24 August

Spend one of your nine lives at the 100 Cats exhibition

Posted by in Arts, Cool stuff, News

100 Cats

It could be safe to say that Melbourne’s feline fever is running hotter than ever. Only last week a Brunswick gallery hosted the Cat Stuff Market, where you could find anything from cat prints to cute tabby toys, while the interest in the CBD’s Cat Café is off the scale.

As of early September, Collingwood’s Off the Kerb gallery is making its first foray into cat-themed artwork. It’s in celebration of the team’s 100th exhibition, and of their cat-like resilience in the face of the walls crumbling down around them.

We mean that literally. In December last year the gallery experienced severe structural damage when its west wall’s external brick facade collapsed crushing the building next door. The gallery was shut down by the City of Yarra and the structural engineer mentioned he hadn’t seen such a collapse in his 15 years at Yarra. Fortunately no one was injured, but the ramifications of this on a not-for-profit artist-run space was severe.… Read more

23 August

The Astor Theatre to close in 2015

Astor Theatre

We’ll be bringing you more on this story, but it was announced on Saturday that the Astor Theatre will screen its last double feature in May 2015 – making it the latest of a stack of classic venues forced to close.

The announcement came with the release of the Astor’s latest schedule:

The Astor Theatre regretfully announces that this is our second last calendar.

It is with heavy hearts that we make this announcement. In early 2015 the Astor Theatre as you know it will close its doors.

By way of explanation we should clarify the distinct difference and separation between the landlord of the building we lease, Ralamar Nominees Pty Ltd, and the business that you know as The Astor Theatre, our tenancy that, since 1982, created and operates the business within the landlord’s building.

The Astor is so much more than just the bricks and mortar that has become Melbourne’s spiritual home for film.Read more

22 August

Alt-J will play the Forum in October

Posted by in Music, News

We’re already stoked at the recent news Mercury Prize-winning, genre-defying British band Alt-J will be heading to the country to play this year’s Falls Festival. Now, even better news: they love us so much they’re coming through for two very special shows in October. Keyboardist/vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton just spilled the beans on Triple J that they’ll play a special one-off for fans at the Forum on Mon Oct 6.

Tickets for Alt-J’s gig will go on sale from next Thursday.

Alt-J, the Forum, Mon Oct 6Read more

20 August

Soundwave announces a killer 2015 lineup


When AJ Maddah said goodbye to the Big Day Out and announced that his original Soundwave Festival would extend to two days in 2015, we expected that the bill might be bigger than usual.

We didn’t expect it to be this big. Topping the incredible lineup is Faith No More, as well as Soundgarden, Slipknot, Slash and Marilyn Manson. And the list of metal, punk and hardcore bands goes on: there’s Incubus, Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way and Judas Priest.

The best part? Since the bill is split over two days, it means that there’ll be way fewer timetable clashes, longer sets, shorter queues, and better staging. Plus, the ticket price hasn’t even increased from $185.

Full lineup…

Day one:
Faith No More, Soundgarden, Incubus, Lamb Of God, Ministry, Antemasque, Gerard Way. Mayhem, New Found Glory, Fear Factory, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, the Aquabats, Area 7, Godflesh, Crown The Empire, the Interrupters, Icon For Hire, Emily’s Army, Patent Pending, Fireworks, the Bennies, the Color Morale, Monuments, Nothing More, Deathstars, Ne Obliviscaris, the Treatment.… Read more

19 August

Huxtaburgers and beers can now be delivered direct your couch


Beer (and now burgers) direct to your door. Even at 2am

What if we told you, you could get a six pack of frosty beers and a round of Huxtaburgers delivered direct to your couch?

Liquorun came along last December to save our lives (legs) with its booze-delivery service. It’s a simple system: you order your beers, wine, vodka or smokes online and they’ll deliver it within an hour for a fee of $7.50 or $12.50 before or after 11pm respectively. But now they’re also doing sweet mercy dashes on the food front too, serving up Huxtaburgers, Mr Burger burgers, and tacos from Fonda.

The booze range isn’t bad either. They’re stocking mostly the big domestic brands and imports like Carlton, Asahi and Budweiser, but there’s the odd craft number like Brooklyn Lager, and there’s a decent grab bag of local wines.

They have a minimum order of $30, a maximum van capacity of ten cases, and, of course, you’ll need to show some valid ID.… Read more