THEATRE REVIEW: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

  A weather report can be a clichéd way to open a review. But when it’s opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar and it has rained to biblical proportions, what do you do? You can sing, “Christ you know it ain’t easy” or tell people that Parramatta has been turned into a scene from Noah’s ark, even…

EP REVIEW: DAN SULTAN – DIRTY GROUND

  Dan Sultan’s latest EP Dirty Ground draws together a collection of demos and outtakes from his latest Blackbird record, all tracked in a single day. The six songs actually have a lot more in common with The Beatles’ song of the same name, because here Sultan moves away from his soulful rock’n’roll sound to focus on raw, stripped-back…

ALBUM REVIEW: FRENTE – MARVIN THE ALBUM 21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION

  Frente’s Marvin The Album celebrates a significant milestone this year, its 21st birthday. To celebrate, the band have re-released their debut record and made it into a deluxe, remastered two-CD version as well as touring in support. Marvin is light, sweet and summery and looks poised to win some new fans, while there will…

EP REVIEW: THE LOVE JUNKIES – FLIGHT TEST

  Flight Test, the follow-up to The Love Junkies debut LP, should be called “mix tape”, as it’s one varied experiment of solo and group tunes that are difficult to pigeonhole. The WAM (Western Australian Music) winners wrote, recorded, and mixed the EP in the foothills of Perth. The result is five honest tracks that explore some similar…

ALBUM REVIEW: ELBOW – THE TAKE OFF & LANDING OF EVERYTHING

  If Elbow were carpenters they’d be considered master craftsmen, especially on album number six. The Mercury prize winners have created an epic, consistent, and beautifully-crafted timepiece that has as much mystery and emotional treasure as a stunning glory box. The record is driven by Guy Garvey’s thoughtful and emotional lyrics, which have previously moved audiences. Now that he…

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…

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: BRITISH INDIA – CONTROLLER

British India have been forced to grow up. They released three albums in quick succession starting with their debut, Guillotine in 2007. But by 2010 the band found themselves in an unenviable position. It was sink or swim time, having no rehearsal space or a distributor and this has influenced the style and lyrical content of their latest…

ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN CALE – SHIFTY ADVENTURES IN NOOKIE WOOD

John Cale is a bit like Neil Young, seeing as he’s practically done it all. He’s created seminal albums as a member of the Velvet Underground. He’s worked with John Cage on classical music pieces and he’s produced records by a veritable who’s who of music. But it seems like Messer Cale is still a little restless…