Little Bird had been running for a number of weeks at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and last week treated some very lucky audience members to a perfomance at GPAC on Thursday 10th July. It is the story of a small-town country boy with some serious Mummy and Daddy Issues! Wren was born to a loving couple who lived in an isolated cottage in the forest.
We will finally get to here Sheezus the latest album by Brit superstar Lily Allen this weekend as she takes to the stage of Splendour and for some sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Admittedly, it’s taken a couple of listen to get into but this is a great album. The follow up to her previous album 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and 2006’s Alright Still was always going to be a big task and on this release, we see some of the most intensive and personal lyrics of Allen’s career.
There are a lot of elements working hard to make Sex Tape one of the worst films of the year, so singling out one to blame is both near-impossible and deeply unfair. A film this bad doesn’t just happen. It takes all manner of factors working together to waste ninety minutes of your life this badly. Sometimes they’re little things, like Jason Segel’s weirdly plastic lineless face in the early flashback scenes or Cameron Diaz saying the utterly unbelievable line in 2014, “am I really going to sell my blog for money?”
It’s been a decade since Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and here’s all you really need to know: humanity has all but been wiped out by the “Simian Flu” and a tribe of super-intelligent apes have escaped into the woods to the north of San Francisco. The apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), have built a community and settled down, with Caesar starting a family that includes one grown son, Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and another child on the way. As for the humans… well, the apes figure they’ve all died out.
Lance Ferguson is most well known for his work with the Melbourne soul/funk outfit The Bamboos. However, during his busy schedule he has found time to somehow put together a side project album, and get the majority of the Melbourne music scene to sing along on it. Blind Bet by Cookin’ on 3 Burners, (by far the coolest band name I’ve heard in recent times) is a cracking set of tracks.
It’s pretty exciting that finally in 2014 we’re able to get our ears around Shy Glow, the debut album from Sydney duo Fishing. It’s been a couple of years in the making, but trust me on this one, it’s been well worth the wait. Having seen the group play once in Geelong, back in 2010 supporting The John Steel Singers at the Nash, I was immediately entranced with the luscious electro beats that were being thrown down.
After signing their first record contract in 2008, sister duo Johanna and Klara have proved with their third release that they’ve got what it takes to stick around. Stay Gold is filled with chiming vocals in the sweet folk/country tunes that we’ve fallen in love with. The 10-tracks are so infectiously happy that you’ll be seeing little furry creatures frolicking through green pastures in no time.
It’s the depths of World War II and in a French alpine village the locals have two enemies to face: the German occupiers trying to stop refugees being smuggled over the mountains into Switzerland and “the Beast”, a giant wild dog killing the farmers’ sheep. But when six-year-old Sebastian (Félix Bossuet) discovers that the dog isn’t the real culprit behind the sheep killings, he must protect his new friend (now named Belle) from hunters, German soldiers, and his own grandfather.