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Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait

Posted April 25, 2018, 10:11 p.m. by T

Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait 

Michael Peppiatt

YUP

 

Francis Bacon was one hell of a complex artist.

Contradictions.

Enigmas.

Affairs.

Debauchery.

The works.

Then there was his art.

Grand.

Deep.

Evocative.

Studies for a Portrait was penned by the man who not only was responsible for Bacon’s biography, but one that could call himself both, an art connoisseur and close associate of Bacon’s. Given the access the author Michael Peppiatt enjoyed, the book offers intimate and at times entertaining insights on the inner sanctum of Bacon’s oeuvre.

What Peppiatt accomplishes is that he takes a holistic approach and does not merely focus on specific singular facts of Francis Bacon’s emissions. He paints a portrait with subtle lines that strikes the balance between intricacy and clarity.

You could say that I am a Bacon aficionado and own quite a few books on the man. However, this tome with its collection of interviews and essays spanning from 1963 until long after Bacon shuffled off this mortal coil, offers new angles: Be it Bacon’s affliction with some painters, his techniques, approach to painting, his views on the art world, religious beliefs and his relationships.

The array of Bacon-centric elaborations is peppered with at times amusing anecdotes and little known facts about the trials and tribulations and most importantly the personality of one of the greats.

A must-have for anyone who would like to gain another level of access to the intriguing art of Francis Bacon. 

Real Bodies Exhibition @ Byron Hall

Posted April 23, 2018, 8:01 p.m. by T

Real Bodies Exhibition

Byron Hall

Sydney, Australia

April 22, 2018

I bumped into Gunter von Hagens with his dog Bella, the pioneer of the technique of plastination that forms the basis of the Real Bodies Exhibition, in early 2012 on the top of the Emipre State Building in New York City of all places. An affable polite and soft-spoken chap - the man that impregnated corpses with plastic solution so individual body parts could be dissembled and put on show had earned himself the moniker of “Dr Death” and his endeavors, i.e. to make what was previously the realm of mortuaries and medical museums, have never been not uncontroversial – au contraire.

His exhibitions, which he sees following his primary goal of preventive healthcare, became a worldwide phenomenon that effectively had an impact on the perception of the dead with millions of visitors.

While press coverage implied something sinister and macabre, the exhibitions themselves exhibit immaculately prepared bodies that offered a view on the inner workings of humans.

A view made possible by removing all the fat and water out of the tissue and replacing it with a plastic polymer, whether that is a silicone, polyester resins or epoxy resins, i.e. plastination.

The Real Bodies exhibition follows von Hagens’ lead with the focus being on plastinated mortal remains.

The exhibition offers the opportunity to explore ten galleries of anatomical artifacts and twenty human plastinates alongside a bit of philosophy re: what it means to be homo sapiens aimed at aiding to explain how humans breathe, eat, think, grow more humans and ultimately die by displaying human cadavers in various forms of dissection to show respiratory, circulatory, digestive and reproductive functions of the body.

Controversy in the context of the Real Bodies exhibition evolved because questions were raised about the provenance of the bodies and if they belonged to Falun Gong prisoners and “body factories” in China, which motivated protesters gathering outside the exhibition to alert visitors, which illustrate the interdependencies between respiratory and circulatory systems, muscles, bone and skin.

The CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, the operators behind Real Bodies, deny any foul play and insist that the bodies were donated, however, there seem to be gaps when it comes to meticulous authentification of the sources, which leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

An interesting exhibition that does not lack an artistic approach yet is mainly focused on education without unnecessary theatrics.

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Photo from Real Bodies Exhibition official website

Humanity by Ai Weiwei

Posted April 21, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by T

Humanity 

Ai Weiwei

Princeton University Press

 

Ai Weiwei.

Chances are that you either are familiar with him and what he does or you would have heard of the impact of his oeuvre – be it within or outside the confines of China.

What Weiwei does is always political – sometimes more explicit than not.

As an artist Ai Weiwei does not limit himself to a single discipline: Writing, installations, photography, sculptures, films and documentaries are all part of his repertoire with freedom of speech, the abuse of human rights and the need to lend his voice to those who are not being heard being central topics – which is not further wondrous as he is a former refugee himself.

The title of this little book is a telling one: It comprises Weiwei’s musings on the history of humanity and mass migration from interviews, essays and extracts from conversations with the red thread that it can be condensed to being that at the end of the day we all are refugees and that the concept of artificial man-made demarcation lines is incompatible with the times we live in.

With the tendency of history to repeat itself over and over again and a climate of indifferences, the book raises fundamental question that everyone should consider before trumpeting his angle out into the word.

Humanity epitomizes Ai Weiwei’s mission, one of compassion and preservation of basic human rights and is testament to his unwavering focus on ensuring that those who come across him do not ignore their individual obligation.

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Posted April 20, 2018, 9:46 a.m. by T

Weathering the Elements

In the previous instalment of this series I touched on my recent hiking excursions in the neither regions of Norway.

At the region where according to Nick Cave the sun shines, i.e. Oceania, arduous hiking trails can be conveniently broken up by indulging in what the paddle-able bits of the ocean, local rivers and secluded beaches have to offer, e.g. employing a kayak or canoe.

With the risk of your previous belongings getting wet, a regular backpack will not really cut it. A durable, waterproof pack it must be for the travel on water, sturdy enough to weather the elements, which is when a Duluth Pack comes in handy.

A peculiar name?

Sure is, yet a telling one as it was named after the city Duluth in Minnesota, where French-Canadian Camille Poirier pioneered the style of the pack which traditionally was made of cordura nylon, leather or heavy canvas with square measurements to fit neatly inside your canoe and can accommodate large quantities of gear while still being compact.

As with many zweckentfremdete things these days, the rugged and leathery style of the traditional Duluth Packs has become fashionable and hip – not merely the backpack variant but all styles, shapes and forms, from computer bags via purses to other bags that one could use for the daily commute.

While the style might have become more urban, the basics and DNA still remained: Solid, practical continuously handcrafted construction that has mastered a number of tests of time and is built to last.

I travel and commute a lot.

Going the distance out in the territory – be it the great outdoors or more urban ones – means that one needs to lug around equipment and all kinds of belongings.

My preferred Duluth Pack has served me well in a variety of contexts: For daily commute with electronics, hikes, as a carry-on on international travel.

The heavy-duty design and Verarbeitung based on a burly eighteen-ounce canvas construction with adjustable leather shoulder straps.

In layman’s terms: Duluth’s emissions do not just look the part. The leather handle and heavy duty zippers mean business while attention to detail shows itself with the little compartments in and outside the backpack to accommodate storage space for the smaller everyday items. Should something happen to your gear along the way; it is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Specifically for laptops and computers, a specific compartment offers protection for your gadget.

The fact that Duluth Pack produces its outdoor gear in a variations of fourteen colours to mix things up ensures that the packs are not only functional but also have something to offer in the realm of aesthetics – be it for your hike, leisure activities or a corporate environment.

 

Principles of Archaeology

Posted April 17, 2018, 8:37 p.m. by T

Principles of Archaeology

T. Douglas Price / Kelly Knudson

An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologists

Thames & Hudson

 

T. Douglas Price.

Professor and life-long learner.

An undisputed, distinguished Koryphäe and preeminent in the realm of archeology with a profound pedigree and academic background that could hardly by more profound.

Predestined to compile a tome about methods that can be difficult to teach in the classroom with the main objective to advise practical ways of gaining an understanding of how archaeologists work. 

Each chapter depicts clear coverage of how archeologist approach their projects, not leaving out scientific concepts and ethical considerations beautifully and opulently illustrated with over two hundred photos and over one hundred fifty line drawings.

Price manages to strike the right balance between factual guidelines and instilling a sense of scintillating excitement in a field that some might find tedious, dull and boring. He engages the reader and makes his points that focus, curiosity, a holistic worldview, wanderlust, willingness to be a team player, patience, perseverance and critical thinking skills are indispensable for anyone interested in working in the realm of archeology.

An engaging introduction into the peeping Tom of the sciences - a fascinating field that opens the gates to understanding who we are and where we come from, a realm that allows to unearth objects that help to reconstruct the past and emptying out time capsules.

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UB40 @ Hordern Pavilion

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Nov. 28, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

UB 40 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia November 24, 2017 As infectious and happy the UK’s biggest reggae export’s emissions sound, disputes had riddled the band’s legacy and resulted in a ... read more

The Aints play The Saints @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Nov. 27, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

The Aints play The Saints Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 24, 2017 According to Sir Bob Geldorf, rock music in the seventies was changed by three bands—the Sex Pistols, the ... read more

Perturbator @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Nov. 26, 2017, 9:47 a.m.

Perturbator Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 21, 2017 Producing dark and retro futuristic music with a strong 80’s feeling, James Kent AKA Perturbator is the considered to be the spearhead of the ... read more

Italy on a Spoon - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 25, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Italy on a Spoon Doltone House Sydney, Australia November 20, 2017 World Week of Italian Cuisine? is a global event in its second edition?, which last year was celebrated ?in ... read more

We’re All Going to Die Festival @ Commune

Posted by T
Nov. 24, 2017, 11:54 a.m.

We’re All Going to Die Festival Commune Sydney, Australia November 17, 2017 The We're All Going To Die festival was born out of Founder, Artist and Filmmaker and Director Stefan ... read more

Triple Rock - Last Show Ever

Posted by Loren
Nov. 22, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

Dillinger Four, Negative Approach, Kitten Forever, Victory, The Slow Death Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN November 22, 2017 I usually try to keep show reviews to the point: Here’s ... read more

Skepticon - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 22, 2017, 8:51 a.m.

