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German Film Festival
May 22 – June 10, 2018
Not unlike the American Essentials Festival, the German Film Festival showcase new Teutonic cinematic talent from the ole world with exclusive Australian premieres.
In collaboration with German Films, the task of which is to promote German films and culture around the globe, this year’s incarnation celebrated the Palace Cinemas 15-year-anniversary.
The Festival program included a contemporary selection of twenty-six feature films varying from award-winning dramas and box office comedies to documentaries and a selection of short films.
An integral component of the festival was the thirteenth edition of Short Export, which presented six new short films from Germany, ranging from documentary, to animation and experimental fiction.
In addition to the tried and tested parts of the festival, this year’s program presented moving images especially dedicated to families, children and teens.
Curated and championed by the Goethe-Institut, the Kino for Kids sidebar provided a six-film feast running the gamut in terms of artistic and stylistic varieties for young audiences.
Apart from merely showing the movies, this part of the festival was informed by an educational agenda: Schools were invited to foster students’ engagement with German culture and to get them interested in learning the language.
The opening night shindig featured a banquet of German culinary extravaganza followed by the premiere of The Silent Revolution - against the backdrop of the aftermath of World War II and its implications, it details in a historically accurate manner the act of resistance of some students in 1956 in Eastern Germany.
The Silent Revolution comes hot off the press from having been premiered at the 2018 Berlinale International Film Festival.
A film that set the tone for the festival by making a powerful and timeless statement about the DNA and importance of human interaction in times of political strife, which today is as relevant as ever.
Photos by @ka.vv
Water of Life Part 3
Ardbeg Day 2018
June 2, 2018
Where shall we start?
Ardbeg’s ten year old, non-chill-filtered; uncoloured variety is as good as smokey, soft peated single malts come.
Ardbeg is rich.
A complex cosmos of subtle notes.
In essence it embodies a well-balanced mélange of the essential flavours a good Islay malt should entail: Peat, malt, mineral rich earth, smoke, brine, iodine, hints of vanilla, salts of the sea with a pleasant fragrance that lingers in your Glencairn long after dramming it.
It is a unique one, a staple in my whisky cabinet and a fulfilling experience every time.
It should not be further wondrous that the 2018 incarnation of Ardbeg Day along with the limited edition release Ardbeg Grooves caught my attention and the prospect of sampling what was touted as a haze of apples and pears derived from bonfires and smoked spices got me excited, even though I have to admit that I was mildly concerned about the new emission being able to live up to the hype the marketing had created.
Themed a global festival of “Peat and Love” by the Celtic mothership in Islay, Sydney’s Ardbeg Day was in a bar set against a backdrop of a masterfully curated, psychedelic hippy-esque flower-power ambience with the tasting serenaded by the appropriate soundtrack, which effortlessly evoked the spirit of the 60ies for the release of the intensely mellow new Ardbeg Grooves.
Matured in intensely charred wine casks sourced from Brown Forman (for the connoisseurs among you, the name shall ring a bell as their recoopering enterprise was behind the now legendary “Sinatra Select barrels” release), which have had “grooves” (get it?) cut inside the inside of them, enabling the whisky to have direct contact with both charcoaled and freshly exposed oak with the dual oak exposure adding to the complexity of what Ardbeg is known for.
Upon Grooves hitting the palate, the trademark Ardbeg smoke comes through, even though a tad sandier, along with dark fruits making appearances in a prominent manner, hints of vanilla and lime expose themselves on the nose along with an overall fruiti- and woodiness.
Summa summarum, the amber-copper coloured drop is a well-rounded affair that is on point with an array of flavours, which do not overpower but complement the spirit of the alcohol with an impeccably balance.
In layman’s terms, 2018’s Ardbeg Day offers a rare opportunity to experience the distillery in a new light: Grooves is a different expression of Ardbeg, it amplifies the features of the wonderfully consistent 10 year-old Ardbeg by managing to bridge the chasm between subtlety and bombast.
The slightly shorter bottle is definitely one that you want on your shelf you are remotely into heavily peated whisky from Islay - all hail the dawn of the season of peat and love!
Read previous "Water of Life" entries here.
Photos by @k.a. vv
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sydney, Metro Theatre
June 9, 2018
With seventeen albums under their belt, the collective known as the Brian Jonestown Massacre has been going since 1990.
Early on they firmly established themselves on the firmament of both the pantheon of psychedelic rock as well as the forefront of artists who never compromised their art for the sake of commercial success, including all the controversy, inner- and outer band strife that comes with the territory.
