Why Sweet Vicious kicks ass in more ways than one

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Let’s face it, 2016 was an absolute mess of a year. The only clear survivor to not be affected by all the death and impending destruction was television. It rose above all the nonsense and brought us shows like Westworld, Stranger Things, Preacher – it gave us the best it had to offer to remind us we can always numb ourselves to the pain of real life. Amongst all the amazing productions, one of the shows that has slipped under the radar is MTV’s Sweet Vicious.

Created by writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the series is described by the MTV network as an “offbeat superhero story for the millennial generation.” And yet it is so much more than that.

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The premise of the show centralises on female leads Jules Thomas (played by Eliza Bennett) and Ophelia Mayer (played by Taylor Dearden)—two college students that have secretly become vigilantes in order to take on rapists who have been terrorising females on campus.

Robinson told E! News back in November when the first episode aired:

“I really wanted to write a story for and about empowered women, and women who were strong but could also be broken at the same time and to showcase that on television so that other women didn’t feel alone.”

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It’s because of this very reason the production stands alone as one of the most confronting and truthful accounts of sexual assault currently on television. Bennett’s character struggles to come to terms with the fact she is a victim of rape, trying to overcome her issues by becoming a role model for women at her college.

Dearden’s character witnesses the injustice happening around her and wants to be part of the solution even if that means getting violent. Despite their short list of accomplishments, Bennett and Dearden provide emotional and moving performances, bringing these issues to the forefront of younger generations. Interweaved in the show’s plot, police and campus officers are portrayed as the bad guys who stand by and do nothing about the growing issue.

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According to CNBC, a report in September 2016 released by the Association of American Universities, nearly 1 in 4 college women say they’ve been sexually assaulted before they’ve even graduated. The alarming statistics were based on responses of around 150,000 students at 27 top universities.

Sweet Vicious doesn’t shy away from exploring the darkest aspects of rape culture, and the fact that it’s vastly becoming a synonymous issue in universities around the world.

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Asta partners up with Yeo on her debut EP

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Tasmanian native Asta was just 17 years of age when she took out triple j’s Unearthed High back in 2012, winning hearts with her acoustic debut single, My Heart is On Fire.

Since then she’s released a string of singles including two triple j Hottest 100 charting hits, had multiple festival spots and toured with the likes of pop sensation Ellie Goulding. Now, at 22, Asta’s long awaited debut EP is finally going to be released on February 17 and it is said to be brimming with her distinctive sunny alt-pop sound.

Her new collaboration with Melbourne based Yeo, and an emerging songwriter named Aurelia, has allowed the songstress to flip her original brooding acoustic pop vibe on its head. Displaying a self-assurance well beyond her years, the first single off the EP, Shine is a prismatic funk-pop gem. Filled with ringing pianos and a booming bass, Asta has crafted a brighter, bubblier natural progression than what we’ve been accustomed to before, but it’s this development which buzzes with confidence and life.

As if news of her impending EP wasn’t enough to get you hyped, fans will be able to see her live when she embarks on her massive national tour, where she will hit up five states and two territories across the country. All tickets are available at astaworld.com.au

TOUR DATES

 FRI 17 FEB | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
SAT 18 FEB | HYPERFEST, MIDLAND, WA
THU 23 FEB | ANU BAR, CANBERRA
FRI 24 FEB | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY
SAT 25 FEB | SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE
THU 02 MAR | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG
FRI 03 MAR | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE
SAT 04 MAR | THE TOFF, MELBOURNE
THU 09 MAR | SOL BAR, MAROOCHYDORE
FRI 10 MAR | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY
SAT 11 MAR | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE
SUN 12 MAR | COOLANGATTA HOTEL, COOLANGATTA
FRI 17 MAR | REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART
SAT 18 MAR | CLUB 54, LAUNCESTON

Sia pays tribute to Orlando shooting victims with ‘The Greatest’

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After a week of teasing and none too subtle hints about the release of a new song, Australia’s very own eccentric songstress Sia Furler, in collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, have dropped new track The Greatest. 

