The Latest from the AU

Sydney’s The Big Easy is slinging Tasty Toobs burgers and unique cocktails for a limited time only

October 22, 2021

The end of Sydney lockdown (thanks to increasing vaccination rates) doesn’t just mean restaurants and bars are open for business again, it means the city’s love of left-centre brand collaborations is back. The latest: Master of Mixes and Stanley Street favourite The Big Easy, teaming up to celebrate the return of iconic Aussie snack Tasty […]

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Charm of Finches

Wonderful Oblivion: Charm of Finches take us through their new album track by track

October 22, 2021

Indie-folk duo Charm of Finches have been casting their spell on listeners with a stream of singles from Wonderful Oblivion, their third album, the most recent being the emotive and melancholic “Heavy”. Finally, the date for the release of this much-anticipated record has arrived for sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes. The album was recorded at home by […]

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The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is an ambitious yet shaky filmic adaptation: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 21, 2021

Lending an air of femininity to the western genre – one so often entangled with a masculine temperament – without compromising its rooted personality, Leah Purcell‘s The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is the cinematic incarnation of her penned 2016 stage play and 2019 novel, all inspired by Henry Lawson‘s short story, “The […]

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The River Mouth

Book Review: Long held secrets will be revealed in The River Mouth

October 21, 2021

When Karen Herbert was made redundant from her corporate job, she did what most people only dream of. She sat down, and she began to write a book. A mere eighteen months later, she had two books contracted to Western Australian powerhouse, Fremantle Press. The first of these to be released is The River Mouth, […]

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Parquet Courts

Album of the Week: Parquet Courts – Sympathy For Life (2021 LP)

October 21, 2021

Parquet Courts has always been a band comfortable in their ability to produce songs with no (or limited) frills that always manage to get the job done. From initially breaking out with Light Up Gold in 2012, right through to 2018’s Wide Awake, the New York four piece’s brand of chaotic post-punk garage rock has […]

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Jack Carty

Exclusive Single Premiere: Jack Carty “Boab (Time Is A River)” (2021)

October 21, 2021

Jack Carty has been charming audiences with his heart-warming indie-folk since 2010. A gifted storyteller, a wonderful guitarist and possessing a wide vocal range, his songs have a depth and humanity that resonates with the listener. We are thrilled today to be premiering “Boab (Time Is A River)”, the latest single from Jack, and the […]

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Human Noise

Track by Track: Human Noise take a deep dive into Animal People

October 21, 2021

Sydney band Human Noise have today released their debut album, Animal People. It’s a beautifully varied record, from lo-fi grooves to frenetic guitar-driven bangers. The lyrics are sharp and no two tracks are the same. Fans of indie-punk rock acts such as Sonic Youth, RAT!hammock and The Strokes should find plenty to love here. I’m also […]

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Film Review: The Last Duel is an intelligent and topical period drama from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

October 21, 2021

Given their status today it’s difficult to think of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as anything other than substantial stars in their field.  But, back in 1997, neither was well-known, and their collaborative efforts as screenwriters brought them to the forefront of the industry thanks to a shared Oscar win for Good Will Hunting. Though […]

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Track of the Week: Zhuli, “IKEA” (2021)

October 20, 2021

Searching for that perfect pop song to blow away those Hump Day woes? Well, “IKEA” from Sydney’s Zhuli is exactly what you’re looking for! It’s a little bit cheeky, a little bit empowering, and a lot of fun, making it a natural choice for this week’s Track of the Week. Taking cues from the likes […]

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Chelsea Warner

Chelsea Warner’s top tips before you head into the studio

October 20, 2021

Sydney singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and producer Chelsea Warner is going through a purple patch of releasing new music. Today she released “It Be Like That”, the third new track since June. Following on from “Drama” and “Not In The Mood” it continues the theme of self-exploration, analysis and growth. Classically trained at the Sydney Conservatorium […]

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You can now get Gelato Messina Lamington Gelato ice creams from your local supermarket

October 20, 2021

Given summer is just around the corner, it seems the time is right for some of the most prolific sweet-leaning brands in Australia to start collaboration to produce unique new ice cream flavours. We already saw it with Koko Black as they teamed up with Connoisseur for two brilliant flavours. Now it’s Peters Ice Cream’s […]

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Genesis Owusu

Here’s how many ARIA Awards 2021 nominations all your favs got!

October 20, 2021

The 2021 ARIA Awards have just announced their nominees, celebrating the best in Australian music of the last 12 months. Like last year, this year’s event will stream live on YouTube around the world. Amy Shark and Genesis Owusu (pictured) have topped the nominations list with 6 a piece. Here’s the full list of how […]

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Jarry

Exclusive Single Premiere: jarry “Circles” (2021)

October 20, 2021

“Circles” is the first release from the new project, jarry, which is the solo outlet for musician Jarred Young. Jarred has floated between Sydney, Melbourne and regional Queensland, and is probably best known for his work as songwriter, vocalist and drummer for indie-rockers Bad Pony.  We are thrilled to have the premiere of “Circles”, which […]

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Singapore Tourism hook up with Anna Polyviou for limited edition Honey Bean Coffee Gin Liqueur

October 20, 2021

We often become too accustomed to drinking the same thing each and every week, so when a limited edition collaboration of this magnitude comes along, it’s worth paying attention. That would be a new limited edition coffee gin liqueur created by the Singapore Tourism Board in collaboration with famed pastry chef Anna Polyviou, coming straight […]

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The Fair Botanists

Book Review: Sara Sheridan’s The Fair Botanists is a contemplative take on Scottish history

October 20, 2021

The story of how Sara Sheridan’s latest book The Fair Botanists came to be is a fascinating one. Or one to envy if you are trying to get a book published yourself. In an author’s note at the back of the novel, Sara tells of how she was eating at a restaurant when she got a text […]

