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Sydney Burger Spotlight: 'The Baoger' from Belly Bao (CBD)


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This Thursday 28th May is International Hamburger Day. We're not quite sure why it falls on this particular date, but we're just glad that it exists, because it gives us a chance to reflect on how far the Sydney burger scene has come in the past year. Known affectionately as the 'Sydney Burger War' [although no one actually seems to be hostile in this war], the current landscape of burgers in this city has been shaken up considerably since the last time we listed our favourite burgers. A revision to this list is necessary, given the quality you can find all over Sydney.

Music Video of the Day: Tuka "Yeah Right" (2015)

The hype surrounding Tuka's new album Life Death Time Eternal has been generating a lot of heat in recent months and off the back of successful shows with earlier this year, crowds have been able to see the Sydney rapper showcasing possibly more diversity within his personal style of writing and rapping than before. Of course, "Nirvana" is a great example of this, but now we've got album track "Yeah Right" to bite down on in the lead up to the release of LTDE and the clip makes us even more excited to hear what else Tuka has up his sleeve on album #3.

Line Up announced for Red Bull Music Academy at Splendour in the Grass

It's now considered a festival within a festival. Red Bull Music Academy have been popping up at Splendour in the Grass for three years now, and they always seem host some of the weekend's stand-out performances. Last year's RBMA line up was perhaps one of their best yet, with memorable sets by the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf and Nicolas Jaar. The pop up - which was Tokyo themed last year - was also home to some of the best musical discoveries on offer.

the AU interview: Ollie Bown talks VIVID Sydney's Musify+Gamify series at the Seymour Centre!

With VIVID Sydney now well on its way, there are plenty of interesting artistic and creative experiences to get involved in if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary. The Seymour Centre particularly is presenting an unique concert series entitled Musify + Gamify, which takes contemporary ideas and perspectives on 'play' in fusing musical and game play together. Two concerts, curated by Ollie Bown and Lian Loke, will be performed by some of the country's leading artists and definitely will push your own perceptions of what the idea of 'play' means.

Single of the Day: Pack Animals “Cold Call” (2015)


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Lifted off their newly-released sophomore EP Feeding A Fever is a new track from Brisbane 5-piece Pack Animals. It’s called “Cold Call” and it's kind of a cross between Boxer-era The National and Bombay Bicycle Club, with its powerful deep vocals and driving drums. Give it a listen here:

Florence & the Machine confirm exclusive Splendour in the Grass shows for Melbourne and Sydney.

Florence & The Machine's first appearance at Splendour in the Grass is one that many fans will count as one of the best years of the festival. With the likes of The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Ben Harper and Pixies all performing alongside the British band, Florence & The Machine definitely stood out as one of the bands of Splendour 2010. Since then, full tours by Florence Welch have been scattered, especially down this way, so when her return to Australia for 2015 was announced, the idea of her potentially throwing down some headline dates on the visit were obviously exciting.

F&L News: Belle's Hot Chicken pop up coming to Sydney for Queens Birthday Long Weekend

Unimpeachable Melbourne institution Belle's Hot Chicken will be popping up in Surry Hills for a return to Sydney. The temporary pop up will occupy Harpoon Harry, taking control of their level 1 Diner, Lounge, and Outdoor Terrace.

the AU sessions: Alex Gibson and Emma Beau to play the AU sessions #004 on Tuesday, May 26th!

the AU review is excited to announce the start of a monthly sessions series in Sydney, the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the lineup for the fourth event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!

F&L News: Madame Truffle is returning to Melbourne and opening up a shop in Sydney!

Sydney has been steadily improving in terms of restaurants and bars these past few years, but there's always been one thing missing. Australia's most sightly city has never really had a fully-focused store dedicated exclusively to all things truffle. Madame Truffle, a successful business in Melbourne going on five years now, has decided to change that and deliver a pop-up store to Sydney while also operating a reopened store in Melbourne.

VideAU Games Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, 2015)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is finally here. Years of waiting, delays and many, many trailers with glimpses of what Geralt of Rivia’s next adventure would look like have built fan hype to fever pitch. The question everyone seems to be asking now is: can CD Projekt Red deliver a game that achieves its lofty ambitions and satisfies fans? Hit the jump. We have a lot to talk about.

Music Matters LIVE Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ - Beer Market, Clarke Quay (22.05.15)

It was a huge night for Australian music in Singapore when the annual Aussie BBQ - put on by the fine folks at Sounds Australia - took over the Beer Market in Clarke Quay on Friday night. Ten artists from around the country made up the night, kicking things off early with Melbourne's Dru Chen before introducing us to the likes of Angus Dawson and Alice Springs artist Dave Crowe, who performed his keys drenched material with a drummer.

Photo Gallery: The Peep Tempel + YIS + Pselodux - Howler, Melbourne (23.05.15)

The Peep Tempel blasted through their home town on their first national headline tour "Gettin' On By", selling out Brunswick venue, Howler while supported by YIS and Pselodux. Tony Proudfoot snapped for the AU Review!

the AU playlist: 12 more songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

Today's second announcement for Soulfest 2015 was a big one. Headlined by Lauryn Hill and Miguel the list of acts joining the already announced artists once again positions Soulfest as a dream come true for hip hop, soul, and R&B fans around Australia. Come October, we're going to be witnessing two of the strongest female presences in music history lead a diverse and great line-up that spans from the 70s all the way to now.

F&L News: Ananas Bar & Brasserie prepares special Mad Hatter's Champagne Brunch for end of May (Sydney)

The magical ambiance inside wondrous The Rocks restaurant Ananas Bar & Brasserie will be the perfect setting for them to transform and shape into a Mad Hatter's theme for the latest edition in the popular Long Champagne Brunch series. On Sunday 31st May, the acclaimed French dining hot spot will aim at dazzling guests with exquisite sandwiches that look like lollipops, an endible garden, and a spectacular dessert station comprising giant marshmellows, tiny meringue mushrooms, and a rainbow of candies. Oh yeah, and a two-hour bottomless flute of Champagne.

Craig David announces dates for Australian DJ tour

Craig David, that guy who absolutely dominated the charts back in the early 2000's with tracks like "Seven Days" and "Walking Away", is popping down to Australia later this year. Announced via his project TS5, the UK artist will be touring across Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney for a round of club shows behind the decks.