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PAX Aus 2020 returns to Melbourne October 9-11

January 29, 2020

  PAX Aus, the largest video games convention in the nation, will return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2020. The convention has revealed the dates of this year’s show via its social media channels. The show will open its doors at the MCEC from October 9-11, 2020. #PAXAUS 2020 – Australia’s Biggest […]

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The Offspring announce greatest hits Australian/NZ tour

January 28, 2020

Enduring punk legends The Offspring will be returning to our shores later this year. In their first Aussie headline tour in sixteen years, the California band will put together a set list of their greatest hits. Expect the likes of “Self Esteem”, “The Kids Aren’t Alright”, and “Original Prankster” to blow up venues across the […]

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Made In Paris and First Beige to headline Arcadia 2020

January 28, 2020

Later this year, Arcadia will return to the idyllic Goomburra Valley, for a long weekend of music and merry-making. Headlined by Made In Paris and First Beige, the BYO festival promises an exciting roster of live music and DJs. Taking place over the QLD Labor Day weekend, Arcadia will run from Saturday 2nd May until […]

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Theatre Review: The Shakespearean circus is in town, with Brisbane Immersive’s Midsummer Carnival

January 28, 2020

The Midsummer Carnival is in town, and the big top has set up shop at Brisbane Powerhouse. A troupe of pixies and players invite audiences to wander through their carnival, filled with sideshow games, fortune tellers, and death defying stunts. But hidden amongst the crowd are four young lovers, and as the mischievous Puck sets […]

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Heaps

Track of the Day: Heaps “Softly” (2020)

January 28, 2020

“Softly” is the new single from Canadian band Heaps. Formerly known as The Kents, this is the group’s first single under their new direction, with a full length album to follow.  The forthcoming album, What Is Heaps, and the new single, were recorded at Union Sound in Toronto. The quartet enlisted Leon Taheny (Fucked Up, […]

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February 2020 Australian cinema releases: Five films you need to see

January 28, 2020

2020 is primed to be a big year for cinema, both in the realm of big-budget blockbusters and under-radar indies. Each month we’re going to be taking a look at five upcoming films that you need to see in cinemas, encouraging Aussies to get out and experience these stories on the big screen. February brings […]

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Akin

Book Review: Emma Donoghue’s Akin is a historical story told from the present day

January 28, 2020

Akin is Emma Donoghue’s tenth novel for adults, but only her second set in the modern day. Known by most readers for her 2010 novel, Room, Donoghue has published countless novels which examine little known pockets of history, such as 2014’s Frog Music and 2016’s The Wonder. At first glance, Akin is something entirely different to Donoghue’s back catalogue, including […]

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Flying Lotus

Live Review: Flying Lotus proves 3D is no gimmick at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre (24.01.20)

January 28, 2020

After a five year break between releases, during which he released a polarising feature film, Flying Lotus (real name Stephen Ellison) finally reacquainted himself to fans with the album Flamagra. Ever one to place visuals central to the musical experience, he has returned to Aussie shores with a new 3D live show. UK/Aussie Warp Records […]

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Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch Review: Nostalgia, that is all

January 27, 2020

Nintendo has leaned heavily on nostalgia to make the Switch one of their most successful systems to date. There’s nothing wrong with that, and for the most part it has worked remarkably well. Ports and remakes have been leading the pack, tiding us over while new IP is few and far between. Yes, it can […]

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Famed New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is coming to Australia

January 27, 2020

Influential New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is the latest institution from the states to plan an Aussie visit, announcing a pop-up tour that will leap across late January and early February at some of the country’s best bars. Brought down in partnership with Australian Venue Co. and Aviation Gin, the pioneering speakeasy-style bar […]

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Uncharted movie delayed yet again

January 26, 2020

Nathan Drake just can’t catch a break. The movie adaptation of Uncharted has been delayed into 2021. According to Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s new release date is March 5, 2021. The change comes after Travis Knight became the sixth director to depart the troubled project since 2011. Sony are now reportedly […]

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Australia to L.A. return flights are going for as low as $765 right now

January 24, 2020

Travellers keeping a key eye on cheap flights from Australian the to U.S. today might have noticed a particularly exciting pop-up over at trusty deal-slinger iknowthepilot.com.au. The bargain tracker regularly comes with the goods, but this one seems almost too good to be true. A return flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles on Air Canada […]

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Live Review: Wafia + MAY-A + Banoffee – 170 Russel St, Melbourne

January 24, 2020

In 2017, Brisbane-based R&B singer-songwriter Wafia was starting to build her career, singing alongside acts like Vancouver Sleep Clinic and supporting acts like Daughter. Now, in 2020, she’s running her own show and practically selling out 170 Russel St on a Friday night. Modest yet engaging, Wafia truly captivated the audience with both her music […]

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The best Gran Turismo players in the world are coming to Sydney

January 24, 2020

The best Gran Turismo players in the world are coming to Sydney in February. The FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships will pull into the Big Top at Sydney’s Luna Park on February 15-16. It’s rare to see the worlds of motorsport and video games collide like this, but here we are. The event will be […]

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Sigmund

Track of the Day: Sigmund “Given Up On Hope” (2020)

January 24, 2020

“Given Up On Hope” is the new single from Faroese singer-songwriter Sigmund. Recorded last year in an old knitting factory, the track is Sigmund’s first ‘new’ release since 2014. It’s a short, sweet injection of twangy bluesy rock; and I’m very much here for it. I stumbled across Sigmund and his music almost by accident. […]

