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Posted On November 14, 2017By jbeavisIn Culture, Rants

OPINION: Education Is Crushing Creativity

BY MIKAYLA DOW The Australian schooling mistake that’s sabotaging our students. Think back to your time at school…. What is it that you remember best? For the vast majority, the most vivid memories are of the friends and the classmates and the kinds of things you did that maybe you weren’t really supposed to do. But for some, it’s the class work. Science, sports, lunch – for those that considered that a class too. How long does it take you to mention art though? The visual arts disciplines are important,Read More

Posted On November 9, 2017By jbeavisIn Music, News, Releases

Passionate Love Plea For Abbe May Single

“The rise and fall of passionate love” is the subject of Western Australian singer-songwriter Abbe May’s sultry new single “Love Decline”: “I wrote Love Decline after hearing an older man suggest that people don’t really fall in love after a certain age. He was talking about passionate love; the kind that requires a degree of foolish youthfulness,” said May. “I found his romantic cynicism confronting. I’m still young and I’m still learning but I hope that old man wasn’t right about love being a load of crap.” Find your inner romantic and have a listen to AbbeRead More
RUTH DENNEHY has spent the last few months listening to Snow Patrol. Find out why: Snow Patrol, Celtic legends, whatever you want to call them, they’re amazing. So amazing in fact, I’ve been listening to them on repeat for the last 2 months and still not sick of them. Which is hard for me because I listen to music practically 24/7. The lead singer Gary Lightbody is a super smart Northern Irish/Scottish dude who considers himself “rubbish with women”. His honesty and humility is a pleasant change from the typicalRead More

Posted On October 31, 2017By jbeavisIn Art, Column, Culture, Rants

OPINION: More Arts-Based Education Needed

The Arts; A Gift Sent From Heaven This is not an over-exaggeration, but why? By Simone Williamson Before you begin to read this, put on your favourite song, look at the posters on your walls, indulge in what the arts is to you. Now think about how the arts has been a part of your life. I think the creative and performing arts are one of the most important parts of a child’s school career and personal life. I’m not some crazy mother who thinks that the Arts is aRead More
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TV writer Rhiannon Pope binges, then rants about Pride and Prejudice. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a freaking awesome piece of literature: Hello people. There are times in every girl’s life where she just has to sit down and cry in front of a romantic movie. Sometimes it’s because she’s going through a breakup, sometimes she’s just on her period but in my case I was just suffering from boredom and felt like having my heartstrings pulled by something that wasn’t sad. AmongRead More
With the 2016 Triple J Hack report on gender inequality in the music industry, the debate on the widely unrecognised disparity has only recently become national news. It is clear from this report, and many articles following after, that the Australian music industry is unequal in its representation of females and is considered wildly sexist by many in the industry themselves. In the second Girls To The Front investigation by Triple J Hack, it was found that “Male artists are far more likely to be booked on a festival line-upRead More

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