Interview: Jack Clark and Jim Weir on deconstructing Australian men with their horror film Birdeater

Described in our review as “visceral and feral” (you can read the full review here), Birdeater is a film that embraces what it is to be truly horrific, leaning into the brutality of psychological and emotional abuse. Following acclaimed runs at such festivals as last year’s Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and the…

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Film Review: Birdeater blends its topical commentary on separation anxiety and fragile masculinity with an almost hallucinatory mentality

Given that Jim Weir and Jack Clark‘s frighteningly uncomfortable Birdeater is an Australian chiller set in the outback (at least for the majority of its running time), audiences are justified in thinking it could fall in line with other brutality-in-the-bush titles like Picnic at Hanging Rock or even Wolf Creek.  The more accurate comparison though…

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Lucy Gallant “Devious” (2024)

Earlier this month, British-born but now based in Australia, Lucy Gallant released the sizzling “Devious”, a song about falling hard for the wrong person. It’s a sensual blend of soul-pop, cinematic pop, trip-hop infused with some cool vintage vibes. We were lucky enough last year to premiere the video for Lucy’s track “Rebel”, and are…

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Film Review: Sting is a little Evil Dead, a little Arachnophobia, and a lot of gooey practical effects

Given the ambition he showed with his Mad Max-meets-Dawn of the Dead B-grade genre piece Wyrmwood (and its respective sequel), it makes sense that Australian director Kiah Roache-Turner would continue his genre mash-ups for his follow-up.  What proves surprising, however, is that for Sting, an ode to the creature feature (and, fittingly, Australia’s fear of…

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Live Review: The destiny of Tenacious D – ICC Sydney (13.07.24)

It’s been over a decade since the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass have graced Australian shores as Tenacious D, so it was that two sold-out arena shows would grace Sydney’s ICC and put a lot of smiles on a lot of dials. Know as Crusade, the duo of Jonn Konesky and Mike Bray…

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Win tickets to see Nicolas Cage in the terrifying new thriller Longlegs

Thanks to Rialto Distribution and Think Tank Communications we have 5 double in-season digital passes (Admit 2) to see Nicolas Cage’s terrifying turn in Osgood Perkins’ suspense thriller Longlegs, creeping into Australian cinemas from July 18th, 2024. In pursuit of a serial killer, an FBI agent uncovers a series of occult clues that she must…

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DZ Deathrays

DZ Deathrays finish the “Black Rat” tour in Adelaide hot and sweaty

DZ Deathrays have been performing their brand of hard rock for around sixteen years now. It’s been ten years since the release of the album Black Rat, so what better excuse to tour the country. While the album was released by Simon Ridley and Shane Parsons as a  duo, they’ve since added Lachlan Ewbank to…

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Troye Sivan adds new shows to upcoming Australian tour in November

After massive hype hinged on Troye Sivan’s recent sets in Europe, it comes as no surprise that a second Sydney show has already been announced for his upcoming Australian tour. The new album Something To Give Each Other has also just been released to rave reviews. The tour kicks off on Tuesday 19th November at…

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Interview: Patrick Warburton on the projects he’s most proud of, his love of The Dish and surviving Disney Jail

You know his face, and you REALLY know his voice! From spinach puffs to spoons to Quahog hijinks, we all know and love Patrick Warburton! Amongst dozens and dozens of other roles, he’s starred in shows, films and games including The Emperor’s New Groove, The Tick, Family Guy, Seinfeld, Kim Possible, Get Smart, Men in…

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Interview: Australian pop sensation IVANA on life after Australian Idol and making it as an independent artist

Following her Top 4 placement on this year’s season of Australian Idol, singer IVANA is hitting the ground running with the release of her dancefloor-ready debut single, “Ooh La La La.” And she’s doing it all on her own terms! As the song ignites across all platforms, Peter Gray spoke with the rising talent about…

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The Tineco Floor One Switch S6 vacuum and mop makes cleaning a breeze

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a number of Tineco floor mop vacuums over the past year or so, each with generally positive results. From the Floor One S5 Combo to the Floor One S6 Pro Extreme and the S7 Steam, each model has served well. But one problem has remained. Almost half of my house…

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The Buoys

Album Review: The Buoys – Lustre (2024 LP)

There’s a certain level of magic in guitar, bass and drum bands. In a world where this set up ever so slowly fades into extinction, The Buoys and their debut album Lustre feel like it could be the catalyst for the recommencement and reemergence of classic, solid and bloody fantastic guitar rock. The Buoys’ debut…

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Album Review: Windwaker broaden horizons with vibrant new album HYPERVIOLENCE

It’s fair to say that Windwaker have become one of the most exciting and beloved heavy exports of late. The Melbourne metalcore favourites have today unveiled their highly anticipated album HYPERVIOLENCE via Cooking Vinyl Australia and Fearless Records. Featuring the singles “SIRENS”, “Fractured State of Mind” and “The Wall”, the 13-track project is the band’s…

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New Music Discoveries 12th July: Hayley Mary, Annie Hamilton, The Scarlet Opera, and more

Ten more tracks have been added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music, including two we exclusively premiered earlier in the week. Former Jezabels lead singer Hayley Mary is our Track of the Week with “The Lonely One” – the lead single from her debut solo album Roman XS, which is set for…

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Album Review: In Hearts Wake’s INCARNATION is expertly crafted (2024 LP)

In Hearts Wake‘s latest album, INCARNATION, marks a triumphant return for the Byron Bay natives, who first burst onto the scene with their debut album, DIVINATION, in 2012. This sixth studio album, released on July 12th, arrives in the wake of the announcement of the upcoming departure of long-time vocalist and bassist Kyle Erich. Vocalist…

