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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 of peanut butter, you’re in trouble.”
Even the Methuselah of and elder of rock music, i.e. Iggy Pop, wondered after an incident at one of his incarnations, why anyone would not bring a jar of peanut butter to a concert.
Those quotes are of course out of context but I like the fact that people that emitted them.
I do have a not very subtle preference for peanut butter.
Peanut butter – there is a growing number of variations and people tend to have strong opinions on it, myself not excluded.
For some it is a staple.
For others a treat.
Basically, peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground dry roasted peanuts.
It often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners or emulsifiers.
So far, so good.
Most people serve it as a spread on bread, toast or crackers, and use it to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich), but more interestingly, it is also used in a number of confections and packaged foods, such as the excellent Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (made of chocolate-coated peanut butter), which are popular with Charles Milles Manson, candy bars (e.g., Snickers), which I have never been a big fan of, and peanut-flavoured granola bars.
The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas and peanut paste as a toothache remedy in the first century of the Common Era (CE). Interesting concept that is, being the cause and remedy in union.
Marcellus Gilmore Edson (1849 – 1940) of Montreal, Quebec was the first to patent peanut butter in 1884.
Good on him.
Edson's cooled product had "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment" according to his patent application, which described a process of milling roasted peanuts until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid state".
Sounds like poetry to me.
He mixed sugar into the paste to harden its consistency and boom, peanut butter, as we know it was born.
The two mainstream types of peanut butter are crunchy (or “chunky”) and smooth. In crunchy peanut butter, some coarsely-ground peanut fragments are included to give it extra texture.
The peanuts in smooth peanut butter are ground uniformly, creating a creamy texture.
Some brands of peanut butter are sold without emulsifiers that bind the peanut oils with the peanut paste, and so require stirring after separation as otherwise a film of oil will separate itself and appear on top of the more consistent foundation.
Most major brands of peanut butter add bad, bad white sugar, but there are others more creative ones that use dried cane syrup, agave syrup or coconut palm sugar.
So far for the theory and basics.
Still with me, sisters and brethren?
Let me take you by your paw and guide you through some of my preferred Australian brands when it comes to the brown goodness:
Australia’s Mayver’s a small Australian family company, offers a range of different taste options based on home-grown Australian peanuts sourced from plantations around Kingaroy, Queensland and other locally sourced ingredients:
The basic one is Mayver’s new Pure-State Original Super Spread. A natural, solid sugar-free nut butter made from just Chia, Sesame, Almond and nuts that have simply been crushed, blended and bottled. No added oil, salt or sugar. It is deliciously crunchy and high in protein (20g per 100g) but filled with happy amino- and omega-3 acids.
My favourite Mayver’s variant is the dark roasted one as well as the Organic Crunchy variety with its bold, rich flavours and no other ingredients than Australian peanut and a pinch of sea-salt for a bit of zing, hence low in salt and saturated fat and high in niacin, the stuff that combats depression and age-related cognitive disease.
Their Cacao Super Spread has absolutely no added sugar and is naturally sweetened with dates. Sounds good on paper yet I prefer the aforementioned basic flavours.
Enter Jackson 5’s “ABC” - Mayver’s Almond, Brazil & Cashew fits the acronym and makes for a nice change and a slight derivation from their peanut butter focus and hits the spot for me, as the nuts mélange adds a distinct flavour of its own.
There is something to be said for Australia’s polyunsaturated and resveratrol laden hi-oleic nuts with their vaguely metallic aftertaste, which do not seem to oxidize compared to other varieties and hence do not go rancid.
Freshly roasted and lovingly squashed in sunny Nelson, NZ, these nuts are what Pic’s is working with, with the only other ingredient being sea salt or alternative options without it.
Pic’s crunchy variety is a favourite of mine. It is not like other crunchies, which tend to be smooth peanut butter with lumps: Au contraire, it is a mouth filling textural adventure comprised of thousands of peanut pieces, from the size of the finest grains of sand to bits as big as a grain of rice.
It will give your tonsils a playful tickle on the way down.
That part about tickling sounds good, doesn’t it?
Trust me, it is.
To counter the misconception that there is “A” proper way of eating peanut butter, Pic’s has developed the world’s first Peanut Butter Slug. The Slug is pure peanut butter, ground smooth, lightly salted and squashed into a foil tube, containing 30g.