It’s accompanying music video stars talented 13-year-old Maddie Ziegler, who has become Sia’s stage alter-ego and honours victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by Sia or her people regarding the nature of her video and the tragedy in Orlando, dancer Matt Moseley, who features as one of the 49 dancers, has publicly confirmed the intent on one of his Instagram posts, including the hashtag #WeAreYourChildren

The video itself is a visually stunning and a haunting tribute to the victims, at one point Ziegler is shown to wipe rainbow tears down her cheeks, whilst the camera pans around the dancers bodies which have been piled atop of each other.

The song delivers a powerful message about overcoming tragedy and being stronger because of it, no doubt something we can all get behind and support.

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WATCH: We’re so keen for Trainspotting 2!

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The hype is real people. Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie are back. Director Danny Boyle, the genius behind a bunch of cinematic classics, has finally unveiled Trainspotting 2‘steaser trailer and we’re left with all the feels.

The 41 second clip is really far too short to reveal anything about the film. It does, however, feature all the movie’s original stars, looking somewhat aged from their 1996 counterparts. Another pleasant surprise is Iggy Pop‘s Lust for Life blaring in the background, which is no doubt a great indication the soundtrack will be just as entertaining.

T2 will be loosely based on Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel PornoThe book itself continues Renton’s story, ten years after the events of Trainspotting, however this time around it’s the pornography business rather than heroin use that’s central to the plot. Whether or not this will be the case for the film remains to be seen.

With Boyle at the helm, and the original cast members returning, we can safely assume there will be lots of laughter, drug references and that British black comedy we’ve all come to know and love.

The film is set for release on January 27 2017. Get keen!

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Morrissey returns to Australia, leaves Brisbane out in the cold

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If you haven’t heard, British legend Morrissey has announced a run of Australian headline shows set for October. Cities he and his band will be visiting include: Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle.

That’s right, Brisbane is officially a no-go zone. The indie rock legend, who first rose to prominence as the front-man for The Smiths, has blacklisted the entire state due to being “heckled” the last time he visited.

In an exclusive interview with Courier MailMorrissey revealed:

“I didn’t want to return to Brisbane because I’ve played there twice and on both nights I was heckled, which doesn’t bother me that much, but even if I reply with something snazzy, the heckler always wins because the night has been soured and we no longer feel welcome. That’s life.”

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Sydney has also been snubbed but that’s no doubt due to the fact Morrissey‘s last visit down under was four Sydney-only shows for last year’s Vivid Festival. He’s insisted, however, that he wants to make his way through different locations and venues rather than sticking to the East Coast.

“I suppose there are people who think of Australia only in terms of Sydney and Melbourne, but I’m not one of them,” he said.

It’s okay Moz, we forgive you.

Just like his Vivid Sydney gigs, all venues the iconic singer-songwriter will be playing at this year have also agreed to serve meat-free food – that’s including backstage catering and food on sale to the public. So if you’re a tad peckish maybe hit up a Maccas before you head in.

A pre-sale for Frontier Touring members ends today, August 4. General public tickets go on sale Friday, August 5th at 10am.

MORRISSEY AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Saturday, 22nd October 2016

Festival Hall, Melbourne

Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Friday, 28th October 2016
Royal Theatre, Canberra

Saturday, 29th October 2016
WIN Centre, Wollongong

Monday, 31st October 2016
Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Keep Calm and Bring On The Panic!

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Here’s a little something for all you hardcore pop rock fans. Panic! At the Disco have announced a 2017 Australian tour!

Now before you’re all flooded with distant memories of a fever we all had trouble sweating out of (stay with me), the Las Vegas rockers are returning to our shores in January next year with current fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor.

It’s been waaaaaaaay over a decade since Brendon Urie and his crew first released their debut album, but they’ve grown up since (and so have we thankfully) with Urie calling an end to his bachelor days by marrying Sarah Orzechowski, which inspired some of the tracks found on the new record.

