Second Time Lucky? Eurovision Hopefuls Try Again.

LONDON — When the Eurovision Song Contest was canceled last March because of the coronavirus pandemic, Vasil Garvanliev, North Macedonia’s entry, was distraught. “My whole life, I’d been working my butt off to get there and my journey didn’t even take off,” Garvanliev, 36, said in a telephone interview. “I was devastated.” For Garvanliev — and the event’s hundreds of […]

Spacey Jane – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, 5/4/21

It still feels bizarre having live music back as an acceptable form of entertainment. After a year(ish) without it, entering into a packed theatre to watch a band plays feels like an out-of-body experience. As people pile in, your body goes through a bizarre mix of euphoria and reluctance. “I can’t believe I’m getting the chance to see live music […]

Middle Kids Lift the Intensity for ‘Questions’ Performance

Middle kids are often said to miss out. Not these kids. Middle Kids surprised everyone when, in 2018, they scooped Triple J’s prestigious J Award for Australian album of the year with their debut LP, Lost Friends. The Sydney indie-rock outfit — Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz — saw that first LP crack the Top 10 on the […]

The Composer at the Frontier of Movie Music

The composers and filmmakers I spoke to about Britell emphasized the poetic intelligence he brings to his work. But his emotional reach is equally important. Part of his job is helping directors and producers feel things they can’t explain but know they want to feel. As Jesse Armstrong, the showrunner for “Succession,” told me: “I’m a musical Neanderthal, really. Nick […]

Homeschool On Built to Spill’s ‘Keep It like a Secret’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs […]