COMEDY REVIEW: ARJ BARKER & JOEL OZBORN @ ENMORE THEATRE (24.11.2013)

It was the last Sydney show for comedians, Arj Barker and Joel Ozborn, who have been touring Australia together. The Go Time tour could’ve been renamed the “Good Time” one. Both comedians seemed to be having a ball, as they told their jokes and enjoyed the laughs from a warm and generous, Enmore crowd. Joel Ozborn was in charge of the…

LIVE REVIEW: ALEX LLOYD & THE YOUNG LIONS @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (21.11.2013)

Alex Lloyd’s show on Thursday night was his Sydney Opera House debut, but what could’ve been a victorious hometown return instead felt like a missed opportunity for his absent fans. The support band was The Young Lions, a hipster-folk duo who were playing their sixth live gig. They played gentle acoustic music and sounded like…

DVD REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – HEAR MY TRAIN A COMIN’

Jimi Hendrix enjoyed just a few years in the limelight and yet to this day we still continue to talk about him and his legacy. He has been considered one of the most important American musicians of the twentieth century and it’s a well-deserved title. No other guitarist has been as unique- in a musical…

LIVE REVIEW: FRANZ FERDINAND & SHINING BIRD @ METRO THEATRE (15.11.2013)

You could say Franz Ferdinand have all the right moves because they provided the right action at their Sydney Metro show. The Glaswegian quartet confidently straddles the lines between two rather different musical styles, meaning it’s sometimes about rock music you can dance to and at other times, dance tunes you can rock out to. Having just…

ALBUM REVIEW: DAY RAVIES – TUSSLE

Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name?” but if he’d met Sydneysiders Day Ravies, he’d know they were giving a subtle nod to the frontman of The Kinks. The quartet’s record Tussle is a consolidation of sounds and a love letter to all the musical greats that preceded them. The 20-somethings are a little young to have so much…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS – EVERYTHING’S A THREAD

The John Steel Singers may be one member down, but their sound is as big as ever. The band now sees its five founding multi-instrumentalist members taking on more specialised roles in what has ultimately resulted in their most diverse collection of music to date. Their second studio album, Everything’s A Thread, has fewer brass instruments than their…

COMEDY REVIEW: ANH DO & MATT ELSBURY @ STATE THEATRE (06.11.2013)

Never before has a show made an audience laugh, cry and then sent them away so happy. But there is only one happiest refugee. And there is only one Anh Do. He is the comedian whose stand-up show and recount of his incredible life story lifted the roof and the spirits of the packed audience at the…

LIVE REVIEW: DAN SULTAN @ THE BASEMENT, SYDNEY (24.10.2013)

  Dan Sultan is a natural, a consummate professional and storyteller, if you will. On his Back To Basics tour he left the seven-piece band and supports at home and instead delivered a strong, two-set show with little more than an electric guitar and a mic. He said it was a “nerve-wracking experience” but you wouldn’t have known…