John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 17, 2019 / Album Reviews

ROCK DOG (Earshift) 8.5/10 It comes in waves: troughs of slight respite walled in by rearing crests from which white fragments spray at dangerous velocities. Sometimes Scott McConnachie (alto and sopranino saxophones), Carl Dewhust (guitar) and Simon Barker (drums) invoke all the furies of hell, and the density and intensity…

July 16, 2019 / Concert Reviews

City Recital Hall, July 5 6/10 Sydney finally has a cabaret festival to call its own, rather than just scoffing titbits flicked from Adelaide’s groaning table. But “all-star gala”? I don’t think so. This opening night was more like the sky outside: the odd dazzling star, some paler ones, and…

July 12, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Eternity Playhouse, July 3 7/10 It’s apt that “upon a time” is missing from the title, because Once is a timeless fairy-tale of some dreams coming true, and others withering. John Carney’s 2007 film ruthlessly stripped away any sentimentality, thereby making achingly real the tale of love thwarted and musical…