The Latest from the AU

The Eric Andre Show Live came, saw and chugged some ranch in Sydney

Chug, Chug, Chug! The prevailing chant of the Eric Andre Show Live as the famed absurdist comic brought his touring live show to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion this past weekend. Andre is right. Aussies love chugging things. And so each and every guest – singer Donny Benet, comedian Nikki Osbourne, and a few audience members –…

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Win a BookArc Flex Vertical Laptop Stand so you can tidy up your workspace

Ergonomics still counts for a lot when it comes to working. Your desk is your sanctuary when you’re working, and decluttering is one of the top productivity hacks that is consistent throughout contexts. A messy desk is a chaotic mind, and a chaotic mind is one with endless distractions. That’s why it always pays to…

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Photo Gallery: CVLTFEST – Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Brisbane (24.02.24)

CVLTFEST… Alpha Wolf‘s very own festival in Brisbane’s northern suburbs blew the doors off the Eaton’s Hill Hotel on a steamy hot late February Saturday afternoon. With a hugely anticipated lineup with a mix of local and international acts, it was a day that built momentum and intensity as band after band took the crowd…

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Here is Taylor Swift’s full set list from Sydney Night Two at Accor Stadium

Taylor Swift is in Sydney right now performing a total of four concerts at Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park. The Era tour’s inescapable media presence has picked apart just about everything Tay-Tay has been doing whilst in the Harbour City, including dining at Surry Hills favourite Pellegrino 2000 and visiting the zoo with partner…

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Sydney’s historic Sheraton Grand makes major play for diners with swanky Sydney Common

In some of the world’s greatest cities, such as New York and Tokyo, locals heading to hotels to eat and drink well is a thing. It’s a big thing. From Dowling’s in The Carlyle (NYC) to Nadaman in Shangri-La (Tokyo), some of the best meals I’ve had overseas have been in hotels. Sydney has always…

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Taylor Swift in Sydney

Live Review: Taylor Swift lives up to expectations at Sydney’s Accor Stadium

Accor Stadium is becoming synonymous with powerful women dominating in their field. The last time I was at the stadium, I watched Sam Kerr score a worldie in the semi-final of the Women’s Football World Cup. I thought that would be a tough moment to top. And then in comes Taylor Swift on night one…

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3 great books to buy if you need some motivation right now

It’s not weak to admit that you lack motivation right now. Yes, sure, social media and toxic positivity have made it so we feel instantly ashamed and overwhelmed when we aren’t operating at our peak. But that’s largely bullshit. Identifying that you need a push, and then seeking that push – even if it takes…

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QOTSA

Live Review: Queens of the Stone Age show no signs of slowing at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion

In the six years since Queens of the Stone Age have been in Australia, it’s fair to say that a bit has happened. The world has changed in fundamental ways, we all had life-altering experiences and for Josh Homme, lead singer of the beloved QOTSA, he fought cancer – and won.  That sort of news…

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Mona Foma Review: The Shruti Sessions bring Indian and Australian musicians together

The Moonah Arts Centre is in the northern part of Hobart, with Moonah building a reputation as the fastest growing multicultural region. It is only fitting that this collaboration of Indian and Australian musicians has been held here. Musicians from the Hindustani traditions mix with Rajasthani folk musicians and Australian players in open sessions of…

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Love is in the air as BLUSSH Romance Festival ignites in Brisbane with the Australian premiere of One Perfect Match

BLUSSH Romance Festival is the loving brainchild of uber film producer extraordinaire Kylie Pascoe and heavy culture consumer Sue-Anne Chapman. With a strong desire to bring together their loves of films and books under one festival umbrella, they hope, through the romance lens, to deliver a carefully curated program of stories and events for the…

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Mona Foma Review: Dancenorth’s Wayfinder is a visual and aural feast for the senses

Dancenorth is a collective based in Townsville (Gurambilbarra) and is described as a centre for dance making, collaboration and artistic exchange, based on the lands of the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun, and the Bindal of Thul Garrie Waja. Led by Artistic Director, Kyle Page, Executive Director Hillary Coyne and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines,…

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Five international shows not to miss this autumn (March-April 2024)

2024 is shaping up to be another huge year of live music here in Australia. With the festival scene feeling fully out of the COVID hibernation, and with some big international names touring down under, there’s plenty of entertainment to choose from. If you are an avid fan of live music you may already have…

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Bill Skarsgård has revenge on the brain – and a surprising inner voice – in wild first trailer for Boy Kills World

From It to “It will hurt”, Bill Skarsgård is set to unleash a lot of pain if this first-look trailer for his wild new revenge flick Boy Kills World is anything to go by. Skarsgård stars as “Boy” who vows revenge after his family is murdered by Hilda Van Der Koy (Famke Janssen), the deranged…

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Win a double in-season pass to see the saga continue in Dune: Part Two

Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures Australia we have 5 double digital in-season passes (Admit 2) to see award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embark on the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune with Dune: Part Two, in Australian theatres from February 29th, 2024, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave…

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The Boys Season 4 premiere date revealed by Prime Video

They came. They saw. They conquered. Today, Prime Video announced that the Emmy-winning global hit drama series The Boys will premiere its fourth season on June 13, 2024.  The diabolical drama will return with three mind-blowing episodes on June 13, followed by a new episode each week, ending with the epic season finale on Thursday, July…

