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February 6, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

  Now Here This (Abstract Logix/Planet)  Some artists tend to pare back their music’s freneticism as they age. John McLaughlin prefers to continue letting rip. The guitarist who was in on the ground floor of combining jazz and rock still relishes unleashing torrents of notes against backdrops studded with rhythmic…

February 6, 2013 / Off The Cuff

Given the rumours of severe budgetary constraints, the 2013 Sydney Festival is a particularly auspicious debut for its new artistic director Lieven Bertles. Bertles has done more with less than his immediate predecessors managed, which only proves that it’s not all about money. Bertles restored an edge to the festival…

February 6, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Parramatta, January 19, 2013  Sydney Festival splashed free music across several outdoor stages in its latest push to consummate a long, half-hearted flirtation with Parramatta.  The 40-strong Blue MUGS (Blue Mountains Ukulele Group) may be the only band around whose shirts are louder than their music. They performed in Riverside…