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Oxford Art Factory

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 9:03am

A total of seven Sydney venues are now exempt from the 1:30am lockouts and 3am last drinks, according to an announcement by Minister for Racing Paul Toole.

 

Oxford Art Factory on Oxford Street and Mr B's Hotel on Pitt Street are now eligible to admit patrons until 2am, with last drinks served at 3:30am.

 

The announcement came as part of the New South Wales...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:22pm

Hear the phrase ‘brass band’ and you might be excused for conjuring images of swelling marching bands steeped in tradition and ceremonial capacity. For the most part, you wouldn’t be far wrong.

 

Redolent of the bayou’s rich and diverse music history, brass bands have remained a common feature of the Louisiana landscape. You’ll find groups like The Hot 8 Brass Band playing jazz...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:30am

Legend has it that the outlandishly entertaining All Our Exes Live In Texas do not, in fact, hail from Sydney, but instead have their origin on a distant mountaintop, where they survived in a cave for eight eremitic years.

 

There they lived off harmonies and lichen until their musicianship reached an unholy peak and they set off across the land in search of success and bona fide...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 11:26am

Sydney trio PVT announced the completion of their fifth album way back in November 2015. 

 

The record, titled New Spirit, finally lands next week, roughly 15 months after the recording process concluded. It’s a sustained delay, but the ensuing period has seen PVT’s name return to the public consciousness, largely thanks to the re-release of their debut LP Make Me Love You and a...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 1:00pm

Alright, so we know that international rock bands love playing Australia – we know that the hype is real and acts always mention how excited they are to play here – so why is The Menzingers’ enthusiasm any different?

 

Well for one thing, the Philadelphia punk rockers have been on the scene for quite some time: 11 years to be exact, establishing themselves as clever songwriters...

Posted 26 Jan 2017 @ 10:30am

You’d struggle to find any artist – be it in music, literature, film, whatever – whose career has seen nothing but wine and roses.

 

Any attempt to make a life within the arts is a gamble, and one that may not actually pay off until long down the road (if at all). Canadian indie folk band The Strumbellas are keenly aware of this; it wasn’t until 2016’s Hope – their third album –...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 2:11pm

The sold-out gig on Sydney Harbour will be followed up with a massive DJ set from Norman Jay MBE, supported by Simon Caldwell and Stephen Ferris.

 

All through the holiday period, The Island Live has been providing summer vibes with acts like Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Hayden James and Cosmo's Midnight bringing gigs to the iconic floating beach club.

 

Now the...

Posted 3 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

1. Growing Up

 

There’s a history of creatives in my family. My grandmother wrote jingles in the ’50s for American radio stations, my mother came to the UK on a dance scholarship and my aunt is a singer and music teacher in the States, so I guess it was inevitable that I would grow up to also have a passion for the arts.

 

2. Inspirations

Come from...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 5:54pm

It sounds suspiciously like Ingrid Helene Håvik is doing the dishes.

 

The Highasakite vocalist has put the BRAG on speakerphone, and her echoing, muddied voice is only just audible over a barrage of clinking, clattering and the splashing of water – a cascade of noise that doesn’t let up for our ten-minute interview mostly full of questions being only half-answered. Indeed,...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 11:05am

Scottish group Frightened Rabbit are heading to our shores on a newly announced tour.

 

Update: a second show has now been added in Sydney.

 

Coming in the wake of April's Painting Of A Panic Attack, the group shacked up in the studio with The National's Aaron Dessner to craft one of their most commercially successful records to date. 

 

The...

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