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Posted On October 19, 2017By jbeavisIn Culture, Music, Reviews

ILLMATIC: Rap’s Biggest Gatekeeper

How Illmatic stayed fresh and exciting 23 years after its release. This year marks 23 years since Illmatic was first released, and it still sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever. Every hiphop head I’ve spoken to recalls vividly the first time I heard it. Everyone says the same thing, similar to “whoa, what is this?!” because thats the effect Nas has on people.   That’s how much better Nas was when he first came out. Illmatic is 10 tracks long, nine full songs and one skit, which comes rightRead More
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Posted On October 17, 2017By jbeavisIn Events, Music, Reviews

NEW MUSIC: Xander Holmes’ Something Real

Xander Holmes might need to prepare himself for plenty of new experiences after this single is released. A song about new experiences and positivity clashing with reality, with coolly pulsing electric guitar, synths droning lightly in the background and a steady kick drum. But he is never tempted to turn this into a rocker, even when he lets go in a middle eight, his soaring to the front of the mix, a bass guitar nibbling at your consciousness. Working with producer Aaron Shanahan, formerly of Miami Horror, Xander Holmes newRead More

Posted On October 16, 2017By jbeavisIn Culture

Beard Us Into A New Era

Let’s face it, beards are here to stay. So what should we do with them to make them a little more interesting in life? 1. Braid 2. Turn it into a scarf 3. Bead your beard 4. Put kittens in your beard 5. Swinging someone from your beardRead More

Posted On October 13, 2017By jbeavisIn Music, News, Releases, Reviews

Asha’s Already Killing It With Coburg

Asha Jefferies is your local 18 year old singer-songwriter with a beautiful soaring voice, a mature lyrical mind and a way with dynamics with or without a band. And “Coburg” is her latest single that is being played on Triple J and everywhere else that likes good music. Recorded with help from  Brisbane producer Jeff Lovejoy and the legendary Kellie Lloyd as well as Chris Bancroft and Gary Eldershaw from Asha’s regular band “Coburg” is a lament and a celebration of a harshly learned lesson. Somewhere between a shimmering textureRead More

Posted On October 13, 2017By bwoodIn Events, Music

SK Showcase #1

We’ve put together a showcase of emerging local talent next Thursday night October 19 at The Bloodhound Corner Bar. For a tenner you get Bixby Canyon ” is an entirely unique sound, combining progressive grunge with hardcore, metal, and alternative pop into one big, messy ball of hard rock insanity.” For The Wolves ” is a hard-hitting alternative rock outfit from Brisbane” and The Cheapskates “site influences of bands such as “The Clash”, “The Smiths”, and  they have harmonies that will entice you to come back for more and more and more.” Come grab a brewRead More

Posted On October 10, 2017By jbeavisIn film, Reviews

REVIEW: The [original] Blade Runner

With the recent sequel Blade Runner 2049 a buzzing word bomb, CRUZE BATCHELDOR, takes a look back at the 1982 original. Ridley Scott is one of the movie industry’s biggest names. He is most well known for the Alien movies and recent prequels, but of course he has made many other movies such as Gladiator, The Martian, Thelma and Louise, and the subject of this piece: Blade Runner. Blade Runner was released in 1982 and didn’t receive a lot of attention at the box office, making only $US33.7 million (including re-releases) after a budgetRead More
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Part 2 of our series about issues in the arts industry. Yep, you heard me. That arty kid in the back row is not only the English teacher’s least favourite, but the Government’s. It’s common knowledge that the years of high school are stressful and pressure filled for students. “What am I going to do if I don’t get this A?”, “Am I going to have to repeat year 12 if I fail Maths?”. You’ve probably heard similar questions before, whether you said them yourself or you heard it from someone else.Read More

Posted On October 3, 2017By jbeavisIn Art, industry, Rants

OPINION: The Starving Arts

The first in a series of columns by our writers on issues that affect the local arts community: Why so-called “work for exposure” hurts artists and Queensland’s struggling creative community. Work for exposure. If you’re part of the arts community, or looking to employ an artist, you’ve probably heard the term before. With a seemingly endless supply of information and tutorials available via the internet, it seems as if any average Joe can pick up a guitar or a graphics tablet and call themselves an artist. So if you ever needed toRead More

Posted On September 14, 2017By jbeavisIn Music

Bigsound 2017: Stay Woke, Stay Punk, Stay Relevant

Bigsound reporter PHIA THE REAPER had a gander at the conference and got punk. Speakers: Emily Kelly DEATHPROOF, Hayley Connelly from Little Press, Roy Amar from Bear Parts Music, Tom Taaffe from United Talent Agency, Janine Morcos from Cooking Vinyl. This conference was topical and interesting. The panel guests reflected on hardcore band The Dickies and a misogynist rant from their lead singer Leonard Graves Phillips while on the Warped tour.   Tom: I can’t understand how they can defend themselves. I doubt we would book a band like that.Read More

Posted On September 5, 2017By jbeavisIn industry, Music

Golden Vessel at Bigsound

Brisbane’s prime annual music conference/festival Bigsound is here and we couldn’t be more excited! Bigsound is responsible for laying down the foundations for some of the best new musical acts, including young Brisbane beat lord Max Byrne aka. Golden Vessel. JACK GEISS asked Max some questions about Bigsound and how it’s helped shape his music.   Hey Max! So you’re playing Bigsound this year at the TBC club, how are you feeling about it? Really excited! Bigsound is my fave time of the year cause I get to catch upRead More