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Things I Learnt at Yours & Owls

BY Sam King

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Samsurah | Waywards

This gig was the first half of Samsaruh’s Speaking Fire EP tour after her gig at Big Sound last month.

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American Animals

How did you procrastinate over your mid-semester break? For these four Kentucky kids, youthful apathy results in an elaborate scheme to thwart the Transylvania University library of a rare collection of naturalist early 19th Century books.

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Odin Malchik | Treat Everyone With Respect

Perth soloist Odin Malchik is back with another single from his upcoming debut album, the wholesomely titled ‘Treat Everybody With Respect’. It’s a short, sharp tune coming in at less than two and a half minutes, but it achieves a lot in that time.

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I Am Paul Walker

Five years on, the death of Paul Walker remains just as tragic. Not because the 40-year-old actor was killed with his creative potential left unfulfilled, but because The Fast and the Furious star seemed to have lead a life constantly searching for a way

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G-Flip | The Lansdowne

Despite having only released two songs, Melbourne multi-instrumentalist G Flip already has a significant base of loyal followers. On Thursday night’s intimate show at the Lansdowne, these fans were treated to one hell of a party and shown what the future

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Ich Nibber Dibber

Have you ever eavesdropped on a group of high-schoolers, Uni students, parents, teachers, work colleagues, or any other group of acquainted adults? You might be surprised what you can glean from the act of listening.

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SPREE | I do what I want

UNSW’s own SPREE (Gemma Lipman) has exploded onto the scene with her debut single ‘I Do What I Want’. It’s a dark, industrial tune with badass lyrics that make you feel unstoppable.

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Courtney Barnett at Sydney Opera House

Not long after I had taken my seat at the Sydney Opera House, the lights dimmed and the audience began to cheer excitedly.

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Amy Shark | Enmore Theatre

Indie-pop sensation, Amy Shark’s Love Monster Tour arrived at the Enmore Theatre last week, but for many reasons, I strongly considered leaving before the encore.

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Law Revue 2018 | The Bachelawyer

Law Revue 2018 started with a bang! A dance number that includes all of the cast hooks us into the show. The show uses the word ‘daddy’ liberally, so be warned if you have issues. I, of course, loved it.

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Edward R | Paradise

“You make me feel like paradise, and you take my heart and twice as nice, and I’m never going to leave your side, no matter what the future’s like, as long as we’re in paradise.”

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Meres | Feardom

​One of the tags on Meres’ Triple J Unearthed page is “all the things you thought you’d forgotten about”. It’s the perfect description for the emotions her latest single, Feardom, evokes.

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Rake | S04

​Jumping the shark. When has your favourite television show ever gone too far? Bolstered by popularity, there comes a time in a program’s lifespan when: rather than fading credibly, the storyline is drastically altered in lieu of logic and reason.

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Hearts Beat Loud

Contained, yet subtlly thoughtful and progressive. Hearts Beat Loud is an inoffensive but important take on relationship often underrated.

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Diet | Sundown EP

The new EP from Melbourne band DIET, their second in three years, is being released on the 24th of August. Blitz was lucky enough to get an early listen to Sundown, an EP bursting with frantic energy.

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What's The Matter With Mary Jane?

​Although 9 per cent of the Australian population grapples with some type of eating disorder, the face of the wide-range of mental illnesses is often given to one of the most susceptible and pressured demographics in 21st society: young women.

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Katy Perry | Witness Tour

Pop superstar Katy Perry returned to Sydney for a week’s worth of shows as part of her fourth concert tour, Witness: The Tour. The singer played four shows at Qudos Bank Arena, with music producer Zedd joining her as the opening act.

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Poloshirt at OAF

Winston Surfshirt and Polographia got into bed one night and out came their lovechild Poloshirt, a smooth intricate band that has developed a strong cult following.

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The Breaker Upperers

An ode to the heartbroken, The Breaker Upperers is essential viewing for anyone who doesn’t know how to break up with their significant other– or is a fan of Taika Waititi.

