Author: Matt Liew

iPhone 7 Plus’ camera vs. Sports Photography

By Matt Liew Apple unveiled iPhone 7 last week, and the world over has been obsessed with how Apple decided to “bravely” remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the resulting media shitstorm and memes overshadowed the mind-boggling advancements made to the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera system. I’ll spare you the pain of going over the changes here (you can easily look it up, anyways), but while the list of advancements rattled off at the keynote may have seemed insignificant to the average joe, I found it telling that professional photographers on my social media were collectively freaking out over...

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Youth of the Nation: El Moe Hussaini and Maruxa Lynd of Beatburns

By Matt Liew Another one of Universal Music Malaysia’s recent signings, Beatburns, recently released a new song and music video entitled “Ice Cream” – a massive departure from their original sound. The alt-rock outfit of Lynd (vocals), Moe & Zik (guitars), Aron (bass), Eman (Synth), and Gast (drums) has stayed together as an outfit since the departure of their original singer Celine Belli a few years ago, and Beatburns has gone strength to strength since. From wins at battles of the bands to performing at some of the biggest stages Malaysia’s underground scene has to offer, Beatburns’ entry into...

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EVENT: Titus Andronicus @ DPAC Arts Festival 2016

By Matt Liew Having just recently celebrated their second birthday, theatrethreesixty, alongside KL Shakespeare Players proudly co-present Titus Andronicus, The Bard’s rarely staged revenge tragedy for the DPAC Arts Festival 2016 – in conjunction with the year-long, worldwide #Shakespeare400 celebrations. Titus Andronicus is a violent look at the price of loyalty – where atrocities are considered sacrifices, and revenge is a zero-sum game where no one wins in the end. It asks difficult questions about the nature of complicity – where the conscience ends and the rule of law prevails. Directed by theatrethreesixty’s artistic director Christopher Ling, Titus Andronicus...

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5 Rising Stars to look out for at EURO 2016

By Shazwan Zulkiffli & Matt Liew The finals of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are over, and EURO 2016 is now upon us. The likes of Germany, Spain, England, and Europe’s best gearing up to battle for continental football’s highest honour will bring fans and haters alike swarming the mamak stores to cheer and boo with friends. With hosts France putting forth one of their most solid team since the EURO-winning team of 2000, it’s difficult to really predict who will claim the trophy. Fans are obviously excited to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil,...

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Personal Reflections on Day 2 of AGES 2016

By Jeremy Say & Matt Liew It is now the second day of AGES 2016 at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. With the Malaysian Open and the University Open coming to a close yesterday, international teams and talents have joined in the fun and festivities. As soon as you enter the hall you can feel the energy emanating from the players’ area, as teams and players from all around South East Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia) had already started competing against one another in round robin group stages. All the players brought their game faces as...

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