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irector Kevin Smith is perhaps known for his dialogue-heavy slacker comedies – ‘Clerks’, ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘Mallrats’ et al – but with ‘Cop Out’ he proves he is just as proficient in the buddy-cop film. Starring Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan (TVs ‘30 Rock’) ‘Cop Out’ tells the story of two NYPD cops – a veteran (Willis) and his wisecracking and a little bit inept sidekick (Morgan). While their over-the top antics cause much hilarity round the precinct, things take a high-speed turn when Willis has a rare baseball card stolen that he was planning to use to pay for his daughter’s wedding. It’s up to Willis and Morgan to track down the card and attempt to retrieve it from an oddly memorabilia-obsessed gangster. ‘Cop Out’ flows very nicely thanks to some great chemistry from Morgan and Willis as well as some truly laugh-out-loud moments.

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ince directing the gritty biopic ‘Chopper’ in 200, Aussie Andrew Dominik has been a little less than prolific with just one film, the brooding ‘Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford’ to his name. His latest, ‘Killing Them Softly’ is proof positive that you can’t rush quality. The story revolves around a pair of small-time hoods (Scott McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn in a bravura performance) who rob a Mafiaprotected card game which essentially causes the local criminal economy to collapse. Enter brooding enforcer Jackie Coogan (Brad Pitt) who is hired to track down the game’s overseer Markie Trattman. Why? Because someone has to pay, that’s why. Set amid the 2008 Presidential elections and financial crisis, one could argue that ‘Killing Them Softly’ is a rather ham-fisted allegory

o-one could accuse US hardcore band Hatebreed of breaking any new ground on their first album in four years, ‘Divinity Of Purpose’. In fact, unlike Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you know exactly what you’re going to get with this – anthemic, inspirational and, at times clichéd hardcore lyrics screamed over some highly calculated yet extremely moshable riffing. Clocking in at just 38 minutes, this set is a short, sharp shock that spares no room for experimentation but for those au fait with the Hatebreed catalogue, this is in no way a bad thing. Standouts include the opener, ‘Put It To The Torch’, and the anthemic ‘Before The Fight Ends You.

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f angle grinders scraping against all manner of scrap metal produced by a bunch of German neo-punks is your bag, then you’ll be in hog heaven when noise kings Einsturzende Neubauten hit the Enmore stage – quite literally. Founded in West Berlin in 1980, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, they quickly became renowned for their intense noise assaults, blood-curdling screams and trenchant use of wildly eclectic instrumentation – often constructed themselves from scrap metal and then bludgeoned and dismantled onstage with utensils probably

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fter much “chewing of the cud” over the potential lineup, the folks at Groovin’ The Moo headquarters have revealed the 2013 bill, and I’ll be darned if it isn’t an absolute doozy. Headlining this year’s herd will be UK indie rockers The Kooks, Los Angeles hardcore punks The Bronx (pictured), alternative weird-meisters They Might Be Giants and Canada’s favourite identical twin sister outfit, Tegan and Sarah. But that’s not all, dear reader. Rounding out the rather hefty overseas contingent will be UK rapper and soonto-be honorary Aussie (he’s engaged to Erin McNaught), Example, Scottish twangers Frightened Rabbit and Brooklyn indie rock duo Matt and Kim. Phew. If that wasn’t enough, the Aussie crop is just as hefty with festival stalwarts Regurgitator leading the charge along with the likes of The Amity Affliction, Last Dinosaurs, Midnight Juggernauts, Pez, Tame Impala, Seth Sentry, Temper Trap, Flume, Hungry

Kids Of Hungary and Yolanda Be Cool. Wow. “After six months of planning, it’s always an exciting time when the GTM line-up is finally revealed. Again we’ve assembled a great bunch of exciting new acts and festival favourites. We’re very excited to be hosting They Might Be Giants’ first visit to Australia in a long time,” a clearly stoked GTM promoter, Stephen Halpin, said. With more than 26 artists to feature on the double outdoor stages in the Moolin Rouge big top, the festival will also again provide an array of local food stalls, fecund with fresh produce and markets filled with all manner of knick knacks, rides and chill out areas. So down to brass tax: “How much is this thing going to set me back?” Well fear not, because this year’s Groovin’ The Moo will only set you back a measly $99 plus booking fee and tickets are on sale now, so get in now or be put out to pasture. The 2013 Groovin’ The Moo Festival will be on at Maitland Showground on Saturday, April 27.