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Interview: Brandon Routh reflects on Superman Returns and Scott Pilgrim‘s longevity

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s…Brandon Routh! As one of very few actors to play Superman on film, and part of an even more exclusive club who have portrayed two heroes in the same universe, Brandon has thrilled audiences with Superman Returns, had adventures across time as The Atom in Legends…

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Jayson Tatum revealed as cover star for NBA 2K25

Fresh off the back of an NBA championship, Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum has been named as the cover athlete for the standard edition of NBA 2K25. As with previous iterations, alternate versions of the game will also feature other NBA and WNBA stars past and present, the first of which will be WNBA star…

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Film Review: Kinds of Kindness; Yorgos Lanthimos purposefully alienates viewers with surreal triptych fable

As Yorgos Lanthimos built up his profile with more mainstream-inclined audiences over the years – blending his unique storytelling vision with noticeable, A-list talent – the filmmaker viscerally tells them to essentially f*ck off with Kinds of Kindness, a 164-minute blackly comic, absurdist, and boundary-pushing surrealist drama that makes his previous oddity, last year’s award-winning…

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Interview: Katherine Allum on mutton bustin’ and Mormons in her debut novel, The Skeleton House

Katherine Allum‘s debut novel was released in May after winning the 2023 Fogarty Literary Award last year. The Skeleton House is the story of Meg, a young woman living in a tight-knit Mormon community in a small American town outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Meg lives with her husband and two children in a caravan when…

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The Moza R3 Racing Bundle provides some solid entry-level simulation

Moza is no stranger to racing simulation; they’ve proven this time and time again over the years, with an impressive range of wheels, pedals, bases and even flight sticks. However, their new Xbox and PC-compatible wheel is aimed squarely at both entry-level shoppers, and those possibly looking to break into the racing simulation scene for…

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Left Cassette

Exclusive Single Premiere: Left Cassette “Two Left Shoes” (2024)

We are always excited to premiere a band’s debut release, and we have that privilege today with Meanjin/Brisbane-based indie-rock band Left Cassette and their first single to hit the airwaves, “Two Left Shoes”. It’s a banger! If you love guitar music, then this is going to be your jam. It opens brilliantly, with guitars to the max…

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Interview: Twisters director Lee Isaac Chung on balancing his “summer popcorn blockbuster” sequel with environmental importance

This summer, the epic studio disaster movie returns with an adrenaline-pumping, seat-gripping, big-screen thrill ride that puts you in direct contact with one of nature’s most wondrous – and destructive – forces. From the producers of the Jurassic, Bourne and Indiana Jones series comes Twisters, a current-day chapter of the 1996 blockbuster, Twister. Directed by…

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Film Review: Twisters; Thoughtful and bombastic legacy sequel is a true crowd-pleasing event

The natural disaster film received something of an elevation back in 1996 with the release of Twister.  With a high-calibre collection of talent on hand, both behind the scenes (it was produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Jan de Bont, off a screenplay penned by Jurassic Park scribe Michael Crichton) and in front of the…

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Photo Gallery: Mildlife – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne (06.07.24)

Groove-masters Mildlife played to a great crowd last weekend, packing out the 1400 seat capacity of Northcote Theatre. Punters were scrounging for tickets in the lead-up to Saturday, with the Tixel page insanely popular for the show. The Melbourne-based psychedelic jazz group played well into their fusion genre, with moody lighting and minimal on-stage interaction….

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Yard Act

Yard Act in our backyard: 2024 Australian tour announced

“It’s now my great pleasure to introduce to you // The greatest voice of the entire century” This cheeky quote is how the second album from Leeds’ exports, Yard Act, opens. Where’s My Utopia? further cements the credentials of a band that was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for their debut, The Overload and played…

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Photo Gallery: Hockey Dad + Militarie Gun + The Belair Lip Bombs – Margaret Court Arena (05.07.24)

Margaret Court Arena was treated to a triple threat last week, with Hockey Dad’s Rebuild Repeat tour stopping off in Melbourne. With a fourth studio album on the way, the stellar duo of childhood friends Zach Stephenson and Billy Hemming still pack a punch through their long-standing presence in the Australian scene, filling out the GA…

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Flight Review: Porter Airlines’ Embraer E195-E2 service from Toronto (YYZ) to Las Vegas

Over the last year and a half, Canada’s Porter Airlines has been rapidly expanding its services, debuting a wide variety of new routes on the brand new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. They started flying those jets (the first in North America to do so) in February of last year. Up until that debut, the airline had…

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Ella Thompson

Exclusive Single Premiere: Ella Thompson “Let There Be Nothing” (2024)

At the AU we’ve long been fans of Naarm soul/jazz vocalist and songwriter Ella Thompson. “Let There Be Nothing” is a new track from the artist, her first since 2023’s album Domino.  It is a song about leaving, inspired by Carmela Soprano leaving her husband Tony in The Sopranos.  We’re absolutely thrilled today to be premiering…

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Jon and Jero’s The Forgotten Tales review

Melbourne comedy duo Jon and Jero are back with their latest kids’ show The Forgotten Tales. At the start of this year, the pair performed their previous show, STUFF! at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, getting a five star review from yours truly (read it HERE). The Forgotten Tales was highly anticipated by my kids, with the…

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Film Review: Fly Me To The Moon; Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum’s chemistry soars in delightfully old-fashioned comedy

The authenticity of the moon landing has always been something that’s long plagued history.  And whilst a straightforward narrative around the Apollo 11 project would undoubtedly be intriguing, it’s an entirely safer bet to allude to such a longstanding conspiracy with a surrounding story, rather than court controversy with anything direct. And it’s with such…

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