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Live Review: Amy Shark + Cult Romance at The Events Centre, Caloundra (11.08.22)

August 12, 2022

Gold Coast indie-pop superstar Amy Shark proved that she is one of the best entertainers of our time at The Events Centre in Caloundra last night. The sold-out show was the first of the Queensland leg of her massive 60-date regional See U Somewhere Australia tour, supported by Cult Romance. Patrons steadily filed into the […]

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Sly Withers

New Music Discoveries 12th August: Sly Withers, The Tyne, Elizabeth and more

August 12, 2022

This week we’ve added another ten tracks to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Our Track of the Week is “Radio” from Perth’s indie-punk band Sly Withers. In a big week for the band, they released this pearler of a track, announced that their next album, Overgrown will be released on the 28th […]

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Album Review: WAAX get rowdy on poignant sophomore record At Least I’m Free

August 12, 2022

Stop what you’re doing because Brisbane rock group WAAX have today released their poignant sophomore album At Least I’m Free via Dew Process. Produced by Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and Grammy Award-winner Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen), the 11-track project is a leap forward from their 2019 debut Big Grief. Featuring the singles “Read Receipts”, “Most Hated […]

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NBA 2K23 Unveils New Trailer for the Jordan Challenge

August 12, 2022

2K has released a new trailer for NBA 2K23, highlighting the return of the iconic Jordan Challenge, initially launched way back with NBA 2K11. While the return of the mode itself had been announced along with the initial reveal of NBA 2K23, we now know exactly which games and moments of Michael Jordan’s illustrious that […]

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Victim is an effectively suggestive thriller detailing domestic disturbance: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 12, 2022

Throughout Victim‘s 14 minute running time, the tension laid forth by writer/director Robin Summons is near-unbearable as it traces a radicalised teenager and his increasingly concerned mother. Offspring favourite Kat Stewart brings a sweet yet stern nature to the role of Chrissy, a single mother whose seeming one wish is to have a collected dinner […]

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Peace Ritual drop new single “Cold Shoulder” and announce debut EP

August 11, 2022

Sydney pop rock outfit Peace Ritual have excited with dreamy new single “Cold Shoulder” and the announcement of their self-titled debut EP last Tuesday, out 2 September via Last Ride Records. Peace Ritual is comprised of Joel Martorana (Endless Heights, Colletto Bianco) and Thomas Elliott (Caged Existence, Harbours), with production and writing assistance from Sam […]

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Interview: Kat Graham on her intense role in ensemble thriller Collide; “It is therapeutic to see a character fight back”

August 11, 2022

Chronicling three couples over the course of one fateful night in an LA restaurant, Collide is a gripping new thriller from writer/director Mukunda Michael Dewil. Ahead of the film’s On Demand release in the United States, Peter Gray spoke with one of the film’s stars, actress and singer Kat Graham, about her intense turn as […]

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Andy Martin

Exclusive Album Premiere: Andy Martin – Reverie (2022 LP)

August 11, 2022

Tomorrow, Brisbane-based singer-songwriter indie-rocker Andy Martin releases his formidable debut album, Reverie, and we are delighted to be hosting the premiere of this long-awaited release. The collection of songs on Reverie reflects upon the journey of the talented songwriter, weaving a rich tapestry of stories covering love and love lost, friendships and struggles with mental […]

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A guide to drinking rosé in winter, from the experts at Brown Brothers

August 11, 2022

Picture this: it’s a gloomy night, rain is thundering against the window, and it’s cold – by Australian standards, at least. What sort of drink would you be craving? Let me guess: a red wine or perhaps a whiskey? That certainly would be the usual. But according to the wine connoisseurs at Brown Brothers, we […]

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Cult of the Lamb Review: Worship like a baa-ass

August 11, 2022

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who already have a real life army of followers dedicated to praising their glory, and those who simply fantasise about it. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to which camp I’m in, but why let cult dreams be dreams when you can act out […]

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Joan

Book Review: Katherine J. Chen extracts the woman from the myth in her second novel, Joan

