If you’re a fan of folk, particularly free folk, The Soda Factory in Surry Hills is the place to be on a Wednesday. Last night, I was lucky enough to see Oscar Lush, The Falls and Stu Larsen perform in the NY style hot dog bar.
On Tuesday night soul legend Bobby Womack and his thirteen piece band transformed Melbourne’s Hamer Hall into a gospel church, delivering classic after classic before an enraptured audience.
The second day of Digital and Music Matters saw the event move into its music portion, with the highlighted keynote of the day being that of Johnny Wright (pictured), the world famous manager of artists like Justin Timberlake and the Backstreet Boys, among many others. We'll look now at some of the highlights from the day. Remember that you can watch day three (happening as we publish this article) LIVE here - or you can keep an eye on our Twitter stream and the hastag #matterstome.
Share is an uplifting cookbook put together by charity group, Women for Women International. The recipes featured in this beautiful book are provided by contributors who are actively engaged in humanitarian issues around the globe, and by women from the 8 countries the charity works in.
The Wolfpack is back in the third and final installment of The Hangover franchise. You would think after the last two films that there would be not much more in the way of shenanigans these guys could partake in, but clearly director/writer Tom Phillips had other ideas.
The first day of festivities at Digital and Music Matters in Singapore is focused on the digital side of the industry, with a full day of discussions of the changing online marketplace. From Microsoft talking about premium online video, to advertising in the online TV marketplace, online sports, a live Google hangout with crowd sourcing success story Amanda Palmer and much more, this was a day where we talked about what's so-hot-right-now digitally! Pictured above is President of Digital & Music Maters, Jasper Donat.
Owl Eyes’s debut record Nightswim has a very laid-back atmosphere, so I was under the impression that her live show would be just as smooth. Between the performances of her support acts, the technical mishaps, and the surprising amount of energy she possessed, the night was somewhat scattered — but ultimately, enjoyable.
Sunday night saw Perth’s Metro City play host to the final Gaslight Anthem show of their Australian tour. As you’d expect for the final leg of the tour, spirits were high and hijinks and fun ensued.
Something you may have not have been told but that is nonetheless very true is that you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten Italian while being serenaded by an older Italian gentleman singing in his native tongue.
The Lovedale Long Lunch did not just celebrate its 20th year as one of the most highly anticipated food and wine festivals for no reason. A loyal (and very large) following returns each year, most regarding it as the social highlight of their year. The rest, like me, heard of its popularity and made the trek for the first time this year.
Australia loves chocolate. We’re in the top 10 countries for chocolate consumption in the world, guzzling down an average of 7 kilograms per person each year. It seems then, there’ll be a lot of very excited people racing for the 3 new Lindt chocolate collections.
So a hybrid of a Piranha and an Anaconda picks off a low-budget film crew [meta!] and a crew of dumb criminals one by one, while leaving gaseous blood behind each time it munches on one of the many frustratingly stupid characters. Sound good? Yeah, you’re right, it’s not.
Precious little has been said about the band Flyying Colours, but, most likely, that is about to change with the release of their single “Wavy Gravy”. Saturday night at the lovely Grace Darling Hotel, was the official album launch. Band promoters (or perhaps the band members) employed a clever marketing strategy. The first hundred punters through the door received a copy of the aforementioned single, and had the opportunity to see three great bands for the measly sum of ten bucks. Certainly the night was great value.
When I saw Tonight Alive at Manning Bar just over a year ago, it was easy to see that they had a lot of potential. However, as strong as their performance was, they were still a fairly new band — on stage, their presence merely asked for the audience’s attention. When I saw them this year, they demanded it.
Trams suck. Really, they do. The tram heading toward this gig tonight seemed to be slowly moved up The Esplanade like a moose with constipation. Eventually it dawdled to The Palais in the plodding fashion that trams do.