It is the thing to have on the go, all ready to eat, full of protein and free of gluten, dairy and sugar and just about everything except peanuts.
Robustly packaged in a sensuous peanut butter resistant foil tube, slugs fit snugly into the pocket of your spandex pants or your terribly oversized, saggy camouflage excuses for slacks.
Pic’s also offers Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Peanut Oil, also made of Kingaroy nuts, whose light nutty flavour of the peanut oil makes it great in salad dressings, dips and marinades giving food a clean flavour.
Another one of Pic's emissions is Cashew Butter.
The cashew is a peculiar nut. It grows wild in steamy tropical jungles, dangling from the bottom of a fruit, encased in a nasty toxic shell that is used for making drain cleaners and the like. It roasts and squashes relatively easily and produces a softly textured butter with a slightly sweet flavour. Category “yum +”.
We had a chance to catch up with Pic at the recent Taste of Sydney event, where his booth was one of our favourite exhibitors:
The fact that everything from the labeling to the way the jars are created (including hidden messages) provide a source of both information and amusement does not hurt either. Attention to detail is the name of the game and one does not come too often across such a coherent product and brand.
Let’s head over to Santos Organics – an entity with an ethical mission and committed to a sustainable business practice:
Santos Organics is a local community owned enterprise with over ninety unit holders who share an interest in providing best quality organic, natural and GM-Free food with excellent, friendly customer service as well.
The Santos Organics’ Mission is to serve the community by:
From humble beginnings, starting off selling bulk foods in the back of a panel van, Santos has organically grown into being a landmark in the Byron Shire, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, with shops in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby.
Over the last thirty years their focus has grown, in light of working towards an environmentally and ethically sustainable world, to ensure that all produce is organic and fair trade.
The name Santos comes from the Vedic word, Santosh, meaning “Life-force.” In Spanish the name Santos also means ‘Saint’. As this was hard to pronounce for some, the ‘h’ was dropped off, making the name Santos.
Starting with such a noble vision in their original name, they produce some of the best and purest peanut butter available on terra australis:
Their Organic Peanut Butter is 100% peanuts.
It is made by Santos using a Durst Peanut Butter Mill.
Peanuts go in.
They emerge ready to be spread on your bread of choice.
Taking purity to a new level.
Proteco Oils is an Australian company based in Kingaroy Queensland that are the leading specialist manufacturers of high quality cold pressed oils, using fresh Australian grown produce, who have been established for over 30 years.
Although Proteco's operations have been ongoing for several decades, the new processing plants has elevated Proteco's status to one of the most advanced specialty processors in the world.
Their advanced extraction and filtration technology provides cold pressed nutritional oils and they do not employ chemical or solvent extraction processes, ensuring the aroma, flavour and nutritional characteristics of their raw materials are preserved.
Their range of peanut butter products are pure and natural with no salt, sugar or added fat, made from freshly roasted Australian grown Kingaroy peanuts.
In terms of flavour variety, Proteco and its emissions take the cake.
While some variations might sound gimmicky, the flavours are well calibrated and unveil themselves in layers, making the consumption a sensual experience.
Sounds sexual? It borderline is.
Peep these variations:
Chocolate and sea salt
Honey, cinnamon and peanut butter
Smoky chilli and paprika peanut butter
Honey infused peanut butter
Not that their basic “Smooth and crunchy” flavour is nothing to write home about, but the above mentioned variations stopped me in my tracks.
They are well-measured treats built on layers of flavours that not only rely on the obvious ingredients, but interact with one another and thereby creating subtle nuances that make eating them a multisensory experience.
Trust me – you want to try it for yourself.
Stay tuned for the second installment of this series.
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 changing due to industrialization, the emergence of the working and middle classes as well as the demand for mass-produced, affordable food that could be consumed on the go outside of the confines of your home.
The stripped down version with beef and bread is fabled to have been invented in North America, before it became a globalized culinary icon and was prepared with the typically characteristic trimming, i.e. lettuce onions and sliced pickles, that we know today.
The burger pervades modern culture and its global expansion provides economic points of comparison like the big Mac Index, by which one can compare the purchasing power of different countries wherever the Golden Arches are situated and wherever Ronald McDonalds finds a bench to sit on.