Skepticon Recital Hall Sydney, Australia November 18-19, 2017 Think Inc. is a telling name: Dedicated to nurturing rational discourse, the bright heads behind the organisation organise Q&A sessions, forums and ... read more

The Scientists @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Nov. 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

The Scientists Factory Theatre Sydney, AU November 18, 2017 The Scientists became a much more influential post-punk band than their minimal commercial success would indicate, lending their influence to what ... read more

Glen Matlock @ Landowne Hotel

Posted by T
Nov. 18, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Glen Matlock Landowne Hotel Sydney, Australia November 16, 2017 Chances are that if you are on this website, you know who Glen Matlock is, as he is  not only known for ... read more

5 Ingredients – Quick Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

Posted by T
Nov. 16, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

5 Ingredients – Quick Easy Food by Jamie Oliver Penguin Books   As the title suggest, the premise is by stripping down your shopping list and using merely five ingredients, arranged ... read more

Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide Launch - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 15, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide Launch The Cannery, Rosebery Sydney, Australia   For the uninitiated: Gault et Millau incarnated first in 1965 as a collaboration between restaurant critics, Henri Gault ... read more

Ecca Vandal @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
Nov. 13, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Ecca Vandal Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AustraliaN November 11, 2017 To some the South African born Ecca Vandal might appear to be a riddle, which might be due to her giving ... read more

Goose Island Thanksgiving Dinner - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 12, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Goose Island Thanksgiving Dinner National Art School Sydney, Australia November 10, 2017 Let us start off with the basics for the uninitiated: Goose Island Brewery is a brewery based in Chicago, ... read more

Paradise Lost + Pallbearer and Sinistro, Pratteln

Posted by Cheryl
Nov. 11, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

The cold evening here in Pratteln is a world away from the kind of weather Portugal’s Sinistro are used to. However, the band bring plenty of heat to their opening ... read more

United Cellars Champagne Tasting - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 9, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

United Cellars Champagne Tasting Hudson House Sydney, Australia November 9, 2017 Alright, guilty as charged. Me likey bubbles. A lot. Sparkling – be it water or wine. Especially Champagne. I ... read more

Night Nation Run Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 8, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Night Nation Run Sydney The Doman November 4, 2017 The Night Nation Run is the World’s first Running Music Festival. What’s that? Well, a running event embedded in the context ... read more

Miguel Migs @ Café del Mar

Posted by T
Nov. 7, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Miguel Migs Café del Mar Sydney, Australia November 4, 2017 Café del Mar is quite a versatile venue as it serves for Sydneysiders a place to eat, drink and listen. ... read more

Banksia Sustainability Awards 2017 - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Banksia Sustainability Awards 2017 Doltone House Sydney, Australia November 1, 2017 The yearly Banksia Sustainability Awards recognise and reward achievements made by Australian Individuals; Community Groups; Primary and Secondary Schools; ... read more

Design-Made - Sydney

Posted by T
Nov. 2, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Design-Made. Sunstudios Alexandria, Sydney October 27-29, 017 Milton Glaser claimed that there are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and WOW! Design-Made. definitely aims for the latter as.  ... read more

The Bronx @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
Nov. 1, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

The Bronx Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia October 30, 2017   Tonight was a side-show from The Bronx’ current Australia tour with Pennywise and how great it was to see ... read more

Jewish Film Festival Opening Night - Sydney

Posted by T
Oct. 31, 2017, 8:17 a.m.

Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Cinema Bondi Jumction Sydney, AU October 26, 2017 A jam-packed Event Cinema Bondi Junction played host to Jewish International Film Festival Opening Night, as the 2017 Jewish Film Festival was kicked off in ... read more

Ministry Show No Signs Of Stopping In Denver

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
Oct. 30, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Ministry Fillmore Auditorium Denver, Colorado Oct. 28, 2017   With the passing of Lemmy Kilminster, Al Jorgensen has become the last man standing in regards to what amount of excess ... read more

Time Out Sydney/Young Henrys Hop Up Review

Posted by T
Oct. 30, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

Time Out Sydney Hop Up – Young Henrys World Square Sydney, Australia 23 October 2017 Ah, Young Henrys. Young Henrys is the household name of Sydney craft breweries, an impressive ... read more

Burn City by Lou Chamberlain

Posted by T
Oct. 29, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Burn City: Melbourne’s Painted Streets Lou Chamberlain Hardie Grant Travel I dig Melbourne– aka ‘Burn City’ –  and paying a visit is always something to look forward to, not just ... read more

The Festival of Nonna / 107 Project

Posted by T
Oct. 28, 2017, 10:29 a.m.

The Festival of Nonna 107 Project Redfern, Sydney, AU October 23, 2017 The fine people behind Sandhurst Fine Foods are behind the operation of The Festival of Nonna: The concept bases ... read more

Anathema & Alcest in Pratteln, Switzerland

Posted by Cheryl
Oct. 27, 2017, 6:38 a.m.

Tonight’s show at Pratteln’s Z7 venue was almost in dire straits with Alcest’s tour bus breaking down two hours away and the band needing to head over in a taxi ... read more

Heaps Cooked: The Seasonal Palette 107 Project

Posted by T
Oct. 25, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Redfern, Sydney, AUS 20 October 2017 The Youth Food Movement Australia don’t believe in telling people what to do, but educating and arming young folks with the skills, knowledge and ... read more

Recovery by Russell Brand

Posted by T
Oct. 24, 2017, 8:17 a.m.

Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions Russell Brand Published by Pan Mac Millan You would have crossed paths with the man known as Russell Edward Brand somewhere in the world of ... read more

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur by Nathan Williams

Posted by T
Oct. 23, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur – Ideas for meaningful work By Nathan Williams Workman   Encouraging its readers to live a self-contained, slow lifestyle, reconnect with the earth, shun technology where possible ... read more

The Pixies Bring The Cool back to Denver

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
Oct. 22, 2017, 12:06 p.m.

The Pixies @ the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver Colorado October 18, 2017   Black Francis is a man of few words. This would be detrimental as a stockbroker, but as the ... read more

Alice Cooper @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
Oct. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Alice Cooper Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AU October 21, 2017 Alright. If we have to start off by dancing out that Alice Cooper is the architect of not merely shock-rock by ... read more

Cirque du Soleil's Toruk – the First Flight

Posted by T
Oct. 21, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

Toruk – the First Flight Cirque du Soleil Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney October 19, 2017 Toruk - the First Flight, a stage show by Cirque de Soleil, is based on ... read more

What Rhymes with Cars and Girls

Posted by T
Oct. 15, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

What Rhymes with Cars and Girls Riverside Theatre Parramatta October 14, 2017 What Rhymes with Cars and Girls was You Am I’s frontman Tim Rogers’ first solo effort released toward the ... read more

Napalm Death @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Oct. 13, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Napalm Death Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia October 11, 2017 Finally after more than 25 years, I got to witness the herb drenched Brujeria storm a stage. A band that has always had ... read more

Greek Film Festival - Leichhardt

Posted by T
Oct. 12, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

Greek Film Festival Palace Cinemas Leichhardt October 10-22, 2017 The 2017 Sydney incarnation of the Greek Film Fest was launched with the premiere screening of Roza Of Smyrna, based on the ... read more

Queens of the Stone Age Bring the Heat to Colorado

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
Oct. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, Colorado 10.10.2017   It wasn't looking good. In typical Colorado fashion, following a summer-like 76° Sunday, mother nature ... read more

Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival

Posted by T
Oct. 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival Sydney Carriageworks October 8, 2017 Looking for a near perfectly orchestrated and curated, traveling and rocking Pinot Noir experience without pretentious bullshit ... read more

Underbelly Arts Festival - Sydney

Posted by T
Oct. 8, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

Underbelly Arts FestivalNational Art SchoolDarlinghurstOctober 7-8, 2017 Proceedings of the Underbelly Arts Festivals were opened with a shindig serenaded with sad Goth party jams, visceral electronic beats and roaming performances by Bhenji ... read more

OZ Comic Con - Sydney

Posted by T
Oct. 7, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

OZ Comic Con ICC Sydney September 30 – October 1, 2017 The Sydney incarnation of the OZ Comic-Con is  a lot to take in. It might be a cliché, but ... read more

Time Out Magazine Sydney Food Awards

Posted by T
Oct. 6, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Time Out Magazine Sydney Food Awards Porteño Restaurant and Bar Sydney, Australia September 25, 2017 If you do not live under a rock, you are familiar with Time Out Magazine. ... read more

Peter Hook and the Light @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Oct. 5, 2017, 8:09 a.m.

Peter Hook and the Light Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia October 2, 2017 An Evening with Peter Hook & The Light performing the legendary Factory Record’s albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Both ... read more

Dan Sultan @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Oct. 4, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Dan Sultan Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia September 30, 2017 Dan Sultan’s fourth, more personal, reflective and mature album, Killer, which he recorded with producer and long-time collaborator Jan Skubiszewski in Melbourne, exemplifies ... read more

Forever Crazy @ State Theatre

Posted by T
Oct. 3, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Forever Crazy State Theatre Sydney, Australia September 28, 2017 Mesdames et messieurs - Le Crazy Horse de Paris!Probably world’s best known cabaret, renowned for its diverse range of varietè shows ... read more

Dune Rats @ Big Top

Posted by T
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Dune Rats Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia October 1, 2017 Dune Rats are an Australian outfit from Brisbane, originally formed by Danny Beausa and BC Michaels as a duet with ... read more

At the Drive In @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
Oct. 2, 2017, 8:10 a.m.

At the Drive In Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia September 29, 2017 At the Drive In are back at it. Had previous incarnations of the El Paso quintet its up and ... read more

The Daily Grind

Posted by T
Sept. 27, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

The Daily Grind What's Sumatra With You?   T.S. Eliot had measured his life out with coffee spoons. Some claim coffee is the most valuable trading commodity after oil. A ... read more

Dead Cross Tear It Up At Denver's Ogden Theatre

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
Sept. 26, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Dead Cross September 23, 2017 Ogden Theatre, Denver   "Hello, we are Dead Cross and we are not gluten-free." - Mike Patton Usually by the end of a tour, a ... read more

in vino veritas - Oceania

Posted by T
Sept. 24, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

Australia and New Zealand have a history of winemaking that harks back to the late Nineteenth Century, but it was not until the 1970s that the region became known for making ... read more

New Philosopher & Womankind

Posted by T
Sept. 23, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

New Philosopher Womankind Feel like there is a gaping hole for content that is intellectually stimulating among existing print media, underestimating their readers’ capacity to reason and their curiosity about ... read more

Motionless in White @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Motionless in White Metro Theatre Sydney, AU September 19, 2017 Motionless in White embarked on their first national headline Australia tour this September in support of their new album Graveyard Shift. ... read more

Exploded View by Sam McPheeters

Posted by T
Sept. 18, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Exploded View Sam McPheeters Talos Publishing Born Against. Vermiform Records. Error Fanzine. Men’s Recovery Project. Wrangler Brutes. Punk Planet. On-air disputes with Sick of it All. Touring Europe with Articles ... read more

Italian Film Festival 2017 - Sydney

Posted by T
Sept. 14, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Italian Film Festival 2017 Palace Cinemas Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 The Opening Night of the Italian Film Festival, which was a lavish affair with live entertainment, Italian themed food and ... read more

MEW @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Sept. 12, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

MEW Manning Bar Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 MEW are a Danish alternative, experimental outfit pivoting between styles with a career spanning more than twenty years, across seven acclaimed studio albums, that ... read more

Placebo @ Qudos Bank Arena

Posted by T
Sept. 10, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

Placebo Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, AU September 9, 2017 Last in the country for Soundwave Festival and a pair of sideshows back in 2014, the Placebo returned to Australia for a ... read more

Sydney Contemporary @ Carriageworks

Posted by T
Sept. 9, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

Sydney Contemporary Carriageworks Sydney, AU September 7-10, 2017 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist. The “first place” denotes "home where we place to role ... read more

Italian Wine and Food Festival 2017

Posted by T
Sept. 8, 2017, 1:50 p.m.

Italian Wine and Food Festival 2017 The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve Sydney, AU August 28, 2017 The origin of the festival goes back to Lara Caraturo, a sommelier who in 2013 thought that an ... read more

Vera Blue @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Sept. 3, 2017, 8:58 a.m.

Vera Blue Metro Theatre Sydney, AU September 2, 2017 Celia Pavey, known in muso circles under the moniker Vera Blue, is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter that managed to transition from reality show ... read more

You Am I @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Sept. 1, 2017, 8:22 a.m.

