Day: 3 February 2016

Eagles of Death Metal, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band & more added to Bluesfest line up!

February 3, 2016

Once again, the team behind Byron Bay Bluesfest have gone and delivered. With only seven weeks to go before their 2016 event kicks off at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Bluesfest have named yet more artists to their expansive and impressive line up. Joining the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom […]

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Music Video of the Day: Paul Dempsey “Morningless” (2016)

February 3, 2016

Something for Kate frontman Paul Dempsey just released his first solo material in 7 years, and it’s a strong return to form. The new single takes a more rock oriented approach than his debut solo album, Everything is True, driven by intense drums and a distorted bass. Check it out here, and his newly announced […]

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Wayne Coyne on Clouds Taste Metallic‘s 20th anniversary and that time he hung out at 4ZZZ in Brisbane.

February 3, 2016

Last month, I had the chance to speak with the legendary frontman of The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne, just before he arrived in Sydney for his free Sydney Festival show. You can read the first part of our chat HERE. In the second part of our conversation, we turned to the 20th anniversary of Clouds Taste […]

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Album News Weekly: 3rd February 2016

February 3, 2016

In This Issue: And the gates are open! We have hundreds of new releases flooding in so check out this tasty little sampler to fill your indie, rock, punk and classical needs from The Jezabels new album to a bunch of debuts coming out of Perth. The Jezabels The Jezabels return with their third studio […]

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Dave Rennick & Tim Derricourt talk us through the new Dappled Cities record and plans for 2016!

February 3, 2016

Finally, after what seems like TOO long away, Sydney favourites Dappled Cities are ready to return with a new album and live show in tow! Catching up with Dave Rennick and Tim Derricourt at AU HQ recently, we learned a bit more about the new music Dappled Cities have been making. “When we decided to […]

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Live Review: James Bay + JOY. + Hein Cooper – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre (02.02.16)

February 3, 2016

There’s really only one unwritten rule for music reviewers: never gush. Well, strap yourselves in, because I’m about to break that rule and break it hard. James Bay and his band picked me up and shook me completely out of my critique’s headspace. Rather than being there for the expressed purpose of reviewing the show, […]

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Allday easing students into the academic year with the ‘University Boy Tour’ this February & March!

February 3, 2016

Your boy Allday doesn’t want you to stress out over uni or the long slog ahead for those of you about to sink your teeth into tertiary study. Having spent recent months overseas wowing people in the US with his rhymes and writing/preparing material for his new album, Allday is looking ahead to a pretty […]

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Single of the Day: Nikai “Stuck” (2016)

February 3, 2016

Adelaide sisters Sophie and Brittany Mackay have been cultivating a solid following on the live scene in SA for some time now; as Nikai, their folk-pop sounds have brought them a considerable amount of positive attention and praise, while their recent work as backing vocalists for the Wasted Wanderers has been great to watch in […]

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The Drones announce national tour for album #7, Feelin’ Kinda Free, this April and May!

February 3, 2016

There really isn’t much to say about the upcoming new Drones material that hasn’t already been said, exclaimed, or raved about already. In singles “Taman Shud” and “To Think That I Once Loved You”, fans were given a solid dose of the band in perhaps the best creative space they’ve been in for some time […]

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Courtney, Tame, Gold Class, Jess Ribeiro… the shortlist for the 11th Australian Music Prize announced!

February 3, 2016

This morning, the official shortlist for the 11th Australian Music Prize was unveiled, as well as more details about the March event set to take place in Sydney. The list, decided upon by a panel of 16 independent industry judges, reflects a wide and diverse collection of submissions from Australian artists for this year’s award […]

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Album Review: Mystery Jets – Curve Of The Earth (2016 LP)

February 3, 2016

Mystery Jets have been a slowly growing force ever since their debut in 2006. Since the release of debut LP Making Dens, the London act have continuously changed their style and scope, while maintaining the roots of who they were when it all began. From the young and earnest Twenty One, to the synth led […]

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RĂźfĂźs Bloom lands #1 on ARIA album charts and announce national tour

February 3, 2016

Aussie electronic dance trio RÜFÜS have bumped Adele off the number spot on the ARIA album charts with their sophomore album Bloom. The trio have also announced a national tour for April and May, kicking off in Adelaide on April 29 and heading through Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Brisbane before finishing up in Auckland (NZ) on May […]

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Saskwatch add more shows to their massive national tour!

February 3, 2016

Melbourne indie-soul outfit Saskwatch, have added more dates to their already massive 30-date national tour which kicks off this weekend in WA. Support acts have also been announced with WA favourites Verge Collection and Childsaint on the WA leg of the tour. Sydney dates will see support from Wild Honey, Violet Swells and Melbourne’s Fuller. Touring nationally with Saskwatch are indie-rockers Club Sport . Saskwatch have […]

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Music Video of the Day: Over Sands “Gyroscope” (2016)

February 3, 2016

“Gyroscope” is the latest video from Over Sands, an ‘X marks the spot’ adventure across some stunning locations, with a very Birds of Tokyo-esque musical backing. The song in its own right is a gorgeous piece, combining soaring synths with soloing guitars to really match the feeling of the visual element. Give it a look […]

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3rd Annual SXSW Gaming Awards announces GOTY finalists, voting now open

February 3, 2016

The third annual SXSW Gaming Awards are going down March 19 and the finalists in each category, including Game of the Year have been announced. 

