Day: 28 June 2016

Emily Wurramara on making Black Smoke, incorporating her culture into music & more

June 28, 2016

Groote Eylandt songstress Emily Wurramara has been celebrating the release of her debut EP Black Smoke – a brilliant and ambitious introductory offering of music from a young artist brimming with potential. Ahead of her run of tour dates with the new material (she’s on tour right into August), Wurramara describes the importance of sharing her culture with […]

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Gordi set for east coast tour dates this August with new single “Wanting”

June 28, 2016

Gordi has had a brilliant 2016 so far – proving that she’s more than a buzz name overseas, the talented songwriter and performer has returned home with a stack of new fans, in particular one Justin Vernon. Accolades aside, it’s new music time for Gordi, as she releases her new music video for single  “Wanting”. The release […]

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Music Video of the Day: Allan Smithy “Four Letter Reason” (2016)

June 28, 2016

Allan Smithy has been winning hearts (ours included) since Matt Amery (of Tin Sparrow) began making music and moves on live stages under the moniker last year. This week, we’ve been gifted with his new music video for “Four Letter Reason” – another great little gem of nostalgic Australiana. Taken from his forthcoming EP I See A Palm Tree, […]

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Single of the Day: Alice Ivy ft. RaRa & Georgia Van Etten “Almost Here” (2016)

June 28, 2016

One of Melbourne’s electro-soul bright new faces, Alice Ivy, has dropped a new single in “Almost Here” and it’s got us completely wrapped up. Incorporating some slick hip hop and horns into the mix on this one, featuring RaRa and Georgia Van Etten, the producer has created one hell of a tune. It’s been a hectic year or so […]

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Kim Wilde (UK) chats ahead of her Australian tour with Howard Jones

June 28, 2016

Kim Wilde burst on the scene back in the eighties with her smash hit “Kids in America.” She chats to John Goodridge about the massive impact that song has had and her love affair with Australia. The big news is your duet with Lawnmower Deth covering “Kids in America” at downloadfest in Birmingham. How did that […]

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SKEGSS set for Australian tour this August and September

June 28, 2016

Surf coast legends SKEGSS are gearing up for one hell of a tour through August and September with Dumb Punts and Verge Collection – if you’ve not yet been able to see what these lads are capable of generating on stage, here’s your chance. Supporting their new EP Everyone Is Good At Something, SKEGSS are touring for the first time in a headline […]

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Call of Duty is adding dragons because sure, why not

June 28, 2016

The new DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, titled Descent, drops in just a few short weeks, bringing with it new maps, and a new mission that will have you fighting zombies and dragons together because why the hell not.

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Overwatch‘s competitive mode arrives on PC today

June 28, 2016

Blizzard will update the PC version of their world-beating team shooter Overwatch today, adding the hotly-anticipated Competitive Play option. The mode will give skilled players looking to take the game a little more seriously the ability to do so, however console players will need to keep waiting for now.

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Microsoft produces one-millionth Xbox One Elite Controller

June 28, 2016

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has announced the production of the one millionth Xbox One Elite Controller this week. This is a pretty significant milestone considering how hard it was to find the AU$199 controller last year due to surprisingly high demand.

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Here are your Xbox Live Games with Gold titles for July

June 28, 2016

Microsoft have announced that The Banner Saga 2, Stoic’s sequel to their 2014 RPG, will make its debut on Xbox One as part of their Games with Gold program.

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Batman: Return to Arkham remaster delayed

June 28, 2016

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have put the upcoming Batman: Return to Arkham remaster bundle into a holding pattern, according to a statement issued on the official Arkham Knight forums.

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DVD Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (MA15+) (USA/UK, 2016)

June 28, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when Hollywood is on to a good thing, they will milk the shit out of it and exploit it until audiences are sick of it and then move on to the next “cool” thing. Right now that thing is very much zombies, so don’t be surprised to see […]

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Why Season Seven of Game of Thrones is going to be much shorter than you want it to be

June 28, 2016

As we all have a come down from the intensity and magnificence of the Season 6 Game of Thrones finale, all eyes are on the future of the series. A lot of people are asking if Season 7 will be the last, wondering when we’ll get to see it and all the meanwhile, rumours are […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 28 June – 4 July

