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Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Sprung Festival Tickets

In 2013 Sprung Festival returns to Brisbane for a third straight year; and with it a line-up boasting some of the country’s hottest hip hop acts at the moment.

Topping the bill are 360, Drapht and Seth Sentry while other interstaters include: Funkoars, Urthboy, Horrowshow, Thundamentals, Brad Strut, All Day, Purpose and Dialectrix.

The local scene is fronted by Lazy Grey, Jake Biz and DJ Dcide plus Mr Hill & Rahjconkas and Chelsea Jane.

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1. Winners will be drawn at random at 12pm Thursday 18th July at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winner drawn]
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 16:37

Video: BrisBestFest 2013

BrisBestFest (held Sat June 29 in West End) was put together with next to no budget and relied mostly on artist initiative and willingness to participate to let it thrive.

The proceeds from the day went to the Brisbane Youth Service, to help disadvantaged and at-risk youth throughout the community.

Scene was there to film the day’s event’s, which included live graf, street performers and live music.

Videographer: Stewart Munro

Published in Urban

In a world where the cut of your dress, your online profile and the way that you move can spell social success or suicide, left-footed lonely hearts can look to 'Don’ts For Dancers 2.0' for a lesson in the pitfalls and positives of looking for love on the dance floor.

Created by Nerida Matthaei and Nicole Canham, together with Alexander Bayden Bryce and Lisa Fa’alafi and Leah Shelton, this hilarious dance work has all the right moves. Nerida Matthaei shares her insider tips for landing love on the dance floor.

What is your show all about? 
You are welcomed into the Don'ts for Dancers Lonely Hearts Club, a bejewelled dance hall for those looking for love. You are taken through a number of instructions to dance your way to a happy ever after and find your perfect match. However, as we all know, things never go quite as they should when pursuing love. 'Don'ts for Dancers' is a ridiculously classy dance theatre work that will keep you on your toes.

What are your co-stars like? What are they bringing to the production?
The cast (Leah Shelton, Lisa Fa’alafi and Alex Baden Bryce) is a group of  Brisbane's  most exciting  independent  dance and theatre creators. I feel very lucky and inspired to be working with such talented people. They each bring differing skills to the production, from technicality, to theatricality, humour and design. They are brilliant.

What is the craziest thing you've done on stage?
Dance upside down with a large pot on my head ('Boiling Point' by Phluxus2 Dance Collective).

What should an audience expect? 
A great performance. Great choreography. A fantastic cast of local artists. To have a laugh whilst being entertained in this cabaret-style dance theatre work that reflects the old and news days of dancing and dating.

Describe the show in 5 words? 
It is vintage on Viagra.

'Don'ts for Dancers 2.0' is on at the Judith Wright Centre from July 16-20.

Published in Dance
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:38

Blak: Dance In Preview

Through the synergy of dance and sound, some of Australia’s finest artists unite to tell emotionally charged stories of a contemporary clan.

Drawn from the artists’ own urban perspectives, Bangarra’s ‘Blak’ is a powerful work of dance theatre that encapsulates modern indigenous Australia and the collision of two worlds.

Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and dancer/ choreographer Daniel Riley McKinley expose the universal yearning for spiritual connection, by merging the worlds of old and new indigenous culture.

Bangarra’s artist in residence and music composer, David Page, collaborates with multi-ARIA award winning artist Paul Mac, on the production’s exciting musical soundscape. “I think as collaborators you can’t just play it safe. It’s been a collaboration of music knowledge between us. We took it to that level of really contemporary sonic, electronic sounding music that still has the element of traditional voice.”

According to David, ‘Blak’ is broken up into three powerful sections.

“They are all very much about the subject of black, who is black, what is black, because people can put you in that pigeonhole of Aboriginality, and we wanted to explore that.

“Scar, is the piece where a clan of boys prepare their spirits for the physical and mental journey of entering manhood. It’s really energetic and choreographed by Daniel [Riley McKinley], who’s dancing in it as well.

“Yearning, the female piece follows; it’s about respecting female existence. Musically, what I did was I got the dancers to research their own indigenous language and I recorded their native tongue, which I then incorporated in.

“In the last piece, Keepers, the men and women unite and pay homage to our elders, celebrating life, traditional culture and ceremonies. It’s really contemporary, like going to a nightclub or a traditional dance party.”

BLAK arrives at QPAC July 18-27.

Published in Dance

No more stigmas, exploitation or pity porn. 'Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine' approaches the life of a sex worker with raw honesty.

'Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine' is a fifty-minute stage condensation of over ten hours worth of interviews that producer, writer and performer Tim Spencer conducted with a real life male sex worker in Sydney.

“Everything that happened on stage has happened in real life. It was really just a process of editing the show to construct a sort of cogent journey that the both of us went through. I was very keen to be upfront about that in the show and the interview didn't happen exactly like it is. Everything you see on stage actually happened, but probably in a different order.”

