Day: 27 March 2017

Album Review: Sean Heathcliff – A Boy And His Rose (2017 EP)

March 27, 2017

Evolution is what makes humans the race we are. While Darwin’s theory of evolution is most notably recognised by the summary of ‘survival of the fittest’, it also speaks about one’s ability to adapt and change to its environment. And here on his current EP A Boy And His Rose, Sean Heathcliff has shown that […]

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Music Video of the Day: Wolf People “Not Me Sir” (2017)

March 27, 2017

Sharing more goods from their latest album Ruins, Wolf People present a new music video for their single “Not Me Sir”. Linking up with Marsha Balaeva for the project, the band’s song is given prime animation treatment as they experiment with a variety of organic forms on different surfaces. “While filming from the inside of the kaleidoscope with […]

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Single of the Day: Mid Ayr “Pocket Her Eyes” (2017)

March 27, 2017

Brissy duo Mid Ayr have kicked off their 2017 of new music with the catchy “Pocket Her Eyes”. To be featured on their new EP Elm Way (to be released this April), “Pocket Her Eyes” is songwriter Hugh Middleton‘s observation on our society’s penchant for turning sexual pursuits into contest. There’s a classic indie rock vibe around this […]

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Yusuf (Cat Stevens) announces 50th anniversary ‘Peace Train’ tour

March 27, 2017

This November and December, Yusuf / Cat Stevens will be touring his iconic album Matthew & Son for its 50th anniversary! The British songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will commemorate the special milestone of his debut album and its first major single over the course of this unmissable Australian tour – for crowds of all ages, […]

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You have to listen to “Let Me Go” by one of our favourite SXSW Discoveries: Albin Lee Meldau

March 27, 2017

We discovered a lot of great music at SXSW 2017 – and had the opportunity to catch plenty of our favourite buzz acts live for the first time. But few of my personal discoveries have sat with me quite as heavily as Swedish artist Albin Lee Meldau, who sits as runner up in two of […]

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Brother Brad “Get Around” (2017)

March 27, 2017

Sydney’s Brother Brad present a spirited music video for their tune “Get Around” this week! The single itself has only been circulating for a small amount of time but it’s been quick to generate some buzz within the Sydney circles the band has been building a formidable presence within over recent months. Bringing the party vibes from […]

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Throttle talks international touring and time spent at SXSW

March 27, 2017

For DJ and producer Throttle, North America is just getting a taste of his style and shows – for those lucky enough to see him perform at SXSW, the young gun came through blazing, leaving excited chatter in his wake. As he eyed up over a month on the road through the US, we scored some […]

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Josh Cashman talks touring the US with Tash Sultana and more at SXSW

March 27, 2017

Catching up with Josh Cashman, we’re landing time with the Melbourne musician just off the back of some incredible shows with one of Australia’s most exciting new exports, Tash Sultana. Cashman’s arrival in Austin, Texas for SXSW brought with it a run of shows and exposure that undoubtedly left him hungry to get back into touring back home. It’s […]

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Nic & Christian of Sydney’s Food Court dish up some goss from their US trip and offer tips for SXSW debutants

March 27, 2017

Sydney’s Food Court are currently continuing their domination of North America, having had a fantastic debut at SXSW recently. While their time abroad has the band slaying in Canada at the moment, Larry caught up with Nic and Christian at the Aussie BBQ in Texas to find out how their US trip had been treating them so far. Welcome to […]

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Agnes Obel on the ups and downs of performing at SXSW & the development of her live shows

March 27, 2017

Agnes Obel‘s time at SXSW brought with it some shows that had us reeling with emotion. The artist is no stranger to the way SXSW likes to roll, yet for many people seeing her for the first time at the festival, they were definitely treated to a one-of-a-kind experience. We were lucky enough to catch some […]

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Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano & Noah Bowman hang out at SXSW and chat Swear I’m Good At This

March 27, 2017

The end of SXSW is the glorious culmination of a week of full on shows, barely any sleep and poor dietary choices, for the most part. While the hangover extends to all areas of your body, the time spent exploring different parts of Austin and connecting with bands from all over the world is well worth it. […]

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So Aussie it hurts: we reflect on NSW quartet You Beauty’s 2014 debut LP Jersey Flegg

March 27, 2017

You Beauty’s 2014 album Jersey Flegg is so Aussie it hurts. Named after a rugby player who shares a name with a NSW rugby trophy, the album is local in its lyrical and musical references, the accents of the singers and the attitude of the band. The album begins in the classic vein of artists […]

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GX Australia will not return in 2018

March 27, 2017

GX Australia, Australia’s only video games convention dedicated to LGBTQ+ developers and fans, will open the doors on its second and — for now — final show next month. The news that the show will not be back in 2018 was announced this morning via the show’s official Kickstarter page.

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Stan is highlighting Australian comedians over the next few weeks with “One Night Stan”

March 27, 2017

This year will see Australian SVOD service Stan bring out a sizable chunk of their original content, truly stepping up as their popularity increases across the country. A unique function of this is the commitment to Australian stories and artists, the latest of which is being realised in the recently debuted One Night Stan. The […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 15 “Something They Need” sets things up nicely for the finale

March 27, 2017

“Something They Need” wrapped up everything the way you would expect, setting some final pieces in place for the inevitable showdown in next week’s finale. The problem with this is that the absence of anything unexpected, outside of some nice bits of drama over at The Sanctuary, resulted in a clean episode that lacked any […]

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SXSW Film Review: A Bad Idea Gone Wrong (USA, 2017) steals all the right notes

March 27, 2017

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong is Jason Headley’s full feature length debut and I must say, Headley gives a simple concept a fantastic tune up. With this Comedy/Drama, two down on their luck thieves, Marlon (Matt Jones) and Leo (Will Rogers) land their next heist opportunity, a fancy mansion home while the owners are away. […]

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The director of In Bruges looks set to bring us the Black Comedy of the year with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

March 27, 2017

Having already brought us one of the best black comedies of all time with In Bruges, and a memorable follow-up with Seven Psychopaths, it comes as little surprise that director Martin McDonagh has us excited about his new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And with the release of the first red-band trailer for the […]

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First trailer for Justice League sees DC’s potpourri of Superheroes come together

March 27, 2017

One of the year’s most anticipated superhero films is without question WB’s Justice League, which is bringing together a slew of DC’s most well known comic book heroes into one film – based of course after the comic books of the same name. They are to DC what The Avengers is to Marvel.  And over […]

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Film Review: The Lego Batman Movie (USA/AUS 2017) is hilariously self-aware of the superhero genre

March 27, 2017

Three years after we were wowed and bamboozled by The Lego Movie and that damn “Everything Is Awesome” song has now finally gotten out of our heads, it’s time to revisit one of its popular characters in his own standalone film. The Lego Batman Movie takes our dark, broody and narcissistic Dark Knight and puts […]

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Australian Director Emma Franz talks about her poignant documentary Bill Frisell, A Portrait at SXSW

March 27, 2017

Australian Director Emma Franz‘s poignant documentary Bill Frisell, A Portrait premiered earlier this month at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The film is, as the name suggests, a portrait on the much loved musician Bill Frisell, both in his own words and through interviews with iconic artists like Bonnie Raitt and Paul Simon. I sat down […]

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Director Robert Mockler talks about his debut feature Like Me and Terry Gilliam at SXSW

March 27, 2017

One of the films that made a splash at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas was Robert Mockler‘s directorial debut Like Me. A film that was set around society’s obsession with social media, I sat down with the director to talk about the kickstarter campaign that made the production possible, its […]

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We sat down with Director Mark Webber and his family to talk about Flesh and Blood at SXSW

March 27, 2017

Director and Actor Mark Webber premiered his new film Flesh and Blood at SXSW earlier this month; a docu-style film which stars his own family and blurs the line between fact and fiction. I sat down with Mark, his mother Cheri Honkola, brother Guillermo Santos, and actress Madeline Brewer (Orange Is the New Black) to talk […]

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AF French Film Festival Review: Tran Anh Hung’s Eternity (France, 2016) is a tone poem brought to life

March 27, 2017

Though I am Vietnamese, because I was raised in Australia for all of my life, I never really experienced much of Vietnamese culture. However, there were some films that I had watched that had always stuck with me, and those were the works of Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung. Showing the true beauty in the […]

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AF French Film Festival Review: Being 17 (France, 2016) is a thoughtful coming-of-age story

March 27, 2017

If Being 17 is any indication, the 2017 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is off to a great start. Coming-of-age films are a genre that I deeply appreciate. With no need of a strong reliance on plot, seeing the progression of a protagonist through young adulthood can be compelling on a cinematic level. So when […]

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Review: Four Seasons Kyoto is a masterpiece framed by an 800-year-old pond garden

March 27, 2017

Not every property can claim a setting which features a genuinely breathtaking 800-year-old ikeniwa (a pond garden), but Four Seasons Kyoto is far from your typical luxury hotel. Fairly fresh-faced in one of Japan’s most historical cities, having opened in October of last year, this property stands perfectly located in Higashiyama-ku, near plenty of temples […]

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Bali tops honours list of Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards, while Sydney beats Melbourne

March 27, 2017

TripAdvisor has announced the winners for the Travellers’ Choice Destination awards. This year’s awards honoured 418 destinations in 24 lists across the globe. Sydneysiders will be pleased to know Sydney has taken the number one spot for Australia, with Melbourne following closely behind in second place. World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island took the #3 spot. […]

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From New York to the Lesser Antilles: What I learned travelling solo in Barbados

March 27, 2017

I’m an Australian who’s lived in New York for the last nine months, and two months in I managed to lose my passport and visa. I replaced the passport, but $300 and three arguments you only have with government employees later, I had to replace my visa too. I had to leave the country to […]

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Nine things you never knew about Austin, Texas

March 27, 2017

I recently returned from Austin, Texas, where I was attending the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Film, Interactive and Music Festival. The visit was my 10th to the city, though given I’ve only ever visited the city to attend festivals and conferences (the other being the iconic Austin City Limits Festival which happens in October), […]

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Ever wanted to search the Himalayas for the elusive snow leopard? Now you can.

March 27, 2017

Ready for something new to file under “Bucket List Experiences”? Luxury safari company &Beyond has launched a new 13-day winter expedition to India’s Himalayan region of Ladakh that takes guests on the search for the elusive snow leopard. The trip will take you to the majestic region of Ladakh, situated on the northern border of […]

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Book Review: John Kinsella’s Old Growth brazenly explores the complexities of human behaviour

March 27, 2017

In his latest collection, Perth author John Kinsella creates a uniquely Australian text that drops the reader seamlessly into the turning points in the lives of men, women, and children. Old Growth offers twenty-seven short stories set in recognisable West Australian landscapes from suburban Perth to dusty bush terrains and empty rural pubs. Kinsella’s language […]

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