[Live Gallery] LIMP BIZKIT (Sydney)

Sydney Entertainment Centre Saturday October 26, 2013 : I must admit, I have never really been a Limp Bizkit fan, and reviewed it more out of deference to my older brother, whose 13-year old self would never have forgiven me Continue reading [Live Gallery] LIMP BIZKIT (Sydney)

[CD Reviews] GLASVEGAS – Later… When The TV Turns To Static

The title track here re-establishes Glasvegas’ key ingredients: spacious, atmospheric production, punchy drums, searing guitars and, front and centre, singer James Allan’s thick Glaswegian accent. Also standard for Glasvegas are epic, sensitive stadium-rock sensibilities of U2 or Coldplay combined with Continue reading [CD Reviews] GLASVEGAS – Later… When The TV Turns To Static

[CD Review] ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM

AM is such a joy to listen to. It’s not a perfect album, and it has its share of bells, whistles, and slick production values, but at the end of the day it is the most simple rock album I Continue reading [CD Review] ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM

[CD Review] ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS – Wise Up Ghost

Elvis Costello’s collaboration with The Roots was borne out of occasional meetings via Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots are the house band and Costello has made appearances as musical guest and living legend. Costello’s reggae-influenced sensibilities and Continue reading [CD Review] ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS – Wise Up Ghost

[CD Review] JOHN MAYER – Paradise Valley

John Mayer is a frustrating musician. He is an undeniably talented guitarist and has such a warm, smooth voice; he is capable of making clever and lovely music, but more often than not his sound is the very embodiment of Continue reading [CD Review] JOHN MAYER – Paradise Valley

[CD Review] THE CIVIL WARS – The Civil Wars

I had heard good things about The Civil Wars, the Grammy-winning folk duo from Nashville, and was excited to review their self-titled second album. And I did enjoy it, but at the same time I was surprised by their sound, Continue reading [CD Review] THE CIVIL WARS – The Civil Wars

[Live Review] GREAT AUSTRALIAN SONGBOOK

Enmore Theatre, Sydney Monday August 12, 2013 : This was my first time attending the annual Variety charity concert that pairs classic Australian performers (of the John Paul Young/Countdown variety) and classic Australian songs (of the ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ variety). I Continue reading [Live Review] GREAT AUSTRALIAN SONGBOOK

[Live Review] BASTILLE

Metro Theatre, Sydney Wednesday August 14, 2013 : The Metro theatre was packed to capacity for British indie pop band Bastille. Bastille has had a meteoric rise in popularity over the three years since their formation, and as the lights Continue reading [Live Review] BASTILLE

[CD Review] DAWES – Stories Don’t End

One of my favourite songs of all time is ‘Fire Away’ from Dawes’ previous album, Nothing Is Wrong. I’ve listened to it countless times and it was one of the theme songs of my trip to the Deep South of Continue reading [CD Review] DAWES – Stories Don’t End

[CD Review] JAY Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail

On album opener ‘Holy Grail’, Jay Z raps about the pressures of fame and his inability to turn his back on the music business. I have a vague recollection of Jay Z ‘retiring’ in about 2003, but as noted in Continue reading [CD Review] JAY Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail