Film Review: The Great Escaper is an engaging, likeable true story that celebrates love and determination

There very easily could’ve been an air of farce and faux suspense about The Great Escaper.  A true story centring on Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) – a near-90-year-old who staged a “great escape” from his retirement home in 2014 in order to join his fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy to commemorate their…

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Interview: Director Oliver Parker on The Great Escaper, navigating PTSD, and directing the final on-screen roles of Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson

In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan made global headlines.  He had staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings 70th anniversary.​  It was a story that captured the imagination of the world as Bernie embodied the…

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Live Review: The National make up for the long absence at world-class Sydney show

The National have been regulars to our shores for 16 years, so the six-year gap since their last show in Australia is a fair enough gap to have revived the appetite for the Ohio via New York City group.  Bringing Annie Hamilton along for the tour was a stroke of genius. Not only is she…

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Photo Gallery: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024 (02.03.24)

Last night, the 46th edition of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took place. The event was a great success, bringing together the LGBTQIA+ communities to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. The Dykes on Bikes, crowd-favourites for many, kicked off the parade. Following them were the 78’ers, the original marchers from the first edition, who…

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The Lehman Trilogy

Theatre review: The Lehman Trilogy is an absolute theatrical masterclass

The Lehman Trilogy opens in 1844, where a young man from Bavaria, Hayum ‘Henry’ Lehman (1844 – 1855), arrives in New York with a dream to work his way up in a bold new world. Lehman is joined by his two brothers, Mendel ‘Emanuel’ Lehman (1847 – 1907) and Mayer ‘Potato’ Lehman (1850 – 1897),…

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Photo Gallery: PWEI + Jesus Jones – Manning Bar, Sydney University (01.03.24)

PWEI (Pop Will Eat Itself) returned to Sydney in magnificent form playing their rap-rock indie anthems and were supported by fellow Brits and equally brilliant Jesus Jones at a very sweaty and humid Sydney Uni Manning Bar. Pete Dovgan brings you the action.

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Photo Gallery: The National + Fleet Foxes + Annie Hamilton – ICC Sydney Theatre (01.03.24)

The National have returned to Australia for the the first time since 2018, and last night played at the ICC Sydney Theatre, the first of two shows. It was an incredible gig, with leadsinger Matt Berninger as always stalking and prowling the stage as he brings the tunes alive. You had to feel sorry for…

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Photo Gallery: Wednesday + MJ Lenderman and the Wind – Factory Theatre, Sydney (29.02.24)

Wednesday are Karly Hartzman (guitar/vocals), with MJ Lenderman (guitar), Xandy Chelmis (lap/pedal steel), Ethan Baechtold (bass) and Alan Miller (drums) they are all the way from North Carolina USA. Think shoegaze, indie rock combined with alt country and we are on a winner. Check out one of the great indie albums released 2023 Rat Saw…

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New Music Discoveries 1st March: Tyne-James Organ, St. Vincent, The Avett Brothers and more

We’re launching into March with ten more songs added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music, including two singles we exclusively premiered earlier in the week. Australian alt-rock artist Tyne-James Organ has released his first new music of 2024, the single “All On Me” and it’s our Track of the Week. “All On…

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Game On Cancer giveaway returns in March with over 400 prizes on offer

The Great Game on Cancer Giveaway has returned with more than 400 prizes on offer, valued at more than $30,000. The event will run from the 1st to the 31st of March and anyone who donates AUD $50 or more, will get a prize value at $50 or more, randomly selected from a pool of…

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Sampha proves why is he one of the world’s most in-demand crooners at perfect Sydney show

There’s no point throughout Sampha’s generously paced, highly detailed performance at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion where it feels like the UK singer has made any sort of mistake or taken a wrong turn. From the smart lighting to the composition of his achingly vulnerable songs, the man demonstrated exactly why he has emerged as one of…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Plenty of Fish in the Sea is a rollicking shanty story

A sparse looking bedroom; a bed, wardrobe and a mirrorless mirror stand are the only props on stage. A nun drags the bed by a rope slung over her shoulder. Gazing out to sea, she casts a rod, landing herself a wayward traveller, apparently lost at sea. He lands on the bed, dazed and confused,…

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Mona Foma Review: Mona Sessions showcased a diverse range of music

The Mona Sessions were held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on the lawns of the Mona Museum. Each night showcased a diverse range of artists, both local and international. The highlight of the Friday night was Scottish post-rock kings, Mogwai. Their set is larger than life with a sound that envelops everything, and…

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Meet the five lands of Universal Studio’s new Orlando theme park Epic Universe

The most anticipated new Theme Park in the US is without question Universal Studio’s upcoming third gate in Orlando*, Epic Universe. While plenty of rumours have been floating around since the park was announced in 2019 about what it would feature, and some (like Super Nintendo World’s inclusion) have long been confirmed, a few weeks…

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Film Review: Dune: Part Two inimitably balances its blockbuster psyche with an uncomfortable morality

Given the absolute majestic, expansive nature of Frank Herbert‘s 1965 novel, it makes sense as to why director Denis Villeneuve insisted that his story be told across a necessary 5 hour split.  No doubt using David Lynch’s ambitious failure as something of a cautionary tale – the auteur continually rejecting his association with his own…

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Will Souled Out be the modern R&B festival Australia needs?