Many a variant of the hamburger has been created over the years, including the modern one of so-called gourmet burgers with luxury ingredients prepared by proper chefs.
Its nutritional values have been widely and controversially discussed and healthier, i.e. reduced calories and vegetarian / vegan options, have been introduced.
Since everyone is familiar with the staples of global burger chains, I would like to induct you to some that are specific and recommendable in Oceania – and yes, for the record, Burger King is called Hungry Jacks in Australia due to the fact that Burger King was already trademarked by a takeaway food shop in Adelaide.
Let’s start our journey.
Aight, moving on. Moo Gourmet Burger is what you want to try. Based on the concept and the family heritage of a milk bar empire, hence the “MOO”, Moo Gourmet Burgers reintroduced the old fashioned milkshake and named their signature burgers, “The Black & White®” and “The Deluxe®“, after their establishments.
Moo Gourmet Burgers only uses ethically farmed, free range, free to roam, sustainable produce free from hormone growth promotants and antibiotic treatments.
Their beef burgers are made with 100% Australian Grasslands Premium Beef and they only use free-range eggs in addition to ethically farmed and sustainable meat products.
They offer multigrain & gluten free buns and have 3 vegetarian options on their menu as well as a selection of premium burgers including their double decker Wagyu beef “Deluxe Moo®“, Duck & Bacon, Greek Lamb, and, my absolute favourite, until recently – the Grilled Salmon. It has now disappeared from the menu and I am still in mourning. Seriously, MOO – bring it back.
Moo Burger also serves alcohol, which is a rarity when it comes to burger establishments and overall has more of a restauranty vibe.
Yum factor 8 / 10
If you have heard any tales from punk and hardcore bands touring down under, specifically ones of the vegetarian and vegan variety, chances are you would have heard their praises about Lord of the Fries. Not only Sick of It All were overly enthused by their offerings:
The idea behind Lord of the Fries began over late night snack excursions early in 2004.
Mandy (Toronto) and Mark (Melbourne) met while living in Taiwan. Their love for fries drew them closer, and their disdain for nasty frozen chemical fries inspired them to create their own distinctive fry.
They wanted fresh potatoes, thick but not too thick, crispy but not too crunchy, saucy, the mission began.
What started of in a van serving up golden, crunchy, fries in a cone, with
home-made sauces all inspired by flavours found across the globe, eventually expanded to a menu including Veggie Burger, Onion Rings, Vegetarian Nuggets, and Vegetarian Hot Dogs.
Everything at Lord of the Fries Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal; and they also have Vegan and Gluten Free options.
Their fries are made from locally (and seasonally) sourced, fresh Aussie potatoes, cooked with their skins on in sustainable non-GMO cottonseed sunflower oil blend and ready to be enjoyed with any of their internationally inspired dipping sauces. 100% vegan without chemicals, toxic preservatives or other nasties.
From the original veggie burger that will have cheeseburger-lovers dancing in the streets to their less-than-classical but scrumptious range of quirky veggie burgers, they have a burger to suit every taste bud, e.g. with vegetarian burgers such as the Poutine and Parma.
As far as sauces are concerned, whether you’re in the mood for an American buzz or a Mexican fiesta or the explosion of Indian spices, Lord of the Fries has a range of internationally inspired and tasty sauces. Made specifically for the chip-dip, their range of 100% vegetarian sauces are not a bad accompaniment at all.
Apart from burgers, they also offer vegetarian / vegan hot dogs and sides including vegetarian onion rings and vegan milkshakes.
Kleiner Abzug in der B Note: The Lord of the Fries outlets are aesthetically the least appealing of the bunch and do not exactly invite one to consume their emissions on site.
Taking that into consideration the overall yum factor still comes to a solid 8 /10.
Our last stop leads us to the land of the long white cloud:
Having originated in New Zealand in 1995, Burger Fuel planted the Kiwi flag in Sydney in 2006, where they made a dent in the burger scene with their 100% Kiwi beef, batched brewed sauces and wide range of vegetarian and vegan burgers.
Burger Fuel prides itself on using pure, natural ingredients, ripped straight from Mother Nature’s sweet bosom before anyone's had the chance to defile them with additives.
