There’s a lot of pessimism about the Australian film industry. In a typical tall poppy way, there is a lot of cynicism and comparative criticisms that can make it hard for anyone with a film dream to get excited about the industry. I Love You, Too was directed by Daina Reid (in a great directorial [...]
Once again, I am faced by my daily conundrum of ‘I don’t get it’. To each their own, of course- I mean, I wouldn’t be writing this if that weren’t the case- but are people really getting the reaction out of this they say they are? If Not Now introduces us to Lonelady (aka Julie [...]
Most Aussie punters will know Xani Colac from her work with local indie-experimentalists Yohosie; or perhaps her wild violin skills have reached you by some other means. Either way, her latest music offering comes in the form of The Twoks, a dark merger of electronica, jagged rock and nu-jazz. The Twoks have recently released It [...]
Mr Brady is the piano-pop project of Melbourne muso John Nelder. Nelder, along with an assortment of musos on varying instruments (Neil Kelly, you are a wonder of a man) make the kind of pleasant pop with a dash of nu-jazz that will no doubt capture fans of The Whitlams’ lighter material and lovely lyricists [...]
As my Word cursor sat blinking, waiting for me to type (something, anything!), I was at a loss to fill the page. Drawn From Bees are a Brisbane four-piece that play, as far as I can categorize, dark indie pop. The quartet have been called ‘art rock’ which, as well as the term being steeped in wank, is a far cry from what is crawling out of my stereo as we speak.
Early last year audiences across Australia and New Zealand were privileged to experience the incomparable live talents of Leonard Cohen. Rapturous reviews followed, with many critics calling the shows the best they have ever seen. The tour went on to win the Helpmann Award for the Best International Concert in 2009. Those lucky enough to be [...]
Many people are fazed by the term ‘country’. It has always evoked long-suffering, oft withered faces like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson; to some, country is sad old man music, littered with oversized cowboy hats, denim shirts and deeeeee-pressing stories of love long gone and your baby done wrong, pardner. But Stephanie Brownlee is out [...]
The Medics make the kind of music that is pretty hard to hate, if only because it lays its cards out flat.
Jon Thor Birgisson, more commonly known as Jonsi from Sigur Ros has officially announced his Splendour In The Grass sideshows in Australia.
The press release promises that “Buick Six will break you down and wear you out” and, if one were to capture these boys in the live scene, I think they just might.
Basics fans will be overjoyed that live favourite Wait for You have finally been immortalized on this half live- half studio EP. After the recording of their live album, we thought that, perhaps, the Basics might take a breather. You know, rest on their laurels. Foolish we!
The furious exhibition of opener See You in Hell introduces Death Valley Band fairly succinctly; like a younger, spritelier edition of Monster Magnet’s track of the same name, DVB are aurally oppressive…in a good way.