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Lastpass

Why You Should Be Using A Password Manager When Gaming Online

October 20, 2021

For people who spend a lot of time gaming online, a password manager is likely the last thing on their minds. In fact, a strong password manager like Lastpass is a non-negotiable internet security measure for anyone who loves online gaming. Let us explain. Digital security 101 A password manager is a powerful software suite […]

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This weekend’s Bon Fromage Festival of Cheeses brings online masterclasses to your living room

October 19, 2021

Looking to brush up on your cheese board skills (yes, putting together a platter is art) or perfecting the art of the savoury crepe? You’re going to want to hit up Bon Fromage Festival’s digital component, which runs this year from 22nd to 24th October entirely online. The great festival of French cheese is prepping […]

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Aria Sydney is back with a vengeance; debuts new spring menu with chef Thomas Gorringe

October 19, 2021

Now that Sydney’s most reliable restaurants are starting to open back to up to fully vaxxed patrons, we’re beginning to see some of the city’s finest establishments reveal new seasonal menus across the board. One of the best we’ve seen so far has been the new spring menu at Matt Moran’s long-standing Aria, with exec. […]

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Domino’s just dropped a cheesy vegemite pizza… and it’s actually pretty damn good

October 19, 2021

There’s always a special time and place for Domino’s, and even if the time between finishing a full large pizza and being slapped with guilt and shame gets increasingly shorter the older you get, you’d be a fool for thinking you’d never go back to Australia’s most consistent pizza chain. The brand has nailed consistency, […]

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Koko Black & Connoisseur team up for new Australian ice-cream range

October 19, 2021

Artisan chocolatier Koko Black has been quite the busy brand this year, with numerous new releases dotted throughout 2021 and keeping us well chocolate’d-up through lockdown. Their latest collaboration is perhaps their best yet, teaming up with Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream to deliver a new collection straight to your freezer. Released to align with World […]

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Jabra once again look to nail every part of your daily commute with the Evolve2 75 headphones

October 19, 2021

It may seem like an odd dichotomy for an audio brand, but Jabra has always been at the forefront of both sports-friendly truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and enterprise headphones. If you’ve ever been to an office and then gone for a jog on your lunch break, you should already be quite familiar with Jabra and […]

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Story of Seasons

Story Of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Review: Friendship is forever

October 15, 2021

My first foray into farming simulation games dates back further than Harvest Moon‘s rebrand to Story of Seasons. I’m old enough to remember when it was called Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. That game is now 22 years old. It’s hard to overstate how uncommon slice-of-life narrative games were back then. Today, there are video […]

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Interview: Georgia Mae on life in Los Angeles, climate anxiety and “Gentle”.

October 15, 2021

Brisbane’s Georgia Mae is the next generation of pop star with a message. Having cut her teeth in California for three years, she’s harnessed the Los Angelean resilience and do-it-all attitude that is making her a force to be reckoned with in the Australian scene. Now well and truly settled on home soil thanks to […]

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Film Review: The Medium is an excruciating, blood-curdling and emotionally thrilling horror flick

October 15, 2021

The Medium tells the story of a Thai documentary team who are travelling to the region of Isan to follow the life of the local medium Nim (Sawanee Utoomma). She claims that she was possessed by the spirit of Ba Yan, a deity that the people of Isan worship and a significant presence in Nim’s […]

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The Riviera House

Book Review: The Riviera House is Natasha Lester’s most sumptuous novel yet

October 14, 2021

Bestselling historical fiction author Natasha Lester is back with her sixth foray into the genre and it’s safe to say that her star is continuing to rise. Once again returning to World War Two-era France, Lester’s latest novel is The Riviera House, a multiple timeline romance and adventure story of art, espionage and war. This new offering […]

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Baker Boy

Album of the Week: Baker Boy – Gela (2021 LP)

October 14, 2021

It may have taken him a while, but the Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land has come through with the goods. Since bursting on to the scene in 2017 with “Cloud 9”, Baker Boy has slowly but surely pieced together a debut album that highlights the dance beats he’s become known for, willingness to indulge modern […]

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Interview: Jeremy Zucker answers your Reddit questions and talks CRUSHER

October 14, 2021

Jeremy Zucker was the sound of SoundCloud 2018 when his tracks “Comethru” and “All The Kids Are Depressed” went viral, establishing himself at the frontline of the bedroom producer pop wave. Fast-forward to 2020 and Jeremy was gearing up for a world tour off the back of his debut album love is not dying, only to have […]

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Afterthought

Exclusive Single Premiere: Afterthought “Summerset Stunner” (2021)

October 14, 2021

The brilliantly upbeat “Summerset Stunner” from Sydney pop-punk quintet Afterthought is bursting with sunshine and optimism. With classic indie guitars, a tight beat and soaring harmonies this is a track to celebrate love and friendship. This is the second single to be released from their forthcoming sophomore self-titled EP, to be released on the 22nd October, […]

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Interview: The Black Phone writer/director Scott Derrickson on his love of the Horror genre and the importance of casting.

October 14, 2021

To coincide with the trailer launch of The Black Phone, the latest horror film from Blumhouse, detailing the abduction of a young boy who learns he is able to communicate with the voices of his captor’s previous victims through a disconnected black phone, Peter Gray chatted with the film’s director, Scott Derrickson, discussing the origins […]

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New Meat Substitutes are Winning Hearts and Mouths by Focusing on Taste and Texture

October 14, 2021

More people than ever are convinced things need to change, but we also really like meat. We humans may be omnivores, but we really like meat. Some 86 percent of people surveyed by data-gatherer Statista say their diet includes meat. So, when you read articles about “strong trends toward veganism” or with provocative headlines such […]

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