August 11, 2022

Katherine J. Chen’s second novel, Joan, a feminist reimagining of Joan of Arc, is surprisingly absent of religious fervour. She acknowledges that her Joan is a departure from the history in her author’s note, but also makes a conscious effort throughout the novel to draw attention to the mythologising of this figure throughout history. Given that […]

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What happened at the South Park 25th Anniversary Concert at Red Rocks with Ween and Primus

August 10, 2022

In what became some of the hottest tickets of the year, the first of two concerts celebrating the 25th anniversary of South Park was held tonight just outside of Denver, Colorado, at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The shows are being filmed to air later this week on US network Comedy Central, the home of […]

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Jarry

Exclusive Single Premiere: jarry “How Could I Let You Love Me” (2022)

August 10, 2022

“How Could I Let You Love Me” is the third release from jarry, the solo project for Melbourne-based Jarred Young, probably best known for Bady Pony, but who has also worked with KIT, FEELDS and Hannah Blackburn amongst others. jarry will be releasing his debut EP, happy(ish) on the 2nd September. There’s an EP launch […]

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Film Review: Jordan Peele expertly weaves a blockbuster mentality with a grounded terror in Nope

August 10, 2022

It’s understandable to be going into a film like Nope and be expecting horror greatness, given that it’s stemming from the mind of Jordan Peele, who, with both Get Out and Us, redefined the genre with his “woke” sensibilities and penchant for symbolism and commentary. Ominous alien invasion is seemingly what’s promised here.  The trailers […]

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Interview: Brandon Perea on Jordan Peele altering the script of Nope for him; “I’m glad I was able to inspire enough”

August 9, 2022

Not every actor can claim that a script was re-written to tailor to their talents.  Especially not one from an Academy Award winning scribe like Jordan Peele.  And not for an actor that is yet to be a household name. But this was the case for rising talent Brandon Perea (Netflix’s The OA), whose breakthrough […]

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Interview: Director Jordan Peele and the cast of Nope – Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun

August 9, 2022

Following the commercial and critical success of both Get Out and Us, audiences have now come to expect genre greatness from comedian-turned-horror-auteur Jordan Peele. Adopting his own fresh spin on the classic UFO subgenre of science-fiction-leaning horror, Peele’s latest opus Nope is looking to soar into Australian cinemas this week, but, to be expected, all […]

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Emily the Criminal is someone we shouldn’t root for, but thanks to Aubrey Plaza we do: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 9, 2022

They say crime doesn’t pay, but whoever stated as such may want to have a chat with the titular criminal in John Patton Ford‘s scrappy, oft intense thriller, one that furthers Aubrey Plaza‘s hold on chaos personified characters in the off-kilter subsect of cinema. Plaza’s Emily is a former art student with a $70,000 debt […]

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Yanagihara

Book Review: Yanagihara’s latest novel is heavy on themes and symbolism, but is it too much?

August 9, 2022

To Paradise, Hanya Yanagihara’s third novel, was released in January 2022. That it has taken me until now to finish it says as much about its length (some 700 plus pages) as it does about its subject matter. Spanning three interlinked novellas each set 100 years apart, To Paradise is a book about family, obligation, tradition and […]

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Watcher is a dread-filled effort that plays on the terrors of voyeurism: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 9, 2022

A thriller that both leans into the formulaic mentality of the genre whilst simultaneously hoping to combat it, Watcher, from director Chloe Okuno (V/H/S/ 94), is a dread-filled effort that plays on the terrors of voyeurism. Gorgeously shot, though consistently lingering with uncertainty, Watcher lays focus on Julia (Maika Monroe, always a welcome presence in […]

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Here’s when and how you can access the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta

August 9, 2022

Activision has recently announced exactly how and when fans can get their hands on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta. And the best news? It’s only a few weeks away. The beta itself will be available at an earlier date for those who have pre-ordered the game, with two separate weekends providing access […]