They perceive the burger to qualify as a balanced meal - a combination of protein, carbohydrate, good fats, fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Burger Fuel’s wide-ranging menu features pure grass fed Australian beef, butterfly cut, grilled chicken, vegetarian and vegan options certified by the New Zealand and Australian Vegetarian Society and vegetables hand washed and cut daily.
They also offer inclusive lifestyle options like gluten-free, low-carb, halal and dairy-free.
To alleviate your conscience a bit of your burger eating guilt, they run an ongoing ‘enviro-mental’ and sustainability campaign - a lot of tree hugging has gone in to the design of their chip cups, doofers and burger bags.
The Burger Fuel position on social and environmental concerns started at its inception in 1995. As part of their continuing “enviro-mental” and sustainability ethos, packaging has been designed and manufactured to strict Burger Fuel specifications and requirements, which resulted in recycled, recyclable and biodegradable packaging. They even made sure the ink is made from a natural vegetable oil base sourced from renewable resources, instead of the usual mineral oil solvent stuff and their aioli punnets are made from biodegradable cornstarch.
Personal favourites at Burger Fuel include the GOURMET VEGE with organic tofu, teriyaki sauce, peanut satay sauce, smashed avocado, salad, relish and aioli and the V-DUB VEGE with crumbed pumpkin, carrot, chickpea and ginger bites (Motobites), melted cheddar, raw grated beetroot with chia seeds, salad, relish and aioli, as well as V-TWIN VEGE with mushroom, kumara, chickpea and basil patty, melted cheddar, plum sauce, salad, relish and aioli.
Yum factor 7.5 / 10
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, Camacho.
While he mainly stuck to his guns with his most recent opus, his latest emission also afforded him room for explorations when it came to different writing and recording techniques, e.g. incorporating loops and beats to frame his uplifting yet at times melancholic, laid back and emotive tunes.
Backed by a full cohesive and perfectly calibrated band including string and brass section delivering mesmerizing harmonies, he incarnated at the Enmore Theatre in front of a swaying crowd that was eager to trade verses and join his crooning.
Juxtaposing old faithfuls with tracks of his new album, Pete delivered the crowd pleasers and it did not take much more than him stepping away from the microphone to elicit singalongs galore.
One could argue that Pete Murray with his “sensitive guy with acoustic guitar” approach has stuck to Konrad Adenauer’s credo “Keine Experimente” and is not known for pushing the envelope ever since he has found a lane for himself, i.e. a simplistic reimagining what has previously been done, yet consistency does not have to be a bad thing: He had the entire venue in awe with his refined and carefully curated set, which invoked a sense of intimacy despite the big venue, especially in quieter moments when the crowd was belting his songs back to him.
An artist that has become one with some quintessential Australian traits and landscape.
Photos by KAVV
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 the brews and the alcohol.
In essence, Zoo Brew did neither reinvent the wheel nor deviate far from the tested and tried, yet what made it special was its location:
A shady waterfront spot in Taronga Zoo, with a breathtaking view across Sydney harbour, while giraffes nibble at tall branches and elephants frolic under the spray of their own trunks.
The festival featured a variety of local craft brews for the thirsty masses to taste from more than twenty-five local breweries and included admission to the Taronga Centre festival zone, a glass tasting cup, beer samples, and a discount on zoo entry tickets.
Brew-wise, highlights of the weekend included Canberra’s Bent Spoke Brewing Co.’s Crankshaft - a US-inspired "Orange" IPA, which pours a borderline fluorescent bold orange / rust colour with a bold choice of US hops that are lavished upon it: Initially Centennial, Citra, Cascade and Simcoe but evolving to switch out Cascade and bring in fellow Americans Equinox and Mosaic. The result are aromas and flavours that lean heavily towards the citrus, with a touch of resinous pine, all balanced by caramel malts. It wraps up with a quite delicious bitterness.
New Zealand’s Monteith’s Brewing Company convinced with the clarity of their malty Golden Lager: The aroma is quite light, which was a nice change from the myriad of heavier calibers that were on offer, yet it has a surprisingly malty finish.
Gold Coast’s Balter Brewing Company’s XPA might be pale but there is certainly nothing weak about it. Tropical and floral aromatics set off a fruity palette and finish with a refreshing bitterness that makes it the brew of choice for those who enjoy a fully-hopped beer that's still easy to drink.