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ny Novocastrian gig pigs worth their salt should already be au fait with the pop-rock mastery that is The Havelocks. Don’t worry if you aren’t, though, because the boys have just released their debut single, ‘Black and Blue’, and by all indications, before too long there won’t be many who don’t know what The Havelocks are about. The song skips along with a jaunty indie-pop skippiness that showcases a highly tuned pop sensibility with a dash of neo-punk or new wave angst and energy – kind of like what would happen if Paul Weller, Ray Davies and Joe Strummer got together for a couple of pints. These guys – Lennie Tranter (vocals and bass), Jay Piper (vocals and acoustic guitar), Craig Whilbey (rhythm guitar and vocals), Mark Hallam (lead guitar and vocals) and Luke Tweedie (drums) – have been cutting their teeth on the Newcastle scene for the past few years and, with the aforementioned whip-smart pop sensibility and lush vocal harmonies, are finally starting to spread their wings.

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t looks as though the Gods of good timing are well and truly smiling on Kurri-based singer-songwriter Melody Pool. With the launch of her debut album ‘The Hurting Scene’ slated for later this month, Pool has definitely generated more than a fair amount of interest in her songwriting prowess after taking out the best songwriter category at the recent Telstra Road to Discovery competition in Tamworth. “Yeah, the win really couldn’t have come at a better time, with the album about to be released,” a clearly ecstatic Pool told TE. “It’s getting pretty hectic here at the moment, but that’s okay because I really like being busy.” While the main prize for the Tamworth win is a trip to Nashville, Pool is already familiar with the songwriting Mecca, having recorded ‘The Hurting Scene’ there in September last year. Pool enlisted the help of Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher) and Jace Everett (best known for writing the theme for the hit HBO vampire soap ‘True Blood’) to oversee production duties on the album and she said both the people she was working with and the location helped with the overall sound of the record. “Nashville was definitely an inspiring place to record the album, but it wasn’t just Nashville but also, I think, the fact

that I was doing everything with people I didn’t know. I was kind of out of my comfort zone and it was good to push myself that way. “Working with Jace and Brad was fantastic, though. The album was a completely different challenge to the last two EPs [ ‘Heart To Heart Talk’ and ‘Awake, You’re All Around Me’] in that everything was tracked completely live in three days and then all of the

overdubs were done in another three days – it was great to see everything go so smoothly. Jace and Brad were just really respectful of what my vision was for the record –they were such a great audience.” Pool, who played her first gig at age eight alongside her father Alby, said, after the album launch, she was keen on striking while the iron was hot with a small east coast tour in the works.

“I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I really love playing and I just hope people leave one of my shows with a sense of empowerment.” Catch Melody Pool when she launches ‘The Hurting Scene’ at Club Azzuri, 16 George Street, Highfields on Saturday, February 23. Tickets on sale now via moshtix.com.au. Joining Pool on the night will be Sydney-based country-pop chanteuse, Kate Brianna.

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you’re going to absolutely love it,” he said. “It’s an extremely irreverent and fastpaced romp and, from the moment the first actor steps onto the stage, its just totally rapid-fire from start to finish,” he said. Stoddart, who picked up a CONDA for his role in the 2006 production, said it will take all of his and the other two actors acting chops to deliver a convincing performance given the breadth of characterisation they have to cover. “The biggest challenge in doing this isn’t remembering the lines but coming up with ways to differentiate the characters,” he said. “There will be three actors playing approximately 50 roles each so, as you

