The Return of DeadWeight // The Bird

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 by John

Shit that starts with B: Beats, Beer, Babes and when you’re talking about DEADWEIGHT! you need mention BASS and THE BIRD

Where:  The Bird
When: 07/01/11

© Beck Mansell. 2011


Festival Fashion // Beaufort St Festival

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by liv

IMG_3212The pedestrians took over Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, on Saturday November 27 for the first Beaufort Street Festival. Each side street had something going on and there were people everywhere. It was great to see so many people out and about, soaking up the sunshine, music and atmosphere.



Friday, February 26th, 2010 by Dave

Well, what to say about the stage adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate. It goes for nearly three and a half hours and is in Russian with subtitles projected onto a little screen above the stage. On paper it sounds like a rough night at the theatre, and true it does take a sizable amount of patience and immense concentration to get through it, but I’m proud to say I did get through it, I MOSTLY understood what was going on and I enjoyed it a lot!



Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Matt

HEALTH_BANDWe’re pretty into HEALTH just  have a look at John’s previous post here and we’re excited that they’re going to come and make some loud noises  Beck’s Music Box.

These guys are racking up some massive cool points and not just for their skinny jeans, or playing but for stuff like touring with Nine Inch Nails. According to bassist, John Famiglietti “We don’t want you to only like [our music] because you’re supposed to like it or you like it because it’s cool. I don’t want you to scratch your fucking head. It should be immediate… I think [the new album] just makes our music more effective.”  -from this Redefine Magazine interview.



Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Megs
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Starring: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Unel, Anna Bederke

Directed by: Fatih Akin

Written by: Fatih Akin (screenplay); Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)

Another quirky story out of Germany, Soul Kitchen centers on Zinos and his restaurant that although lacking quality food has boundless warmth and plods along doing a not so roaring trade serving subpar café food to a loyal few.

Zinos is having a hard time of it, the place is sinking, his girlfriend is leaving for Japan and him to follow and to top it off his career criminal brother is out on day release and needs a job! Enter Birol Ünel a volatile knife wielding chef whose talent and temper make him a necessary evil who just might help save the day.

Revamping the restaurant and bringing his brother on board proves a success that soon turns sour and the events in between are what really make this off the wall story work.

The relationship between Zinos and his absentee girlfriend vs. his love of the eatery vs. his responsibility to his wayward yet lovable brother combined with a tantrum throwing chef and droll chain smoking waitress all add up to highly entertaining film featuring a cast of characters you can’t help but feel great affection for and a stellar soundtrack of old soul classics.

Watch the Secret Making of.. here



Friday, February 19th, 2010 by Megs

Five Minutes of HeavenOpening in mid 70’s Belfast, Five Minutes of Heaven is a story with a heavy heart told in a wonderfully straight forward and quite masculine manner. When sixteen year old Alistair Little packs a gun and heads off to kill a young catholic boy he has no idea he will do so in front of the mans young brother Joe but that is exactly what occurs, the build up to this shocking event isn’t too long but filled with that sickly adrenaline filled dread that comes with a horrible decision already made in ones mind.

Flash forward thirty years and the two main characters are speeding towards each other, literally, in chauffer driven cars. TV programme has given them the chance to meet face to face and the two leads played convincingly by Liam Neeson (Little) and James Nesbitt (Joe Griffen) convey the conflicting emotions of men bound by an unspeakable act superbly.



Thursday, February 18th, 2010 by Matt

The_Pains_of_Being_Pure_at_HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a delightful pop band with a fuzzy edge that some people are saying gives them a bit of shoegagaze lean.  Shared Boy/Girl vocals and a lot of time spent with books just makes them so cute that I may have pinch their cheeks at the gig.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are playing at Beck’s Music Box Fri 19 Feb, 8.00PM and we have a double pass for a lucky Cut and Paster.



Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 by Matt

pivot1If you’ve never heard of Warp Records you will undoubtedly have heard of some of the artists on that label. From the extraordinary Aphex Twin, Battles, to the more subdued glitchiness of Boards of Canada and the post-rock styles of Tortoise this label is synonymous  with the finest in experimental, ground breaking sounds.

