MUSIC

GIG: DAN SULTAN

Elvis Presley had it, Otis Redding had it, arguably Tom Jones has it. Undeniably Dan Sultan has it too; that undefinable charisma that can’t be … Read more

GIG: THE BASICS

The Basics are a trio from Melbourne with a penchant for polish- from cotton-wool blend suits to smooth retro sounds that rock; they are the … Read more

SPINAL TAP – BACK FROM THE DEAD

Spinal Tap – when too much heavy metal is never enough. Back From the Dead is not a new album, rather a revisiting of old … Read more

ESKIMO JOE – INSHALLA

A interestingly cinematic blast from a Hindi flute opens up this album, but when we hear the chorus of Foreign Land unfold we know it’s … Read more

FOURPLAY – FOURTHCOMING

Who would have thought that a primarily instrumental quartet could be such punsters? Yes Viginia, this is their fourth album, and a long time coming … Read more

THE MACCABEES – WALL OF ARMS

The Maccabees’s garnered not a small bit of praise from British press like NME with their debut Colour It In – all the standard indie … Read more

GREEN DAY – 21st CENTURY BREAKDOWN

Here we go again, another high-concept American punk-rock odyssey from Green Day, purveyors of haughty and ego-centric corporate punk for the masses. Oxymorons aside, this … Read more

EELS – HOMBRE LOBO – 12 SONGS OF DESIRE

Tim Winton said last week, while accepting his latest and umpteenth well-deserved award, that often we have trouble escaping the 14 year old we once … Read more

THE LEMONHEADS – VARSHONS

Love him or hate him (and the later might currently outweigh the former) Evan Dando has had a colourful career thus far. The Lemondheads began … Read more

ALEXISONFIRE – OLD CROWS/YOUNG CARDINALS

Old Crows/Young Cardinals is so heavy it feels like someone is punching you in the head (Friday evening in the Cross, anyone?), and simultaneously riff-ier … Read more