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iven the source material runs at roughly 300 pages, Peter Jackson’s decision to split his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ into three films, as he did quite successfully with ‘The Lord of The Rings’ may seem a little bit of overkill. The result, with the first instalment at least, while visually stunning, is a tad underwhelming due largely to some pacing issues and the incredibly high standard set by Jackson’s previous trilogy. This first instalment follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, ‘The Office’) who is swept up into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor which was, ages ago, conquered by the dragon Smaug. Sent on his quest by Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen), Bilbo partners up with a company of thirteen dwarves and, like the Fellowship of the Ring did in the first trilogy, they start walking. Sure, they get in some pretty amazing adventures and we do get a better insight into the evil ring chaser Gollum, but there certainly is a lot of walking.

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fter coming out with possibly the most disarmingly unpretentious and non cheesy Christmas albums in recent memory, indie-pop duo She and Him (Zooey Deschanel and M Ward) are back with album number four and while it doesn’t really progress from the duo’s previous efforts, this is one twopiece that seems to have found its niche – a summery and saccharine sweet indie-pop. While there are some more downbeat moments this time around, most notably on ‘London’ and ‘Shadow of Love’, She and Him are at their best when they are doing the upbeat pop thing as evidenced on the album’s opener, ‘I’ve Got Your Number, Son’. However, the real gems on this record are to be found in the selection of covers, including the Mel Carter hit ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me’ and another standout, Blondie’s ‘Sunday’ (bordering on being better than the original) – which really take the cake.

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f you like your filmic fare on the sillier side of the spectrum, and with more than just a dash of crude humour for good measure, then this medieval farce from director David Gordon Green (‘Pineapple Express’, ‘Eastbound and Down’) should be right up your alley. This ribald film tells the tale of the gallant, chivalrous, brave and handsome Prince Fabious (James Franco) and his good-for-nothing, battle dodging younger brother Thadeous (Danny McBride) who are on a quest to rescue Fabious’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous has spent his life watching his perfect older brother embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ brideto-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum – man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Can he live up to the challenge? Silly stuff.

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‘Follow the Leaders’, ‘Eighties’, ‘Love Like Blood’, ‘Kings and Queens’, ‘Millenium’, ‘Pandamonium’, ‘Money is not our God’, ‘Seeing Red’ and ‘In Cythera’ to name a few. After over 30 years, few bands can claim to have the same drive and integrity as the day they began – and Killing Joke can. Get set for post-punk awesomeness.

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ith such iconic tracks as ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Boys Light Up’, ‘Errol’, ‘Hammerhead’ and ‘Fall Of Rome’ under his belt, there’s no denying that James Reyne is one of the finest singer-songwriters in Australian musical history. Now, Reyne, along with other bona fide songwriting legends Ross Wilson, Daryl Braithwaite and Joe Camilleri, will be coming to Newcastle as part of the APIA Time Of Your Life tour. Reyne said the one of a kind show would incorporate individual sets from the four legends before they all take the stage together in an Aussie pub rock extravaganza. “We’re all really excited about this tour,” Reyne said. “We’re all going to do about half an hour each and then all come on together for the finale – it’s never been done before, so it should be a hell of a lot of fun.”

There’s no denying that Reyne, both through his output with Australian Crawl and a prodigious solo career, has one of the most recognisable voices in the country, yet don’t go thinking that he is still cashing in on past glories. Since Australian Crawl disbanded in 1986, Reyne has gone on to release an impressive thirteen studio albums, most notably his self-titled debut that featured such hits as ‘Fall of Rome’ and ‘Hammerhead’ and 1991’s ‘Electric Digger Dandy’. Not one to rest on his laurels, Reyne has just released his thirteenth album, aptly titled ‘Thirteen’, and he said he was still developing as an artist. “Every record, I think, should develop from the last one and also one should

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develop as a craftsman with every new project,” he said. “I’m really happy with this album and I’d say that I’ve definitely become a better singer and I’ve got a much better idea about the craft of the song which, I think, really comes through on this record.” While Reyne said that he acknowledges that people hold him in such high regard, particularly for his work with Australian Crawl, he said he felt slightly uncomfortable with the plaudits. “It’s kind of funny – I mean, I was in Australian Crawl for like 5 years and I’ve been doing this for more than 25 years,” he said. “It’s kind of like a mechanic having recent work compared to what he was doing when he was an apprentice.”

