Friday, June 21, 2024

Stephen Webb

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Lismore brings jazz to Sydney

What could New Orleans and Lismore have in common? New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinctive music, for being the birthplace of jazz, its annual...

Shake Some Action: My Life in Music (and other stuff)

If you are interested in music new and old, read this book, listen to Coupe on FBi and 2SER, and follow him on Facebook. Jump aboard his long, strange trip.

Locals basses sing in We Belong

Two Erskineville residents will perform in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir’s exciting new concert, We Belong, on Saturday 5 August at NIDA’s Parade...

‘Last Night in Redfern Park’ – an interview with Perry Keyes

I’m writing this listening to Perry Keyes’ album Live in B Town on the pretext of reviewing his new single “Last Night in Redfern...

Eremos at 40 offers ‘nuanced human view’

An Australian spirituality magazine celebrating 40 years of publication believes it can still make a contribution to Australian culture despite an ageing readership and...

Ann’s avid about the Aussie Bird Count

Ann Willy was one of over 77,000 people across Australia collected data for The Aussie Bird Count 2022 that will help Birdlife Australia’s researchers better understand the birds we live with and how their populations are changing over time. She’d love others join her in 2023.

A love of birds commemorated

Today’s Bird of the Day, the black swan, is included in the 60th anniversary edition of Birds, a collection of poems by Judith Wright. Wright...

‘The most wonderful song’

Today’s Bird of the Day, the grey butcherbird, was chosen by Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney. Moore said she loved birds and found...

Elegant, prehistoric time-travellers

Today’s Bird of the Day, the Australian white ibis, was recommended by City of Sydney Councillor, curator and author Jess Scully. “I know they divide...

From canopies to burrows

Today’s Bird of the Day, the spotted pardalote, was chosen by quantitative ecologist and PhD candidate Carly Campbell, one of the authors of “Big...

Quintessential, old-school Australian

Today’s Bird of the Day was nominated by founder and CEO of PlantingSeeds Projects, Judy Friedlander, whose favourite urban native bird is the kookaburra. Although...

‘The epitome of nature’

Today’s Bird of the Day, the noisy miner, was suggested by writer and ecologist Simon Mustoe, author of Wildlife in the Balance: Why Animals...

Science legend loves to crow about a crow

Today’s Bird of the Day, the Australian raven (Corvus coronoides), is the closest native bird we have in urban Sydney to Robyn Williams’ favourite...

A crazy electronic disco

Today’s Bird of the Day, the spangled drongo, was chosen by Darryl Jones, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Planetary Health & Food Security and School of...

The sound of Australia

Today’s Bird of the Day was nominated by wildlife ecologist Grainne Cleary, whose favourite bird is the magpie. “For me, these birds are the sound...

A loveable, loudmouth larrikin

Today’s Bird of the Day, the sulphur-crested cockatoo, was chosen by John Martin, Research Scientist, Animal Ecology Lab, Western Sydney University, based at the...

It’s like a soap opera in your garden

Today’s Bird of the Day, the superb fairy-wren, was chosen by Holly Parsons, Urban Bird Program Manager with BirdLife Australia. She is not alone -...

Get to know your feathered neighbours

National Bird Week, Monday October 17 to Sunday October 23, is a great opportunity to do something to help understand and preserve our urban...

Local blues legend headlines Sydney jazz festival

Long-time Redfern resident Marlene Cummins, considered Australia’s foremost Indigenous female blues writer and performer, is a headline act at this year’s Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

City’s fossil fuel ad ban to be applauded

If you weren’t already aware, we are in a climate crisis that is leading to profound global societal and environmental change. Changes to Earth’s climate...

City pursues ban on fossil fuel advertising

The City of Sydney has become the first jurisdiction in New South Wales to pursue a ban on fossil fuel advertising on its properties...

Best young jazz musicians compete in Opera House final

Three finalists have been named for the most prestigious prize for young Australian jazz musicians under 35, to be decided in a play-off in...

Duo offers ‘intimacy of jazz’ in Winter Jazz Fest

On Saturday July 16, in the Opera House’s atmospheric Utzon Room, “The Intimacy of Jazz Now” will see songstress Martha Marlow alongside legendary pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks) presenting an exclusive preview of her forthcoming album Queen of the Night.

Climate change is not gender neutral

Current events such as conflict, Covid-19 and intensifying climate emergencies are resulting in increased inequalities and risks for women, according to a United Nations...

Sydney’s broad highway out of lockdown must carry us all

As Sydney’s lockdown restrictions lift, Randa Kattan, CEO of the Arab Council of Australia says “the road out must be a broad highway that can carry all of us, not just the lucky few”. Others say to “build back better” we must seek diverse perspectives from those communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Hitting the HiWay for some hops and Holy Soul

ENMORE: The Holy Soul, like most bands, haven’t played much in the last 12 months, let alone somewhere where their fans can stand together...

2003, Blood Blossoms

This is the third album from the Sydney outfit led by Travis Masters.

Aviary, Julia Holter

Julia Holter’s latest album Aviary, described as a “90-minute search for meaning in a dehumanising age”, was included in many lists of the best albums of 2018.

Music – Perry Keyes: Jim Salmon’s Lament

Perry Keyes' latest album tells the story of a family typical of those he grew up with in the James Cook public housing flats in Waterloo.

The unsung heroes of the Australian music industry

Google “roadies” and you will probably find reference to the American television series.

Animations reconnect us with the plight of refugees

The colourful and intricate tapestry of Woven Threads, a new animated documentary series, reminds us that, regardless of creed or colour, we all belong to the same human family

Music Review – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

On first listen I thought all the people raving about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 16th album needed to get out more. And way...