LIVE REVIEW: EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD @ METRO THEATRE (20.12.2012)

The Metro hosted two members of alt-rock royalty just before Christmas. This man and woman made beautiful music together and are known to us as Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield. They’re also present friends; one-time enemies; long-time collaborators and are both current members of The Lemonheads. So naturally, the set drew largely from the group’s discography and famous covers; as well…

ALBUM REVIEW: THENEWNO2 – THE FEAR OF MISSING OUT

thenewno2’s debut album sounded more like Beck than the output of Beatle progeny. The comparison to the Fab Four was inevitable as the project is the brainchild of Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison). And while Dhani looks and sounds like his famous father, the music actually falls on the opposite end of the musical spectrum. Again, Harrison…

ALBUM REVIEW: BJÖRK – BASTARDS (BIOPHILIA REMIXES)

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Björk is an artist that never fails to be eccentric and interesting. Last year’s Biophilia album was a sprawling, mixed media affair where the music was released as an album alongside shows, educational projects and a special app for every single song. In 2012, Bastards draws together remixes of virtually all of…

ALBUM REVIEW: PETER GABRIEL – SO (REMASTERED)

In 1986 Genesis’ founding member, Peter Gabriel released his fifth solo album, So. It proved a popular record, earning him both mainstream and critical appeal, plus numerous awards (including 9 from MTV, a record that he still holds). Now in 2012 the record’s 25th anniversary is being celebrated by being remastered and re-released in deluxe, 3CD and single disc formats. The…

COMEDY REVIEW: CHARLIE PICKERING @ SYDNEY COMEDY STORE (02.12.2012)

Charlie Pickering’s show at the Sydney Comedy Store was the final gig as part of the Spring Sessions. This series has proven a real hit due to the excellent bill (the fine Aussie talent has included the likes of: Hannah Gadsby, Denise Scott, Dave Thornton and Merrick Watts, among others). It was unfortunate that Pickering’s show – while good…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN PART II SOUNDTRACK

The curtain has fallen on the Twilight series with the film, Breaking Dawn Part II. But as the official soundtrack proves, the party isn’t over just yet. This compilation looks set to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and top charts thanks to its new and exclusive material and choice cuts from talented, independent artists. Whether you call…

ALBUM REVIEW: BENTO – DIAMOND DAYS

Bento is the new musical incarnation of Silverchair’s drummer, Ben Gillies. It’s an energetic album of 12 tunes that while miles away from those angst-filled days of ‘Tomorrow’, contains some common threads with the trio’s later, more layered work. The music varies from the soaring U2-like title track to some safe, ‘70s pop (‘Words of Love’) and garden-variety synth…

COMEDY REVIEW: DAVE THORNTON @ SYDNEY COMEDY STORE (01.12.2012)

“I’m not sure if you’re here because you like comedy or air-conditioning”. This was the line that comedian, Dave Thornton, chose to open his stand-up show with (and yes, it was a blisteringly hot, Sydney night). The gig went for an hour and had lots of clever (and thankfully no puerile) jokes that were consistently witty and…