Posted Dec. 14, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass. - David Lee Roth One day, out of the blue I started to run. Simply because I wanted to. The passion that I have developed for running, the homemade void, the silence and long-distance running ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
Sydney Burlesque Gala 2017 Sydney, Australia Aight, let’s tick off the basics and history lesson first: Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian “burlesco”, ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Mesdames et messieurs – welcome to the second installment of our feature on Germany’s Gestalten Verlag: Let’s ease in with a beauty: Best of German Interior Design Eds. Christian Boros, Florian Langenscheidt, Olaf Salié, Axel Schramm German / English 464 pages, 652 color and b/w images Best of German Interior ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, Australia In the 17th century Dutch Republic – a newly wealthy and independent nation – the art of painting flourished in a manner that still excites today. Dutch artists sensitively observed the nuances of the ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2017, 5:04 p.m.
Super Food Family Classics Jamie Oliver Penguin Books Australia Jamie's Super Food Family Classics is the healthy-eating companion book to the new TV series of Jamie's Super Food. Every recipe has been tried and tested (with photos illustrating what the end result is supposed to look like), has clear ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
Locust HouseAdam GnadeThree One G / Pioneer Press This one is short, immersive, dense, turbulent and poignant. A novella-length rumination on a time, a place, and a culture. Less a story and more of an experience – the literary equivalent of an intense, noisy and hectic live show that ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Men without Women Haruki Murakami Penguin Books Australia Men Without Women is a 2014 collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, which was recently translated in English in a fluent and colloquial manner by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen. In essence the stories are about men who have ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Die Gestalten Verlag is a publisher and creative agency mostly known for their 600 books on art, architecture, design, photography and typography. The company has 30 staff members through offices in Berlin, London, New York and Tokyo. What makes a good publisher? Let’s see… A passion for books is a good ... read more
Posted Dec. 4, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
British Artists – Francis Bacon by Andrew Brighton Tate Publishing The British Artist Series books are affordable and accessible introductions by leading authorities to some of the greatest figures in British art. This time the focus is on one of my eternal favourites: When 'Three Studies for Figures at the ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
High Adventure in the Great Outdorrs – Topo Designs One does not have to be a hardcore outdoorsman to have an appreciation for reliable quality outdoor gear that despite enabling you to brave the elements and unwelcoming terrain still looks fly. Depending on your climatic context, the change of ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
John Heartfield – Laughter Is A Devastating Weapon Tate Publishing John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfeld; 19 June 1891 – 26 April 1968) was an artist and a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements. Heartfield also created book jackets ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life Chris Jericho Da Capo Press The basics: Three-time New York Times bestselling author and six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho shares 20 of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life he wants, packed with ... read more
Posted Nov. 30, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between Andrew Bolton Yale University Press Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Since her Paris debut in 1981, she has blurred the divide between art and fashion ... read more
Posted Nov. 29, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Manning Bar Sydney, Australia November 23, 2017 Tonight heralded the return of Marky Ramone to Australian shores, whose tenure handling skin duties for the Ramones lasted for a total of 15 year, from May 1978 until February 1983, and August 1987 until August 1996, has also played ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
UB 40 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia November 24, 2017 As infectious and happy the UK’s biggest reggae export’s emissions sound, disputes had riddled the band’s legacy and resulted in a rift between the two resulting camps of founding members, with both still touring the globe under the same moniker, the ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 8:41 a.m.
The Aints play The Saints Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 24, 2017 The Aints is a band name used by Ed Kuepper during his prolific early 1990s period for loud, feedback-drenched three-piece performance and recordings. The name is obviously a variation on The Saints, the band Kuepper had formed with Chris ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Perturbator Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia November 21, 2017 Producing dark and retro futuristic music with a strong 80’s feeling, James Kent AKA Perturbator is the considered to be the spearhead of the new synthwave revival (along with Danger, Lazerhawk, Kavinsky, and Dan Terminus). Since the project’s inception in 2012, Perturbator’s music has launched ... read more
Posted Nov. 25, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Italy on a Spoon Doltone House Sydney, Australia November 20, 2017 World Week of Italian Cuisine? is a global event in its second edition?, which last year was celebrated ?in 105 ?countries with more than 1000 events?.? To celebrate the occasion, Sample Food Event arranged for a sophisticated get together ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
We’re All Going to Die Festival Commune Sydney, Australia November 17, 2017 The We're All Going To Die festival was born out of Founder, Artist and Filmmaker and Director Stefan Hunt's experience. You see, he had anxiety, and it sucked. Two years ago it was really bad and he was ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Skepticon Recital Hall Sydney, Australia November 18-19, 2017 Think Inc. is a young, Australia-based initiative dedicated to reinvigorating the excitement of rational discourse in daily conversation. Through engaging events with leading world-class intellectuals, they deliver content that is both rigorous and refreshing both for interested members of the public, and ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
The Scientists Factory Theatre Sydney, AU November 18, 2017 The Scientists existed from 1978 to 1987 – Originally from Perth they moved to Sydney then to London and spent equal time in each perfecting their specific brand of sonic terrorism. Feared and revered almost as much for their tacky yet ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2017, 9:48 a.m.
Glen Matlock Landowne Hotel Sydney, Australia November 16, 2017 Chances are that if you are on this website, you know who Glen Matlock is, as he is not only known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up and co-author of the better known ditties of the Sex Pistols, but ... read more
Posted Nov. 16, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
5 Ingredients – Quick Easy Food by Jamie Oliver Penguin Books Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents' pub, The Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the age of eight. After leaving school he began a career as a chef that took him to the River Café, where he was spotted ... read more
Posted Nov. 15, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide Launch The Cannery, Rosebery Sydney, Australia For the uninitiated: Gault et Millau is an influential French restaurant guide, which was founded by two restaurant critics, Henri Gault and Christian Millau in in 1965. Gault Millau rates on a scale of 1 to 20, with 20 ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Vino Paradiso Launch The Rocks Sydney, AU November 18-19, 2017 The two-day wine and food festival Vino Paradiso is returning to Sydney’s historic The Rocks district next month with a crowd of 50,000 expected to attend across the weekend. Situated right by the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, the curated blend ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Ecca Vandal Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AustraliaN November 11, 2017 To some the South African born Ecca Vandal might appear to be a veritable enigma, which might be due to her giving a toss about label and categories and instead confidently channeling a tornado of influences into a mélange of ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2017, 10:40 a.m.
Goose Island Thanksgiving Dinner National Art School Sydney, Australia November 10, 2017 Let us start off with the basics for the uninitiated: Goose Island Brewery is a brewery based in Chicago, Illinois. It started its operations in 1995 and was originally named after a nearby island. Goose Island produces a number ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
United Cellars Champagne Tasting Hudson House Sydney, Australia November 9, 2017 Alright, guilty as charged. Me likey bubbles. A lot. Sparkling – be it water or wine. Especially Champagne. I have traveled the region of just to hit the cellar doors and more upmarket offering to indulge – guilty as ... read more
Posted Nov. 8, 2017, 8:21 a.m.
