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Arts

May 19, 2008

San Fran Bathhouse Thursday 1st May Increasingly trendy North American two-piece Ratatat are somewhat of an illkept secret in nerdy indie circles, and that’s probably because their synth & guitarbased instrumental music is really pretty damn good. So you can understand my complete surprise at how their live show at a totally packed Bodega turned […]

May 19, 2008

Batteries Not Included Mary Newton Gallery 30 April – 24 May Batteries Not Included is an interesting mixture of mixed media, graphite and ink on vintage paper, through to photographic prints at a show titled Private Park featuring Emily Bullock, Mary Macpherson, Jim Wheeler, Joanna Langford, Andy Irving and Andrea du Chatenier.

May 19, 2008

Directed by David Ayer Street Kings tells the story of ‘LA’s deadliest white boy’ Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), a vodka-swilling LAPD cop who gets dobbed in to Internal Affairs by his ex-partner for repeatedly breaking the rules and going to any means necessary to bring in the bad guys.

May 19, 2008

I saw a review recently saying something along the lines of “not everyone likes dance-punk” in reference to the album Apocalypso by Aussie band The Presets. Well if dance-punk is repetitive beats/ sounds with yelling over the top then, yes, I could understand why people might not like this album.

May 19, 2008

Handyman Written by Gavin McGibbon Directed by Simon Vincent At Bats May 13 – 24 As an avid horror fan, I often find that the thriller genre is all-too-often invisible in downtown theatres, so it really is high time we were given something psychologically riveting and creepy to sink our teeth into.

May 19, 2008

Grayson Gilmore, the red one from So So Modern, has released a very nice little acoustic EP, named Chapters. The songs draw heavily from Elliott Smith, producing perfect introspective pop. The sound is minimalist, and works well.

May 19, 2008

Only once in a while do games really remind you of why you play video games in the first place. Grand Theft Auto IV is one such a game. On the surface it may seem like a mindless romp: running over pedestrians, firing on hotdog stands and soliciting in the service of prostitutes; it is […]

May 12, 2008

This is the first album released by Atari-electro-core band Crystal Castles. The Toronto-based two piece that lists “murder”, “blank looks on girls” and “knives” as their influences, have created a unique sound; part Atari 5200 sound effects (produced via a sound chip placed inside a keyboard), part electronica, part hardcore.

May 12, 2008

The Mix Tape: loved by our Mums and Dads in the halcyon days of vinyl, forgotten in the age of the rampant proliferation of the insipid circular plastic filth of the compact disc, touted by a scornfully elitist Rob Gordon in High Fidelity; the mix tape represents one of the core institutions of pop music […]