At the helm of the operation is the always prolific Anton Newcombe, the maestro and visionary behind tonight’s seven-headed incarnation – an invested, consumed mercurial perfectionist who orchestrates and is immersed in every note, which despite the many line-ups I have had the pleasure of seeing BJM in, results in me yet having to witness a BJM show without him directly calling his worthy constituents out on how their performance needs to be adjusted, even if the most dedicated aficionado in the audience would be hard pressed to find any fault in their performance.
Tonight was the second sold out show as part of the Vivid Festival, with an enthusiastic audience turning a rainy Sydney night into a steamy, hot sweatbox.
The outside bar area at the Metro Theatre is usually a busy spot no matter who holds court on its main stage, however, tonight it was not frequented as everyone tried to not miss a second of the gospel of the Brain Jonestown Massacre.
Playing a fantastic, tight and nuanced set, covering nearly every facet of the band’s extensive catalogue and showing their versatility, they effortlessly navigated not only the traditional waters of Californian1960s psych-rock waters, but seamlessly dipped into pools of power pop, noisy drone laden excursions and folk with the trademark BJM DNA pervading each tune.
An evening that’s testament to Brian Jonestown Massacre’s relevance and timelessness.
Photos by T
If you have ever been to Sydney, chances are that you passed through The Rocks, a neighborhood of quaint laneways against the backdrop of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge.
It is fabled that The Rocks harbour the city’s first and oldest pubs, so the Endeavour Brew Bar and its Tap Rooms finds itself in suitable company.
Housed in a Queen Anne Revival style of architecture building from the 1800s, which was refurbished by accolade-decorated architects Welsh + Major, and adjoining the Brew Bar, i.e. the Endeavour Tap Rooms, the art deco referenced establishments adhere to the credo to only use all-Australian, seasonally harvested ingredients sourced directly from local hop and barley farmers with no adage of preservatives.
What makes liquid emissions of the of Endeavour Brewery’s four key lines and four rotating taps unique is the well-balanced mélange between North America’s hop culture and European malt flavours and somehow managing to sandwich a distinct Australian flavour.
Favourites of the range include the Reserve Amber Ale, a brew that is developing its sweet malty- and bitterness in the bottle as well as the English styled Growers Golden Ale with its subtle malty hop bitterness.
While I usually am not a big Red beer aficionado, Endeavour’s Red Ale got something going for it as the hop aromatics offer a bit of “je ne sais quoi” compared to the other brews crowding the market.
My better half likes the Mid 3.5 Pale Ale, which proves to be a drinkable companion for the warmer days in Sydney with an ABV that won’t tip you over if you decide to have one early on, not unlike their Lager, which is a reliable European style, flavoursome one.
However, my favourite of the many excellent Endeavour brews is by far the deliciously, rich Stacked IPA, which was created in their Brew Bar micro-brewery and named after the unique way that they stack their tanks.
A wonderful big IPA with punchy aromas of tropical and citrus fruits. Packed to the gills with three different hops, it creates a clean, bitter finish that leaves you humble narrator thirsting for more.
The Tap Rooms’ brews are substantiated with an exquisite restaurant menu, offering sustenance in form of smoked produce to match the flavours of their beers and putting an Australian flavour on the art that is American barbeque.
The Harbour Bridge and the Rocks are must-see sights if you ever find yourself in Sydney and while you are there, you’d deprive yourself from an exquisite, welcoming and palatable experience if you decided to not hit Endeavour’s Tap Rooms to sample the range.
Having just returned from Melbourne’s Good Beer Week and been able to sample more of their range, Two Birds Brewing established its place on the forefront of my Australian favourites:
Founded by Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen, Two Birds Brewing constitutes Australia’s first female owned brewing company – a company that houses all arms of the operations under one roof, including their in-house packaging line.
Located in Spotswood, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne, Two Birds produce sophisticated yet approachable beers whose labels are not only eye-catching and colourful yet what they decorate is delicious to the max:
The mid-strength Two Birds’ Trail Blazer is a nice Australian lager was created in collaboration with the local Western Bulldogs AFL Women's team for the 2018 season – an ode to the strength of women that is not only a great beverage for a day out on the oval but also further afield.
My favourite Two Birds brew is the Two Birds Taco:
Yes, a full-strength fruit beer and a liquid thing of beauty.
What a beer! I had my first sip on a hot day and the subtle zesty flavours derived from the Citra and Amerillo hops lend it its distinct crispiness.
Two Birds’ Sunset red ale with its tropical and citrus aromas back by a spine of more than a mere hint of coffee and rich malt flavours, it makes a near ideal beer to accompany food.