You Am I & Hoodoo Gurus Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU August 31, 2017 If you paid an iota of attention over the last couple of years, it would not have ... read more

Stone Sour @ Hordern Pavillion

Posted by T
Aug. 27, 2017, 10:14 a.m.

Stone Sour Hordern Pavillion Sydney, AU August 26, 2017 Touring in support of their latest album, the groove-heavy Hydrograd, Stone Sour descended upon Australia via a stint in New Zealand ... read more

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Posted by T
Aug. 21, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Lifeby Mark MansonPan Macmillan Australia It is only after you have lost everything that you ... read more

Psychosis 4:48 @ Old Fitz Theatre

Posted by T
Aug. 20, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

Psychosis 4:48 Old Fitz Theatre Sydney, AU August 19, 2017 Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis is essentially a 60 minute long stare into the abyss of darkness and struggle of mental illness, ... read more

Vin Diemen “Best of Tassie”

Posted by T
Aug. 13, 2017, 11:25 a.m.

Vin Diemen “Best of Tassie” National Art School, Cell Block Theatre Sydney, AU August 12, 2017 I sure hope that my recent features on Tasmania and MONA have tickled your ... read more

Montaigne @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Aug. 12, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

Montaigne Metro Theatre Sydney, AU August 12, 2017 Michel de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers on the French Renaissance known for popularizing the essay as a literary ... read more

Thus, let us drink beer! – Belgium special

Posted by T
Aug. 6, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

“…thus, let us drink beer!” – Belgium special   Waffles. Friterie. Chocolate. A royal palace bigger than Buckingham palace. The first country to legalise euthanasia and ban cluster bombs. Three ... read more

Always Going Upstream Against The Current - Part 1

Posted by T
Aug. 2, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Always going upstream against the current – part 1 Pescatarians listen up. Salmon. How do I love thee? I cannot possibly count the ways. This series shall follow my travels ... read more

Oceania peanut butter special

Posted by T
Aug. 1, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Man cannot live by bread along – he must have peanut butter, or, as the wise philosopher Sylvester Gardenzio “Rimbaud” Stallone once proclaimed: “If you try to change the taste ... read more

Oceania Burger Special

Posted by T
July 31, 2017, 8:24 a.m.

  Oceania Burger Special Ah, the humble burger – a product loved by Popeye’s sidekick J. Wellington Wimpy that came about to meet the culinary needs of a society rapidly ... read more

Pete Murray @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
July 30, 2017, 6:05 p.m.

Pete Murray Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU July 29, 2017 Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is back with his trademark smooth and inviting vocal delivery to promote his sixth studio album, ... read more

Zoo Brew @ Taronga Zoo

Posted by T
July 25, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Zoo Brew Taronga Zoo Sydney, AU July 22, 2017 Tastings that offer a chance to sample hop-and-grain-based beverages are legion.  They tend to follow the same formula, leaving center stage to ... read more

Ásgeir @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
July 24, 2017, 8:07 a.m.

Ásgeir Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU July 21, 2017   Iceland is largely an arctic desert punctuated by mountains, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls. It is one of the ... read more

Fête/Life magazine

Posted by T
July 23, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Living life well Fête/Life magazine is an Australian publication that connects with readers in a personal way. Its mission is to inspire them to love the life they have, engage in ... read more

2017 Scandinavian Film Festival - Sydney

Posted by T
July 17, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

2017 Scandinavian Film Festival Sydney July 11-August 2   We are currently in the fourth season of the year in Sydney, which is mild compared to the harsh haunting wintertide ... read more

Japandroids @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
July 16, 2017, 9:43 a.m.

Japandroids Factory Theatre Sydney, AU July, 14 2017 Japandroids are a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC, which began in 2006 and consists of Brian King and David Prowse. One guitar, one set of drums, and ... read more

The Undertones @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
July 14, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

The Undertones Metro Theatre Sydney, AU July 8, 2017 The Undertones are legendary. If you are remotely interested in punk rock yet not familiar with their oeuvre due to the ... read more

Grinspoon @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
July 11, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

Grinspoon Enmore Theatre Sydney July 7, 2017 Grinspoon emerged in 1995 from sleepy Lismore in New South Wales and with the juvenile delinquents behind the operation harbouring a weak spot ... read more

Good Food and Drink Show - Sydney

Posted by T
July 10, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Good Food and Drink Show Sydney, Australia June 24, 2017 The Good Food and Drink show is all about familiarise it’s audience with emerging trends in the hospitality industry before ... read more

Open Frame: Room 40 Festival

Posted by T
July 9, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Open Frame: Room 40 Festival Carriageworks Sydney June 30. 2017 Carriageworks, Sydney’s largest and one of its more eclective multi-arts centres, is stoically following its ambitious mission which is informed ... read more

Boy George @ Café del Mar

Posted by T
June 19, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Boy George Café del Mar Sydney, AU June 12, 2017 Despite the focus being on his recent stint as a judge on one of those castings shows down under, Boy ... read more

Fantastic Food and Drink and Naturally Good Shows

Posted by T
June 11, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Fantastic Food and Drink and Naturally Good Shows ICC Exhibition Centre Sydney, AU June 4-5   Premium. Gourmet. Handcrafted. Delicious. Unique. Extraordinary. Fantastic – a few adjectives and superlatives that ... read more

Hot Brown Honey @ Opera House

Posted by T
June 10, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

Hot Brown Honey Opera House Sydney, AU June 9, 2017 Sass, empowerment and politics rooted in hip hop culture are the pillars that form the foundation of Hot Brown Honey – ... read more

Metallica Ride Out The Lightning in Denver

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
June 9, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

Metallica Sports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver, Colorado  June 7, 2017   The storm was supposed to roll through early - before opening acts Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold took ... read more

"The Nevada" at The World Bar

Posted by T
June 5, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Hidden Sydney "The Nevada" at The World Bar Sydney, AU 25 May - 18 June 2017 Kings Cross is an inner-city locality of Sydney. The Cross, as it is known by localites, was ... read more

Body Count @ Luna Park

Posted by T
June 4, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Body Count Luna Park Sydney, AU June 3, 2017 Body Count is quintessentially a heavy metal band with a rap mentality with their material focusing on various social and political issues, ... read more

Nick Murphy @ Opera House

Posted by T
June 2, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) Opera House Sydney, AU June 1, 2017   Nicholas "Nick" James Murphy, better known by his former stage name Chet Faker – a pseudonym ... read more

GABS Festival - Sydney

Posted by T
May 30, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

GABS Festival The Dome Sydney, AU May 28, 2017 The inaugural GABS fest, which was listed as one of the top 20 beer festivals in the world by the American magazine The Beer ... read more

Village People @ State Theatre

Posted by T
May 29, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

Village People State Theatre Sydney, AU May 25, 2017 Countless times, the Village People depicting stereotypes of the masculine kind and framed in catchy pop tunes with mass appeal have ... read more

Time Out Pub Awards 2017 - Sydney

Posted by T
May 25, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Time Out Pub Awards 2017 Bank’s Hotel Sydney, AU May 24, 2017 Founded at the end of the swinging sixties in Londontown, Time Out eventually became the global player it ... read more

Devin Townsend Project @ Enmore Theater

Posted by T
May 24, 2017, 8:05 a.m.

Devin Townsend Project Enmore Theater Sydney, AU May 22, 2017 If you are familiar with Devin Townsend’s incarnation as the frontman of the musically more aggressive Strapping Young Lad with ... read more

Living Colour @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
May 18, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

Living Colour Metro Theatre Sydney, AU May 13, 2017   Living Colour is the embodiment of creatively fusioning, funk, jazz, hip hop, country, exploratative, and alternative rock with lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, ... read more

Nashville Pussy @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel

Posted by T
May 17, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Nashville Pussy Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AU May 12, 2017 Nashville Pussy. What a band. Having emerged out of the ashes of the great Nine Pound Hammer, who already ... read more

Meatstock Festival 2017

Posted by T
May 16, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Meatstock Festival 2017 Olympic Park Sydney May 6-7, 2017 Vegans and vegetarians avert your eyes: Meatstock 2017’s two-day meat filled extravaganza at the Sydney Showgrounds featured bands, barbecues, beards, butchers, ... read more

American Essentials Film Festival

Posted by T
May 14, 2017, 9:26 a.m.

American Essentials Sydney, AU 09 May – 24 May 2017 Founded in 2016 as a way to fill select Aussie cinemas with the kind of US titles that don't usually make it to ... read more

Entombed AD @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 13, 2017, 9:49 a.m.

Entombed AD Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 10, 2017 One would need more than one flipchart to scratch the surface of how influential Entombed have been throughout the nearly three ... read more

Snakehips @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
May 12, 2017, 8:22 a.m.

Snakehips Metro Theatre Sydney, AU May 8, 2017 The London-based electronic chill duo Snakehips with their hypnotic, trap-inflected songs that are reminiscent of Odesza, Kelala and Cashmere Cat are the ... read more

Botanica @ Royal Botanic Gardens

Posted by T
May 8, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Botanica Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, AU May 06 – 28, 2017 Botanica 2017, focused on the nexus between the disciplines of art and science, is Australia’s premier annual botanical art exhibition ... read more

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 7, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 6, 2017   After their last tour in 2014, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus returned to the land down under for a ... read more

$uicideboy$ @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 6, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

$uicideboy$ Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 4, 2017 Having joined forces in 2014, the prolific $uicideboy$, a.k.a. Ruby da Cherry, a gentleman with punk rock roots, and $lick $loth, former ... read more

Spanish Film Festival @ Palace Cinema

Posted by T
May 4, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Spanish Film Festival Palace Cinema Sara Baras: All Her Voices Sydney, AU April 29, 2017 With food, live performances, films and drinks the 20th edition of the Spanish Film Festival ... read more

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Amalie Arena

Posted by Brian Furman
May 3, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Amalie Arena Tampa, FL April 27, 2017 It is hard to believe that three of the four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are all ... read more

Amongst Ruins (Snake Eggs Hatch)

Posted by T
May 1, 2017, 8:17 a.m.

Amongst Ruins (Snake Eggs Hatch) Old Fitzroy Sydney, AU   Presented by Poor Tom's Gin & Mark Blumer, and supported by Playwriting Australia and ambassador Louis Nowra, Michael McStay’s short ... read more

Helmet @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
April 30, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Helmet Manning Bar Sydney, AU April 29, 2017 Helmet finally returned to Australia in 2017 to celebrate their third and was is considered to be their most experimental album Betty ... read more

The Hodgetwins @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
April 27, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

The Hodgetwins Factory Theatre Marrickville, AU April 25, 2017 The Hodgetwins, Virginia-bred identical siblings Kevin and Keith Hodge, are “social media personalities” and operate a variety of YouTube channels, where ... read more

Sex Object @ Depot Theatre

Posted by T
April 26, 2017, 8:09 a.m.

