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Friday, 27 September 2013 15:38

The Rides CDs

No stranger to top flight musical partnerships, legendary singer-songwriter and Buffalo Springfield/ Crosby Stills Nash & Young principal Stephen Stills unites with fellow guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and venerable Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg to form the new all-star blues-rock group The Rides.

The multi-generational outfit’s debut album, ‘Can’t Get Enough’, is out now.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 16:30

The Delta Riggs Tickets

After making their mark at Bigsound earlier this month, Melbourne’s The Delta Riggs are once more living out of a suitcase as they travel around this big, burnt landscape.

Rolling Stone labelled their debut LP, ‘Hex.Lover.Killer’, ‘as captivating as Mick Jagger’s codpiece’.

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Published in Competition
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:13

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Comedy In Preview

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are famous for pulling hilarity out of thin air.

The veterans of improvised comedy, stars of the Emmy-nominated 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' begin their first Australian tour next month and Colin promises that it won't be like any tour they've had before.

He describes it like this, “... an evening of interactive comedy with big belly laughs supplied by improv icon Colin Mochrie (that's me) and eye candy for the visually impaired by Brad Sherwood. The most fun you can have with a theatre full of people that's legal and doesn't include washing up.”

Talking more about the tour, he adds. “We've never been to Australia so we're really excited but we're trying not to learn anything about the place so that it's a surprise,” he laughs.

Their hilarious live improv. show, driven entirely by audience contributions, works just like a live version of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' and involves audience members giving suggestions and being called onto the stage to add an extra element of the unexpected.

Brad has been quoted as saying it is “the world's funniest improv show, featuring the brilliant comic stylings of Brad Sherwood and his addle-brained sidekick, Colin Mochrie.   It is the longest running international improv show on planet earth, we think.”

Colin isn't sure about that claim to fame but he is clear about the appeal of improv. “The great thing about improv. is that unlike stand-up, if you go down you take everyone with you. So if I completely die, you all die.”

Colin's career in improv. started back in 1980 when he saw a theatre sport group performing in his native Canada.

“Being as lazy as I am, I saw them and thought 'wow' that's great ... Something that you don't have to practise or prepare for!” — the philosophy that the duo has embraced throughout eleven years of touring together.

“We don't do anything to prepare for any of our shows! About five minutes before we start, I hear the crowd and get really nervous because I know we are going out there with nothing, but as soon as  I'm out there I know I am with people I can trust and that we'll get through it.”

Mochrie's first appearance on 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' the British version, was in 1991. And even though the show was a success, his role on the show got off to a rocky start when ABC wanted to drop Mochrie because they thought the comedian looked too old and not hip enough.

However, those involved in the show held their ground, and ABC was smart enough to see that talent and creativity were more important than being or looking 'hip' and the fans agreed, making Mochrie a popular mainstay on the American 'Whose Line' stage and then took to the road to tour.

“Brad and I have been talking about putting out a coffee table book on all the things that have happened to us on tour. Rather than people rushing us, we'll have them come up and ask for a photo — then hand us the camera.”

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood perform at the Tivoli on October 22, 8pm.

Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:08

2High Festival: Artist Profile

As part of 2high Festival this year is a work called 'flow[er]' and it's an interactive flower made completely of recycled materials that responds to movement.

flow[er] senses your presence and blossoms. It represents the cycles and flow of energy of creation and destruction in cities. The ‘flow[er]’ team is made up of Vidhi Shah and Jeniffer Heng. They are both Interactive and Visual Design students at QUT with a keen eye for animation and games.

How did you get started?
We met at QUT in our first year frantically submitting our assignment minutes before it was due and we helped each other out. University is a great place to meet people from different disciplines and with combined backgrounds in animation, games, marketing and illustration.

What made you want to get involved in 2high?
Studying at QUT most of my friends are from different disciplines of the creative industries. Over the years I have had a number of friends who have exhibited their work at 2high and it has become a reputable status for upcoming artists. It’s a great chance to showcase our work on such a diverse platform that is quickly gaining more and more popularity.

What do you think of the Brisbane contemporary arts scene right now?
It’s an exciting time to be a contemporary artist in Brisbane. There are so many inspirational artists out there to collaborate with and admire. There are a number of arts collectives that have been opening up in the last few years and smaller, independent galleries popping up.

