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Posted 2 May 2012 @ 11:31am
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Chris Cheney produced the single by this emerging Melbourne three-piece, a straight-faced country rock number that would sit comfortably in a Billy Ray Cyrus set list. It rocks, it rolls, it boot scoots, it speaks of wanton women and broken men, and hits familiar notes in a very familiar order. Absolutely pleasant but also completely bland.

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Posted 1 May 2012 @ 11:05am
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Define your genre in five words or less:

Punchy punky power pop.

 

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?

Corey: We get the obvious comparisons, like Elvis...

Posted 7 May 2012 @ 12:40pm
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Gaming nerds unite, because ACMI have recently announced that creator of popular videogame titles Deus Ex and Disney Epic Mickey, Warren Spector, will visit Australia in June for the opening of the centre’s Game Masters exhibition as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. 

 

Being the third international guest to be announced to be attending the event, Spector will appear...

Posted 7 May 2012 @ 12:40pm
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We’ve all heard of The Block, but now it’s time for us to feel our heads with everything BLOKK. 

 

Exciting street artist, Ian Blokkeerus – who’s down for designing bars here and there around Melbourne, is getting ready to recreate Sailor Jerry’s 1940’s style tattoos as life-size pieces airbrushed onto board.
 
His works are sure to take you on a trip which is not...

Posted 30 Apr 2012 @ 5:02pm
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What could you do, or even do without, every day for 21 days to help homeless young people? Take the 21 Challenge, that’s what. OFA’s 21 Challenge is your chance to help homeless youth by doing something you love, perhaps something you don’t love, or maybe something you’ve never done before, for 21 continuous days in June. Unlike similar challenges, it’s all up to personal preference...

Posted 30 Apr 2012 @ 9:17am
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The name literally means ‘God’. They are not yet so deified but are they bigger than Jesus? In Belgium at least they could well be. They are the biggest band in the land. So big in fact, that other pretenders to the throne such as Dead Man Ray or Zita Swoon feature past or present members of dEUS. On the eve of their first Australian tour, Keep You...

Posted 29 Apr 2012 @ 4:42pm
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With a firmly-cemented reputation as one of dance music's key commentators and historians as well as an outstanding career as a DJ and producer over the past 30 years, Bill Brewster's voice is one that has played an undeniable role in shaping the landscape of the contemporary dance music industry. 

 

As another writer once keenly noted: what Bill Brewster doesn't know about disc...

Posted 25 Apr 2012 @ 7:10pm
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Hey, did anyone notice that Missy Higgins quit music for a few years? Sneaky little pianist. She’s been living in a share house, apparently, throwing off her identity as Australia’s most popular songstress in pursuit of greater meaning and happiness. It didn’t work out though, so she’s back to singing. Unashamed Desire is a big old plonker of a piano tune with some dark muttering in...

Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 12:37pm
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This show is exactly what it says in the title. Some of the festival’s best comedians turned stories of their most gut-wrenchingly awful shows into a cracker night out.

 

 

It’s a big ask to get someone to speak about the times when they weren't very good at their job, as Tom Gleeson points out.
 
But these stories aren't only or even mainly about comedians’...

Posted 27 Apr 2012 @ 2:04pm
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Lawrence Leung is an engrossing storyteller. And his storytelling is rendered all the more irresistible by his nerd-factor, friendly nature and endearing enthusiasm. Whereas several resort to crudeness for cheap laughs, Leung finds the biggest laughs in his innocent observations of life’s absurdities. The most absurd thing to have happened to Leung recently is his discovery (or rather, his...

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