Items filtered by date: November 2013
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:41

J Balvin Tickets

Colombian reggaeton, hip hop and R&B superstar J Balvin has racked up a casual 100 million views (at least) on YouTube with singles like ‘Yo Te Lo Dije’, ‘Tranquila’, ‘Sola’ and the Colombian version of ‘Blurred Lines’.

The South American megastar has a show at The Arena on Friday November 15 with DJ Andres Hernandez, DJ Julio Cardenas, DJ Busta and Chukale.

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1. Winners will be drawn at random at 1pm Wednesday 13th November at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winners drawn]
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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:30

The Look Of Love DVDs

Steve Coogan’s passion project reunites him with longtime collaborator Michael Winterbottom (‘The Trip’, ‘SFF 2011’; ‘24 Hour Party People’).

‘The Look Of Love’ is the true story of the 'King of Soho', Paul Raymond, who made a fortune ruling a huge nightclub, real-estate and porn empire in the latter half of the 20th century.

In the process of amassing a fortune of billions of pounds, Raymond, who quickly realised that sex sells and sells well, had a string of lovers, a taste for the high life and run-ins with the law.

‘The Look Of Love’ focuses on his relationships with three of the most important women in his life: his wife Jean (Anna Friel), his girlfriend Fiona (Tamsin Egerton) and his beloved daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots).

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:23

Red Bull FMX tickets

Extreme sports and rock & roll come head to head at Eatons Hill Hotel on Saturday November 23 for the Red Bull FMX festival.

The day will feature Australia’s top freestyle motocross riders for a massive freestyle FMX spectacular on the lawns; plus a blistering line-up of music talent including The Living End, Pez, Violent Soho, Yacht Club DJs and Dune Rats.

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3. Entrants' email address will not be used for any other purpose except the conduct of this competition.

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:38

2high Festival: Live Review

The summer sun is high in the sky over the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Illma Gore has begun her live art installation out the front and as the doors to the building open, it’s clear a band is playing inside. It all has a shambolic clarity to it and the 2013 2High Festival already looks set for great things.

The venue is awash with all types of different people; indie teenagers sipping beer and smoking cigarettes on the balcony, families milling around with small children thrilled by the sights and sounds, and the artists busily rushing around but always willing to stop for questions or offer any help.

As night falls the audiences grow larger and more involved in the performances. The artists are in high spirits, the musicians fuelled by the audience’s responses, the actors are hitting their cues without fault and everyone speaks with an incredible enthusiasm and warmth for what they do.

2high Festival has a tremendous reputation for exposing some incredible talent and this year has proved again to be absolutely no different.

2high Festival was on at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Nov 2. To view more photos from the festival go to scenestr.com.au

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:31

The Dark Party: Dirty Brothers

Nipple-hanging stunts, disillusioned modern circus tricks and physical comedy are just some of the many things to expect from this highly-acclaimed performance.

“From the surreal to the sublime, and just plain funny, this is a theatrical event like no other. Think Samuel Beckett meets the Tokyo Shock Boys and makes a silent movie,” explains performer Patrick Bath.

“It's a genre-defying [piece of theatre]. Basically it's silent comedic theatre with this sideshow twist. So you will see a sword swallowed and you will see rat-traps set off on someone's tongue. You'll see things you might see in a sideshow but they are in a more beautiful and theatrical environment.

“We are these three broken-down, dirty, hobo clowns and we go through all these absurd situations where we perform sideshow stunts as part of these situations. There's a whole series of disconnected vignettes all around the theme of heading towards a party.

'The Dark Party' is certainly an unusual style of theatre performance because there are no spoken words in the show.

“There is this full-on soundtrack of old fashioned music and beats all mixed together, so it's quite noisy and quite a loud show but there is actually no talking.”

There is also a scene involving nipples, but it's not as funny as it sounds. “The nipple [scene] is actually a very beautiful scene, it's a very sad scene about loss … It's about a person who has reached such a low point in their life that they wish to cause some sort of pain to themselves.

“What he does physically in the stunt is connects car batteries to his nipples and ultimately lifts the car battery off the ground. Also, he gets some jumper leads out and electrocutes himself. It's quite exceptional.”

The performance certainly sounds absurd but Patrick explains, “I find [that] the audience is not so shocked because they feel a real empathy with us. Because the [performance] has so much humour in it, they're laughing at seeing these things that would otherwise probably horrify them.

“So the 'The Dark Party' has a real visceral response, the audience can feel what we're feeling but are also finding it (hopefully) quite hilarious. I think it's the type of show where people who normally wouldn't be able to go see a sideshow because it's too squeamish would definitely be able to go and see this.

“People, be brave, come along. I guarantee that if [you] come to see the show [you] will see something that you'll never forgot. You will remember it for the rest of your lives.”

'The Dark Party' hits the Judith Wright Centre from November 28-30.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:25

Tom Sharah: Cabaret In Preview

Travelling in a bus across Australia for three months would leave anyone dying to tell their story. 

Triple-threat cabaret enthusiast, Tom Sharah will bring his all-singing, all-dancing biographical show to Brisbane this December to tell his story.