Scheduled for the tail-end of March, Souled Out by Whatslively will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth with a solid line-up of on-trend R&B acts. I’ve typed similar sentences many times over the past decade, and I’ve watched sadly as R&B-flavoured festivals folded. Soulfest is the most obvious one, and slow ticket sales in…

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New Music Single: “BLUE” by Morning Mood will lift your spirits

If you’re having a stressful or gloomy morning, then listening to the latest single from Morning Blue, an Illawarra quartet, will have you back in your groove. The song “BLUE” combines soul, jazz and prog influences to create a sonic landscape that is refreshing and uplifting. The quartet started out as a demo on the…

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Mikaila Delgado on touring, new music and the future of Yours Truly

If you’ve been in the Aussie pop punk scene for a while, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the Sydney-based powerhouse Yours Truly. They’re no stranger to some of Australia’s most iconic venues and festivals, and have had a massive year touring with huge international acts. In early 2023, it was announced that two out…

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Sphere Las Vegas Review: Postcard from Earth will take your breath away

After five years of hype and construction, no less than 54,000 m2 of LED on its exterior, and space for some 20,000 punters, the ambitious venue known simply as Sphere opened in Las Vegas last September, immediately becoming one of the world’s most recognisable structures. As the largest spherical building in the world, enjoying an…

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Fred Again surprise announces seven massive shows for Australia in March

You knew it was coming. And yes, megastar DJ and not-Taylor-Swift Fred Again didn’t just fly to Sydney to play one show. Last night Fred again.. made history at the Sydney Opera House – becoming the first-ever artist to announce, sell out, and perform at the iconic venue, all within 24 hours. Announced on Instagram…

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Lucy's Disorder

Exclusive Single Premiere: Lucy’s Disorder “Tell Me a Secret” (2024)

Self-described as Naarm’s third-best ‘alternative rock band’, it’s time for Melbourne and the rest of Australia to get well-acquanted with the quartet Lucy’s Disorder. We are beyond excited to have the privilege of premiering their debut track, “Tell Me a Secret” ahead of its release on Friday. “Tell Me a Secret” is an intoxicating blend of…

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong is nothing short of a fantastic remake

In the timeless clash between plumber and primate, Mario vs. Donkey Kong for 2024 revitalizes the classic rivalry with a fresh twist. This iteration earns its stripes with upgraded graphics, engaging cutscenes, and addictive puzzle gameplay that will please fans of both franchises. The Iconic Rivalry While we have seen Mario and DK team up…

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Erin Buku chats about the power of Earth’s song lines in her new neo-soul release “Ley Lines”

Soul artist Erin Buku releases her new single and video “Ley Lines”, a mesmerising lo-fi soul and trip-hop track, emanating emotional eloquence and atmospheric depth. Let’s jump straight in and talk about your new song, “Ley Lines.” How did it come about, and what was the inspiration behind writing it? I’ve always been really into…

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Taylor Swift debuts special mashups for Australia as part of Eras Tour

After seven mammoth nights in Australia – three in Melbourne, followed by four in Sydney – Taylor Swift has officially ended her the down under leg of her Eras Tour. And with it, she’s debuted a whole lot of exclusive mashups that have been the envy of fans worldwide. While Aussies usually draw the short…

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Steve Baskin

Exclusive Single Premiere: Steve Baskin “Do What You Wanna Do” (2024)

We’re stoked today to be premiering the soulful “Do What You Wanna Do” from Georgian singer/songwriter Steve Baskin, with his band The Fourteens. The track is the second from Steve of recent times, following up on the beautiful single, “Love is Hard”, that was released earlier in the month. In “Do What You Wanna Do”,…

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Film Review: The Greatest Love Story Never Told is the most open and vulnerable aspect of Jennifer Lopez’s This Is Me…Now experience

“What is this fucking girl’s problem?” As Jennifer Lopez states in the opening moments of The Greatest Love Story Never Told, she’s highly aware of what the media has pondered about the multitude of marriages (4, to be precise) she’s partaken in over the course of her resilient career. And it’s that self-awareness and hopeful…

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Helldivers 2 provides the humorous, light-hearted sci-fi fun we need right now

Helldivers 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the cult classic, has finally landed on both PlayStation 5 and PC, delivering intense action and strategic cooperative gameplay. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, this instalment brings significant changes, notably shifting from a top-down perspective to a first-person view. While this feels like a major departure from the…

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The Eric Andre Show Live came, saw and chugged some ranch in Sydney

Chug, Chug, Chug! The prevailing chant of The Eric Andre Show Live as the famed absurdist comic brought his touring live show to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion this past weekend. Andre is right. Aussies love chugging things. And so each and every guest – singer Donny Benet, comedian Nikki Osbourne, and a few audience members –…

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Win a BookArc Flex Vertical Laptop Stand so you can tidy up your workspace

Ergonomics still counts for a lot when it comes to working. Your desk is your sanctuary when you’re working, and decluttering is one of the top productivity hacks that is consistent throughout contexts. A messy desk is a chaotic mind, and a chaotic mind is one with endless distractions. That’s why it always pays to…

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Photo Gallery: CVLTFEST – Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Brisbane (24.02.24)

CVLTFEST… Alpha Wolf‘s very own festival in Brisbane’s northern suburbs blew the doors off the Eaton’s Hill Hotel on a steamy hot late February Saturday afternoon. With a hugely anticipated lineup with a mix of local and international acts, it was a day that built momentum and intensity as band after band took the crowd…

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