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The Ninth Sorceress

Interview: Author Bonnie Wynne takes us through debut novel The Ninth Sorceress

January 24, 2020

There’s just a few weeks to go until the release of The Ninth Sorceress, the debut novel from author Bonnie Wynne. We were lucky enough to grab five minutes with her in the (very busy) run up to release day! First of all, can you tell us what The Ninth Sorceress is all about? (No […]

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Bronze Lands

Sydney Festival Review: Robert Curgenven’s Bronze Lands (Tailte Cré-Umha) is building and body as instrument

January 24, 2020

Pipe organs are interesting, yet largely under-utilised beasts. Built into the grand expanse of the building, the organ at Sydney Town Hall is not an instrument in itself but rather turns the entire building into one. Ireland-based Australian composer and artist Robert Curgenven utilised this to its full extent in his immersive production: Bronze Lands (Tailte […]

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Star Trek: Picard

First Impressions: Star Trek: Picard strikes a tentative but intriguing balance between the old and the new

January 23, 2020

Star Trek as a franchise has been going for more than fifty years and its fans are definitely known for their passion and devotion to the characters and stories. One such character is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart. A new series from CBS All Access, created by Alex Kurtzman, and distributed by Amazon Prime […]

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Sydney Festival Live Review: Poof! Secrets of a Magician proves James Galea is a card boasting humour that is far from sleight

January 23, 2020

Magic is so often about secrets, smoke and mirrors, but James Galea also adds a dash of silliness to the mix. The hip youngster projects a cool and calm exterior that is so charming. He also has an irreverent sense of humour; his tongue is placed firmly in cheek. In Poof! Secrets of a Magician […]

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Track of the Day: Four Year Strong “Talking Myself In Circles” (2020)

January 23, 2020

It’s been five years since Massachusetts pop punkers Four Year Strong released their self-titled sixth album. Now they’ve kicked off 2020 with news about the much awaited seventh, titled Brain Pain and due for release on February 28th. “Talking Myself In Circles” is one of two glimpses we’ve had at the forthcoming release, alongside the […]

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Sick as hell Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition coming to Australia

January 23, 2020

We don’t often get excited about collector’s editions around here, but this Resident Evil 3 package is pretty special. So what’s in it? This set contains a high-quality statue of RE3 heroine Jill Valentine, a printed art book, poster map of Raccoon City and a 2-disc soundtrack. You can snap it up at JB Hifi […]

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Why Chicago International Film Festival is worth travelling for in 2020

January 23, 2020

In its 55th year of competition, the Chicago International Film Festival – the longest-running of its kind in the USA – once again acted as a beacon for cinephiles the world over, showcasing meaningful works across various genres and countries. Film festivals have long been considered some of the greatest and most impactful destination events […]

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Best hostels in the world named at the 17th annual HOSCAR awards

January 23, 2020

Dubbed the “HOSCARS”, HostelWorld’s annual crowd-voted round-up of the world’s best hotels has been released. Once again, it’s a deep-drive into hostels around the world that are a cut above the average, named across various categories which give budget-conscious travellers greater insight into the quality and reliability of properties. The awards are based on more […]

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Lonely Planet launches 300 tours worldwide focusing on sustainable travel

January 23, 2020

The shift towards travelling more responsibility has been gaining steady traction over the past few years, but never has it felt more pervasive. It’s now common knowledge that socially conscious travel trends resonate with a wider number of people, especially younger generations who have come into a world ravaged by overtourism and careless daily practices. […]

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How to spend the perfect weekend in New Caledonia

January 23, 2020

Designated an official Overseas French Territory, New Caledonia is the closest slice of that delicious European lifestyle for Australian travellers looking to escape. The unique blend of its unmistakable South Pacific vibes and prevalent French influences make this major scuba diving and gourmand destination one of the most essential getaways for Aussies who have limited […]

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Film Review: Underwater is a sufficient but sometimes suffocating disaster film

January 23, 2020

January can be a bit of a dead zone for films, so it’s not a huge surprise that Underwater has ended up in this release period. A film that Disney, courtesy of its Fox acquisition, wound up with. It was completed back in 2017 and has been waiting for a better time to be released. […]

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Track of the Day: The Jungle Giants “Sending Me Ur Loving” (2020)

January 22, 2020

One of our favourite bands The Jungle Giants are back with a new single, “Sending Me Ur Loving”. It’s trademark Jungle Giants, with the jangly guitars, soaring vocals and a tune you want to shake your booty to. Sam Hales, the lead singer, says of the track “Sending Me Ur Loving has been with me […]

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Flying Lotus

Here’s where you can catch Flying Lotus in-store this week

January 22, 2020

Flying Lotus makes his long-awaited return to Australian shores this week, bringing his cosmic 3D live show to a series of East Coast dates this weekend. Whilst in the country the LA artist will be hosting a handful of exclusive and intimate in store appearances, taking place at Melbourne’s Northside Records and Sydney’s Network Connections. […]

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Bad Friday 2020 Is Expanding To A Bad Weekend With Two Days Of Music

January 21, 2020

Bad Friday Festival just got a whole lot more badass. The Sydney institution of a festival, Bad Friday (that ironically falls on Good Friday for all you angels out there) is expanding to corrupt you one day longer. That’s right, we’ve got a Bad Friday AND Saturday on our hands. The expansion of the festival […]

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Here’s where you can see the 14 Australian artists playing Folk Alliance International in New Orleans this week

January 21, 2020

On Wednesday, the Folk music scene is heading to New Orleans for the 32rd installment of the Folk Alliance International Conference, presented by Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. Usually the February conference is held in Kansas City, but this year – following a year in Montreal […]

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