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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
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

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
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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
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BTS: Who the hell are they and why should you care? Our breathless fan and guest writer R-Pop filed this one: BTS, Bangtan Sonyeondan (방탄소년단), Bangtan Boys, or Bulletproof Boyscouts, whatever you want to call them are a South Korean group formed by BigHit entertainment. With seven members, they’re the first Korean act to be nominated for a Billboard Music Award (Top Social Artist). Even better, they won against Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendez. Now, to decide if you want to get to know their musicRead More
We are at 50th anniversary of the halfway point between when James Brown and his band recorded his classic “Cold Sweat” in May, 1967 and when he released it in July a few months later, so now is a good time to revisit it. Why revisit an old song from the 1960s? Because without it there would be no hip hop. Yep. Well one of the many factors but a very important one in the evolution of music. Not just because it was sampled by pioneering hip hop and drumRead More