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Live Review: Hurray for the Riff Raff + Caitlin Harnett - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (26.11.14)

Performing at Newtown Social Club on Wednesday night, Hurray for the Riff Raff well and truly wooed the crowd with their warm, heartfelt set. Hailing from New Orleans, this five piece managed with great success to bring their southern charm to the inner west of Sydney, incorporating elements of blues, roots, country and folk into their sound.

Photo Gallery: 2014 ARIA Awards Winner Wall! - The Star Event Centre, Sydney (26.11.14)

After they won, the 2014 ARIA Awards winners headed backstage and we're snapped by our photographer Nathan Atkins with their new trophies. Check out Chet Faker, 5 Seconds of Summer, Neil Finn with Paul Kelly and more!

Theatre Review: STC's Cyrano de Bergerac - Sydney Theatre (Performances to December 20th)

The smartest, the bravest, the boldest ­ and the biggest nose. No wonder Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac is so often adapted ­ most recently by Andrew Upton, who also directed STC's current production starring Richard Roxburgh as the titular schnoz. It puts ugly man up against a superficial world, and gives him the truest heart of all.

Hello Asia! Live Review: Broken Doll - The Factory Theatre (22.11.14)

Broken Doll took us to Harajuku and back last week at the Factory Theatre and a few lucky fans who showed up early were able to spot the band before the show as they waited outside the venue. As the doors opened, there was a little corner of paradise at the merchandise table filled with accessories made by members of the band as well as a CD for the Australian tour. Both Kensuke and Sachi were decked out in the store's accessories with Sachi also sporting a cute dress and manicure.

ARIA Week Photo Gallery: Gang of Youths + Holy Holy + Jackie Onassis + Little Sea - Beresford Hotel, Sydney (24.11.14)

Sony Music put on a special Australian artist showcase at the Beresford Hotel to celebrate ARIA week. Gang of Youths, Holy Holy, Jackie Onassis, and Little Sea all put on outstanding performances. Enjoy these photos by Ashley Joanna:

Eating with the AU: Burger Liquor Lobster - Paddington (Sydney)

Step into the funky upstairs area of Paddington's The London and you'll no longer find the Chur Burger pop-up that once occupied the space. No, now you're in a lobster-focused burger joint with the very descriptive name Burger Liquor Lobster, and it's taking the Chur legacy of inexpensive, good quality burgers, while adding their own nice little touch. With price point a major focus and quality maintain consistently throughout the straight-forward options, it's looking like this two-location restaurant (the other, bigger version is located in Manly) is one of the new go-to burger joints in Sydney.

Hello Asia! Japanese Film Festival 2014 Review: Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy (Rurouni Kenshin, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends) (2012 and 2014, Japan)

Two years ago the live adaptation release of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin was a hit in Japan’s box offices. The Australian premiere of the film as part of Japanese Film Festival sold sessions out, with fans lining up around the block at screenings. If this reaction was anything to go by, imagine the excitement generated by the announcement of sequels Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends as part of a headlining trilogy on the festival program this year.

Photo Gallery: Rock The Gate - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (23.11.14)

A huge benefit to raise funds and awareness for the important anti-fracking cause was held in Sydney, with the likes of Pete Murray, Nahko and more coming together for the brilliant 'Rock the Gate' event. Gwendolyn Lee was there for the AU and brings us these photos!

Hello Asia! Japanese Film Festival 2014 Review: Pale Moon (Japan, 2014)

“It’s stupid to deny yourself; get what you want from life”. There is a thrilling truth to these words, but a truth that we believe must be governed by right actions and rules of society. Pale Moon is the reflection of what happens when we break these rules to get what we want.

Live Review: Broods + Mansionair - The Metro Theare, Sydney (22.11.14)

Six months ago, New Zealand duo Broods seemed to spring out of nowhere, fully formed and armed with an EP so self-assured and polished that it bordered on the suspicious. Synth pop merchants with a flair for crafting indelible hooks, they quickly slipped into high rotation due to the sugary dance menace of “Bridges”, and the thundering “Mother & Father”.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Broken Doll + Vanity Riots + Flower Truck - Factory Floor, Sydney (22.11.14)

The 1980's-inspired Japanese punk rock band, Broken Doll, performed in Sydney for the first time at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville. They put on an unbelievable performance along with supporting acts Vanity Riots and Flower Truck. Photos by Ashley Joanna.

the AU fashion: Uniqlo expands its reach with new Sydney store

It’s safe to say Japanese fashion retailer, Uniqlo has firmly cemented its presence in Australia, opening the nation’s fourth and largest store within Pitt Street Mall’s MidCity Centre in the Sydney CBD earlier this month.

Drinking with the AU: Icebergs Sundays with Aperol Spritz - Bondi (Sydney)

It’s no secret we Aussies are big fans of the Sunday Sesh, particularly in summer. And who wouldn’t be? A relaxing drink with friends, preferably near a beach or at least out in the sunshine with some good tunes to complete the chill vibe. Good news! Aperol and Icebergs have combined forces to bring you a new Sunday hang.

Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd - New Theatre, Sydney (Performances to December 20th)

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! The theatre is dark, the first harsh notes of the “Organ Prelude” sound, the lights fade in to red and the ensemble introduces us to The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd.