Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic.

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A fraction of the Hole: Courtney Love, Festival Hall, Melbourne, 16/8/14


I never thought that watching Courtney Love would be boring. The woman is a born agitator, and one of the most divisive figures that rock ’n’ roll has ever produced. Her fans are loyal and fiercely protective; her detractors, of whom there are many, …

Walled in

Film criticism

A review of Clio Barnard's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant"

Motion pictures


Cycling through cinema

Cold wars


A review of Snowpiercer

Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black (Season two)

Netflix; Foxtel Showcase

FKA Twigs

Ghosts of R&B past


Timbaland and Boyz II Men haunt FKA Twigs’ ‘LP1’ and How To Dress Well’s ‘What Is This Heart?’

Hole in Los Angeles, December 1994. L-R: Melissa Auf der Maur, Courtney Love, Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson. © KROQ-FM

What the future sounded like


1994 might be one of the best years popular music has ever had

Review: Pet Shop Boys in Concert


Pet Shop Boys are unusual. A pokerfaced parody of a pop band who happen to write brilliant pop music, they have achieved commercial success on a level that most bands can only dream about, while sidestepping the constrictions of celebrity. You might just …

HTRK. © Robert Bellamy

Sex and sadness in HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

The Melbourne band's new album owes as much to tragedy as to the clubs of London and Berlin