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Jaguar Jonze

New Music Discoveries 23rd February: Jaguar Jonze, Grace Cummings, Real Estate and more

We have added ten more tracks to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. This week, our Track of the Week is “whiplash” — from Taiwanese-Australian singer, producer, songwriter, and multimedia artist Jaguar Jonze. The track is from an intimate new EP victim impact statement, that was released today. The track is acoustic, stripped back and…

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Adelaide Fringe review: Ten Thousand Hours proves that effort and perspiration have their rewards

Gravity and Other Myths is the company presenting the show Ten Thousand Hours. The title of the show pays respect to those performers who spend upwards of 10,000 hours honing their craft. It’s generally considered how much time is required to become competent at a craft. In a way there is a nod to both…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Masonic Hall basement hosts a plethora of visual experiences

The Masonic Hall on North terrace in Adelaide is an imposing building, that has a sense of curiosity to most people. For the 2024 season of the Adelaide Fringe, the Electric Dreams collective have bought together a selection of visual treats. Entrance to the shows are via the front entrance into the basement, where a…

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Ed Nash from Bombay Bicycle Club chats about My Big Day, and their new EP Fantasies

Almost twenty years since their formation, indie treasures Bombay Bicycle Club are still kicking and going stronger than ever. Just months after the release of their sixth studio album, My Big Day, they’re back with a four-track pop EP, Fantasies. I got to sit down with Ed Nash and chat about their album, the upcoming EP, and how…

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Interview: Ed Westwick on his sadistic new thriller DarkGame, committing to an unnerving tone, and the new generational reaction to Gossip Girl

A dark twisted thriller in the same vein as Se7en and Untraceable, DarkGame is an unsettling feature surrounding a determined detective (Ed Westwick) in a race against time to stop a sadistic game show on the dark web, where captives are forced to compete for their lives and the losers are executed via live broadcast.  For…

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Review: The Honolulu Resort You Won’t Want To Leave

In December last year, as Hawaiian versions of classic Christmas songs echoed across the busy streets of the tropical paradise, I spent two nights at the recently renovated Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. The US$80 million renovation has seen the iconic resort (with its origins dating back to the 1950s) reimagined with updated rooms, facilities…

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Film Review: The Rooster navigates its meditation on masculinity with dark humour and uncomfortable fragility

The opening imagery of Mark Leonard Winter‘s The Rooster is a nightmarish depiction of a body swinging in the wind.  It suggests a darker film than what transpires over the following 101 minutes, even though Winter’s script does indeed indulge in devastating themes. At the centre of The Rooster is Dan (Phoenix Raei, leaving no…

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Microsoft confirms the four games that are headed to the PS5 and Switch

Microsoft revealed last week that four exclusive games were finally making their way to other platforms, namely the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. While they had not mentioned the games by name then, they did say that two of these games simply deserved more love on other platforms, while the two other games could use…

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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Direct February 2024 Partner Showcase

Nintendo came out yet again with a new showcase based primarily around third-party reveals, along with a few fan-favourite Xbox games that are on their way to the Switch. Here’s every announcement below: EPIC MICKEY IS BEING REMASTERED WORLD OF GOO 2 PENTIMENT IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SWITCH GROUNDED IS THE SECOND XBOX…

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Film Review: The Zone of Interest makes for a cruel and profound questioning of humanity’s dark underbelly

An idyllic family life juxtaposed with the genocidal holocaust horrors next door has made for one of the most gripping and intellectual cinematic gems in years.  The Zone of Interest is by far the most haunting and arresting depiction of Nazi family life and Holocaust bureaucracy you’ll get all year.  Directed by Jonathan Glazer, his…

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a haunting, yet wonderful tale of love and loss

I’ll be the first to admit that Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden remained relatively low on my radar up until its release. It looked interesting but was yet to draw me in with anything I hadn’t seen before. I am now incredibly glad that I gave this a chance. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden borrows…

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Film Review: Drive-Away Dolls is an unapologetic queer road movie that takes no prisoners on its journey

If there was ever an indication as to how separately the Coen Brothers think when they’re left to their own devices, one only needs to look at what Ethan Coen has concocted with Drive-Away Dolls.  Miles apart from Joel Coen’s ahistorical thriller The Tragedy of Macbeth, Drive-Away Dolls, a collaboration with Ethan’s wife, Tricia Cooke,…

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Photo Gallery: Dinosaur Jr – Enmore Theatre , Sydney (21.02.24)

Dinosaur Jr the American alternative rock legends celebrating 30 years of Where You Been album tour with their original lineup J.Masics (guitar vocals), Lou Barlow (bass vocals) and drummer Murph played to a raucous sold out Enmore Theatre. From the get go Where You Been was played in chronological order with a few classics thrown…

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Interview: The Rooster director Mark Leonard Winter on the undertaking for his feature debut; “It’s every phase of sheer terror!”

When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan, a small-town cop, seeks answers from a volatile Hermit who may have been the last person to see his friend alive. Such is the plotline for Mark Leonard Winter‘s intimate, psychological drama The Rooster, which is arriving in Australian theatres…

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You can now get Sydney’s famous Gidley burger at The Rover in Surry Hills

Sydneysiders, I know what’s on your mind when you book into The Gidley’s moody bar area. You want that superlative signature burger. You know, the one with such a strong cult following that the popular steakhouse sells around 500 of them each week. That winning combination hasn’t changed over the years. A classic bun with…

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