On stage, Tim Spencer and Not-Nick, the male sex worker performed by Charles Purcell, exchange lives.  

“We talk a lot about work. He talks of the ins and outs of his experience as a sex worker and the difficulties that come along with that. He also talks about some of the joys and the exciting things about being a sex worker. I try to engage in discussion about the performative aspect of his work. What was interesting was to form the connections between his double life and performative aspect and my life as an actor and in theatre — those connections between performing and acting.

“As the interview goes on and we get more comfortable with each other we start to talk about more personal aspects of our lives such as our families and some of the relationships we've had with our fathers in particular. There's also some very fun stuff that sort of just came up as stuff does in conversation. The weird tangents that you go off on that you would never have thought to bring up. There are some very special moments.”

One of the elements of this carefully structured piece that Tim was mindful of was the editorial process. “If I was cutting out stuff that I didn't want to have in there, Non-Nick didn't have that opportunity. I felt like that was important to show some things that didn't paint me in such a great light. So in some respects it is a little difficult to have to revisit those mistakes every night but ultimately that's where the dramatic comes from the script.”

With a show so focused on stimulating the audience to form questions and challenge norms, 'Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine' has received some interesting reactions from the audience.

“In the past we have had very divergent and diverse responses to the show. There was an interesting event back in Sydney when we did the first workshop showing of the early content. There was a very vocal audience member who was making his displeasure known. What was great about that experience was that Not-Nick himself was actually sitting right behind him. There was a really interesting sort of dynamic in the audience that night where it felt sort of risky because we felt very much like we were able to give voice to someone who wouldn't necessarily have access to theatre in that way.

“Generally, because of the layout of the theatre and because there is a bar where we generally have a drink afterwards, we can chat to people who have just seen it in a very informal setting. That can be so informative because by that stage, people's minds are pretty made up about the show and it's a chance for them to get to know more about the process.”

'Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine' plays at La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre Wed July 10 to Sat July 27.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:24

Jarren Benton: Funky Thug Rap

Atlanta’s own rhyme wiz, Jarren Benton, is bringing his unique style and slick flow to Oz with the help of Funk Volume accomplices Dizzy Wright and DJ Hoppa.

Benton’s getting faded at a 4th Of July party in the States when we get to talking. He’s exclaiming his eagerness to thoroughly experience Australia again — while showing off his new record ‘My Grandma’s Basement’, which dropped in June.

“Every single venue we went to, every single damn show we went to was so live. I felt homesick when I was in London for instance. But apart from the steering wheel on the wrong side and the accent, Australia felt like being in America, it felt like being at home. Out of all the places I've been, Australia’s by far my favourite, and you can quote me on that.”

The release of ‘My Grandma’s Basement’ has left fans in a positive mood according to Benton. But as happy as he is to showcase it to new faces, he isn’t rushing to back it up with new material.

“I'm one of those artists – and being a new artist they say I shouldn't adopt this habit – but I don't like working on anything new for myself until damn near a year after the project. When you start working on some shit straight after, you're in the exact same fuckin' mode. I like to give myself a chance to refresh and get in a whole different mindstate.”

As a member of the Funk Volume production company, Jarren is stoked to be able to work so closely with his musical fam, especially good friend Dizzy Wright who’ll be at his side on tour.

“Dizzy's a homie, man, he's like my little brother. He stays in Vegas, and I'm in Atlanta, but we meet in Cali all the time. Whenever I'm there it's like family, I'm either with Hopsin, Dizzy, SwizZz or DJ Hoppa.”

Jarren’s childhood in Georgia ultimately shaped the artist that he is today, as he explains.

“In my neighbourhood I grew up as your typical black teen; kinda lost, no father figure, with ni**as doing crazy shit, simply because there was no guidance. Then on the other hand I hung out with weird-ass hippy kids, did shrooms and listened to Radiohead. The thing that was the glue between all these elements was hip hop.”

Jarren Benton plays Coniston Lane July 19 and Surfers Paradise Beer Garden July 22.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:14

Lazy Grey: Me And The Biz

Lazy Grey has so much to say that he barely stops to take a breath.

His answers to my enquiries stream forth like pages torn from a dozen different cultural theses, taped together to form their own manifesto. There are no simple answers, it seems. Instead, everything is a complex issue that Lazy needs to deconstruct and analyse, piece by piece. Having been active as both an MC and producer on the Brisbane hip hop for the better part of two decades, Lazy Grey has had plenty of time to ponder the state of the music world and his place within it.