June 28, 2016

With Games of Thrones season finale kicking off the start of the week, this week promises epic shows on your small screen. Tuesday Penny Dreadful, Showcase, 7:30pm AEST Sir Malcolm, Ethan and the rest of the gang are up for battle to save Vanessa while the Creature lurks around, making calculating choices. Wednesday Brooklyn Nine-Nine, […]

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Exclusive: Dichen Lachman talks about the Web Series Hollywood Hitmen and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

June 28, 2016

Comedy webseries Hollywood Hitmen is coming to Melbourne WebFest this year. The series sees Enver Gjokaj and Maximilian Osinski play two insecure hitmen in L.A.’s bizarre community of contract killers. We caught up with cast member and co-Producer Dichen Lachman (The 100, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.EL.D., Shameless) to talk about the series. How did you get involved in […]

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Tech Review: Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router

June 28, 2016

Despite being a crucial component in keeping your network speedy, the humble router is an item that frequently ends up on the list of afterthoughts when putting a home computer setup together. For those looking to keep ping low, especially for gaming, the Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router represents a sound, but very […]

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Aussies Abroad: Perth’s Tired Lion follow up Glastonbury with a run of shows through Europe & the UK

June 28, 2016

Fresh from playing (and being evacuated from) Hurricane Festival in Germany and the iconic Glastonbury in the UK, Perth rockers Tired Lion are currently conquering Europe and the UK with a string of festival dates and headline shows. The tour continues later this week at Bravalla Festival in Sweden, before heading to Switzerland for Open […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg One – Melbourne to Auckland (NZ124)

June 28, 2016

While most fly to London via Asia or the Middle East, Air New Zealand offer a service that take you via Auckland and Los Angeles. It’s a longer journey, but depending on the needs of your travel could end up being a better option. Our own Jennifer Quinlin recently flew from Melbourne to London on Air […]

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Hotel Review: Premium Ocean View Queen – Loews Santa Monica Beach (California)

June 28, 2016

How many times have you been promised an “Ocean View Room” only to find out your hotel is miles away from the Ocean and you can only see it with a pair of binoculars (BYO, of course). Well we have found at least one hotel that proves itself worth every buzz word in the brochure. Say […]

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A Summer’s Weekend in Ottawa, Ontario: Finding the Best Food, Coffee & Shopping in Canada’s Capital

June 28, 2016

On July 7th, the annual music festival Ottawa Bluesfest will take over Canada’s capital city for 11 days, attracting some of the worlds finest bands (including our very own DZ Deathrays and The Paper Kites, among many others). But with many days of the festival not taking place until the evening – and some days […]

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Joel Creasey and Chrissie Swan to present variety event 4 Orlando, in support of victims of Pulse Nightclub shooting

June 28, 2016

On July 9th, Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre will play host to some of Australia’s hottest comedians, singers, and media personalities, all coming together in support of those affected by the mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse on June 16th. Part glittering show of solidarity between the Australian and American gay communities, and part concentrated effort to […]

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The Grounds of Alexandria to host a dessert night market (Sydney)

June 28, 2016

Health food sampling service GoodnessMe box are teaming up with The Grounds of Alexandria to put on a huge dessert-themed wholefood night market with leading health food brands offering up their finely crafted treats to highlight the balance between indulging dessert lovers and providing them with options a bit more guilt-free than the usual doughnut […]

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You can win free burgers for life from this Melbourne food truck if you change your surname to ‘Burger’ **CANCELLED**

June 28, 2016

“We like to have fun at Mr Burger“, read a statement released by hugely the hugely popular Melbourne food truck this week. “And giving someone burgers for life if they change their last name to ‘Burger’ seems about the most fun thing we can do”. The team behind Mr Burger were running what was perhaps […]

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Potts Point icon Gazebo gets a makeover (Sydney)

June 28, 2016

Iconic Potts Point institution Gazebo is getting a bit of a makeover, redefining itself with a new Mediterranean inspired menu, a wine list that champions regional and international names, and music to bring the community together. The move to a more culinary Mediterranean experience includes the introduction of shared plates, a wider range of local and international […]

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The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest will make a fiery return to The Apple Shed this July (Tasmania)

June 28, 2016

Backed by Dark MOFO, Events Tasmania and the Huon Valley Council, the annual Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest will be returning to the apple valley for a three-day pagan inspired celebration of the long-standing and renowned apple history of the region. Home of the largest organic apple orchard in Australia, Huon Valley’s The Apple Shed will […]

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