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5 New Release Albums you’ve got to listen to right now

September 24, 2020

2020 has been a rollercoaster year (to say the least). By this stage, you might have resigned yourself to spending all your time in your living room, venturing not much further than your garden. Amid the chaos and stress of the pandemic, however, many of us have turned to music for comfort, or as a […]

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Ultra Mono

Album of the Week: IDLES are just as angry and forceful on Ultra Mono (2020 LP)

September 24, 2020

Ever seen a band post about current affairs on their socials, and then read comments where morons say something to the effect of “stick to music”? There’s a very good chance you have. IDLES are the type of band that this would occur to regularly. They’ve built a platform on their anti-establishment themes, lyrics, persona and […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Gregory Alan Isakov from Boulder, Colorado

September 29, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Is The Walking Dead: The World Beyond worth watching?

September 29, 2020

There’s a scene in the second episode of The Walking Dead: The World Beyond where our four teenage protagonists are hiding from “empties” (walkers, zombies) in a treehouse, chewing through the short time by playing Monopoly and passing a bowling ball around while bellowing “Big Moe” – the ball’s given name. It’s amongst the most […]

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Five new drinks you need in your life right now

September 29, 2020

As we move away from winter and into spring, those who love a good, hard spirit are looking for something a bit more vibrant on the palate. Although given that we haven’t quite left the erratic weather behind, something mature and full of enough fire to keep the chest cosy at night. That’s a delicate […]

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Song of the Crocodile

Book Review: Dive into Nardi Simpson’s mesmerising debut Song of the Crocodile

September 29, 2020

The Billymil family have lived in the small town of Darnmoor for three generations, and expectant parents Celie and Tom are preparing to welcome the newest addition. But tensions between Darnmoor’s Indigenous and settler families are rising. And the divide between the white run town and the Campgrounds, where the Billymils call home, is growing. […]

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Ashton Irwin

Track of the Day: Ashton Irwin “Skinny Skinny” (2020)

September 29, 2020

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and 5 Seconds of Summer stalwart Ashton Irwin is all set to release his debut solo album, Superbloom at the end of October. He’s teased the album’s imminent arrival with the release of the single “Skinny Skinny”.  I don’t know what I was expecting the debut solo single from Irwin to sound like. […]

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‘Looking past the Pandemic’ with Slow Pulp from Chicago, USA

September 28, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Hayden Calnin “As I Exit Parts I & II” (2020)

September 28, 2020

The multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer Hayden Calnin released his latest EP, Soon Forever last month. It’s a collection of four tracks, each lush and atmospheric soundscapes. Today we have the exclusive video premiere for the final track on the EP, the epic “As I Exit Parts I & II”. This track is unusual and worthy for its […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with GL from Melbourne, Australia

September 28, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Steve Wide

Book Reviews: Steve Wide’s Field Guides to Punk and Post-Punk & New Wave are short and sharp

September 28, 2020

Music fans will often find their favourite tracks are bigger than their genre. In fact, some music is so big it permeates into an entire subculture. Australian DJ, Steve Wide celebrates this with two sharp new books, A Field Guide to Punk and A Field Guide to Post-Punk and New Wave. Both of these are […]

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Mustafa

Track of the Day: Mustafa “Air Forces” (2020)

September 28, 2020

“Air Forces” is the new single from 23-year-old Muslim poet and songwriter Mustafa. The single, which is built around samples of a Sudanese tribal chant, follows the success of his debut single “Stay Alive”. Further, “Air Forces” marks the continued exploration of a musical style that Mustafa describes as ‘inner city folk music’. The move […]

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Sony WH-1000XM4 Review: Annihilating the competition

September 28, 2020

Want the short and sweet verdict on the Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones? They are exceptional, and by far the best I have ever owned. Although you probably already expected that. With the fourth-generation of the company’s insanely popular wireless headphones dominating 2020, Sony has once again come out and reclaimed the throne, defending against the […]

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Black Star Pastry gets theatrical with their newest cake, the Chocolate Mirage

September 28, 2020

The ever-creative, dessert-minded folks at Black Star Pastry may be most famous for the juicy flavours of watermelon and strawberries, but they never shy away from the quintessential hit of chocolate now and then. That’s most evident with their latest creation, the dramatic and hugely indulgent “Chocolate Mirage”. Adding to their already stacked and varied […]

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TIFF Review: Spring Blossom is a striking directorial debut from writer/director Suzanne Lindon

September 26, 2020

Writer/director Suzanne Lindon stars as Suzanne, a 16-year old student who is starting to feel a sense of ennui as she trudges through her daily routine of high school adolescence. Her mingling with her friends is becoming tedious and boring – evident in an amusingly awkward party sequence – and her outside life feels constrained […]

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Mafia

Mafia: Definitive Edition Review: Come Home to the Family

September 25, 2020

The Godfather is my favourite film of all time, and it was my love of gangster films that led me to Mafia. Released in 2002, it is one of the most underrated and nuanced mobster stories of that or any hardware generation. Since then, the series has both vanished and returned to the fold, along […]

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Darlinghurst’s Sandoitchi is serving up two-for-one chicken katsu bowls