Combining his experiences as runner-up on Network Ten’s ‘I Will Survive’ and stories of his venture into the world of theatre, ‘It’s Raining Me’ is a loud, traffic-stopping whirl of drama and comedy.

“It's more about life observations and perspective. I try to tell it in a way that’s very specific to me and it's just been a really fantastic opportunity to hone all my skills and put everything I love into one show — comedy, storytelling and music. It's really diverse and it's really challenging. I go from rock stuff to sitting on a stool playing an acoustic number to duets — so it really is using every string in my bow, which I love.”

Sharah admired musicians who created something out of nothing, highlighting the role individuality has in powerful, engaging performances.

“I’ve made a career out of embracing my individuality and I think that has come from watching performances and people who embrace the crazy and just give something completely different and completely new. I’ve always thought that’s what makes a performance special. Anyone who’s marching to the beat of their own drum is where my party’s at.”

Sharah knew he was made for the stage at just four years old when he saw his first musical.      
 
“The first show that I ever went to see was a production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’, which is like a musical based on fractured fairy tales. That was a real trailblazer for me — it was what really whet my palate. I saw that and knew that it was something I wanted to do and be involved in and to this day, it’s still my favourite musical.”

After nearly a year and a half, Brisbane will finally have the opportunity to witness Tom Sharah’s authentic and entertaining spectacle.

“The last three shows should be really cool and I'm really excited for them. Essentially the show’s really fun and I want people to walk out having really enjoyed it. The stars are going to align and it’s going to be a great experience.”

Most passionate about comedy, Sharah found the connection with audiences was the greatest reward as an entertainer.

“I love that no matter how structured a show is or how many times it’s been done, it will never be the same. I think that’s a really special experience for an audience — to know that what they are seeing is happening right there in the moment.

"The greatest gift you can have as a performer is the relationship you have with an audience and the sense of accomplishment and achievement once you have established that relationship is unlike anything in the world,” he says.

“I love applause but I live for laughter.”

‘Tom Sharah: It's Raining Me’ is at Brisbane Powerhouse from December 5-7.

Published in Cabaret
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:12

Terry Molloy: Supanova In Preview

The 'Doctor Who' universe has always been well represented at Supanova Pop Culture Expo.

Each year, fans dress as their favourite iteration of the Doctor, build makeshift Daleks and get a chance to meet the stars of the show. This year, it's Terry Molloy — best known for his role as the villainous Davros — who'll be waiting to meet them.

“It's kind of like being part of a very large extended family,” says Molloy, no stranger to 'Doctor Who' fan conventions, “of people who have been in the program, people who watch the program, and people who have worked on the program.

"There's common ground there. It's the fans who keep the program going, and always have. Certainly in the years when 'Doctor Who' was off screens, they were the ones who kept the faith, if you like. I've met a lot of interesting people and made a lot of friends by going around the world and meeting the fans.”

An evil scientist responsible for creating the Daleks and intent on becoming the supreme ruler of the universe (despite being confined to a life support chair), Davros is one of The Doctor's most popular and enduring enemies.

Molloy wasn't the first actor to play the role, but since making his first appearance in 1984's 'Resurrection Of The Daleks', he has been the most iconic.

Not only did he play the role on-screen a number of times, but when the TV series went off the air for a number of years, he continued to appear as Davros in a number of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions. In 2013, 'Doctor Who' celebrates its 50th year; Molloy has been part of the family for 29 of them.

“The actual concept of the show itself is brilliant,” Molloy says. “[The Doctor] solves things with a bit of Sellotape and a Sonic Screwdriver. You look at the big, flash stuff that goes around; some of the effects on a lot of the other series... they were never there in 'Doctor Who'. Not in the classic series, anyway.

"Obviously they have the ability to use CGI to create effects now, but they still don't over-use it. The stories come before everything else. When you have those strong storylines, that's what makes it work. That's what makes the fans want to watch the program.

“With the Daleks, it's one of those amazing things... you've got these little metal pepper pots that somehow create absolute fear in people. I suppose it's the unrelenting paranoia and demand for domination that they've got.

"With Davros, the appeal is actually the intellectual game he plays with The Doctor. He and The Master are on the same intellectual level as The Doctor, and they know it. They both know it! They know that they're of a kind.

“Rather than always trying to bump each other off, they enjoy the intellectual chess game of their meetings. Who's going to come out on top? That's something we've drawn on a lot more in the audio plays than they've been able to do on TV, which a lot of fans have picked up on and really, really enjoyed.”

The Doctor's adventures will continue in 2014 with Peter Capaldi (best known for his role as sharp-tongued spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in 'The Thick Of It') in the lead role. Molloy is confident the franchise is in the right hands.

“You know full well that Peter Capaldi's going to deliver,” he says.

“He's been a fan since he was 15, and he's a superb actor, a supremely good actor. If anyone was fated to be The Doctor, it was him. I just trust he's not going to be quite as foul-mouthed as he was as Malcolm Tucker! It'd be lovely to have an interaction between Davros and him, you know, just cussing each other out.”

