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fter casting his eye on unplanned pregnancy and modern romance in the hilarious ‘Knocked Up’, director Judd Apatow has turned his attentions to the perils of the mid-life in ‘This is 40’. The comedy is much more subtle (yet no less hilarious) in this loosely based sequel but there is still plenty of heart. Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, Katherine Heigl’s sister and brother-in-law from ‘Knocked Up’) are turning 40. But instead of celebrating, they’re mired in a mid-life crisis with unruly kids, debt and unhappiness mounding. Pete’s record label is failing and Debbie is unable to come to terms with her aging body. As Pete’s 40th birthday party arrives, Pete and Debbie are going to have to rely on family, friends, employees, fitness trainers, ageing rockers and ultimately each other to come to terms with life at age 40. Sure, it may sound like a steaming bowl of depression, but thanks to a wonderfully engaging script and some great chemistry from Rudd and Mann, ‘This Is 40’ is a winner.

iven that the albums ‘Primal Scream’ and ‘Screamadelica’ loomed large on my ‘90s playlist, I was quite eager to get my hands on Primal Scream’s tenth album, and first since 2008’s ‘Beautiful Future’. And, in a nutshell, I was not disappointed. In fact, after being a little less than enamoured with their last couple, ‘More Light’ has exceeded all expectations. While it never reaches the dizzying heights of ‘Screamadelica’ or their 1994 set ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’, ‘More Light’ is a damn fine record that proves Bobby Gillespie and co. are much more than a Rolling Stones tribute act. Standouts here include the saxsoaked epic ‘2013’ and the lurching and swirling ‘River of Pain’. Sure, the lyrics may not be anything to write home about, but Primal Scream were never an intellectual band. These guys have come to rock your socks off and, if ‘More Light’ is any indication, then it’s mission accomplished.

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felt the album was a part of him. “I’m really happy with it,” he said. “Totally, absolutely, I love it – I can live with it. I’ve listened to it 1,000 times.” Anyone au fait with the Wolfmother sound (and let’s face it, with hits like ‘Joker and the Thief’, who isn’t?) will know that it is all about capturing the best live sound in the studio and ‘Keep Moving’ is no different. It’s undoctored approach makes for a relieving listen in a hi-fi compressed suped-up pop dominated landscape. With a culture fast becoming saturated with technology and sterility, ‘Keep

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ewcastle muso Dan Beazley has become quite the musical force to be reckoned with and with career highlights including two extended seasons at the popular Dracula’s theatre restaurant on the Gold Coast, a three-year residency at Queensland’s Howl At The Moon piano bar and a late-night comedy show on Triple M Brisbane, it’s not hard to see why. Returning home to Newcastle recently, Beazley has been wowing audiences all over town, so be prepared to strap yourself in for an unforgettable night of entertainment whenever Dan Beazley takes the stage. He has a massive repertoire that includes artists such as AC/DC, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Gnarles Barkely, Neil Young, Powderfinger, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few – truly something for every popular music proclivity. Catch Dan Beazley when he plays at the Sunnyside Tavern on Saturday, May 18 and Charlestown Bowling Club on Sunday, May 19.

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f ever there was a band that understood the significance of the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”, it’s Melbourne-viaNew Zealand popsters, Evermore. The video for the band’s latest single ‘Hey My Love’ was created from more than 1,000 Instagram images of people and places that their fans adore. Not content to release just one clip, the band are continuing to release new versions of the video (parts one and two are out now) for “as long as the idea has momentum”. Guitarist and vocalist Jon Hume told TE that the idea behind the clip was borne out of a desire to strip away any pretense and ego in their clips. “First of all, we just love Instagram and we just kind of came up with this idea of an evolving video clip,” he said. “I think that, if you watch one of the clips, one of the things that really comes through is a sense of nostalgia which is really great. “Clips are often a bit of an ego trip for the band – you know – hiring stylists and sexy girls to jump around. I really do think that people connect with simplicity and that’s what we’ve gone for with this one.” This simplicity isn’t just confined to the single as Hume said the band really wanted to get back to basics for their latest album, the uplifting and highly positive ‘Follow The Sun’ – even if it meant building a studio and taking a mobile studio around the world to record it. “For us, ‘Follow The Sun’ was really about getting back to simple songwriting – we were always asking

