John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 8, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Sydney Lyric February 18 8/10 Our brains are hard-wired to do this stuff: to fill in the missing number, letter or word; to complete a sentence or extrapolate the meaning of a look. So when we see a life-size, artificial horse clearly being manipulated by three puppeteers, we’ll expunge the…

March 2, 2020 / Concert Reviews

The Playhouse, February 16 9/10 Thirty-three years on, and the Necks continue to pursue the art of the slow-cooked anti-climax. As of this concert they have now played in all six internal Sydney Opera House venues: the Studio, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Concert Hall, Utzon Room, Drama Theatre and the Playhouse.…

March 1, 2020 / Features

Destructive streaming services are not going to stop him. Nor are people smearing their shoddy videos across YouTube like so much audio-visual graffiti. No, Pat Metheny remains committed to the album as a work of art. When the guitarist, who has popularised sonic adventuring like few others, returns to these…