Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 31st July 2014

In this Issue: Bands storm their way into the GH Hotel for Battleaxe, Mathas is welcomed at the Laundry Bar, Tago Mago holds a fundraising night, and Mojo Juju heads to the Espy. Hailmary are set to rock Melbourne, while Monash Academy orchestra play the finest music for the ears, and the all seeing hand bring their uniquely dense musicality to The Curtin. Meanwhile the Harpoons are excited for their upcoming launch party, Damien Jurado announced a new Melbourne show, and amazing Austrian musical duo Cari Cari are playing in Australia for the first time.

Eating with the AU: La Condesa Cantina - Launch Night, Fitzroy (Melbourne)

Hola Senoras y Senores, and welcome to your slice of Mexico city right here in the heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne. La Condesa’s launch night was everything you would expect from an intelligently unique modern twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. I was met by smiling faces as I stepped inside the venue, and a friendly atmosphere with a refreshing lack of pretense was clearly evident.

Nite Art Photo Gallery: Supply - CitiPower J Substation, Melbourne (23.07.14)

As part of the Nite Art series in Melbourne earlier this month, Supply was "a site-specific project that stages multiple indications of power through complex connotations and basic applications" that took over the decommissioned J Substation on the corner of Spencer Street and Lonsdale Street.

Photo Gallery: Lily Allen - Festival Hall, Melbourne (24.07.14)

Ms Lily Allen had the crowd in the palm of her hand when she played Melbourne's Festival Hall on Thursday night. Check out Rebecca's gallery from the show ahead of Allen's headline Splendour in the Grass set tomorrow night!

Live Review: Lily Allen - Festival Hall, Melbourne (24.07.14)

It's been over four years since the controversial Brit songstress graced our shores, but this week Lily Allen was welcomed back with open arms (and screaming fans) at Melbourne's Festival Hall. Allen is touring the country in support of her latest album Sheezus, released in May this year, and is set to appear at the Splendour in the Grass festival over the weekend.

Photo Gallery: Mother & Son - Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (Performances on sale through August 24th)

Starring Australia’s doyenne of comedy Noeline Brown as the iconic Maggie Beare, with Darren Gilshenan (The Moodys, Rake, Full Frontal) and Shane Jacobson (Kenny, Guys and Dolls, The Time of Our Lives), the classic Australian TV series Mother & Son gets a turn on the stage with a story penned by Geoffrey Atherden - 30 years after his first episodes hit the screen!

Live Review: Sky Ferreira - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (23.07.14)

Image by Amelia Barnes

Here in Australia to play Splendour in the Grass, U.S singer, songwriter, actress and model Sky Ferreira, has some seriously adoring fans. Taking to the Prince Bandroom stage looking like a tired but effortlessly cool schoolgirl in a beanie and hoodie, it's hard to comprehend the huge international following this 22-year-old carries. That is, until she opens her mouth.

Live Review: Ásgeir + Airling - Forum Theatre, Melbourne (24.07.14)

A strong sense of Déjà vu lingered in the air as I entered Melbourne's Forum Theatre tonight, having last done so a mere 2 months ago for James Vincent McMorrow and the same would have been felt by Brisbane's Airling, who supported the talented Irishman on his tour and now securing the opening spot for his European neighbour in Iceland's very own Ásgeir.

Eating with the AU: Koba Korean Street Food - CBD (Melbourne)

Melbourne’s newly furnished street food inspired Korean venue ‘Koba’ was in full swing Friday night. Located at the far end of Hardware St in a blink and you’ll miss it hole in the wall, Koba is the perfect cbd destination to satiate the appetite. The concept of Koba was thought up by owner Rosa Kim who said “I wanted to offer Melbourne authentic Korean street food just like it’s found in Korea. It should be affordable, super tasty, and I wanted to present it in my own way.” The hype surrounding the recent opening was evident by the large number of people packed into this small venue. Seats are scarce, so get there early or be prepared to stand.

Live Review: Something For Kate - The Forum, Melbourne (18.07.14)

Twenty years on and they’re still selling out shows right around the country. Something For Kate’s 20 year anniversary tour was the culmination of all they’d learned on the road, putting on a truly spectacular performance- not that we would expect any less from the band that helped shape Australia’s ‘90s alternative scene.

Live Review: Dan Sultan + Stonefield - The Forum, Melbourne (17.07.14)

Dan Sultan played a powerful and massively long show for a sold out hometown crowd as part of his Blackbird tour tonight. He treated the audience to some special guests as well as playing a few memorable covers by some of Australia's most talented musicians.

Photo Gallery: The Beards + Kingswood + Franky Walnut - 170 Russell (18.07.14)

Those glorious bearded Aussies The Beards played a great set alongside Kingswood and Franky Walnut at 170 Russell, Serena Ho was on hand to bring you these photos.

Photo Gallery: Dan Sultan + Stonefield - The Forum, Melbourne (17.07.14)

Dan Sultan brought a powerful set to the Forum in Melbourne, backed by the brilliance that is the Findlay sisters, aka Stonefield. Serena Ho brings you this gallery!

Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 Explores the Diversity of Modern and Classic Asian Cinema

2014 marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), making it one of the oldest film festivals in the world and, arguably, the most significant celebration of the moving image in Australia.

Live Review: Big Scary + Jonti - Ormond Hall, Melbourne (11.07.14)

Big Scary returned home to Melbourne after three months touring the U.S promoting their album No Art, and they played one final show for their hometown before disappearing for a while to write and record their next album. They played in the beautiful art deco Ormond Hall in front of a very quiet and tentative crowd.