ALBUM REVIEW: STONEFIELD – SELF-TITLED

Ever since they won Triple J’s Unearthed High in 2010 the four gorgeous Findlay sisters known as Stonefield (and previously Iotah) have had to face their fair share of criticism over their image and being discounted as a “teenage gimmick”. The quartet was surrounded by lots of hype as the band is made up of four sisters who…

ALBUM REVIEW: GEORGIA FAIR – TRAPPED FLAME

The fact that Sydney duo, Georgia Fair sound like a bunch of young Americans is hardly a new or revelatory observation. On their debut album they impressed fans and critics alike with their folk and Americana sounds. On their sophomore record, Trapped Flame, there are some aspects that appear to be cut from the same cloth while other musical…

ALBUM REVIEW: ALEX LLOYD – URBAN WILDERNESS

It has been five years since Alex Lloyd released a solo album but in that time he had a break like John Lennon. He was busy caring for his brood of children (he now has four) and was busy writing music for other acts (like Passenger) plus producing and working on soundtracks (including collaborating with the Pigram Brothers for the Mad…

LIVE REVIEW: DIESEL & TIM CHAISSON @ THE BASEMENT (11.10.2013)

Diesel, aka Mark Lizotte, has got to be one of this country’s most versatile artists. Earlier this year, he entertained a large crowd at Stone Music Festival with a greatest hits set. At the Vanguard a month later, he was pairing these same songs back and throwing in some quieter covers for a solo show. And…

LIVE REVIEW: GRAPHIC FESTIVAL SYDNEY – RADIO WITH PICTURES FEAT. DON WALKER, CLAUDIA KARVAN, FENELLA KERNEBONE AND MORE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (06.10.2013)

Last year’s instalment of Radio With Pictures at Sydney’s Graphic Festival sold out and it’s easy to see why. The 90 minute show at the Sydney Opera House saw a group of compelling storytellers come together over a mutual love of radio, writing and graphics. It was a multimedia show that fed all the senses. This year the show…

TV REVIEW: MASTERS OF SEX

It’s hard for us to contemplate a world where sex was a giant mystery. But in the late fifties the word “pregnancy” could be censored from television, Elvis caused a stir by shaking his hips and married couples often slept in separate, single beds. Welcome to 1957, the year when two pioneers, William Masters and Virginia Johnson took sex…

ALBUM REVIEW: BABY ANIMALS – BABY ANIMALS & SHAVED AND DANGEROUS REMASTERED

Baby Animals are a band that knows quality over quantity. Prior to their reunion in 2007 their discography consisted of two studio albums, their eponymous debut and Shaved & Dangerous, which are now available in a handy 2CD package for the first time. Both albums contain their fair share of fist-in-the-air rock mixed in with catchy pop melodies….

ARTS REVIEW: MARK TEDESCHI & CLEO GARDNER IN CONVERSATION ABOUT EUGENIA FALLENI-HARRY CRAWFORD @ EMPIRE HOTEL, ANNANDALE (03.10.2013)

In 2013 the Annandale’s Empire Hotel has been decorated with ornate furniture, flowers and candles. In 1920 it was an arguably different place, the scene of the arrest of Eugenia Falleni AKA Harry Crawford who was working there as a general rouseabout. It was also where Falleni met her second wife, Lizzie Allison and the pair were spouses when Falleni/Crawford was…

EP REVIEW: DAVEY LANE – THE GOOD BORNE OF BAD TYMES

He’s You Am I’s guitarist, so most people would probably bet that Davey Lane’s first solo output would be guitar-based and probably rock. But they’d only be half right. His debut EP, The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes has guitar pop sure, but he’s also added another feather to his cap with vocal effects and spacey keys punctuating these proceedings. Lane…

ALBUM REVIEW: TUMBLEWEED – SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE

It’s not uncommon for a band launching a come-back to attempt to recapture the mindset of their younger, arguably more successful days. This is exactly what ’90s stoner rockers, Tumbleweed have done – and like fellow slackers, Dinosaur Jr. – they prove you can make a good reunion record. Sounds From The Other Side is their first new…

ALBUM REVIEW: JAMES IHA – LOOK TO THE SKY

It has been 14 years between drinks for James Iha solo albums but there’s no denying the man is prolific. The artist is known for being a former member of The Smashing Pumpkins plus one-part of A Perfect Circle and supergroup Tinted Windows, as well as owning a label and a studio. But all of this comes with a weight of expectation…