New album reviews: Paul McCartney, Troye Sivan and more

By John Rodriguez

PAUL McCARTNEYEgypt Station (Capitol) 4 stars LET’S be honest, for many casual Paul McCartney fans a new album simply means the songs that will be their cue to head to the bar when the music legend shoehorns them between the classic hits at his epic live shows. They’re happy living in the past, whereas McCartney…

A new crime thriller with a twist

By John Rodriguez

  Irish Australian crime author Dervla McTiernan, author of The Ruin and The Scholar, published by HarperCollins.Source:Supplied Dervla McTiernan sprang on to the popular crime fiction scene a year ago with her first novel, The Ruin. The Perth-based lawyer’s path to success came with a personal hurdle — the diagnosis of a brain tumour, on…

The The’s Matt Johnson on coming out of musical retirement

By John Rodriguez

MATT Johnson chose the name of his band The The’s latest tour — Comeback Special — quite deliberately. “It’s a nod to Elvis, but I’m not wearing a leather catsuit,” the British musician jokes. “I wanted to bring a bit of humour to things, really. Despite my public image I don’t take things as seriously…

New albums: Robyn, Gang of Youths

By John Rodriguez

ROBYN Honey (Konichiwa/Inertia) 5 stars The Swedish are the masters of happy/sad pop — uplifting and downcast at once — right back to the highs/lows of ABBA. Sweden’s coolest pop export Robyn created the most miserable yet euphoric dance song of all time with her 2010 classic Dancing On My Own. Unfortunately, Robyn’s personal life…

New albums reviewed

By John Rodriguez

CHER Dancing Queen (Warner) 4 stars You need major star power or major balls to tackle an album of ABBA covers. Thankfully Cherilyn Sarkisian has both. In spades. After stealing the Mamma Mia film sequel in a matter of minutes, she clearly got the taste for Cher-ifying some of the best pop songs in history.…

Final Eurovision contestants

By John Rodriguez

Musician Ella Hooper will potentially represent Australia at Eurovision. Picture: Sarah MatraySource:News Corp Australia TANIA Doko, Ella Hooper and Alfie Arcuri are the final contestants to potentially represent Australia at Eurovision this year. Doko and Hooper front bands Bachelor Girl and Killing Heidi respectively, while Arcuri won The Voice in 2016. Doko revealed she only…

Relative unknown gets lead role in Muriel musical

By John Rodriguez

IT’S the role that makes actors into stars and now it’s the turn of unknown Natalie Abbott to catch the bridal bouquet and play Muriel in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical. The award-winning show will return to Sydney at the Lyric Theatre in June 2019. The roles of Muriel and Rhonda were star-makers for Toni Collette…

Hugh’s greatest Show tour

By John Rodriguez

  Hugh Jackman is bringing The Greatest Showman to the stage. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Hugh Jackman is bringing The Greatest Showman to Australian stages in August. Jackman’s The Man. The Music. The Show. tour will see the superstar perform songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and other Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies,…

The indignities of being a woman

By John Rodriguez

SOMETIMES a subject is so disturbing that injecting a healthy dose of comedy into the mix is the best way to tell a story. Just ask US comedians Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester, whose just-released audiobook The Indignities Of Being A Woman tracks the treatment of women from the beginning of modern civilisation to the…