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The first sightings of bum bags and the new season crop of ripe port-a-loos heralds the approach of festival season. Step away from the Netflix and leftover Chrissy ham, there is no better way to spend the season than with a can in your hand and ear full of audio refreshment.

From head-banging classics to dance-floor destroyers, there’s a festival for musical tastes of every calibre. Check out the diverse line-ups on these festivals across the country, with your ol’ mates Young Henrys on the liquid supports.

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They say that good, long-lasting relationships don’t just happen; they take time, patience and understanding. And if — like Tim Levinson — your significant other is music, then the approach is pretty much the same. Managing director of hip-hop and electronic record label Elefant Traks and known by the moniker Urthboy, Levinson has played a crucial role (or two) in cultivating Australia’s hip-hop culture in a label that has evolved along with the artists it champions.

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From shredding astronauts to shark-surfing skeletons, illustrator Jesse Wright aka JESWRI creates weird and wonderful characters sprawled across walls, t-shirts, records, and sometimes even beers.

There’s a reason Jesse’s work looks like some of your favourite childhood cartoon characters. On acid. The self-confessed  “big, bearded, tattooed kid” draws inspiration from comic books, cartoons and toys, then stretches the idea past the point of no return.

Once a trouble-making teenager with a spray can, these days Jesse has a belt full of wisdom and a playlist of love-fuelled pop songs to inspire upcoming artists to pursue their dreams of full-time artistry. With a whirlwind of projects on the horizon and group exhibition DÉJÀ BREW just one week away, we chatted to Jesse about refusing to grow up, his journey as an independent artist, some of his favourite projects to date and why a rescue dog makes the best administrative assistant.

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On July 6 2018, if you found yourself sensing an ever-so-slight seismic shift, or the vibrating of a celestial body in the earth's lower ionosphere, or just a frisson in the atmosphere, it might have been the NSW Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code coming into effect.

In case it passed you by: this little piece of policy is aiming for the happy medium between providing more housing and avoiding the streets becoming dominated by apartment monoliths. Our friendly neighbours over at Design Plus Drafting speak the code fluently, so offered to chat through it. 

 

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We've said it before - and chances are we'll be saying it again - hospo years are like dog years. So when we invite you to join us in wishing the legends at Crowbar congratu-frickin-lations on 6 years of being Brisbane's home of the heavy, really it's more like we're wishing them a happy 42nd birthday. 

Obviously they're putting on a bunch of sick shows this week to celebrate: WAAX, Bodyjar, Thy Art is Murder, Phil Jamieson, The Brave, The Hard Aches (check out the week in full). 

And while you can't just teach the type of support Crowbar's Trad Nathan and Tyla Dombroski have shown to Brissy's live music scene over the last six years, we hit them up to share a few of the hard-won truths they've gleaned. 

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