LIVE REVIEW: FOALS & ALPINE @ ENMORE THEATRE (29.09.2013)

In a short period UK band, Foals have graduating from playing Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory to not one, but two Enmore Theatre shows. If their performance on the second night was anything to go by then it’s easy to see why. The Oxford quintet played a tight, punchy set and filled in every moment with a mix…

THEATRE REVIEW: HOW TO RATE YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION IN 36,000 EASY STEPS

  How To Rate Your Music Collection in 36,000 Easy Steps saw the Sydney Fringe Festival debut for three comedians who had previously shared a stage at the Mug & Kettle open mic night. This hour-long comedy show was a chance for the three men to practice and deliver their own individual routines. And what ensued…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE SNOWDROPPERS – MOVING OUT OF EDEN

Desecration. Intoxication. Obliteration. Fornication. The Snowdroppers are a band that knows all about these things. They made their band debut at a burlesque show and are named after a 1920s slang term for coke addicts. One thing’s for certain, they’re turning the blues on its head for a new generation. The group has released their…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – MELODIE FRANCAISE

The Melodie Francaise compilation teams Australian artists – some high-profile and others that are up-and-comers – with the French language hoping that some Gallic sophistication, chic, elegance, romance and cool will rub off. The artists appear to have perfected their accents (with help from the Alliance Francaise tutors) but this doesn’t save the collection from…

ALBUM REVIEW: BUFFALO TALES – ROADTRIP CONFESSIONALS

With varying degrees of success, Wes Carr attempts to shake off the Australian Idol tag with his debut album as Buffalo Tales, Roadtrip Confessionals. It’s a conscious step away from the pop-rock sounds that he’s known for that too often sounds hollow and measured . The album is supposed to feature his most personal material to date with lyrics about heartache, yearning…

THEATRE REVIEW: KEIRA DALEY VS. THE 90S @ SEYMOUR CENTRE

Keira Daley is no stranger to the Sydney Fringe Festival stage. In 2011 she won the award for excellence for her show, LadyNerd. This year she is back with Keira Daley vs. The 90s where this self-confessed nerd embraces her own memories of being an awkward teenager and growing up during this time. Daley starts the show off strongly by…

THEATRE REVIEW: JANE AUSTEN IS DEAD @ NEW THEATRE

  “It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. This is the first line from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and arguably where the one-woman, Sydney Fringe Festival show, Jane Austen Is Dead begins. The story is by an Austen devotee and like its contemporaries, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Amanda…

ALBUM REVIEW: DEEP PURPLE – NOW WHAT?!

  The PR material and some of the press about Deep Purple’s nineteenth studio album is full of superlatives. Frontman, Ian Gillan has described it as “One of the most important recordings I have ever taken part of in my whole life”. Others have also said it’s the closest they’ve come to recapturing the spirit of the seventies and…

EP REVIEW: MORGAN BAIN – SELF-TITLED

Morgan Bain is a young man that practices what he preaches. He has said that he thinks everyone should experiment and write songs about as many things as they can and tell a story. On his second, eponymous EP he does this while also talking cues from Victor Hugo. At the end of the day it’s…

EP REVIEW: BELLTALK – LIGHTS

  Brisbane four-piece, Belltalk should be called “Beautiful”. Their sound is gorgeous, the members are young and attractive and the lyrics are personal and evocative. On their debut EP, Lights, they offer a varied sound across five tracks that will hook the listener in from the first breath. It should come as no surprise that this set of songs…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – MUSHROOM ROCK – 40 YEARS / 40 TRACKS

  Mushroom Records turn the big 40. Warner Music are now the owners of this fine catalogue and they are celebrating with the compilation, Mushroom 40 Rock. It gathers together 40 tracks from Australian and New Zealand artists from the rock genre and is supposed to cover the 40 years they’ve been in operation but does so…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – CLASSIC AMERICANA 2

  “Americana” is a little like “love” in so far as it’s a handy catch-all term for a number of different things. The former word was used as early as 1841 and can describe any materials relating to American history, folklore or geography, or things considered to be typical of American culture. As a musical genre, it is…