Night Nation Run Sydney The Doman November 4, 2017 The Night Nation Run is the World’s first Running Music Festival. A musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, all framed within the context of the latest Dance Music. The underlying idea is to run, walk, skip or dance your ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Miguel Migs Café del Mar Sydney, Australia November 4, 2017 Café del Mar is a venue that offers Sydneysiders a place to eat, drink and listen. Water views of Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, and a rooftop terrace make it an idea; place for functions, events, long lunches, Sunday Sessions and ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Banksia Sustainability Awards 2017 Doltone House Sydney, Australia November 1, 2017 First things first: The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to create an array of platforms to focus attention on the recognition of excellence in sustainability. It was founded in 1989 ... read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
Design-Made. Sunstudios Alexandria, Sydney October 27-29, 017 Milton Glaser claimed that there are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and WOW! Design-Made. definitely aims for the latter as it showcases an invited selection of contemporary furniture, lighting, object and design brands for Australian indoor / ... read more
Posted Nov. 1, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
The Bronx Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia October 30, 2017 Tonight was a side-show from The Bronx’ current Australia tour with Pennywise and how great it was to see incarnate them within the intimate confines of the sold out Oxford Art Factory. Devoted to punk rock with rough edges ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Cinema Bondi Jumction Sydney, AU October 26, 2017 A jam-packed Event Cinema Bondi Junction played host to Jewish International Film Festival Opening Night, as the 2017 Jewish Film Festival was kicked off in style with a Premiere screening of the extraordinary Yiddish feature, Menashe, with jazz ... read more
Posted Oct. 30, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Time Out Sydney Hop Up – Young Henrys World Square Sydney, Australia 23 October 2017 Ah, Young Henrys. Young Henrys is the household name of Sydney craft breweries, an impressive feat for the staunchly independent brew house that has only been operating for four years. These guys went from being ... read more
Posted Oct. 30, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
British Film Festival Sydney, AU October 24 – November 15, 2017 Returning for its fifth year, the Cunard British Film Festival returned with another stellar line-up of new British films and restored classics. This year there are 17 films in the official selection with several Australian premieres and Oscar contenders ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2017, 8:02 p.m.
Burn City: Melbourne’s Painted Streets Lou Chamberlain Hardie Grant Travel Lou Chamberlin is an artist, author and arts educator and has been writing about art for twenty years. Her interest in street art has been fuelled by living and working in Melbourne with its vibrant street art scene. Burn City ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2017, 10:29 a.m.
The Festival of Nonna 107 Project Redfern, Sydney, AU October 23, 2017 Sandhurst Fine Foods was established in 1988, but their heritage owes much to generations of ancestors in regional Italy where life revolved around working with the seasons to grow, harvest and preserve food. Many of their preserving techniques ... read more
Posted Oct. 25, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Redfern, Sydney, AUS 20 October 2017 The Youth Food Movement Australia is a food education project for young people: a national volunteer-led organisation that aims to build the skills, knowledge and experience that young people have around food, and empowering them to take those skills, knowledge and experiences out into ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions Russell Brand Published by Pan Mac Millan You would have crossed paths with the man known as Russell Edward Brand somewhere in the world of popular culture – be it via his incarnation as an English comedian, actor, radio host, author or activist. His latest ... read more
Posted Oct. 23, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur – Ideas for meaningful work By Nathan Williams Workman Kinfolk was created by Nathan Williams, his wife Katie Searle-Williams and their friends Doug and Paige Bischoff in July 2011. Primarily a lifestyle magazine aimed at young professionals, it focuses on home, work, play, food and community through ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Alice Cooper Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AU October 21, 2017 Alright. If we have to start off by dancing out that Alice Cooper is the architect of not merely shock-rock by introducing horror elements but theatrics in rock’n roll in general and the massive impact he most likely had on informing ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Toruk – the First Flight Cirque du Soleil Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney October 19, 2017 Toruk - the First Flight, a stage show by Cirque de Soleil, is based on James Cameron's Avatar films, located on the planet moon of Pandora, where the blue skinned Na'vi with long tails live together ... read more
Posted Oct. 15, 2017, 8:36 a.m.
What Rhymes with Cars and Girls Riverside Theatre Parramatta October 14, 2017 What Rhymes with Cars and Girls was You Am I’s frontman Tim Rogers’ first solo album in 1999, a lyrically rich and emotionally raw one at that, which has been morphed into a bustling musical rom-com complete with on-stage ... read more
Posted Oct. 14, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition Lion’s Gate at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney October 13, 2017 Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is a not-for-profit membership based organisation supporting horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs across all three of Sydney’s Gardens – the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Napalm Death Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia October 11, 2017 Extreme times demand extreme responses. After successful runs in the USA and Europe, the intemperate Napalm Death and BRUJERIA conglomerate were heading south to run riot on terra australis. Headlining the line-up was none other than Napalm Death. One of the most influential acts in ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2017, 9:04 p.m.
Greek Film Festival Palace Cinemas Leichhardt October 10-22, 2017 The Delphi Bank 24th Greek Film Festival set out to celebrate Greek-Australian filmmakers with festival guests Sotiris Dounoukos and Mary Zournazi and the 8th Greek Australian Short Film Festival. The 2017 Sydney incarnation of the Greek Film Fest was launched with the premiere ... read more
Posted Oct. 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival Sydney Carriageworks October 8, 2017 Looking for a near perfectly orchestrated and curated, traveling and rocking Pinot Noir experience without pretentious bullshit and a focus on taste? Look no further. The minds behind Revel / Bottle Shop Concepts plotted to get you ... read more
Posted Oct. 8, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Underbelly Arts FestivalNational Art SchoolDarlinghurstOctober 7-8, 2017 Underbelly Arts Festival is a two-day presentation and celebration of contemporary Australian art in all its forms. 21 ambitious new projects spanning installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, architecture, activist and participatory practices and everything in between with ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
OZ Comic Con ICC Sydney September 30 – October 1, 2017 The Sydney incarnation of the OZ Comic-Con is now in the books, and it brought everything you’d expect from a two-day celebration of geek culture. There were costumes galore, announcements, and incredible new trailers, excisting immersive experiences , i.e. the ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
Time Out Magazine Sydney Food Awards Porteño Restaurant and Bar Sydney, Australia September 25, 2017 If you do not live under a rock, you are familiar with Time Out Magazine. In essence, Time Out employs a team of expert critics to deliver a credible guide to city life on the ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Peter Hook and the Light Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia October 2, 2017 An Evening with Peter Hook & The Light performing the legendary Factory Record’s albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Both albums were performed sequentially and in their entirety. For the uninitiated among you, Joy Division was a grand yet tormented ... read more
Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Dan Sultan Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia September 30, 2017 Dan Sultan’s fourth, more personal, reflective and mature album, Killer, which he recorded with producer and long-time collaborator Jan Skubiszewski in Melbourne, exemplifies that the singer-songwriter has evolved, putting with a broader weighing of life’s ups and downs and introducing synthesizers and drum ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Forever Crazy State Theatre Sydney, Australia September 28, 2017 Le Crazy Horse de Paris is THE Parisian Cabaret known for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers and for the diverse range of magic and variety 'turns' between each nude show and the next. It is not for nothing one ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 7:31 p.m.
Dune Rats Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia October 1, 2017 Dune Rats are an Australian outfit from Brisbane, originally formed by Danny Beausa and BC Michaels as a duet with Beausa on guitar/vocals and Michaels on drums. The band later became a three-piece with Brett Jansch of Bleeding Knees Club ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
At the Drive In Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia September 29, 2017 At the Drive In are back at it. Had previous incarnations of the El Paso quintet its up and downs, most notably what was perceived to be phoned in performances during 2012s half-hearted brief reunion, tonight’s show was impressive ... read more
Posted Sept. 27, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
The Daily Grind What's Sumatra With You? T’S. Eliot had measured his life out with coffee spoons. Some claim coffee is the most valuable trading commodity after oil. A lot of folks have come up with their odes to coffee - Australia is obsessed with it and it comes ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2017, 7:41 p.m.
