LIVE REVIEW: DIESEL & TIM CHAISSON @ THE VANGUARD (17.05.2013)

A Canadian and an American-Australian with a Canadian surname walk into a bar wielding guitars. They are Tim Chaisson and Mark Lizotte AKA Diesel. When you put the two gentlemen together what ensues is an excellent night of blues, folk and pop music. Chaisson was visiting from Prince Edward Island, near Nova Scotia and he’d had an “interesting journey”. Put mildly…

DVD REVIEW: BACK TO STAY (ABIR PUERTIAS Y VENTANAS)

Back To Stay (Abrir puertas y ventanas) is the debut film from Milagros Mumenthaler. The winner of numerous international awards (including best film at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival); it is ultimately a low-key family drama. It’s also a semi-autobiographical tale from this first-time director. The movie is actually a concentrated character study that is based on…

ALBUM REVIEW: STEVE KILBEY & MARTIN KENNEDY – YOU ARE EVERYTHING

Steve Kilbey admitted this the record he would be making if The Church were still producing albums and also believes it’s the best one he’s ever made. But that high praise is not always lived up to on his latest collaboration with All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy. The 11 tracks on the final part of their musical trilogy are…

COMEDY REVIEW: PAUL MCDERMOTT IN PAUL SINGS @ ENMORE THEATRE (03.05.2013)

Paul Sings wasn’t strictly a comedy show. Or a concert. It may have been considered a cabaret. But what we did see was Paul McDermott, the former Doug Anthony All Star, GNW Host and star of The Sideshow singing songs from the different guises he’s adopted over the course of his career. McDermott was joined by a four…

LIVE REVIEW: TEGAN & SARA @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (25.04.2013)

Diminutive Canadian twins Tegan & Sara have been regular visitors to Australian shores since 2005, but it was their 2013 show that saw the girls make their debut at the Sydney Opera House. The night proved to be a special one, not least because the pair had taken many an awkward tourist photo outside the landmark over…