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fter recruiting Newcastle bass-ace Dominic Lindus into the fold and with a new single currently doing the rounds and a new EP about to drop, it seems as though the sky is the limit for Melbourne-based sexvoodoo-delta-bluesabilly outfit Brothers Grim and the Blue Murders. The brainchild of brothers James and Matt Grim, Brothers Grim and the Blue Murders will be swinging by Newcastle

next month in what will be a triumphant home town return for ex-Retro Rockets bass player, Lindus, and a return to the band’s spiritual home. “We just love you bastards in Newcastle – we always have a brilliant time there, it really is the spiritual home of the band,” frontman James Grim said. Catch Brothers Grimm and the Blue Murders when they play at the Great Northern Hotel on Friday, February 8.

can imagine, it is quite a challenge.” While some Shakespearean purists might scoff at such a production, Stoddart said that he believed ol’ Will would approve. “I think that this play is the closest thing to what an original production of one of Shakespeare’s plays would look like,” he said. “People seem to forget that, in his day, Shakespeare was kind of the equivalent of Quentin Tarantino – it was the most popular of popular culture.” Stoddart said that after such a successful run in 2006, he was hoping for an even bigger turnout this season. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare opens at the Civic Playhouse on Wednesday, February 20 and will run until March 2. TE is offering you the chance to win a double pass to the Compete Works

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hen it comes to enthusiastic young musicians doing their thing around the traps, they don’t come much more so than Central Coast-based singer and guitarist, Howard Shearman. In the short time Shearman has been plying his musical trade, he has recorded two EPs and shared stages with a number of Aussie music luminaries such as Jon Stevens (Noiseworks), James Reyne (Australian Crawl) and Rai Thistlewayte (Thirsty Merc), to name a few. After clocking up gigs in more than 100 different venues, there’s no doubt that Shearman has developed the chops to entertain any audience. Also, with a covers set that reads like a who’s who of popular music, this guy could well be described as a human jukebox. Catch Howard Shearman when he plays at the Cricketers Arms Hotel on Friday, February 8.

ABSOLUTE THAI: Friday, Tony White; Saturday, The Dreamcatchers. ADAMSTOWN CLUB: Saturday, Step Back. ANNA BAY TAVERN: Saturday, Misbehave; Sunday, Gian. ARGENTON HOTEL: Friday, Live Music. AVOCA BEACH BVOWLING CLUB: Friday, Romney Watts; Saturday, Thanks For The Memories. AVOCA BEACH HOTEL: Saturday, Jesse James Duo. BAR 121: Friday, ME; Saturday, Sundays Record. BAR PETITE: Wednesday, Ezee G; Friday, Allon; Saturday, Matt Purcell; Sunday, HP Duo. BAY HOTEL: Saturday, HP Duo. BEACHCOMBER, Toukley: Friday, DJs. BEAUFORD HOTEL: Friday, Aaron Hood; Saturday, Casho. BELLBIRD WORKERS CLUB: Saturday, Cool Change. BELMONT 16s: Wednesday, Harriet Littlesmithr, Wayne Rogers; Friday, No Brakes; Saturday, Tom Burlinson, Love That Hat; Sunday, Franky and Johnny. BELMONT BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Gary Doyle. BELMONT HOTEL: Friday, Brenton Williams; Saturday, Dai Pritchard; Sunday, Peta Evans Taylor. BELMORE HOTEL: Friday, Luke Austen; Saturday, Moonlight Drive Duo. BERESFIELD BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Redline; Saturday, HR Duo; Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band. BLACKBUTT HOTEL: Friday, Juicy Fruit; Saturday, The V Dubs. BRADFORD HOTEL: Friday, Rob Cass Duo; Sunday, Loko. BREAKERS COUNTRY CLUB: Friday, Sam Bannerman; Saturday, Chris Buchanan; Sunday, Mark Moldre Trio. BUDGEWOI SOCCER CLUB: Saturday, What’s The Next Line; Sunday, Paul Watters. CAMBRIDGE HOTEL: Wednesday, Carousel, New Black Shades CANTON BEACH SPORTS CLUB: Friday, Gibbo and Co; Sunday, What’s The Next Line. CARDIFF RSL CLUB: Friday, Paparazzi; Saturday, Robbie Urquhart Duo, DJ Theme Night. CARDIFF PANTHERS: Saturday, Solid Gold Party. CATHO PUB: Sunday, The V Dubs. CAVES BEACHSIDE HOTEL: Friday, Ryde Duo; Saturday, One World. CENTRAL HOTEL, Stroud: Friday, Kellie Cain; Saturday, Karaoke.

