Mapping the Lake: Tantrum Youth Arts by Kian West

 “Having grown up by the lake, I have a personal connection to it. I think that our stories and experiences need to be communicated.” Meghan Mills, who is one of the 80 young people collaborating with emerging and professional artists in Tantrum Youth Art’s first major production of the year, Mapping the Lake “There is a lot that goes unnoticed in Lake Macquarie and a lot that we have to tell in this performance”.

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A chat with Woodriver Studios, By Ryan Williams by Kian West

I’ve known Liam, Joe and Isaac from Woodriver Studios for a long time. They touched base about getting something in Mirage last year. It’s probably the longest lead time we’ve ever had for an interview. The truth is that Woodriver Studios has been operating in secret for the past year or so. Under darkness and robes and secret handshakes. A sort of secret musical society thing, building, building and building.

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An interview with Tim Cantt, by Laura Kebby by Laura Kebby

I‘ve always been a fan of anything and everything creative, and will always have so much respect for anyone embarking on any such adventures. But… I’ll have to admit: I’ve always reserved a special little pocket of admiration (and jealousy) for those who can draw. Because, just like Wil Wagner, I cannot. So when I got the opportunity to interview local animator, filmmaker and all-round nice guy Tim Cantt, I was slightly relentless in my approach. But one wonderful Wednesday at the Grand Hotel, I sat with Tim to talk his award winning animation ‘Good Dog’.

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TNL Featuring King Single, Antonia & the Lazy Susans and Jen Buxton & the Slaughterhouse Five, A Review by Kian by Kian West

For the love of local music we put on an event one Thursday a month at The Cambridge Hotel in collaboration with our fine friends Love + Rent. This month saw King Single return to our event this time as headline, joined by the incredible Jen Buxton & the Slaughterhouse Five as well as Antonia & the Susans. 

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Meet The Not Nots, by Kian by Kian West

Looking at The Stag & Hunter Hotel April lineup, there is a heap of amazing bands coming to town, but what we noticed first were a couple of key local acts on the bill and The Not Nots were one of them. Relatively new kids to the scene, I had a quick chat with Anthony ahead of the gig to get some gossip on what they are doing...

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So Much Music April, Spencer & Dunny by Newcastle Discovered

So much has been happening at The Edwards Shop this month, we’ve barely had a moment to rest. The racks are currently bursting with new releases; with everything from Client Liason to Mindsnare – there really is something for everyone.

However, it’s been a quiet month for local releases. We’ve seen artists like Suburban Haze, All In A Year, Rachel Maria Cox, and Voodoo Youth post updates from the studio, and we can’t wait to hear their fantastic new releases. If you’ve just put out something on CD, tape, or vinyl – we would love to stock it!

Meanwhile, we’ve been working with Chris Joannou to help curate The Good Oil – a new Thursday night dedicated to music lovers at The Edwards. We had our launch show on March 2nd, and since then we’ve been lucky to have acts like Yon Yonson, A.D.K.O.B. and The Treehouse Children grace the stage.

April is looking great for The Good Oil too, with acts like The Pink Tiles and Tall Trees coming through town – make sure you check them out.

And finally, it’s approaching: Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 22nd, and of course we will be celebrating. We can’t reveal all the details yet, but mark it in your calendars, because it’s set to be a fantastic day.

Record Store Day is celebrating its 10th year in 2017. What started as an idea of Baltimore has exploded to become a worldwide phenomenon, giving a much-needed boost to your local record store, and the vinyl industry as a whole.

In recent years, though, it feels like some of the core values of Record Store Day have been lost in the shuffle. Major labels have become more concerned with re-issuing old albums at extravagant prices, a problem that is only made worse by scalpers looking to sell them at a premium hours later.

The Edwards Shop will be celebrating all the things that make Record Store Day and independent record stores great: finding that one album you have been on the search for for months; falling in love with the band that Dunny told you to listen to; the feeling of dropping the needle onto a brand new record; poring over the liner notes while you listen. I could go on all day.

We’re celebrating community and music, and supporting local business. We love Record Store Day and so should you. 

Meet: Shea Evans, by Keegan by Newcastle Discovered

Shea Evans, a twenty-year-old Newcastle local, has sent in a satirical story on the origin of writing as invented by a Cro-Magnon man, who’s surrounded by a tribe that just doesn’t see his vision. Shea has lived in Newcastle for much of his life, leaving only briefly to travel Australia, Ireland and Vietnam and undertake a nine-month escapade with a travelling circus. He has been writing stories since age five.

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Why Boys Noize playing in Newcastle is such a big deal. by Kian West

Let me get this out of the way real quick, yes, I work at King Street Hotel as a DJ so you may consider me biased for this article, but as I stood in a room full of people on Thursday (Good Friday eve) last week I had a discussion with a good friend and fellow passionate music lover about other big electronic music artists that have toured Newcastle in recent years or ever and it had me thinking 'wow, this really is a big deal'.

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