5th Queer Film Festival Sydney, AU September 19-24, 2017 There have been lesbian and gay film festivals in Sydney since 1978. Initially these were run by the Australian Film Institute (AFI). In 1986, the AFI partnered with what was then the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to present an annual ‘Sydney Gay Film Week’. The ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
Australia and New Zealand have a history of winemaking that harks back to the late Nineteenth Century, but it was not until the 1970s that the region became known for making quality wines, which is when the advent and recognition of wines from Oceania gained traction and eventually secured them a ... read more
Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
New Philosopher Womankind Feel like there is a gaping hole for content that is intellectually stimulating among existing print media, underestimating their readers’ capacity to reason and their curiosity about the world around them? Look no further. Seneca, speaking on the shortness of life says: “It is not that we ... read more
Posted Sept. 20, 2017, 10:03 p.m.
Motionless in White Metro Theatre Sydney, AU September 19, 2017 Motionless in White embarked on their first national headline Australia tour this September in support of their new album Graveyard Shift. With their unique djenty chuggs, intricate riffing, guttural breakdowns, haunting pop melodies, the occasional blast beat and over the top ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Exploded View Sam McPheeters Talos Publishing Born Against. Vermiform Records. Error Fanzine. Men’s Recovery Project. Wrangler Brutes. Punk Planet. On-air disputes with Sick of it All. Touring Europe with Articles of Faith. To accurately fathom the influence Sam McPheeters has had on your humble narrator during his formative years, one ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Sydney Underground Film Festival 2017 Marrickville Factory Theatre September 14-17, 2017 Dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films and with the 2017 incarnation marking the festival’s 11th edition, the Sydney Underground Film Festival opened its floodgates from Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th September at The ... read more
Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Italian Film Festival 2017 Palace Cinemas Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 The twelfth of September saw the kick off of Italian Film Festival 2017 in Sydney: The Italian Film Festival was founded in 2000 by Antonio Zeccola who, in one of Australia’s many migrant success stories, built Australia’s only national boutique cinema ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
MEW Manning Bar Sydney, AU September 12, 2017 MEW are a Danish alternative, experimental outfit pivoting between styles with a career spanning more than twenty years, across seven acclaimed studio albums, that classifies itself as “indie stadium” and has been described by others as possessing the musical grandiosity that leads people to ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
Placebo Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, AU September 9, 2017 Last in the country for Soundwave Festival and a pair of sideshows back in 2014, the Placebo returned to Australia for a 20th anniversary tour, the Sydney incarnation of which saw them perform hits, revisit early material and more obscure offerings from ... read more
Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Sydney Contemporary Carriageworks Sydney, AU September 7-10, 2017 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist, most prominently known for his elaborations on the importance of informal gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement. In short, where we meet our social needs ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Italian Wine and Food Festival 2017 The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve Sydney, AU August 28, 2017 Created in 2013 by award-winning sommelier and passionate italophile Lara Caraturo, the Italian Wine + Food Festival celebrates and promotes Italian wine and food culture in Australia. It is produced by Lara and the team at Progetto ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Griffin Theatre 2018 Program launch National Art School Darlinghurst, Sydney, AU August 28, 2017 Griffin Theatre Company is an Australian theatre specialising in new writing, based in Sydney. It is the resident theatre company at the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross and the only professional theatre company in Sydney entirely dedicated to the development ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Vera Blue Metro Theatre Sydney, AU September 2, 2017 Celia Pavey, known in muso circles under the moniker Vera Blue, is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter that managed to transition from reality show credit, i.e. via an interpretation of Simon and Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair, and reinvent herself as somewhat of a darling indie ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
You Am I & Hoodoo Gurus Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU August 31, 2017 If you paid an iota of attention over the last couple of years, it would not have gone unnoticed that when it comes to artists on terra australis, Tex Perkins and his various incarnations are held in ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
Stone Sour Hordern Pavillion Sydney, AU August 26, 2017 Touring in support of their latest album, the groove-heavy Hydrograd, Stone Sour descended upon Australia via a stint in New Zealand to an enthusiastic crowd in Sydney. For the uninitiated: Stone Sour was Corey Taylor’s original band, predating his Slipknot incarnation, ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving an F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Lifeby Mark MansonPan Macmillan Australia It is only after you have lost everything that you are free to do anything.Nothing is static.Everything is appalling.Everything is falling apart.You have to realize that some day you will ... read more
Posted Aug. 20, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
Psychosis 4:48 Old Fitz Theatre Sydney, AU August 19, 2017 Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis is essentially a 60 minute long stare into the abyss of darkness and struggle of mental illness, walking the thin line between life and death detailing states en route to suicide. Succinctly distilling the imprisoning and isolating ... read more
Posted Aug. 13, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
Vin Diemen “Best of Tassie” National Art School, Cell Block Theatre Sydney, AU August 12, 2017 I sure hope that my recent features on Tasmania and MONA have tickled your interest in one of Australia’s most underrated territories, its wine, outstanding produce and boutique beverages. If you have not yet ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2017, 10:45 p.m.
Montaigne Metro Theatre Sydney, AU August 12, 2017 Michel de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers on the French Renaissance known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He is also know for posthumously inspiring Jessica Cerro, a Sydney-based singer-songwriter graced with a powerful vocals range to ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
“…thus, let us drink beer!” – Belgium special Waffles. Friterie. Chocolate. A royal palace bigger than Buckingham palace. The first country to legalise euthanasia and ban cluster bombs. Three official languages. Belgium. One of the many good things coming out of the small European country is beer: 800 ... read more
Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Always going upstream against the current – part 1 Pescatarians listen up. Salmon. How do I love thee? I cannot possibly count the ways. This series shall follow my travels to salmon relevant territories, shedding light on quality producers, restaurants and products. Salmon. The common name for several species of ... read more
Posted Aug. 1, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
Man cannot live by bread along – he must have peanut butter, or, as the wise philosopher Sylvester Gardenzio “Rimbaud” Stallone once proclaimed: “If you try to change the taste of peanut butter, you’re in trouble.” Even the Methuselah of and elder of rock music, i.e. Iggy Pop, wondered after ... read more
Posted July 31, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
Oceania Burger Special Ah, the humble burger – a product loved by Popeye’s sidekick J. Wellington Wimpy that came about to meet the culinary needs of a society rapidly changing due to industrialization, the emergence of the working and middle classes as well as the demand for mass-produced, affordable ... read more
Posted July 30, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
Pete Murray Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU July 29, 2017 Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is back with his trademark smooth and inviting vocal delivery to promote his sixth studio album, Camacho. While he mainly stuck to his guns with his most recent opus, his latest emission also afforded him room ... read more
Posted July 25, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Zoo Brew Taronga Zoo Sydney, AU July 22, 2017 Tastings that offer a chance to sample hop-and-grain-based beverages are legion. They tend to follow the same formula, leaving center stage to the brews and the alcohol. In essence, Zoo Brew did neither reinvent the wheel nor deviate far from the tested ... read more
Posted July 24, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Ásgeir Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU July 21, 2017 Iceland is largely an arctic desert punctuated by mountains, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls. It is one of the most beautiful places on this earthround. A lot of its musical exports seem quite exotic and at times quirky outside ... read more
Posted July 23, 2017, 7:49 p.m.
Living life well Fête/Life magazine is an Australian publication that connects with readers in a personal way. Its mission is to inspire them to love the life they have, engage in positive and meaningful relationships with those around them and to make time and space for all the good things around ... read more
Posted July 19, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
Oh la la – crazy horse about to gallop down under . . . Le Crazy Horse de Paris is THE Parisian Cabaret known for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers and for the diverse range of magic and variety 'turns' between each nude show and the next. It ... read more
Posted July 17, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
2017 Scandinavian Film Festival Sydney July 11-August 2 We are currently in the fourth season of the year in Sydney, which is mild compared to the harsh haunting wintertide that seems to be at home in Nordic countries, so a bit of escapism aka an escape from the chill ... read more
Posted July 16, 2017, 9:43 a.m.
