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New Zealand Dining: eating and drinking our way through Visa Wellington on a Plate


Match Wine Bar/Image supplied

We're still digesting our three-day journey of Wellington, New Zealand during the city's massive 17 day food and drink festival Visa Wellington on a Plate. Over 100 exclusive events, many of which brought progressive ideas to the table and showed off the hub of creativity that is NZ's capital, rocked the enormous amount of bars, cafe, and restaurants on every corner. Here are just some of the events which we managed to fit into our schedule, a small slice of what is an overwhelmingly large and comprehensive exploration of Wellington's drink and dine scene as well as New Zealand's famous produce.

Music Video of the Day: Fait Accompli "Born Free" (M.I.A. Cover) (2015)

Street artist Anthony Lister (better known as just "Lister") has directed a music video for Sydney band Fair Accompli. Though the single is a cover - of M.I.A's "Born Free" - the video is unsurprisingly original. And it's a superb reimagining of the song to boot. Enjoy our music video of the day, here, and then read on to see where the band are touring next:

Sydney's Lansdowne Hotel announces line up for their free farewell festival 'Last Call'

Sydney is losing yet another long-standing venue with the depressing exit of Lansdowne Hotel, set to close its doors for the very last time this month. A staple for students and a constant platform for local musicians throughout the years, the pub on the corner of Parramatta and City Rd has announced a free music festival to help make the loss sting a bit less, rounding up 13 local bands for a day of nostalgia and celebration.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan + Caligula's Horse - Maxx Watts, Brisbane (30.08.15)

The newly rebranded Maxx Watt’s (formerly known as The Hi-Fi) played host to The Dillinger Escape Plan and newly signed prog-rock locals Caligula’s Horse for the final show of the tour. Julian Panetta was there and brings us these words and photos from the show:

Tijuana Cartel embark on national "Psychedelicatessen" tour

The boys from Tijuana Cartel are back with a new album, and a tour to support it over the coming months. Citing broad influences as the inspiration for their new direction, they've moulded a pool of eclectic influences into an album they're describing as 'Gonzo'. They've veered sharply off the road yet again, but they've never really been heading in one direction.

Melbourne's World's End Press sign to new booking agency, announce "Tall Stories" single, EP and October tour!


Photo Credit: Johnny Au

Melbourne’s World’s End Press are without question one of our favourites here at the AU. Having toured Australia with Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Phoenix and Bloc Party, we're a bit excited that the band are hitting the road again this October to share their newly single "Tall Stories", along with news of a Tall Stories EP. The tour also accompanies news that the band have joined the family at booking agency UNDR ctrl, amongst artists like Roland Tings, Total Giovanni and Bag Raiders.

Tour Diary: Hermitude (Blue Mountains) share their 2015 Lollapalooza Experience

Originally from the Blue Mountains, the boys from Hermitude headed off to performa at Lollapalooza recently. Along the way, Luke Dubber took some happy snaps for us. Click through to check out the whirlwind experience...

Book Review: Gideon Haigh "Certain Admissions" (2015)

Gideon Haigh has been a Melbourne journalist for over thirty years and as well as hundreds of newspaper articles, has written thirty-one books. His latest release, Certain Admissions, details the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young Beth Williams on Albert Park beach in 1949.

Win a double pass to see 'TORTE E MORT: Songs of Cake and Death' in Melbourne!

Adelaide born, Melbourne obsessed, cabaret songstress Anya Anastasia is set to take over the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent for the world premiere season of the darkly humourous, seductive and dangerously witty TORTE E MORT: Songs of Cake and Death. As part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015, TORTE E MORT will run for a strictly limited season from Wednesday September 16, until Sunday 20.

Seven Things We Learned at the Beats Sound Symposium

In recent months Apple has aggressively expanded its digital entertainment platforms, spearheaded by the streaming service Apple Music and the 24 hour radio station Beats 1. Beats 1 is headed up by Zane Lowe, who positioned himself as a premier tastemaker during a 12-year stint at BBC Radio 1. He was joined by an eclectic panel at Studios 301 in Sydney for the first Beats Sound Symposium to take place in Australia, to discuss music production, the evolution of music distribution, and the changes that are ahead for the industry at large. Moderated by Beats by Dre President Luke Wood, the panel included musician Jarryd James, Eleven label president John Watson, producer Anna Lunoe, and CEO of ARIA Dan Rosen.

Getting To Know AU 7th Birthday Performers: Tim Steward of We All Want To (Brisbane)

We sat with AU Sessions performer Tim Steward of We All Want To to discuss his musical style, influences and favourite records, as well as future plans. The band will be performing at The AU Review's 7th birthday celebration! Click through for the full interview.

Single of the Day: Chet Faker “Killswitch” (2015)

We were lucky enough to hear Chet Faker’s “Bend”, a cut that didn’t make it onto his debut album Built On Glass, but now he’s also given us “Killswitch”, a track set for the Japanese release of his LP. In classic Chet Faker style, it features remixed vocals, lush keys and a chilled beat, and you can give it a listen here...

Album News Weekly: 2nd September 2015

In This Issue: Spring has begun and the pop records are rolling in! This week is indescribable with everything from Duran Duran's new album to something a little heavier out of Finland, a taste of hip hop and some straight up guitar driven grooves.

Acclaimed jazz musician Kamasi Washington announces intimate Sydney show

In addition to his appearance at this year's Soulfest, massively acclaimed jazz musician Kamasi Washington will be performing one exclusive show at The Basement in Sydney on Thursday 22nd October. The L.A multi-instrumentalist will be delivering his dynamic live performance and bringing to life this year's essential The Epic, his debut solo album which has received perfect scores from reviews around the world, including one in Sydney Morning Herald.

Concert Review: Boite Millennium Chorus 'One Africa' - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (30.08.15)

When I first heard about a choir that boasted 300 people, I immediately knew that I had to see this spectacle myself. The Boite Millennium Chorus is comprised of singing enthusiasts from all over Victoria who gather every August for a grand concert at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The theme for this year was a celebration of African Music titled ‘One Africa’. The choir had teamed up with an array of African musicians, singers, and dancers to put on what would be an incredible performance.