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.
Over the years, the Palace Theatre up the top of Bourke Street has been very good to me. To be finally saying goodbye due to the redevelopment into apartments is very sad, but having the opportunity to see English indie kid Jake Bugg there was very exciting indeed. Out here for the recent Bluesfest at Byron Bay and Deni, as well as sideshows, it was very exciting to see Bugg in action after hearing so much about him and watching live videos on YouTube.
I’m normally a fence-sitter when it comes to produced music, but Sohn’s new release, Tremors, has me reconsidering my position. After a false start with a few very repetitive, somewhat over-produced tracks with elements that just don’t gel, Tremors soon gets on to the good stuff with ‘Artifice’. The track starts off strong, with multiple complimenting layers, before Sohn’s vocals come in and an African-esque drumbeat continues throughout.
Cameron Diaz is Carly, the kind of hard-hitting, go-getting lawyer who doesn’t have time to practice any actual law – she’s too busy sleeping with a variety of men whose names she doesn’t even bother remembering because they’re just that disposable. Then she meets Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and all that changes: now she’s not only remembering his name, she’s only sleeping with him.
Our story begins in a bleak San Francisco future where computers are doorstops, mobile phones are trash in the street, and everyone sits around looking really, really bored. Through this wanders Max Waters (Paul Bettany), a man who, with no internet to distract him, has plenty of time remember how this all started, five long years ago… Wait: this story about how we have to be terrified that computers are going to take over the world is only set “five years ago” and not in 1991?