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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:35

Seekae Tickets

Sydney-based electronic group Seekae have spent much of the year writing their third album, the follow-up to 2011's 'Dome', in the UK.

They’ll return to Australia for the first time in 2013 for a string of shows including a date at Oh Hello Thursday September 5.

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Published in Competition
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 16:21

Other Desert Cities: Theatre In Review

‘Other Desert Cities’ is a story of mental illness, secrets, betrayal, family feuds, and Republicans.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, this Tony Award-nominated, direct-from-Broadway drama is staged flawlessly, with the warm lighting and impressively-detailed set depicting the atmosphere of a sunny, yet abrasive family-filled Christmas. The ferocious temper and Republican ideals of Matriarch Polly are wonderfully juxtaposed by Rebecca Davis’ portrayal of depressed, fragile Brooke, while Robert Coleby’s restrained, subtle acting technique adds an element of stoicism to the otherwise chaotic family dynamic. This is a play that should not be missed.

‘Other Desert Cities’ is at the Playhouse, QPAC until September 1.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 16:15

In Vogue: Songs By Madonna

Pop icon Madonna has her songs, life and career dissected, celebrated and reinvented by cabaret star Michael Griffiths ('Jersey Boys', 'Priscilla', 'We Will Rock You').

Where in between songs, the show delves into the life and times of Madonna. There’s the celebrity spats, passionate romances, acting attempts and artistic endeavours such as the infamous 90s coffee table book — everything gets a mention. In between the nostalgia and glamour, this show demonstrates the determination it takes to be an icon.

'In Vogue: Songs by Madonna' is at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Sept 5-7.

Published in Cabaret
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 16:11

Tequila Mockingbird: Theatre In Preview

The delicate dance between racism and larrikinism in Australian society is explored in ‘Tequila Mockingbird’, a brand new Shake & Stir Theatre Co. production, inspired by Harper Lee’s literary classic.

“We never wanted to do a direct retelling of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird', we just wanted to give Australian audiences something relatable, that reflects the issues in our culture,” insists playwright and co-artistic director Nelle Lee.

Set in small town Australia, ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ tells the story of the racist underbelly that rears its ugly head after a young woman is attacked and the small community targets a young Indian contractor who has recently relocated to the area.

“Obviously it has similar themes to Harper Lee’s novel, but in essence it’s a brand new work … We have taken the key characters and themes and relocated them to a parallel world and set of circumstances that relate directly to us as modern Australians.”

Nelle knew that uncovering the clever disguises in which racism is downgraded and accepted in Australia would be challenging.

“The line between, ‘oh, we’re Aussies, it’s just fun, we’re taking the piss’ and racism is a delicate theme to tackle, but we’ve got a really great team on board with strong, intelligent opinions, and we thought that we could do it justice. It’s something that we are really passionate about.”

The cast features some of Queensland’s most experienced actors including Bryan Probets, Barbara Lowing and all three of shake & stir’s artistic directors, Ross Balbuziente, Nick Skubij and Nelle plus emerging actor Shannon Haegler (who is making his main stage debut with the company).

“It makes my life so easy the way everyone works together to give the play a spirit and a voice. Shannon’s fresh out of uni, and he’s so keen and intelligent. It’s such an ensemble feel which is fantastic.”

After the success of Shake&Stir's last two adaptations, the multi-award winning ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’, Nelle knew the company was ready to make a risky move with ‘Tequila Mockingbird’.

“You have to take risks in this industry, and it is really scary for us, because although this is a co-production with QPAC, we are an independent company who rely on box office sales to make sure we can continue to put on shows. That said, we can’t let that stop us from making bold choices.”

Re-appropriating such a beloved story is undoubtedly a brave choice. “Everyone’s got their favourite bits and themes and you realize you are never going to put everything in there that you need to … We know people are going to be waiting in the wings to go ‘Woah! This isn’t what it’s supposed to be’.”

Although, Nelle believes it will speak to today’s generation of students. “We can see what’s going to be engaging to young people and try and work that into our pieces … ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ does deal with some heavy themes, but its nothing that they are not going to have to deal with in life any way, and I think we are kidding ourselves if we think that kids don’t know that racial discrimination exists or partake in it themselves.”

Shake & Stir have interpreted the universal themes of prejudice, discrimination and the loss of innocence for a contemporary Australian audience and Nelle is proud of the work the company has produced. “We are artists and we are storytellers who are telling a story that we love. Yes, we are creating a new story that’s completely different unto itself, but that’s the beauty of art.

What is it supposed to be?”

'Tequila Mockingbird' is staged at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre, for a strictly limited season from Aug 21 – Sept 7.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:57

Triple J House Party Packs

Looking for the ultimate party? You're in luck because the Triple J House Party is hitting the road again for a massive national club tour.

House Party presenter Nina Las Vegas and guests Flight Facilities, Cassian, Tyler Touche and Wave Racer will be bringing all the latest and greatest in club and party tunes to The Hi-Fi Saturday August 31.

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3. Winners must arrange to collect the CD portion of the prize from Scene Magazine's offices at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, during business hours.
4. Entrants' email address will not be used for any other purpose except the conduct of this competition.