Sex Object Depot Theatre Marrickville April 23, 3017   As per its mission statement, Depot Theatre, nestled in the vibrant Addison Road Centre and the arts scene of Sydney suburb ... read more

Tash Sultana @ Ivy Courtyard

Posted by T
April 25, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Tash Sultana Ivy Courtyard Sydney, AU April 16, 2017 Courtyard’s annual Easter party at Sydney’s Ivy stepped it up this year with easily one of the biggest lineups in the ... read more

Peking Duk @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
April 24, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

Peking Duk Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 22, 2017 Formed in Australia’s capital Canberra, Peking Duk are an electronic music duo made up of disc jockeys and music producers Adam ... read more

The Tea Party @ Star City

Posted by T
April 23, 2017, 11:01 a.m.

The Tea Party Star City Sydney, AU April 21, 2017 Since the Canadian three piece’s inception in the early-‘90s, the Tea Party has pursued a singular epic sound melding middle-eastern ... read more

Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music

Posted by T
April 20, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 19, 2017 In Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music, Graham McPherson, the frontman of the ... read more

Cool for Summer Festival

Posted by T
April 19, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Cool for Summer Festival Olympic Park Sports Centre Sydney, AU April 15, 2017   Ah, social media. Rooted in the broader Web 2.0 landscape, it helped engineers, entrepreneurs, and everyday ... read more

Bad Friday Festival Block Party @ Marrickville

Posted by T
April 18, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Bad Friday Festival Block Party Railway Parade Marrickville, AU April 14, 2017 The etymology of the term “good” in the context of Good Friday is contested: Some claim it is ... read more

Explosions in the Sky @ Jannus Live

Posted by Brian Furman
April 15, 2017, 9:53 a.m.

Explosions in the Sky Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL April 12th, 2017 Explosions in the Sky are a rarity in the day and age of the “right now”, with information ... read more

Drift Magazine

Posted by T
April 13, 2017, 8:17 a.m.

Drift Magazine Not sure how you roll but in my world and that of Drift Magazine, coffee inhabits not an unimportant role, which is why Drift  is relevant to my interests. Its central ... read more

Ambrosia Magazine

Posted by T
April 11, 2017, 8:08 a.m.

Ambrosia Magazine Ambrosia, the food or drink of the Greek gods which was often depicted as conferring longevitiy or immortality, is closely connected to nectar, both of which where were ... read more

Alter Bridge @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
April 10, 2017, 8:10 a.m.

Alter Bridge Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 4, 2017   After several runs as openers, the Orlando, Florida-based melodic metal outfit toured Alter Bridge returned to Australia on the back ... read more

Illy @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
April 9, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Illy Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 7, 2017 The Melbourne MC Illy, born Alasdair Murray and former member of the Crooked Eye Crew along with heads like M-Phazes, has been ... read more

Tash Sultana @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
April 2, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

Tash Sultana Metro Theatre Sydney, AU April 1, 2017 Let me introduce you to Natasha, known professionally as Tash Sultana, a Australian one-woman band that takes multitasking to the next ... read more

Brian Greene @ International Convention Center

Posted by T
April 1, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Brian Greene: A Time Traveller's Tale International Convention Centre Sydney, AU March 30, 2017 Cosmologist, string theorist, professor of science and mathematics Brian Greene is an academic rock star whose mass ... read more

Adman: Warhol before Pop

Posted by T
March 28, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

Adman: Warhol before Pop Art Galley of NSW Sydney, AU Feb 25-May 28, 2017 Soon after graduating having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design, a young ... read more

Hang Massive @ Max Watts

Posted by T
March 26, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

Hang Massive Max Watts Melbourne, AU March 22, 2017 Shaped much like a spaceship, the Hang’s ( a musical instrument of the idiophone class)  equally ethereal sounds created by Danny Cudd ... read more

Violent Femmes @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
March 25, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Violent Femmes Factory Theatre Sydney, AU March 20, 2017 In its heyday, the Folk rock band, or shall we go with “Midwestern acoustic punk gateway drug to experimental music,” Violent ... read more

MDLSX by MOTUS @ Carriageworks

Posted by T
March 24, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

MDLSX by MOTUS Carriageworks Sydney AU March 16, 2017 Interdisciplinary entity MOTUS was founded by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò and over the last twenty-five years has established itself firmly on ... read more

Spiderbait @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
March 21, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Spiderbait Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU March 18,2017 In case you are burdened with the mercy of late birth and hence unfamiliar, Spiderbait are an Australian alternative rock band formed in ... read more

Taking Back Sunday @ 170 Russell Street

Posted by T
March 21, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

Taking Back Sunday 170 Russell Street Melbourne, AU March 21, 2017 Taking Back Sunday have come a long way and I don’t necessarily mean the distance between terra australis and ... read more

Chain & the Gang @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
March 20, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

Chain & the Gang Newtown Social Club Sydney, AU March 15, 2017 It is going to be difficult to keep this review objective as Ian Svenonius’ emissions and incarnations have ... read more

Taste of Sydney 2017

Posted by T
March 19, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Taste of Sydney Centennial Park Sydney, AU March 9-12, 2017 Now, who does not love an opportunity to sample vittles and enjoy carefully selected libations? While the common denominators for ... read more

Australian Tattoo Expo 2017

Posted by T
March 19, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

Australian Tattoo Expo 2017 International Convention Centre Sydney, AU March 10-12, 2017 With over 45,000 visitors annually, the celebration of creativity and art The Australian International Tattoo Expo proudly represents, ... read more

Meshuggah @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
March 18, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Meshuggah Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU March 12, 2017 It has been twelve years since I last saw Meshuggah and while their performance at Cleveland’s Peabody’s Downunder was tight and technically ... read more

Twelve Foot Ninja @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
March 16, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

Twelve Foot Ninja Manning Bar Sydney, AU March 10, 2017 The genre blending breed of metal of Melbourne’s Twelve Foot Ninja might best be described as “fusion”.  A versatile, charismatic ... read more

Sydney Mardi Gras

Posted by T
March 15, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Mardi GrasSydney, AUMarch 4, 2017 With a longstanding history of almost four decades, Sydney’s Mardi Gras builds on a strong foundation from which they champion LGBTQI individuals and communities. 2017 ... read more

The Damned @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
March 13, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

The DamnedMetro TheatreSydney, AUMarch 10, 2017 Musically and artistically, The Damned has always been one of the most accomplished and versatile forefathers of punk and alumni of the class of ... read more

Kasabian @ Sydney Opera House

Posted by T
March 12, 2017, 6:59 p.m.

KasabianSydney Opera HouseSydney, AUMarch 8, 2017 Kasabian from Leicester, UK are disciples of the Angel of the North, the contemporary landmark of North East England and are quintessentially the embodiment of ... read more

The Pixies @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
March 8, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Pixies Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AU March 7, 2017 The Pixies have always appeared to be an odd band to me, which admittedly was part of the appeal: The pop sensibility, ... read more

Tanya Tagaq makes the TSO her own

Posted by Graham Isador
March 8, 2017, 12:08 p.m.

Last week when a friend, and occasional love interest, suggested we check out the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for one of our is this a date or is this not a ... read more

T2 Trainspotting

Posted by T
March 7, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

T2 TrainspottingNow at cinemas     Making a great movie is difficult. Standing out against the myriad of mediocre big budget offerings is no mean feat. Stars need to align. ... read more

The Menzingers @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse

Posted by Kristen Swanson
March 6, 2017, 8:06 a.m.

The MenzingersMr. Smalls FunhousePittsburgh, PAFebruary 28, 2017 The first time I saw the Menzingers play in Pittsburgh was at this club that doubled as a concert venue and a nightclub. ... read more

Marshmello @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
March 5, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

MarshmelloEnmore TheatreSydney, AUMarch 2, 2017 This was the first ever-Australian show for the man with the LED enhanced marshmellow mask and boy, did he get a reception: The Mellogang (yup, that’s ... read more

Vault magazine

Posted by T
March 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.

VaultAustralasian Art and Culture Vault encapsulates a quadruple thrEat:  An elegant, extravagant, eloquent and engaging Art and Culture Magazine with particular emphasis on Australasian contemporary art. Vault embodies the common denominator ... read more

Barbu @ Sydney Opera House Studio

Posted by T
Feb. 28, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Barbu by Cirque AlfonseSydney Opera House StudioSydney, AUFebruary 26, 2017 Needless to say that the mélange the troupe of Cirque Alfonse, with all its Québécois folklore, brings to the table ... read more

La Bohème @ Sydney Opera House

Posted by T
Feb. 27, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

La BohèmeJoan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseSydney, AUSFebruary 24, 2017 Giacomo Puccini.One of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, id est “verismo”, who is fabled to have uttered that art ... read more

Warpaint @ Sydney Opera House

Posted by T
Feb. 26, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

WarpaintSydney Opera HouseSydney, AUSFebruary 25, 2017 In Greek mythology, sirens were dangerous creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of ... read more

Smith Journal

Posted by T
Feb. 25, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Smith Journal Magazines. An easily forgotten medium in a world with an attention span of a goldfish obsessed with blogs and spoon-fed easy to digest hors d’oeuvre of information. A ... read more

The Judas Kiss @ Old Fitzroy Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 23, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

The Judas Kiss by playwright David HareOld Fitzroy TheatreSydney, AUSFebruary 15 – March 11, 2017 Sydney’s Old Fitzroy and its theatre operation is a cultural touchstone that uniquely links generations ... read more

Julian Assange @ Seymour Centre

Posted by T
Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Julian Assange: No More Secrets, No More LiesThink Inc.Seymour CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 18, 2017   Julian Assange. A controversial figure and divisive subject. For some, an intense, driven and valiant campaigner ... read more

Wil Wagner @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
Feb. 21, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Wil WagnerOxford Art FactorySydney, AUSFebruary 19, 2017 As the frontman, singer, lyricist, guitarist and keyboardist of The Smith Street Band -- an allusion to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street ... read more

Acid Haus @ Australian Design Centre

Posted by T
Feb. 19, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

Acid Haus by United CellarsAustralian Design CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 16, 2017 The wines the sturdy, late-ripening white grape Riesling, at times referred to as the “king of grapes” and one of ... read more

TEDxSydneySalon @ International Towers

Posted by T
Feb. 18, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

TEDxSydneySalon International Towers, BarangarooFebruary 15, 2017 TEDxSydneySalons are the smaller, smart relatives of the TedX events offering intimate, evening events combining talks, films and music. Designed to spark discussion and ... read more

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued the US Government

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued the U.S. Government Factory Theatre Sydney, AUSFebruary 12, 2017 In October 2000, Zack de la Rocha walked out of Rage Against The Machine. I am ... read more

A Strategic Plan @ Griffin Theatre Company

Posted by T
Feb. 12, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

A Strategic PlanGriffin Theatre CompanySydney, AUSUntil March 11, 2017 Griffin Theatre Company’s main tenet if the fostering and support of new writing in Sydney ever since it was founded in ... read more

Killing Heidi @ Taronga Zoo

Posted by T
Feb. 7, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Killing HeidiTaronga ZooSydney, AUSFebruary 4, 2017 Twilight at Taronga is an annual concert series set amongst the environment of Taronga Zoo, in a natural amphitheatre with fully licensed bars and ... read more

DJ Z Trip @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 6, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

DJ Z Trip Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 28, 2017 Turntablism is an art form.  Period.  An art form that more often than not has been diluted by applying a ... read more

Periphery @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 5, 2017, 11:47 a.m.