ourselves, ‘Does this sound as good on an acoustic guitar?’” Hume said. “We built our own recording studio outside of Melbourne and really took our time with the songs. Then, owing to some itchy feet, we decided to do some travelling so we thought we would take a mobile recording studio with us. We went to places like Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Morocco, Spain, Paris and Buenos Aires and it was just an amazing experience – it was interesting because we all really reconnected with what it is about us as a band that we’re best at, and that’s writing songs.” Given that Evermore have three platinum-selling albums – ‘Dreams’, ‘Real Life’ and ‘Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show’ under their belt, there is no denying this band’s songwriting prowess. For Hume, the seeds of superstardom were first sewn when the three brothers were cutting their teeth on a steady diet of classic rock videos in their home-town of Feilding, New Zealand. “We grew up in quite a small town and we listened to a lot of music by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin,” he said. “We also watched videos of them and I remember thinking, ‘Hey, we can do this’. Then we entered a band comp in New Zealand that we won, so it was all looking pretty good. “Then, we did a tour with The Living End and it was, I’d say, a bit less than good – we really got an education on that tour and in the two years after we moved to Australia – they were brutal, but thankfully things took off – it’s just so awesome to be able to keep doing this.” Catch Evermore when they play at the Cambridge Hotel on Thursday, May 30.


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with a punk intensity that is tempered, refreshingly, by some truly inspiring melodic lines and an alt.country element that never comes off as sounding too hayseed. However, Leece said the shambolic melodic punk of Minnesota legends the Replacements was more of a common touchstone. “There is a definite punk influence in there as we all grew up playing in punk bands especially the likes of The Replacements – just listening to the progression of their sound across their albums is just amazing. But I’d say, with the kind of music that we’re playing now, there’s a little more longevity to it.” Catch The Delta Lions when they play at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday, May 17 alongside Newcastle alt. countryists Adeline Pines (who are in the middle of an East Coast tour), Andrew Richmond and Jen Buxton.

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fter releasing their brilliant slab of punk infused alt. country tunes ‘Magnetic South’ in December 2011, The Delta Lions have really come into their own over the past 12 months and, if the start of this year is anything to go by, this is one four-piece who is definitely on an upward trajectory. “Yeah, it’s been good,” guitarist and vocalist Ben Leece told TE. “We started off the year at the Country Music Festival in Tamworth – we did two dates last year and this year we were asked to play five and that went really well. We also played the Newcastle, Sydney and Woollongong legs of the [Radio Birdman guitarist] Deniz Tek and Leadfinger tour as well as a bunch of Newcastle shows and we’ve also been working on a new album, which has kept us pretty busy.” Leece said the band took a similar DIY approach with the as-yet-untitled long player as they did with ‘Magnetic South’, recording at drummer Mat Taylor’s home studio. “Both Mat and Mick [Ferfoglia – guitar/ vocals] are both audio engineers, which is quite handy and Mat has a home studio where he has done quite a bit of work with a few Newcastle and Sydney bands that he calls Scabby Road Studios. So, yeah, it’s very much a DIY affair.”

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about learning each others’ songs,” he said. “While there was input from the rest of the band on the first album, this one is definitely more of a band effort.” Drawing comparisons to the likes of Social Distortion, The Old 97s and Hot Hot Heat, The Delta Lions bristle

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f you like your reggae rock steady, then the Great Northern is the place to be this weekend when one of Australia’s finest purveyors of the genre, King Tide, hit the stage. These ARIA nominees and self-confessed gig pigs have basically been on the road since the release of their third album, ‘Roots Pop Reggae’, playing such festivals as the Sydney Festival, Womad, The Great Escape, Peats Ridge, Playground Weekender and Ragamuffin to name a few. More recently, the band headlined Reggaefest in Ballina alongside the likes of no foolin’ Jamaican Studio One legend, Stranger Cole. King Tide have been featured with a track on the Ministry of Sound ‘Chill’ compilation as well as being featured on UK label Urban Sedated Global reggae compilation. Urban Sedated also released the band’s debut album, ‘To Our Dearly Deported’, in late 2009 as well as the band’s third album, ‘Roots Pop Reggae’, in the summer of 2010. Due to the band’s formidable and totally deserved live reputation, King Tide has been selected to also open shows for Fat Freddy’s Drop, UB 40, Maxi Priest, KatchaFire and The Black Seeds. Catch King Tide when they play at the Great Northern Hotel on Friday, May 17.

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rendan Murphy’s face is very well recognised on the Newcastle music scene and his voice is even more recognisable. He has been performing professionally for over 10 years and constantly leaves audiences cheering for more. Teaching himself to play guitar at the age of 16, Murphy quickly developed a unique sound that set him apart from others. His voice is unique, dazzling audiences with its smooth tone. Very much the character singer, Murphy manipulates his voice to suit the song. His versatility as a guitarist shines, whether it’s his sensitive and eloquent acoustic style or his compelling electric interpretations. With such a diverse array of songs from the fifties to the naughties, Murphy is in constant demand. Catch Brendan Murphy when he plays at the Northumberland Hotel on Friday, May 17.

