Month: February 2017

Review: The Blackeyed Susans, ‘Close Your Eyes And See’

“I like a song to make sense,” Rob Snarski states in his new book, You’re Not Rob Snarski. “I’m partial to a beginning, middle and end. I’m old school.” The Blackeyed Susans’ new studio album – their first in 14 years – contains nine perfectly-formed pieces of romantic pop. Nearly three decades after they assembled in Perth, The Blackeyed Susans remain underappreciated, perhaps because the velvet-voiced Snarski exhibits no rockstar ego. “I don’t like the spotlight,” he confesses in album highlight I Don’t Dance (Anymore), “I can’t stand the glare; the attention, the detail, are too much to bear.”...

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BAD//DREEMS announce ‘Gutful’, out April

The group’s sophomore album will release April 21.  BAD//DREEMS have also dropped a brand new single, Feeling Remains, along with a new video. The group have reunited with producers Mark Opitz and Colin Wynne on this new album, and we can expect a greater exploration of the fervent rock we first became familiar with on debut Dogs At Bay. Speaking on Feeling Remains, guitarist Alex Cameron had this to say: “It’s a song about the eternal battle with melancholy faced by so many. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, the darkness just won’t dissipate. The feeling still remains. It’s always there nipping...

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War announced

The long-awaited follow up to Shadow of Mordor has officially been announced.  Following a leak on a retailer website yesterday, Middle Earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor, and will return players to the land of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Launching August 23, there will be a gameplay reveal next month. We can’t...

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Doctor Strange: Mind Over Matter

How Buddhist monk and mindfulness teacher Gelong Thubten helped Benedict Cumberbatch to get in the right frame of mind for Doctor Strange. Part of Doctor Strange‘s heroic character arc is transforming from an egotistical surgeon to an open-minded zen-channeling superhero. To do that, The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) teaches Dr. Strange to train his mind, and the first thing he has to learn is to get out of the way of his own ego. That is where Gelong Thubden comes in. A Buddhist monk, he specialises in mindfulness, a technique for training the mind to be more present, relaxed and positive....

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New Lorde music on Friday?

A cryptic short film suggests that Lorde will be releasing some new music on Friday. The 10 second clip – which can be accessed on the newly created website – features the Kiwi popstar eating and drinking in the back of a car, and ends with the dates 3.2.17 NYC and 3.3.17 NZ. Given that Fridays are the traditional release date for new records, it’s safe to assume that there will some new Lorde music available by March 3 – but will it be a single or the full album? As reported last week, Lorde has been confirmed...

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