Japandroids Factory Theatre Sydney, AU July, 14 2017 Japandroids are a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC, which began in 2006 and consists of Brian King and David Prowse. One guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers sounds minimal on paper but in a live context, Japandroids are maximal in their delivery; a two-piece band ... read more
Posted July 14, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
The Undertones Metro Theatre Sydney, AU July 8, 2017 The Undertones are legendary. If you are remotely interested in punk rock yet not familiar with their oeuvre due to the curse of late birth, chances are you found yourself at some stage of your musical journey singing along to your ... read more
Posted July 11, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Grinspoon Enmore Theatre Sydney July 7, 2017 Grinspoon emerged in 1995 from sleepy Lismore in New South Wales and with the juvenile delinquents behind the operation harbouring a weak spot for sticky icky, they named themselves after an Associate Professor advocating the medicinal use of marijuana. The following two decades ... read more
Posted July 10, 2017, 8:07 p.m.
Good Food and Drink Show Sydney, Australia June 24, 2017 The Good Food and Drink show is about discovering new foods – running the gamut from sweet to savoury - new wines and latest products with hundreds of local and international exhibitors proffering samples and some of Australia’s celebrity chefs ... read more
Posted July 9, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Open Frame: Room 40 Festival Carriageworks Sydney June 30. 2017 Carriageworks, Sydney’s largest and one of its more eclective multi-arts centres, is stoically following its ambitious mission which is informed by a commitment to reflect social and cultural diversity by presenting the 2017 incarnation of Open Frame: Room40. Being a ... read more
Posted June 20, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
Sydney Film Fest Various location June 7-18 2017 It was that time of year again: Every June for 12 days and nights Sydney hosts new films, inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Sydney Film Festival takes place at the flagship venue the State Theatre, as well as cinemas in ... read more
Posted June 19, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Boy George Café del Mar Sydney, AU June 12, 2017 Despite the focus being on his recent stint as a judge on one of those castings shows down under, Boy George is still universally recognised from his time as the androgynous lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning ... read more
Posted June 11, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Fantastic Food and Drink and Naturally Good Shows ICC Exhibition Centre Sydney, AU June 4-5 Premium. Gourmet. Handcrafted. Delicious. Unique. Extraordinary. Fantastic – a few adjectives and superlatives that came your way did you choose to familiarize with the The Fantastic Food and Drink Show, which is a new ... read more
Posted June 10, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Hot Brown Honey Opera House Sydney, AU June 9, 2017 Sass, empowerment and politics rooted in hip hop culture are the pillars that form the foundation of Hot Brown Honey – a platform the posse of unapologetically fierce women use to fight the power, weaponize comedy and question stereotypes, remix the ... read more
Posted June 9, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
Colourblast Party Bungalow 8 Sydney, AU June 8, 2017 Colourblast is a multi-room visual extravaganza of interactive and exciting performances and entertainment—the essence of Vivid in a nightclub environment. Upon entering the main room of the harbour-side, tiki inspired Bungalow 8, an Ultraglow UV Paint Party awaited. With 200 ... read more
Posted June 5, 2017, 8:14 a.m.
Hidden Sydney "The Nevada" at The World Bar Sydney, AU 25 May - 18 June 2017 Kings Cross is an inner-city locality of Sydney, New South Wales, located approximately 2 kilometers east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Sydney. Colloquially known as The Cross, the ... read more
Posted June 4, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Body Count Luna Park Sydney, AU June 3, 2017 Body Count is quintessentially a heavy metal band with a rap mentality with their material focusing on various social and political issues, along with the credo of gang life. Fronted by Ice-T who co-founded the group with musical mastermind Ernie C, the ... read more
Posted June 2, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) Opera House Sydney, AU June 1, 2017 Nicholas "Nick" James Murphy, better known by his former stage name Chet Faker – a pseudonym he abandoned in September 2016 - is an Australian singer and songwriter. A prolific and accomplished one at that. The ... read more
Posted May 30, 2017, 9:57 a.m.
GABS Festival The Dome Sydney, AU May 28, 2017 The underlying idea behind the inception of what became the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular was simple: The founders, beer impresarios Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (the guys behind The Local Taphouse beer temples and Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall in Collingwood), were wondering if ... read more
Posted May 29, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
Village People State Theatre Sydney, AU May 25, 2017 Having originally been created by French musical composer Jacques Morali to target disco’s gay audience by featuring popular gay fantasy personae, the Village People with their catchy tunes, suggestive lyrics and on-stage costumes depicting American masculine stereotypes moved into mainstream and ... read more
Posted May 25, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Time Out Pub Awards 2017 Bank’s Hotel Sydney, AU May 24, 2017 Originally created in 1968, the London-based publication Time Out has expanded its editorial recommendations to 108 cities worldwide, across 39 countries, with a global monthly audience reach of 156 million across content distribution platforms including mobile, website, magazine ... read more
Posted May 24, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
Devin Townsend Project Enmore Theater Sydney, AU May 22, 2017 If you are familiar with Devin Townsend’s incarnation as the frontman of the musically more aggressive Strapping Young Lad with their mélange of death, thrash and black metal, Devin Townsend Project marks a turning point and a step or two ... read more
Posted May 18, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Living Colour Metro Theatre Sydney, AU May 13, 2017 Living Colour is the embodiment of creatively fusioning, funk, jazz, hip hop, country, exploratative, and alternative rock with lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. Having risen to fame at the end of ... read more
Posted May 17, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Nashville Pussy Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AU May 12, 2017 Nashville Pussy. What a band. Having emerged out of the ashes of the great Nine Pound Hammer, who already incorporated blue collar motifs and themes running the gamut from drug abuse to violence that later on became trademarks for ... read more
Posted May 16, 2017, 9:20 p.m.
Meatstock Festival 2017 Olympic Park Sydney May 6-7, 2017 Vegans and vegetarians avert your eyes: Meatstock 2017’s two-day meat filled extravaganza at the Sydney Showgrounds featured bands, barbecues, beards, butchers, bourbon, barbers, beer and much more. Unique to the festival were the Cutthroat Barber Wars, which took place against a ... read more
Posted May 14, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
American Essentials Sydney, AU 09 May – 24 May 2017 Founded in 2016 as a way to fill select Aussie cinemas with the kind of US titles that don't usually make it to down under, the touring American Essentials festival returns for its second run with a lineup of noteworthy inclusions — 31 ... read more
Posted May 13, 2017, 9:49 a.m.
Entombed AD Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 10, 2017 One would need more than one flipchart to scratch the surface of how influential Entombed have been throughout the nearly three decades of their existence. Formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist, Entombed began their career as an early pioneer ... read more
Posted May 12, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Snakehips Metro Theatre Sydney, AU May 8, 2017 The London-based electronic chill duo Snakehips with their hypnotic, trap-inflected songs that are reminiscent of Odesza, Kelala and Cashmere Cat are the incarnation of the post-party cool-down with a jazzy flow and their funky sound mixed with hip hop beats clearly indicated ... read more
Posted May 8, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
Botanica Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, AU May 06 – 28, 2017 Botanical Art is the art of depicting the form colour and details of plant species, frequently in watercolor paintings because of its translucent qualities enhancing and complimenting the beauty of the plant. Emphasis is put on the depictions being ... read more
Posted May 7, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 6, 2017 After their last tour in 2014, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus returned to the land down under for a headline tour that resembles a victory lap to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their debut album Don’t you fake it ... read more
Posted May 6, 2017, 2:32 p.m.
$uicideboy$ Manning Bar Sydney, AU May 4, 2017 Having joined forces in 2014, the prolific $uicideboy$, a.k.a. Ruby da Cherry, a gentleman with punk rock roots, and $lick $loth, former DJ and songwriter, they have become a staple in the spheres of horrorcore glitch-trap bubbling with booming bass, ominous atmospherics, ... read more
Posted May 4, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Spanish Film Festival Palace Cinema Sara Baras: All Her Voices Sydney, AU April 29, 2017 With food, live performances, films and drinks the 20th edition of the Spanish Film Festival in Australia was welcomed at Palace Norton Street under the ambassadorship of Spanish celebrity chef Miguel Maestre. Program highlights ... read more
Posted May 1, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Amongst Ruins (Snake Eggs Hatch) Old Fitzroy Sydney, AU Presented by Poor Tom's Gin & Mark Blumer, and supported by Playwriting Australia and ambassador Louis Nowra, Michael McStay’s short play Amongst Ruins (Snake Eggs Hatch) takes place in a post-apocalyptic, famine and poverty stricken environment and sheds light on ... read more
Posted April 30, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Helmet Manning Bar Sydney, AU April 29, 2017 Helmet finally returned to Australia in 2017 to celebrate their third and was is considered to be their most experimental album Betty from start to finish, which was originally released by Amphetamine Reptile Records as a double 10”. Betty is built on ... read more
Posted April 27, 2017, 8:44 a.m.
The Hodgetwins Factory Theatre Marrickville, AU April 25, 2017 The Hodgetwins, Virginia-bred identical siblings Kevin and Keith Hodge, are “social media personalities” and operate a variety of YouTube channels, where they mainly dish out solicited, unadulterated, improvised, on the cuff advice in comically altered voices on sex, love and life ... read more
Posted April 26, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Sex Object Depot Theatre Marrickville April 23, 3017 As per its mission statement, Depot Theatre, nestled in the vibrant Addison Road Centre and the arts scene of Sydney suburb Marrickville, aims to entertain, challenge and inspire audiences with performances that are accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a ... read more
Posted April 25, 2017, 8:02 p.m.
Tash Sultana Ivy Courtyard Sydney, AU April 16, 2017 Courtyard’s annual Easter party at Sydney’s Ivy stepped it up this year with easily one of the biggest lineups in the history of the event. Leading the charge is one of the hottest artists in Australia right now: Tash Sultana. Following ... read more
Posted April 24, 2017, 8:01 a.m.
Peking Duk Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 22, 2017 Formed in Australia’s capital Canberra, Peking Duk are an electronic music duo made up of disc jockeys and music producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, formerly of Rubycon. Armed with a string of platinum-minted singles, such as 'High', 'Take Me Over', ... read more
Posted April 23, 2017, 11:01 a.m.
The Tea Party Star City Sydney, AU April 21, 2017 Since the Canadian three piece’s inception in the early-‘90s, the Tea Party has pursued a singular epic sound melding middle-eastern influences with cacophonous power for what has become widely dubbed as ‘Moroccan roll’. Their eight album spanning catalogue defiant of ... read more
Posted April 20, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 19, 2017 In Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music, Graham McPherson, the frontman of the seven-piece ska pop ensemble Madness and sometime DJ and television host, takes to the stage in an amusing, and a ... read more
Posted April 19, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Cool for Summer Festival Olympic Park Sports Centre Sydney, AU April 15, 2017 Ah, social media. Rooted in the broader Web 2.0 landscape, it helped engineers, entrepreneurs, and everyday people reimagine the role that technology could play in information dissemination, community development, and communication. While the technologies invoked by ... read more
Posted April 18, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
Bad Friday Festival Block Party Railway Parade Marrickville, AU April 14, 2017 The etymology of the term “good” in the context of Good Friday is contested: Some claim it is meant to simply mean pious or holy, i.e. of a day or season observed as holy by the church, while ... read more
Posted April 13, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Drift Magazine Not sure how you roll but in my world and that of Drift Magazine, coffee sits in the background of some of the most important moments in our lives and is tied to a sense of place and a sense of community. Drift is about coffee, the people ... read more
Posted April 11, 2017, 8:08 a.m.
Ambrosia Magazine Ambrosia, the food or drink of the Greek gods which was often depicted as conferring longevitiy or immortality, is closely connected to nectar, both of which where were often used by the semi-legendary author Homer in his poems. Ambrosia Magazine is a beautifully executed haute culinary food porn magazine. ... read more
Posted April 10, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
Alter Bridge Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 4, 2017 After several runs as openers, the Orlando, Florida-based melodic metal outfit toured Alter Bridge returned to Australia on the back of their fifth album, The Last Hero, for a headline tour. Drawing from a five album catalogue, Alter Bridge delivered their ... read more
Posted April 9, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Illy Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU April 7, 2017 The Melbourne MC Illy, born Alasdair Murray and former member of the Crooked Eye Crew along with heads like M-Phazes, has been active since 2009 and has established himself firmly in the echelons of the Australian and international hip hop scenes – ... read more
Posted April 2, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Tash Sultana Metro Theatre Sydney, AU April 1, 2017 Let me introduce you to Natasha, known professionally as Tash Sultana, a Australian one-woman band that takes multitasking to the next level with her seemingly endless musical range of guitar playing, looping, percussion via a range of means, mandolin, piano, flute, ... read more
Posted April 1, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Brian Greene: A Time Traveller's Tale International Convention Centre Sydney, AU March 30, 2017 Cosmologist, string theorist, professor of science and mathematics Brian Greene is an academic rock star whose mass appeal, which might be partly owed to his upbringing as the son of a vaudevillian showman, and ability to present ... read more
Posted March 28, 2017, 8:16 a.m.
Adman: Warhol before Pop Art Galley of NSW Sydney, AU Feb 25-May 28, 2017 Soon after graduating having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design, a young chap who still went under his original name Andrew Warhola, moved to New York City to pursue a career as ... read more
Posted March 26, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
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 Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its ... read more
Posted March 25, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Violent Femmes Factory Theatre Sydney, AU March 20, 2017 In its heyday, the Folk rock band, or shall we go with “Midwestern acoustic punk gateway drug to experimental music,” Violent Femmes have captured the zeitgeist and existential dilemmas coming with the burden of the need to be – not only ... read more
Posted March 24, 2017, 10:07 a.m.
MDLSX by MOTUS Carriageworks Sydney AU March 16, 2017 Interdisciplinary entity MOTUS was founded by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò and over the last twenty-five years has established itself firmly on the firmament of performance arts with boundary pushing productions, theatre shows, installations, seminars and workshops focusing on the contradictions of ... read more
Posted March 21, 2017, 8:51 p.m.
Spiderbait Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU March 18,2017 In case you are burdened with the mercy of late birth and hence unfamiliar, Spiderbait are an Australian alternative rock band formed in Finley, a small rural town in New South Wales. What made them special and made them the face of Australian ... read more
Posted March 21, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
Taking Back Sunday 170 Russell Street Melbourne, AU March 21, 2017 Taking Back Sunday have come a long way and I don’t necessarily mean the distance between terra australis and Northern America. Starting out as a melodic hardcore band with a sound akin to a conglomerate of the best moments ... read more
Posted March 20, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
Chain & the Gang Newtown Social Club Sydney, AU March 15, 2017 It is going to be difficult to keep this review objective as Ian Svenonius’ emissions and incarnations have had a massive influence on your humble narrator during his formative years. His first band, Nation of Ulysses (and Cupid ... read more
Posted March 19, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Taste of Sydney Centennial Park Sydney, AU March 9-12, 2017 Now, who does not love an opportunity to sample vittles and enjoy carefully selected libations? While the common denominators for a willing culinary inclined audience are easily defined, demonstrating creativity and innovation when it comes to offering tasty and interactive ... read more
Posted March 19, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
Australian Tattoo Expo 2017 International Convention Centre Sydney, AU March 10-12, 2017 With over 45,000 visitors annually, the celebration of creativity and art The Australian International Tattoo Expo proudly represents, has become the biggest in the Southern hemisphere. Boasting over 300 local and international talented exhibitors from a myriad of ... read more
Posted March 18, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
Meshuggah Enmore Theatre Sydney, AU March 12, 2017 It has been twelve years since I last saw Meshuggah and while their performance at Cleveland’s Peabody’s Downunder was tight and technically impressive, it pales compared to the relentless force of nature Meshuggah has matured to as a live band. With so ... read more
Posted March 16, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
Twelve Foot Ninja Manning Bar Sydney, AU March 10, 2017 The genre blending breed of metal of Melbourne’s Twelve Foot Ninja might best be described as “fusion”. A versatile, charismatic frontman effortlessly transitioning from crooning to vicious screaming, polyrhythmic djent riffage, at times bright melodies, catchy grooving, funky basslines and ... read more
Posted March 15, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
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 has been achieved, and a bright spotlight was shone on ways that can be worked together to eliminate discrimination and ... read more
Posted March 13, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
The DamnedMetro TheatreSydney, AUMarch 10, 2017 Musically and artistically, The Damned has always been one of the most accomplished and versatile forefathers of punk and alumni of the class of 1976, both shaping and enriching the formula that was coined by The Clash and Sex Pistols with their own gothic, ... read more
Posted March 12, 2017, 6:59 p.m.