PeripheryMetro TheatreSydney, AUSFebruary 3, 2017 “Periphery” denotes the external boundary of a body. If the body in question is modern and progressive metal, the name of the band would be quite ... read more

Electric Gardens Festival 2017

Posted by T
Feb. 2, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

Electric Gardens Festival Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January, 28 2017 The second installment of Sydney’s electro bash festival descended again in the lush surrounds of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, an idyllic ... read more

Peter Garrett and the Alter Egos @ Taronga Zoo

Posted by T
Jan. 30, 2017, 7:51 a.m.

Peter Garrett and the Alter EgosTaronga ZooSydney, AUSJanuary 27, 2017 Some people say Peter Garrett got his inimitable, signature whirling dervish dance steps and refreshingly nonsensical, jerky thrusting of hand ... read more

Bash & Pop @ Great Scott (reflecting on old punks)

Posted by Zach Branson
Jan. 29, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

On January 21 I saw Bash & Pop with the So So Glos at the Great Scott in Boston, MA, a small-bar venue with a sound system that’s just shitty ... read more

Aurora @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 29, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

AuroraMetro TheatreSydney, AUSJanuary 25, 2017 There is something magical and otherworldly about the young Norwegian lady that goes by the name of Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as Aurora. Angelic, unpretentious ... read more

Jimmy Eat World @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 23, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Jimmy Eat WorldEnmore TheatreSydney, AUSJanuary 18, 2017 Non-fanatics might mistake Jimmy Eat World for one of those emo-alternative bands that had one major hit song in the 1990s and then ... read more

Siro-A @ The Concourse

Posted by T
Jan. 18, 2017, 8:26 a.m.

Siro-AThe ConcourseChatswood, AUSJanuary 14, 2017 Siro-A are from Sendai, Japan, and their name apparently translates to something along the lines of “difficult to pin down” – a telling name as ... read more

Richard III @ Grand Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 12, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

Richard III Schauspielbühne Berlin Guest performance at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre December 30, 2016 Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, first believed to be performed ... read more

Dancer

Posted by T
Dec. 23, 2016, 8:22 a.m.

Dancer Film review premiereLeichhardt Norton TheatreNovember 25, 2016 Palace Norton Cinema proved to be an adequate forum for Dancer - a 2016 French biographical musical drama film offering an intimate look into ... read more

Soundscape Festival Sydney @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 22, 2016, 8:25 a.m.

Soundscape Festival SydneyFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 17, 2016 After a successful debut in 2015, Soundscape Festival was back for the second time in 2016, serving up a massive day of tunes ... read more

DZ Deathrays @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 17, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

DZ DeathraysFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 15, 2016 DZ Deathrays are essentially a duo. An Australian “dance-punk” duo that is, that emerged from the ashes of the band Velociraptor. The fact that ... read more

Craig Robinson @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 14, 2016, 11:01 p.m.

Craig Robinson and the Nasty DeliciousMetro TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 14, 2016 If you don’t mind the American version of The Office, or goofball comedies like Hot Tub Time Machine franchise, Pineapple Express and most importantly This ... read more

Nude: Art from the Tate Collection

Posted by T
Dec. 13, 2016, 8:12 p.m.

Nude: Art from the Tate CollectionArt Gallery of New South WalesSydney, AUSNovember 5, 2016 – February 5, 2017 It was the invention of clothes and certainly not nature’s imperative, that ... read more

Peaches @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 12, 2016, 9:18 p.m.

PeachesMetro Theatre Sydney, AUSDecember 9, 2016 Peaches shows are somewhat of an orchestrated parallel universe – an equal opportunity, body positive, shame-free and deliberately absurd cosmos with gender-bending pan-sexuality in ... read more

Electronic Music Conference - Sydney

Posted by T
Dec. 11, 2016, 4:14 p.m.

Electronic Music ConferenceNov 28 – Dec 02, 2016Sydney, Australia Founded in 2012, Sydney’s annual Electronic Music Conference has established itself as Asia Pacific’s premier industry event. The two day 2016 incarnation ... read more

German Film Fest @ Goethe Institut

Posted by T
Dec. 10, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

German Film Fest Goethe Institut Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra) November 15-30, 2016 The 15th year incarnation of the the German Film Fest in Australia is going to be the ... read more

Bill Bailey @ State Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 9, 2016, 8:26 a.m.

Bill Bailey State Theatre Sydney, AUS November 30, 2016 Rare it is that you turn up to a show expecting so little and end up loving it so much. Bill ... read more

The Cult @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Nov. 27, 2016, 8:27 p.m.

The Cult Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 25, 2016 It has been more than three decades years since The Cult settled on their current moniker. What started off inspired and ... read more

Dr. Lisa Randall @ Seymour Center

Posted by T
Nov. 27, 2016, 11:42 a.m.

ThinkInc: An evening with Dr. Lisa Randall Seymour Center Sydney, Australia November 19, 2016 What is science about?What is it meant for?Advancing information?Advancing understanding?A way of thinking?A body of knowledge?How ... read more

Japanese Film Festival - Sydney 2016

Posted by T
Nov. 26, 2016, 10:05 a.m.

20th Japanese Film Festival Sydney, AUS November 17-27 The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The JFF started in 1997, 100 years after the first ... read more

Deftones @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
Nov. 15, 2016, 9:57 p.m.

Deftones Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS November 12, 2016 The ever evolving entity known as “Deftones” has been largely intact for close to three decades and is heralded as one of the ... read more

MADE @ Carriageworks

Posted by T
Nov. 14, 2016, 7:05 p.m.

Made Fashion show Carriageworks Sydney, AUS November 11-13, 2016 In essence MADE is a community and creative hub that originated in New York City. It was incarnated with guidance and oversight ... read more

Destroyer 666 @ Max Watts

Posted by T
Nov. 13, 2016, 1:55 p.m.

Destroyer 666 Max Watts Sydney, AUS November 5, 2016   Max Watts, the name of the venue of tonight’s black and thrash metal proceedings, is a play of the term ... read more

Dandy Warhols @ Luna Park

Posted by T
Nov. 6, 2016, 11:23 a.m.

Dandy Warhols Luna Park Sydney, AUS November 4, 2016 “Detached garage rock cool with effervescent pop melodies” sounds like a pretty astute description of the Dandy Warhols’ sound. Touring Australia ... read more

Katatonia @ Shepherd's Bush Empire

Posted by Cheryl
Oct. 28, 2016, 5:48 a.m.

Katatonia @ Shepherd's Bush Empire w/ VOLA, Agent Fresco Emotion is the name of the game tonight, with Sweden’s Katatonia bringing their resonant doom to the London masses not once, but ... read more

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival @ Olympic Park

Posted by T
Oct. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m.

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival Olympic Park Sydney, AUS October 14-16, 2016 While it is questionable if getting a tattoo these days is based on such a spiritual superstructure as ... read more

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza @ Entertainment Quarter

Posted by T
Oct. 11, 2016, 9:07 p.m.

Kooza, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Quarter Sydney, AUS October 6, 2016 Kooza first premiered in 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where circus conglomerate Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer on ... read more

Totally Unicorn @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
Oct. 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

Totally Unicorn Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS September 29, 2016 Do not let the name deter you: You want to see Totally Unicorn in all of their unbridled beauty before ... read more

Sounds of the Suburbs Festival @ Wilbar Lane

Posted by T
Sept. 28, 2016, 9:45 p.m.

Sounds of the Suburbs Festival Wilbar Lane Cronulla, Sydney September 25, 2016 Cronulla, the “place of the pink seashells," is a beachside suburb, about 30 kilometers south of the Sydney ... read more

Apocalyptica @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Sept. 27, 2016, 10:24 p.m.

Apocalyptica, We Lost the Sea Metro Theatre Australia, AUS September 24,2016 Rumor has it that Ritchie Blackmore tried to get into mastering the cello, the attention-getter among instruments – try ... read more

Descendents @ First Avenue

Posted by Loren
Sept. 21, 2016, 9:21 p.m.

Descendents, Modern Life Is War, Color TV First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 15, 2016 The only people luckier than those who get to see the Descendents are those who get ... read more

Steve Wozniak @ Australian Technology Park

Posted by T
Sept. 4, 2016, 3:28 p.m.

An evening with Steve Wozniak Australian Technology Park Sydney, Australia August 28, 2016   Think Inc. is a boundary pushing, Australia-based initiative dedicated to the promotion of intellectual discourse by bringing ... read more

The Beards @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
July 6, 2016, 9:59 p.m.

The Beards Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia July 2, 2016   The concept of The Beards is simple – an Australian self-proclaimed “novelty band” from Adelaide that exclusively performs songs around ... read more

Parkway Drive @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre

Posted by T
July 4, 2016, 2:42 p.m.

Parkway Drive Entertainment Centre Sutherland, Australia June 26, 2016 Parkway Drive is glam metalcore. “Metal” as in classic metal and anthemic choruses. “Core” as in simple, direct, angry, to the ... read more

We Lost the Sea @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
June 30, 2016, 2:22 p.m.

We Lost The Sea Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia June 25, 2016   Vita contemplativa. The beauty of reveling in sadness. Saudade. A fond remembrance and the hope to retrieve ... read more

Dark Mofo 2016 @ Hobart, Tasmania

Posted by T
June 29, 2016, 8:30 p.m.

Dark Mofo 2016 Hobart, Tasmania Australia June 2016 Dark Mofo is the winter equivalent to MONA FOMA Festival – an outdoor extension of David Walsh’s subversive Disneyland, the home of sex ... read more

Steel Panter @ Luna Park

Posted by T
June 27, 2016, 8:48 a.m.

Steel Panther Luna Park Sydney, Australia June 17, 2016 They are the biggest glam rock band that never was from 1985, in 2016.  Steel Panther has become bigger than any ... read more

Björk Digital @ Carriageworks

Posted by T
June 9, 2016, 9:49 p.m.

Björk Digital Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 4, 2016 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist, most prominently known for his elaborations on the importance ... read more

Le Butcherettes @ Summit Music Hall

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
May 31, 2016, 3:14 p.m.

Les Butcherettes Summit Music Hall Denver, CO July 17, 2015 When Melvins rolled into town in July of 2015, they of course put on a great show. It seemed after ... read more

An Evening with Edward Snowden

Posted by T
May 30, 2016, 9:45 p.m.

An evening with Edward Snowden Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia May 28, 2016 Moral ambiguity. Conflicting values. The need to keep people safe versus concerns about privacy. The boundaries ... read more

This Is Hop Hop Festival @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
May 30, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

This is Hip Hop Festival Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia May 27, 2016   Hot tub hip-hop time machine: Featuring a nostalgic ‘90s focused line-up with all protagonists having had a ... read more

Royal Headache @ Bald Face Stag Hotel

Posted by T
May 17, 2016, 8:51 p.m.