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n case you’ve been living under a rock, Newcastle songstress Peta Evans Taylor has sass to burn – not to mention one formidable set of pipes. She has won both state and national titles for singing and songwriting and has also wowed audiences all over Australia and overseas with her sultry sounds being heard in Hollywood, San Francisco, India and Norfolk Island - to name but a few places. She has also shared stages with the likes of Damien Leith, Wendy Matthews, Brian Cadd and Russel Morris. Catch Peta Evans Taylor when she plays at The Clarendon Hotel on Saturday, February 9.

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been winning fans up and down the Pacific and Hume highways with their amalgamation of a dirty swamp blues sound with a lo-fi stoner desert rock sensibility. The band are currently enjoying the spoils of a brilliant and completely selfproduced follow-up to their debut, selftitled EP, ‘Swamp Love’ with the single ‘Better Off Deaf’ narrowly missing out on a slot in this year’s Triple J Hottest 100. “We actually made the shortlist which was a bit of a surprise,” frontman Josh Bailey told TE. “A guy from the ABC called up and

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t might have been a long time between drinks for legendary British songwriter, Elvis Costello, with his last trip to the Hunter in 2004, however the man that wrote such hits as ‘Everyday I Write The Book’, ‘Watching The Detectives’, ‘Alison’, and ‘Oliver’s Army’ made a triumphant return to the Bimbadgen stage on Saturday. Despite some of the most unenviable conditions imaginable, a throng of fans turned out to see Costello pump it up with his equally legendary backing band, The Imposters. While there was an awful lot of love for Costello from the Hunter faithful, it was seminal Sydney post-punk and power pop outfit, The Sunnyboys, that threatened to steal the show. After a long hiatus, The Sunnyboys recently reignited the flame at the Hoodoo Gurus invitational gigs in Sydney last year and looked as though they never went away with songs like ‘Happy Man’, ‘Alone With You’ (the set closer) and ‘Comes As No Surprise’ sounding as fresh as they did in the halcyon days. Aussie blues rock legends and early Joe Camileri vehicle Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons warmed up the drenched crowd along with Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses and former Sports frontman, Stephen Cummings.

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the most avid hater of country music on the planet and still find something worthwhile in a Dennis Boys set. After releasing ‘No Story To Tell’ in 2010, the boys are about to unleash their second as-yet-untitled long player and bass player, singer and harmonica player Erle Dennis said it would push the genre boundary envelope even more than before. “We have been in the studio a fair bit of late and we’re looking to get the new album out there some time midyear,” he said. “What we’ve done, this time around, is really extended ourselves and gone even more adventurous with plenty of different ideas floating around – we can’t wait to get it out there.” The band will be hitting one of their favourite haunts, The Wicko, this weekend and Dennis said the uninitiated could expect a pretty wild ride. “We’ve been playing at The Wicko for six or seven years now – we just love it and the crowds have always been really receptive,” he said. “The whole thing usually starts out in a fairly trad country fashion but, before too long, veers off into various territories with hints of reggae, soul and rock and roll thrown in.” Catch the Dennis Boys Band when they play at the Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday, February 9.

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people a taste of the album.â&#x20AC;? For the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Edgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sessions, Price headed over to New York and hooked up with producer Ben Wisch who oversaw Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1995 set, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tamborine Mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. He said that working with Wisch again made proceedings a lot more comfortable and the setting of New York City didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt, either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoken to Ben for quite a while and so I phoned him up and asked him to do it and he was keen so I headed over to his turf in New York City,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While I already had all of the songs written before I headed over there and Ben and I had already worked on the direction of most of the songs, I think the atmosphere and sheer energy of New York definitely affected the way the album came out.â&#x20AC;? Back in Australia, and with the album under his belt, Price snared the coveted opening slot for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national tour last year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which reminded a great number of people about how good a songwriter Price actually is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That tour was just awesome â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they were a really nice bunch of guys although it was a bit surreal as I grew up listening to their stuff and to be asked onstage to sing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Horse With No Nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with them was just brilliant.â&#x20AC;? Price, who performed his first professional gig in his hometown of Beaudesert (where he was paid three dollars) said that during his years as a songwriter he keeps falling more and more in love with the craft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the early days I was always about writing pop melodies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to me songwriting was about building up to a memorable and singable chorus,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was growing up, aside from the radio, I was listening to the likes of Springsteen, James Taylor and Jackson Browne so, that side of things, the storytelling side of things, has been slowly creeping into my music. While I still love a great pop hook, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really interested in telling people a story.â&#x20AC;? Catch Rick Price when he plays at Belmont Golf Club on Friday, February 15.

