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Arts & Entertainment

KING TIDE – ROOTS POP REGGAE

King Tide have crystallized their niche in the music world, starting out as a collective jam band and progressing to a fully-fledged, slickly-packaged reggae powerhouse that are taking the festival circuits by storm. What could uncreatively be described as "Byron Bay music" is a potent and vibed-out blend of Marley-esque sunny ska, 70's soul and […]

CABARET: DICK AND CHRISTA HUGHES

Legendary Sydney jazz pianist Dick Hughes and his daughter Christa (Machine Gun Fellatio, Six Quick Chicks, Circus Oz) will be performing one of their rare shows together at Slide cabaret bar next week. Expect rowdy renditions of songs by Bessie Smith, Memphis Slim, Jelly Roll Morton, Lee Wiley, WC Handy and others –delivered via the […]

FIRE ON FIRE – THE ORCHARD

It is an appropriate name for this band Fire on Fire - for their Appalachian tales of justice and family and lost love and life burn like a forest fire - slowly eating away at your ears with a raucous insistency. This is their first full-length record on American label Young God Records, who house […]

COCO AVANT CHANEL

Coco Avant Chanel tells the extraordinary rags-to-riches tale about Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel (Audrey Tautou), the impoverished woman who created a fashion empire in a man’s world. The film gleans over her childhood spent in an orphanage following her mother’s death and father’s abandonment. Instead, it focuses on her formative years balancing jobs as a cabaret […]

Not All Food is for Eating

It hasn’t been a great month in the fight against racism in Australia with the appalling story of Mr Ward’s scorched death in custody playing on the minds of many. Miriam and the Monkfish, a satirical play on my own favourite topic (food) sounded like respite from the issues of the day, but ended up being a reminder.

GRIZZLY BEAR – VECKATIMEST

Grizzly Bear really are a melting pot  of talent, never once resting on their laurels since the release of their phenomenally well-received second album Yellow House, which earned them the respect of the New York Times, Paul Simon, and the global music community at large. That record expanded on their original low-fi experimental drones with […]

THE ENEMY – MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE

The Enemy - the new darlings of the NME. This young band from Coventry, England, had a runaway success with their first album We'll Live and Die in These Towns, reaching Gold and Platinum sales in various territories, and leading them around the world in the company of such UK giants as Oasis, Manic Street […]

SKY LARKIN – THE GOLDEN SPIKE

How is it that a three piece alt-rock band from the UK – from Leeds of all places – sounds like the beautiful, over-driven offspring of The Breeders and the raucous, soulful part of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs every-one's missing sorely since It's Blitz? Contenders for the least British-sounding band out of Britain, 2009? It's […]

THE DOLLY ROCKER MOVEMENT – OUR DAYS MIND THE TYME

The cruelest thing I've heard said about The Dolly Rocker Movement is that they inherited the crown of best Sydney psychedelic band from The Moffs. Such a statement insults both Matthew J Tow (and his associated bands, most recently The Lovetones) and TDRM themselves. In the name of all things holy, paisley, and psychedelic, can […]

BROKEN RECORDS – UNTIL THE EARTH BEGINS TO PART

There is definitely a little bit of gypsy in Scottish seven-piece Broken Records; that and a large mill-stone hanging around neck of their debut album as it attempts to live up to the "next-big-thing" tag from the British press and nagging Arcade Fire comparisons. It is the intensity of delivery and earnestness of mood they […]