The Ocean Party: Estonian House – 28 August 2015

Oliver Coates: State Theatre Rehearsal Space – 19 August 2017

The Orbweavers: Northcote Social Club – 22 October 2017

Ouch My Face: Croxton Park Hotel – 10 March 2016

Parading: Gasometer Hotel – 10 May 2016

Parquet Courts: The University of Melbourne – 5 January 2017

Patti Smith’s Horses (various artists): Melbourne Town Hall – 18 October 2015

Patti Smith: Festival Hall – 20 April 2017

Paul Kelly: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 16 December 2017

Pearls: Estonian House – 28 August 2015

Perfume Genius: Corner Hotel – 15 February 2015

Perfume Genius: Melbourne Recital Centre – 9 March 2018

Peter Murphy: Max Watts – 26 October 2018

PJ Harvey & Seamus Murphy: Athenaeum Theatre – 1 September 2016

PJ Harvey: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 21 January 2017

Plaza-TRG: Collarts – 17 July 2017

Poliça: Melbourne Recital Centre – 31 May 2016

Pretenders: The Forum – 17 November 2017

Prince: State Theatre – 17 February 2016

Pussy Riot: The Playhouse – 19 August 2017

Regina Spektor: Hamer Hall – 8 July 2018

The Residents: Croxton Park Hotel – 23 March 2016

Rites Wild: Grace Darling Hotel – 15 July 2017

Rockwiz taping: Esplanade Hotel – 9 April 2014

Robert Forster: The Toff in Town – 12 March 2016

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Corner Hotel – 13 October 2018

Ron S Peno & The Superstitions: Memo Music Hall – 22 September 2018

RVG: Howler – 20 October 2017

Ryan Adams: Margaret Court Arena – 26 May 2017

Ryan Downey: Northcote Social Club – 17 May 2018

Ryan Downey: 170 Russell – 22 June 2018

The Saints: Gasometer Hotel – 6 October 2016

Saatsuma: The Toff in Town – 9 July 2016

Sarah Blasko: Melbourne Recital Centre – 15 June 2017

Sarah Blasko: 170 Russell – 22 June 2018

Severed Heads: State Theatre – 19 August 2017

Sigur Ros: Margaret Court Arena – 27 July 2017

Siu Zhen: Howler – 11 December 2015

Sleater-Kinney: Croxton Park Hotel – 10 March 2016

The Smith Street Band: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 15 November 2017

Spiritualized: Hamer Hall – 20 August 2017

Spoon: The Forum – 11 February 2015

Steve Gunn: NGV – 7 July 2017

Sting: MCG – 1 October 2016

St. Vincent: Howler – 24 May 2014

Sufjan Stevens: Hamer Hall – 27 February 2016

Sun Kil Moon: Melbourne Recital Centre – 1 June 2017

Tame Impala: Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 7 November 2015

Teeth & Tongue: Estonian House – 28 August 2015

Teeth & Tongue: Polyester Records – 4 September 2016

Teeth & Tongue: Parliament House – 15 November 2016

Terrible Truths: Howler – 20 October 2017

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses: Northcote Social Club – 1 May 2015

Tex Perkins & Charlie Owens: Yarram Club Hotel – 10 June 2016

The The: State Theatre – 4 October 2018

The Thin White Ukes: Thornbury Theatre – 27 November 2015

Thurston Moore: Prince of Wales Hotel – 10 December 2015

Tom Jones: MCG – 27 September 2014

Totally Mild: John Curtin Hotel – 1 April 2017

The Triffids: Corner Hotel – 6 December 2016

Tweedy: Meeniyan Town Hall – 20 March 2016

Underground Lovers: Gasometer Hotel – 11 March 2016

Underground Lovers: Northcote Social Club – 12 May 2017

Vampire Weekend: Festival Hall – 6 January 2014

Vance Joy: 1 October 2016

Warpaint: Royal Melbourne Zoo – 24 February 2017

The Wombats: Festival Hall – 3 May 2017



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