The Presets, The Tivoli (16 February 2013)

Many electronic acts’ live performances are little more than a reproduction of their recorded music combined with insipid banter and flashing lights. The Presets don’t do that. Their live show is actually a show – complete with a perfectly sequenced setlist, reinterpretations of popular tracks and a stage presence born of enthusiasm rather than uninspired…

Hot Chip, The Tivoli, Brisbane, 6 January 2013

The best live shows are born of either professionalism (which tends to go hand-in-hand with competent musicianship) or, more often, enthusiasm, a group or artist obviously enjoying themselves on stage. Last night’s performance by Hot Chip had both professionalism and enthusiasm in spades. It also featured the lost art of careful setlist structuring (ie. not…