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Arts

October 6, 2008

NZTrio, St Andrews on the Terrace, 18 September Composer Competition, Adam Concert Room, 19 September STROMA, Ilott Concert Chamber, 24 September Thonthorstrok, Hunter Chamber, 28 September NZSQ Workshop, Adam Concert Room, 29 September None of the events reviewed here have been covered by the Dominion Post.

October 6, 2008

A four-year-old girl whose imaginary friend pitches up with a suitcase full of dildos and pornography and then snorts cocaine and throws rubber penises around the room? Disturbing. I like the fact that this particular show is sponsored by D.Vice (they of marketing genius and designer sex gear for adventurous folk).

October 6, 2008

Never quite understanding why everyone went on about their 2004 breakthrough album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, I was first drawn to Kings of Leon via their third LP Because of the Times. Even though the ridiculous overplaying of lead single ‘On Call’ was enough to put anyone off listening to the whole album, ‘Charmer’ and ‘Fans’ […]

October 6, 2008

The greatly anticipated release of Ladyhawke’s first, self-titled album does not disappoint. Although predictable and repetitive it’s all deliberate. Pip admits she wanted her music to give off a sense of nostalgia even when listening for the first time, and the album has certainly achieved this. Heavily influenced by the 70’s and 80’s, the happy […]

October 6, 2008

When El Schlong burst on to the Dunedin metal scene earlier this decade, they were essentially a System of a Down imitation, with bouncy guitar solos and clear, maniacal vocals about tripping and torture. By the time they put out EP loudious deepthroatus in 2005, singer Jake had gone for more of a cookie monster […]

October 6, 2008

Thomas Voyce, one of the core members of Rhombus, is also a tutor of Sonic Arts at the NZSM, and he once gave me a crap mark for a composition I did in a first year paper. Granted, the piece was pretty uninspired, devoid of creative spirit and rushed out in a couple of days, […]

October 6, 2008

Today I’m going to analyse Peaches in a feminist context. Mainly because it’s easy and I’m a bit worn out from feminist analysis (I had my 489 due in this week). Peaches is a Canadian singer, famous for “her hypersexual brand of rap, raw electronics and rocked-up burlesque.” She played at SFBH last week, is […]

October 6, 2008

I said to my friends as we walked to SFBH on the night that was, 25th September, “It’s going to be such a great show cause it’ll be full of mad Peaches fans purely there for her” and I was right to an extent. Yet there were still those who for some reason or another […]

October 6, 2008

Let us reflect for a moment: The 2008 Big Day Out first announcement was branded as one of the most unexciting in the festival’s history. This is really something considering three of the headlining acts were revealed in one overexcited giggle, as though the organisers predicted that the very thought of these bands was going […]