Based in Melbourne, Two Birds Brewery is the first female owned Australian brewery and their amber ale Sunset is an ode to the red sunsets over the Indian Ocean in their hometown of Perth. Based on blend of nine malts, it produces complexity with a light, roasty finish showing pine, grapefruit and toffee-notes on the way down.
Apart from Byron Bay’s Stone and Wood Brewery’s Pacific Ale, its Lager, with its crisp all-malt Lager made in the German Helles (bright) style, is a subtle showcase of pale malt and noble hops.
It does not necessarily take you anywhere you've never been in terms of flavour, but you're definitely travelling in style. The all-malt base gives it a slightly fuller body than mainstream Lagers, but that does nothing to decrease the refreshment and instead dials up the satisfaction.
Local favourites Young Henrys represented and celebrated the Sydney suburb of Newtown in all its glory.
Its Hop Ale is big, bold and beautiful. Not stout-black, more dark red with crimson hues. Malty richness comes from a mélange of seven malts - Australian and American. Carafa gives it its dark colour, Crystal its red hue, Rye for spiciness and Munich for mouthfeel.
All balanced out with a distinctive resinous flavour from Aussie hops added at all stages of the brewing process.
Not necessarily for the mainstream palate but drinkable indeed.
Young Henrys is not known for shying away from collaborations – be it with special one off special brews for bands or more pressing matters like this time: They teamed up with Rewilding Australia – an organization seeking to support the Australian Government’’s Threatened Species Strategy by working with Rewilding Australia Network partners to improve the trajectory for Australia’s wildlife.
Rewilding Australia advocate a science-based approach to ecosystem restoration projects across Australia and link wildlife academic research with wildlife and landscape management practitioners to identify and implement practical rewilding projects. An example is Rewilding Australia’s own flagship project to reintroduce eastern quolls to mainland Australia.
Drinking for a good cause.
Lord Nelson Brewery are somewhat the elder statesmen of the Sydney craft beer scene.
They own both Sydney's oldest continually licensed hotel and Australia's longest running independent microbrewery.
Their Old Ale is full of rich malty flavours and pleasing alcohol warmth.
One of the personal favourite was Willie Smith’s with their cider range:
Their Organic Cider mixed the best of Tasmanian apples with inspiration from French full-bodies cider and unleashes a microcosm of complex flavours without relying too much on the sweet side.
The big oak body and smooth clean finish that lingers after their Bone Dry cider has touched your palate is reminiscent of the tart and sour notes of the unprocessed juice from the fruit of a small German tree variation known as Speierling (Sorbus domestica). A nice fruity change of with a bit of a kick to it.
Photos by KAVV
July 21, 2017
Iceland is largely an arctic desert punctuated by mountains, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls.
It is one of the most beautiful places on this earthround.
A lot of its musical exports seem quite exotic and at times quirky outside of the realms of Snæland.
However, if you have experienced the Republic of Iceland and delved into the context artists like Sigur Ros or Björk emerge from, it makes perfect sense.
From the Icelandic town of Laugarbakki, populated by just 40 people, Ásgeir is every bit as introverted, humble and unassuming as he is gifted. Having left his folk-tinged roots behind, Ásgeir’s incarnation in Sydney was heavy on pure yearning, melancholic and melodic electronica.
Modest, spare and beautiful are adjectives that come to mind: In a live environment, Ásgeir’s performance is intentionally restrained and stripped back with his falsetto voice serving as an extra layer and additional instruments that accentuates the show, framed by strategically placed lightbeams that subtly illuminate the ethereal repertoire, which does not fail to enthrall the sold out crowd.
Ásgeir’s soaring, inimitable vocal deliveries were backed by delicate rhythmic backing and electronic waves and folk piano that rounded out his chord progressions.
Given the immense commercial successes Ásgeir has celebrated throughout recent years, the sincere humbleness with which he holds the audience in the palm of his shy hand is both surprising and appealing. Somehow he manages to get large-scale exposure without sacrificing his individuality or diluting the whimsical DNA of his intriguing oeuvre.
The best moments of the show come when Ásgeir spaces out and builds his elaborate musical sceneries that revel in artificiality with either electronica, samples or beats rubbing themselves against the sweetness and innocence of his earnest persona.
