Day: 21 December 2015

Jason Isbell headlining the Silver Raven Festival in SA’s Barossa Valley next April!

December 21, 2015

A new festival is coming to the stunning Barossa Valley region in South Australia next year and it brings with it a solid inaugural line up! The Silver Fern Festival was announced today to be headlined by Jason Isbell and will play host to the final ever show performed by The Audreys. To take place […]

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Single of the Day: Cameron Avery ft. Alexandra Savoir “We’re Just Making it Worse” (2015)

December 21, 2015

If you didn’t have a crush on Cam Avery before, chances are you’re going to now. “We’re Just Making it Worse” is the Perth musician’s latest single as a solo artist and we are…how do we say? Here. For. It. A bluesy, smoky ballad, the tune has Avery and Alexandra Savoir going toe to toe […]

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Music Video of the Day: Zack Boone “Beautiful” (2015)

December 21, 2015

Irish songwriter Zack Boone has only recently landed on my radar, following an email sent to me a few weeks ago with the subject line simply reading: Take five minutes to listen to this guy. I’m glad I did. The song is called “Beautiful”; a chill, delicate acoustic number, it’s a love letter that isn’t […]

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Celebrated opera singer David Hobson (AUS) talks themed cruises, carols and paying homage to his pop roots

December 21, 2015

David Hobson is one of Australia’s most celebrated and accomplished opera singers, but he’s definitely not a rigid elitist, as is the popular stereotype for that genre of music. I had a chat to him recently about his experience with the 2015 Bravo! Cruise of the Performing Arts, which he’ll be part of again next […]

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Oh Wonder (UK) on growing a fan base & touring new countries for the first time

December 21, 2015

It’s an interesting concept. Release one song a month for a year via SoundCloud and see what happens. One would think that, given the amount of music currently floating about on the internet by independent, unsigned artists, it would be easy for content to fade out and not make a scratch on the consciousness on […]

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Stumbled Upon #099 – Mat Cammarano (Perth)

December 21, 2015

In our 99th installment of “Stumbled Upon”, we meet Mat Cammarano from Perth, and chat about his eclectic influences, growing up with music and check out his new track, “Ashes”. Musician: Mat Cammarano Website / Social Media: milkmanrecordings.com.au Facebook / Soundcloud Genre: Electronic, Indie, Pop Members & their roles: At the moment it’s a solo […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2015: Part Three – 20 to 11

December 21, 2015

Today we continue our top 40 albums countdown, kicking off with an artist who’s just about to hit our shores for Falls Festival and some anticipated sideshows… If you’d like to look back on part one of our countdown, head HERE, and part two is HERE. 20. Leon Bridges – Coming Home “Leon Bridges has […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2015: Part Four – The Top Ten!

December 21, 2015

And here we have it: the top 10 albums of the year. We won’t waste any time and shall get right into proceedings – however if you want to look back at part one, head HERE, part two is HERE and part three from earlier today is HERE. 10. Florence And The Machine – How Big, How Blue, […]

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Film Review: Youth (USA, 2015)

December 21, 2015

Visionary Director Paolo Sorrentino gives us one of his most universally appealing and accessible works to date with Youth, calling upon the ageless talents of Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel and a scene-stealing Rachel Weisz, to deliver a fascinating, surreal – almost absurd – exploration of legacy, loss, wisdom, memory, and cynicism. Set exclusively in […]

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So just how much did Harrison Ford get paid for The Force Awakens?

December 21, 2015

For an actor who has spent much of his life bemoaning one of his most famous roles, Harrison Ford sure has been supportive of the new Star Wars film. He flew to Australia to promote the film, has taken just about every opportunity to say how great it is and given the fact he did it […]

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Did Daniel Craig make a cameo in The Force Awakens as an uncredited Stormtrooper?

December 21, 2015

Earlier this year, Simon Pegg – who makes a cameo himself as Unkar Plutt – let it slip that James Bond, Daniel Craig, managed to work his way into the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens while filming Spectre – the latest Bond film – nearby. Craig outright denied the claim in later interviews – […]

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We go hands on with the Telstra TV streaming media player

December 21, 2015

Those who want to get the new wave of streaming services onto their televisions have quite a few options these days. But most of them are pretty expensive. If you’re a gamer, you likely already have the capabilities through your Xbox or Playstation. But these are $400+ units. You’re unlikely going to get your hands […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes back its entire production budget in 24 hours.

December 21, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was always going to be one of the biggest films of the year, and subject to positive reviews (which it has received in droves), likely one of the biggest films of all time as well. But few could have predicted just how massive its first 24 hours would be. Including […]

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We go hands on with the Foxtel Go app for the holidays

December 21, 2015

With all the hype around Netflix, Stan and Presto, it’s often easy to forget there are other existing brands in Australia providing fantastic streaming services. SBS On Demand has an incredible array of content – some of which is exclusive to its system (and very hard to find elsewhere) – and ABC iView has been a […]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (USA, 2015)

December 21, 2015

Based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel, The Maze Runner (2014) was a quiet success. Praised for its unique premise, tight scripting and intense action sequences, it quickly etched its name in the hall of Young Adult Dystopia adaptations (Divergent, Hunger Games). The second film deviates from the first in a major way but still contains […]

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DVD Review: Vacation (USA, 2015)

December 21, 2015

Given that at some point everything that is old becomes new again, it makes sense that the National Lampoon Vacation series would be on the reboot agenda. A surprisingly durable series that has spanned over three decades, the latest in line acts as a semi-reboot-come-sequel with enough sly nods to pay tribute to the original without […]

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Film Review: Suffragette (UK, 2015)

December 21, 2015

Powerful and utterly inspirational Sarah Gavron’s latest film Suffragette follows the brave women of the suffrage movement in Britain during the 19th and 20th century. This historical drama draws upon the daily abuse faced by women during a time period when they had no rights at all, and a group of women who would no […]

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On the Shelf: Bird In Hand D&B ‘Pour Les Amour’ Sparkling 2015

December 21, 2015

Award-winning Adelaide winery Bird in Hand have re-teamed with fashion personalities Dan Single and Bambi Northwood-Blyth following some massive success from their limited edition collaboration wines earlier this year and last year. Such bottles as the Bird in Hand D&B ‘Pour les Amour’ Rosé 2015 have been well-received as part of the winery’s limited release […]

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