Terry Molloy will appear at Supanova Pop Culture Expo at RNA Showgrounds from Nov 8-10.

Published in Events Arts
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:55

Brisbane Record Fair: Top Five Dealers

This Saturday at the Brisbane Record Fair in West End, five dealers will be showing five new collections for the first time.

1. Peter Wright travels from the Blue Mountains only twice a year for the Brisbane record fairs. This time Peter will have a collection of classic rock and progressive rock for sale for the first time... from AC/DC to Buffalo to rare Vertigo LPs. 

2. Robert Truelove from Newcastle is a bootleg LP specialist, and will be unveiling a recent batch of rare and unreleased albums including gems from Bowie, The Cramps, Neil Young and The Velvet Underground.

3. Matt Bowden is a record dealer unparalleled in Australia for his colossal collection of classic rock, jazz, soul and funk LPs. Nearly all of what he brings to the fair this Saturday will be seen for the first time. Think Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Doors, Funkadelic, Parliament and James Brown plus Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. 

4. Greg Cuffe has been selling rare records for 30 years and with the knowledge accrued by that, has bought a phenomenal psychedelic and progressive rock collection that is world standard. Brisbane Record Fair is proud to have Greg selling from this collection... Kraut rock, prog, folk, psyche and jazz.

5. John from Revolve Records in Sydney is making a special appearance at this first record fair. For those of you who know John, you will agree, he is what makes a fair. He will have an impressive 15 tables of stock... that's over 1,500 records on show... many new to the Brisbane Record Fair.

The Brisbane Record Fair takes place simultaneously at the Boundary Hotel, The Hi-Fi and Rumpus Room (all located on Boundary St, West End) from 10am Saturday November 9.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:48

RDGLDGRN: Not Colour Blind

In the country later this month for the Vans Warped tour, Australia will witness rock/ rap band RDGLDGRN (Red Gold Green) as they tour their self-titled album.

“It was a very under the radar type of release. Everyone seems to be very receptive and likes it, and that's always a good thing,” Green says, the band's singer/ guitarist. “It's a new experience and a new take on rock and hip hop, with this indie go-go sound that we have.”

Looking forward to Australia’s sunny weather, Green says fans can expect an energetic performance from the Washington, DC group. “It's going to be very energetic — something that you need to see to believe, and we need people to believe in us.”

Before they were RDGLDGRN, the three members identified as individual colours with their own solo projects.

“We were going by colours individually before we were actually in the band and it just sort of bled into our music and how we exist,” Green says.

Despite their relative infancy as a band, the trio have already made an impression, collaborating with musical icon Dave Grohl.

“It was amazing, surreal. Probably the last living rock legend playing drums on your record — that's not something you can fathom.”

Drawing inspiration from artists of all musical backgrounds, Green says it’s important the band produce a unique sound.

“It's not important for us to break the boundaries, but it's important that we make something unique.”

The three colours entwine into every aspect of the band, from the clothes they wear to their video clips.

“It's how we've been living. Instead of me choosing to buy a white shirt or a blue shirt, for the last decade I've been wearing just green, because that's the only thing I want to wear. It would be pretty hard for me to walk around wearing some colour that I hate,” he says with a laugh.

Green says the group’s colours are a massive part of their identity.

“Lyric-wise the theme is usually about being the colour and the idea and philosophy behind that. It's beyond my favourite colour — it's the colour that I am.”

RDGLDGRN play the Warped Festival at RNA Showgrounds November 29.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:45

Dave Seaman: The Education Continues

With 20-plus years experience, UK DJ/ producer Dave Seaman is a veritable fountain of electronic music knowledge. 

The Dave Seaman musical style circa 2013 – how would you describe the sounds you’re packing in your kit bag these days?
It's so difficult to describe music these days as all the genres have changed so much and the lines between them have become so blurry. I mean what people call progressive house these days isn't what I know as progressive! And the same goes for techno and deep house. I wouldn't really consider myself a deep house DJ, but that's the section where a lot of what I play turns up on Beatport. Really, it's all electronic house music and it's either underground or overground. I definitely sway towards the former.

You’re returning to Australia for three shows in November; happy memories from previous jaunts?
Always. I love Australia. In fact, if you weren't so far away from the rest of the world I'd be living there. Unfortunately it just wouldn't work flying from there every weekend to DJ around the world, but who knows, one day when I'm not touring so much you might have another Pommie turning up on your doorstep.

Which of the young talents you're fostering on Audio Therapy should we know about?
Samu.l, Piemont, Shall Ocin, SEFF, Rob Hes and my young cousin, Brett Jacobs. They all have had or have got new releases coming up on Selador. And they all have a bright future. 

A lot of renowned DJs have a classical education of music history; what kind of education did you undergo to get you to where you are today?
My musical education came from being an obsessive collector of vinyl from an early age. And I devoured every last piece of information I could lay my hands on through music magazines. It's funny to think back now that in those pre-internet days there just wasn't enough information to feed my addiction.

Dave Seaman plays Capulet Nov 10.

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