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Through story and song The Barefoot Divas empower women

Radiating from the stage is raw emotion in its purest form, vibrating from the vocal cords of The Barefoot Divas and straight through the audience. You can feel their words, really feel them, as they pour their heart into every word they sing. Brisbane’s Powerhouse was the perfect setting for their Walk ‘A Mile In … Continue reading

Stillness of “Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present” moves audiences

There is much more to Marina Abramović than just being a ‘crazy’ and controversial performance artist. The feature-length documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, invites the audience to go behind the scenes as she prepares for a major retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. The … Continue reading

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS: The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

Hip hop has been searching for a new superhero, and rapper Macklemore and producer sidekick Ryan Lewis, have responded. Like a good hero team should, they put their complementary skills together and pull off The Heist with incredible execution. The 15-track album is blunt, honest and authentic, with Macklemore’s raw emotional delivery perfect for tackling … Continue reading

Eurovision 2012 Finals Round-up

Just like that another year of Eurovision is over (lol jokes, I taped it). The favourite, Sweden’s Loreen, won with Euphoria on 372 points, while I was left incredibly confused as to how/why Norway’s Tooji ended up at the bottom with a mere 7 points for Stay. The adorable baking Russian grannies, Buranovskiye Babushki came … Continue reading

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday World Tour

Real life barbie doll, Queen of Rap and Pop Princess Nicki Minaj brought the house down in Brisbane on May 19 as part of her Pink Friday World Tour. It was dynamic, fun, colourful and she had super cute costumes! She mainly played songs off Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, so unfortunately no throwbacks to her mixtape days. But still … Continue reading

NICKI MINAJ: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Universal Music/Cash Money)

Divide and conquer is the game Nicki Minaj plays on her second album, splitting her time between brilliant hip hop and generic dance-pop while she (or perhaps it’s Roman) remains hell bent on complete world domination. In her own words, “Yo! I guess I went commercial”, a move that has alienated some of her original … Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland ballet: a bright and colourful affair

Queensland Ballet brought to life the epic adventure of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the story of a little Victorian girl who finds herself in a strange land. The modern ballet with its eclectic mix of music and some wonderfully choreographed dancing was a brilliant rendition of the classic tale. The fun begins right from the start … Continue reading

Mary Poppins the Musical: practically perfect in every way

I lost count long ago of the amount of times I watched the Disney classic Mary Poppins with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The infectious melodies, magic tricks and enchanting scenarios would capture my imagination time and time again. So I jumped at the chance to see it live at QPAC. I knew the movie … Continue reading

Belles Sing, Cash Tils Ring

Courier Mail, December 15, 2011 IT’S that time of year again when the big music labels push out Christmas albums in a bid to cash in on the holiday season. Every year a new artist tops the December charts with their Christmas album and this year the honours go to both Michael Buble with Christmas … Continue reading

AMY WINEHOUSE: Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal)

The late, sultry songstress Amy Winehouse was a tortured soul that created beautiful music. Lioness: Hidden Treasures is a sample of some unreleased tracks she recorded in the last decade. Mark Ronson, together with Salaam Remi, compiled some of her best demos for this posthumously released album. There is no doubt however, that these songs … Continue reading

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