On February 9th 2016, Stephin Merritt, the man who is The Magnetic Fields, sat down and wrote a song. The day was his 50th birthday and there were 49 more songs to follow, one for every year of his life on earth so far. Released in March this year as The 50 Song Memoir album, it’s an autobiographical concept album that tells an entertaining story both musically and lyrically. As part of the Melbourne Festival, Merritt and his band, opened the book of memories and in the first of two nights at Hamer Hall, proceeded to regale and beguile the audience with musical tales from the first half of his life. […]
We heard how he stayed up late watching tv in ‘Hustle ‘76’ and subsequently ordered the compilation album of the same name (which he informed us actually never arrived!). He started his first band in ‘The Blizzard of ‘78’ and got big laughs from the line “At rehearsal we made The Shaggs sound like Yes”. The audience was clearly on his wavelength. Musically, the live band brought the songs to life flawlessly. […]
Being passionate about music, and also being extremely indecisive, this Top Ten Gigs of 2015 list was extremely difficult for me to compile. I am positive that as soon as this article is published, I will […]
The Fall Melbourne Festival 22nd October 2015 Photos by Mary Boukouvalas.
You can’t get more Melbourne with a purpose built music venue by the banks of the Yarra river. The Foxtel Festival Hub, creates a certain magical ambience, with bars, outdoor deck chairs, and intimate seating […]
Some of Melbourne’s most exciting independent artists and companies will premiere new works alongside groundbreaking international artists in Melbourne Festival’s 30th anniversary program, announced today. Projects by local theatre company Fraught Outfit, choreographer Antony Hamilton, […]