Day: 30 January 2017

Methyl Ethel announce new album, Everything Is Forgotten, dropping March 3rd

January 30, 2017

Perth’s psychedelic-pop trio Methyl Ethyl have just released the second cut from their upcoming second album, Everything Is Forgotten. The new single titled “Ubu” is a funk-driven journey opening with a fat bass line accompanied by frontman Jake Webb’s fluid vocals, before transforming into an intensely hypnotic, groovy hook about haircuts. It’s playful and tinged with a […]

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Music Video of the Day: Elbow “Gentle Storm” (2017)

January 30, 2017

Elbow have come through with a tight visual accompaniment for their new album in the music video for “Gentle Storm”. Directed by the iconic Kevin Godley, the short revisits his 1985 video “Cry” (by Godley and Creme), a throwback inspired by Elbow’s Guy Garvey.

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Festival Review: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – FCAC & The River’s Edge, Melbourne (28.01.17)

January 30, 2017

You know those choose-your-own-adventure novels, the ones you read as a kid? With the exception of dying in 90% of the story lines, the Laneway Festival is like that – bear with me here. There’s thirty-six acts, and where you start, stop and travel is entirely up to you. I asked my maths-genius friend to […]

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Single of the Day: Phebe Starr “They Keep Telling Me” (2017)

January 30, 2017

Phebe Starr‘s new single “They Keep Telling Me” is a bright new burst of indie pop that will land the artist well and truly on your radar, if she isn’t already. Working with Swedish producer Fredrik Odesjo, Starr’s latest release came as a result of a horrible songwriting experience. “I wrote this track after the worst […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Joey Cirillo “Hallway” (2017)

January 30, 2017

Melbourne’s Joey Cirillo is brightening up our Monday with new single “Hallway”, premiering today on the AU. The first cut from his new record Where Life is Fun, “Hallway” is a spirited tune from Cirillo that leans into the pop realm with ease. A seasoned songwriter and musician, Cirillo has been taking steps out on his own […]

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Win a double pass to CafĂ© del Mar’s 3rd Birthday Party featuring Basement Jaxx DJs

January 30, 2017

On Sunday 5th February, from 12pm, 2017 CafĂ© del Mar Sydney, T1000 Events and Rodd Richards Presents are inviting Sydneysiders to celebrate their 3rd Birthday in true CafĂ© del Mar style. Renowned English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx will headline the birthday event, bringing Sydneysiders sweet electro tunes all evening long. Supporting acts include Binary […]

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Brian Sella on Trump, creativity and the evolution of The Front Bottoms

January 30, 2017

2017 marks the ten year anniversary of The Front Bottoms, who have returned to Australia for their first headlining tour this month. We caught up with singer/guitarist Brian Sella ahead of their Adelaide show at the Enigma Bar to talk about the artistic process, the future of The Front Bottoms, and the current state of […]

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First lineup of Primavera Pro 2017 conference speakers includes Australia’s Vanessa Picken

January 30, 2017

Tailored towards music industry professionals and independent artists from all over the world, the eighth annual Primavera Pro conference will be returning to the city of Barcelona from 31 May – 4 June 2017. Held at the Centre de Cultura ContemporĂ nia de Barcelona, the 2017 conference is set to revolve around the themes of originality as a creative motor, the challenges of artistic independence, […]

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Jack Greene of The Probes (UK) talks influential albums and plans for 2017

January 30, 2017

The Probes bring a new meaning to psychedelic, with epic tracks and dynamic soundscapes, who recently hit the road as supports for Echo and The Bunnymen. We recently caught up with Jack Greene, singer/guitarist, to chat about the tour, and 2017 plans. How would you best summarise your sound in ten words or less? Often […]

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‘Father of Pac-Man‘ and Namco founder Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

January 30, 2017

Masaya Nakamura, the man who founded video game publisher Namco and was in charge of the company during the video game boom of the 1980’s, has died at 91.

