Dick Diver gig review (The Tote, Melbourne)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. I’d been wanting to get tickets to Dick Diver pre-Christmas shows at the Tote but they’d sold out within minutes. Resigned to missing out, I still kept my eyes peeled and happened to see a small link in a marketing email saying there was a Monday afternoon

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The Top 10 Songs of 2018

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Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

Another year, another bumper crop of tunes. But while some years display a discernable shift in musical trends or production styles, 2018 was a year of fragmentation. Great albums were peppered out throughout the year across a broad spectrum of genres.  Drake, George Ezra, Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande were among the familiar names to

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Magpie Diaries ‘Sanctuary’ album review

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Music, Recorded, Reviews |

Magpie Diaries is a band hailing from the Hunter region of NSW. Its well-crafted tunes could be loosely described as contemporary-country and blues-influenced-folk rock (stated influences include Grateful Dead, Neil Young and Van Morrison). They also bring other sensibilities, such as a fair whack of sax to the table on their debut album Sanctuary. The band is fronted by Matt

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The Breeders Live review (Sydney Opera House)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

Last year I reviewed legendary indie band, The Pixies’ excellent performance at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney for Daily Review. In some quarters, the band that played that night at the Horden was a Clayton’s version of The Pixies; it didn’t include original bass player Kim Deal, who was replaced by Paz Lechantin, who does

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Adelaide’s OzAsia is a festival to remember

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Music, Reviews, Stage |

In recent years OzAsia has become one of the highlights of Adelaide’s festival calendar but never more so than in 2018. The hugely popular Moon Lantern Parade, cruelly thwarted by uncertain spring weather in recent years and cancelled several times, has benefited now that the festival begins in late October instead of a month earlier.

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The arts funding divide between the haves and have nots is counter-intuitive, poor business and immoral

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Last week I attended the Melbourne chapter of the Australia Council’s national consultation on the strengthening and enhancement of the Major Performing Arts Framework. I came away with a mix of emotions that a week later settled into unease then dread. I’m going to try to unpack that feeling through this essay. I believe the

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Play On: Finding music and a new audience in an underground carpark

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Lydia Dobbin and her team in Play On began a minor revolution. They perform classical music by Xenakis, Mendelsohn and Britten and then follow it with a DJ who ‘navigates diverse genres and pivots towards the counter-culture’.  This concept is staged in underground car parks and other non-traditional spaces and was founded by Melbourne-based Dobbin and her co-conspirators,

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