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The Moment After The Show: your backstage pass

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By Mel Baxter in New Photography on Wednesday 30 January 2013

We all love a peek behind the curtain of rock and roll. What really goes on behind the scenes? Photographer Matthias Willi and journalist Oliver Joliat have put a book together showing us what our favourite musos look like backstage, seconds after playing. They’ve captured honest moments, a bit of humour and what rock and roll’s really about: blood, sweat and music.

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Whole Larder Love: a witty sustainable lifestyle blog

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By Mel Baxter in Cool Websites on Wednesday 23 January 2013

Rohan Anderson is the coolest sustainable lifestyle guru ever. If I was 15 years younger, I would totally adopt him as my dad. In his new book, Whole Larder Love, he’ll teach you how to hunt, skin a rabbit, make chilli sauce and grow trees sideways, all with a cool facade and a witty attitude.

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The Bleachers: the art of destroying boring clothes

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By Mel Baxter in New Fashion on Wednesday 23 January 2013

A few months ago, I decided I had a wardrobe of redundant and boring clothing and set about enlivening them. I thought about acid jeans and tie-dying shirts, using permanent markers and spray-painting stencils. None of that ended up working, but I did find the magic of bleach! Now have my own t-shirt label where I use bleach to hand-paint limited edition designs onto 100% combed cotton t-shirts. The Bleachers are for those who are into non-mass-produced t-shirt designs, supporting local artists and being a little bit different from the pack.

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Calvin Nicholls: paper sculptures with amazing detail

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By Mel Baxter in New Art on Tuesday 15 January 2013

I dub thee, Paper Master! I can’t really comprehend the amount of focus and patience it must take to complete one of Calvin Nicholls’ paper sculptures. Each piece is as incredible as the next, some taking up to four years to complete.

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Neighbor Neighbor: music by Brisbane’s Violent Soho

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By Mel Baxter in New Music on Wednesday 9 January 2013

I’m someone who gets their weekend kicks out of a good BBC crime show and a packet of Cheese and Bacon Shapes, so this Violent Soho clip was like a friggen fun-storm for me. Their new single, Neighbour Neighbour, makes me wanna ride a BMX off my Grandma’s roof. The Brisbane lads have always been […]

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