July12

Win one of 3 Crow Watches

Designed by husband-and-wife team John Davis and Nikki Storm, Storm watches are big, bold and fun. Available in a range of designs and colours, many of the watches feature interchangeable straps and faces too, allowing you to change your look depending on your mood.

Zulu Winter, Howler and Friends @Corner Hotel, Melbourne

My ticket said “Howler [USA] with Zulu Winter [UK]”. It was only once at the door that a last minute headliner had pushed the other two down the billing, as American blues pop outfit Friends had been announced as the main event.

Film Review: The Lorax

The Lorax is a grumpy but charming deity, a stumpy orange human shaped being with a huge yellow moustache for which Danny DeVito has been perfectly cast (sorry Danny). His enthusiasm and gruffness steals every scene he is in, supported for maximum comedy effect by a number of charismatic woodland creatures and fish.

The Russian Standard Tasting Evening

Russian Standard kindly invited a group of us to enjoy their range of vodkas in the hope of educating us to have more of an appreciation of vodka and its spiritual (excuse the pun) home of Russia. They figured the best way to achieve this was to get us drunk as sailors on shore leave but with enough class to convince us we were proud members of a private yachting club.

Record Review: Gojira – L'enfant Sauvage

Every now and again you come across a metal album that makes you sit up in your chair and listen that bit closer, an album that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Live Review: Queen – HMV Hammersmith Apollo

I am pretty sure that the remaining members of Queen, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, would be the first to admit they aren’t the band they used to be. They even make a point of calling themselves ‘Queen + ’ to make it perfectly clear that it isn’t Queen ‘as was’.

Film Review: Batman – The Dark Knight Rises

Nolan completely (and very successfully) rebuilt the Batman franchise into the titan it is today. I just wish he could have also invented a few words to go along with it, to help us describe just how epic and truly awesome this all is. I’m starting to believe that quite a few notches above the word ‘epic’ lies the word ‘Nolan’. The Dark Knight Rises is Nolan!

Preview: Wickerman Festival

Returning for its 11th year, Scotland’s Wickerman Festival must sport one of the UK’s most eclectic and characteristic celebrations of live music.