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 Ranch on July 4th, 1969, only a month before the Tate and LaBianca murders. Eventually she testified against Manson in ... read more
Posted March 8, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Pixies Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AU March 7, 2017 The Pixies have always appeared to be an odd band to me, which admittedly was part of the appeal: The pop sensibility, lack of political ideology, counterintuitive songwriting structure, stoic rhythms, quirky hooks and Black Francis’ rollercoaster vocal exercises paired with a ... read more
Posted March 7, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
T2 TrainspottingNow at cinemas Making a great movie is difficult. Standing out against the myriad of mediocre big budget offerings is no mean feat. Stars need to align. Lightening is to be caught in a bottle. Once accomplished, the sequel needs to be even more original while lacking ... read more
Posted March 5, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
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 intentionally putting a focus on his music and propagating the mantra that people should not worry about him, his identity ... read more
Posted March 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
VaultAustralasian Art and Culture Vault encapsulates a quadruple thrEat: An elegant, extravagant, eloquent and engaging Art and Culture Magazine with particular emphasis on Australasian contemporary art. Vault embodies the common denominator when it comes to the preeminent designers, artists, collectors and enthusiasts in New Zealand, Australia and beyond – while most ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2017, 7:39 p.m.
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 is comprised of a team of professional acrobats who graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 8:03 a.m.
La BohèmeJoan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseSydney, AUSFebruary 24, 2017 Giacomo Puccini.One of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, id est “verismo”, who is fabled to have uttered that art is a kind of “illness”.One of the symptoms of Puccini’s ailment is La Bohème, an opera in Four Acts, which ... read more
Posted Feb. 26, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
WarpaintSydney Opera HouseSydney, AUSFebruary 25, 2017 In Greek mythology, sirens were dangerous creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Their song is fabled to be irresistibly sweet with equal measures of sadness and melancholy, which lapped both ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Smith Journal Magazines. An easily forgotten medium in a world with an attention span of a goldfish obsessed with blogs and spoon-fed easy to digest hors d’oeuvre of information. A magazine can be so much more than merely a collection of writings and much bigger than the sum of its ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
The Judas Kiss by playwright David HareOld Fitzroy TheatreSydney, AUSFebruary 15 – March 11, 2017 Sydney’s Old Fitzroy and its theatre operation is a cultural touchstone that uniquely links generations in a town slavishly fixated to the latest fad. A bar without posturing that holds its history and popularity. Nightlife ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
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 transparency, the democratization of information and justice when it comes to what governments should and should not do, enabling the ... read more
Posted Feb. 21, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Wil WagnerOxford Art FactorySydney, AUSFebruary 19, 2017 As the frontman, singer, lyricist, guitarist and keyboardist of The Smith Street Band -- an allusion to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band –- the name meaning to encapsulate an iconic Melbourne street, which also happened to be along an iconic Melbourne ... read more
Posted Feb. 19, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
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 from Chicago. Primarily by the deep bass lines and "squelching" sounds of the Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencerAcid house's minimalist production ... read more
Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 10:25 a.m.
TEDxSydneySalon International Towers, BarangarooFebruary 15, 2017 TEDxSydneySalons are the smaller, smart relatives of the TedX events offering intimate, evening events combining talks, films and music. Designed to spark discussion and debate, TEDxSydneySalons are a great forum to exchange ideas and kickstart collaborations. The February 2017 incarnation investigated the theme of ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued the U.S. Government Factory Theatre Sydney, AUSFebruary 12, 2017 In October 2000, Zack de la Rocha walked out of Rage Against The Machine. I am not implying that there is any connection, but there is a gentleman and environmental activist that goes by the name ... read more
Posted Feb. 12, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
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 the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross and the only professional theatre company in Sydney entirely dedicated to the development ... read more
Posted Feb. 8, 2017, 8:29 a.m.
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 to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. It is situated on prime ... read more
Posted Feb. 7, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Killing HeidiTaronga ZooSydney, AUSFebruary 4, 2017 Twilight at Taronga is an annual concert series set amongst the environment of Taronga Zoo, in a natural amphitheatre with fully licensed bars and gourmet antipasto hampers on offer – cue cheese and wine - overlooking the picturesque Sydney harbour backdrop, with each stunning ... read more
Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
DJ Z Trip Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 28, 2017 Turntablism is an art form. Period. An art form that more often than not has been diluted by applying a simple formula and reducing it to the lowest common denominator to make it appealing to the mainstream palate in a ... read more
Posted Feb. 5, 2017, 11:47 a.m.
PeripheryMetro TheatreSydney, AUSFebruary 3, 2017 “Periphery” denotes the external boundary of a body. If the body in question is modern and progressive metal, the name of the band would be quite inadequate. With their signature triple-guitar attack, which lends their oeuvre a particular rhythmic dexterity, mathematical cacophony and complex grooves, Periphery’s ... read more
Posted Feb. 2, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
Electric Gardens Festival Centennial Park Sydney, AUS January, 28 2017 The second installment of Sydney’s electro bash festival descended again in the lush surrounds of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, an idyllic location and arguably one of the best inner-city festival sites in New South Wales, featuring formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 7:51 a.m.
Peter Garrett and the Alter EgosTaronga ZooSydney, AUSJanuary 27, 2017 Some people say Peter Garrett got his inimitable, signature whirling dervish dance steps and refreshingly nonsensical, jerky thrusting of hand gestures from Radio Birdman’s Rob Younger, whose early live performances have left a lasting imprint on him during his formative ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2017, 10:45 a.m.
AuroraMetro TheatreSydney, AUSJanuary 25, 2017 There is something magical and otherworldly about the young Norwegian lady that goes by the name of Aurora Aksnes, known mononymously as Aurora. Angelic, unpretentious and innocent on one hand, yet immensely charismatic, completely at ease with her own artistry and effortlessly powerful with her ... read more
Posted Jan. 23, 2017, 8:01 p.m.
Jimmy Eat WorldEnmore TheatreSydney, AUSJanuary 18, 2017 Non-fanatics might mistake Jimmy Eat World for one of those emo-alternative bands that had one major hit song in the 1990s and then stopped recording or touring, ignorant to the fact that what has now evolved to a five piece live band that ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Siro-AThe ConcourseChatswood, AUSJanuary 14, 2017 Siro-A are from Sendai, Japan, and their name apparently translates to something along the lines of “difficult to pin down” – a telling name as their show would prove. Touted as multi-media “digital techno circus,” the seven constituents that make the performance group Siro-A have ... read more
Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Richard III Schauspielbühne Berlin Guest performance at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre December 30, 2016 Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, first believed to be performed around 1593 and as it is often the case with villains, the title character’s allure lies first and foremost in ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2016, 8:22 a.m.
