Author: Jodie Sloan

Rogue academic, philosophical sloven, and earnest scribbler. Likes: Stiff drinks, good books, and the musical stylings of Frank Sinatra. Also likes: Pop culture, feminism, and excessive use of CAPSLOCK.

Track of the Day: Hallie “Nice Like Rice” (2019)

July 16, 2019

Melodic, instantly singalong-able, and with tongue firmly in cheek, “Nice Like Rice” is the latest single from Brisbane’s Hallie. Telling the tale of a friendship gone stale, “Nice Like Rice” marks a slight musical shift for the singer-songwriter, who’s been slipping a few more rock influences into her sound ahead of the September release of […]

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Interview: Author Helen Scheuerer talks closing out The Oremere Chronicles, lessons learned, and new adventures

July 11, 2019

Author Helen Scheuerer is just a couple of weeks away from wrapping up her Amazon best selling series The Oremere Chronicles. With War of Mist due out on July 25th, we caught up with her to find out as much as we could about the epic finale! So, we’re just a few weeks out from the […]

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Track of the Day: The Holy Smoke “Lay Your Head Down” (2019)

July 11, 2019

WA trio The Holy Smoke have just dropped their debut EP The River, and it’s filled with some of the most soulful folk music you’re likely to hear this year. To celebrate the release, we’re naming their single “Lay Your Head Down” as our track of the day – just a little teaser of what […]

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Theatre Review: Baby Bi Bi Bi is a wickedly funny hour of cabar-gay

July 10, 2019

From the moment the Flesh Coloured Panties crew (consisting of Samantha Andrew, Erin Pattison, Annabel Larcombe and a Portable Closet) take to the stage with a rendition of “Salad with the Girls, But in a Gay Way”, the scene is set for an hour of deliciously crude and wildly inventive cabaret. With a focus on bisexuality, a […]

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Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood headlines the 2019 Melbourne International Film Fest

July 10, 2019

Now in its 68th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival has announced an astonishing line-up for its 2019 season, boasting 259 feature films, 123 shorts and 16 virtual reality experiences, MIFF 2019 will include 31 world premieres and 160 Australian premieres all taking place over just 18 days. It’s artistic director’s Al Cossar‘s first year […]

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Theatre Review: Cassie Workman’s Giantess is a heartfelt (and hilarious) triumph

July 9, 2019

One day, while shopping for school supplies, a little girl is kidnapped by a troll. She spends the next thirty years trapped in the troll’s house, gradually assimilating to his lifestyle. She cooks, cleans, and is careful to never look outside at the world beyond. Isolated and convinced of her own brokenness, only a giantess […]

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Book Review: Inspector Gereon Rath returns in Volker Kutscher’s The Silent Death

July 8, 2019

The year is 1930. With talkies on the rise, the age of silent cinema is coming to a close, and it seems there’s someone on the Berlin streets who’s not quite ready to let it go. Cinema starlets are showing up dead at an alarming rate and, as if Inspector Gereon Rath doesn’t already have […]

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Track of the Day: Viera Motel “Take Heart” (2019)

July 8, 2019

Let’s kick start the week with a delicious slice of 80s/90s inspired indie-pop goodness! “Take Heart” is the debut single from Melbourne four piece Viera Hotel, consisting of Jay Pollock (vocals/keys), Matthew Ferguson (guitar/keys), Dane Sorensen (bass) and Matt Colvin (drums). Citing such influences as Interpol, The Killers, New Order, and Joy Division, the band’s […]

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Guest Playlist: Singer-songwriter Eliott takes us through her top ten female artists

July 4, 2019

With debut EP Bold Enough already out in the wild, and fresh from supporting the likes of Matt Corby and OK Moon, Melbourne singer-songwriter Eliott is already having a killer year. Now she’s getting ready to strike out on her own, with headline spots in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Ahead of the first show at […]

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Track by Track: Joan Banoit takes us through their debut album, Clerical

July 3, 2019

Joan Banoit (otherwise known as former choirboy Julian Bright) recently dropped their debut album Clerical, and it’s an absolutely stellar collection of tracks from the rising electronic artist. Working with producer Artefact and mixer Stu Hunter, Clerical is the result of three years experimentation, development, and hard graft. It’s unlike anything else you’ll hear this […]

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Theatre Review: After a night with Ruby Slippers and co, I LOVE GAY – and you will too!