Two Birds’ Golden Ale is the staple of the line: Less exotic than the rest of the range, this one is the most approachable one.
Another Two Birds’ favourite is the fruity Pilsner made from Kiwi hops: Think fruity aromas a la grapes, herbs, gooseberry and white peach.
Does sound weird?
Well, it is a delight.
Given my weak spot for the Two Birds line, I jumped on their take of trying a barrel aged Belgian Ales: A rich, divine big one, to say the very, very least.
Summa summarum, I have yet to sample an emission from Two Birds Brewing that comes close to not being a winner and I look forward to what the brewery has in store for future releases.
Let’s zero in on the Sydney inner-West suburb of Marrickville and a brewer that lives and breathes its inclusive ethos “We brew for you” by nurturing relationships and sourcing ingredients from local businesses, shall we?
Batch Brewing Co. is the empire of two Americanos, i.e. Andrew Fineran and Chris Sidwa. An empire that was built on the remains of a former panel-beater shop and one that has morphed into a buzzing, working hangout, adjacent to the actual brewery, with a “drink local” concept for locals to taste the latest batch, laze on couches, sustain themselves with fare from the changing line-up of food trucks and take home 1.89-litre growlers or 640-millilitre bombers filled with their beer of choice.
And choice there is: The staples of the line include American pale ale and an IPA, which are complemented by a range that changes every two weeks with new, innovative, limited release batches popping up on a regular basis, inspired by the seasons and whatever tickles their fancy.
The core range most prominently epitomized by their Lager Just Beer, Pale Ale of American nature as well as a West Coast PA, is complemented by Pash the Magic Dragon is a surprisingly palatable sour, and Elisie, a nitrogen-carbonated milk stout (with lactose, not real milk).
Batch Brewing Co. equips their brews with date stamping, letting not only connoisseurs know when exactly when a brew was made and when to consume it to get the most out of it, underpinned by the notion that it should be consumed as close to its source as possible with a firm focus on Sydney and maintaining a link between the sources of the ingredients.
Displaying the weather report for Barellan, where their malt is from, behind their bar is merely the visible tip of the iceberg.
Visiting the bar means that you can peek into the brewery, strike up a chat with a knowledgeable staff member and immerse yourself in the cultural biotope they have created, putting a visit to Batch Brewing Co. on your must-visit list when it comes to Australian beer explorations.
For more, read Thus, let us drink beer! – Australian special, part 1.
Photos of Endeavor Brewery and Batch Brewing Co. by @k.a.vv
Two Birds Brewing image from brewery website
American Essentials Film Festival
May 8-20, 2018
American Essentials is not your typical new world film festival with the saccharine blockbusters crowding the market. The focus is firmly on curating a program that sheds light on the independent productions of the last year, covering quite a bit of territory as diverse as thriller, melodrama, adventure, comedy, coming of age, horror, political, social justice, classics, music, cult, noir, romance and biographical flics.
Needless to say that the festival serves as a great source to detect newcomers who showcase their first emissions that might normally not find their way onto your radar.
The new works were all Australian premieres with some having been shown merely a few days earlier at film festivals in Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam and SXSW festivals.
The opening night showed The Boy Downstairs, a this millennial romantic-comedy against the backdrop of hipster Brooklyn from debut director Sophie Brooks and starring Zosia Mamet known from the TV show Girls.
Other highlights included John Travolta portraying the notorious New York mob boss John Gotti, his rise to power and how he earned himself the name “Teflon Don”.
As the name suggests, the festival focuses on the essence of current relevant movies and it should become a fixture on every cineasts calendar.
Photos by @k.a.vv
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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
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
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: 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 – 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 @ 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 & 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 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: 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 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” 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 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 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 Pescatarians listen up. Salmon. How do I love thee? I cannot possibly count the ways. This series shall follow my travels ... read more
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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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 Needless to say that the mélange the troupe of Cirque Alfonse, with all its Québécois folklore, brings to the table ... 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 controversial figure and divisive subject. For some, an intense, driven and valiant campaigner ... 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 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, 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’s main tenet if the fostering and support of new writing in Sydney ever since it was founded in ... 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 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 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 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 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 The 15th year incarnation of the the German Film Fest in Australia is going to be the ... 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
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 While it is questionable if getting a tattoo these days is based on such a spiritual superstructure as ... 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 to retrieve ... 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 privacy. The boundaries ... 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 The 2016 large scale, multi-stage Down Under incarnation of Electric Gardens took place in the lush lap ... 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 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 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 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 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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