Review Scene: Suzanne Vega, Palais Theatre – 3rd August 2018

August 7, 2018 Maryanne Window

There is always something warm and inviting about walking into the Palais Theatre on a cold winter’s night. The plush red velvet and the well worn leather seats always hold the promise of a special show for me and tonight’s performance from Suzanne Vega and her band in celebration of her landmark
albums, 1987’s Solitude Standing and 1992’s 99.9 Fahrenheit Degrees was no exception. […]

Review Scene: Shannon Bourne – Words Fail

July 12, 2018 Maryanne Window

Words Fail is the third solo album to be released by Melbourne guitarist Shannon Bourne. While usually known for being a sideman to some of Melbourne’s most prominent singer songwriters, Words Fail sees Bourne placing his prowess as a guitarist and soundscape designer front and centre with this collection of 9 original instrumental tracks. Recorded over 2 days at the Melbourne home studio of fellow guitar hero Jeff Lang who engineered and mixed the album, Bourne has managed to paint an aural picture of textural imagery that is thought provokingly intense and comforting at the same time. Melodic, evocative and contemplative are words that come to mind when listening to this album in its entirety as the carefully constructed tones ebb and flow along with a multitude of stories that as a listener, I could have running through my brain at any given time. It is in this way that I found Words Fail to be an interactive listening experience. […]

Review Scene: Paul Capsis – Memo Music Hall, 23rd June 2018

June 28, 2018 Karen Pepper

What a talent Paul Capsis is. Within the confines of one season you might catch him in a cabaret, on the box in an award-winning movie or like us, singing his heart out in one of Melbourne’s best venues. Who could fail to find intrigue in seeing and hearing Capsis performing some of his most loved songs? Beginning with the Skyhooks ‘Ego is not a dirty word’ then moving into a synthesis of the Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams’ and The Doors ‘People are strange’, we immediately know that while the songs might be as comfortable as our old flannelette pyjamas, the execution of them would leave us gasping. […]

Review Scene: Eilen Jewell – Caravan Club, May 17th 2018

June 1, 2018 Maryanne Window

It’s a long flight from Boise Idaho to Melbourne but American singer songwriter Eilen Jewell has made the journey twice in 6 months having found her people here, as evidenced in her latest run of sold out shows around the country in support of her latest album ‘Down Hearted Blues’. The album is a wonderful celebration of her favourite blues songs that she discovered in a hidden corner of the attic in her family home as a teenager in the form her father’s record collection. The way she told the story to the packed house at the recently re-located Caravan Club, it was a discovery that was unexpected; like uncovering secret treasure, confessing that if the records had been foisted upon her at that impressionable age she probably would have run a mile from them and missed out on the joys of artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and Bessie Smith until way later in life. […]

Review Scene: Beck, Margaret Court Arena, February 28 2018

March 21, 2018 Maryanne Window

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Beck live in Australia. I remember first seeing him play solo acoustic at the Melbourne Showgrounds in late 1995 as part of the Summersalt lineup. He was an emerging talent back then and was sandwiched in between Pavement and Sonic Youth on the bill 6 months prior to his breakthrough album “Odelay” being released. Seeing him here again 22 years later it seemed like no time had gone by. Actually I tell a lie – looking around the crowd there were a lot of 25 year olds trapped in 48 year old bodies and I was one of them. […]

Review Scene: Gogol Bordello – 170 Russell, 14th March 2018

March 20, 2018 Karen Pepper

Okay, so looking up Gogol in a dictionary is an absolute mind-fuck. We all know the meaning of Bordello but Gogol offers a bit more of a challenge. Firstly it could be that Gogol refers to Nikolai Vasilievich, the Russian novelist, dramatist and short-story writer, or it could well be that the Urban Dictionary is correct when it defines Gogol as ‘1. To hit on a girl by ‘accidentally‘ walking into her or 2. To get jacked off by a girl on the dance floor or any public area at a party.‘ […]

Review Scene: David Duchovny, 170 Russell – Friday 23rd February 2018

March 5, 2018 Maryanne Window

David Duchovny has accomplished quite a lot in his 57 or so years on the planet – actor, writer, director, producer, novelist and most recently, singer songwriter. Looking around at the crowd who showed up to see him strut his stuff live in concert, it was evident that the bulk of these people came to his music via his iconic portrayal of FBI Agent Fox Mulder from the cult TV series The X-Files. […]

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