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Nintendo annnounces launch plans for first ever mobile app Miitomo, My Nintendo

February 3, 2016

Nintedo has finally started its move into the mobile space with the announcement of Miitomo, the company’s first ever smart device app, next month. Additionally, a new rewards program called My Nintendo will be launching alongside it.

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Vote to Play is back for Playstation Plus members

February 3, 2016

Back by popular demand, Sony and PlayStation Australia is putting the decision in your hands once again, as Vote to Play returns on February 9th. The game with the most votes will be available in the Playstation Plus line-up for March.

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The film program of SXSW 2016 has been revealed. And it’s massive.

February 3, 2016

Today, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced several sections of its features lineup for its 23rd year. During its nine days, 139 features will be shown, with further titles to be announced closer to the event (and as we’ve seen in past years, even as the event gets started!). The full […]

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Stephen Page’s Spear Recieving Limited Theatrical Release

February 3, 2016

Following a string of sold-out premieres at the Sydney Festival, ACMI and the Perth International Arts Festival, Stephen Page’s Spear is set for a limited series of screenings across Australia. Spear follows a young man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the Australian outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it […]

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Hearthstone is about to undergo some major changes

February 3, 2016

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is rapidly approaching its second birthday and Blizzard are about to deploy some pretty sweeping changes to their world-beating digital CCG.

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TED 2016 Coming to Cinemas in March

February 3, 2016

For Australians unable to make the trip to Vancouver for the five-day event, the opening night of this year’s TED2016 conference will be shown in select cinemas on March 2nd. The opening night itself will kick off with TEDx star, 10-yr-old Ishita Katyal before offering up a thrilling vision of the future from the head of […]

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is free on Origin right now

February 3, 2016

If you’ve been looking for a reason to reinstall EA’s Origin digital shopfront, one may have just presented itself. EA is handing out the 2012 reboot of Need for Speed: Most Wanted for free via the platform as part of its On the House program.

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TV Review: Better Call Saul – Season 2 Episode 1 “Switch” (USA, 2016)

February 3, 2016

As we flow into the second season of Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul we continue to see parallels between the descent of constantly overwhelmed lawyer James McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into master manipulator Saul Goodman, and the transition from Walter White to Heisenberg. At it’s core, Better Call Saul is stripping away yet another good(ish) […]

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Film Review: Steve Jobs (USA, 2015)

February 3, 2016

Steve Jobs is the highly anticipated and Oscar nominated film based on the life of the late Apple CEO and co-founder of the same name. It’s the second take at a biopic on the iconic entrepreneur since his death – the first, Jobs (2013) starring Ashton Kutcher was widely panned, and didn’t see the support of […]

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New photographic exhibition to demystify BDSM and counteract taboos

February 3, 2016

Opening at the Black Eye Gallery in March, as part of Sydney Art Month, BDSM features 16 engaging and intimate portraits of very different BDSM practitioners. Through these portraits, fine art and advertising photographer Simon Bernhardt attempts to dispel the stereotypes that surround BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission and sadomasochism) and tell the story of […]

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Weeping Spoon Productions debuts new comedy The Ballad of Frank Allen at Fringe World

February 3, 2016

From the bizarre mind of Fringe favourite Shane Adamczak (Trampoline, Zack Adams, 3-time Canadian Just For Laughs award nominee and producer of the Award-winning ★★★★★ Fringe hits This Is Not A Love Song and Vicious Circles) comes a brand new comedy about how even the smallest people can do big things. When a scientific accident causes a […]

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Carriageworks and Sydney Writers’ Festival partner to present talks by international authors in March

February 3, 2016

Carriageworks and Sydney Writers’ Festival are partnering to present a Sydney Writers’ Festival Carriageworks Edition with two talks by internationally renowned authors: Simon Winchester, for his only Sydney appearance to discuss his new biography Pacific Ocean, and Andrew O’Hagan author of The Illuminations, which was long-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The public will have a chance to join bestselling author Simon […]

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Burger joint fit for royalty opens on Melbourne’s Collins Street

February 3, 2016

It looks like the rebirth of the quintessential American burger experience is here to stay, with the launch of flagship burger joint Royal Stacks at 470 Collins Street in Melbourne. The venue evokes a cross between the grandeur of a New York style lobby, but with a decidedly Melbourne twist, with the fit out including […]

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Melbourne’s best burger chefs are coming together for the “Burger Invitational”

February 3, 2016

If you’re serious about burgers then you already know that some of the best in Australia can be found in Melbourne, from the highly acclaimed, incredibly juicy 8Bit to the hip Easy’s (consumed in a train carriage five levels above Collingwood). And while the burger scene still continues to grow in the city, opportunities are […]

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La Poutine Week has come to Australia!

February 3, 2016

Don’t know what Poutine is? Why it’s only the greatest food creation to come out of Canada in forever (yes, even greater than maple syrup). The country’s national dish, French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy (in it’s most basic form), is not a common sight in Australia, mainly because you can’t find the […]

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