FILM REVIEW: BEAUTY (SKOONHEID)

Beauty (Skoonheid) is the uncompromising sophomore film by director, Oliver Hermanus. The winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes, it is a dark and conflicted drama set in Bloemfontein, in present-day South Africa. It’s less of a narrative film and more of an intense and intimate portrait of a wildly conflicted character. Francois van…

LIVE REVIEW: JACK WHITE & LANIE LANE @ HORDERN PAVILION (26.07.2012)

With two touring bands (one all boys, the other girls); no set list; the best-dressed roadies in the biz and recent exploits including sending records up into space, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Jack White wants to be in The Flaming Lips. But this third man and seventh son was just being himself in…

EP REVIEW: THE FALLS – HOLLYWOOD

Jack and Meg. Kim and Thurston. Stevie and Lindsay. Music is littered with creative couples whose relationships have gone bad. But if there is any silver lining to these grey clouds it is that they often continue making sweet music together. It’s usually relatable and often classic, capturing our minds and tugging at our heartstrings….

LIVE REVIEW: KEVIN MITCHELL (JEBEDIAH, BOB EVANS) @ BELLA UNION, MELBOURNE

On July the 22nd Melbourne’s Bella Union played host to The Story So Far… The show proved the perfect marriage between music and musings at the family-friendly time of Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Sunny Leunig and Jacinta Parsons, the man of the hour was the Melbourne-via-Perth artist, Kevin Mitchell AKA Bob Evans. Mitchell would play…

ALBUM REVIEW: DAMON ALBARN – DR. DEE

Damon Albarn is a clever monkey who is never short of an idea. He’s left an indelible mark on popular culture with bands like Blur and Gorillaz, plus his projects with The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Rocket Juice & The Moon and Mali Music. So you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing…

FILM REVIEW: MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ : THE ARTIST IS PRESENT

Controversial performance artist, Marina Abramović has had as many devotees as detractors over the years. Earning titles like the “Grandmother of Performance Artists” and “Diva” has not come cheap. Nor has being asked the question, “But why is this art?” In Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present filmmaker, Matthew Akers helps shed some light on…

DVD REVIEW: DRAGON EYES

Everybody was kung fu fighting. Or at least that’s what it feels like in Dragon Eyes. The action film sees two feuding gangs disarmed by a mysterious stranger who hides his chequered past. But behind those eponymous eyes is a warrior king and one who is also the living embodiment of the great masters. Cung…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE MEDICS – FOUNDATIONS

After two relatives got together with two close mates and formed a band you could say a solid foundation was built. The Medics released the well-received EP, This Boat We Call Love; won a Deadly award, played some festivals and were unearthed by triple j. Prior to the release of their debut album it’s fair to…

ALBUM REVIEW: ANGUS STONE – BROKEN BRIGHTS

Angus Stone is known for having taken a ride on a big jet plane with his sister Julia and scoring a bunch of ARIAs. But in 2012 he is embarking on a different journey, having released his second record or first solo album “proper” (because his debut was released as Lady Of The Sunshine back…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE EXPLODERS – ORCHE.STRATOS.PHERIC

The explosive beginnings in the mid naughties culminated in an eponymous debut album and the excellent follow-up, Easy & The Sun. Things seemed on the rise in The Exploders’ camp but they soon turned a little quiet. That is, until now. It seems like this Melbourne group have been busy in the studio working on Orche.Stratos.Pheric….