No Pay, No Way

Theatre Review: No Pay? No Way! Is a funny play that makes much cents!

Sydney Theatre Company’s latest production, No Pay? No Way! may have celebrated its golden anniversary but it feels as relevant as ever. This farce about cost-of-living pressures and a healthy distrust of corporate greed could be about modern Australia- except that it took its inspiration from real-life events that occurred in Milan in the 1970s….

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Incubus and Līve make us pine for the old days – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (10.4.24)

For two bands that have been active for over 30 years, it’s a surprise to discover that they have never toured together until now. The tour matches two bands – very popular with the Gen X and Millennial fans – for slightly different reasons. Incubus were born out of the burgeoning nu-metal crave of the…

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Interview: Carlo Mendez on his first lead role in the thriller Demise; “The challenge was making my character likeable.”

At the core of Demise, Yara Estrada Lowe‘s debut feature film, is a messy love triangle that allows the erotic thriller to lean into the campy, oft-unhinged sensibilities the genre can so continually give way to. Subtlety is disregarded and melodrama is heightened, making for one helluva wild time. At the core of the film…

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Film Review: Arcadian is a tense family drama presented as a dystopian thriller

Comparisons to John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place will be inevitable when viewing Arcadian, but, despite the familiar ground covered across the family-versus-insurmountable-odds-in-a-dystopian-future narrative, director Benjamin Brewer (a predominant music video director who also served as the lead visual effects artist for Everything Everywhere All At Once) and screenwriter Michael Nilon (who’s produced a heft of…

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Northlane offer the ultimate taste test with new EP Mirror’s Edge

Australia has been blessed with some legendary heavy bands over the years, but there’s one name that remains a regular on our roads and airwaves after leading the scene for more than a decade. ARIA award-winning Sydney alt-metal powerhouse Northlane have constantly evolved their sound and approach to push the envelope, and have today unveiled…

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Ego_Ride

Album Review: Asha Jefferies – Ego Ride (2024 LP)

Asha Jefferies debut album Ego Ride drops today via Nettwerk Music Group, recorded by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) at Prawn Records, Brisbane. It follows two EPs and some significant career achievements for the Brisbane based artist, including appearances at Bigsound and Bluesfest, and making the shortlists for both the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition and…

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New Music Discoveries 12th April: Ben Kidson, Highline, Aaron Frazer and more

Our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music has been updated with a further ten new tracks, including two singles we exclusively premiered earlier in the week. This week DIY indie artist Ben Kidson is our Track of the Week with his new single “Opposite Day”. Assertive, feel good and full of punk spirit, “Opposite…

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Track by Track: Just A Leo take us deep inside Change Your Life

Last week Australian duo Just A Leo released their latest EP, Change Your Life. Home-produced, the talented duo have created a collection of songs that are deeply personal, uplifting, and creatively inspiring. They have created a record which is a beautiful mix of dance, synth-pop and electro-pop, that will have you dancing around the kitchen…

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Maggie Rogers

Album Review: Maggie Rogers – Don’t Forget Me (2024 LP)

Is 2024 the year your favourite artist delves into Country? In a time when Country is no longer a dirty word in many musical milieus, it seems 2024 is just as good a time as any for non-traditional Country artists to dip their toes into the scene and see where it takes them Maggie Rogers,…

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Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival line-up drops with tickets now on sale

Following on from the success of the previous few years, and in the wake of several other festivals scaling back, postponing or closing, it’s heartening to see the Beer and BBQ Festival back in full swing for 2024. Headlining the music will be Aussie music legends The Australian Rock Collective, Bad//Dreems & Friends and Peter…

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Film Review: Robot Dreams is a gorgeous, wordless animated tale dipped in surreality and colourful psychedelics

Have you ever pondered what a robot would dream of?  Well, in Pablo Berger‘s gorgeous, wordless animated tale they dream in surreality and colourful psychedelics.  But in the case of Robot Dreams‘s protagonist, simply named Robot, he dreams of Dog, his owner and best friend, who he is cruelly separated from in a circumstantial situation…

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Film Review: Back to Black; Should they have made a movie about Amy Winehouse? “No, no, no!”

In 2015, director Asif Kapadia let us in on the life and legacy of the genius, tragic existence that was Amy Winehouse with the documentary Amy.  Using archival footage spanning 14 years and over 100 interviews with those that knew her best, it truly gave us an insight into the singers’ meteoric rise and brutal…

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Book Review: See how the Imperium was born in The Art And Soul Of Dune Part Two

Dune Part Two is so successful in blurring the line between reality and science fiction that you might not want to break the illusion and know how this magic trick of a film was pulled off. But reading The Art And Soul Of Dune Part Two gives such specific and incisive insight into the design…

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The Beatles’ Love announces Las Vegas closing date – why you need to see this spectacular production

After an incredible 18 year run exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas, the Cirque Du Soleil production of The Beatles’ Love is coming to an end. So if you’ve never had a chance to see this show – which as I go on to say in the below article from 2017, is possibly the…

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Reckless Coast

Exclusive Single Premiere: Reckless Coast “Burn Street” (2024)

Your first share house usually brings back fond memories: fun nights with flatmates, new adventures in the kitchen, and banging on the walls from irate neighbours. With a sound imbued with nostalgic rock feels, Meanjin/Brisbane-based indie-rockers Reckless Coast bring all these memories and more with their new single, the bittersweet “Burn Street.” We’re delighted to…

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Photo Gallery: Incubus and +Live+ – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (10.04.24)

Iconic rock bands from the USA Incubus and Live co-headlined Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion tonight. Playing all their hits, the fans rocked out enjoying an incredible night of live music. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the night.  