September 25, 2020

If you haven’t eaten at Sandoitchi, now is the time to do so, as they are offering up a tasty discount on their menu. Situated in the heart of Darlinghurst, the cafe opened in 2018 and has become renowned for their delectable Japanese inspired dishes such as their katsu sandos and bowls. As of next […]

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Ange

Photo Gallery: Ange – The Vanguard, Sydney (23.09.20)

September 25, 2020

Neo-soul singer-songwriter/producer Ange performed an intimate COVID-friendly show at The Vanguard in the lead up to the launch of her new single “Dead to Each Other” (featuring Chelsea Warner) on Wednesday night. The new track is available this Friday 25th September on Spotify, be sure to check it out! Photographer Belinda Dipalo was there to […]

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Track By Track: Riley Pearce expands his sound on his latest EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off

September 25, 2020

Melbourne-based alt-folk artist Riley Pearce has today released a new 6-track EP titled Maybe I Can Sleep It Off. The EP sees Pearce take a more of a band-like approach – with Pearce himself noting that it is quite a diversion from some of his previous releases. “Maybe Dad’s messages of “needs more chorus” or […]

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Dylan Gilbert

Exclusive Video Premiere: Dylan Gilbert “Good News” (2020)

September 25, 2020

North Carolina singer-songwriter Dylan Gilbert continues to tease the release of his forthcoming solo album, I’ll Be The Lakebed, with the release of a new music video. Gilbert, a founding member of Charlotte-based genre-bending punks Hectorina, teamed up with director and performer Sarah Ingel for the music video for “Good News”. A week out from […]

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Dunluvly

Track of the Day: Dunluvly “Too Late” (2020)

September 25, 2020

Today Dublin singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dunluvly drops his new single, “Too Late”. The single is the first release from his forthcoming EP Plethora.  Written, recorded and produced by Dunluvly in his home studio, the single is a delightful blend of the traditional and contemporary. You’ve got that beautiful fingerpicked guitar, so obviously rooted in the […]

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Huawei Matebook X Pro Review: Powerful, but held back by design choices

September 25, 2020

Huawei is known for rewarding high price tags with ambitious spec sheets, at least attempting to somewhat re-balance the tug-o-war between power and value. This year, that’s been most clearly demonstrated with the ridiculously pricey P40 Pro+, asking a lot, but giving just as much. Balance is hard to achieve the more the price hikes, […]

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Skullcandy Push Ultra Review: Death by design

September 25, 2020

Skullcandy has long been a reliable brand when it comes to personal audio devices, but truly wireless earbuds are still a relatively new line for them with the original Push released in 2018. This year, we’ve got the Push Ultra, sitting at at A$249.95, only slightly cheaper than the current price for Sony’s gold-standard WF-1000XM3 […]

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Xbox Series X accesories

All the Xbox Series X accessories you can preorder in Australia right now

September 24, 2020

After the insanity that was Preorder Day, we thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of all the Xbox Series X accessories you can preorder in Australia. Bare in mind, stock appears to fairly limited for launch so don’t be too disappointed if you miss out, and know that you […]

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PS5 accessories

All the PS5 accessories you can preorder in Australia right now

September 24, 2020

The very first wave of PS5 accessories is on the way, and as we’re sure you can imagine, pre-order shipments are selling out fast. You’re going to need to move quickly if you want to snap any up. To make things a bit easier, we’ve rounded up all the official PS5 accessories dropping on launch […]

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Album Review: Kuya James – ISA (2020 LP)

September 24, 2020

On his debut solo album, Darwin-based producer Kuya James sets out to exhibit the talents of the broad Australian music community. ISA showcases the diversity that this country has to offer and, in the process, re-establishes the Australian identity. Kuya James, known off-stage as James Mangohig, was born to a Filipino father and a Dutch […]

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Samsung slims its Galaxy S20 price tag with the affordable ‘Fan Edition’

September 24, 2020

While plenty of attention is focused on Samsung’s super premium Z Fold2 device right now, the company has released the latest model in its dominant Galaxy S20 series, slimming a few things and straightening out the price point for a “Fan Edition”. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE takes much of what makes its more expensive […]

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Album Review: Stevie and the Sleepers – Self-Titled (2020 LP)

September 24, 2020

With the release of their debut album, Melbourne five-piece Stevie and the Sleepers have achieved something rare in modern music – authenticity. Stevie Joy and Jason Fados have announced themselves as songwriters who can truly tell a story. Sonically, most of the time it’s a straight down the line Blues record. It flirts with Blues […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Maxine from Sydney, NSW

September 24, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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WWE 2K Battlegrounds Review: A Shallow, Functional Brawler

September 24, 2020

As crammed as the name suggests, WWE 2K Battlegrounds introduces yet another entry to 2K’s “Grounds” series, off the heels of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The crux of these experiences revolves around the fact that they never take themselves too seriously. Over the top game play and stylised visuals keep this game from feeling like […]

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Track of the Day: NAIPIA “Tightropes” (2020)

September 24, 2020

The UK based pop-rock band NAIPIA is making waves this year with their recently released official video clip for their track “Tightropes”. The single has a quick and upbeat rhythm with compelling lyrics of personal growth and balancing the light and darkness within us. Known for their songs about youth and personal journeys, the track […]

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