2high Festival has a history of having artists on the bill that have gone on to be at the forefront of the contemporary arts. Why?
I do believe that 2high has a great impact on the future of emerging artists as it provides opportunities for artists to exhibit their work outside of a safe and controlled university environment and provides the exposure that young artists need. It’s so easy to get lost in the wave of new, amazingly talented artists that come out every year and 2high has a great eye for artists with potential.

2High Festival is on at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday November 2.

Published in Events Arts
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:05

The Book Club: Theatre In Preview

Renowned Australian actress, and star of 'Prisoner', Amanda Muggleton is all set to bring down the house with her one-woman performance about middle-class mayhem and a mid-life crisis.

“It sounds like it's going to be a night discussing books, but 'The Book Club' couldn't be further from the truth," Amanda Muggleton laughs.

Without trying to give too much away, Amanda goes on to explain how 'The Book Club' isn't just about books. "It is about a middle-aged woman who is from a middle-class background. She is bored out of her brain because she has empty-nest syndrome … her husband is going through a horrible 'man-o-pause'. They never talk about what men go through but I think they probably have a worse time then what [women] do because basically they think their willies are going to fall off … [Anyway] he's in training for a half marathon so my character, Deborah never sees him."

As a result of Deborah's husband's lack of presence around the house, she decided to join a book club.

"When it's my turn to host the book club night, I decided to pick a book by a local Australian author and I invite him to come and talk to all the girls … it sets the cat amongst the pigeons. Some of them fancy him, some of them can't stand the book he's written and they tell him so.

"Deborah's not looking to have an affair, but it just happens … there is a spark between them and of course they end up having this passionate affair."

Being a one-woman show, Amanda plays the role of up to 13 characters. "I play my husband, and I play my lover, plus a baby, plus a dog. It's an actors nightmare … In the second act there is a bonking scene that I do with my lover and it brings down the house because obviously I am doing it on my own, you fill in the gaps,” Amanda laughs.

“Deborah has always had fantasies about meeting a writer and in the fantasy she always ends up in their bed with them making passionate love to her. And of course it actually does happen – but he’s not a famous writer, he’s just some ordinary bloke who has written this book. Oh honestly, it’s really funny.

“The performance is basically a stand-up comedy routine, because I am on my own. It’s one of the funniest shows that I have ever had to do … I love to make people laugh and I love being stupid on stage.”

‘The Book Club’ is  nothing like it once was. 

“I started doing this show in 1999. The performance is totally unrecognisable from what [it was] in ’99 and even more unrecognisable from what it was in ’04 because I have to keep changing the books all the time and also we have added two more characters. It's in a very different place to what it started as — it’s completely different.”

'The Book Club' is playing at The Redlands Performing Arts Centre on Sept 28.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:01

Rush: Movie In Preview

Playing Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda in ‘Rush’ might be the highest profile role of actor Daniel Brühl’s career, but it’s certainly not the most glamorous.

A cold man and a stickler for details, the abrasive Niki Lauda was not the most beloved man on the F1 circuit in his 1970s heydey. Nor was the Austrian champion famed for his good looks — his rodent-like features earned him the nickname ‘The Rat’, and that was BEFORE the horrific crash that did severe damage to his face.

Playing a role like that would be enough to damage most handsome young actors’ egos, but it gets worse for Brühl — he co-stars in ‘Rush’ with hunky Aussie Chris Hemsworth, who plays Lauda’s fierce rival, rock star McLaren driver James Hunt.

"It was terrible sometimes,” Brühl laughs. “I tell you, I suffered. Especially these moments when I got the prosthetic make up, which took six to seven hours, and my pick up was at three a.m., and sometimes I'd look at the call sheet and it'd say, 'Chris Hemsworth, pick up at 10... The first scene is Chris Hemsworth kissing a nurse, the second scene is Chris Hemsworth making love on a plane, the  third scene is [Daniel Brühl] checking his tires.

“These are tough moments and it helped me to create that rivalry with Chris because by the time he stepped on the trailer and said, 'Hey buddy, good morning,' I was like, 'oh, fuck you'. It's hard for the ego!"

