Latest record reviews

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    The Still – The Still

    The Still is two Australians – pianist Chris Abrahams of The Necks and percussionist Steve Heather – with Canadian Derek Shirley on double bass, and German Rico Repotente ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Palm Springs – Flowers In A Vase

    For years I’ve admired the voice and poise of Erica Dunn as one of rock band Harmony’s trio of gospel singers. Turns out Dunn has a trio too, called ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Police Force – Formula 1

    In the video for Freaking Out The Squares, Brisbane band Police Force trash guitars in a carpark. They hurl a laptop from a roof and do ollies over ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Medicine Voice – I And Thou

    In a Peruvian ayahuasca ceremony, your shaman drinks the hallucinogenic brew too, to guide you through the spirit world with medicine songs. The cool, clear and ultra-present voice ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Wireheads – Arrive Alive

    By the time singer Dom Trimboli drops to the dusty earth to breakdance in the video for Arrive Alive, it’s already happened: I want to be in the ...

    July 6, 2016
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    Dispossessed – Insurgency

    “I was sick of time and again seeing four white people on stage singing about fuck all,” said guitarist Birrugan Dunn-Velasco (of Gumbayngirr and Mapuche descent) to Noisey ...

    July 6, 2016

Latest live reviews

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Björk Digital (Carriageworks)

“So what’s the verdict?” He is young and camp with fluorescent glitter circling his eyes and narrowing to points on his temples. Like many here he is dressed ...

June 4, 2016

Latest features

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    The Drover’s Wife review – plot twist leaves Australian classic spinning on its axis

    A selection of short stories by Henry Lawson was published in 1959 called Fifteen Stories. Australian author Colin Roderick wrote in the introduction: “[Henry Lawson] never attempted to draw people he did not know … it was the world of the drover, the prospector, the miner, the rouseabout, the shearer, the railway worker, the swagman and the sundowner, the cocky, the timbergetter, ...

    October 10, 2016
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    Penis and whistles and performance art: Dark Mofo

    On the bus, the duet from Dirty Dancing, ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’, is playing too loud for the tinny speakers. Pink balloons hang from the ceiling and tassles fringe the aisles. The windows are papered over so we can’t see out. It’s cheap, nasty and there’s nowhere to hide. “Can I sit here?” I ask a guy with a ...

    October 10, 2016
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    Dark Mofo, 2016

    A mirror hangs from a tree reflecting the clean Tasmanian sky. I’m in the exercise yard of New Norfolk Hospital For The Insane, taking a break from what’s inside. The asylum – originally built for sick convicts – sprawls over both sides of the River Derwent in this small town 40 minutes from Hobart. The asylum closed in 2000: its 185-year history ...

    October 6, 2016