The Latest from the AU

LAX ferries rideshare & taxi passengers away from the terminal with “LAX-it”: Three months in, does it save time?

February 24, 2020

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been undergoing a number of welcome changes over the last couple of years: long overdue upgraded terminals, new walkways connecting terminals post-security, and a wide range of enhancements designed to make the experience of being at one of the world’s busiest airports all that better. Higher quality food, […]

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Tora

Live Review: Tora’s masterful songwriting on full display in Melbourne

February 23, 2020

It is an undeniable truth that electronic, chillwave band Tora have had a flourishing career. Emerging from Byron Bay, the boys erupted with their album Take a Rest in 2017, catapulting them into immediate international success and touring abroad. Releasing their most recent album Can’t Buy The Mood in October last year, the four-piece have […]

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Theatre Review: Your favourite big green ogre takes to the stage in Shrek The Musical (Melbourne)

February 22, 2020

Calling all magical fairytale creatures, pack your bags, vacate the swamp, and fly on down to Her Majesty’s Theatre to see everyone’s favourite green ogre belting out a tune in Shrek The Musical! When I first heard that they were turning Shrek, arguably one of the greatest animated cartoon’s of all time into a musical, […]

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Dreams

Dreams Review: Creativity Prevails

February 22, 2020

It’s safe to say Media Molecule took its time while it worked on its latest creative extravaganza, Dreams. After a reveal that seems like forever ago now, Dreams was long in incubation. Following a lengthy beta period, Dreams is finally available. Boy was it worth the wait. So much of the conversation around Dreams centered […]

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Sports Team

Track of the Day: Sports Team (UK) “Here’s The Thing” (2020)

February 21, 2020

To finish the week off, our track of the day comes from the UK, with Sports Team, and their latest release “Here’s The Thing“. Sports Team has grown it’s fan base exponentially on the release of a handful of singles, and their reputation for delivering wild hectic shows. Their recent gigs have been selling out, […]

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Hotel Review: Portland’s Jupiter NEXT sets the benchmark for modern boutique hotels

February 20, 2020

One of the most iconic hotels in Portland is the Jupiter Hotel, a refitted motel designed for hip, creative guests – the sort who might be attending a show at the equally iconic Doug Fir Lounge, a music venue that sits underneath the accommodation. In June 2018, some 14 years after it opened, the hotel […]

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Interview: Tia Gostelow on her upcoming New York City adventures and the Brisbane music scene

February 20, 2020

Next month, the AU review will be returning to New York for our first party in the city since 2015, as we partner with The New Colossus Festival to showcase a few of our favourite emerging acts from around the world. Among them is Brisbane based artist Tia Gostelow. Ahead of the show, we caught […]

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Track of the Day: Bloods “U & M E” (2020)

February 20, 2020

We have a new track today for you from Sydney-based garage punk-pop legends Bloods. It’s “U & M E” (pronounced U and EM EE), and it’s an absolute banger. This will be on their forthcoming EP which will be called Seattle and is to be released on the 15th of May, following on from Feelings […]

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Film Review: The Call of the Wild is a call not worth answering

February 20, 2020

The 1903 book The Call of the Wild is considered classic literature for young children. So much so, that it has been adapted on-screen multiple times as a silent film, an anime film and through multiple attempts in Hollywood; including a 1996 version starring Rutger Hauer that is considered by some to be the most […]

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Amari room

Amari Pattaya Review: The tranquil side of Thailand’s resort city

February 20, 2020

Much has been written about Pattaya’s notoriously party-minded Walking Street, but to think the chaotic stretch of neon lights and nightclubs defines this otherwise quiet beachside city would be just plain wrong. Pattaya, located along the eastern gulf of Thailand, is a perfect postcard of peace and genuine escape from the capital city of Bangkok. […]

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Meatstock Sydney

Program announced for annual Meatstock Sydney festival

February 19, 2020

The mighty Meatstock, one of Sydney’s most popular food festivals, is entering into its fifth year as it plans a massive return to Sydney Showgrounds. The annual carnivore carnival, now stretched to three days of bottomless BBQ, bands and booze, has a few new changes in store as well. In addition to the now classic […]

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Yakuza Remastered Collection Review: Triple Threat

February 19, 2020

The Yakuza Remastered Collection is a watershed moment for Japan’s favourite video game crime drama. 15 years ago, you might never have heard of the Yakuza series. Today, it is beloved. The series has enjoyed a recent resurgence — a prequel in Yakuza Zero, remakes in Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2, a new game […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Barbaroi is fast paced energetic physical circus – Gluttony (16.02.20)

February 19, 2020

Walking into Barbaroi is like walking into a familiar street scene from an early 80s movie. The Ukiyo circus tent is set up in an industrial way, with lighting that makes it feel dark and mysterious. There are six characters in this show who are introduced video game style: a bearded juggler, a bare-chested circus […]

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Hallie

Track of the Day: Hallie “Sympathy” (2019)

February 19, 2020

Hallie from Brisbane has been on an upward trajectory since winning the Triple J Unearthed Bigsound Competition 2019 with her single “Nice Like Rice”. From there she released her debut EP Wink Wink Nudge Nudge to great acclaim, and tomorrow releases her latest single, “Sympathy”, which we are featuring today as our Track of the […]

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Contiki Vegan Tour

Tour Talk: Contiki launches first-ever vegan-only trip to Europe

February 19, 2020

Stalwart tour operator Contiki have announced their first-ever vegan-friendly European itinerary, conceived in response to the growing health movement which has seen an estimated 500,000 Aussies turns towards a vegan lifestyle. Travellers wanting to head out on guided tours around Europe without having to worry about the lack of animal-free alternatives can rest easy knowing […]

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EP Review: Jack River – Stranger Heart (2020 EP)