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 that makes movie night a much more enjoyable experience than what bigger chain Lichtspielhaeuser have to offer. An adequate forum ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2016, 8:25 a.m.
Soundscape Festival SydneyFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 17, 2016 After a successful debut in 2015, Soundscape Festival was back for the second time in 2016, serving up a massive day of tunes and chills in Sydney’s inner west. After debuting as an intimate festival at the Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney, Soundscape ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
DZ DeathraysFactory TheatreSydney, AUSDecember 15, 2016 DZ Deathrays are essentially a duo. An Australian “dance-punk” duo that is, that emerged from the ashes of the band Velociraptor. The fact that their debut EP Ruined my Life from 2009 was recorded live at a house party gives an accurate impression of ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2016, 11:01 p.m.
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 has also appeared in films such as the Hot Tub Time Machine franchise, Pineapple Express and as himself in This ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
Nude: Art from the Tate CollectionArt Gallery of New South WalesSydney, AUSNovember 5, 2016 – February 5, 2017 It was the invention of clothes and certainly not nature’s imperative, that made “private parts” private. The things we do not usually see. The Nude: Art from the Tate Collection follows the ... read more
Posted Dec. 12, 2016, 9:18 p.m.
PeachesMetro Theatre Sydney, AUSDecember 9, 2016 Peaches shows are somewhat of an orchestrated parallel universe – an equal opportunity, body positive, shame-free and deliberately absurd cosmos with gender-bending pan-sexuality in all its variations at its centre. Despite the focus on sexuality and an abundance of suggestive poses, titillation is not ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2016, 4:14 p.m.
Electronic Music ConferenceNov 28 – Dec 02, 2016Sydney, Australia Founded in 2012, Sydney’s annual Electronic Music Conference has established itself as Asia Pacific’s premier industry event. The two day 2016 incarnation of the Electronic Music Conference presented a wide variety of work shops, master classes and presentations that covered everything from ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2016, 11:24 a.m.
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 by the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute promoting the study of German abroad and encouraging cultural exchange, and German Films. The ... read more
Posted Dec. 9, 2016, 8:26 a.m.
Bill Bailey State Theatre Sydney, AUS November 30, 2016 Rare it is that you turn up to a show expecting so little and end up loving it so much. Bill Bailey, to most people probably known for his starring role in award-winning sitcom Black Books and as a panel show ... read more
Posted Nov. 29, 2016, 8:59 p.m.
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 discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world, devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2016, 8:27 p.m.
The Cult Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 25, 2016 It has been more than three decades years since The Cult settled on their current moniker. What started off inspired and spawned by the wake of punk rock as a psychedelic goth band, met morphed and broke mainstream in the late ... read more
Posted Nov. 27, 2016, 11:42 a.m.
ThinkInc: An evening with Dr. Lisa Randall Seymour Center Sydney, Australia November 19, 2016 What is science about?What is it meant for?Advancing information?Advancing understanding?A way of thinking?A body of knowledge?How did we end up here?Why are we here?Who is to blame? Opinions. Truths. Subjective and objective.Facts.Uncertainties.From an incandescent mass we ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
20th Japanese Film Festival Sydney, AUS November 17-27 The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The JFF started in 1997, 100 years after the first foreign cameraman arrived in Japan, with three free film screenings by former Festival Director Masafumi Konomi, and has become the ... read more
Posted Nov. 15, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
Deftones Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS November 12, 2016 The ever evolving entity known as “Deftones” has been largely intact for close to three decades and is heralded as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal music scene, with their sound having been tagged with a ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 7:05 p.m.
Made Fashion show Carriageworks Sydney, AUS November 11-13, 2016 In essence MADE is a community and creative hub that originated in New York City. It was incarnated with guidance and oversight from the mayor’s office and lives within the city’s Economic Development Corporation. In collaboration with the private sector: it develops, ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Destroyer 666 Max Watts Sydney, AUS November 5, 2016 Max Watts, the name of the venue of tonight’s black and thrash metal proceedings, is a play of the term “maximum wattage,” which seemed appropriate given that Destroyer 666 were holding court. It was a homecoming or sorts as the ... read more
Posted Nov. 6, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Dandy Warhols Luna Park Sydney, AUS November 4, 2016 “Detached garage rock cool with effervescent pop melodies” sounds like a pretty astute description of the Dandy Warhols’ sound. Touring Australia on the back of their recently released album Distortland, the set list did not only include next songs of the ... read more
Posted Oct. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
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 group or sphere to enter another. It is based on the assumption that civilizations are arranged on a scale, implying ... read more
Posted Oct. 11, 2016, 9:07 p.m.
Kooza, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Quarter Sydney, AUS October 6, 2016 Kooza first premiered in 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where circus conglomerate Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer on this earthround, was founded in 1983 as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cariter’s voyage to Canada. Defining ... read more
Posted Oct. 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Totally Unicorn Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS September 29, 2016 Do not let the name deter you: You want to see Totally Unicorn in all of their unbridled beauty before they blow up and no longer grace the confines of small clubs with their sweaty, nude, booze-soaked presence. It has ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
Sounds of the Suburbs Festival Wilbar Lane Cronulla, Sydney September 25, 2016 Cronulla, the “place of the pink seashells," is a beachside suburb, about 30 kilometers south of the Sydney central business district in the Sutherland Shire, an area serving as the backdrop for the classic 1981 coming of age ... read more
Posted Sept. 27, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
Apocalyptica, We Lost the Sea Metro Theatre Australia, AUS September 24,2016 Rumor has it that Ritchie Blackmore tried to get into mastering the cello, the attention-getter among instruments – try to ignore a woman lugging one around, at some point of his career. He came to the conclusion that one ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
An evening with Steve Wozniak Australian Technology Park Sydney, Australia August 28, 2016 Think Inc. is a boundary pushing, Australia-based initiative dedicated to the promotion of intellectual discourse by bringing forward thinkers like Maajid Nawaz, Edward Snowden, Dr. Neil deGrasse, et alia down under. Tonight ‘twas Stephen Wozniak’s turn – ... read more
Posted July 6, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
The Beards Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia July 2, 2016 The concept of The Beards is simple – an Australian self-proclaimed “novelty band” from Adelaide that exclusively performs songs around the subject matter of beards. Variations of their monothematicism spans across five albums and their pro-beard agenda has been propagated ... read more
Posted July 4, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
Parkway Drive Entertainment Centre Sutherland, Australia June 26, 2016 Parkway Drive is glam metalcore. “Metal” as in classic metal and anthemic choruses. “Core” as in simple, direct, angry, to the point and crowd-participation inducing. Glam metalcore that marries both camps successfully and thereby creating their own distinctive mélange. Over the ... read more
Posted June 30, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
We Lost The Sea Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia June 25, 2016 Vita contemplativa. The beauty of reveling in sadness. Saudade. A fond remembrance and the hope of recovering what is lost by creating something that will provide consolation. The longing for something that is gone but might return ... read more
Posted June 29, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Dark Mofo 2016 Hobart, Tasmania Australia June 2016 Dark Mofo is the winter equivalent to MONA FOMA Festival – an outdoor extension of David Walsh’s subversive Disneyland, the home of sex and death, the Museum of Old and New Art, meant to celebrate the winter solstice and wash away the dust ... read more
Posted June 27, 2016, 8:48 a.m.
Steel Panther Luna Park Sydney, Australia June 17, 2016 They are the biggest glam rock band that never was from 1985, in 2016. Steel Panther has become bigger than any act that served as their source material. Histrionic comedy rock? Metal cabaret? Subversion of the entertainment industry? Performance art? ... read more
Posted June 9, 2016, 9:49 p.m.