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hen it comes to female country music royalty, they don’t come much more regal than Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Shania Twain. Songs such as ‘Jolene’, ‘Here You Come Again’, ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’, ‘Crazy’, ‘I’m Outta Here’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ have, quite rightly, earned their place in the pantheon of iconic country tracks. Novocastrian fans of this trio of country divas are sure to be in hog heaven when the ‘Ladies Of Country’ tribute show comes to town next week. Featuring the formidable talents of Wynonah Dove as Dolly Parton, Kelly Smith as Shania Twain and Sherril Douglas as Patsy Cline, ‘The Ladies of

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nyone who knows that rockabilly extends far beyond a Living End set at the Big Day Out and is au fait with the genre’s transgressive cousin, psychobilly, will already be well aware of the tubthumping power of The Reverend Horton Heat. For the past 23 years, The Rev (or Jim Heath to the taxman) and his band of the same name have been flying the white hot rock and roll flag and show no signs of slowing down as Newcastle punters will find out when they hit the Cambridge stage later this month. Despite being a little quiet on the album front of late, with their last set ‘Laughin’ and Cryin’ with The Reverend Horton Heat’ hitting the streets in 2009, the supercharged three-piece (Heath on guitar and vocals, Jimbo Wallace on upright bass and Scott Churilla on drums), the band are gearing up to release album number ten after recently inking a new deal with legendary hardcore punk label Victory Records. While Heath says the band wouldn’t be donning camo pants and “wife beaters” to fit in with the bread and butter of the label, he said that, given a new-found aggression in the band’s sound, the partnership made perfect sense. “The Victory deal definitely made sense to us because we’re really getting back to a lot of our earlier harder-edged stuff on this record,” he said. “That said, there’s also going to be a

bit of country on there and a few other surprises. I never really know until we’re recording how its gonna come out – the inspiration kinda just hits me from outer space.” Heath, who was eking out a living in Dallas before becoming one of the most recognisable faces in psychobilly apart from, maybe, Lux Interior or Poison Ivy of the Cramps, said his ordination into the church of rock and roll came quite by accident. “The whole thing was kinda put on me,” he said. “I was working at a club as the sound guy and the owner had nicknames for everyone and he called me Horton – I have no idea why. Anyway one night he convinced me to get up and play – I played a Johnny Cash song – and he said that my stage name was going to be Reverend Horton Heat and it kinda stuck.

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f you like to both rock and party hard, then Grand Theft Audio should be right up your alley. The Newcastle five-piece is formidably talented and versatile and, while the boys totally embrace their roots in pub rock, they can also strip it right back for a laid-back and intimate acoustic set. Whatever the vibe, Grand Theft Audio can adapt. These guys are regular drawcards at Newcastle’s premier venues and well as performing at many corporate and private functions. The band have also had the distinct honour of opening for such international acts as The Beach Boys. Their broad and eclectic repertoire runs the gamut of tried and true rock hots from the likes of Foo Fighters, Hunters and Collectors, Pearl Jam, U2, Cream, Grinspoon, INXS and Maroon 5. Just try staying away from the dance floor when Grand Theft Audio hit the stage. Catch Grand Theft Audio when they play at the Blackbutt Hotel on Friday, May 10.

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rying to classify US guitarist and composer Kaki King is like trying to find a piece of hay in a massive stack full of needles. Across her impressive six albums and three EPs, King has moved deftly from adventurous instrumental flourishes, to touches of post-rock and indie and back again, nary missing a beat. Anyone who has seen or heard this guitar virtuoso in action will be well aware of her formidable talent on the fretboard and fearlessness when tackling disparate genres. King is currently riding high on the back of her latest album, ‘Glow’, which marks a return to her instrumental roots and said she couldn’t wait to get to Australia to give people another taste of the album (King was last here at the end of 2012 when she played at the Peats Ridge Festival). “I always really look forward to getting down to Australia,” King said down the line from Brooklyn. “You guys have some of the best audiences in the world.” King said that her latest album was completed in a surprisingly short amount of time and the inclusion of New York string quartet Ethel was the main inspiration behind eschewing the vocals in favour of letting the music really shine. “‘Glow’ was actually written and recorded in a very brief period of time,” she said. “I started focusing my writing in March and the record was completely

done in mid-June. While ‘Junior’ was written and recorded by the same three-piece, ‘Glow’ was written very much on my own. I think I had more peace of mind during ‘Glow’ than I did with [last album] ‘Junior’. “I think that if I hadn’t found Ethel, the string quartet, there would have been some vocal tracks – that was kind of unexpected and so amazing. Vocals are lovely and I use them a lot, but they just weren’t necessary to make a complete album.” King, who cites her parents as being her main influences in picking up the guitar, said that her lightbulb moment where she thought to herself “I can make a decent fist out of this music lark” came relatively late in her career. “It happened much later than you might think,” she said. “I had released two albums and was so busy that I quit my day job. At some point I was able to buy a health insurance policy, which Australians probably don’t relate to but in the US it’s a huge deal to be able to afford health care on your own. At that point I realised that I had a shot at making this a lifelong thing.” So just how has Kaki King evolved since taking out that first insurance policy? “Well, I’ve tried a lot of things,” she said. “I think I’m a slightly better guitar player but a much better composer. I now know my strengths and weaknesses and how to deal with them and I think I’ve gotten closer to the goal of being completely conscious and also completely free when I’m onstage.” Catch Kaki King when she plays at Lizotte’s Lambton on Sunday, May 26.

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“I wanted to create something that more closely reflected the kind of stuff that I was listening to,” he said. The result is some of the most infectious, sunny, vintage pop melodies to hit Aussie ears this year, complete with a Beach Boysesque lushness. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control, The Bob Evans band will not be hitting the Newcastle stage. Audiences need not despair, however, as Bob Evans will still be appearing in solo format with the glistening indie pop of Sydney’s Tigertown opening proceedings for him. You can catch Bob Evans when he packs out the Cambridge Hotel on Thursday, May 9.

