ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – FLESH & BLOOD

On album number six, John Butler takes a step off his social and political soapbox to sip wine at the altar of love. Flesh & Blood is Butler’s most collaborative effort to date. To give you a taste, there’s the catchy single, ‘Only One’; the high-energy, blues rock number ‘Devil Woman’; and the dub, ‘Blame It On Me’,…

DVD REVIEW: SENSATION: THE STORY OF TOMMY

The Who are no strangers to revealing the contents of their archives, nor are they a band that find it difficult being on film, as demonstrated by the numerous documentaries, concerts, and video compilations released over the years. Sensation: The Story Of Tommy is just another version of an album that has already been re-packaged in deluxe…

BOOK REVIEW: DIANE MARINA – IMPERIAL HOTEL

American author, Diane Marina’s short story, Imperial Hotel is like the lesbian’s answer to Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. It is one gorgeous and classic love story set in New York City in 1948. Imperial Hotel is told from the perspective of one of the lead characters, Joan Blackstone. She is an 18-year old, unmarried society girl and someone that readers will…

THEATRE REVIEW: THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND – GOLDEN GIRLS TRIBUTE

Thank You For Being A Friend is like watching an extended episode of the TV series, Golden Girls, except that the four female leads are replaced with puppets. The show is a treat and is being performed at the Seymour Centre as a part of the 2014 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. It also contains all of…

ALBUM REVIEW: ICEHOUSE – DUBHOUSE LIVE

  Ever since Icehouse frontman Iva Davies met reggae legend Peter Tosh of The Wailers fame, he has been influenced by the musical genre. On Icehouse’s live record Dubhouse, Davies manages to realise that dream. The performances were captured during the group’s two intimate shows in Melbourne and Sydney in 2013, where they had promised a dance-hall party of dub via reggae and…

LIVE REVIEW: MAX SESSIONS WITH NEIL FINN & FEAT. EDDIE VEDDER (29.01.14)

  Neil Finn is one of those New Zealanders we’d love to claim as our own. He recently filmed a show for Max Sessions and the program was a star-studded affair. It saw Finn preview songs from his forthcoming solo album, Dizzy Heights and dip into his enviable discography of tunes accumulated over 40 years, starting with Split Enz, then visiting aCrowded…