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Purple Reign

Purple Reign

W H ChongApr 22, 2016

(Never) growing up with Prince.

The Voice Grand Final, INXS and Why-y-y-y

The Voice Grand Final, INXS and Why-y-y-y

W H ChongAug 28, 2015

And the winning contestant is . . . plus, how to show respect to INXS' sublime "Never Tear Us Apart".

Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

W H ChongJul 28, 2015

Poe Ballantine is a great blues writer: he can make you laugh while his heart is breaking.

The Voice: best of the Blinds

The Voice: best of the Blinds

W H ChongJul 10, 2015

"Catfight", tragedy, youthful beauty, scat power. As they say with a wink, Who would you turn for?

A Beach Boy and the Mystery of Art

A Beach Boy and the Mystery of Art

W H ChongJun 30, 20151 Comment

The excellent 'Love and Mercy', not only offers the story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, it wonders about the mystery of art, and why we need, and do, it.

The Joy of House Concerts

The Joy of House Concerts

W H ChongJan 23, 2015

Sick of sticky carpet? Experience the joy of a house concert. The wonderful instrumentalists, The String Contingent, will be playing houses here and there over the next few weeks. Or find a house concert near you.

Music: Top Songs of 2013

Music: Top Songs of 2013

W H ChongDec 9, 2013

Our music man Josh Durham picks the best songs of the year and tells us why.

Wagner Wrap: Götterdämmerung, gotta boomerang?

Wagner Wrap: Götterdämmerung, gotta boomerang?

W H ChongNov 28, 2013

Now that Melbourne's Ring has been levelled after the climactic immolation, Ian Britain inspects the ashes and entrails. State Theatre until 6 December.

Chilly outside, searing inside (Die Walküre)

Chilly outside, searing inside (Die Walküre)

W H ChongNov 22, 2013

Turbans, velvet and leather, and that's just the audience. But as Brünhilde and Co attain searing intensity, costumes can go to blazes. By Ian Britain.

Wagner in Melbourne: tall-poppy-lopping

Wagner in Melbourne: tall-poppy-lopping

W H ChongNov 20, 2013

Ian Britain attends "Das Rheingold" and notes the triumph of the demotic -- the audience is t-shirts over stuffed shirts and the lady sings in a beige tweed suit.

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