Royal Headache at Reverse Charges festival Bald Face Stag Hotel Sydney, Australia May 13, 2016   The monolithic water tower among the mainly Portuguese commercial offerings and vis-à-vis from the Masonic ... read more

Kadavar @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 4, 2016, 12:06 p.m.

Kadavar Manning Bar Sydney, Australia April 29, 2016 Kadavar are a Teutonic Teestubenrock band from the Grandfatherland, Berlin. Accomplished retro in sound, appearance, and vintage equipment – Kadavar looks like they ... read more

Brian Posehn @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
April 24, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Brian Posehn Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia April 19, 2016   Humour and comedy is subjective. What one person finds funny another might cringe at. Cue E.B. White. Analysing comedy is ... read more

Iggy Pop @ Ellie Caulkins

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
April 4, 2016, 5:56 p.m.

Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression Tour Ellie Caulkins Opera House Denver, Colorado April 2, 2016   It was a night of anticipation. Iggy Pop was returning to Denver. In an ... read more

Murder by Death @ The Echoplex Hollywood

Posted by Aaron H
March 27, 2016, 9:05 p.m.

Murder by Death The Echoplex Hollywood, CA March 25th, 2016 Murder by Death are currently in the middle of one final tour before settling down and working on their next ... read more

Madonna @ Allphones Arena

Posted by T
March 21, 2016, 7:15 p.m.

Madonna Allphones Arena Sydney, AUS March 19, 2016 Clickbait is a disease. A virus spreading from self-professed arbiters of taste under the veneer of information. According to the narrative of ... read more

Peter Case @ Atwoods

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
March 20, 2016, 12:22 p.m.

  Peter Case Atwood's Tavern Cambridge, MA March 05, 2016 Atwood's has a rich history of showcasing a mix of diverse artists that have stood the test of time and ... read more

Sunn O))) @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
March 16, 2016, 9 p.m.

Sunn O))) Manning Bar Sydney, AUS March 15, 2016    Byron J. Scullin's bass bath performance installation, which was staged in steel structured, cold storage rooms at the Tasmanian port at ... read more

The Jesus and Mary Chain @ Spectrum Now

Posted by T
March 8, 2016, 7:22 p.m.

The Jesus and the Mary Chain Spectrum Now festival Sydney, AUS March 5, 2016     Blasphemous name - check!  Leather-clad insolence - check! Tumultuous, short live performances - check! ... read more

High on Fire @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Feb. 23, 2016, 9:24 p.m.

High on Fire Manning Bar Sydney, AUS February 21, 2016 The Swiss label Off the Disk Records was founded by Thomas Mölch and Erich Keller (Fear of God fame, breaker ... read more

Electric Gardens Festival @ Centennial Park

Posted by T
Jan. 28, 2016, 6:32 p.m.

Electric Gardens Festival (feat. Fatboy Slim) Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January 23, 2016 The 2016 large scale, multi-stage Down Under incarnation of Electric Gardens  took place in the lush lap ... read more

The Security Project @ TCANN

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Jan. 17, 2016, 1:48 p.m.

The Security Project The Center for the Arts Natick December 2015 When I was first informed that this show was being put together I immediately started to recruit some of ... read more

David Bowie: A Retrospective Of An Artist

Posted by Jon E.
Jan. 11, 2016, 5:41 p.m.

As fans many draw a close relationship with their favorite artists. For whatever reason a personal statement shared within this realm seems to strike many in a very serious way. ... read more

Agent Orange @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 5, 2016, 5:11 p.m.

Agent Orange Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 3, 2016   Mike Palm and his two partners in crime held court in the confines of the intimate performance space downstairs, which ... read more

El Vez @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
Dec. 26, 2015, 12:51 p.m.

El Vez Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 26, 2015   1977. The Germs play their first show ever opening for The Zeros, followed by The Weirdos.       ... read more

Seeking Respite from Ubiquitous Holiday Pop...

Posted by Andy
Dec. 25, 2015, 4:03 p.m.

In the month leading up to the holiday, it's often difficult to escape the near-continual assault of schmaltzy Christmas music. It seems virtually every artist of note in the last ... read more

Misfits @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Dec. 13, 2015, 10:16 a.m.

The Misfits Manning Bar Sydney, AUS December 12, 2015   The Misfits. One of the most iconic punk bands. These days they are fronted by bassist Jerry Only, framed by ... read more

Bands to see at Soundwave 2016

Posted by T
Dec. 10, 2015, 8:47 a.m.

With the full line-ups unveiled for Soundwave 2016 in Australia, Scene Point Blank has put together a quick primer to help prepare. Without further adeiu, SPB's Bands to See at Soundwave ... read more

Mono @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
Dec. 8, 2015, 3:48 p.m.

MONO Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 7, 2015   "Mesmerizing" and "cinematic" are the adjectives that come to mind when one is asked to describe the epic, vast instrumental ... read more

The Ghost Inside @ Altar Bar

Posted by Stephen Thomas Black
Nov. 11, 2015, 5:57 p.m.

The Ghost Inside “Locals Only” Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA November 6, 2015   Los Angeles-based melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside dropped their latest album, ‘Dear Youth,’ last year on ... read more

Andy's Favorite Horror Film Soundtracks

Posted by Andy
Oct. 31, 2015, 11:11 a.m.

Though usually panned by the majority of film critics – the mainstream ones anyway- horror films seem to be a Hollywood mainstay that just won't go away. This is hardly ... read more

Film Review - 1988's Not of This Earth

Posted by Andy
Oct. 31, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

Made in 1957, director Roger Corman's typically efficient low-budget sci-fi flick Not of This Earth came to be regarded as a minor genre classic in the years to come – and ... read more

Film Review - Profondo Rosso, a.k.a. Deep Red

Posted by Andy
Oct. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

In the midst of the opening credits sequence for Italian director Dario Argento's 1975 Profondo Rosso (a.k.a. Deep Red), the viewer is treated to a truncated scene appearing to show ... read more

Titus Andronicus @ Brighton Music Hall

Posted by Zach Branson
Oct. 27, 2015, 9:57 p.m.

Titus Andronicus Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA October 15, 2015   Like any show I’m excited about, I was really scared of disappointment while driving to this Boston Titus Andronicus ... read more

Run The Jewels @ First Ave

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Oct. 27, 2015, 9:54 a.m.

Run The Jewels First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 23, 2015 “I’ll apologize now. If you are wearing glasses, you might want to put those away. If you hate being slammed ... read more

Sick Of It All @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Oct. 18, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

Sick Of It All Manning Bar Sydney October 10, 2015   In this very real world, good does not drive out evil. Evil does not drive out good. But the ... read more

Lucero @ Lee?s Palace

Posted by Graham Isador
Oct. 17, 2015, 8:34 p.m.

Lucero Lee's Palace Torononto, Ontario October 15, 2015 In support of their new album All a Man Should Do, Lucero have been pulling double duty on their latest tour and ... read more

Paradise Lost @ KOKO

Posted by Cheryl
Oct. 11, 2015, 5:26 a.m.

Paradise Lost w/Tribulation and Lucifer October 4th @ KOKO, London Hype surrounding a band is either indicative of said band being incredibly talented and worth your time, or, on the ... read more

Algiers @ Brighton Music Hall

Posted by Zach Branson
Sept. 25, 2015, 2:19 p.m.

Algiers Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA September 17, 2015 Photos by Lindsay Corry; more photos here Algiers self-titled debut this year blew me away with its raw, layered sound and politically ... read more

THE TOP FIVE ACTS ON THE RIOT FEST UNDERCARD

Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 17, 2015, 12:05 p.m.

THE TOP FIVE ACTS ON THE RIOT FEST UNDERCARD Last year I started my Riot Fest coverage by getting kicked in the head and ended it with a man drinking whisky ... read more

Torq Campbell wants you to Imagine a better Canada

Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 11, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

Earlier this week I was browsing my twitter feed when I noticed the a number of posts using the hashtag #ImagineOctober20th . The tweets were Canadians speculating on what the ... read more

Fat Wrecked 25 @ The Myth

Posted by Loren
Sept. 2, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015     No review, see photo gallery ... read more

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Aug. 9, 2015, 2:54 p.m.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Manning Bar Sydney August 7, 2015   As Karl Marx said, the relationship between a band and the context it is playing in is metabolic. Both ... read more

Counting Sheep and The Need to Make Art

Posted by Graham Isador
Aug. 8, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

“We were standing in the middle of the square. There were snipers on the roof. Riot cops all around. People had already been killed. And she turned to me and ... read more

So So Glos and Desaparecidos @ Paradise Rock Club

Posted by Zach Branson
Aug. 5, 2015, 4:04 p.m.

The So So Glos, Desaparecidos Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA August 4, 2015 I went for Desaparecidos - Conor Oberst’s (of Bright Eyes fame) hardcore band - who put out ... read more

Radioactivity @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
July 29, 2015, 8:55 p.m.

Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015   It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ... read more

Ex Hex, Tweens @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
July 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m.

Ex Hex, Tweens, Pink Mink Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2015 I go to a lot of shows. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised, and that’s what ... read more

Tex Perkins @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
July 22, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AUS July 19, 2015   Pizzazz. Omph. Charisma. If your music depends entirely on that, the dependency is too great. ... read more

Trying to Explain the Flaming Lips

Posted by Graham Isador
July 21, 2015, 3:20 p.m.

Picture this: You’re looking at the front of a stage. Above you a man in a suit made entirely of muscles walks on in a shroud of fog. From far ... read more

Babes in Toyland @ Rock the Garden

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 24, 2015, 12:13 p.m.

Babes in Toyland Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 21, 2015 It’s difficult for me to write about Babes in Toyland without sounding at least a little bit gushy. Like ... read more

Belle and Sebastian @ Rock the Garden

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 22, 2015, 11:03 p.m.

Belle and Sebastian Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 20th, 2015   As a hot and humid day began its turn towards much needed cooler temperatures, Scotland’s baroque pop sweethearts ... read more

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Posted by Loren
June 14, 2015, 6:28 p.m.

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone, L’Assassins Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN June 10, 2015   Amsterdam is a venue that’s not new by any means, but still feels to ... read more

White Lung @ 7th St. Entry

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 12, 2015, 1:26 p.m.

White Lung 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN June 11, 2015 Abandoning my beloved NBA Finals, I bounced somewhere during the third quarter and rushed downtown to catch White Lung. Upon ... read more

Boris @ Newtown Social Club

Posted by T
June 4, 2015, 6:09 p.m.

Boris Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS May 29, 2015     And then there was Boris. The Japanese unikum named after a Melvins song. Cue labels that span the spectrum ... read more

Art Is Masturbation by Joseph Chiccarelli

Posted by Andy
May 21, 2015, 12:18 p.m.

Art is Masturbation. It’s a sensational, attention-grabbing statement for sure and one that presents an idea that many artists and people who create have probably toyed with at one point ... read more

Fuckface Unstoppable @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
May 10, 2015, 2:18 p.m.

Fuckface Unstoppable Manning Bar Sydney, AUS May 7, 2015   Not far from Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap, an enormous river / lake system, whose flow changes direction twice a year, I ... read more

Mastodon @ Big Top Luna Park

Posted by T
March 31, 2015, 4:16 p.m.

Mastodon Big Top Luna Park Sydney, AUS March 28, 2015   The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region of the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the ... read more

Steel Panther & Slash @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
March 18, 2015, 10:13 a.m.

Steel Panther, Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS February 24, 2015   Satire is a lesson, parody is a game: Steel Panther are seasoned performers ... read more

Blind Idiot God: A Retrospective

Posted by Spyros Stasis
March 4, 2015, 4:15 p.m.

Now that was a band that I did not really think I would hear from again. Named after the description of the Elder God, Azathoth, in H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmos, this ... read more

Swami John & The Blind Shake @ Turf Club

Posted by Loren
March 2, 2015, 12:48 p.m.

Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015   No review, see photo gallery below. read more

Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 25, 2015, 5:32 p.m.

Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 24, 2015   Grin-inducing Japanese energetic, upbeat and catchy all-girl pop punk entertainment with the ingredients of a classic rock show: Shonen Knife ... read more

Napalm Death & Voivod @ The Republik

Posted by Jon E.
Feb. 23, 2015, 7:19 p.m.

How does one go to a show of a band that has been around consistently for longer that you have been alive and not have expectations? This along with possible ... read more

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 20, 2015, 3:13 p.m.

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ The Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 23, 2014   The Newtown area was part of the land of the Cadigal band of the Eora people, who ranged across ... read more

The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2015, 7:41 p.m.

The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AUS October 8, 2015   Parramatta Road is the east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney. On its 23 kilometers long strip, the road is ... read more

Mayhem & Watain @ Black Metal Warfare

Posted by Jon E.
Jan. 26, 2015, 11:53 p.m.

While it may be a bit grandiose to title a tour "Black Metal Warfare" or really any kind of warfare after witnessing a show on the tour in question it ... read more

Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Cactus Blossoms

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Dec. 29, 2014, 7:55 a.m.

 It seems as though we are in a period of time where we read of a famous musician dying almost daily, this tour was supposed to have Ian McLagan in ... read more

Nick Cave @ State Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 15, 2014, 5:26 p.m.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds State Theatre Sydney, AUS December 11, 2014   "All that has dark sounds has duende, that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher ... read more

Run The Jewels & Ratking @ The Fine Line

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Nov. 22, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

Run The Jewels, Ratking The Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN November 20, 2014 Earlier this week I attended an artist’s talk/writer’s workshop-type thing here in Minneapolis. Kevin Bowe, who’s ... read more

Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ First Avenue

Posted by Loren
Oct. 22, 2014, 5:50 p.m.

The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ... read more

Pixes @ State Theatre

Posted by Loren
Oct. 14, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014   There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ... read more

Alice In Chains @ The Enmax

Posted by Jon E.
Aug. 21, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

Lethbridge is a suburb of sorts to Calgary to give you, the reader an idea of the towns size. Usually the Enmax (where this show took place) is host to ... read more

Arcade Fire @ The Forum (Night 1)

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 21, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

 Unless you've been living under a rock, you know Arcade Fire are currently shaking up North America with an enchanting spectacle of a tour. I caught the tour in Los ... read more

Too Many Rappers: July 2014

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
July 18, 2014, 3:34 p.m.

Too Many Rappers: July 2014 7/18/14 - Minneapolis, MN Commuting earlier than usual this morning means it’s nice and cool. I ride by a kid who’s wearing an old 3rd ... read more

Guided By Voices @ Irving Plaza

Posted by Eli Zeger
July 13, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

Guided By Voices, Crystal Stilts   Irving Plaza New York, NY July 11, 2014     Photo courtesy of Gerald McBoing-Boing     See Guided By Voices before you die. ... read more

Agalloch @ Irving Plaza

Posted by Eli Zeger
July 7, 2014, 10:11 a.m.

Agalloch, Jex Thoth   Irving Plaza New York, NY June 30, 2014     Agalloch were one of the first metal bands to combine black/doom’s monsoon of carnage with ambient, ... read more

Eyehategod @ Club Europa

Posted by Eli Zeger
June 11, 2014, 2:55 p.m.

Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, Shitkill   Club Europa Brooklyn, New York June 7, 2014       This past weekend, the mega-festival Governors Ball hit hard in NYC.  People from all ... read more

Boston Calling Music Festival

Posted by Eli Zeger
May 29, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

Boston Calling Music Festival 2014 City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA May 23-25 2014   (All concert photos courtesy of Mike Diskin)   Over Memorial Day weekend, I experienced the ... read more

Mogwai @ Terminal 5

Posted by Eli Zeger
May 10, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

  As my friend David and I were being hurled around the mosh pit at the Terminal 5 show of legendary post-rock ensemble Mogwai, I thought back to how earlier ... read more

Chuck Ragan @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
April 19, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

Chuck Ragan, White Buffalo, Jonny Two BagsTriple Rock Social ClubMinneapolis, MNApril 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Chuck Ragan perform, and that was with his ... read more

From Indian Lakes @ Studio at Webster Hall

Posted by Eli Zeger
March 28, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Written by Eli ZegerPhotos by Hadar Sagi From Indian Lakes     From Indian Lakes is a group of five pretty boys who make poppy emo music, but with post-rock riffs ... read more

Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma

Posted by Chris Brown
Feb. 24, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, 2/19/14 Last week, Chicago's Russian Circles touched down in Philadelphia as a part of their current tour with Ontario's KEN ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Nov. 14, 2013, 7:45 p.m.

Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup The Minnehaha Creek is just one of the many places I do my thinking. I mean, as a human being with a fully functional brain, ... read more

HIM @ Southampton Guildhall

Posted by David Rutherford
Nov. 10, 2013, 1:02 p.m.

HIM, Caspian Southampton GuildhallSouthampton, Hampshire, UKOctober 28, 2013 It has been three years since HIM last played on the shores of the UK, with a lot of uncertainty whether they ... read more

Beacons Festival 2013

Posted by Fin TJM
Nov. 9, 2013, 7:53 p.m.

Beacons Festival 2013 North Yorkshire August 16-18, 2013 Beacons Festival is a pretty novel addition to the British concert scene. Taking place in Skipton (Lancs > Yorks) away from the ... read more

Elliott Smith: a personal remembrance

Posted by Matt
Oct. 24, 2013, 4:34 p.m.

Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard ... read more

Terror, Counterparts & Guests @ Golden Age Club

Posted by Jon E.
Oct. 15, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

October 12, 2013 Calgary, Alberta @ THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB   After a few hiccups in the booking process (venue issues, etc.) the day finally came for Terror to come back ... read more

What Inspires You? A (Sort of) Tour Diary Part 2

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 14, 2013, 9:44 p.m.

 A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some of ... read more

What Inspires You? A (Sort of) Tour Diary

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 10, 2013, 1:03 p.m.

  A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some ... read more

FLAG, T.S.O.L. @ First Avenue

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Sept. 17, 2013, 12:17 p.m.

FLAG, T.S.O.L., Cerbral Ballzy, Off WithTheir Heads First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 13, 2013 After spending a few hours in a sports bar down the street, where my compadres and ... read more

Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted by Cheryl
Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m.

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ... read more

The Progressive Music Awards II: Futile Sequence

Posted by Sarah
Sept. 2, 2013, 4:11 p.m.

It's that time once again! The fabled Progressive Music Awards are tomorrow night, and I've spent the last few weeks getting myself familiar with the best of the best in ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Summer Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Aug. 28, 2013, 6:27 p.m.

Holy crap, has this summer been hot or what? Like, hot as in temperature hot.  Like, literally hot.  Which might be confusing now that Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries as well ... read more

The Nines Festival - Devens MA August 2013

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Aug. 26, 2013, 8:52 a.m.

The NINES Festival Devens, MA   I must admit I was anxious to attend this festival when I heard the lineup featured none other than Shuggie Otis. I have had ... read more

Blur 21: The Exhibition @ IMMA, Dublin

Posted by Aideen
Aug. 2, 2013, 12:20 p.m.

  It's a tray in a hotel room, fairly unremarkable when put back to basics. The tray is littered with cigarettes, beer bottles, a can of coke, a crumpled McDonald's ... read more

Melvins, Negative Approach, Mudhoney @ Grumpys

Posted by Loren
July 29, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Die Kruezen, Hepa/Titus, Mudhoney, Gay Witch Abortion, Negative Approach, Honky, Melvins Grumpys Downtown Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2013   It’s a shame that Amphetamine Reptile Records quit putting out new ... read more

Postal Service @ The Greek Theater

Posted by Aaron H
July 26, 2013, 3:17 a.m.

The Postal Service are making their rounds again in support in the Deluxe Edition re-release of their 2003 album, Give Up. Scene Point Blank had a chance to check'em out ... read more

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza

Posted by Loren
July 10, 2013, 5:05 p.m.

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Spring

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 6, 2013, 6:32 p.m.

Well here we are into the first part of May, and I'm wondering where the fuck March and April went.  I apologize for dropping the F bomb on you in ... read more

Record Store Day 2013 Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 22, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN, 4/20/13 Despite being fairly worn out from the previous evening—one which had me visiting three different venues, seeing six different bands, and imbibing at least twice as many ... read more

The Men @ 7th St Entry, Mpls, MN

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 14, 2013, 2:38 p.m.

The Men 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN June 12, 2013 On just the third night of their North American tour, Brooklyn-based band The Men landed in Minneapolis for a packed-in ... read more

Book Review: Davey Havok - Pop Kids

Posted by Matt
April 7, 2013, 3:02 p.m.

(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by ... read more

Tegan and Sara @ Upstate Concert Hall

Posted by Stephanie Preston
April 7, 2013, 12:27 p.m.

Tegan and Sara were appreciated by Albany, NY last month when they came to the Upstate Concert Hall, the first time they've visited since the duo released So Jealous, which ... read more

Anthrax, Exodus @ First Avenue, MN

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 6, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail First Avenue Minneapolis, MN April 4th, 2013 Continuing their recent-ish trend of performing classic albums in their entirety, Anthrax rolled into ... read more

This Beastie Boys Footage Needs to be Addressed

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
March 20, 2013, 1:40 a.m.

In the days following Adam Yauch’s passing in May of last year, many of us nostalgia-stricken fans were searching for words to express how deeply saddened we were by not ... read more

Too Many Rappers: February Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
March 6, 2013, 8:31 p.m.

February 28th, 2013 As I write this, I am overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula from the balcony of my room at a vacation resort outside of ... read more

Too Many Rappers: February

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Feb. 15, 2013, 6:02 p.m.

This hip-hop train just keeps on rolling.  And although I would like to think I’m fully on board, it feels more like I’m running beside it, trying to keep up, ... read more

New Column: Too Many Rappers

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Feb. 5, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Well, here we are, a whole month into the New Year, and as usual January was spent catching up on all the music I slept on last year.  Normally the ... read more

Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted by Cheryl
Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m.

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ... read more

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted by Cheryl
Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m.

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ... read more

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted by Cheryl
Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m.

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ... read more

Show Review: Minus the Bear/Cursive @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
Nov. 13, 2012, 4:20 p.m.

