Day: 17 August 2016

Sally Seltmann set for east coast tour dates for “Dancing in the Darkness” single!

August 17, 2016

Sally Seltmann recently unveiled some new music she’d been working on in “Dancing in the Darkness” and following on from the release of a short film to accompany the single, she has announced two launch dates for October! It’s been a little while since we’ve seen Seltmann headline venues, so these dates at the Newtown and […]

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Music Video of the Day: The Julie Ruin “Mr. So and So” (2016)

August 17, 2016

The Julie Ruin have come through with their new music video for “Mr. So and So”, -co-directed by Kathleen Hanna herself and Becca Albee. Taken from the group’s latest album Hit Reset, “Mr. So and So” focuses in on tokenisation and in an excellently delivered clip, shows Hanna, Sara Landeau and Kathi Wilcox in different stages of stuckness in New York while Carmine […]

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Jack Colwell touring new EP, When The World Explodes, this October

August 17, 2016

Jack Colwell is soon to be out on the road with his new EP When The World Explodes and we couldn’t be more keen to see this performer bringing his music to more cities outside of Sydney. Visiting venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra as well, Colwell will be joined by Miles Brown of The Night Terrors […]

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SHAKAFEST adds Yes Sir Noceur, The Realist and more to line up in third and final announcement

August 17, 2016

SHAKAFEST already stood to be one helluva loose festival outing on the Gold Coast this year, but the organisers have proven today that they’re far from finished doling out the quality names to help bring the party to full, raucous fruition. Announcing their third and final round of artists today, the SHAKAFEST crew reveal details […]

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Jaime Preciado of Pierce the Veil (US) chats Misadventures & forming the perfect live show

August 17, 2016

Currently in Australia with their new record Misadventures, Pierce The Veil have wasted no time in making sure the wait has been worth it for the fans who’ve been hanging out for shows for near on three years. Speaking with bassist Jaime Preciado just prior to the band’s return, the feeling has been mutual – absence has definitely […]

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Single of the Day: B Wise “No Questions” (2016)

August 17, 2016

I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to assume that when B Wise drops his debut EP Semi-Pro later in September, it stands to be one of the best hip hop releases of 2016’s second half. What we’ve heard from the MC so far has continued to impress but still, it feels like we’re just scratching the […]

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Guns N’ Roses confirm Australian tour dates for February 2017

August 17, 2016

Guns N’ Roses will indeed be heading to Australia for a long awaited tour next year! After months of rumours and that billboard leaking the Melbourne date this week, TEG Dainty have today confirmed the tour dates which will be seeing Axl, Duff and the classic line up performing for Australian fans for the first time since […]

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Jimmy Barnes, Ecca Vandal and The Fauves feature on second Rolling Stone Live Lodge announcement

August 17, 2016

The Rolling Stone Live Lodge has bolstered its 2016 line up in Melbourne today, with the announcement of Jimmy Barnes, Ecca Vandal, The Fauves and more on their second artist announcement. Running from September 21st through until October 8th, The Workers Club in Fitzroy will be playing host to a number of live shows, DJ nights, Q&A sessions and […]

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Metal Gear Survive is Konami’s attempt at a Metal Gear game with zombies

August 17, 2016

The first official Metal Gear game since Hideo Kojima left Konami has been announced, and it’s a four-player co-op game with zombies. Ok, what?

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Film Review: The Shallows (USA, 2016) is a standout blockbuster

August 17, 2016

Blake Lively finds herself in her own little Castaway-slash-All Is Lost-slash-Life of Pi type role with The Shallows, Director Jaume Collet-Serra placing a lot of faith in the young actress, who to this point is best known for her role on Gossip Girl. The purpose is to basically place Lively’s character, Nancy, as an injured […]

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Second season of Billions to premiere in February

August 17, 2016

The second season of Showtime drama Billions will arrive on television screens in February 2017. The critically-acclaimed series, which is currently shooting in the New York summer, will see the return of Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod. Rhoades is a US Attorney who continues to battle for ultimate power […]

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MIFF Review: Sonita (Iran, 2015) offers a lot to contemplate

August 17, 2016

All too often, the scene of refugees fleeing from the religious violence of Afghanistan and the Taliban is a common image to appear on our television screens and the news publications that slips into our Facebook feeds. The documentary filmmaker, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, uncovers a more distressing cultural issue ingrained within Afghani traditions of the […]

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Ubisoft & South Park: The Fractured But Hole parodies Oculus Rift in hilarious video

August 17, 2016

Only South Park right? In a stupidly funny video just released, Ubisoft have lampooned those commercials for new technologies – especially the Oculus Rift – with their take, the Nosulus Rift. And as you might expect, it lets you smell farts in the upcoming South Park game, The Fractured But Whole. We’re talking about a South […]

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Film Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) (USA, 2016) is one of the best films of the year

August 17, 2016

Laika Studios is an animation studio that is yet to become a household name. I honestly didn’t know them before hearing about their latest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. Though, without knowing it, I had already enjoyed their first studio film, Coraline, immensely. And reading about their other works like The Boxtrolls and Paranorman, […]

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Sega 3D Classics Collection is coming to Australia!

