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EP REVIEW: Eden Mulholland

EDEN MULHOLLAND  – Jesus Don’t You Get My Jokes EP (Mushroom) This little collection from Motocade frontman Eden Mulholland is an exercise in sparseness and the love of precision in choosing the right arrangements. Mulholland’s versatile voice is a lifeline through an understated, intimate wilderness as bare and eerie as Scandinavian winter. There are similarities … Continue reading


ALL THE YOUNG – Welcome Home (Mushroom) Having already invaded Australia, the British are at it again. PETE WALSH investigates. Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, the young Britons have made their way to Australia for BigSound and to support rock aficionados King Cannons for a couple of dates in September. All The Young … Continue reading


TOM LARK – The Tom Lark EP (Independent) Jeez, all this rad NZ music is making me wish I’d never moved away. Tom Lark’s old studio was destroyed after the Christchurch earthquake, and he’s still managed to come out with a record that’s absorbing, fun and thought-provoking in the best kind of way. This is … Continue reading

CABARET REVIEW: We Love You! (As Much As Everybody Else Does)

SUZANNAH BENTLEY has an otherworldly experience at GHOSTBOY’s absurdist neo-cabaret comedy collaboration with cross-dressing instrumentalist SIR LADY GRANTHAM. David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger appears from a trapdoor in the floor. He carries a banana that he breaks in half and slams down on the table in front of me. Apparently it contains potassium and I should try … Continue reading

REVIEW: The Slow Push + The City Lights

BRADY CLARKE heads to a certain Upper Roma St venue to see some loud Sydney rock & roll and local indie-postpunk. Beetle Bar, Saturday September 22 We missed Babaganouj, but interviewed frontman Charles Sale briefly at the show. He reckoned it went all right. He looks pretty reliable, so we’re taking his word for it. The City Lights invite … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The City Lights

THE CITY LIGHTS – I Just Got To Believe (Mushroom) PETE WALSH probes the latest filthy garage-rock outing from the Sydney combo with a stick that is perhaps not long enough. With a name like The City Lights, you may well think shoegaze or neo-new wave at their greatest, but you’d be far from the … Continue reading


THE PRESETS — Pacifica (Modular) PETE WALSH examines the latest panoply of sweaty beats delivered by pre-eminent Sydney duo. While the buzz might be that Pacifica is new territory for the well-versed electro pair, I’m not thoroughly convinced. The band’s third full-length offering definitely feels new, but there’s an element of déjà vu that is inescapable. … Continue reading


After releasing the album of their career, the runaway train of success that was Oakland trio HIGH ON FIRE abruptly stopped when frontman MATT PIKE checked himself into rehab. Now sober, Pike talks to TOM HERSEY about getting healthy and heading back out on the road. It seemed like the doom metal power trio were … Continue reading


KELLY Cremorne Theatre, QPAC Kelly is not the play that I expected. It’s better, and more interesting. In fact, it’s one of the best pieces of theatre that I’ve seen in Brisbane this year. When I saw the poster for the Queensland Theatre Company’s latest production, with its bushy-bearded star and “such is life” tagline, … Continue reading


DON SINNAMON wishes the crowd loosened up some more at an electrifying MACY GRAY show at a certain Brisbane landmark. QPAC, Thursday September 20 Emma Dean performing solo still fills the stage in a way that one woman seated at a piano shouldn’t be able to. It seems some mad scientist with a good ear … Continue reading

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