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February 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Hanging Of Jean Lee (andreegreenwell.com)  Jean Lee was the last woman subjected to state-sanctioned murder in Australia. This was in 1951 for her part in brutally killing a bookie, having tried to take sole responsibility in order to save her lover. She was so heavily sedated before the execution…

February 9, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Magnet (mag.net.au)  This is the album that Stephen Magnusson has been building towards. The Melburnian has long distinguished himself as among the world’s most fascinating guitarists, and now he pulls together a combination of musicians to make a group sound that is just as distinctive as his own playing.  Like…

February 8, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Venue 505, February 2, 2013  In a way it’s all one. Joseph Tawadros’s uproarious ‘tween-song schtick and his virtuoso improvising are both about telling stories; about engaging, communicating, moving. Sometimes the schtick went on too long, but always there was a pay-off: a gale of laughter that swept the packed…