TheVine story: “As It Happened: The INXS mini-series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ — Ep 2”, February 2014

The second and final instalment of my Never Tear Us Apart review. Check the excerpt below or visit TheVine for the full story. Read the review of the first episode here. Matt Shea revisited some childhood demons to review the first instalment of Channel 7’s two-part INXS mini-series, Never Tear Us Apart. Here in the second and final […]

TheVine story: “Best Beats: Summer Hip-Hop Edition, 2013-2014”, February 2014

My regular monthly round-up of rap music for TheVine, in best-of-summer form. Excerpt below. What kind of fool releases their music in December and January? You’ve just given yourself a free pass on all the year-end lists, my pal, and that’s what really matters right? Right?! Still, while critics enjoyed recapping their favourite tunes from […]

TheVine story: “Group Therapy: Does Australian Music Have a Drinking Problem?” February 2014

On the back of Bliss n Eso MC Max MacKinnon’s revelation that he has recently beaten a drinking problem (see previous story here), I surveyed twelve artists from around Australia — including Drapht, The Basics’ Kris Schroeder, Sietta’s Caiti Baker and The Butterfly Effect’s Ben Hall  — to get their thoughts on whether local independent music has […]

TheVine story: “As It Happened: The INXS mini-series ‘Never Tear Us Apart'”, February 2014

I was asked to review Never Tear Us Apart — Channel 7’s dramatised mini-series covering the rise of Australian rock band, INXS. The following timestamped piece was the result. Read the excerpt below or visit TheVine for the full article. Matt Shea revisits some childhood demons to review the first instalment of Channel 7’s two-part INXS […]

TheVine live review: Laneway Festival Brisbane, February 2014

A festival review for TheVine, co-written with Andrew McMillen. Excerpt below. We sent our music men Andrew McMillen and Matt Shea along to Australia’s first Laneway Festival of 2014 at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane on January 31. This is their story, just please be advised the following contains tales of creepy stalking, swearing and mid-strength Mexican beer…. Andrew […]

FasterLouder story: “The incredible story behind INXS’s ‘Original Sin'”, February 2014

An extended Q&A with Andrew Farris, in which the celebrated INXS songsmith talks about the origins, writing and recording of the band’s 1983 hit single, ‘Original Sin’. This was a hard interview to arrange — Farris is a notoriously private individual — but very rewarding. Excerpt below, full story on FasterLouder. It’s not the most […]