Björk Digital Carriageworks Sydney, Australia June 4, 2016 The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist, most prominently known for his elaborations on the importance of informal gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement. In short, where we meet our social ... read more
Posted May 30, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
An evening with Edward Snowden Big Top, Luna Park Sydney, Australia May 28, 2016 Moral ambiguity. Conflicting values. The need to keep people safe versus concerns about privacy. The boundaries of law. The transparent citizen. What constitutes a “good citizen”? Edward Snowden. Did ... read more
Posted May 30, 2016, 7:39 a.m.
This is Hip Hop Festival Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia May 27, 2016 Hot tub hip-hop time machine: Featuring a nostalgic ‘90s focused line-up with all protagonists having had a substantial impact on all facets of American hip-hop culture throughout the years, the Australian mini-festival “This is Hip Hop” offered ... read more
Posted May 17, 2016, 8:51 p.m.
Royal Headache at Reverse Charges festival Bald Face Stag Hotel Sydney, Australia May 13, 2016 The monolithic water tower among the mainly Portuguese commercial offerings and vis-à-vis from the Masonic Temple in Petersham, one of Sydney’s inner west suburbs 6km south of its CBD, that graces the cover of Royal ... read more
Posted May 4, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
Kadavar Manning Bar Sydney, Australia April 29, 2016 Kadavar are a Teutonic Teestubenrock band from the Grandfatherland, Berlin. Accomplished retro in sound, appearance, and vintage equipment – Kadavar looks like they were trapped in amber in 1972. The trio combines the filet pieces of the ‘70ies groovy, pompous hard rock, tinges ... read more
Posted April 24, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
Brian Posehn Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia April 19, 2016 Humour and comedy is subjective. What one person finds funny another might cringe at. Cue E.B. White. Analysing comedy is like dissecting a frog: You might understand it better at the end but the frog dies as a result of ... read more
Posted March 21, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Madonna Allphones Arena Sydney, AUS March 19, 2016 Clickbait is a disease. A virus spreading from self-professed arbiters of taste under the veneer of information. According to the narrative of the latest headlines pertaining to Madonna’s Australian performances, M has become a “self-degrading alcoholic clown” because of an experimental, improvised ... read more
Posted March 16, 2016, 9 p.m.
Sunn O))) Manning Bar Sydney, AUS March 15, 2016 Byron J. Scullin's bass bath performance installation, which was staged in steel structured, cold storage rooms at the Tasmanian port at Dark MOFO last year, was an enjoyable experience of sound and light: A large array of double 18" 2100-horsepower monolithic ... read more
Posted March 8, 2016, 7:22 p.m.
The Jesus and the Mary Chain Spectrum Now festival Sydney, AUS March 5, 2016 Blasphemous name - check! Leather-clad insolence - check! Tumultuous, short live performances - check! The power of myth - check! Distortion and swagger - check! Paying homage yet simultaneously opposing traditional Californian ‘60s pop melodies ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2016, 9:24 p.m.
High on Fire Manning Bar Sydney, AUS February 21, 2016 The Swiss label Off the Disk Records was founded by Thomas Mölch and Erich Keller (Fear of God fame, breaker of Henry Rollins’ microphone, and now renowned academic) in 1988, which is when they released Infest’s classic Slave LP (“Youth ... read more
Posted Jan. 28, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
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 and enjoying the hedonistic spoils the capital has to offer. They decided to go into business dabbling in event promotion ... read more
Posted Jan. 5, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
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 live music and performances-- from international rock concerts to intimate cabaret shows, film and dance events--sometimes even simultaneously. Mike Palm ... read more
Posted Dec. 26, 2015, 12:51 p.m.
El Vez Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 26, 2015 1977. The Germs play their first show ever opening for The Zeros, followed by The Weirdos. A wet dream come alive for any KBD-style punk rock aficionado. A 17 year-old young hopeful named Robert ... read more
Posted Dec. 13, 2015, 10:16 a.m.
The Misfits Manning Bar Sydney, AUS December 12, 2015 The Misfits. One of the most iconic punk bands. These days they are fronted by bassist Jerry Only, framed by Jerry Junior and Eric "Chupacabra" Arce on drums. For this tour, the trio was digging up two of their most ... read more
Posted Dec. 10, 2015, 8:47 a.m.
With the full line-ups unveiled for Soundwave 2016 in Australia, Scene Point Blank has put together a quick primer to help prepare. Without further adeiu, SPB's Bands to See at Soundwave 2016: Refused Saw them the first time in the early 1990s, when they were another youth crew SxE band from ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2015, 3:48 p.m.
MONO Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS December 7, 2015 "Mesmerizing" and "cinematic" are the adjectives that come to mind when one is asked to describe the epic, vast instrumental landscapes MONO from Japan weaves. Drawn out crescendos, cascading and repeating, slowly building up until a shrill and thunderous wave ... read more
Posted Oct. 18, 2015, 4:45 p.m.
Sick Of It All Manning Bar Sydney October 10, 2015 In this very real world, good does not drive out evil. Evil does not drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive. Sick Of It All. The quintessential live hardcore band. In a live environment, it does not ... read more
Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 2:54 p.m.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Manning Bar Sydney August 7, 2015 As Karl Marx said, the relationship between a band and the context it is playing in is metabolic. Both are changed by the process of interaction. Actually, Karl Marx did not say that. If he did, he certainly was ... read more
Posted July 22, 2015, 1:19 p.m.
Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses Oxford Art Factory Sydney, AUS July 19, 2015 Pizzazz. Omph. Charisma. If your music depends entirely on that, the dependency is too great. Tex Perkins has been in the game for 27 years. He oozes the aforementioned qualities, yet his music stands for ... read more
Posted June 4, 2015, 6:09 p.m.
Boris Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS May 29, 2015 And then there was Boris. The Japanese unikum named after a Melvins song. Cue labels that span the spectrum from “doom metal,” “My Bloody Valentine-style dream pop,” and “experimental” via “psychedelic,” “post-modern,” and “citation-heavy rock.” Add smoke machines, a ... read more
Posted May 10, 2015, 2:18 p.m.
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 Sap, an enormous river / lake system, whose flow changes direction twice a year. Heavily affected by Golden Muscle Liquor, ... read more
Posted March 31, 2015, 4:16 p.m.
Mastodon Big Top Luna Park Sydney, AUS March 28, 2015 The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region of the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave – and the juice of the algave was what heralded a balmy Saturday evening. While ... read more
Posted March 18, 2015, 10:13 a.m.
Steel Panther, Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS February 24, 2015 Satire is a lesson, parody is a game: Steel Panther are seasoned performers who parlayed Spinal Tap-ness into a full-time career. Their show celebrates everything that is both praiseworthy and ridiculous about rock ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 5:32 p.m.
Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 24, 2015 Grin-inducing Japanese energetic, upbeat and catchy all-girl pop punk entertainment with the ingredients of a classic rock show: Shonen Knife are an infectiously enthusiastic trio and a lot of fun to watch. Songs with Descendents-esque novelty value about what food and ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 3:13 p.m.
Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ The Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 23, 2014 The Newtown area was part of the land of the Cadigal band of the Eora people, who ranged across the entire area from the southern shores of Sydney Harbour to Botany Bay. It was through the land management methods of ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 7:41 p.m.
The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AUS October 8, 2015 Parramatta Road is the east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney. On its 23 kilometers long strip, the road is filled with pubs, shops, car yards and over 100 abandoned and derelict stores. Owing to this and its abrasively noisy traffic, it has rarely been considered beautiful. A local mayor ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 5:26 p.m.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds State Theatre Sydney, AUS December 11, 2014 "All that has dark sounds has duende, that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain." Frederico Garcia Lorca mused on the inexplicable sadness that lives at the heart of certain works of art. ... read more
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