Items filtered by date: May 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013 14:06

Peking Duk Tickets

Sparked with an electro fuse, infused with a twist of house and blended with a galvanising slowed down beat The Met presents global masters... Peking Duk Friday May 24.

Catapulting onto the Australian music scene, these Canberra-bred commanders have brought to the table a little more than a knife and fork.

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1. Winner will be drawn at random at 12:01pm Friday 24th May at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. 
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Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:09

Michelle Xen Tickets

With equal parts dark & light, Michelle Xen’s music soars and dips through pulsing basslines, energetic dance moves, powerful military precision drums, and operatic vocal harmonies to simultaneously deliver heartbreak & ecstasy. 'Lose My Cool'  is a brand new track released in support of her Brisbane showcase gig at Alhambra with MKO and Scraps Friday May 31.

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1. Winner will be drawn at random at 2:01pm Tuesday 28th May at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:08

The Hangover Part III Tickets

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes ‘The Hangover Part III’, the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ comedy franchise.

This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. ‘The Hangover Part III’ reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug.

Also returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow, Heather Graham as Jade, and Jeffrey Tambor as Alan’s father, Sid. Joining the starring cast is John Goodman.

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1. Winner will be drawn at random at 4:01pm Friday 24th May at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. 
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3. Winner must arrange to collect the prize from Scene Magazine's offices at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, during business hours.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:50

A Clockwork Orange Tickets

Action To The Word’s critically acclaimed, all-male theatrical production of Anthony Burgess’ ground-breaking novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’ will tour Australia this month.

“The show itself is very full-on, a roller-coaster,” says British actor Martin McCreadie. “By the end it's just all about that moral question of 'is it right, no matter how evil somebody is, to actually do that [aversion treatment] to somebody?'”

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:17

Emma Louise: Fiercely Independent

Brisbane-based singer Emma Louise has seen international fame with her debut album 'Vs Head Vs Heart'.

"The album is released in America today and it's done quite well on its first day," Emma says. "The title 'Vs Head Vs Heart' is about people in the industry and external pressure who tell you to write a whole album worth of radio hits. When I was writing and recording the album I felt that pressure."

Despite the industry pressure, the fiercely independent 21-year old made a conscious decision to stay firm to her beliefs.

"I realised I got to do what comes out naturally and work from my feelings, otherwise I'm going to be someone that I'm not for the next two years. I made a very conscious decision that I might not do as well with an album not jammed packed with radio singles, but I was just going to do what I felt like I needed to do with my music."

As a result she decided to ignore record label's contracts for a long time.

“I was very determined to do what I felt I needed to do and labels would start telling me what they could do with what amount of money. I just wanted to pick the option that gave me the most creative freedom. That's kind of what I went with in the end."

Her first major hit, 'Jungle', was in 2011 and what essentially brought her initial fame; while her two month visit to New York last year made her realise she had come a long way.

“From the first EP I just recorded it back home in Cairns and didn't really expect too much from it. Once 'Jungle' got on radio, it was very unexpected and I was just taking it step by step. I had two months off and went to New York last year and that's when I took a break and realised that I'm grateful for everything that has happened. I'm always looking forward as well. I got really high goals that I want to achieve and I'm always thinking about that."

Emma Louise joins Last Dinosaurs and a host of other local musicians to launch the largest, free live music program of its kind in Australia – The City Sounds, an initiative of Brisbane Marketing — in the Queen St Mall Friday May 24, from 12pm. Emma also performs later that night at the Hi-Fi.

Published in Pop/ Electro
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:19

Adam Hills: Comedy In Preview

One of Australia’s most loved comedians returns to our TV sets.

Adam Hills is back with a brand new stand-up tour and a third season of his hit ABC show ‘Adam Hills Tonight’. The show has been given a facelift, including a simplified title, and is set to host a number of celebrity guests including John Cleese, Simon Pegg and Bert Newton. Adam even has a desk this time around.

“The main thing is I’ve got a desk, because we felt it needed to feel a bit more like a tonight show … I wanted it to be an alternative to a tonight show and then we realised that there weren’t any tonight shows in Australia to be alternative to, so we grew up a little bit.”

Still riding high off the success of his UK show ‘The Last Leg’, which has been confirmed for a second series, Adam assures us that we’re not losing him to an overseas audience.

“I’m trying to keep coming back and doing 'Adam Hills Tonight' because I love the show and I love the ABC. Ideally, I’ll do both. So I’ll go over there, do a series of ‘The Last Leg’, come back here and do a series of 'Adam Hills Tonight', and we’ll just keep going back and forth.”

