Ella Hooper, Mantra, Thelma Plum and more to join Urthboy at the Melbourne Festival!

Urthboy is bringing his 'Make Me a Mixtape' to the Melbourne Festival this year and if its success at the Brisbane Festival earlier in the month was anything to go by, this event is going to bring the Melbourne Festival to a close in great fashion. Joining him for the October show will be the talented Ella Hooper, Mantra, Henry Wagons, Thelma Plum and Bobby Flynn.

Live Review: Justin Timberlake - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (18.09.14)

Can you actually believe it has been seven years since Justin Timberlake last graced the arenas and stadiums of Australia? Seven whole years. It's crazy to think back to 2007, a time when Justin Bieber was only just starting to publish videos on YouTube, Taylor Swift was only just breaking out in the country music scene and the boys from One Direction were only just hitting puberty.

the AU interview: Eliza Hull (Melbourne) talks Hayden Calnin produced single "Caught" & upcoming LP "The Bones Of Us".

Performing at the Toff in Town in Melbourne tomorrow night, Eliza Hull is celebrating the launch of her new single "Caught" and looking ahead to her debut full length record The Bones Of Us - due out in early 2015. I caught up with Eliza to talk about the show, the single, the album and more...

Arts News Weekly: 19th September 2014.

In this issue: Arj Barker’s ‘Keeper or Crapper 2014’, ‘Skyward’ Studio Artes fundraising dinner, Kim Williams on why music matters, Monash art ensemble presents ‘Histories’, The Friday Night Crack Up, The Boardwalk Republic at Gasworks Arts Park, Bridge Ahoy!, The Alexander Technique, A Fine Possession - Jewellery and Identity and 'Here Lies Love'.

F&L Picks: Our ten favourite burgers in Sydney

Burgers will never go out style, as long as there are chefs continually one-upping each other when it comes to the timeless food. Sydney has seen a resurgence in the burger as of late, with many venues around the city taking what is often seen as a simple meal and delivering something distinctive, delicious, and memorable. We asked a few of our Sydney food writers share some of their favourite burger joints (or just burgers) around town. Whether monstrously large and juicy or simple and light, these are the venues doing taking the idea of a burger further than the rest. We also throw in what we feel is one of the best kept secrets outside of Sydney, and the best new addition to the Sydney burger scene.

VideAU Games Review: Flockers (XBOX One, 2014)

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Flockers is the newest title from Team17, the venerable studio behind the enduring Worms franchise, and their first new IP in ten years. It’s a puzzle title that is very much of the capital-o, capital-s Old School. Recalling classic titles like Lemmings, it’s not the first (to coin a term) Lemminglike to come out in the last few years (Mario vs. Donkey Kong, World of Goo, Loco Roco and Chu Chu Rocket all spring to mind) it is among the first to introduce something different - a combination of twisted humour and extreme cartoon violence. From a studio like Team17, we should expect no less.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: Jono Graham & Sarah Corry aka Left. (Sydney)

One of the many BIGSOUND acts who made their mark on Brisbane last week was Sydney's Left.. The electronic duo of Jono Graham and Sarah Corry were joined by a drummer for their official showcase at The Brightside, where they pulled off a great show, despite suffering some tech issues at the end. What we saw though, was some great sparks of potential from them and it's not surprising Left. has been making considerable progress on the local circuit in recent times. Teaming up with Adit Gauchan (Horrorshow), Left. have been crafting some delectable pieces of sultry and chilled out music that more people are sure to be getting around before 2014 is over.

Single Stream: HAMJAM "Love" (2014)

Described in their bio as "two of Perth's finest idiots", HAMJAM have been spewed forth from the same litter that birthed Tame Impala, The Growl and The Chemist, although their sound is probably more brilliantly off-kilter than anything even Nick Allbrook has done thus far - all crunchy guitars, knackered psychedelia and tales of slacker woe.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: July Talk (Canada)

the AU review interviews Canadian group July Talk to talk about their first ever trip to Australia, performing at BIGSOUND and at a couple of shows around the country. We talk about their live show, their music and their debut record, which is out in Australia today!

the AU interview: Kimbra (New Zealand) talks "The Golden Echo", collaborations, LA exhibitions and her favourite music.

New Zealand-born, Los Angeles (via Melbourne) based songwriter Kimbra is truly a pioneer of modern music. Her debut album Vows, released in 2011 was not only incredibly accomplished but showed immense amounts of potential, and she’s definitely fulfilled her potential on her 2014 follow-up, The Golden Echo.

Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (18.09.14)

Justin Timberlake has finally returned to Australia and Perri Cassie was at the Melbourne show last night - at Etihad Stadium - to see the massive pop star in action with a full band. Enjoy the photo gallery here:

New Music Video: WHITE "Living Fiction" (2014)

As we wait for the vote on Scottish Independence come in, we bring you one of our favourite tracks going around at the moment from Scotland - WHITE's "Living Fiction". There's a vibe to this track that makes it something so familiar, yet something totally its own. See also: Saxophone solos. They just released the music video to the track and you can watch it here:

Theatre Review: Richard II - Northcote Town Hall, MKA (Performances through 28th September)

If you're familiar with Mark Wilson's last Shakespeare production - Unsex Me, which drew controversy for its avant-garde take on Lady Macbeth - you might be expecting a sexually confronting or generally weird performance. Don't worry, though. For a production with a cast of two and a decidedly irreverent bent, Wilson's take on Richard II is surprisingly faithful to the themes of the original Shakespeare. Wilson and his co-star, Olivia Monticciolo, deliver an adaptation of Richard II that tries to highlight the play's relevance to current Australian politics.

Award winning NY production "Here Lies Love" secured for Vivid Sydney 2015, auditions opening in October!

Andrew Stoner, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, today announced that the award-winning production of Here Lies Love has been secured as the theatrical centerpiece of Sydney's Vivid Festival in 2015! The New York original, penned by Talking Heads' David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, retraces the journey of Imelda Marcos - from the Filipina First Lady's rise to power, to her descent following the People Power's Revolution. Incorporating music, choreography and an incredibly 360-degree scenic and video environment, Here Lies Love is set to be one of the drawcards of the festival program next year for sure.

Live Review: Andy Bull + New Navy - Jive, Adelaide (18.09.14)

"Where were you ten years ago?!" Andy Bull deadpans, during the encore of his set, before laughing, "No seriously, I appreciate you all a lot. Thank you and see you next time." It's one of those moments where you laugh, but if you've been a fan of his for the last however many years, part of you does think, 'Well? Where was this crowd?' Standing in a venue which was barely full for the Sydney musician when he last headlined here some time ago now, now completely sold out, brings with it a sense of accomplishment...and I'm not even the artist. Being an Adelaide-based music fan, seeing a musician being able to crack this city and sell it out on a weeknight is a commendable feat on its own and Andy Bull made sure the crowd got what they paid for.