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Posted 5 Jul 2013 @ 5:25pm

From the Thank You, Come Again group that brought you Lily Blacks, Mr Wow's Emporium, Double Happiness and New Gold Mountain, comes Cuban-culture bar Los Barbudos.

 

Los Barbudos embraces the music, food and drink that defines the effervescent sundrenched culture of Cuba. In English the name translates to ‘The Bearded Ones’ and is a direct reference to the (bearded) men that...

Posted 29 Mar 2012 @ 3:37pm

This April the People's Market container area will welcome Peachy Live, a special unearthed compilation of artists.

 

The Peoples Market which acts as a creative space will be a particularly musical space when Peachy Live brings together Melbourne bands, Celadore, Eloji, The Wellingtons, Bittersweet Kicks and The McQueens. The Thousand Pound Bend mixologists will be looking after...

Posted 16 Mar 2012 @ 9:50am

 

So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?

SMRTS. I am Predrag Delibasich, one of the three guitarists.

 

What do you think people will say you sound like?

World music dying at the hands of garage rock.

 

What do you love about making music?

Being able to do it with friends.

 

What do you hate about...

Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 12:00pm

Local songwriter Ali E (Damn Terran) has released a pacey but atmospheric new single from her forthcoming debut solo album. The guitars buzz and hum in a slightly breathless rhythm and Ali’s voice, drenched in reverb, expands to fill the gaps. A slapping 4/4 drum beat kicks after a few moments which is actually a little distracting, propelling the song forward at an uncomfortable pace that...

Posted 19 Oct 2011 @ 11:02am

This is a story about overdoing it, about when you get so excited about food you lose track of right and wrong. The people in this story work in the media, so to protect their branding, I've hidden their identities with clever photoshopping.

 

Self Potato

 

I'll just call them Michael A. and Dr. Scott.

 

We'd just stumbled out of an informal Catalan...

Posted 11 Oct 2011 @ 10:28am

Grumpy's Green is tucked away in that grey area of Smith Street where gentrification has taken hold exactly the right amount - you can take your pick of delightful cosy little bars and still get shived on your way to the ATM.

 

The decor is tasteful, fun and a little bit quirky. The menus are printed inside vintage children's story books. The lighting is nice, the staff are...

Posted 6 Sep 2011 @ 2:38pm

In writing this column I must be honest about the fact that I have never taken a recreational drug in my life. The closest I've come to a psychedelic trip is the gentle sugar high of red cordial. So from an outsider's perspective I at least have no real bias towards condoning drug use, which is what I'm about to do.

 

 
Laws around drugs are intended to protect us, yet they...

Posted 11 Aug 2011 @ 8:41am

The 'tyranny of distance' we feel living on the edges of a geographically remote and vast country is often the thing attributed to making Australia, and particularly Melbourne, so culturally and creatively rich.

 

We rely on ourselves and work almost independently in a different season, time zone and hemisphere than most of the developed world, so it makes sense that we've...

Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:26am

Walk down any major road in Melbourne, and you are destined to come across a local bar offering some form of food and pot deal. Whether it’s chicken parma, burger or steak, it seems that these deals are the perfect tonic to the midweek sales lull experienced by the food trade in most major cities. It makes perfect sense, and offers diners the opportunity to sample the culinary delights of an...

Posted 31 May 2011 @ 9:33am

If you frequent the North, you probably already have a soft spot for The Gem - that welcoming front bar, generously filled with attractive 20- and 30-somethings in an atmosphere which makes your future plans for that evening melt away. It's hard to leave The Gem and even more so after you've had a crack at their Winter menu. And by that I mean it's nearly physically impossible unless you're...

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