Adam is currently touring with his new stand-up tour ‘Happyism’ which, in Adam Hills style, stays true to its name with a focus on the importance of positivity.

“It’s a long story that goes off on different tangents, but the main theme of this show is that I appeared on an American TV show a couple of years ago trying negative jokes, and I died because that’s not what I’m good at. I was reminded that your performance is about putting out positive energy, it’s not about being a dick! The main theme of the show is about being consciously positive.”

Adam Hills performs at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 14. Adam Hills Tonight screens Wednesdays on ABC1 at 8.30pm.

Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:07

A Clockwork Orange: Theatre In Preview

British actor Martin McCreadie has a unique method for getting into character in Action to the Word's stage production of 'A Clockwork Orange'.

“I walk the streets around the theatre and I try to find the most vulnerable member of society, and then I punch them and kick them down,” he says earnestly, before breaking into laughter. “No, I'm not really method, I'm not really living the part so to speak.”

It's just as well. The play tells the story of McCreadie's character, violent sociopath Alex DeLarge, who was immortalised in Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella, and later by Stanley Kubrick's 1972 film. “[He's] a young man who's a contradiction,” McCreadie explains. “He likes to involve himself in primal activities like violence, specifically rape and fisticuffs, but he also has tastes in high art and music, especially Ludwig Van Beethoven. When he ends up in the slammer, and puts himself up for guinea pig treatment to get himself out quicker, not only does it rob him of his violent tendencies, but by an accident, it also robs him of his love of high art and of music.”

The piece is heavily movement-based and, as McCreadie explains, the physical element helps to soften the constant graphic violence, a feat that both the book and film succeeded in doing through language. “It's got this light-hearted new language, so you don't find yourself really connecting with the violence being described,” McCreadie says.

In the stage show, “you might have head butts flying around, there's bodies flying around, and there's someone getting whipped with a chain, or someone else getting a golf club in the face, but at the same time you can have someone doing a jeté or balletic twirl on stage right, or a barrel roll. [There's] this beauty and this violence on the stage at once, juxtaposing each other, which is what the book does.

“The show itself is very full-on, a roller-coaster: once it straps you in, there's no interval, so you're in for an hour and a half. By the end it's just all about that moral question of 'is it right, no matter how evil somebody is, to actually do that [aversion treatment] to somebody?', as you rob them of their free will as a human being.
It induces this passion to talk about, not only the moral question of the story, but of course all the stuff in between, like the stuff between Burgess and Kubrick.”

That stuff is, namely, Kubrick's preference not to include Alex's redeeming final chapter, which was also excluded in the American version of the book until 1986, but reappears in the Burgess-written play script. “I remember watching [the film] and I remember the end just jarring a bit. And I was like 'oh, that's it, is it?', after this wonderful film with twists and turns, there's him in a hospital bed grinning, 'let's go back to our jolly old ways, beating people up',” says McCreadie.

“I knew there was supposed to be something there, some moment of retrospective morality that comes in at the end. I think it's nice, because it grounds what is a mental roller-coaster of a narrative. And it gives it a little more perspective in the real world.”

The response to the show, particularly in Australia, has been overwhelmingly positive, with many people describing it as inspirational, and some even rating it above Burgess and Kubrick's works. “I've spoken to some people who've seen our production first, and have gone away and have watched the film and read the book, and they come back and they've said, 'Oh, no, your play, your performance is so much better than that'. They're literally placing our production over one of the most important literary pieces of the last half century, or over one of Stanley Kubrick's seminal works, and that's insane.”

Martin Mccreadie performs in 'A Clockwork Orange' at Qpac's Cremorne Theatre May 28 to June 8.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:03

Sons Of Sin: Review

Blood, on-stage urination, dripping sweat, kissing, sychronised dancing, mud splatters, gasping tears, comforting hugs — there is nothing predictable about The Danger Ensemble's latest show 'Sons of Sin'.

Directed by Steven Mitchell Wright and featuring a cast of nine male actors, the production is unhinged — partly scripted, mostly improvised, animalistic and philosophical in equal measure — and there is no way to prepare for this.

As an audience member, you are both voyeur and participant, grappling with not only the lack of seating and constant demands but the relentless intensity of the content. Unsettling and confronting, the show is about young men in today's world, how they interact and communicate with each other, themselves and the rest of society.