February 19, 2020

The evolution of an artist is imperative to their continued success. Sure, you could release a really great debut album and have everyone love it across the musical spectrum, and then proceed to release the same ten songs every two years for the next decade before you seemingly grow out of your target audience, or […]

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Live Review: The Cat Empire + Emily Wurramara, Zoo Twilights, Melbourne (16.02.20)

February 19, 2020

It’s been an exciting year since The Cat Empire’s last appearance at the Zoo Twilight shows of 2019. They have toured to sold-out venues around the country, released their album Stolen Diamonds and frankly had a little bit of fun around Australia as they toured. Luckily for us, the band has graced Melbourne Zoo again, […]

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Photo Gallery: The Cat Empire + Emily Wurramara – Zoo Twilights, Melbourne (16.02.20)

February 19, 2020

The Cat Empire finished their run of three sold-out Melbourne performance at the Melbourne Zoo Twilight Concert series on Sunday night; alongside Emily Wurramara, the band put on a stellar performance. Danny brings you the photos from the night.

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Track of the Day: Pace Randolph “Gasoline & Red Wine” (2020)

February 18, 2020

Pop/soul singer Pace Randolph dropped his latest, “Gasoline & Red Wine” this past Valentine’s Day. With debut EP Wrong Tonight and dates as far afield as London and Paris under his belt, “Gasoline & Red Wine” kicks off a string of 2020 releases for the Sydney native. Blending country lyricism with pop production, Pace cites […]

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Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold Review: No flavour

February 18, 2020

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl is another RPG developed by Level-5 (developers of the Layton series). Originally released in Japan in April of last year, Snack World is now available for the rest of the world to enjoy. Why “Gold”? Well, because this worldwide release features all the DLCs available from the Japanese version. You […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Wake in Fright’ is an acid trip into our country’s shame

February 17, 2020

Billed as a one-woman retelling of the famed 1961 novel (and 1971 film), Malthouse theatre’s production of Wake in Fright is an ambitious undertaking – if not initially perplexing. Producing one of Australia’s most classic outback thrillers as a one-cast show is odd enough, but not least of all when you are greeted by a […]

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Review: Amanda Palmer tells all in her one woman show “There Will Be No Intermission” – Bonython Hall, Adelaide (14.02.20)

February 17, 2020

Amanda Palmer has created a deeply personal, autobiographical performance piece that resonates with passion and dignity. As the lead singer of the Dresden Dolls, Palmer is no stranger to controversy and never shies away from the difficult conversation. “Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos fills Bonython Hall, signally the arrival of Amanda Palmer. Dressed in a […]

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Tasting Australia

Why Tasting Australia is so important for Adelaide in 2020

February 17, 2020

This April, the annual Tasting Australia will once again spread across Adelaide and its bucolic surrounds to celebrate the best in food, wine and culinary talent. Most importantly, the premier event’s program has been curated by the best talent in the business, put together to help guests fall in (or rekindle their) love for the […]

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W Brisbane WET Deck

W Brisbane will host a floating cinema in their pool throughout March

February 17, 2020

Lifestyle hotel and local haunt W Brisbane is set to flip the idea of an open-air cinema throughout March when it launches its own take on the popular night out. As part of a new “Float in Cinema” series, the property will be using their famous WET Deck as they transform the space into a […]

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Track of the Day: A Choir of Ghosts “Sinner in Rapture” (2020)

February 17, 2020

We’re kicking off the week with some gorgeous folk music, courtesy of A Choir of Ghosts. Led by James Auger, the eponymous choir features a rotating cast of collaborators working alongside the Sweden-based frontman. “Sinner in Rapture” marks the the third track from upcoming debut album An Ounce of Gold, due out later this year. Of […]

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Book Review: Luke Arnold’s The Last Smile in Sunder City is a rollicking introduction to the world of Fetch Phillips

February 17, 2020

Fetch Phillips’ world is just like ours. Well except for the magic, and all that comes with that: chimera, wizards, elves, vampires and more. But, the magic has gone out, leaving the world irrevocably changed. And, our erstwhile “hero” Fetch might have more to do with it than we imagine. The Last Smile in Sunder […]

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Photo Gallery: Bernard Fanning + Olympia + Tia Gostelow – Taronga Zoo, Sydney (14.02.20)

February 15, 2020

It was a beautiful evening in Sydney last night, not something we’ve been able to say very often of late. An early start at Taronga Zoo for the twilight series of concerts, and therefore an early exit from work is an added bonus to what is always an excellent night out. This Friday night had […]

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How to get to the Grand Canyon without a car (and other adventures in Arizona)

February 14, 2020

I’ve always been flabbergasted by America’s undying reliance on the car. Unless you’re in a city like Chicago or New York which has a heavily ingrained public transport system, if you tell someone you’re getting from point A to point B without a car, they look at you with confusion. The concept just seems so […]

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Jade MacRae

Track of the Day: Jade MacRae “I Choose Love” (2020)

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentines Day lovers. What better way to celebrate than the foot-stomping, hip-swinging, bootie-shaking romp “I Choose Love” by Melbourne-based soul and R& B-maestro  Jade MacRae. It’s got horns, it’s got sass, awesome backing vocals and a gloriously upbeat message. Jade says it best herself “love begins with the need to nourish and respect yourself […]

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Guest Playlist: Michael Dunstan reveals the music that inspired new single “Smoulder or Ignite”

February 14, 2020

Two weeks ahead of his debut album release, Michael Dunstan has dropped his latest single, “Smoulder or Ignite“. As well as being our final glimpse of the upcoming In The Grand Scheme, it’s also a cracking folk tune. In support of the album’s launch, the Wheatbelt folk singer has also revealed details of a huge […]

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