Photos by KAVV
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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 Melbourne, AU March 22, 2017 The Hang is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The ... read more
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Mardi GrasSydney, AUMarch 4, 2017 Sydney’s Mardi Gras has a 39-year history of highlighting and fostering rights and equality for LGBTQI individuals and communities. In 2017 Sydney celebrated all that ... read more
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
KasabianSydney Opera HouseSydney, AUMarch 8, 2017 Linda Kasabian was one of Charlie’s angels. She was already a young mother when she first met Manson and the family on the Spahn ... read more
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
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 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 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
MarshmelloEnmore TheatreSydney, AUMarch 2, 2017 Marshmello is an anonymous electronic dance music producer and DJ who first gained international recognition by remixing songs by Jack Ü and Zedd. With Marshmello ... read more
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 by Cirque AlfonseSydney Opera House StudioSydney, AUFebruary 26, 2017 Cirque Alfonse is a young circus company from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in the province of Quebec, established in 2005. The young company ... read more
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
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 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 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: No More Secrets, No More LiesThink Inc.Seymour CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 18, 2017 Julian Assange. A controversional figure and divisive subject. For some, an intense, driven and valiant campaigner for ... read more
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 by United CellarsAustralian Design CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 16, 2017 Acid house is probably the simplest and gentlest subgenre of house music and was developed around the mid-1980s by DJs ... read more
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 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 PlanGriffin Theatre CompanySydney, AUSUntil March 11, 2017 Griffin Theatre Company is an Australian theatre specialising in new writing, based in Sydney. It is the resident theatre company at ... read more
Tatsuo Miyajima Connect with EverythingMuseum of Contemporary ArtSydney, AUSUntil 05 March, 2017 As the names suggests, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (abbreviated MCA), located in Sydney, is solely dedicated ... read more
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 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
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 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 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
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
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 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-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 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 Film review premiereLeichhardt Norton TheatreNovember 25, 2016 Located in vibrant Leichhardt, Palace Norton Street features eight stylish auditoria with luxurious stadium seating as well as a bar and lounge ... read more
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 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 and the Nasty DeliciousMetro TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 14, 2016 Best known for his role as Darryl Philbin in the Emmy Award winning USA version of The Office, Craig Robinson ... read more
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
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 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 Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra) November 15-30, 2016 Now in its 15th year, the German Film Fest Australia is a major cultural event organised ... read more
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
TedxSalon International Towers Barangaroo, AUS November 24, 2016 Let’s kick it off with some CliffsNotes for the uninitiated, shan’t we: TED is a nonprofit global community welcoming people from every ... read more
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 Sydney, AUS October 14-16, 2016 Traditionally, a rite of passage is a celebration of the passage, which occurs when an individual leaves one ... read more
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 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 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, 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, 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
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 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 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 Sydney, Australia June 25, 2016 Vita contemplativa. The beauty of reveling in sadness. Saudade. A fond remembrance and the hope of recovering ... read more
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 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 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
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 Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia May 28, 2016 Moral ambiguity. Conflicting values. The need to keep people safe versus concerns about ... read more
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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 (feat. Fatboy Slim) Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January 23, 2016 Damian Gelle and Anton Marmot met in London in the '90s over a mutual love of music ... read more
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
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 Sydney, AUS January 3, 2016 The Factory is a purpose built, dedicated live entertainment venue. Comprised of differently sized performance spaces it hosts an array of ... read more
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
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
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
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 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 “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
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
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
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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 Last year I started my Riot Fest coverage by getting kicked in the head and ended it with a man drinking whisky ... read more
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
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 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
“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
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, 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, 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 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
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 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 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, 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 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 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. 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 Sydney, AUS May 7, 2015 It’s about 6 years ago and I am sitting on the balcony of a stilted house right by Cambodia’s Tonlé ... read more
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 (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
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
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 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
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 @ 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 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
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
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 & 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 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
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
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
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
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 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, 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, 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, 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 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
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, 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
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 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 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, 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 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 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
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
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
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., 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, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
(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 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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
They could make me look not so good to certain people. Nobody read them anyways. read more
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
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
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
Imagine being in this kid's place... Interview w/ Henry Rollins read more
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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