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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: David Quirk – ‘Thrasher’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: David Quirk
Show: Thrasher
Venue: Fast Times – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

David Quirk is a skateboarding lifer who works in a skate shop. He also happens to be a comedian.

So when it came time to find a place to host a comedy show about his life’s work in skateboarding retail, he could think of no other appropriate place than in the shop itself. So that’s where I found myself Monday night, watching one of Australia’s most original comedians, performing his new show, Thrasher, in front of a wall of skate decks and a …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Joel Creasey – ‘The Hurricane’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Joel Creasey
Show: The Hurricane
Venue: ACMI Below

The last twelve months have seen Joel Creasey rise from the ranks of ‘promising young comedian’ to genuine comedy superstar and national celebrity status. This ascendance has blessed him with an insight into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, exposing him to the idiosyncrasies and human failings of many an A-lister (and C-listers, and whatever Neighbours stars are classified as), and granting him a new perspective on the cult of celebrity.

Creasey’s new show The Hurricane draws on these experiences to hilarious effect, with Creasey using …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Rhys Nicholson – ‘Forward’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Rhys Nicholson
Show: Forward
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall (Backstage Room)

Rhys Nicholson is regarded as one of the world’s most promising young stand-up talents, and if his new show Forward is anything to go by, it’s not hard to see why. Taking to the stage dressed like a “lesbian debutante ball attendee” (his description, not mine), with an effigy of his own face as a backdrop, Nicholson took command of the room instantly, dazzling the audience with his razor-sharp wit as he delivered multiple laughs per minute.

Devastatingly effective in the realms of filth, sexual …

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REVIEW: A Will Away – ‘Bliss’

Artist: A Will Away
Album: Bliss
Label: Quiet Fire Media
Genre: Emo, Indie Rock, Pop-Punk

There’s a distinct difference between happiness and bliss. Happiness is the consequence of a positive situation or outcome; it describes the joy that accompanies a successful plan or an unexpected, pleasant turn of events. Bliss is different. Bliss describes the feeling of letting go, floating freely in a world of joy, unbound from the constraints of embarrassment or expectation – bliss accompanies the feeling of true contentedness with one’s sense of identity. In this regard, Bliss is a perfect title for the new EP from …

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REVIEW: Modest Mouse – ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Artist: Modest Mouse
Title: Strangers to Ourselves
Label: Epic Records
Genre: Alternative, Indie

At this point in the career of Modest Mouse, any new music comes with some unfortunate but fair expectations. It’s nearly impossible to listen to a new album and not think about past work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t welcome change or new approaches that a veteran band like this takes to music. That also doesn’t mean we have to like it. Strangers to Ourselves is Modest Mouse’s first album in eight years, so maybe it’s time that they re-invent the wheel. They certainly try …

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REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Madness’

Artist: Sleeping With Sirens
Album: Madness
Label: Epitaph Records

Having long secured their position atop the alternative rock genre, Sleeping With Sirens have truly outdone themselves with Madness. As the fourth full-length album from the band in just five years, the album perfectly channels the band’s numerous influences into one big, hook-heavy rock record that is as catchy as it is dynamic.

Opening with a shotgun blast of angst-laden pop rock akin to The Used’s placement of “Take It Away” at the top of In Love and Death, “Kick Me” welcomes listeners to Madness with a bang. It’s …

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Trust Me, “Cha Cha” From D.R.A.M. Is Your New Favorite Song

Every once in a while a song comes along that truly sounds like nothing else on the market. It’s a rare moment of discovery that is becoming increasingly hard to stumble upon in the digital age, but for those willing to sift through the seemingly endless number of artists hoping to be heard, there is gold to be found.

I’m not the first to hop on this hype train, but the last several weeks the only artist I have discovered who seems to have found their own lane in music is Virginia native D.R.A.M. His infectious, genre-bending single “Cha …

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You’re Going To Really, Really, Really Like The New Carly Rae Jepson Single

Carly Rae Jepsen may have just done the impossible. Though many believed it could never be done, it seems the Canadian vocalist has finally recorded a song that may surpass the catchiness and lasting popularity of “Call Me Maybe.”

Earlier this morning, March 2, Carly Rae Jepsen shared a new song with the world titled “I Really Like You.” The sugar-coated pop anthem offers a high energy tale of love, or at least a crush, and the rush of excitement that follows that first encounter with someone special. The hook may be the simplest chorus of the last year, and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hunting Ground’ Offers A Haunting Look At Campus Rape

Film: The Hunting Ground
Directed by: Kirby Dick
Genre: Documentary

Though some may argue otherwise, I think it’s safe to say that most would agree all cases of alleged sexual assault should be investigated thoroughly. Living, as we all do, in the 21st century, we have learned that is rarely the case. From the military to the world of higher education, there are hundreds or even thousands of alleged incidents of sexual assault every year that are never investigated. Of those that do catch the attention of authority figures, very few result in any kind of arrest or punishment being …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Digging Up The Marrow’ Strikes Horror Gold

Film: Digging Up The Marrow
Starring: Adam Green, Ray Wise
Directed by: Adam Green

In a world where horror movie remakes, sequels, and flat-out ripoffs are going into production every single day it can be hard to believe there are any real monsters left to be discovered. It has been a decade since the universe gave us Victor Crowley, and far longer since an original monster has captivated audiences on a truly massive scale, but there is at least one man on this planet who believes there are many monsters we have yet to see. In fact, he’s seen them, …

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REVIEW: Big Sean – ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Artist: Big Sean
Album: Dark Sky Paradise
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Dark Sky Paradise is not one step closer to the record fans have been waiting for Big Sean to create, but five. Coming off the largely forgettable Hall Of Fame, the Detroit native spent the majority of 2014 crafting his most honest, ambitious, and creative record to date. It’s not perfect, but then again neither is he.

Opening with “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers),” Sean reintroduces himself while touching on topics like wealth, success, and the patience you need in order to attain either. His flow flip-flops from slow to fast and …

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REVIEW: S. Carey – ‘Supermoon’

Artist: S. Carey
Album: Supermoon
Genre: Indie

S. Carey‘s sophomore LP Range Of Light was a dense album, and I mean that in the best way possible. Some of the album’s best moments come from finding new layers or textures months after the initial listen. It was a sonic narrative that was meant to encompass of all Sean Carey’s appreciation and love of nature with music.

While the journey provided on Range Of Light was exactly what it meant to be in my mind, the beauty of S. Carey as a musician is his versatility. With that comes Supermoon