So Being the first ever Australian Band to get signed by Warp is pretty big deal, and that’s just what Pivot have been able to achieve.  This Thursday the 18th of February Perth gets a special treat when Pivot play live at the Beck’s Music Box as part of the Perth Festival.

Releases include 2008’s O Soundtrack my Heart as  well as appearing on a bunch of Warp compilations.

We have two double passes to give away to their show at the Beck’s Music Box.

So how do you get yours?



Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 by John

Director of the Deckchair Theatre production of Grace, Chris Bendall, discusses the characters in the production and the actors behind them.

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Monday, February 15th, 2010 by Matt

Life and Fate is the adaptation of one of the most important Russian novels of the Twentieth Century. Where there is life there is hope – a truism that tries to explain the need we all have to struggle to survive during times of great suffering. This historical drama’s vast scope includes the siege of Stalingrad, Anti-Semitism, Stalin and the Atomic Bomb.

We would like to offer you the chance to see this remarkable performance at His Majesty’s Theatre on Wednesday 17th February at 7pm.

Nothing comes for free and in Soviet era Russia most of the stuff you wanted didn’t come at all and anything you could get was at the end of a long queue.

If you are the winner of our ticket give away for Life and Fate the only queue you will see is at the bar at intermission.

How to Enter

Send an email to

In the subject line write: Life and Fate

In the main part of the email answer this question: What would you queue in the snow for?

Please also include your contact details so we can ensure that your tickets are organised correctly.

The Winner will be the most interesting, creative or unexpected response.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 16th February. The Prize is worth at least $100.

The winner we will be announced  via Facebook and Twitter.  We will also contact the winner directly.

Update 18th February:

Thank you to everyone who entered the winner was Carly



Friday, February 12th, 2010 by Matt

amadouandmariamTheir musical style is like a first class round the world trip. They incorporate elements from the traditional music of their home,  Mali, with blues guitar to garage rock. Amadou and Mariam have worked with Damon Albarn and will appear later this year at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival programmed by Matt Groening.

Have a look at their video for Sabali

We are offering you the opportunity to win a double pass to their show at Beck’s Music box Tomorrow night (Saturday 13th February)



Friday, February 12th, 2010 by John

How do you conceive of a performance like Les Sept Planche De La Ruse? The man who achieved this vision is Aurelien Bory. Apparently it has something to do with Tangrams. We’ll let him explain it for you..

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Friday, February 12th, 2010 by Matt

by: malone.

I am nineteen again. Standing in a room under a friend’s house. Things are not quite right, I could be very drunk, it’s hard to tell.  A sound overpowers me like a heavy, surging sea. Scraping sonic whitecaps from a bow that refuses to be either still or gentle. My first experience of Dirty Three.

“There you go, that’s two miracles tonight!” Warren Ellis.

I am much older,  I stand behind the mixing desk as these memories from more than a decade ago are summoned by the three dishevelled shamans onstage.

Warren Ellis announces a simple truth “this song….is…about…love” Well they are all songs about love, sometimes a drowning love that has given up trying to fight its way to the surface and breathe. Sometimes it is a bitter, passionate fight, blood vessels bulging around its constricted throat. Warren Ellis kicks out, his right leg a parallel to the ground and then I am in my memory again, this time it is hot and Warren Ellis has his foot stuck in the kick drum. Eventually he extracts it and staggers away from the kit, he loses a shoe but not a single note. Tonight he breaks something too, A connection between the violin and an amplifier, there are  frantic moments and genuine disappointment whenever the violin sound is suddenly lost.

Mick Turner is stoic while Jim White’s drumming is the antagonist to Warren Ellis’ Violin. For a moment my thoughts are drawn to the Tren Brothers playing in a pub that no longer exists.

Don’t Look Back invites great artists to revisit their classic works. Sonic Youth played Daydream Nation, The Stooges Funhouse under that banner. These gigs create their own special kind of nostalgia. It is about love. The audience who love an album so much, they drive the artists to distraction and the artists’ love for the sounds that create those embracing moments in music.