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t seems as though the Hunter is fast becoming a seething hotbed of quality festival action with the likes of Groovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Moo and Fat As Butter, but there is another â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Gum Ball Festival on a bushland estate at Belford â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line-up is sure to rival anything its big city cousins have on offer. The festival has, quite rightly, earned a reputation for selecting some of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest established and emerging acts with a few international flourishes for good measure. Some of the artists that have graced the Gum Ball stage include CW Stoneking, The Vasco Era, Kora, Papa Vs Pretty, Regurgitator, Lanie Lane, Clairy Browne and the Banginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rackettes, Jinja Safari, Ash Grunwald, Mat McHugh, Wagons and Custard to name a few. This year promises to be no different with Aussie stoner rock legends Tumbleweed set to shake the flora and fauna to their knees. Also on the bill will be country music supergroup The Hillbilly Kickers (pictured)

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no-brainer that 2012 was a pretty big year for Melbourne folkpunks, The Smith Street Band. With an incessant touring schedule earning them a legion of fans, largely for their passionate live shows and a brilliant sophomore long player, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sunshine and Technologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, sending critics, pundits and wags into a lather of hyperbole, the band are set to do it all again, kicking off a month-long tour in WA last week that will bring them, once again, to Newcastle later this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man, we just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get back to Newcastle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it has quickly become one of our regular stops on the road,â&#x20AC;? drummer Chris Cowburn told TE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a heap of friends in Newcastle like Jen Buxton, Run Squirrel and Adeline Pines and there is a really

cool little scene there so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a pleasure to get back there.â&#x20AC;? Cowburn said Novocastrian audiences gave the band quite a surprise on their last trip here, with tickets for their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sunshine and Technologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show at the Great Northern selling out in under an hour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, that was really cool â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we played in the little back room there and there were just people everywhere,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This time, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be playing on the larger stage so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping for a really wild show.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sunshine and Technologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the album creating such a fuss thanks in part to front man Will Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finely tuned songwriting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; represented somewhat of a consolidation of the band, according to Cowburn, as the songs were written with the band in mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely more of a full band

effort as opposed to the last album [â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No One Gets Lost Anymore],â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean the structure and the processes are pretty much the same â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with Will being the principal songwriter, but with the first album, the songs were written acoustically by Will over a period of a few years and, when it came time to record the album, we kind of just â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Frankensteinedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the songs from acoustic to electric. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This time around the songs were

written for the full band and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more cohesive album as a result.â&#x20AC;? So, if there was one thing the band would want people to take away from a show, what would it be? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really that fussed if no one buys any merch or CDs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we just want people to have fun, hang out with friends and take care of each other.â&#x20AC;? Catch The Smith Street Band when they play at the Great Northern Hotel on Saturday, February 16.

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hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little doubt that Australian stride piano specialist Pugsley Buzzard likes to keep himself busy. The globetrotting hoodoo-boogie bluesman has recently returned from a massively successful tour of the States â&#x20AC;&#x201C; playing San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Chattanooga, Mentone Albama and New Orleans. By all accounts, Buzzard received an overwhelmingly positive response from all audiences and has been invited back to perform at the prestigious Jazz and Heritage festival in New Orleans in April. On the recording side of things, Buzzard has also just released two new singles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bad Attitudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hold On To Your Hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on iTunes and a video for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bad Attitudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is in the works. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be heading back over to New Orleans to record at the Oak Street Recording Studio, as well as popping up in some of the most iconic clubs in the legendary French Quarter, at various times

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