Arts & Entertainment


Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), a New York dentist, hates interacting with people. As a result he has no meaningful relationships.  However, after a seemingly routine operation he starts seeing ghosts. They all have unfinished business and want his assistance to move on, especially Frank (Greg Kinnear), a recently deceased adulterer. At first Pincus refuses and […]

Greg Coffin Trio – It’s Neither Either or, It’s Both and.

It's Neither Either or, It's Both and. - Greg Coffin Trio By Chris Peken There is jazz and there is jazz. Thesis' have been written (and played), debates will ring on through the ages, for that's what jazz likes. But ultimately jazz is but one form of music, and music of any genre has the […]

Francoiz Breut – A L’Aveuglette

A L'Aveuglette - Francoiz Breut By Chris Peken Step aside, make room, i know it's crowded here in the "Chanteuse Room", but make way for another. For those who discover Francoiz Breut through her first three albums will note a decidedly light tone on A L'Aveuglette, but fear not another album of Continental Lite, the dark […]

Heidi Elva – Ships and Trees

Ships and Trees - Heidi Elva By Chris Peken Heidi Elva's debut Ships and Trees evokes the sound of the last moments of twilight, just before darkness overcomes. Using all the elements not only at her disposal but all around her, Elva compliments her harp and vocal basis with atmospheric loops, distant piano, the sound of trains; […]

The Alcohotlicks – You, You

You, You - The Alcohotlicks by Aidan Roberts Not to be turned away by their immediately corny name, The Alco-hot-licks (flinch) have got a lot going for them. The instrumental romp Hot In Hell sets the tone very well here - proggy, thundering bass and a sort of flailing madness to the drums suggests a […]

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08

Matador Singles '08 - Jay Reatard by Aidan Roberts This prolific Tennessean punk-rocker has spent all of 2008 recording and releasing a series of high-powered 7-inch singles, all of which are presented here in sequence, complete with their b-sides, forming a kind of gigantic garage pop odyssey. Reatard's work with his previous band, the, er, Reatards, was a […]

Qua – Q & A

Q & A - Qua by Aidan Roberts Whoever thought the death of synthesized music was at an end in the indie scene is dead wrong. Arriving like a war cry, this album's opener Lapsang Souchong boasts a batallion of analog synths squelching cheeky arpeggios, and we're away on a trip. This is the moniker for Melbourne-based […]

Sparks – Exotic Creatures of the Deep

Exotic Creatures of the Deep - Sparks By Aidan Roberts This adventurous duo have been around for a long time, and have tapped into a curious collective psyche with this album; somewhere between the playful operatics of mid-era Queen and the day-glo synthetic mincing of Devo. Wrapped in this musical palette and delivered in a series […]


BY AMELIA GROOM The postcard harbour setting with a backdrop of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline is almost enough, but the St George Open Air Cinema always features a stellar program of cinema classics, documentaries, recent releases and premiere/preview screenings. Over 38 nights from mid January, the unique summer movie venue will […]


BY AMELIA GROOM Le Grand Cirque broke all box office records at Sydney Opera House when the company made its Australian premiere earlier this year, and these summer holidays they're back with another jaw-dropping visual feast of fast-paced group acrobatics and stunts. Seen by millions of people around the world, the cast of 40 champion […]