Published in Competition
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:50

Tetrameth: United By Sound

Tetrameth, an electronic producer and musician, is pushing the creativity of progressive trance with the launch of Weapon Records.

When did you decide to create your own record label with Weapon Records?

Two, three years ago I workshopped the concept with an existing label owner; we spoke over the logistics but it wasn’t until Corey Watson of Adapted Records approached me about going into it as partners that the concept became a reality. My real concern is music alone, this is my forte. So having Corey take care of the business side with myself focusing on the music/ art was an opportunity to inspire, assist, expose and promote new music and artists. This is the sole intention of Weapon Records.

How do you think founding Weapon Records will push creativity within the progressive trance scene?

The intention of Weapon Records is to encourage artists/ producers to really push their own creative envelope. To unite the right information and feed inspiration. No lazy compositions. Rather than just rehashing a good idea, redefine that same idea into something ‘more’. Too long has progressive/ electronic music been labelled as disposable, and this is due to the copy-cat nature of the tools that are used, plus a producer’s level of musical knowledge, awareness and connection to one’s own creativity.  

What are your thoughts on the Australian trance scene?

Once you have done some significant travelling/ touring you realise that Australia has an extremely unique and thriving electronic scene. More eclectic now than ever before. I don’t like to think of it as a trance scene as much as an electronic/ musical community. It’s where people come to unite in sound, with family and friends for a real ceremony ... We are united in sound at all times, make no mistake about it.

What is the craziest thing that has happened to you on the road?

After a gig in Brazil I was chilling in my hotel room when an associate promoter came to relocate me. He then informed me that the promoter had just been arrested for the armed robbery of one of Brazil’s major banks. He was caught on security camera holding a gun to the accountant’s head, arrested at the club straight after the gig. And it was wise of me to change hotels to ensure I had nothing to do with the chaos and/ or police. Yep, absolute madness!

With such carefully structured pieces, how long do you usually take to construct a track?

Well, it’s a long process to say the least when you’re striving to make each composition unique from the last [recording]. [The] majority of my tracks begin with an initial spark from a vocal sample. I then let the message that is being delivered within the sample set the mood. From there I experiment with sounds and ideas to allow the beast to build itself naturally. I never stick to a formula, and I always make a final decision on how it ‘feels’. To me this was as important as to how it sounds.

Where do you see yourself right now in terms of the trajectory of your career, with the launch of your own label?

The label launch this weekend in Brisbane is simply to raise the awareness about the label and our intentions. From this we will be able to finance all our upcoming releases which include EPs from myself, One Tasty Morsel, our debut compilation and a long awaited EP by Shadow FX.

Tetrameth will be joined by One Tasty Morsel, Interpulse and Midium for the launch of Weapon Records at The Hi-Fi Friday August 23.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:44

Otologic: Not The Mafia

Otologic are not Swedish House Mafia and they plan to keep it that way.

Fresh from playing Splendour In The Grass, Otologic are two very busy guys. They’ve created a unique sound that breaks away from an industry that right now is heavily dominated by dubstep.

“I've never really been exposed to that kind of stuff, it's always been kind of house or electro stuff,” one half of the pair, Nick Murray, says. “I don't know if that's kind of come from a different area, some of it's alright, but it's not really our style.”

Founders of C-Grade — the notoriously hard hitting club night in Melbourne that recently celebrated its fifth birthday with a party that raged until the next day — Nick says it’s fast becoming a defining part of Melbourne’s underground electro scene.

“We'll keep doing it for as long as people keep coming. We haven't really changed anything about it. It's kind of the outlet every month that we can play whatever we want; it’ll definitely be close to us for sure.”

Renowned for playing eight-hour club sets, Nick says the length of time he and partner Tom Moore spend in the DJ booth doesn’t affect the style of music they play. Or does it?

“I don't know if playing for a long time really changes the style of music, I guess it kind of influences liking different types of music, ‘cause you kind of go through a whole range of different types [of music] over a whole night. So I suppose, playing for a long time means you can't just play the same type of music all night.”

Having performed all around the world, Nick rates the infamous The Sub Club in Glasgow — where he’s set to play again in a couple of weeks — as the best overseas clubbing experience the duo have enjoyed.

“Yeah, that's probably the best place we've played overseas ... it was pretty cool to be able to play there as well.”

Otologic are set to play the Rainbow Serpent Festival next year alongside industry heavyweights The Orb and Michael Mayer.

“Yeah, yeah, it's cool. I actually haven't been before but I've heard really good things. And it's kind of a big Melbourne institution doing Rainbow Festival. We're excited to be included in that.”

But before then, and once Nick returns from abroad, Otologic have a date with Brisbane Festival and a support slot with the notoriously mysterious British electro producer Zomby.

“Yeah, I'm keen to check him out. I don't know that much about him but I've had a listen and it sounds cool.”

It would seem Otologic’s reputation is set skyward. What seems to make Otologic even more prolific is the fact they know their music isn’t for everyone.

“I don't think we play the right kind of music to ever get to that stage,” muses Nick when queried about reaching the same global success as an act like Swedish House Mafia.