Minus the Bear and Cursive have been on tour for the past few months in support of their 2012 releases. Minus the Bear put out Infinity Overhead in August, while ... read more

Show Review: Murder by Death @ House of Blues Anaheim

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

Murder by Death have just begun to tour for their new album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, by supporting pop-punk troop, Say Anything. It's an interesting combo and Murder by Death ... read more

Show review: At The Drive-In @ Brixton Academy, London (08/28/12)

Posted by Matt
Aug. 29, 2012, 2:43 a.m.

It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be ... read more

Show Review: fun. @ The Wiltern

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 19, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Fun. are back on the road selling out shows again. This time however, they didn't just sell out one show, but 3 nights at the illustrious Wiltern Theater in Los ... read more

Show Review: Murder by Death @ The El Rey Theater

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 9, 2012, 2:25 p.m.

Murder by Death are preparing the release of their 6th studio album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first LP, Like The Exorcist, but More ... read more

Sarah Deconstructs the Progressive Music Awards Nominees

Posted by Sarah
July 4, 2012, 9:39 a.m.

Well, it's high time that progressive music got a good, high-ish-profile awards show, and now, thanks to Prog Magazine, we have one. The bad news is that it stlil shows ... read more

Japandroids @ 7th St. Entry

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
July 3, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

Japandroids 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN July 7, 2012 When a touring band starts their set by saying, “It feels like we’re back home, Minneapolis”, the natural instinct is to go ... read more

LeBron James - Stay Hatin'

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 22, 2012, 1:56 a.m.

LeBron James is Four Titles and a Rape Allegation Away From Becoming Kobe Bryant: How the Miami Heat Winning is Bad for Basketball Now I know that we here at ... read more

Royal Headache @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 10, 2012, 4:50 a.m.

  Royal Headache, The Arrivals, Condominium Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN June 9, 2012 It was with some intrigue and, admittedly, mostly trepidation that I made my way to ... read more

Show Review: Hot Water Music @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
May 28, 2012, 5:28 p.m.

Hot Water Music just released their new album, Exister, and recently spent a couple nights in So-Cal to warm up the new songs before they head out to Europe this ... read more

Rock on the Cowbell Slowly

Posted by Sarah
April 14, 2012, 12:27 p.m.

There are a few cultural constants we all come to understand depending on where we come from, and growing up in Vermont is no exception. Amongst other things, many develop ... read more

Show Review: fun.

Posted by Aaron H
March 29, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

Once again, fun. are on the road and Scene Point Blank was there to catch another great show. The band's playing the clubs in support of their sophomore record, Some ... read more

Musink Fest: A Review

Posted by Aaron H
March 6, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual Musink Fest in Costa Mesa, CA--a festival blending live music and an appreciation for tattoo art--hosted by LA Ink star, Kat ... read more

Show Review: Cursive @ The Glasshouse 02/25/12

Posted by Aaron H
Feb. 27, 2012, 3:43 p.m.

Cursive recently began touring in support of their 7th studio album, I Am Gemini. I had the privilege of catching their show in Pomona, CA where they played a great ... read more

Catholic Dating Sites

Posted by Sarah
Feb. 17, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

I know we don't usually review websites here at Scene Point Blank, but we just couldn't help ourselves after our editor in chief Loren received the following request: Hi,I'm Pheiné, ... read more

Vermont Counterpoint(s)

Posted by Sarah
Nov. 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

The piece ended rather suddenly, almost completely without warning. The conductor held his position for a moment, then slowly brought his arms down. The theater erupted with applause as the ... read more

Show Review: Bayside/Saves the Day @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 28, 2011, 1:35 a.m.

  Saves the Day and Bayside decided to team up this Fall to deliver a thrilling show fans of either could appreciate. Joining them on the tour are I Am ... read more

Show Review: The World/Inferno Friendship Society @ The Key Club

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 8, 2011, 2:05 p.m.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society recently started their US tour supporting their new album, The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, with sci-fi-psychobilly (psy-fi?) band, The Phenomenauts. You could not ask for a ... read more

Cannabis Corpse - A Live Review

Posted by Cheryl
Sept. 12, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Last Thursday, The Purple Turtle in London's infamous Camden held what is likely to be the most fun headlining show I've seen this year. Cannabis Corpse, fresh off the back ... read more

Motley Crue and Poison - A Live Review

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 29, 2011, 6:33 a.m.

Motley Crue and Poison live, Target Center, Mpls, MN, 6/24/11 The New York Dolls opened the show but I couldn’t tell you damn thing about them. The girlfriend and I  literally ... read more

Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 2

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 31, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

Read Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1 here. Despite intermittent sleep, I wake up feeling fairly well rested.  If memory serves correctly, I’m somewhere deep within the confines of enemy territory—Wisconsin.  ... read more

Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 17, 2011, 7:02 a.m.

After losing a year of my life behind the wheel, I finally arrive at my destination: Kimberly, Wisconsin. Upon walking into the hotel—and I use this term loosely—lobby, I am ... read more

Show Review: Fun. @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
May 2, 2011, 8:31 a.m.

After a long wait and two opening acts—the clock struck 9:30 and Fun took the stage, while the boys and girls cheered. Suddenly, the beautiful overture to “Be Calm” opens ... read more

Fest 8 Wrapup

Posted by Loren
Dec. 16, 2009, 6:53 a.m.

200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ... read more

Converge/Mastodon/Dethklok - A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Oct. 31, 2009, 6:11 p.m.

Let me start off by saying that I love all three of these bands, and I have been looking forward to this show since I got confirmed to photograph it. ... read more

Portugal. the Man - A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

Portugal. the Man is a Portland, Oregon based experimental indie-rock band, fronted by native Alaskan John Gourley. If you haven’t heard the story about this up and coming group, Gourley’s ... read more

Moving Mountains: A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Sept. 23, 2009, 3:17 p.m.

I don't know how many of you have heard of Moving Mountains. A band from Westchester, NY, they are fresh off a tour with Thursday, about to embark on a ... read more

500+ Reviews

Posted by Michael
May 31, 2009, 11:36 p.m.

I hit the 500 review mark last week with my Narrows review. That's a lot of reviews. Sometimes I get burnt out with all the stuff coming through, especially when ... read more

Braffed!

Posted by Michael
May 6, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

So I just got done watching the season finale of Scrubs. It was Zach Braff's final episode. His character is saying goodbye, but I think they gave it a nice ... read more

Remember Those Browns?

Posted by Michael
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:16 a.m.

Two months ago I had high hopes for the Cleveland Browns. Now I am left with a fairly mediocre season.  We shall see how the remainder plays out. I'm looking ... read more

Intro

Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 22, 2008, 8:27 a.m.

Might as well has this here too, it's been three years since I wrote it. I think it still holds true. Space for rent. Your ad here. My name is ... read more

Go Browns!

Posted by Michael
Sept. 14, 2008, 3:26 a.m.

I forgot to post this prior to week one, but given the outcome of that game, maybe it was for the best. Anyway, the Browns season is underway and that ... read more

End Of An Era: Life Long Tragedy

Posted by Michael
July 2, 2008, 7:23 a.m.

Over the weekend a band that was very dear to my heart announced their sudden breakup and played their final show. I first became acquainted with Life Long Tragedy over ... read more

The return of the blog

Posted by Cory
April 23, 2008, 12:45 p.m.

I was yelled at again for writing this, and since I am applying for a job at a local newspaper, I don't really want this hanging over my head.  Sorry ... read more

It's been a long time

Posted by Bob
March 16, 2008, 2:56 a.m.

Last night my band played with Souvenir's Young America, City of Ships, and Monolith at Siren Records in Doylestown, PA; it was a fun time all the bands played real ... read more

We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Posted by Michael
Feb. 12, 2008, 9:09 a.m.

If you didn't hear the news, Roy Scheider died this week at the age of 75. Jaws is one of my all-time favorite films. I am extremely sad.  I fully ... read more

I'm deleting my blogs because

Posted by Cory
Feb. 2, 2008, 6:48 a.m.

They could make me look not so good to certain people.  Nobody read them anyways. read more

In Remembrance of Kid Kilowatt

Posted by Bob
Jan. 29, 2008, 11:04 a.m.

So, back when Cave In's Until Your Heart Stops dropped on the hardcore masses several years back, I had the chance of catching the band at Middlesex County Community College. ... read more

Oh Gehenna...how you make me smile

Posted by Bob
Jan. 8, 2008, 11:45 a.m.

I broke out my CD for the Gehenna- The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness and saw something that always made me smile. Allow me ... read more

Issue 2 of my print zine "I'm A Pretender" - available now!

Posted by Matt
Dec. 7, 2007, 2:29 a.m.

Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all ... read more

Most Awkward Interview Ever?

Posted by Michael
Nov. 7, 2007, 11:22 a.m.

Imagine being in this kid's place... Interview w/ Henry Rollins read more

Colbert '08

Posted by Michael
Oct. 17, 2007, 11:27 a.m.

Even though it is just a joke, I'd still vote for Stephen Colbert for president before I'd vote for anyone else for running, outside of the longshots that have no ... read more

Dear Atreyu

Posted by Michael
Sept. 4, 2007, 2:32 p.m.

 Dear Atreyu, Please stop. No seriously, please stop...now. - File has been removed. It was up for a month. It was the band's cover of Faith No More's "Epic." - ... read more

Nut Pain And Stereotyping Seattle

Posted by Jason
Aug. 18, 2007, 11:41 p.m.

I woke up today at 5:30am to get my ass to the store to open it for what I figured would be another boring Sunday at work. Work has been ... read more

Tony Wilson R.I.P.

Posted by Peanut
Aug. 10, 2007, 8:23 a.m.

So the man that founded Factory Records and helped Joy Division become as huge as they did through hype died today. Not alot of people repect what Wilson did for ... read more

Today Is For The Living

Posted by Jason
Aug. 2, 2007, 9:56 a.m.

Yesterday during rush hour traffic on 35W the bridge than spans the mighty Mississippi fell. There was no earthquake. There was no terrorist attack. The bridge just buckled and toppled ... read more

Be Afraid Vol.1

Posted by Bob
July 19, 2007, 8:36 a.m.

Part 1: Mission Statement, Introduction, and first terribly nostalgic musing A number of years ago, a few friends of mine, myself, and people who would quickly become my friends used ... read more

Bands I Like: Shook Ones

Posted by Josh F.
July 15, 2007, 12:24 p.m.

Shook Ones, for the uninitiated, are a melodic hardcore band from Seattle, Washington. Their debut LP, Sixteen, had some serious Kid Dynamite aping going on, without a doubt, but it ... read more

Friday The 13th

Posted by Michael
July 13, 2007, 2:19 p.m.

Remember when the idea of Friday the 13th used to be scary? Maybe its because I am a grown adult, but there just does not seem to be any horror ... read more

Scene Point Blank: July Relaunch

Posted by Matt
July 7, 2007, 11:02 p.m.

You have no idea how wonderful it is to be finally typing these words. Not that my work is done: a SPB staffer's work is never done! But seriously: typing ... read more

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