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f there’s one guy that knows funny it’s Marlon Wayans. From growing up in a family that includes fellow comedy geniuses, Damon, Keenon Ivory and Shawn, to hitting comedy paydirt on the groundbreaking sketch comedy show ‘In Living Colour’ (created by Damon and Keenan Ivory) as well both writing and starring in such genredefining spoofs as ‘Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’, the first two Scary Movie flicks (co-written with Shawn and directed by Keenan Ivory), there’s no denying his comedy pedigree. Now, Marlon, along with his brother Shawn, will be heading our way for a tour that will bring the pair to Newcastle. When asked what people could expect from the show, Wayans was reticent to give too much away. “We could come out there and maybe give you a scientific breakdown of a fart, who knows? What I do know is that it will be a hell of a lot of fun.” For the uninitiated, both Shawn and Marlon made their acting debut in Keenan Ivory’s feature ‘I’m Gonna Get You Sucka’ before joining the cast of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series ‘In Living Colour’ which included the likes of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer

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appearances and such. SXSW was brilliant as well, everyone really seemed to like what we were doing and we got to meet some really cool people. “After the Australian tour wraps up, we’re heading back over to the States in June for some festival shows which should be pretty cool.” It was just over 12 months ago that the three brothers, Sam, Zaac and Elliot Margin, along with good mate Baldwin, uploaded a bedroom demo of ‘Lay It Down’ to the Triple J Unearthed website. Before they could say “whirlwind”, the band were in New York, recording their brilliant debut with renowned producer David Khane (The Strokes, Lana Del Ray) and Baldwin said he was still surprised with the business the album continues to do. “None of us had any idea it would take off like that – we were so busy recording it, basically 24 hours a day, that we didn’t really have time to think about where it might end up.” While touring will occupy much of the band’s time for the foreseeable future, Baldwin said they were keen to head back into the studio for a follow-up. “Ideas are flowing with us all the time, so we’ll definitely be heading back to the studio at some point,” he said. “I think the plan for us now, though, is just keeping our feet on the ground and not getting ahead of ourselves. We definitely don’t want to rush anything.” Catch The Rubens when they wrap up their national tour at the Bar on the Hill on Friday, May 31 with support from The Guppies and Will and the Indians.

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fter discovering a gift to reveal the future and communicate with the spirit world as a child, Newcastle’s Mitchell Coombes has parlayed his talents into quite a successful career. With regular appearances on Channel Seven’s ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The Morning Show’, a weekly column in ‘That’s Life’ magazine and two best-selling books in ‘Sensing Spirit’ and ���Sensing Psychic’, Coombes, the 2011 Australian psychic of the year, has become one of Australia’s bestknown seers. Coombes will be bringing his show, ‘An Evening With Mitchell Coombes’ to Wests this month and he said the prospect of doing his thing in front of the home crowd was an exciting one. “I can’t wait,” he said. “I’ve always had a lot of support in Newcastle – I have a lot of Newcastle clients and my office is in Charlestown and given that I do a fair bit of touring both here and overseas, it’s always great to come back and share my experiences with local audiences. “I also just love the energy in Newcastle – there seems to be a real open mindedness to the people that is just great.” Coombes said the show would be similar in format to that of US medium John Edward and he will be passing on messages from audience members’ departed loved ones. “I would say that I’m almost like a switchboard operator to the other side,” he said. “I’ll be getting messages from people’s departed siblings, children, parents, friends and, yes, sometimes even people’s pets come through. It’s a very gratifying experience to be able to reach out to people in such a way.” Mitchell, who said that psychic ability has been a long standing trait in his family, first started seeing spirits at the age of three. “It definitely runs in my family – I’d say psychic ability goes back around 400 years in our family. My nana taught me how to read tea leaves when I was six, but from the age of three I started seeing what I thought were little green people

at the foot of my bed which turned out to be spirits. At the time I thought that everybody could do this.” Coombes said he has since developed a modicum of control over his gift. “When it started it was pretty hard to control it but now I’m definitely better at it. I’d say it’s kind of like me being a taxi driver who puts up a sign saying I’m ready to take a fare.” Coombes added that he believed everyone had psychic ability it was just about recognising the signs. “Everyone is psychic – you always hear people saying things like “I just know” about someone or something or they have a gut feeling – that’s psychic intuition,” he said. “Some good advice would be to play the ‘I Wonder’ game. Every time the phone rings, ask your self “I wonder who that could be” or on your way to work “I wonder how many emails will be in my inbox” – you might just surprise yourself.” Catch ‘An Evening With Mitchell Coombes’ at Wests Lambton on Friday, May 24. TE is giving you the chance to win a double pass to see ‘An Evening With Mitchell Coombes’. To enter, email your name and contact details to editorial@newcastlepost.com.au with ‘Mitchell Coombes’ in the subject line by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, May 14. Winners will be notified by phone.

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