Tonight is a requiem. Tonight Ocean Songs is laid to rest under the Authentic Celestial Music. I am proud to be able to say “I was there.”



Thursday, February 11th, 2010 by Matt

In this second part of our interview with Miles and Aphrodite from Breakestra, they talk about the challenges that come with trying to take a large group of musicians and their equipment around the world.
Miles discusses Aphrodite’s contribution to the band and writing a song together for the latest album.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 by Matt

The giant hamster wheel with trees and Bell Tower

by: malone

La Fura dels Baus are not your average theatre company. Their work regularly challenges audiences all over the world by using non-traditional settings and exploring performance on gigantic scales.

It is impossible at a La Fura performance to sit back and remain detached from the action. The Supreme Court Gardens were full to overflowing, no chairs, sitting would have resulted in a severe trampling, by the time the huge crane began its dance and the  mob beneath surged around the performers who retaliated by hurling bombs into the crowd filled with flour and water.  It’s part of the La Fura approach, limit the distinction between performer and audience, make it feel dangerous and visceral.

Designed specifically for Perth Festival, this performance captured Perth’s most important contemporary symbol – the crane. Huge, imposing and repeated across our skyline, cranes evoke a sense of industrial progress.  Someone recently suggested in a tweet that Perth should have a sign up at the Airport advising visitors that we are “under construction”  it seems La Fuara tapped into that Potential Perth, a new, open, lively, creative place: Under Construction.

The counterpoint was equally present in Friday’s Festival Opening Performance, evinced by people in what can only be described as a giant hamster wheel that descended from the sky, an angry machine charged forward and back through the crowd, from time to time it would rear up and its horns lurch out above the crowd. These things remind us that industrial progress is not without cost.

Yet this performance was also a celebration of humanity in a world lurching after its desires. The solo human singing voice provided a counterpoint to the mechanical banging and deep thrum soundtrack. A final montage of white suited people dancing in the air, the sky lit up with fireworks and at ground level a stage filled with performers sharing joy with the audience.

The crowd drew breath as one and then streamed out into the night.



Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 by Matt the extraordinary performance of La Fura Del Baus  and scenes from the Beck’s Music Box Artist Preview Party we have created a Cut and Paste Remix of the Festival 10 Opening Night, Friday 6 February 2010.
Footage from Nicole Norelli has been cut and mixed against a beat from Paper Chain Records’ Taku.
This is a slightly surreal video that goes some way to capturing the energy of the night itself.

Featuring the extraordinary performance of La Fura Del Baus and scenes from the Beck’s Music Box Artist Preview Party we have created a Cut and Paste Remix of the Festival 10 Opening Night, Friday 6 February 2010.

Footage from Nicole Norelli has been cut and mixed against a beat from Paper Chain Records‘ Taku.

This is a slightly surreal video that goes some way to capturing the energy of the night itself.


Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by Dave

Pg-12-Six-xcharacter_53843tClick Here for More Information and  Booking Details

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By David Ferrier

Six Characters in Search of an author was the most fun I’ve ever had at the theatre. A bold claim but I think others will share my view because it’s combination of a riveting story, excellent use of multimedia and amazing performances make it an utterly satisfying experience.

The play, originally written in 1920 by Italian Luigi Pirandello has been given a contemporary facelift by Ben Power and West End wunderkind Rupert Goold. The best way to describe the new version is that it is the stage equivalent of the film Adaptation.

The play starts with a group of filmmakers along with an executive producer looking over the footage of the drama-documentary they’re making about a clinic in Denmark that offers assisted suicide. While discussing how they can get more of a ‘human’ element in the film, six characters walk in and tell the group they are in search of an author. Their stories are revealed and towards the latter part of the play layers of reality are slowly removed as the Producer (Catherine McCormack) becomes more and more involved in the characters story. Without giving too much away, it includes a scene where a writer and a producer are talking about staging the new adaptation of Six Characters along with the possibility of international touring and a scene of Pirandello writing the play we were watching.

