Arts & Entertainment

THEATRE: THE BALLAD OF BACKBONE JOE

The Suitcase Royale yank their inspiration from unusual magic hats. As a band, their music hails from the swamps and tinpan alleys of USA, with shades of bluegrass Australiana. As a theatre trio, they shamelessly plunder the cultural junkyard with rag and bone zeal. For The Ballad of Backbone Joe they’ve turned to an obscure […]

THEATRE: THE TRIAL

Before he prematurely passed away from tuberculosis, Kafka exhorted his friend Max Brod to burn everything he had written, unread. Luckily for us, Brod turned out to be a disloyal friend. The Trial is one of the Bohemia-born writer’s masterworks. It sets up the prototypal Kafka-esque world of imprisonment, paranoia and absurdity, into which a hapless […]

SYDNEY FRINGE: HELLO YOU

Do you want to be charmed and entertained? Yeah! Do you want to take a journey through people’s obsessions, desires and shortcomings? Um, ok. Do you want to be vaguely violated in a weird and fun kinda way? Uhhh ... Well, if any of these spark your interest or tickle your fancy, Hello You may […]

SYDNEY FRINGE: IN THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE OF LOVE

The latest reincarnation of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tragedy is like a Cornetto, all fun and no boring bits. In the Slaughterhouse of Love: Romeo and Juliet is the theatrical lovechild of No White Elephants production team, Erica Brennan and Amanda Laing. This is the most passionate and erotic reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet yet, created by […]

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The Manhattan Short Film Festival began as a modest art-house project in 1998 when aspiring actor/director Nicholas Mason left Australian shores to pursue his craft in the Big Apple. While immersed in Manhattan's hip downtown arts scene, the resourceful Mason struck upon the idea of screening a series of short films onto the side of […]

SYDNEY FRINGE: IT’S A GUY THING

Modern cabaret is in danger of falling into bad habits - riffing on past glories, or trying too hard to be progressive and edgy. It’s a Guy Thing manages to side-step these traps and delivers a funny, challenging and emotionally intelligent show. Kobi Jae sings songs of men and masculinity, taking the audience on a […]

INTERPOL – INTERPOL

Interpol's debut album Turn On the Bright Lights was a statement in name and sound. It was fresh and vital, it harked back to classic bands like Joy Division yet moved definitely forward. Since then the band have struggled. Two solid but scratchy albums followed, and this eponymous fourth album seems to be making a […]

DYLAN LEBLANC – PAUPERS FIELD

It's very hard to believe Dylan LeBlanc when he sings these songs of heartache, loss, death and alcohol; such a very young man must have started his hard living at a very tender age indeed if we are to buy into his rambling, broken-soul schtick, singing sad songs stemming from being (in the singer's own […]

PVT – CHURCH WITH NO MAGIC

PVT (previously Pivot) are an odd proposition: an Australian jam band signed to the UK electronic label Warp (home of Aphex Twin and Autechre). The three members are brothers Richard and Laurence Pike (guitar/vocals and drums respectively), and Dave Miller (lap top), and together they create a sound that combines the dynamics of rock with […]

WEEZER – HURLEY

Every genius needs to be flawed, and Rivers Cuomo has certainly frustrated his fans over the years, most recently with the perception that he has bowed to major label commercial pressures. So a new release on credible hardcore label Epitaph brings hope for long-time Weezer fans. The title of the album, Hurley, gives further rise […]