August 17, 2016

The Sega 3D Classics Collection is finally coming to Australia for the Nintendo 3DS, complete with previously unreleased games. The collection (which until now was only available in Japan) boasts nine classic games from the Sega Mega Drive, GigaDrive and Master System including Sonic The Hedgehog, Thunder Blade, Galaxy Force II and Altered Beast – all given the […]

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A full length trailer and poster land for new alien invasion film Arrival

August 17, 2016

Roadshow Films have unveiled some media for their alien invasion film Arrival, including the debut trailer and official posters. When a mysterious spacecraft lands on earth expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called in to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the her team (Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker) […]

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Robert Zemekis enlists Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in new trailer for Allied

August 17, 2016

The trailer for Robert Zemekis’ (Back to the Future, Cast Away) new film, Allied has dropped. Set in 1942, in the heart of WWII, Allied tells the tale of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who joins French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. As the two fall in love, their relationship […]

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MIFF Review: Train to Busan (South Korea, 2016) may have just changed the Zombie genre

August 17, 2016

If 2014’s World War Z set a precedent for anything, it was that you can unequivocally produce a zombie flick without copious amounts of gore and severed limbs and still have it be entertaining. South Korean film Train to Busan follows this blueprint and improves upon it in a number of of satisfying ways. When […]

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Australian Box Office Report: Suicide Squad remains on top, Bourne slides to 4th place

August 17, 2016

Mixed reviews and Jared Leto critiques be gone, because Suicide Squad remains firmly in first place on the Australian Box Office report.  Whilst it didn’t do as well in its second week against its unbelievable performance in its opening week (where it earned AU $13,904,557), its takings of AU$5.9 million mean that it’s stronger than Jason Bourne’s second week on […]

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David Farrier on the highs, lows and law suits of his Documentary Tickled

August 17, 2016

With the documentary Tickled set for a limited release tomorrow, The Iris’s David Hunter was lucky enough to get a one-on-one interview with New Zealand co-director and star of Tickled, David Farrier. During out chat, we discuss the highs, the lows and the law suits for his new documentary. We touch on the differences between […]

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Winners of the Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne And Western Union Short Film Festival announced

August 17, 2016

The Melbourne Recital Centre became a cultural gala on August 12th as the winners of the Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and the Western Union Short Film Festival were announced. Amongst the crowds was Bollywood hallmark Rishi Kapoor who was awarded the Westpac Excellence In Cinema Award for 2016. Kapoor, who has as many […]

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Meet the Australian regional airlines you’ve never heard of, who connect you to towns you’ve never been

August 17, 2016

When it comes to travelling around Australia, there are four major players connecting us to capital cities around the country, owned by two companies. Qantas are the classic choice, while Virgin Australia sit as the player who shook things up as Virgin Blue in 1999. The brand now sit as the country’s second largest airline, […]

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Smooth Criminals – The Songs of Michael Jackson premiering at the Brisbane Powerhouse in December

August 17, 2016

Between Luke Kennedy and Joel Turner there has blossomed quite the musical partnership, one that will be making its hyped debut at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Wonderland 2016. The duo present Smooth Criminals – The Songs of Michael Jackson this December: an homage to the late Michael Jackson‘s extensive catalogue in a way that hasn’t been seen before. […]

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New mini-documentary Premium uncovers the profitable yet NSFW side to Snapchat

August 17, 2016

It turns out that the popular photo sharing app Snapchat is not all “cute” dog face filters, or even the latest avenue for product placement; rather it has been revealed the app has a decidedly more NSFW alternative use. Los Angeles based Australian artist Jesse Willesee has created Premium, a mini-documentary  investigating the world of Snapchat […]

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5 Songs to Listen For in the Sydney Production of Songs For A New World

August 17, 2016

After a very popular season in Melbourne, Songs For A New World has finally made its way to Sydney and we were ready! Well, sort of. Songs For A New World is one of those “musicals” that you kind of need to see in person, and its difficult to get a sense of really anything […]

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Diego Torre on Opera Australia’s latest production of Simon Boccanegra and being a Verdi dreamer

August 17, 2016

Personal sacrifice meets political thriller in Simon Boccanegra, an opera by a master of the genre- Giuseppe Verdi. We caught up with Opera Australia tenor Diego Torre, who played the Genoese gentleman and love-interest Gabriele Adorno in the opera, to discuss the twisting plot and the interesting challenges of Verdi operas. This is your debut in the role […]

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Three Blue Ducks have designed a special cookie dessert for Red Cross Blood Service (Sydney)

August 17, 2016

Anyone who has ever given blood via Red Cross Blood Service know that joyous feeling of refueling with cookies from Byron Bay Cookie Company, the service’s official partner. It’s like blood and cookies go hand-in-hand now, and that partnership has just been kicked up to the next level by Sydney’s famed Three Blue Ducks (specifically, […]

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Our Best Australian Gift Ideas for Father’s Day 2016

August 17, 2016

Sunday 4th September brings Father’s Day around for another year, which means you’re pretty much bound by social norms to treat your dad to something special. Only you know how to best spoil the old man to his personal tastes, but just in case you’re thin for inspiration this year, allow us to spark those […]

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Review: Bowery Lane’s Weekend Brunch Menu – CBD (Sydney)

August 17, 2016

Finding a good brunch spot in the Sydney CBD on the weekend can be a bit of a struggle with cafes generally closing up shop. Bowery Lane has come to the rescue with all-day breakfast now available from 8am on Saturdays and Sundays. Continuing on a food philosophy that champions local and seasonal ingredients, the […]

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Bombay Sapphire take their Project Botanicals to new levels with Australian collaborators

August 17, 2016

Bombay Sapphire are thinking outside of the box when it comes to their latest collaborative project, focusing that crisp flavour and complex profile – the premium London Dry has 10 different botanicals – into what they are calling “True Artistry”. It’s a program of avant-garde partnerships with various Australian music, fragrance, and culinary talents, curated […]

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