Venita Munir

Writer. Editor. Doctor.

Venita is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and doctor. She has a lifelong love of music & travel, loves greyhounds & coffee, and would love to publish a novel or two.

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Phantastic Ferniture - Phantastic Ferniture (Makeout Records/Caroline Australia)

They wanted to make a pop record for fun, and yep, that's what they've done. Phantastic Ferniture's self-titled debut album gets the tick for 'pop' and 'fun', but not in that...

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Iron & Wine @ Sydney Opera House 26.05.2018

And so it transpires, this weekend is the opening of Sydney's Vivid Live 2018 festival, in its 10th year. I've made the trip up from Melbourne to see Sam Beam and his full band,...

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The San Sebastian - Alive on the Black Sea (Spunk)

The San Sebastian's debut album, Alive on the Black Sea, is an intriguing debut for Adelaide brothers, Dan and Joel Crannitch. If you were a fan of Sydney's 78 SAAB in the early...

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The Collapse Board Interview: Leah Shapiro (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Venita talks to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer, Leah Shapiro, about creating the new album, Wrong Creatures, and the band's hopes for some warm weather during their...

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures (Inertia)

BRMC largely fly under the radar here in Australia. Perhaps it's because they inhabit that alternative rock 'n' roll space reserved for bands the ilk of The Jesus & Mary Chain...

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Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans)

I've been fortunate to listen to Marlon Williams's much anticipated new album, Make Way For Love, for a couple of months now and finally it has made its public arrival. Fans...

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Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us (Spunk)

Yeah, so I'm a self-confessed Calexico groupie. Have been since first seeing them support Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2003, touring their...

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Calexico Takes a Slight Detour

Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us (Anti Records, 2018) Calexico's 9th studio album, The Thread That Keeps Us (Anti- records), is a slight detour from their usual...

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The Collapse Board Interview: Pete Oxley (Sunnyboys)

The other day I read a feature article about one of my all time favourite bands, The Jam - their individual style and musicianship, their rapid rise and premature break up, the...

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Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders @ Howler, Melbourne, 20.11.2017

Here in Australia we love to claim New Zealanders, especially musicians, as our own. It's pretty safe to say that we'd kill to brag about Marlon Williams being an Aussie. I...

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Sigur Rós @ Margaret Court Arena, 27.07.2017

Although it's almost five years since Sigur Rós last played in Melbourne, memories of the second 'Harvest' festival remain strong.

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Naïm Amor and John Convertino - The Western Suite and Siesta Songs (Living Music Duplication, 2016)

The first thing that springs to mind listening to Naïm Amor and John Convertino's new instrumental album, The Western Suite and Siesta Songs, is the 1984 movie, Paris, Texas and...

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Damage and Joy - The Jesus and Mary Chain (ADA/Warner)

It's been a long wait - 18 years since their last offering - and fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain, like myself, have surely been hanging out for the band's ninth studio album,...

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Lone Piñon - Días Felices (Living Music Duplication, 2017)

This new release from New Mexico, the self-professed "land of enchantment", is sure to get you dancing. Acoustic trio, Lone Piñon's second album, (literally translated Happy...

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The Specials @ Melbourne Zoo, 11.03.2017

Storm clouds threaten but never come close to snuffing out the enthusiasm of the crowd at Melbourne Zoo for what is the ultimate gig in this year's Zoo Twilights series.

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Ode to the Southwest

Every story of landscape needs a soundtrack, whether it's filling a cinema with atmosphere, or just in the mind of the writer. Music that carries a sense of place,

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The Stranglers @ Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 20.04.2016

It's been over a decade since I last saw legendary punk outfit The Stranglers play, so it's with keen interest that I rock up at Melbourne's Corner Hotel to see them in their...

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Conjuring a Sense of Place

Tucson-based band, Calexico, recently toured Australia and New Zealand promoting their 2015 album, Edge of the Sun (ANTI-). Currently touring Europe, they enthrall audiences...

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The Decemberists @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne, 29.03.2016

For the second time in a month I find myself 'down by the water' for a show at Melbourne's Hamer Hall, and for the second time in a month, it's not to see the Melbourne Symphony...