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hey may have only been around for the past couple of years but Newcastle duo, Riley and Donna, have come quite a way since getting together in 2011. For one thing, they are no longer a duo. After incorporating James Chatburn (guitar), Basil Byrne (trumpet), Jess Watt (drums) and Brendan Fell (bass) into the fold, Riley and Donna has evolved into an engaging soul-infused indie pop outfit that has been pricking up quite a few ears both here and in Sydney. The band are set to release their sophomore EP – with the rather Orwellian title of ‘1984’ – and Riley Warren said the band couldn’t wait to get the new tunes out there. “Yeah, we’ve been working on this one for a couple of months and we’re really excited about it. We’re going on a little

mini-tour to support the EP, which will include the Cambridge show which we’re also really excited about.” For the uninitiated, Riley and Donna is all about simple and subtle, but no less beguiling harmonies and melodies and a very soulful yet folk aesthetic over which South African born Donna Arendse’s “beyond her years” voice truly soars. Warren said the new EP would be a much more focused effort than their first foray into the studio. “The first time we recorded, it was basically just the first songs we wrote together – it was just something to get Riley and Donna up and running,” he explained. “Since the first EP, we’ve been writing pretty consistently and took a fair bit of time developing the six songs for the new EP. I’d say it has a much more mature sound and is a much more lyric-based recording.” Catch Riley and Donna when they launch their EP ‘1984’ at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday, May 18.

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and The Flamin’ Groovies and the New York Dolls had been doing it in a vacuum but finally by the mid to late 70s, people had enough of these crappy watered-down arena rock bands and all the major label and Hollywood tastemakers saying ‘it’s all about soft rock’. Not all of us wanted that, needless to say.” Now 55, Biafra is still filled with the same righteous vitriol, as Newcastle punters are sure to find out when his new band Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine (GSM) – his first since

Dead Kennedys disbanded in 1986 – hits town in what will be his first musical jaunt down here since Dead Kennedy’s infamous 1983 Oz Tour. Anyone thinking that Biafra may’ve mellowed with age has obviously not heard GSM’s latest effort – the utterly uncompromising (both musically and lyrically) ‘White People and the Damage Done’. Catch Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine when they play at the Cambridge Hotel on Sunday, May 19.

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ewcastle muso Zane Penn takes a leaf from the tree in the old school yard. Artists who have inspired him include Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, David Bowie, U2 and a long list of great blues artists from the 1950’s. They say motion is driven by emotion and Penn’s creative songwriting is no different. All his compositions are from the heart and delivered the same way. It’s fair to say that all fields of emotion come into play in his lyrics and melodies. Penn’s writings combine the raw, rootsy elements of early rhythm and blues and country music, which come together in a natural sound with strong rhythmic grooves. An accomplished singer and guitarist, he is kept constantly working in bands, mainly Rubber Bullet or acoustic solo. Catch Zane Penn when he plays at the Clarendon Hotel on Friday, May 17.

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till riding high on the success of her debut single, ‘Overdrive’, Newcastle country singer songwriter Kristy James is gearing up to release her first EP and is joining the ever increasing ranks of Newcastle artists turning to crowdfunding to finance their recording dreams. James has launched a campaign on pozible.com with the aim of attracting as many pledges as possible in 70 days to cover or exceed her goal of $5,000 to cover the costs of recording. At the time of printing, James had reached around 60 per cent of her target and she said she couldn’t be happier. “It’s going really well,” she said. “I’m really lucky because I’d say

there would be around four per cent of pledgers that are actually close friends and family – it’s really encouraging to see people you don’t know helping you with your career.” James said the decision to use pozible to fund the EP was borne out of less-than-auspicious circumstances. “I’ve had to do this campaign to raise funds to the EP because I was unlucky enough after the Tamworth Country Music Festival to have both of my acoustic guitars, a video camera with all my live footage, and jewelry stolen – a total of around $12,000,” she said. “While Tamworth was a great time, that was a difficult experience and we have missed a few shows because of it but we’re back on track now and looking forward to getting the EP out there.” James said much of the writing had been completed for the release (including a track co-written by ARIA-

winner Mike Carr) but she planned to wait until the result of the pozible campaign before committing to studio time. “I don’t want to start recording until I know that all of the funds are in place and that I will be able to honour all the pledges.” James said that she planned to work with producer Simon Johnson (Amber Lawrence, Adam Harvey) for the EP, who also produced ‘Overdrive’, and she said that sense of familiarity would make things much easier once production got underway. “Yeah, it will make it easier given that I’ve worked with Simon before, but I spent about 2 years searching for producers so I know all about Simon’s style and I think he’s the perfect fit for the EP.” Since first getting the performance bug at age 11, fostered by both her

musical mother and the Steel City Country Music club where she would cut her teeth every Tuesday night, James hasn’t looked back. Once she turned 18, she started gigging pretty much every weekend and has been doing so in various cover bands, duos and trios for the better part of ten years. She said that while it had taken some time to emerge from the relative safety of a combo to fly solo, she felt no pressure as performing on her own was always the endgame. “It wasn’t really a difficult transition at all because playing solo has always been my goal,” she said. “I always looked at the duo and band thing as more of a profession – something that allowed me to make a living without really working.” To pledge to Kristy James’ Pozible campaign, visit pozible.com/ project/19384.

