In Georgian England, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) stands alone. The daughter of a British naval officer and an African woman – both out of the picture (he off at sea, she dead) – she was raised to be a noblewoman by her uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson). Her birth means she’s a woman of […]
When Boy & Bear hit the stage the mild-mannered seated audience erupted as the guys started playing their first song. Drummer Tim Hart had a rather minimal set-up which was a nice change from most bands you go and see these days. The boys were grouped together much more than they needed to be, only taking up about a quarter of the enormous stage that is Costa Hall.
The part-Bulgarian, part-Norwegian’s cheeky sense of humour was clearly evident through the whole set, kissing his guitarist and long-time friend Joseph on the cheek and introducing his song ‘Come On’ as a “song about Chris Brown and Rhianna’s loving relationship”, to which all had a bit of a chuckle, and even whipping out a trumpet.
Jon Favreau (who also directs) is Carl Casper, a chef at a fancy L.A. restaurant. He works hard, he likes his food – fat jokes abound, at least early on – and he likes his son. Maybe Carl’s single, it’s hard to tell – the film literally cares so little about his private life it takes maybe half an hour to tell us that the reason he keeps dropping his son off at his mother’s place isn’t because he works late, but because they’re divorced.
The big complaint – well, one of the many big complaints – about the last Spider-Man film was that in rebooting the franchise they tried to cram way too much in. This sequel doesn’t really have any less story – there are three name-brand spider-villains on the rampage here, which conventional movie logic would have you believe is two too many – but at least this time out everyone involved seems to have the information overload under some semblance of control.
If you need music to pick you up on a Monday morning, well have I got the fix for you! M&R, the latest release from Brisbane indie soulstress Bec Laughton, is a disco and RnB toe-tapping release that is sure to keep you warm throughout winter.
Blue Mountains natives DJ Morgs, MC Tuka and MC Jeswon, collectively Thundamentals, are back with the follow-up to 2011’s Foreverlution. And it lives up to that legacy. ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ has been getting radio play for a while now and is probably the best track on the album, familiarity aside. It’s clean (the sound, not the lyrics), has a great beat and is just a good groove.
It feels like ages since we heard Saskwatch’s 2012 debut Leave it All Behind, but luckily their sophomore has finally arrived and is well worth the wait. After a couple years’ break, the band has had time to fine-tune their style in their new release, Nose Dive. This time around they’ve stepped away from the ‘soul band’ tag and have experimented with a bit of rock and funk.
After three years with several delays, the boys from The Murlocs have released their much-awaited debut, Loopholes. At four-and-a-half minutes, ‘Control Freak’ eases you into the unique sound that is The Murlocs. With country twangs, garage rock and their own brand of soulful RnB, it’s hard to pin them to a genre. Coming from the Surf Coast of Victoria, it makes their style a little bit more understandable.