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The Glass Menagerie

Theatre review: The Glass Menagerie is a perfectly recreated classic, brought to life by talented locals

August 8, 2022

It’s easy to assume a classic story will feel tired and dull when it’s reproduced for the thousandth time – but that was not the case with The Glass Menagerie. Perhaps it was the vivacious talent delivering the script or the timelessness of family drama, but this Tennessee Williams piece felt just as relevant and […]

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Interview: Mikaila Delgado of Yours Truly talks new EP, tours and meeting heroes

August 8, 2022

Sydney pop punk favourites Yours Truly have never been shy to looking inward and evolving with each release. After their most recent EP is this what i look like?, three of the four members embarked on an acoustic tour up the East Coast to celebrate the release in a new light. Originally intended as a […]

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Lucy Elle

Track by Track: Lucy Elle reveals the Silent Side of Quiet (EP)

August 8, 2022

Melbourne singer-songwriter Lucy Elle has recently released her stunning debut EP, Silent Side of Quiet. The EP is a collection of songs that have been drawn from Lucy’s experiences and track heartbreak, loss and disconnect. Whilst the songs may have a common theme of sadness, there is a lightness and a soothing nature to them. I’m […]

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Incredible But True is a tight-paced twilight-zoned comedy that’s brilliantly ridiculous: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 8, 2022

The type of filmmaker who’s able to create stories so bombastically silly that they are somewhat brilliant, Quentin Dupieux once again expresses straight-faced frivolity in Incredible But True, a tightly-paced (a lean 74 minutes) twilight-zoned comedy that, somehow, is one of his more level-headed features in spite of its ludicrous plot. Said ludicrous plot revolves […]

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Photo Gallery: Gang of Youths + Gretta Ray – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (06.08.22)

August 7, 2022

Gang of Youths made a triumphant return to Sydney last night, playing at the Qudos Bank Arena to an adoring crowd. The set featured many of the tracks from their latest album, angel in realtime., and a bunch of the classics, including fan-favourites “The Heart is a Muscle” and “Magnolia”. The night flew by, arms […]

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Film Review: Thirteen Lives is a tense dramatization of one of this century’s most triumphant rescue efforts

August 7, 2022

In June of 2018 when thirteen members of a Thai boys’ soccer team were trapped underground in a cave that flooded out through early monsoon rains, it didn’t take long for the story rights to be snapped up by various studio heads, all looking for their own take on an initially tragic then, thankfully, happily […]

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Dual is an unpredictable, comedically dry sci-fi effort that wins off Karen Gillan’s dual performances: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 6, 2022

With its mix of deadpan satire and high concept sci-fi – comparisons to Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 dystopian black comedy The Lobster feel imminent – Dual may be an off-putting experiment to many who can’t readily accept Riley Stearns‘ mentality.  It certainly helps that the film is headlined by the wonderful Karen Gillan though, delivering two […]

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D-Link R15 AX1500 Smart Router Review: A solid entry-level option

August 6, 2022

D-Link’s new Eagle Pro AI series of routers is looking to shake things on both sides of the market, from entry-level routers-to premium mesh systems. The R15 AX1500 Eagle Pro AI stands as the entry-level option, but provides some nifty value through its compact design, Wi-Fi 6 functionality and various smart features including Google Assistant […]

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Mass is a sickeningly uncomfortable and agonising drama about the aftermath of a school shooting: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 5, 2022

An agonising drama if ever there was one, Mass details the type of conversation that instantly makes you feel sickeningly uncomfortable.  And then to watch it unfold in a suffocating location for 110 minutes is a test of endurance that audiences may be unprepared for. The tragedy at the centre of the conversation is one […]

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Film Review: Prey is one of the best pure genre films of the year that does the Predator franchise proud

August 5, 2022

Set in the 16th century America, Prey tells the story of Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young warrior from the Comanche Nation who wants to prove her mettle in her tribe to become a hunter. She faces much discrimination from her tribe due to patriarchal norms and the like, while her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) is […]

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