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Film Review: Civil War is an anxiety-ridden thriller that’s poised to generate conversations

There’s an apoliticality that director Alex Garland adheres to within the framing of Civil War, a film that’s inherently political as it tackles the division of the United States.  Here in a modern day USA where an alternate landscape is explored (although, chillingly, you could imagine such unrest escalating to the type of environment flexed…

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Interview: Cameron and Colin Cairnes on Late Night With the Devil, Don Lane inspiration, and not auditioning David Dastmalchian

After breaking out at last year’s SXSW Film & TV Festival, where our own Peter Gray heralded the film as one that “enjoys melding the modern sensibilities of the found footage genre with the bold mentality of horror movies gone by” (you can read the full review here), Late Night With the Devil is finally…

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Film Review: Late Night With the Devil; Nasty, yet fun, horror outing creatively flips the expected tropes of the genre

“Before we continue I’d like to apologize to anyone who might be upset or offended by what you saw before the break. It’s not every day you see a demonic possession on live television.” Not the most typical sentence you’d expect to hear from a late night host, but such is the statement made by…

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Horizon Forbidden West: Complete Edition is one of the best PlayStation games ported to PC so far

Horizon Forbidden West is a technical achievement on consoles. The incredibly rich and detailed world looks incredible on 4K TVs with a level of detail and colour not often seen in mainstream console gaming. It is only fair that a game this incredible would be ported to PC and be able to utilise the higher…

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Your Utopia

Book Review: Snapshots of strange worlds in Bora Chung’s Your Utopia

Filled with tales of robots and cannibals, aliens and immortals, Bora Chung’s latest book Your Utopia is a fascinating exploration of the worlds just beyond our own. Highly original, passionate and weird in the best way, it makes for an enthralling read, even if there are some hiccups along the way. Following in the tradition…

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Queens of the Stone Age light up regional Canada as they take requests in Oshawa

Just weeks after their successful Australia and New Zealand tour, Queens of the Stone Age are currently touring Canada, playing a mix of capital and regional cities around the country with UK group The Struts. In Ontario, The End Is Nero tour is hitting four shows around the Province, with the first in Oshawa –…

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Baraka The Kid

Exclusive Single Premiere: BARAKA THE KID “All My Life” (2024)

Born in the Congo, raised in Zambia, and now making waves in the Geelong music scene, BARAKA THE KID infuses afropop and hip-hop in “All My Life,” a song we are thrilled to premiere ahead of its release on Friday. The track is extremely close to the artist’s heart. He takes a moment for reflection,…

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Children of the Sun is a powerhouse in the form of a psychedelic puzzle-shooter

Children of the Sun is one of those games that struck me from the moment I saw it – crazy visuals like this will do that to you. With that distinctive, disjointed look combined (and contrasting) with some strong and precise gameplay it certainly delivers on the wild, thrilling, and violent ride its trailer promises….

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Miguel, Busta Rhymes, Metro Boomin & more lead stacked lineup for Promiseland

After a successful debut in 2022, three-day Gold Coast festival Promiseland is back. And not only that, but it’s dropped what may one of the most surprising and exciting line ups of the year. This comes after weeks of serious chatter in the music industry about the future of broad-spectrum music festivals such as Splendour…

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My Brilliant Sister

Book Review: Amy Brown’s debut explores who gets to be creative through the lens of an Australian classic

The legacy of Australian writer Miles Franklin lives on in the two literary prizes named for her. But, how much do we really know about the woman herself? For instance, many readers would not have been aware that Stella (Miles) Franklin had a sister named Linda; a sister who took the expected path for women…

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Hollywood can be a killer in first trailer for Ti West’s MaXXXine

The world will know her name. After his homage to the psycho-biddy subgenre of horror with the critically acclaimed X and its follow-up Pearl, a demented Disney-like prequel, across 2022, Ti West is closing out his unexpected slasher trilogy with the release of MaXXXine. Once again headlined by Mia Goth, MaXXXine follows her titular character,…

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Daniel Muggleton takes on an intimate Melbourne crowd at QT, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Daniel Muggleton is a Sydney-based comedian and rising star on a national tour following his International debut in 2023. Muggleton offers a taste of uncomfortable humour joining a fine lineup of performers this year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It is a pleasure to catch him at an intimate performance in QT Melbourne, where he…

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Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak shines at A Day on the Green – Peter Lehmann Winery (07.04.24)

This year, the South Australian leg of The Day on the Green tour was held at Peter Lehmann Winery in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. The setting is a grassed clearing in a heavily wooded area, with good views of the stage from anywhere on the grass. Those seated close to the stage had an intimate…

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Flight Review: United Airlines’ Transpacific Service – Melbourne to San Francisco (UA61)

A couple of months back, I climbed to 42,000 feet across the Pacific Ocean on board United Airlines‘ Boeing 777-300 service from Melbourne to San Francisco (Flight UA61). It had been about a year since I last few across the Pacific with United (then from Sydney to Houston on the Dreamliner), so how did this…

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