Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic and the author of Live Through This.

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Courtney Barnett. © Adela Loconte
Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ and Darren Hanlon’s ‘Where Did You Come From?’
Particular visions
I don’t think Courtney Barnett would mind me saying that her album makes a great kitchen listen. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, to be released on 23 March,...
 
Beyoncé, Beck and an opportunity missed at the Grammys
Take the crown
An album of frank sexual expression, written by a woman, is still a rarity in popular music – even more so when the woman in question is also a mother. Beyoncé’s fifth, self-...
 
‘No Cities To Love’: The triumphant return of Sleater-Kinney
Start together
People were cheap,” writes George Packer in his book The Unwinding: Thirty years of American decline (2013). “They’d never pass up a rock-bottom price.” Packer is writing of...
 
In review: Roger Knox, The Aurora, Sydney, 25 January 2015
Black country
Roger Knox The Aurora 25 January 2015, Sydney Festival When Roger Knox walks on stage, tall, broad and dapper, I think he’s wearing a paisley shirt. Then the lights go up and...
 
Archie Roach at the Sydney Festival 2015
Native born
Archie Roach The Aurora 10 January 2015, Sydney Festival The Aurora Spiegeltent, nestled inside Sydney Festival’s temporary Hyde Park “village”, has the feel of an old-...
 
Tim Hecker and Ben Frost at Sydney Festival 2015
Gone with the wind
Tim Hecker and Ben Frost Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House 11 January 2015, Sydney Festival Tim Hecker and Ben Frost make loud music, very loud, the sort of...
 
A yuletide mash-up
What do the lonely do at Christmas?
They’re singing ‘Deck The Halls’, but it’s not like Christmas at all. I remember when you were here and all the fun we had last year — it’s Christmas, baby, please come home. Last...
 
Dark, difficult television, 'The Fall' implicates viewers in the sadism it depicts
Bloodlust
Gillian Anderson is very beautiful. It shouldn’t matter, but, in a show where Anderson plays a senior police officer leading an investigation into a serial murderer whose defining...
 
Farewell to Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton
Five stars
It felt entirely apropos that, during the final episode of At The Movies, David Stratton tried to give Margaret Pomeranz a compliment, and Margaret slapped him down for being...
 
Nick Drake
Greener than the hills
Forty years ago, the ashes of the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake were interred in the graveyard of St Mary Magdalene parish church, in the Warwickshire village of Tanworth-...
 
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 'Two Days, One Night' and Matthew Warchus's 'Pride', reviewed
Solidarity forever
“The only way to stop crying is to fight for your job,” says Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) to his wife Sandra (Marion Cottilard) in the Belgian film Two Days, One Night. Sandra has...
 
The long decline of U2
Music for airports
U2 first put themselves forward as rock ’n’ roll crusaders of a very particular kind on War (1983), their third studio album. From the beginning, their songs had religious...
 
David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’, reviewed
Hit me, baby, one more time
(The following review of Gone Girl (2014) contains a necessary plot spoiler. If you're planning to see the film and have no knowledge of the plot, perhaps read this...
 
Laura Jean and kelpie
Laura Jean’s ‘Laura Jean’ finds the Melbourne singer-songwriter finally feeling at home
Kelpie blues
The opening song on Laura Jean is called ‘June’, and is set at Penders Park in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury. “My kelpie doesn’t tire as easily / As in the summer months down...
 
Kanye West, Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, 13 September 2014
The man in the mask
A man stands alone on stage, illuminated by a shaft of brilliant white light. In front of him is a plinth, and displayed atop the plinth like a sacred relic is an Akai Music...
 
‘Felony’ and ‘Locke’ in review
A few good men
Another year, another Australian crime drama. From The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), the first feature-length film ever made, through to contemporary offerings like Animal...
 
Justin Timberlake performing in New Orleans, February 2013. © Christopher Polk / Getty Images
The everyman charm of Justin Timberlake
Mr Nice Guy
Justin Timberlake, who tours Australia this month, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s the city where Elvis Presley began his musical career, and, like Presley before him,...
 
Growing pains: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' reviewed
Cinema is an art form uniquely bound up with the qualities of time: time’s duration, time’s passing, time’s continuities and its elisions. There is the time it takes to make a...
 

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