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Death of a Bachelor stands alone as a triumphant collection of songs where the band has effortlessly blended the sounds of Sinatra and Queen and made it all their own. The contemporary and old world feel of the LP will no doubt provide one hell of a live show for audiences.

With each album release the band has gone above and beyond to push the boundaries, establishing a number of unique genre bending records that have fans coming back time and time again. So it’s no wonder the news of their Australian circuit has been received well by us all.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday July 7 at 9:00am so be sure to get your hands on them fast because we predict they won’t be available for too long. For those of you who can’t wait, an exclusive fan pre-sale will begin on Tuesday July 5 from 9:00am. Fans must sign up to be eligible, so check out Select Touring for more details.

Tour Dates 2017

Wednesday 25th January, Metro City, PERTH 18+

Friday 27th January, Hordern Pavilion, SYDNEY Lic/AA

Saturday 28th January, Festival Hall, MELBOURNE Lic/AA

Tuesday 31st January, Eaton’s Hill Hotel, BRISBANE Lic/AA

Sam Rasmussen of The Paper Kites talks Midnight tour and life at home

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If you were under the assumption Melbourne’s dream folksters The Paper Kites were hardcore party animals on the road, you’d be wrong – in fact they’re quite the opposite. The band is currently living the dream though, as a result of their successful critically acclaimed LP twelvefour and that calls for a little celebration.

Just last year, the record earned them places on the ARIA charts, placing within the top 10 in one category and number one in another.We now find them smack bang in the middle of their Australian Midnight tour before they head off to North America where the quintet has previously shared the stage with the likes of City and Colour and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Bassist Sam Rasmussen took some time out to have a chat with Music Insight about life on tour, past, present and future.

“Across the board everyone’s been great, we’ve been lucky enough to tour with some great acts and perhaps the first meeting we might’ve been awestruck but we always move past that,” said Rasmussen.

Despite the excitement, Rasmussen revealed his heart can be pulled in two different directions when it comes to his family.

“We all have our partners, families and lives at home and going out on tour can be hard in that respect because we’re leaving everyone at home and sometimes for quite a long time.”

When the band isn’t playing sold-out shows Rasmussen said he can be found doing pretty ordinary things – almost like living a double life.

“At home I have kids and work, it’s just another house on the block and I love that and then we go on tour and it’s so different,” he said.

The indie rock quintet’s recent efforts with current album twelvefour ensure the band will remain in the foreminds of many fans for sometime yet. The record, which features popular tracks Electric IndigoRevelator Eyes and Renegade,was written entirely as a concept album.

“The other Sam [Bentley] did all the writing, and he is a bit of a night owl. He doesn’t normally make a habit of staying up between midnight and 4am, however for writing this album he did do that intentionally,” Rasmussen said.

The decision to move away from their original sound was a conscious one and has proved a resounding triumph for the fivesome.

“We decided after looking back at our previous records that we wanted to add a bit more fullness to the sound and the songs Sam was writing were working towards that,” he said.

When asked if he could stay up as late as his fellow band member did during the writing process, Rasmussen had one thing to say:

“I’m personally not a night owl, I fall asleep pretty early usually, I’ve got a few kids and they tend to wear me out. It’s kind of funny because that’s my life at home and then we go on tour and it’s a very different life.”

To accompany the LP, the group made another excellent judgement call to create a trilogy of distinct storytelling clips all happening around the same time of night. Working alongside Dan Huiting (Bon Iver) and his team for all three music videos, Rasmussen revealed the band was lucky to have had him on board.

“We had the idea to tell three different stories, which took place at that time of night. A lot of the inspiration and creativity came from Sam – he worked very hard on those videos collaborating with different directors and we’re very happy with how it turned out.”

Having just wrapped up their Australian tour, the Paper Kites will spend the next few months touring North America and Europe.