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First Impressions: FX’s Legion takes the superhero genre and subverts it

January 30, 2017

From the guy who brought you the X-Men, Bryan Singer, and the guy who brought you the TV version of Fargo, Noah Hawley, and based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz comes an origin story series for one particular obscure character from the X-Men universe. Legion follows the story of David […]

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Video Games Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Xbox One, 2017) takes the series back to basics and in an entirely new direction

January 30, 2017

I don’t do well in carnival haunted houses. If you want to test my loyalty and devotion as a friend or loved one, do not accompany me into a house of horrors. You could be the most important person in the world to me and I will throw you under the spooky-ass bus if it […]

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Five reasons you should be excited for Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet

January 30, 2017

So, you’re looking anxiously through your Netflix list to find the next binge worthy show to eat up. You’ve already had a massive meal with some great sci-fi (Sense 8), comedy (Brooklyn Nine Nine), drama (The Queen) and of course Stranger Things. But now you want something fresh, a little bit of all of the […]

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Film Review: National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land (UK, 2017) starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart

January 30, 2017

National Theatre Live in conjunction with Sharmill Films are once again bringing Australian cinema-goers a chance to experience the magic of the theatre. This time with Harold Pinter’s acclaimed play No Man’s Land, starring the incomparable Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. After a successful hit run in Broadway USA, the play returns to […]

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Australian director Rohan Spong on his latest feature documentary Winter at Westbeth

January 30, 2017

Following its celebrated run at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the new Australian feature documentary Winter at Westbeth will screen in select cinemas around the country from next week. In anticipation of the release, we caught up with the film’s director Rohan Spong to talk about the project, which was filmed across one extraordinary year […]

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Where are the original Skins cast ten years later?

January 30, 2017

When it comes to UK teen series, few have been as popular or become as iconic as the series Skins, which ran for some seven years and as many seasons. Premiering ten years ago this week, the first series in particular remains the most acclaimed of the run, with a cast who have gone on […]

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Which long-haul economy seat should you choose when flying solo?

January 30, 2017

Where do I sit? It’s often a question that plagues the average traveller, especially when flying in economy. Should I get the window? Aisle? Should I go on the side or in the middle? Should I spend the extra money on choosing a seat (as is often the way, especially with a budget airlines)? The […]

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Review: W Retreat & Spa Bali balances style and substance in Seminyak

January 30, 2017

I would be very surprised if any frequent traveller had never heard of W Hotels & Resorts. Though down here in Australia the luxury chain no longer has much of a presence (that’ll all change with W Brisbane in 2018 and W Sydney in 2019), there are around 47 W properties in over 20 different […]

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7 Arts Events Not to Miss in Australia This Month (February 2017)

January 30, 2017

Here at the AU offices, we go through all your spruces and gooses and have collated the best events in this, our monthly look at the best the art, theatre and cultural world has to offer this month for the month of February 2017. Go out and enjoy one of these little events around Australia, […]

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Kit Kat sushi will be sold from pop-ups in Tokyo this February (Japan)

January 30, 2017

Last year Kit Kat Japan broke naive hearts across Japan as they announced that their “Kit Kat Sushi” concept was indeed an April Fool’s Day joke. But now it seems what started as a fun (evil) way to mess with their customers has now turned into a reality as website Tokyo Bargain Mania are reporting […]

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Untied: Barangaroo’s first rooftop bar comes from the same team behind The Norfolk (Sydney)

January 30, 2017

Modern Australian influences drip all over Barangaroo’s new rooftop bar, which is now open and comes to us from Dixon Hospitality, the fine folk behind institutions like The Norfolk and Forresters. Dubbed Untied, the breezy indoor-outdoor addition to the flash precinct is a light-hearted look at Australiana through the lens of Queensland’s tropical rainforests, meaning […]

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Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2017 winners announced

January 30, 2017

As we dive into the nitty gritty of summer, the end of January brings a time to reflect on what has been a packed 12 months for Sydney’s excellent bar scene. Influential publication Time Out did just that for their annual Sydney Bar Awards, rewarding top performers across several categories such as “Best Restaurant Bar”, […]

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