Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hungry Kids Of Hungary- You're A Shadow Tour

Last night I met up with Mary at the Corner Hotel to see Hungry Kids Of Hungary play to a sold out crowd on the last date of their You're A Shadow tour.  The first act of the night was Melbourne indie pop band Them Swoops.  I was very surprised to discover my friend Satoshi playing guitar and keys with them.  Next up was Sydney band The Preatures, who I thought were pretty good with their atmospheric and soulful songs.

Hungry Kids Of Hungary came out to a very eager crowd and started their set with "What In The World" before launching into "Sharp Shooter."  It was great to hear the majority of tracks off their excellent second album You're A Shadow, including my favorites "Do Or Die," "Twin Cities," "Litter and Sand," and the absolute highlight of the night, "When Yesterday's Gone."  We were also treated to some classic Hungry Kids songs like "Set It Right," "Scattered Diamonds," and "Wristwatch."  They finished the main set with an epic version of "Coming Around" and for the encore did their Triple J Like A Version cover of Tame Impala's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" before inviting all the support acts on stage to close the night with an energetic "Let You Down."  I always love seeing Hungry Kids play live and their harmonies and musicianship were once again on point.

Here's "When Yesterday's Gone" live from when they were on Triple J a couple weeks ago:

Saturday, April 06, 2013

MICF: Lawrence Leung's Part-Time Detective Agency

After meeting up with Ruth, Danny and their friends for dinner last night at Terra Rossa we all headed next door to the Swiss Club for my second comedy festival show of the night, Lawrence Leung's Part-Time Detective Agency.  I always enjoy seeing Lawrence perform because of his use of multimedia and pop culture references in his shows.

This time Lawrence has been inspired by Sherlock Holmes and the tv show Bored To Death to become a part-time detective and solve one of the greatest mysteries in his life: Who dumped a bucket of raspberry cordial on him at his 21st birthday party?  He took the crowd through the evidence and the various suspects for the prank, but the culprit may or may not be who you expect.  The filmed bits were quite funny, and I had no idea he was so obsessed with Brandon Lee and the movie The Crow.  Check out Lawrence's show if you want to put all those detective skills you have learned from watching tv crime shows to the test.

Here's the promo clip for Lawrence's show:

MICF: Hannah Gadsby- Happiness Is A Bedside Table

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is currently on with shows occurring all over the city.  I headed down to the Melbourne Town Hall last night to catch Hannah Gadsby's show Happiness Is A Bedside Table.  I first became aware of Hannah from her work on Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight and this was the first time I had seen her live.

Her show focuses on the themes of adulthood and the loss of innocence and confidence people go through in childhood.  Many of the stories she told were quite personal as she discussed some of the lows she has experienced in her life and trying to regain her confidence back again.  Of course, there were also some very funny moments woven throughout the show, and her description of an incident on a water slide at an Adelaide water park when in high school had me laughing to the point of tears.  It's a hilarious and poignant show that you should definitely go see if you have the chance.

Here is Hannah's short set from the MICF 2013 Gala:
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