In news that saddens us greatly at Splinters, it seems Lady Gaga’s ArtRave Ball Tour isn’t selling as well as expected in Australia. Whilst most General Admission tickets across Australia have actually sold out, it has come to light that many of the seated tickets (including a number of highly-priced ‘package’ tickets) are still available. However, in Perth, ALL of the tickets (bar the meet and greet) are still available to purchase!
In my last article, I talked about women in the blues – and believe me, there’s more around on that than the little I put in front of you. But, I figured that rather than spend time on too much in the way of general articles, I should alternate with a bit of detail on specific artists. More than that, specific local artists. I came to Geelong in 1998, and even though I had lived in Melbourne for a while back in the ’70s, I’d never been to Geelong, or for that matter anywhere in south-western Victoria.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? If you haven’t, firstly please add it to your bucket list. Not only does it have fairly year-round sunny, vibrant weather, it’s also home to some of the most astounding architecture. For someone who has no knowledge, or admittedly any interest in architecture, you cannot help but be wowed as you walk through the cobbled streets that are home to some of the oldest churches, cathedrals and buildings, most of which were designed by the incredibly talented and famous Antoni Gaudí. Look him up – some of it will take your breath away!
Wow, more awesome overseas festival news that shows, once and for all, that Australian promoters need to get their shit together. Heavy Montreal takes place this year on August 9th and 10th – in Montreal, funnily enough! The line-up for this two-day affair includes Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Bad Religion, DRI, Body Count, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Madball, Lamb of God, The Offspring, Fucked Up, Three Doors Down and dozens more.
So, is Australian television drama dead or what? The news last week that the premiere of Ten’s big hope for early 2014, Secrets & Lies, had failed to draw anything like a decent audience – 404,000 according to the ratings; which is not enough to keep it on the air – coupled with the long-awaited return of Puberty Blues also getting its lowest ratings ever (538,000) suggests that it might be time to get out the shovels.
Fiction tends to give crime a glamorous sheen that otherwise doesn’t exist in the real world. Stray Bullets removes that sheen and leaves us with brutal, unforgiving and often sad violence. While comics are no stranger to the world of crime fiction, Ed Brubaker’s Criminal being a particularly exciting and pulpy example, David Lapham’s Stray Bullets is one of the best at stripping it down to its core. It’s human interaction at its ugliest.
We’re slowly getting closer to the April 8 release date for OFF!’s brand new album, Wasted Years. It features the first single Void You Out, and will be epic. The always epic Bayside have finally dropped their brand new album, Cult, through independent heavyweights Hopeless Records. Eleven new songs to hold us over til the […]
Underbelly’s back! Only it’s not called Underbelly anymore. It would be both unfair and inaccurate to suggest the name-change came about because of a slow but steady trashing of the brand thanks to a long line of sub-par series over the years. (Reportedly the real reason why they changed the name was to do with claiming the Federal Government’s 20% Producer Offset tax rebate. The money-back offer cuts out after 65 episodes of a series and they couldn’t persuade the Tax Office that each Underbelly series was its own stand-alone show, so no money back for them unless they made a different series.) But the fact that it seems reasonable to assume they changed the name for promotional reasons underlines just how far the Underbelly brand has fallen.
Cameron: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All is a master class in short fiction. Laird Barron proves that with only a few pages he can conjure up some of the greatest cosmic horror and fill this terrifying world with believable characters. While Laird may indulge in similar themes as Lovecraft, especially the idea that […]