Under those conditions, it was only natural that Brühl (best known for his roles in 'Good Bye, Lenin!', 'Joyeux Noel' and 'Inglourious Basterds') would start to take on some of Lauda's grumpier characteristics. “The caterers hated me,” he admits. “Sometimes I would put on Niki's voice and say, 'The food is shit, it tastes horrible', and they knew I was being serious. They'd bring me something better. It worked! It's a shame that this movie is now over so I can't do the Niki [attitude] anymore.”

Brühl got so deep into character, in fact, that when he encountered a problem while training for the film's driving scenes, he immediately knew who to blame. “I had an accident with my fake Ferrari,” he explains. “It was a Formula 3 Ferrari but it was a Formula 1 chassis, and a wheel came off and made [the car] spin. I had two or three uncomfortable seconds where I had to get the car under control, and in my paranoid German brain I immediately thought it was Chris who had manipulated my car.

Hemsworth denied the accusation, of course, but in the back of his mind, Brühl still suspects foul play. “When I finally stopped the car and turned around, I saw Chris with his mechanics, his McLaren guys. [They were] laughing and I thought, 'You assholes. You Australians are such assholes.'”

'Rush' is released on Thursday October 3.

Published in Film
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:57

Sprung Festival 2013: Live Review

As the sun’s rays shone down from above, Brisbane’s Aussie hip hop massive descended on Victoria Park for the third incarnation of Sprung.

Arriving just in time for Melbourne’s Brad Strut I notice a crowd of hundreds gathered early, lapping up his every word while he fought the direct sunlight in his eyes. Rumours of Trem being there to take the stage for a Lyrical Commission reunion were proven unfounded but that didn’t stop the man they call Strutter putting in a heavy performance.

Thundamentals took to the second stage just as Horrorshow were finishing up on the main stage and were lucky enough to get a strong crowd for the majority of their set.

The Sydneysiders have carved out a nice little place for themselves, and from their relaxed but entertaining set it’s easy to see why. Playing tracks from both their albums as well as new single ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ MCs Tuka and Jewson had the crowd flowing.

By this point the the sun had well and truly set and temperatures were quickly dropping. The punters enthusiasm was not dampened, though, with the appearance of Urthboy.

Fighting to keep his crowd against the popular Seth Sentry on the main stage, Urthboy pulled out all the stops for a highly entertaining and energetic show featuring lots of banter with the crowd and special guest Jane Tyrell, who arrived on stage during the second song to loud cheers from all over. Midway through, the set took an unexpected but special turn when Urthboy invited a friend out of the crowd, who took the mic and got down on one knee to propose to her boyfriend (he accepted)!

A small but enthusiastic crowd remained on the second stage in anticipation of Crate Cartel and were not disappointed as Maundz & Co proceeded to tear it up. The crowd increased dramatically during their show which only pumped them up even more, delivering probably the most intense set of the day. If the confidence and skill on display were any indication these guys won’t be on the second stages for much longer.

Lazy Grey and Jake Biz are Brisbane legends and the 750 Rebels put in another classic show that will only add to their reputation. Backed by DJ Lopsided they ran through tracks from both their careers with Lazy’s ‘That’s What Rap Is About’ and Jake’s vicious ‘Commercial Hell’ being standouts. Midway through the set they were joined by a pumped up Kings Konekted to the delight of the crowd who raised the bar with a stellar guest spot and opened the way for Jake to announce a new album from him and Lazy Grey called ‘Cold Heat’.

Some of the crowd made their way around to catch the end of a triumphant 360 who was headlining the main stage to a packed-out crowd hanging on his every word. Hip hop in Australia is showing no sign of slowing down.

Visit Scenestr for all the photos from the day!

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:49

Rüfüs: Navigating The Charts

It’s been a rollercoaster so far, and with the pace only increasing, the ride ahead for Rufus looks to be full of adrenaline and endless partying.

Cool as a cucumber and kicking back in chilled-out Byron Bay, Jon George (synth, keys and pads) laughs that they’re taking ‘lots of vitamins and staying healthy’ during the much needed days off of their current Australian tour.

“The response has been mindblowing. We've played four shows now since the start of the tour. Every show has been sold out and I haven't been able to hear what we've been playing because the crowd has been so loud. So it's a pretty special feeling.”