"The hip hop scene in Brisbane is still growing. There's a lot of different branches these days [compared] to what there used to be, a lot of different sounds coming out. In general I think it's healthy. I haven't got anything negative to say at all! At the end of the day everyone chooses what to listen to; if you don't like it, don't listen to it. I think people now are being really business-minded about how they present themselves, particularly with the way they use digital media. And, you know, I think it's gonna keep growing. Things come in growth spurts. Just when you think that this is as far as it can get there's always gonna be someone who comes out and instils your faith back in it again and makes you say, ‘Damn, these guys just took it to the next level’. I reckon it's on the up and up still."

Talking about the development of hip hop in Brisbane from its early days of breaking and painting trains, Lazy sounds like a proud father. He is, after all, one of the founding figures of the scene, and has remained prolific even if it has meant making sacrifices along the way.

"To be honest most of us have full-time jobs or have other things going on to get money. We don't live off this music."

Most of us have lost track of the collaborations that Lazy has formed over the years; even he has some trouble remembering them all. But it's his latest studio pairing with Jake Biz that's given him a second wind, adding some fuel to his tank and some syllables to his rhymes.

"In the last two years I've refocused a lot of the things that I've been doing and taken a lot of inspiration from Jake Biz and seeing what [he's] done in the last couple of years. Especially with this latest release that [Jake Biz and I[ are working on... we've been in the studio now for six months and I've found myself upping the ante and being pushed to keep writing and do better.

"I've known him since he was recording demos ten years back. When we're on stage presenting the stuff that we record I think Jake's got a very strong stage presence. He has the hunger — he's never comfortable to do just enough, he always wants to push it."

Lazy speaks of the 'hunger' as if it underpins everything that he and Jake Biz do; as if, without it, both of them are destined to pack up their equipment and head back to the nine to five world. Perhaps it's the result of seeing so many others come and go that has left MCs like Lazy with the will to overcome the odds.

"You always gotta stay updated. After doing it for so long, if you start resting on your laurels and think that you've taken it to a level and that's it and you don't try to push any further, you get stale. You get stagnant and people hear it. I'm surrounding myself with like-minded people, even younger people, and getting inspiration from them."
Lazy may not be resting on his laurels, but the production side of his persona does seem to be taking a break.

"I'm not doing it as much, I still get in there most weeks and dig for records and load up the MPC. I still make beats but no one really hears them; I'll have a night off and just make beats for the fun of it."

Lazy Grey and Jake Biz perform at Sprung Festival in Brisbane on Saturday September 21.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:09

Only God Forgives Tickets

Nicholas Winding Refn (‘Drive’) directs stylish east-meets-west thriller ‘Only God Forgives’, set in the back alleys of Bangkok's criminal underworld.

Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok, as a front for his drug business. When Julian's brother (Tom Burke) is killed, after savagely murdering a young prostitute, his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organisation, arrives to collect the body.

Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the head of the murderers from Julian; but first, Julian must confront Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), a mysterious retired policeman — and figurehead of a divine justice.

This sets in motion a range of events, that leads to a bloody path of rage, betrayal, ultimate confrontation and possibly even redemption.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:33

Tickets: Dont's For Dancers 2.0

In a world where the cut of your dress or your online profile can spell social success or suicide, left-footed lonely hearts can look to ‘Don’ts For Dancers 2.0’ for a lesson in the pitfalls of looking for love on the dancefloor.

Created by Nerida Matthaei and Nicole Canham, together with Alexander Bayden Bryce, Lisa Fa’alafi and Leah Shelton, this hilarious dance work has all the right moves. 

To win one of three double passes to the Tuesday July 16 performance at the Judith Wright CentreThis competition has closed.

email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Don'ts For Dancers' in the subject line.

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1. Winners will be drawn at random at 4.30pm Friday 12th July at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. 
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Published in Competition
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:27

Yuksek: Top Five Favourite French Songs

1. Françoise Hardy — ‘si tu crois un jour que tu m'aimes’. Perfect love song, and the drummer getting crazy at the end makes it more interesting. The song could be dedicated to Jacques Dutronc, her husband, or to Mike Jagger, or any of the artists where she's been the muse.

2. Serge Gainsbourg — ‘Melody Nelson’. Certainly the masterpiece album of French pop. Everything is here: the writing, arrangement, sound... it's really like an orgasm, a rise in intensity. The album was a total fail in terms of sales, no one really understood that concept album when it was released.

3. Michel Polnareff — ‘Lettre à France’. A love song he wrote when living in the US for years, without the possibility to return to France due to court things... He never paid taxes and became a little nutty, I think he is still.

4. Taxi Girl — ‘cherchez le garçon’. The most popular song of the French electronic/ new wave pop music during the ‘80s. Mirwais and Daniel Darc high on androgyny, dark wave vibe, totally mindblowing and revolutionary when it was released.

5. Michel Berger — ‘la groupie du pianiste’. The most important songwriter in France with Gainsbourg. Masterpiece. This song was his first commercial success, and the biggest so far.

Yuksek plays Oh Hello Friday July 12 and Elsewhere Friday July 19.

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