Arts & Entertainment

LEAH FLANNIGAN – NIRVANA NIGHTS

Leah Flannigan comes to us in an era where the MOR singer-songwriter often goes by unnoticed like so much water under a bridge. What allows this young Indigenous/Italian/Irish girl to stand out is the remarkable calibre of her musical performance;  Flannigan possesses an alarmingly commanding voice, resonating with the force of the great soul singers. […]

RAY LAMONTAGNE – GOD WILLIN’ & THE CREEK DON’T RISE

For three albums Ray LaMontagne's smokey, intimate tones and earthy folk tunes have built a strong and well deserved following, but that vein has been well mined and as God Willin' the Creek Don't Rise opens hopes are high for a re-birth. Repo Man is the cracking opening to Ray LaMontagne's fourth album (although the […]

THEATRE: NAMATJIRA

“Indigenous baby names!” Trevor Jamieson candidly addresses the audience and before beginning the story of Albert Namatjira, setting a lofty mood in the predominantly white audience, poking fun at the trend he imagines might start now that he’s brought it to our attention. Behind him, Kevin Namatjira (Albert’s grandson) completes the mural – a black […]

GIG: WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING

In the 80s and 90s, Weddings Parties Anything were one of the stand-out bands of Australian music, earning a reputation for their raucous live shows. Frenzied mosh-pits, flying objects and out of control dancing were all par for the course, as the band delivered their own blend of punk-edged folk rock, connecting with fans and […]

MOVIE: EAT PRAY LOVE

One identity crisis and a divorce later, successful New Yorker Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) embarks on a one year odyssey to Italy, India and Bali, in order to eat, pray, and love, respectively. Peppered with trite psychobabble about self-love and 'finding yourself', Liz’s emotional plight is poorly articulated and Roberts angsts her way through the […]

THEATRE: FOOL FOR LOVE

"I’m not goin’ anywhere. I’m staying right here," whispers Eddie in his southern drawl to May, who sits silently at the end of a dishevelled bed. But no sooner has he spoken these words, he rises to leave. May lurches forward and clings to his legs only to aggressively push him away. This opening scene not only […]

THEATRE: THE PIGEONS

For one reason or another, we delight in squirming at somebody else’s discomfort (at least when it's not doing any real harm), especially when it comes wrapped in extravagantly dark humour. Far from a story merely about the endearingly termed ‘rats of the sky,’ David Gieselmann’s black comedy is here guided by a protagonist who […]

OPERA: DER ROSENKAVALIER

When first performed in 1911, Richard Strauss’ comic opera Der Rosenkavalier shocked audiences when the curtain opened on a boudoir scene with the lovers lying abed in what was obviously a post-coital state. Cheryl Barker is luminous in the role of the Marschallin, who has taken on a much young lover in Octavian. As she gazes […]

CASEY GOLDEN TRIO – CLARITY

Hailing from Sydney's Northern Beaches, Casey Golden has studied jazz piano in New York (with Aaron Goldberg and  Barney McAll, among others) and London. Still in his early 20s, on his debut release Clarity he demonstrates a technique remarkable for its economy, and a flair for composition with a contemporary edge. On tracks like Twice […]

THE TONGUE – ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

The Tongue’s second album second album, Alternative Energy, has been highly critically acclaimed and rightfully so. It is easily one of the best Australian hip-hop releases to date. The first track, and single of the album The Show, is the party track, reminiscent of The Punch from his debut E.P. Bad Education, but much darker, […]