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McGhee and Howlin’ Wolf and has, thankfully, not been able to find a cure some 40 years later. “I’d say just being able to get out there and perform and be able to reach people is what has kept me so passionate about playing,” he said. “Also, I saw those guys like Howlin’ Wolf and Brownie McGhee when I was a young man and they were old men and that music totally transformed me. So, I guess I’m also really passionate about keeping that blues tradition alive.” Catch Earlwood Greg, Glenn Cardier and Christian Marsh when they perform at the Royal Exchange Theatre on Saturday, May 25.

he Civic Theatre will be transported to another time and place when the James Valentine Quartet presents ‘The Power and the Passion’ – a collection of instrumental versions of classic Australian pub rock songs. With beautiful and evocative arrangements of such iconic fare as Cold Chisel’s ‘Flame Trees’, ‘Pleasure and Pain’ by the Divinyls or the title track from Midnight Oil, there is something on this set to please every lover of honest Aussie pub rock. The quartet will perform in front of a montage of stunning original photography taken of these iconic bands in their prime by renowned Australian rock photojournalist, Tony Mott. Between each song, Valentine will also present a riveting dialogue, weaving a mix of anecdote, memoir, social history and critical observations into something akin to a spoken word essay. “I’d noticed when we played these versions it created in the audience a sort of fresh nostalgia,” Valentine said. “It wasn’t

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arlwood Greg has had the blues for 40 years – not that he is complaining. In fact, the Central Coast-based muso is celebrating this impressive milestone with a special concert at the Royal Exchange Theatre later this month. Greg has enlisted the formidable talents of fellow bluesman Glenn Cardier, who has worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Fairport Convention and Spike Milligan, and three-time Golden Harmonica winner at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Christian Marsh, for a night that is sure to have blues aficionados salivating. “I’m celebrating four decades of fiddling about with songs and blues and I wanted to connect with the best blues artists I know or have worked with,” Greg told TE. “I’ve worked with Glenn a fair bit but I’d never had the pleasure of working with Christian – I actually ran into him at a party on New Year’s Eve and asked him do do the shows and he was strangely enthusiastic. “We did a show on the Coast at the conservatorium and it went brilliantly – it was completely sold out and people were going bananas. We got a standing ovation which was just awesome.” Greg said that the show’s format would see “every possible combination of the three of us” on stage before a show-stopping all-in finale. Greg, whose career as both a performer and promoter has seen him work with the likes of Bob Dylan’s mentor Dave Van Ronk, The Brewster Brothers and Malinese maestro Boubacar Traore, said that he first picked up the blues bug in the late 1960s thanks to the likes of legends Brownie

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t may sound like an unlikely pairing but it’s a combination that will be served up by the bagful at Tower Cinemas at the end of the month when Quentin Tarantino’s cult classics ‘Pulp Fiction’ – the director’s nod to pulp fiction novels of his youth – and Reservoir Dogs – the story of a group of criminals who suspect a rat in their ranks after a jewellery heist goes awry – hit the big screen for Pulse’s latest charity movie night. Pulse raises funds for Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) through regular charity events aimed at the young and young at heart and supports young medical researchers through grants and scholarships. In the past, Pulse has presented cinema blockbusters like ‘The Avengers’ and the ‘Hangover Part II’ but as Pulse member Nicholas Williams told TE, this time around, the group wanted to give Newcastle movie-buffs something a little different. “What we’re putting on is something that Newcastle hasn’t seen much of lately, a double header feature,” says Williams. “Nowadays you’ve got marathons, you’ve got special screenings of new films or very old films but we’re

bringing back cult cinema to the public. “These two films have an amazing amount of penetration across a wide range of demographics but they hold a special place for people who are in their 20s and 30s who grew up hearing about these films – they may not have been able to see them in the cinema for the first time but they may have discovered them through DVD or through VHS as they were growing up and we kind of want to give them a chance to experience two of the greatest cult films of the 90’s on the big screen as they were meant to be seen. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to help a good cause, to see a film that you may not have seen in a long time, to meet some new people from a broad range of lifestyles but also, just for a good Friday night – two films, $25, what more could you want?” Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs will screen for one night only at Tower Cinemas in King Street, Newcastle from 6pm. Tickets are $25 and are available through the HMRI website at www.hmri. com.au/tarantino. Due to the films’ ‘R’ ratings, the event is strictly over 18’s only.

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The boys have performed more than 600 gigs and show no signs of slowing down. Catch them at Warners At The Bay on Saturday, May 18.

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