Ricky, Author at The Panic Manual

Hot Docs Review: Handle with Care:The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew (Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Kirk Thomas, 2021)

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The rise of basketball in Canada stemmed from a confluence of events in the mid to late ’90s. I always thought it was purely due to the introduction of two NBA teams in the form of the Raptors and the Grizzlies but what this document introduces is a 3rd group that had substantial influence in the culture as well The Notic was a Vancouver-based streetball crew whose creativity in style helped to lay the seed for a streetball culture not …

SXSW Review: Hamish Hawk, March 17, Swan Dive Patio

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It’s somewhat fitting that one month after I ordered The Divine Comedy’s Greatest Hits record on vinyl, I would encounter Hamish Hawk at SXSW. Strictly speaking, the Scottish singer’s deep voice and observational lyrics heavily reminded me of Neil Hannon’s group and considering I just bought a compilation record covering all of that group’s hits over the past 30 years, that’s not a band thing. In today’s world, where most of the relatively new bands from the UK all sound …

SXSW Review: Self Esteem, March 18, Cheer Up Charlie’s

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Self Esteem, aka Rebecca Lucy Taylor, presented a tour de force show on Friday at Cheer Up Charlies. Sometimes you just need good pop fun and that’s exactly what Self Esteem brought. Accompanied by a live band and two dancers, Self Esteem quickly declared herself as an act to pay attention to from the get-go, as she and her dancers took to the stage in a surprisingly dramatic fashion. The next fifty minutes saw Self Esteem play tracks off her …

SXSW Review: Balming Tiger, March 17, International Day Stage

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In the years past, SXSW has always had a Korean night, with a focus on the emerging music scene from Korea. Of course these days, you could argue that The most famous act in the world is Korean (BTS) with another one (Blackpink) not far behind. With that said, I was interested in seeing Balming Tiger, a Korean hip hop group that was one of the few that made the stateside trip. Playing an afternoon tent is not always easy …