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Books with a Hero as Flawed as You

When your hero doesn’t quite have their sh*t together...

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MGMT & Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand and MGMT have been blitzing stages across the country with alternative beats and translucent pyrotechnics.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of the Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time is an artfully conceived and skilfully manifested adaption of Mark Haddon’s best selling novel, with a string of awards to its name - includi

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Mamma Mia | Here We Go Again

If you don’t love ABBA, you are in denial. In 2008, Meryl Streep, or the queen of cinema, translated the success of the stage musical Mamma Mia to the screen. The result, a toe-tapping box office bonanza.

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Free Food for Millionaires

It was only after falling in love with the more recent Pachinko that I came across a 10th anniversary edition of Min Jin Lee’s debut novel.

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Albert Hammond Jr.

"I only wanted to be one of The Strokes..."

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Poloshirt

The new self-titled EP by POLOSHIRT, a unique-funk, electro-pop collaboration between Winston Surfshirt and Polographia, oozes a blissful flow of smooth keys and gentle vocals.

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BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee, screened as part of Sydney Film Fest 2018. Phelize Bristol went along to review it - check out her take and catch it at Palace Cinemas from AUG 16.

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Nanette

Raw, defiant and heartbreakingly relevant. Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special is no ordinary open-mic comedy special.

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​Odin Malchik | The Hard Way

Perth solo artist Odin Malchik is cooking up a unique serving of psychedelic Bedroom Pop bursting with brilliance and bound to catapult him towards a massive audience.

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Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential is essentially Bourdain’s autobiography. Written while he was still working ‘the line,’ he’d get up at five or six in the morning, light up a smoke and start tying.

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City Calm Down

Mix a sugar and spice configuration of all your favourite musical icons, including The Cure, The National and Joy Division. Put these ingredients into an oven safe bowl and bake it on high, and there emerges City Calm Down.

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Terror Nullius

Australia isn’t just a smiling Crocodile Dundee in the outback, or the bikini clad white girls watching surfers in Puberty Blues. It’s a country, Soda_Jerk argues, which enables and promotes racism, sexism and misogyny, and we deserve to be called out on

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Less

Tragic, whimsical anti-hero alert. This Pulitzer Winner is all about love and loss in the 21st Century.

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Thundamentals | I Miss You

Local hip-hop trio Thundamentals are celebrating a decade together, and with their upcoming album being titled ‘Decade of the Thundakat’, nostalgia has become a prevalent theme for the group.

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Curve Ball

This is the 3rd year that Vivid, Fuzzy, Motorik, Carriageworks, and a handful of EDM artists have teamed up to create a spectacularly stimulating festival of lights and sounds. If you find yourself headed to Curve Ball next year, be prepared to have your

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PLTS | Maelstrom

...we're given a deep dive into an introspective and deep tune showing off PLTS's signature down-to-earth lyrics, honest feelings of hiding away under the water.

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert | The Musical

1994’s The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert is a timeless, glitter soaked classic for many reasons.

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Goodnight Wombalicorn

Rachel Anne Buch is a Sydney based artist and graduate of the National Art School. Originally working in ceramics, her practice has developed to focus on soft sculpture and textiles.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

What the audience gleans from the story is this: grown-up people like to dictate to growing-up people the definitions of right and wrong, but there comes a time for young people to consider moral matters for themselves.

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The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher tells the story of Lisa Spinelli, an experienced kindergarten teacher and mediocre poetry student, who suddenly discovers that her 5-year-old student Jimmy is a poetic prodigy.

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Oceans 8

​Donning her majestically ageless face, Sandra Bullock returns to screens with all the glamour of an A-List film star ready to steals viewers’ hearts with an inoffensive and eventually forgettable comedy.

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Solange

At the age of 24 I have finally found what (who) I want to be when I grow up. It's Solange Knowles.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Why is the new Han Solo film tanking in the box office and how do we do treat this monster franchise?