Their debut album, ‘ATLAS’, reached number one in the ARIA charts a week after its release, a feat most bands spend their lifetime pursuing.

“I was at home the week we found out about the ARIA charts, so I called my friends to come over, we had a gig and celebrated well into the night. [It was] pretty amazing to find out something like that had happened.”

With the band forming less than two years ago, the indie crowd has openly embraced the group.

“It's definitely a very drastic change to what my life was a couple years ago. There are some really cool perks that come with what we do, and we're very grateful for every opportunity that we get given.”

On the question of possible future collaborations, George mentions a few artists that have shaped the band’s musical direction.

“We'd just love to see how some people work. Trentemoller has been a big influence of ours right from the beginning and Booka Shade as well. That European sound is something that we've always been interested in, so it would be cool to work with someone from over there.” 

In addition to their Australian tour the band are set to mix with a variety of artists at a number of upcoming festivals, including the much anticipated Falls Festival.

“I’m pretty sure that Bonobo is playing. I'm really digging that new album. We've all been thrashing [to it], definitely one of the albums of the year for us.”

The band are also hopeful of instigating a new dance move.

“In our film clip for 'Desert Night' there is a signature dance move that the actors are doing. We've been waiting for people to bust that out. It's just been so frantic at shows so far that everyone has just been jumping up and down which is still cool, and we've been pretty much doing the same on stage anyway.”

The band is no stranger to playing to mass crowds, with their infectious beats already reaching Moscow and New York City.

“When we got [to New York] we just had a lot of fun discovering the city together. When we played those shows it was such a cool combination of all those new experiences in a new city.”

With four EPs under their belt prior to ‘ATLAS’, the album’s indie-dance tunes are the result of many long hours spent in their home studio.

“I suppose it's a more consolidated sound. We sort of nutted out the sounds that we've been making over the past couple of years. It was a pretty long and calculated process where we wrote a lot of material; we didn't want to settle for anything that we weren't one hundred percent happy and proud of.

“I think that my favourite [song on the album] would be ‘Sarah’. I really enjoyed what we did with the production on it. I really enjoy putting on headphones, listening to that and sinking back.”

Rufus Play The Zoo October 3-4. They Also Play The Falls, Byron Bay, December 31-January 3.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:45

Dubfire: Back To The Future

Ali Shirazinia is a name that is written in EDM folklore. Initially as a part of the supergroup Deep Dish, but now as a bona fide solo superstar.

The Dubfire name is associated with deep, meaningful productions as well as a superb ability to read a crowd from behind the mixer.

“It has been a pretty wild ride this year,” explains Shirazinia. “I've had a pretty punishing tour schedule in 2013 and started a bit of a new project which is the Dubfire live show; so getting that process hatched has been a big focus for me this year.”

On its own, that should be enough to get fans of not only Deep Dish but also Dubfire excited — because you can bet it will feature the best of both worlds. Shirazinia confirms fans' expectations. “It's basically going to be a one hour show of the most recognised productions, edits and remixes I've done in my career. What I've done though, is taken those things and rearranged them for a live audience. With that, I'm also going to be working on a visual show to match the audio onslaught.”

Logistically, the setup will include Ableton, live controllers, iPads, control modules as well as anything else that might take his fancy between now and then.

“I'm really keeping my ear to the street to get a feel for what's in the background,” he explains. “The idea was actually to launch the new show at the Future Music Festival, but based on what's involved I'm wondering if I'll be able to launch it by then. If I do get it up and running shortly afterwards, I promise to get back to Australia to do some gigs!”

Inevitably, our discussion turns to rebooting Deep Dish.

“We have seen that ball gaining some traction,” he admits. “To start, we have been talking about putting together a retrospective boxset that covers our career together. We have many releases that didn't see the light of day and to preserve the legacy that was Deep Dish — something that was important to both of us but to so many passionate people as well. To do some shows and tracks — that would really mean a lot.”

With the time that has passed, the lads have come to understand — more than ever — that they most definitely had a unique musical vision.

