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Review: Vera Blue

Review: Vera Blue

It’s Thursday night, I’m heading to a new theater to see a performer that I’ve seen a few times and I’m excited. The Factory Theater is the home of many incredible acts, and I’m immediately swept away upon entering the venue. If I was blown away by the venue, my …

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Andrina Manon is both living the dream and turning it into art

Andrina Manon: Designing And Living The Dream

Sydney based artist and illustrator, Andrina Manon is living the art student’s dream. While completing her degree at UNSW Art and Design, she has already begun to establish an impressive career as an illustrator and designer with commissions from well known clients such as Princess Highway, Caboodle Magazine, Dahlia Fashion, Casetify, …

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Gig Review: Sleepmakeswaves

Gig Review: Sleepmakeswaves

Otto Wicks-Green stands on a fold-back speaker in a typical classic-rock power stance, holding his guitar heavenward, and grinning from ear to ear. He’s on stage at the Metro Theatre, in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Sleepmakeswaves have just returned from a national tour of China, preceded by an …

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Documentary Review: Planet Earth II

Documentary Review: Planet Earth II

Viewing through a high-definition video quality, fancy television screens, and expensive sound systems, “Planet Earth II” offers a rich textured insight into the Earth. Scenes range from stop-motion depictions of molten lava forming islands in the Pacific Ocean to the ferocious carnivores racing to hunt their prey. The seven new episodes feature …

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Album Review: RTJ3, Run The Jewels

Album Review: RTJ3, Run The Jewels

The highly anticipated, RTJ3 is finally here. While their last two albums seemed almost impossible to top, Killer Mike and El-P, have done just that. When first listening to RTJ3, I struggled to take it all in. El-P’s production is a wall of impenetrable booming bass. While there are some relatively calmer …

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Documentary Review: David Stratton - A Cinematic Life

Documentary Review: David Stratton – A Cinematic Life

David Stratton is quite possibly the most well-known Australian film critic of all time. With his fatherly charm and encyclopaedic knowledge of movies, he entertained TV audiences for almost three decades with his lively movie debates with fellow film critic Margaret Pomeranz on ‘The Movie Show’, SBS, and later ABC’s …

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Movie Review: Trainspoting 2

Movie Review: Trainspotting 2 (Spoiler Free)

Let’s be honest, there are too many sequels, remakes and others of the sort out there. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it. Your thoughts on Trainspotting 2, will greatly depend on what you’re looking to get out of a sequel. If you loved Trainspotting and wanted the sequel …

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Oscar’s 2017: Best Picture Guide

Winning best picture at the Oscar’s is a pretty big deal!  So many pictures are nominated for that prestigious gold statuette, but whether or not the nominations are actually good, is debatable. Blitz presents the Oscar’s 2017: Best Picture Guide, to help you shave a few seconds off deliberation time, when …

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The Review: Sleeping with Other People

This past week, Blitz‘s Aimee-Marie Satumba attended a special media screening of Sleeping With Other People, starring Community‘s Alison Brie and Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis. On a fierce mission to loose her virginity, Lainey (Alison Brie) meets Jake (Jason Sudeikis) in a Colombia dorm after her original plans fall through. The …

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The Interview: The Rubens

Blitz’s Eden Gillespie caught Elliot from The Rubens in the middle of their Hoops Australian tour to chat about everything from song writing to breaking down in middle of nowhere. What was the recording process like for your new album Hoops? We went to a house an hour south of …

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The Review: Ólafur Arnalds at the Sydney Opera House (GRAPHIC Festival)

A silence thick with anticipation gave way to a crescendo of cheering fit for a rockstar, as Ólafur Arnalds made his way onto the main Sydney Opera House stage last Saturday night. The award-winning Icelandic composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist  headed one of the weekend’s most anticipated concerts for the annual GRAPHIC …

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The Review: Delivering the Goods – Sydney’s Newest Park

Tai-chi, sketching and second-hand books were the order of the day as Sydney’s newest park, The Goods Line, held its debut public event. Running between Railway Square and Darling Harbour, the former railway turned green space introduced itself in a major way, as part of the annual Sydney Architecture Festival, …

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The Review: Listen Out 2015

For those not already bombarded with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchats of last Saturday’s Listen Out, I hope this article helps you feel included. For some, Listen Out means getting to see some rising stars in the EDM world, for others it’s a warm summer night of partying in beautiful Centennial Park. For me it …

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What’s On: GRAPHIC Festival

The GRAPHIC festival, presented by the Sydney Opera House, is a unique celebration of the intersection between graphic storytelling, animation and music. It’s been endorsed by no less than Neil Gaiman as ‘the smartest, wisest, most cutting-edge festival and celebration of narrative literature and its intersection with culture in the …

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The Review: Anything Goes-The Musical

Who doesn’t love a good night out at the theatre? Currently showing at the Opera House, Anything Goes brings a Broadway favourite to Sydney. Taking place on the S.S. American as it makes the journey from New York to London, Anything Goes follows the story of Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer, played by the …

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The Review: Sydney Fringe Festival’s FRINGE IGNITE: Heat the Street Erskineville

They say heaven is a place on Earth and that’s certainly the case for music and arts lovers in Sydney. Picture a street filled with live music and togetherness. That’s what the 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival feels like. The festival officially launched this past weeekend and transformed Erskineville Road into …

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The Review: Gayby Baby

Maya Newell’s feature film debut, the crowd-funded documentary Gayby Baby (2015) follows the lives of four kids, Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham, whose parents all happen to be gay. As each child wrestles with the inevitable personal change of growing up, the world around them wrestles with the issue of …

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The Review: The Merchant of Venice

The Royal Shakespeare Company often takes a daring read of our most beloved Shakespeare plays and Polly Findlay’s latest RSC rendition of The Merchant of Venice is no exception. Featuring a smattering of acclaimed actors, Findlay’s production stands out from the crowd on three main fronts: the non-specific set, the …

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The Review: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

How confidently could you identify the actor that plays Big Bird in Sesame Street? Better still, do you know how many Big Bird actors have there been since he first started?Read on, dear reader, and your curiosity shall be satisfied. Leading up to the recent release of I AM BIG BIRD: …

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The Interview: Xavier Rudd

Fresh from his bangin’ set at Splendour in the Grass and the release of his collaborative album, Nanna, Xavier Rudd caught up with Blitz to talk music, Peruvian shamans and Australian radio. Your set at Splendour had massive jams with the band in between songs. Were these deliberate or rehearsed? …

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The Review: Death Cab for Cutie

With a career spanning almost two decades, indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie are the type of band that hold a very special connection to a certain time in their fan’s lives. Death Cab’s debut at the Sydney Opera House on August 1st was a self-confessed dream come true, and they certainly made …

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The Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

‘Hasn’t she suffered enough?’ is a question you can’t help asking yourself as you watch this movie. Insidious: Chapter 3 is a prequel to the first two films and centres on teenager, Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott), who contacts psychic Elise (Lin Shaye) in an attempt to speak to her deceased …

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The Review: Paper Towns

There are two types of people who have read Paper Towns. The first are the literate, John-Green-loving heroes of the modern day who read it before The Fault in Our Stars became a movie. The second are the ones that didn’t even know that Paper Towns was published a full …

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The Review: Patrick James

Prior to his Newtown show on Saturday night, Patrick James mentioned in an interview with Blitz that his performance would be ‘real stripped back’. This proved to be the defining feature of his set, drawing an impressive range of emotions from the crowd, and James’ supports Jordan Léser and Luke Thompson …

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