MUSIC

TODD SNIDER – EXCITEMENT PLAN

Observational humour. It’s not laugh out loud, nor side-splitting and up-roarious. It’s wry humour, eliciting gentle smiles of recognition when it manages to nail its … Read more

GIG: BLACK ROSE

“Black Rose? It stands for our rock personality…dark, prickly, and beautiful…that and it was the worst name we could think of”. Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross admits … Read more

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – … MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

If you haven’t made your mind up about jazz-pop vocalist Michael Bublé, his latest release isn’t likely to make a convert of you. It’s a … Read more

DECODER RING – THEY BLIND THE STARS, AND THE WILD TEAM

Decoder Ring came to the attention of many with their soundtrack to the acclaimed movie Somersault. They consolidated their reputation with Fractions, but failed … Read more

DIESEL – PROJECT BLUES

Everyone’s favourite RSL haunt Mark Lizotte has records coming out his ears, and this latest recording extravaganza sees him indulge in the ultimate expression of … Read more

REGINA SPEKTOR – FAR

For all that’s made of her Russian roots, Regina Spektor’s songs comes straight out of the 90s New York post-pop scene that gave us They … Read more

THE GALVATRONS – LASER GRAFFITI

Melbourne glam-rockers The Galvatrons are doing for 80s rock what The Darkness did for 70s rock – expert pastiche – which is to say, they … Read more

PATTERSON HOOD – MURDERING OSCAR (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS)

The Drive-By Truckers have been a busy bunch of late. Releasing their own album, backing Booker T Jones (along with Neil Young) on his return, … Read more

DINOSAUR JR. – FARM

I used to play in a band that was a bit like Dinosaur Jr., just three guys in a basement, big over-driven amps, raucous guitar … Read more

JAMES BLACKSHAW – THE GLASS BEAD GAME

Unbelievably prolific for a 26 year old, this is UK guitar prodigy James Blackshaw’s 6th CD release, and his first on Michael Gira’s influential Young … Read more