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Eating with the AU: Cuckoo Callay - Newtown (Sydney)

I've recommended Cuckoo Callay to quite a few people now, and most have had the same reaction: "but, it's a train station cafe". That's true, the cosy cafe is perched right before the station gates at Newtown train station, but that is by no means indicative of the quality you'd find here. The curiously named cafe (named from Lewis Carroll's iconic "Through The Looking Glass") opened a little over a year ago, staring commuters right in the face as they bustle in and out of the station.

Live Review: The War on Drugs - Metro Theatre, Sydney (13.12.14)

The War on Drugs returned to Australia for Meredith Music Festival and a lot of sold-out sideshows. They played their first of two sold out shows in Sydney to an adoring crowd at The Metro Theatre.

Live Review: Damon Albarn + De La Soul + Remi - Sydney Opera House (16.12.14)

Following the cancellation of Blur at this year's Big Day Out, the group's lead singer Damon Albarn called time on their reunion shows to release his debut self-titled album Everyday Robots. The album, while well received, essentially ensured that Blur wouldn't be making it to Australian shores anytime soon. But hope remained that Albarn - last here in 2010 fronting his acclaimed project Gorillaz - would make the trip down in a solo guise. And indeed, with just two weeks left in the year he's made a quick trip down our way for not one but two shows at the Sydney Opera House.

Live Review: Phosphorescent - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (14.12.14)

It never ceases to amaze me how some bands manage to stay far below the radar of the average music fan. In spite of no less than six critically acclaimed full length records, international touring (including a visit to Australia for Harvest Festival back in 2011) and ticking all the boxes that an "underground success story" seems to need to require - great songs, consistency, lack of commercialism - Phosphorescent are one of those bands who have done just that. Though in front of an almost sold out Oxford Art Factory crowd, you never would have known it. And maybe that's just as it should be.

Photo Gallery: The War On Drugs + Ali Barter - Metro Theatre, Sydney (13.12.14)

The War On Drugs played to a massive sold out crowd in Sydney on Saturday night, supported by the excellent Ali Barter. Mikki Gomez was there and brings us these photos from the amazing show:

Photo Gallery: Phosphorescent - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (14.12.14)

Phosphorescent played a rapturous set to a packed room at the Oxford Art Factory last night, in what was their final show off the back of their 2013 release Muchacho. Dan Turner was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Live Review: Cloud Nothings + Palms - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (10.12.14)

Releasing an album called Here and Nowhere Else is a clear statement of intent. It speaks of the visceral immediacy of the music that Cloud Nothings produce. The chaos, they create remains always in perfect control. Indebted to the thrashing fizz of grunge and punk it is no surprise that the best way to experience that chaos is live.

Photo Gallery: Beats 4 Breast Cancer - QANTAS Credit Union Arena, Sydney (10.12.14)

Some amazing musicians came together for a special concert at Sydney's QANTAS Credit Union Arena for the 'Beats for Breast Cancer' event. Featuring the likes of UB40, L-Fresh The Lion and more, the event was a complete hit. Gwen Lee brings you these shots!

Live Review: The Doctor's Great Big F***ing Off Party - The Giant Dwarf, Sydney (11.12.14)

He’s spent about 6,100 hours on air, conducted roughly 3,520 interviews, achieved a Christmas Number 1 and had himself tattooed in the studio. After all of that, Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall is f***ing off. ABC luminaries and industry folk crammed into The Giant Dwarf theatre on a stormy afternoon to witness his second last ever show, his Great Big F***ing Off Party.

Party with the AU: Opera Bar relaunch party - Circular Quay (Sydney)

We all know it and we've all been there; tucked under the walkway to the Sydney Opera House is the breathtaking Opera Bar, playing a big part in the city's cultural fabric for over a decade now, offering guests a quintessential vantage point from which to really appreciate the city we live in. A trip here is a reminder of where we live and why we have one of the most aesthetically pleasing harbours in the world. Now it's much more than the view. Renowned chef Matt Moran has jumped on board to reinvigorate Opera Bar, and at a very big opening party - which extends into the weekend - he, along with owners Solotel hospitality group, unveiled to media, VIP guests, and celebrities just how game changing they have made this venue.

Party with the AU: SoCal Neutral Bay’s First Birthday - Neutral Bay (Sydney)

Neutral Bay has become a little food and drink hot spot recently, not least because of the addition of SoCal, a California-inspired bar that brings the best of the golden state to Sydney. Now one year old we headed along to help them celebrate their first birthday.

Party with the AU: The Butler official launch party - Potts Point (Sydney)

Potts Point is now home to one of Sydney's most sightly bars, and the fourth offering from the unstoppable Applejack Hospitality (Bondi Hardware; The Botanist; SoCal). The Butler is a bar and restaurant that fully uses it's location, and joins the list of Sydney's best bars that really take advantage of our aesthetically pleasing city skyline. You'll find it in an unassuming venue that used to be Mezzaluna and a renowned restaurant from which The Butler takes it name, down the line of refurbished Potts Point venues on Victoria Road just behind Kings Cross Station.

Photo Gallery: The Lemonheads + Spookyland - Metro Theatre, Sydney (11.12.14)

The Lemonheads teamed up with Spookyland for one hell of a show in Sydney! Mikki Gomez brings us these photos from the night at the Metro Theatre.

Photo Gallery: The Doctor's Great Big F***king Off Party - The Giant Dwarf, Sydney (11.12.14)

Triple J's send off for radio presenter, Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall was nothing short of epic. The Doctor's 'Great Big F**king Off Party' included interviews and performances by Art vs. Science, Hayley Mary from The Jezabels, Myf Warhurst, Marieke Hardy, Andy Bull, Jay Whalley and other special guests. Ashley Joanna brings you the event photos.

Theatre Review: Emerald City - Riverside Theatre, Parramatta (Performances Until December 13)

David Williamson’s 1987 play and subsequent film, Emerald City is as relevant today as it was back then. The story is a satire based on two creative industries: filmmaking and book publishing. It looks at the dichotomy between producing something because it has creative or cultural significance or because it is a money-making machine that will do well commercially. It is an intriguing idea, even if the play itself is quite prolix.