EP REVIEW: LOON LAKE – 33

Melbourne five-piece Loon Lake piqued our interest with a debut EP of vibrant, guitar pop last year, and they don’t deviate far from the formula on its follow-up, 33. Among the six tracks are two singles, ‘Bad To Me’ and ‘Cherry Lips’. The former is tight and playful indie rock, while the latter is about…

EP REVIEW: BUFFALO TALES – BLOOD & BONE

He was a hit on Australian Idol but he decided to turn his back on all that. Instead he’d turn independent and release an EP. Although this sounds a lot like Matt Corby we’re actually talking about Wes Carr or Buffalo (and now technically, Buffalo Tales). Confused? Well, Wes Carr decided to adopt the Buffalo-esque…

FILM REVIEW: WE ARE LEGION

A name like Anonymous may not mean much to some people. But the hacktivist collective and their projects in particular have certainly stuck. Earlier this year they performed denial of service attacks forcing PayPal and MasterCard offline as a protest against the latter companies ceasing to allow donations to be made to WikiLeaks (a raw…

ALBUM REVIEW: TOBY MARTIN – LOVE’S SHADOW

Toby Martin’s solo debut has the same wistful air as his work with Youth Group. But what differentiates Love’s Shadow is that it’s grounded in more narrative and observational vignettes. These star a lonely romantic everyman, which could be the result of the inspiration he received after reading stories by Helen Garner and Graham Greene….

SINGLE REVIEW: GOTYE – SAVE ME

Save Me is the latest single to be taken from Gotye’s worldwide success story and album known as Making Mirrors. It joins a series of previously released, high calibre offerings like “Eyes Wide Open”, “I Feel Better”and the bona fide international hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It’s hard to imagine that Save Me…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE CITY LIGHTS – I JUST GOT TO BELIEVE

In 2008 they wrote it and then they played it live in 2009. It was recorded and mixed in 2010 and 2011. Now in 2012 the answer to this riddle is finally here. It is The City Lights’ third album I Just Got To Believe. The record is an absolute corker, a red-hot scorcher that…

ALBUM REVIEW: TIM HART – MILLING THE WIND

Tim Hart may be Boy & Bear’s drummer yet his solo debut sees him negotiate life and love via nylon strings. Single, ‘A Number Of Us’ is the obvious drawcard; a nostalgic ballad that sees Hart doff his cap to the honest, singer-songwriters mentioned in the album’s notes: Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young…

FILM REVIEW: ITALY: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

Most people from outside of Europe would have a rather romanticised view of Italy. It’s a beautiful country – the stuff of postcards – steeped in a heady mix of culture, art and history, not to mention a must-visit destination for good food, wine and coffee. But the reality is far more sobering, as we…

FILM REVIEW: THE ADMIRER (POKLONNITSA)

Anton Chekhov is renowned as one of Russia’s greatest writers. He was also a practicing doctor. The Admirer (Poklonnitsa) brings to life one specific chapter of his life. It has also been the subject of much conjecture because at its centre is a rather timid and chaste love affair. Director, Vitaliy Melnikov (Poor, Poor Pavel,…

ALBUM REVIEW: MAXÏMO PARK – THE NATIONAL HEALTH

Maxïmo Park’s fourth album The National Health was born out of anger and frustration; not at the lukewarm response to their previous effort (2009’s Quicken The Heart ), but at the buoyant pop that prevailed throughout the GFC. This discord and tension has been fed into 13 tracks that bubble and fizz with a different…

ALBUM REVIEW: METRIC – SYNTHETICA

Metric’s fifth album Synthetica is an introspective consolidation of the band’s past 10 years of dark, taunt electro pop songs and bittersweet lyrics. On “Breathing Underwater” the band sound a little like U2 but with more hooky synths, while “Lost Kitten” sees them engage in an airy, pop parody. Here frontwoman Emily Haines adopts her…

LIVE REVIEW: TIM ROGERS & CATHERINE BRITT @ FACTORY THEATRE (31.08.2012)

There aren’t many artists that would proudly call themselves low-brow entertainment. But then there is only one Tim Rogers. He is self-deprecating to the core and is such a witty artist. His concert almost feels like the comedy sideshow you have when you’re not having an actual music gig and I mean that with the…