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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

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

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

MZAZA: Journey Over Skin (Planet Distribution)

Mzaza is the musical holiday you need to get away from today’s mainstream (including ‘indie’) music. Journey Over Skin, the Brisbane band’s new album, takes you on a delightful musical journey that starts in Spain before trekking through France, dancing through the Balkans and partying in Turkey. Mzaza successfully weave together various melodies from across … Continue reading

NICOLE SCHERZINGER: Killer Love (Interscope)

The only real talent in the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger, has finally released her long awaited debut solo album Killer Love. It is a rather inconsistent sounding album in term of musical styles, but her strong voice pulls it all together rather nicely. There’s a little something for every pop lover in here, from more uptempo dance … Continue reading

DEV: The Night the Sun Came Up (Universal Republic)

It’s time to open your presents at your McDonald’s birthday party. You look at that rectangular-shaped present and you know it’s going to be awesome. I mean, you practically pointed out the Vet Barbie to anyone who would listen. But when you open it, it’s that Teresa character. What a let down. That’s how I … Continue reading

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