“We're pretty happy with it, we'll never kind of change the style, it's always about playing music we like. We’re both kind of moving into production as well so we're kind of expanding, but yeah, as Otologic, we're always doing the same kind of thing.”

Otologic support Zomby at the Spiegeltent September 20. They also play Rainbow Serpent, Lexington Victoria, January 24-27.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:42

Game Tickets

LA rap legend Game has sold millions of albums, been nominated for Grammys, delivered scene-stealing performances in movies, starred in a hit TV show, created a successful fitness program and brought the West Coast back to prominence when he burst onto the scene with his debut LP, ‘The Documentary’.

He’s about to embark on his sixth Australian tour.

For your chance to win one of two double passes to his Parkwood Tavern show on Friday August 30 This competition has closed.
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:39

Brewed: Beer Me

Nothing suggests a relaxing time like kicking back and enjoying an array of fine beer complemented by a delicious four course meal.

“So for the Brewed dinner at the PA Pub,” explains Jupiter's Food & Beverage Director Gary Campbell, “we've partnered with Stone & Wood, which is a local beer company down in Byron. [Stone & Wood director] Ross Jurisich is hosting the evening with us. Brewing is about taking it slow and really enjoying the whole process, and that's what the whole evening is about as well. It's about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the Stone & Wood beer with what the culinary team have got to offer to support the beer.”

Though the beer is one half of the night's appeal, the other half is definitely the food. “I guess some people still look at beer as a beverage that stands alone,” Campbell laments, “and don't really think of matching it with food.

“So what we've done is taken a lot of the burgers and deconstructed them and reconstructed them. A lot of our flavour profiles now at The PA Pub are built around supporting the beer but keeping it really simple; going back to the basics of cooking. You can have a great burger at the PA Pub that has great seasoning and flavours that don't over-power each other. You can just sit there and go, 'This is really good’, while matching it with all of your old school favourites — your fries, your onion rings and those things that you just really used to enjoy when you could drive down for a burger on the corner.

“The PA Pub is very much – dare I say it – about blokedom. It's been built around sport and beer and burgers. We have comedy in there, we have rock bands, we have live entertainment. We are a little bit old school. You can still get your rock bands live, whereas a lot of places have moved towards DJs. And we really throw on the good old fashioned pub elements of yesteryear.”

Gary recommends that guests keep an eye out for one beverage in particular. “Each year [Stone & Wood] come  out with a special beer. This one is the limited release 'Stone Beer'. It comes in a ceramic bottle. For us to get that on the dinner menu, well, it's not something you can go to a bottle shop and get. It's a very, very, very, very, limited beer.”

Fortunately, this Brewed dinner is not a stand alone event. “Well, this is actually only one of many,” Campbell says. “We've already got two lined up after this one. Brewed dinners are just another way to introduce the mainstream audience to the craft beer market.

“It's about the pub and it's about the beer, and keeping it simple and relatable and putting a product out there that the people can have a relationship with. Everyone knows what a steak is, and sometimes people are afraid to try something they don't know that has a fancy name that's really just another way of describing a steak.”  

The PA Pub (Jupiters Hotel & Casino) hosts Brewed: Beer Dinners with Stone & Wood on Thursday August 29. Click here for tickets.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:32

Horrorshow: Chart Toppers

Soaring at second spot on the ARIA Albums Chart, Sydney hip hop duo Horrorshow’s new record tells of the darkness rooted in our history. 

The combined project of lyricist Solo and music producer Adit, the duo have finally, after a four year gap, released their third album 'King Amongst Many'; it’s no wonder it was devoured by fans, hungry for some bold new creations. Industry commentary has also propelled Horrorshow to kingly status.

Solo's lyrics are starkly honest and Adit's diversion from traditional tones gives the album a cutting edge. But if there's one thing that centres the pair, it's their understanding of the craft.

“Hip hop touches on a variety of moods and this record is definitely something on the darker side of that spectrum,” Solo says. “But it's really just me, identifying topics that I think are important and that deserve to be spoken and thought about a bit more.”   

Despite the early success of their latest record, the duo retain a large slice of humility.

“It's just a claim,” Solo says about the assertion that  'King Amongst Many' is one of the best rap albums to come out of Australia. “As an artist – as the guys who made the thing in question – we take claims like that with a grain of salt. But we've worked really, really hard with this record and we've tried to push ourselves to take it to places and sounds outside our comfort zone. I hope, in the process, we've made a record that pushes the envelope a bit.”

A careful carver of songs, Solo organises concepts into lyrics and develops them as photographers once developed film in darkrooms. For this latest album, he drew inspiration from the social oppressions swept into the nooks of Australian history.

“A large part of our country is very well-off and comfortable. But some of the things that have happened in order for us to be in this situation – and indeed some of the things that are still going on – show darker sides to the comfortable living most of us enjoy.

“One thing I wanted to do with the record was to encourage people to reflect on that. But not just the dark side. Being so young, [Australia] has the opportunity to set itself on the path we want to go down.”

Horrorshow play Sprung Festival  September 21. ‘King Amongst Many’ is out now.

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