MUSIC

BLACKCHORDS – BLACKCHORDS

From the opening strains, this debut from Victorian troupe Blackchords offers up an intriguing bent. Their epic alternative folk rock sounds emanate from somewhere East … Read more

PETER, BJORN AND JOHN – LIVING THING

These lovable Swedes deliver another rousing collection of songs. But first things first, let’s clear the air – there is nothing as obviously catchy as… Read more

ELVIS PERKINS – ELVIS PERKINS IN DEARLAND

“Black is the colour of my true love’s arrow, just the colour of a human’s blood,” stutters Elvis Perkins, opening this his second album with … Read more

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS – LOST CHANNELS

You’d be forgiven for thinking  this album’s opening strains belong to The Smiths – Palmistry chimes its way in with lilting Rickenbackers and bittersweet chord … Read more

BOOKER T JONES – POTATO HOLE

Okay, so the opening Pound It Out does very much as it’s title suggests; and one could be forgiven for thinking this was a Jon … Read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE ROOTS OF NICK CAVE

One of a series of The Roots of… albums that includes Gram Parson, The Byrds and The White Stripes, this “mixed tape” collections throws up … Read more

SHE PLAYS – SHE PLAYS EP

She Plays is a strange document. Local producer Dave Hammer has written all the songs, played many of the instruments, recorded and mixed the thing; … Read more

LUCIE THORNE – BLACK ACROSS THE FIELD

It will surprise many to hear that Black Across the Field is Lucie Thorne’s fifth album. Not because it doesn’t sound like an accomplished work … Read more

THE VEILS – SUN GANGS

New Zealand’s The Veils have been through a few line-up changes in their time, but Finn Andrew’s gravelly song-writing has held the show together. Sun … Read more

OPERA: WERTHER

As the finale to the 2009 summer season, Opera Australia presents its 1997 production of Jules Massenet’s opera Werther, which is based on the wildly … Read more