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The Blitz Gig Guide – September

We’re back with the second edition of the Blitz gig guide, and it’s even bigger and better this September! Week 6 Wed 2nd Free Live Music: The Vacationists 5-7pm, UNSW Beergarden, FREE!     Thu 3rd Acoustic Sessions: Angelene 4-6pm, Whitehouse, FREE!     Free Live Music: Piira Band 5-7pm, UNSW …

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In Other News…

(Semi)Serious Stuff THE END IS NIGH – AGAIN Armageddon, decimation, apocalypse, the end of the world–whatever you’d like to call it, is here again, ladies and gentlemen. Wild weather has ravaged NSW, and is causing widespread panic in the Jerrara Dam area (near Wollongong), where residents are being told by …

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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 Interview: SAFIA

Delivering a stunner of a set at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, this electronic three-piece have come a long way since their first official release on triple j Unearthed. Blitz caught up with vocalist Ben Woolner ahead of SAFIA’s highly anticipated shows at the Factory Theatre in September. You guys are …

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The Review: UNindian

When you think of Australian films, your mind thinks of one of two things: the moody, serious drama, or the rowdy, Aw-stray’n comedy. As ambitious as it sounds, the recently-released UNindian is seeking to change all that. It’s the first in what is anticipated to be a long list of films from …

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The Volunteer Feature: Artsweek

With Artsweek around the corner, Blitz got a sneak peek at the artists’ palette. Prepare to be wowed by Artsweek on campus in Week 5. What happens at Artsweek? How do you take art in its entirety and slot it into five days? You don’t. Art is such an abstract …

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The Interview: Joe Mande

He writes for Parks and Recreation. He’s a stand-up comedian. He has a bitch face and loves amateur hip hop. Blitz’s Eden Gillespie caught up with resident funny guy Joe Mande before his Australian tour this September. Your stand-up mixtape Bitch Face is out now. Why did you decide to go …

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In Other News…

  (Semi)Serious Stuff OLD MAN FLIES ‘HIGH’ 91-year-old Dr Victor Twartz was recently arrested at Sydney Airport for carrying 4.5kgs of cocaine back into the country after his trip to India. The drugs were hidden inside 27 bars of soap, given to Twartz as a last-minute ‘gift’ for a bank …

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Movie Review: The Beatles 8 Days a Week, The Touring Years.

How To… Be the Ultimate Groupie

With the Roundhouse Band Comp coming round again it’s time to get behind your favourite band and become the ultimate fan, the groupie. The Merchandise You are not a true fan until you own every piece of merchandise: the t-shirts, the CDs, the wristbands and the hat. Yes the hat. …

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In Other News…

(Semi)Serious Stuff STUDENT ATTENDS LECTURES DESPITE THREAT OF IMMINENT ANNIHILATION The University of Queensland has been invaded…by the measles. To be more precise, a single infectious student attended classes in the last days of July (as well as a bank, cafe, pharmacy, and health clinic) AND utilised public transport, thus …

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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 Blitz Gig Guide – August

Welcome to Blitz’s new monthly gig guide, keeping you up to date with the must-attend shows at uni and around Sydney! WEEK 2 Tue 4th Free Live Music: Mick Hambly 5-7pm, UNSW Beergarden, FREE!   Wed 5th UNSW Band Comp 2015: Heat 1 5-6pm, UNSW Roundhouse, FREE!    Thu 6th …

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In Other News…

(Semi)Serious Stuff SCIENTISTS FEAR WHAT MOVIES HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR DECADES: AI = NOT GOOD Buenos Aires hosted the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence last week, which saw the release of a letter signed by over 1,000 scientific experts – including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve …

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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: Chelsea FC Comes to UNSW

English Premier League Champions Chelsea FC were just in Sydney for a whirlwind two days as part of their post-season tour. Not only did Chelsea FC bring their champion team down under for an exciting match against local club, Sydney FC, but also we were lucky enough to have the …

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The Review: Repressed Records Presents Royal Headache and Others (Vivid LIVE)

Imagine the Joan Sutherland Theatre packed out with 1200 people on their feet, chanting ‘Let them play!’ at a police force on stage in a setting that was far from the norm. That’d give you a pretty accurate idea of the night that Repressed Record’s top selling band, Royal Headache, …

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The Interview: Allday

Where did the name Allday come from? When I was 16 … I went into IGA to get snacks. It took me a long time to choose my Tiny Teddies and my friends started calling me Allday. What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Probably my album going …

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How To… Make the Most of Vivid Sydney

That’s right Vivid Sydney is here. The event runs from the 22nd of May to the 8th of June. That’s 18 days of lights, music and discussions so no excuses for not attending. However, to make the most out of this event and use your time wisely (especially with all …

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Don’t go Bacon my Heart, I Couldn’t if I Fried- UNSW Cookbook Launch

You know what’s great? Food. You know what’s really, really great? FREE FOOD Yes you have read that correctly, FREE FOOD. Photo Credit: Johanna Hagenauer Isn’t this eggcellent news? The Roundhouse is hosting the official l(a)unch of the 2015 Student Cookbook. The cookbook is completely dished up by UNSW students, …

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The Review: Game ON Interactive

Game ON Interactive, the first interactive games and online video showcase, was held this past weekend as part of Vivid Sydney and there was so much more than meets the eye. Set within the Australian Technology Park, it became an amazing setting for the bright lights and shiny screens.  There was …

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The Interview: Jake Taylor of In Heart’s Wake

After just releasing their powerful album Skydancer this month, Byron Bay hardcore group In Hearts Wake are looking stronger than ever. They’re set to storm the Roundhouse as part of a national tour, and Blitz caught up with vocalist Jake Taylor to chat all about it. First of all, you guys will be at …

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Whats On: State of Origin

State vs State. Mate vs mate. The State of Origin is the biggest event on the Australian sporting calendar (unless you live in Melbourne and follow that weird game that looks like Australian Quidditch in tight tank tops. What even is AFL…?) The Mighty NSW Blues will be hungry for …

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The Review: Theatresports 30th Anniversary World Cup

Saturday 2nd May saw the wild collision of the world’s greatest names in Improvisation in the inaugural Theatresports World Cup. Hosted by Theatresports legend Andrew O’Keefe, it was a night that left your cheeks with the aching pain acquired only through laughter. Theatresports, for those who don’t know, is a …

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The Interview: Zia Haider Rahman

Blitz caught up with Zia Haider Rahman, author of the critically acclaimed In Light of What We Know, ahead of the Sydney Writer’s Festival. What first inspired you to become a writer? Was it something you always wanted to do growing up? Writing fiction is something I’ve been doing since before …

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The Interview: Abdi Aden

Blitz caught up with Abdi Aden, star of Go Back to Where You Came From and author of  Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man, to talk about his journey ahead of his Sydney Writer’s Festival appearance on May 20. How has your latest book Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man been influenced by …

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