And it's not pretty, but nor is it overly unexpected as more and more reports about drinking, violence, suicide and depression come to light. The choice of subject matter required fearlessness, the cast needed to show both brutality and a glimpse of their inner beauty, the production team had to think on their feet, be flexible and forward-thinking and the director needed to remain committed and calm.

On all accounts — this was achieved and the show will be unlike anything you have ever witnessed. Wear comfortable shoes and dark clothing, be prepared for anything and take away the lessons that present themselves. People are often the cruelest to themselves. Be kind.

'Sons of Sin' is playing at the Judith Wright Centre until May 25. 

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:49

Afrika Bambaataa: Live Review

Afrika Bambaataa, The Hi-Fi May 17

Friday night and the breakers were out as the Hi-Fi witnessed a good ole fashioned, old school block party. With DJ Butcher and Tom Thum (Crate Creeps) presiding over the stage, the late comers (yeah, we had to get dressed up first) had to fight their way towards the front, with a healthy crowd populating the dancefloor.

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Onstage, the Elements Collective were ripping it up — with more eye-popping moments than Jim Carrey’s ‘The Mask’ to feast upon, Flix and her crew did Brisbane, and no doubt the rest of the nation, proud with an amazing display of athleticisim, creative flair and out-of-this-world moves (I did witness Tom Thum do a one-handed forward flip, right?).

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I did expect more from the night, being that we had the Godfather of Hip Hop in our presence; his hypeman had the crowd rocking from early on, while Afrika’s cuts remain as pure as ever, and his track selection on-point and educational. But he seemed content to remain hidden in the shadows at the back of the stage, allowing the b-boys and b-girls to own the night. And maybe that’s what it’s all about, the full celebration of the hip hop culture — not just the DJ.

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Published in Urban
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:35

Michelle Xen: Cleopatra Coming At Ya

Visual artist and electro-pop singer Michelle Xen has had major projects lined up for her since the release of her solo debut EP, ‘Synaesthesiac’.

“The EP was the first solo songs that I'd written and it was released last November," Michelle Xen says. "I had the opportunity to rapidly accelerate my songwriting and production skills through that ground, working with some really amazing producers. It's a collection of the beginnings of being a solo writer — really pushing around sounds and ideas and really experimenting with what the sound would become."

Prior to embarking on a solo career, Michelle was gigging with electronic dance act Edge Of Colour, but decided she wanted to play in a live band.

“I wanted to create a crazy live show and it's a different thing to do that electronically. I think you can have that energy but it's a lot more work and you need a lot more technical ability. So for me, going solo has been the best thing because I can finally do this crazy live show."

The visual artist is known for playing around with icons and images as part of her musical acts, and most recently she's been acting out as Cleopatra.

"With the Cleopatra evocation it was kind of playing around with an image and playing with an icon that has been adapted in television, films and fashion. I wanted to kind of claim it and play with it a little bit. The historical figure is so interesting and has such an incredible history but then to use that in pop, it kind of repurposes it. I just wanted to see what that felt like and it was basically an experiment. It was a great excuse to use big drums, and creating a big sound around that."

The Brisbane-based singer is known for putting out extravagant live shows as well as music videos, and says her image is a part of the creative process.

"To me, because I come from a visual art training, it's part of the song. Image is a part of my process. When people describe it for you, you go ‘okay’. I guess it's highly visual. It's very saturated and kind of dense. It's high energy and malleable. For me the image is actually another tool, another kind of creative process, I can mess with it and revise it. It's another material in a way. I use the image of Michelle Xen and the band as another material, like sound, costume, colour. Image is something that is malleable and that I can play with."

Michelle is now merging together with her local super group Michelle Xen + The Neon Wild for an exclusive reinterpretation of 'Synaesthesiac'.

"Each of the musicians in themselves are quite extraordinary, they have other groups. They don't write the songs, but they come in and reinterpret them and bring them to life. I want them to move things around and tell me what they want to do on stage. I let them run wild on stage. It's a well rehearsed interpretation of the songs that I produce. It's been awesome to have them onboard, because then that feeds back into the production of the songs. My next song, 'Loose My Cool', which will be out for [the] Alhambra [show], features my keyboardist. You see other possibilities in your own songs, I love that. It's like it becomes new again."

Michelle and The Neon Wild are now preparing to run amok across Australia.

"There's some weird chemistry in the band that just happened. We're trying to develop it and make it ready for the shows. After every rehearsal I go ‘and that is why I do what I do’. You get together with people and make the sound come alive and perform them and you go, ‘OK, everything makes sense’.”

Michelle Xen plays Alhambra Friday May 31. ‘Lose My Cool’ is out now.

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