July 3, 2019

Commander Ruby Slippers and her band of queer warriors are here and they’re ready to slay! Featuring acts from across Australia, I LOVE GAY is a cabaret style celebration of all the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow, and it’s damn near impossible not to get swept away in the fun. Produced by Slippers and Brisbane’s […]

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Theatre Review: La Silhouette brings powerful immersive theatre to Brisbane’s MELT festival

July 2, 2019

Brisbane’s The Sui Ensemble have brought immersive theatre to MELT, with the cabaret club inspired La Silhouette. Bringing tales from Brisbane’s queer history to life, audience members participate as club patrons, with (almost) entirely free reign to move and interact as they like throughout the show’s two hour running time. Will you accept owner George’s invitation […]

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Female musos launch Strawberry Jam, a new women focused industry night at Brisbane’s Blute’s Bar

July 2, 2019

Blute’s Bar has fast become one of the Valley’s places to be since opening late last year in the Brunswick Street Mall, and latest event series Strawberry Jam is just another great reason to plant yourself on those comfy leather sofas. The brainchild of The Artist Vendor‘s Melissa Donley, Strawberry Jam is a monthly invitation […]

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Track of the Day: Sum 41 “Never There” (2019)

June 28, 2019

Ahead of their upcoming album, Order in Decline (out July 19th), Canadian skate punks Sum 41 have dropped a couple of new singles to really get us all in the mood. “Never There” is the latest of these, an emotional ballad dedicated to all the single parents out there. Formed back in 1996, the current lineup […]

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Live Review: Chamber ensemble The Boxties bring folk like you’ve never heard it before to the Cremorne (Brisbane, performances to June 29th)

June 28, 2019

Brisbane creative collective The Boxties (that’s “box-tees” not “box-ties”) have returned to the QPAC stage, with A Net of Souls: Songs of Dislocation and Common Ground. The ten piece chamber ensemble have pulled together a collection of songs of change, upheaval, and a longing for community. Industry, love, and war all come forward as disruptions, […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival announces 2019 program

June 27, 2019

Over 160 internationally renowned writers and thinkers will descend upon the River City in early September, for the 57th Brisbane Writers Festival. From the 5th to the 8th of September, workshops and panels will take over several venues across Brisbane. As well as the usual mix of family friendly, YA, and adult events, there will […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Manorism “Moon Rising” (2019)

June 27, 2019

We’re super excited to be bringing you the exclusive premiere of “Moon Rising”, the latest single from Melbourne’s Manorism. Melbourne band Manorism is a dream-pop passion project from Shantanu Joshi, Hai Nguyen, Damien Kaluarachchi, Stanislav Likane and Simon Farrelly. Forming in 2014, Manorism’s sound pays homage to the post-punk giants of the 1980s, peppered with […]

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Track of the Day: Your Smith “Wild Wild Woman” (2019)

June 26, 2019

Your Smith (aka Caroline Smith) has just released “Wild Wild Woman“, a folk/funk mashup that calls to the wilder side in all of us, and we think it’s just the thing to get you through the rest of this week! Inspired by the rich music history of LA, where she now calls home, Smith has […]

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Relive Avengers: Endgame one more time this weekend

June 26, 2019

At select cinemas this weekend, Marvel‘s powerhouse finale Avengers: Engame will be re-released for limited screenings. Opening with an introduction from director Anthony Russo and with an exclusive look at an unfinished deleted scene, this really is proof that the Marvel team love us 3000! And in case that wasn’t enough to convince you to […]

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Track of the Day: Chalk “The Sometimes Always” (2019)

June 21, 2019

It’s been twenty four years since Brisbane rockers Chalk last showcased any new music, so now, with their first full length album on the way, we’re stoked to be naming “The Sometimes Always” as our Track of the Day! A celebrated fixture of the Brisbane live music scene in the 90s, Chalk released a string of […]

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