BOOK REVIEW: DANIELLE NEVES – CRAZY BITCH: A PORTRAIT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Danielle Neves’ debut novel is informed by her work as a domestic violence court advocate. Crazy Bitch: A Portrait of Domestic Violence attempts to demystify the pathological dance of denial a victim and aggressor will complete. It’s a fictional story that’s been informed by real-life events, namely the themes and excuses that can be a sad constant in…

LIVE REVIEW: RICHARD HAWLEY @ PARADISO – SYDNEY TOWN HALL (27.01.2013)

The name Richard Hawley may not mean much to the casual music fan, but you’d be surprised just how familiar you are with his work. The one-time member of Pulp and Longpins has achieved feats like having his song, “Tonight the Streets Are Ours” become the theme to Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop. He’s won Mojo’s Record of the Year, had two…

ALBUM REVIEW: BEN HARPER – BY MY SIDE

By My Side is an emotional, earthy and gentle collection that plays out like a warm ode to love. The Californian songwriter and honorary Aussie has notched up 20 years in the business and while his ten studio albums have seen him tackle the folk, blues, soul, rock and reggae genres, this retrospective record focuses exclusively…

EP REVIEW: PLACEBO – B3 EP

Placebo’s B3 EP fails to instil much confidence for the band’s future. They are at risk of becoming a bitter pill to swallow after their previous, turgid album Battle for the Sun and the three year wait for this follow up EP. Plus Brian Molko’s whole angst-ridden schtick is becoming very tired now that he’s nearing 40. The mood…

LIVE REVIEW: BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL @ SYDNEY SHOWGROUND (18.01.2013)

If someone offered you the opportunity to stand around in 45-degree heat for 12 hours, chances are you’d think they were describing hell, not entertainment. Yet, on Friday some 45,000+ people braved these conditions at Sydney’s Big Day Out (BDO). Despite the minor challenges posed by the hottest day on record, the festival was actually…

EP REVIEW: TIGERTOWN – BEFORE THE MORNING

Bigger IS better, as Tigertown’s sophomore EP, Before The Morning, proves. The Sydney quintet produce rich and energetic music that falls into the folk, pop and indie genres. It’s a sprawling sound, or one you’d associate with cuts from a film soundtrack, because at some moments it is full of hope, while at other times it…

ALBUM REVIEW: EDWARD GUGLIELMINO & THE SHOW – SUNSHINE STATE

Edward Guglielmino can lay claim to having been thrown off stage and for engaging in a public stoush with a large corporation over his choice of band logo. Through this, Guglielmino proves that he is no ordinary musician. He’s really an artist. He likes to say what he thinks, is unafraid of the repercussions and…

ALBUM REVIEW: REGULAR JOHN – STRANGE FLOWERS

Music is an amazing thing – it can make you think, cry, laugh, f**k, love, dance, forgive and forget at different moments. If it’s good, it will do at least one of these things, and if it’s great, possibly more. And Manilla-via-Sydney band Regular John seem to have ticked at least a couple of these…

LIVE REVIEW: DJANGO DJANGO, PALMS & TWINSY @ METRO THEATRE (11.01.2013)

  Django Django’s show at The Metro was the largest one they’ve ever performed in Sydney. The Scotland-via-London group keep on going from strength-to-strength having released their critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album and will be headlining the NME Awards Tour in the UK next month. Their second show in Sydney in just six months was a…