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Belle & Sebastian

Last Saturday night, the indie fangirl from my frizzy haired, gawky teenage years died in me when I got the chance to see Belle & Sebastian up close and personal at their Sydney Opera House gig. As an avid listener of the band throughout high school, it f

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Carmen: Live Or Dead

In Carmen’s (Natale Gamsu) prefatory words, she tells the audience something to the power of: “Tonight, I am here to entertain you, and I am here to die.” She does both of those with vivacity, eccentricity, and without apology.

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Alice Tovey

Towards one corner, Alice Tovey stands in a tan, knee-length coat and shining black liquid latex pants. Her signature red-heart ‘Tovey’ earrings swing and her sapphire lined eyes sparkle as she sips at her cup of ‘bitter man-tears’.

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Groovin' the Moo

Groovers get behind a beautifully diverse line-up this year while the first ever pill-testing facility to target unsafe drugs being used at festivals. All in all, a moo-velous day.

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Annihilation

Along with Fight Club (David Fincher) and A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick,) Annihilation is one of only three movies I’d recommend watching before reading the book.

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I Feel Pretty

Have you ever had that moment when you’re striding down the street purposefully, thinking super-important thoughts, carrying your morning choice beverage and feeling damn good?

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KARD

Get to know the KPOP group KARD who will be touring in Australia and at our university!

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Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary is an independent rom-com about dealing with those ‘grass is always greener’ existential crises that we’ve all had, where you question all the decisions you’ve made, and everything you have, because of the slight of chance that something

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Crumpler

Don’t be put off by its strange folds and clips, the Crumpler Propeller might not have the usual shape you’d expect in a backpack, but it’s a storage powerhouse for any student that needs easy accessibility, in a cool, comfortable style!

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Rickey Gervais | Humanity

Ricky Gervais’ new stand up special Humanity, currently on Netflix, is a provocatively hilarious and thoughtful show about offensive comedy.

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Single Asian Female

When Lady Bird aired earlier this year, women all over the world fell in love with it for its painfully accurate representation of mother-daughter relationships.

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Masterclass

Terrence McNally’s Masterclass, currently showing at the Sydney Opera House is a poignant show about the craft of making it in showbiz.

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Red Sparrow

I have never walked out of a cinema before. In fact, in nearly 21 years of movie watching, I cannot recall a time when a film has left me feeling nauseous, shaking and violently angry.

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Sydney City Limits

7.3/10: back to back bangers without a minute's reprieve. Hot fresh and spicy, but guilty of all the classic festival tropes – expensive, densely scheduled, sound bleed between stages.

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Justice League

Boy, oh boy. Where to begin. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Sydney premiere of DC’s latest film Justice League. Of course if you know anything about the Justice League you’ll know what the film is about, but for those of you who live under th

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Drake | Boy Meets World Tour

Buying tickets to see Drake was a very last minute decision. Not because I didn’t want to see the amazingly talented (and good looking) Canadian live, but because I was poor and general admission tickets were over $200.

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Wild Honey | In Your Head

If you’re looking for a straightforward, sterile, bubble-gum pop album masquerading as indie, you’ve come to the wrong place.

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Sydney Fringe Fest | Crackers

​ Mental illness is an area some entertainers shy away from. This is not the case with Crackers, the latest production by the Bite Production Theatre collective.

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The Last Five Years

‘The Last 5 Years’ is a story about two people in love, but it is so much more than just a love story.

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Valerian

The Fifth Element is one of my favorite films of all time. So, it’s no surprise that I was excited to see Valerian, not only because of the cool visuals shown in the trailer but also because of the creativity of the concept of a city made up of a thousand

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The Other Side of the World

When I first saw the cover of this novel by Stephanie Bishop, I immediately thought of fairy floss.

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Boo Seeka

Last week “hip-hop-psych-soul” duo Boo Seeka made their big album debut with the in equal parts soothing and energetic record, Never Too Soon.

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My Cousin Rachel

Are you a fan of the Regency period? Do you believe somebody is out to kill you and take all of your money?

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