An ingredient of the play’s succuss is its incredible use of multimedia. Video projection, the subtle use of microphones on the actors that echoed small bits of dialogue at precise moments and brilliant music by composer Adam Cork that swelled during the heightened moments of drama made the show all the more engaging.

The show would have fallen flat on its face of course had it not been for the wonderful performances. Everyone was stunning, their performances just so satisfying and absorbing that you really forget you are only a few meters away from these people playing on stage. Ian McDiarmid as the Father and Martin Ledwith as The Exec and Mr Pace are of particular note, mainly because their characters had the most interesting lines and I believe the most ‘fun’ on stage.

Six Characters is an intellectually ambitious play that explores themes of what we perceive as reality and notions of ‘self.’ It’s hard to imagine the original version of the play was written in 1920 because it is so contemporary and post modern even by today’s standards. It’s not too hard to believe that when it premiered in Rome in 1921, it sparked riots.

All I can say is go and see it while you can, it’s a remarkable piece of contemporary theatre with smart, punchy dialogue that is ridiculously entertaining from beginning to final curtain..and if you’ve seen it I bet you’re already waiting for the DVD.



Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by John

Lupe-Perth American hip-hop superstar Lupe Fiasco hits Australia this February with his national The Cool Tour. Last year’s critically acclaimed LP The Cool and major single Superstar became an instant classic and solidified Lupe as a superstar himself.

Lupe’s latest hit, the brilliant ‘Shining Down’, is the first track off his third studio album and has begun the huge wave of impatience for his new LP which is slated for release mid 2010 just in time for his highly anticipated return to our shores.

Lupe will take to the stage with his amazing live band for the first time in Perth. Joining Lupe on his national tour will be an all-star line-up of local hip-hop, funk and soul.

Melbourne’s Phrase will join the tour nationally with his full live band, whose highly acclaimed LP Clockwork has taken him from underground buzz to now being heralded as one of the citys most remarkable musical exports.

Adelaide’s finest – Lowrider – will also take to the stage in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Throughout the years, Lowrider have built a solid reputation as one of the countrys most electrifying acts, and through little more than word-of-mouth have sold-out four national tours in 2009..

For anyone that’s experienced Lupe Fiasco’s incredible live show you already know this is one summer event not to be missed; and for those that haven’t the time has come to see what all the fuss is about!

LUPE FIASCO – The Cool Tour
Tuesday 23rd Feb @ METRO CITY

Buy tickets here or…

Lupe Fiasco // The Cool Tour Giveaway

It’s pretty cool that Lupe is coming out to Perth on this tour and you know what else is cool? Getting a free ticket for you and someone you like  to see the man in person.

We’re pretty generous and cool all by ourselves we’re gonna make this happen and give away two double passes to the the gig on Tuesday 23rd February at Metro City.

All you have to do is complete the rhyme below with your own line.

I get me energy from my inner G…

You can add your answer to a comment at the bottom of this post. Now that means people will be able to see your answers so play nice or we’ll know.  You will need a valid email address to enter.

The Competition closes at 5pm on Monday 22.

We will email the winner to arrange ticket collection and announce the result via Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s an example of an answer…You can do better right?

I get me energy from my inner G…

Coz I wanna see Lupe for free



Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by John
We were lucky enough to sit down with Brad and Zok from Gyroscope to talk about their new album and recording in the same place as rock legends including Black Sabbath and Sepultura.
We also discovered that in rural Wales Fashion is a little different.

We were lucky enough to sit down with Brad and Zok from Gyroscope to talk about their new album and recording in the same place as rock legends including Black Sabbath and Sepultura.

We also discovered that in rural Wales Fashion is a little different.


Monday, February 8th, 2010 by John

A quick chat with Aphrodite and Miles from Breakestra in which we find out what a ‘St Louis Welcome’ is and why you absolutely do not want to get one! Then It’s on with the show as we take in some of their Live performance from Beck’s Music Box at the Perth Festival, Western Australia Saturday February seventh 2010.