“Looking back, there was a lot of in-fighting between us about who was doing what, but that was a typical part of a group who was passionate about what they were up to. We always questioned each other's motives and skills, which in the end was a positive outcome for us. And when we get around to doing things again, it will no doubt facilitate the creativity and drive that we so enjoyed when we worked together.”

Regardless, Shirazinia remains focused and committed to his current pursuits too, particularly with his SCI+TEC imprint, with a release schedule that's pretty much full until early next year. “The label has really been an opportunity to seek out and nurture new and exciting artists. I've really gotten behind The Junkies, Carlo Lio and Shaded — these guys are doing great and exciting things; I learnt a long time ago that I can't take on everyone, so with the label now I'm trying to zero in on the ones that have the drive we're looking for.”

Finally, Shirazinia shares some thoughts on getting back to Australia again for a series of dates with Future Music Festival in 2014.

“Some of the best memories I've had were at Future Music Festivals - particularly with Sven Vath at the side shows in Melbourne and Sydney. We weren't just hanging out together, but also with other artists generally and that's what I love about those types of festivals. I wish that happened in the United States; travelling from city to city you’re always meeting with producers who are at the top of their game. All sorts of things always come of that too.”

Dubfire plays Future Music Festival at the RNA Showgrounds March 1.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:42

MGMT: In Control

Ben Goldwasser was 25 when he and fellow band member Andrew Van Wyngarden were thrust viciously into the global spotlight.

In 2008 the duo released arguably the biggest breakthrough debut album of the decade in 'Oracular Spectacular', and while the paramount levels of success were no doubt welcome, the subsequent pressures and expectations laid upon them became overpowering and deeply affected their artistic output.

"When we worked on 'Congratulations' we didn't really give ourselves much of a break after touring 'Oracular Spectacular'," explains Goldwasser. "A lot of the moods on that album were influenced by what we were feeling, which for the most part was overwhelmed by all of the attention we were getting and not really knowing how to deal with fame and success. It's really easy to get disillusioned with the whole machine that is the music industry."

It was these realisations that lead to the duo stepping back to take an unrefined approach when they recorded their third self-titled studio album.

"Things were pretty crazy for a while – it got really confusing. But now we're really feeling in control," states Goldwasser. "We're feeling really confident and really happy with the music that we've made. We're really excited that now people can finally hear it, we've been waiting for a fair while. On this album we really gave ourselves a lot of time to decompress after we finished touring, which I think really helped. We were in a really good frame-of-mind when working on this album."

For 'MGMT', the duo returned to Tarbox Road Studios to work with longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann (co-producer and mixer of 'Oracular Spectacular' and 'Congratulations').

"We had a lot more time with Dave to record all of the album up there, we actually learnt a lot of the songs in the studio. Previously we'd do a lot of the recording somewhere else and already have these fully-fledged ideas of how we wanted things to sound and what the arrangements of the songs would be before we went to work with him.

“This time we went up there with a clean slate. It was a cool way to work. We really just recorded ourselves jamming in the studio. Just recording for a couple of hours and then going back and listening to what we did and picking moments that we thought would be cool to expand on and try and turn into a song. A lot of it was written like that – which was really fun.

"For this album we used a lot more analogue synths and drum machines than we ever did in the past. A lot of it was written by setting up sequences, building up from something and synchronising a bunch of things together and slowly starting to make changes to the patterns that were playing and getting a lot of variations and stringing together a song that way. In a lot of ways it was a lot more organic instead of just sitting at a piano with a guitar and trying to write a pop song, which can be really stressful."

Returning to Australia over the New Year, Goldwasser admits their current live performances are both evolving rapidly while also being a steep learning curve.

"For the past few months we've been playing about half of our new material, but a lot of it is really difficult to play live," he explains. "Considering it was built from the studio from improvisation and filled with a lot of unique moments, it really isn't possible to recreate without a room full of gear that we spent so much time fine tuning to get the exact right sound.

"We're still using a lot of the same instruments [from when we toured 'Congratulations'], but I feel that we've gotten a lot better at creating the sounds that we want to. We've been playing really well together. We don't have a lot of gimmicks, or whatever, it just sounds really good."

MGMT’s self-titled album is out now through Sony Music. They also appear at Falls Festival Byron Bay which takes place Dec 31 until Jan 3.

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