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Gig Review: The xx at Splendour in the Grass

“I knew it’d be good, but I didn’t think it’d be this good,” said the lady standing next to me, a grey fox some may call her. Her hubby, also donning salt and pepper hair, was dancing around trying to figure out how to record on his iPhone 4.

Since their first album ‘xx’, the British trio have released another two, and are now touring their latest release ‘I See You’, which came out at the beginning of the year. I made a significant claim that their first album ‘xx’ was one of the most cohesive contemporary albums. And, that’s what this British band master – consistency. After releasing their third album ‘I See You’, Romy, Oliver and Jamie xx travelled to Australia to play their one and only show at North Byron Parklands’ Splendour in the Grass. By the end of their set I remembered why I had made such a claim and why I am still keeping my word, but I had a stark realisation. Read more …

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MUSIC REVIEW: The Best of New Releases (August 2017)

August is an inherently odd month. In London (the city where I am currently reliving Orwell’s Down and Out), August is the tinder date with clearly photo shopped images, masquerading as a “Summer Month” – but whose distorted hips and rainy afternoons are not fooling anyone. In Melbourne, August takes the role of a thirteen-year-old attempting to convince you he is emerging puberty early into the golden months of sun – though is similarly foiled by the immaturity and attitude of its own climate.

August is an identity crisis. August is you up at 3am planning a personality overhaul you’ll never commit to. August is hope for change – whether that hope be naïve, sincere or a mixture of the two. Something that unites the selected tracks in today’s playlist is that they each embody a different element of August’s indecisiveness, anxiety and courage.  Read more …

The Wall

FILM REVIEW: THE WALL (2017)

Guns, Mind Games, and a Battle for Survival

Doug Liman’s new film, The Wall, is an intense character drama focused on Allan “Ize” Isaac’s struggle to survive while taking sniper fire shortly after the Iraq War. Following the killing of a number of American contractors working to construct infrastructure as the military presence in Iraq winds down, Matthews (John Cena) and Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are sent to investigate the remote desert site. The events of the film are kicked off with the shooting of Matthews, who lies in the open, while the protagonist shelters behind a dilapidated stone wall, attempting to stay alive and fending off the Iraqi sniper who has hijacked his radio. Read more …

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ALBUM REVIEW: 明 (Akira) by Black Cab

Lost in a Blade Runner-esque soundscape that Vangelis would be proud of, I’m sitting here with my eyes closed, headphones on. Lost in a cyber-punk world of Tokyo noir and dystopian motifs. The album begins with a panic-stricken urgency of synths and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by Toshi Sakamoto. Black Cab’s latest offering, Akira (明) is a tour de force of theme and style. It is a concept album in the tradition of the great experimental/electronica/progressive rock artists of the past like Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield and the aforementioned Vangelis. Read more …

The Big Sick

FILM REVIEW: The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick is a heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining film. While it may not leave you with a extraordinarily visible emotional reaction, there is no doubt it will melt away your internal cynicism until you are – pardon the cliche – all ‘gooey inside’. In fact when it comes to a genre that is ridden with stereotypes and predictability, curing and pardoning the cliche is where The Big Sick triumphs.

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FILM REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ (2017)

Review written by Guest Contributor Lucy Jacobson and Connor Johnston

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Hope is a weapon. Survival is a Victory. 

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance as well as a series of other enormously talented actors, takes place during the evacuation of 400,00 men on the shores of Dunkirk during World War 2. An event so pivotal to the outcome of the war warranted a film that captured the scale, ferocity and brutality of Dunkirk; a film that Nolan no doubt delivers.  Read more …

Zookeepers Wife

FILM REVIEW: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Since it first began operations in 1928, The Warsaw Zoo has continued to be one of the most diverse and visited zoos in all of Europe seeing in excess of over one million patrons annually. From 1939 and throughout the 1940’s however, the zoo was visited by a far smaller crowd of people – who despite their numbers flatten all records since in terms of their significance.

Directed by Niki Caro; The Zookeeper’s Wife chronicles the sacrifices, challenges and heroism of the Jan and Antonina Żabińska – the park’s owners, who used the zoo to save and house hundreds of Jewish people from the horrors of the Holocaust. In its depiction of World War II, The Zookeepers Wife offers a deeply considered and unique perspective on the conflict that sources its power from its characters and their strength. Read more …

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CABARET REVIEW: From Bourbon St to Broadway @ The Butterfly Club

From Wicked to Mary Poppins, she’s been behind some of the most iconic and vocally demanding roles in Melbourne’s amateur theatre scene; but this week Britni Leslie is offering audiences a new character that is just as entertaining and spirited as those she’s played before: Herself.

Leslie’s latest outing, From Bourbon St to Broadway, tells the “very true tale” of Leslie’s personal journey from her front porch in Alabama to Australia, with a substantial pit-stop in New York City. Sourcing from her own experiences the cabaret is guided by the motifs of following your dreams, falling in love and rising above with every part-time job, internet dating profile and Disney movie encountered along the way. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Lewis Watson @ The Evelyn Hotel 17/6/17

Saturday 17th of June marked Lewis Watson’s first Melbourne gig held at the Evelyn Hotel as part of the Australian and New Zealand leg of his tour of his latest album Midnight. It was a superb night of live music from Watson which highlighted his skill as a performer and proved that simplicity and honesty can captivate an audience just as well as drama and glitz. The mix of stripped back versions and energetic numbers, which were drawn from new and old releases, and a few little surprises in their execution made it a very enjoyable evening of soft indie pop music. Credit must also go to the two support acts, Mike Waters and Winterbourne for sharing their songs and energising the crowd. Both are worthy of a recommendation, Mike Waters for his simple but sweet tunes and heartfelt banter, and Winterbourne for their cheeky attitude, upbeat clap-along tunes and electric cello. Read more …

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BROKEN NEWS: Australian Greens Establish “Ethnic Cleansing” Program For Immigrants

The Greens have been showered with both praise and criticism over their new campaign to help indigenous and migrant communities in low socioeconomic areas. The Greens’ Ethnic Cleansing program is set to bring hundreds of portable shower stations to thousands of immigrants around Australia.  Broken News reached out to the Greens for comment, and secured an interview with staffer David Davidson. Read more …