While Computer Chess is spruiked as a ‘hilariously offbeat comedy’, it only draws a few tepid chuckles, most of which don’t make the trip from brain to mouth. But assuming it’s one of those comedies where you’re not supposed to laugh, it’s still enjoyable. I’m just not sure if it’s enjoyable enough to invest your hard earned cash and time on.
When Kaye Harrison set out to make a schizophrenia documentary she had no idea her subject would make a come-back to music. It’s a fitting chapter in the long and often complex history of The Sunnyboys and unsurprising that once again a curveball would appear out of leftfield. Except that this time this ball has resulted in a home-run- an excellent feature documentary about one enigmatic creature.
Every now and then a documentary film comes along that manages to transport you directly into the mind of the filmmakers. Their passion and dedication to their subjects becomes your passion and dedication. Not because it’s forced on you, but because the film handles its material so deftly that you can’t help but become an active participant in the journey. A River Changes Course is one of those films. It’s the second documentary from Khmer-American director, Kalyanee Mam, and it focuses on the effect that rapid modernisation is having on the gentle, traditional ways of life and family structure in contemporary Cambodia.
In 2012, The Sunnyboys had performed as Kids In Dust and made a jubilant return to the live scene at the Hoodoo Gurus’ Dig It Up! Festival. In a little over a year they’d make a come back once again and do a concert proper. It could’ve been the “gig that never was” or “may have been” but instead it lived up to and exceeded expectations.
The touch-screen supported Izakaya has become a more recent addition to the Sydney food scene, with Wagaya and Mizuya both proving popular destinations for both Japanese locals and westerners with Karaoke rooms, booths for almost all guests and a wide and varied selection of food and drinks on hand. Yebisu Izakaya in Regent Place (next to the George Street Cinemas, a section of Sydney which is fast being referred to as "J-Village") is the latest to enter the Sydney market, bringing the touch-screen style of service to a more casual setting. No karaoke or booths, but in their place one of the widest and most impressive selections of beer, sake and food you're likely to find in Sydney.
Wolfm... ahem, Andrew Stockdale is back on the road, and to celebrate his run of shows around the country, he and his band put on a secret show at Frankie's Pizza in Sydney.
The look and atmosphere in The Spice Cellar makes it a perfect place to host a weekly wine tasting. The owners realise this and have quickly reached out to emerging brand Cake Wines to host a limited deal named ‘Wine Down Tuesdays.’
It is incredibly rare for a popular Korean group to include Australian stops on their tours, so for CNBLUE to bring their Blue Moon World Tour show to not just one but two Australian cities (Sydney & Melbourne) was a huge deal for Australian Boices (the official name for CNBLUE's fan club) and for Aussie Kpop lovers in general. I fall into both of those categories so needless to say, I'd been looking forward to this show for a while and happily flew from Brisbane to see this Korean pop rock group live – and I certainly wasn’t the only one who’d travelled for the occasion. Fans from around the country and even abroad began lining up from 6am, and by the time the doors opened the queue extended far beyond the limits of Luna Park, around the corner and out of sight.
As a wholehearted tribute to the truly phenomenal power of blues and folk, “Sounds of the South” was an incredible show. A part of the Vivid LIVE programme at the Sydney Opera House, this is bound to have been one of the most exciting projects of the festival, due to both its great ensemble of musicians and stunning selection of material. Drawing upon the talents of Megafaun, Fight The Big Bull, Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford, we were treated to an array of stunning vocals and exciting instrumental sections.
Destroy Music 2013 was headlined by The Ghost Inside with support from Emmure, Antagonist A.D and Hand Of Mercy, where they played at the Metro Theatre on Thursday night. Gwendolyn Lee was there and brings us these photos from the pit.
K-Pop rock band CNBLUE played to a sold out Big Top Luna Park in Sydney last night as part of their Blue Moon World Tour. The four heartthrobs of K-Pop was in fine form last night playing many of their hits. This was CNBLUE's second visit to Australia and they put on a spectacular show for their many adoring fans. Photos by Johnny Au.
Highly-animated trio Flatbush Zombies are at the forefront of the new wave East Coast hip-hop movement that is bringing some much-needed stability to the splintered scene. As part of the loose-collective ‘Beast Coast’ – which includes Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Mob - the Zombies have been consistently riding viral hype to build a massive global fanbase. As such, the group have been flown to us to tour Australia and even headline the Sydney leg of Vice Magazine’s 10th Birthday party.
It seems fitting that The Superjesus chose to launch their Resurrection Tour at the Annandale Hotel. Two icons of Australian music: one on the verge of collapse and one reemerging from a long hiatus. Both are a little rough around the edges. Both still capable of rocking.
Thursday night Jinja Safari played to an excited home crowd at Sydney’s Oxford Art factory, the night was filled with sweet harmonies and too many instruments to count.
For the second of the 2013 Vivid Live Studio Parties, the honour of curating a club night in arguably one of Sydney’s best pop-up venues went to the much-loved Good God. Good God Danceteria promised punters a night of “underground visionaries” by nabbing divisive Houston rapper RiFF RaFF. In addition to the “rap game James Franco”, we were treated to an onslaught of international and local acts offering everything ranging from footwork to retro synth-pop.