Day: 3 April 2017

BIGSOUND reveals $100,000 music prize and expanded program in first announcement for 2017

April 3, 2017

It’s only April, but the BIGSOUND train has begun generating steam for another year again, with the music conference’s first announcement dropping this week. In this first bit of news, BIGSOUND have announced the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, offering BIGSOUND artist alumni the chance to land their share of $100,000. Supporting those artists who have surged forward in […]

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D.D Dumbo & Flume win big at APRA Awards in Sydney overnight

April 3, 2017

The 2017 APRA Music Awards hit Sydney’s  Convention Centre Grand Ballroom overnight to celebrate the songwriting achievements of some of our best artists and for D.D Dumbo and Flume in particular, the night proved to be extra special. With his acclaimed single “Satan”, D.D Dumbo was awarded the APRA Song of the Year gong. A choice cut from his 2016 […]

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Phebe Starr’s debut headline Australian tour hits the east coast this June & July

April 3, 2017

If you’ve never seen Phebe Starr perform live before, please do not miss out on this opportunity to do so when she hits the east coast this winter. A true talent who, as of this point, has never toured Australia in a headline capacity, Phebe has been enjoying a new run of momentum off the back of […]

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Tickets for Sydney’s SAFIA-headlined Curve Ball now on sale

April 3, 2017

Taking off for its second year this June, Curve Ball returns to Carriageworks for a winter soiree featuring some of our best dance-inciting artists as part of Vivid Sydney. To be headlined by SAFIA, the mini-festival also features stellar talent in the likes of Tkay Maidza and Client Liaison, while emerging superstars of the game in Confidence Man, Thandi Phoenix and more […]

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Wolfmother’s ‘Gypsy Caravan’ tour kicking off in Newcastle this month

April 3, 2017

A huge national tour is Wolfmother‘s way of letting Aussie fans know that they haven’t strayed far from their minds even when they’ve been touring relentlessly throughout 2016 abroad. The ‘Gypsy Caravan’ tour will be the band’s first full headline run backing an album since 2009’s Cosmic Egg cycle, so no doubt there’s going to be plenty for […]

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Single of the Day: Broken Social Scene “Halfway Home” (2017)

April 3, 2017

Holy crap, new Broken Social Scene. NEW BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. In new single “Halfway Home”, we have been dealt the first piece of new music from the Canadian group since 2010. For me, that was second year uni – a year that became dedicated to the ins and outs of their acclaimed Forgiveness Rock Record. On this soaring […]

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Review: Dixie Chicks’ enormous live show proves a massive hit for Sydney fans

April 3, 2017

One of the most famous and downright talented trios in the music industry for the past few decades has been Dixie Chicks. Natalie Maines‘ diverse vocal work complemented by Martie Maguire and Emily Robison has proven to be a powerful combination, working in perfect harmony to produce hits that have reached far beyond the famously […]

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) share new single from forthcoming album, out May 19th

April 3, 2017

In a sly way of encouraging listeners to “shake it off and dance your cares away,” !!!’s forthcoming album Shake The Shudder is shaping up to be the band’s most electronic/dance infused release in twenty years. Shake The Shudder will be released May 19th on Warp Records via Inertia Music and was recorded at the […]

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London Grammar announce album title, release date & new track in “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”

April 3, 2017

This week London Grammar announced their sophomore album, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, will be released June 9th via Metal & Dust/Columbia Records. The title track of the new album has also been shared and as usual, it’s an emotional masterpiece. Using 30 minutes on the road as inspiration for this record, Hannah, Dot and Dan […]

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Beatles producer Giles Martin talks about reinventing the home speaker experience with the Sonos PLAYBASE

April 3, 2017

When Sonos announces a new speaker, the whole world takes notice. This is a company that has spent the last 15 years focused on quality over quantity, with years of R&D behind every new speaker that hits the shelves. And tomorrow we’ll be enjoying the latest addition to their product line: the PLAYBASE – a […]

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Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul‘s Gus Fring is coming to Australia to open Los Pollos Hermanos

April 3, 2017

Straight from the set of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and from its pop-up at SXSW, the fictional fast food restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos is opening its doors in Sydney for two days only – and owner Gus Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito) will be on hand to celebrate. The pop-up Los Pollos Hermanos […]

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Legion‘s first season was wildly stylised; examining reality, fantasy, mental illness and mutants

April 3, 2017

Sometimes a new show comes along and it feels like a breath of fresh air in amongst a genre that has been feeling a little formulaic and stale. Legion created and developed by Noah Hawley (Fargo) takes a deeply dramatic dive into the world of mutants and superpowers. We meet David Haller (Dan Stevens) and […]

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SXSW Film Review: Prevenge (UK, 2017) could be the only film of its kind this decade

April 3, 2017

In 1968 we received Rosemary’s Baby. It was the film that established Roman Polanski’s ability to bring madness onto screen and placed Mia Farrow as the paranoid mother, unknowingly carrying Satan’s spawn through nine months of fear and mental ruin. It was a landmark film, exploring the psyche and anxiety of an expecting mother. In […]

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SXSW Short Film Review: Tough (UK, 2016) redefines the documentary genre tag with inventive animation

April 3, 2017

A bold colour palette expressing traditional Chinese imagery overlays both the personal and political difficulties filmmaker Jennifer Zhang has with her mother in Tough, a short student film that redefines the documentary genre tag. In the space of four short minutes, Zhang manages to convey an alarmingly detailed view of her relationship with her mother, […]

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Hotel Review: InterContinental Osaka (Japan) is sky-high luxury in the heart of the city

April 3, 2017

Walking into a luxury hotel is almost always accompanied by a dramatic, and instantaneous, sense of freedom. As such, the lobby – the face of any hotel – is one of the most important steps for any property, so grand design is almost a given. That idea is built upon even further for those heading […]

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Air New Zealand introduces 787-9 Dreamliner for direct service between Sydney and Cook Islands

April 3, 2017

Air New Zealand have just taken a big, comfortable leap forward for passengers hopping on the popular direct route between Sydney and Cook Islands hub Rarotonga. As of this past week the highly regarded airline have upgraded their aircraft on the route to operate a 787-9 Dreamliner, bringing a superior option for those looking to […]

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MICF Review: Josie Long’s Something Better is politically charged, but delightfully so (performances until April 23rd)

April 3, 2017

Walking into Josie Long’s show was a strange experience. Thinking that I was late, Long was singing and doing her funky moves while singing into the microphone. It’s certainly a different way to start a show, and I liked it. I’d not like to have the heart attack thinking I was late though next time […]

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Super Combo, a Street Fighter themed burger bar, opens in Bowen Hills (Brisbane)

April 3, 2017

Under The Green apartments at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills is where you’ll find the recently opened Super Combo, a burger bar that looks to Arcade classic Street Fighter for inspiration. Co-owned by Hao Vu and Michael Nham (of Melbourne’s NSHRY), who both grew up mashing buttons on Street Fighter II at their local […]

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Mjolner is Redfern’s new viking-themed carvery and whisky bar (Sydney)

April 3, 2017

Mjølner (pronounced Mjol-near), Asgard and Valhalla: three terms one would associate with storied Viking culture and the legend of Thor, and possibly some of the last things you’d associate with Sydney’s dining scene. That’s changed now that The Speakeasy Group, the same team behind Eau de Vie (both Sydney and Melbourne), Boilermakerhouse and The Roosevelt, […]

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Breaking Bad’s Los Pollos Hermanos is popping up in Sydney next week, and so is Gus Fring

April 3, 2017

Gone but definitely not forgotten, AMC’s now iconic Breaking Bad series is still making waves through pop culture, largely in thanks to currently running spin-off Better Call Saul, the third season of which will be premiering in Australia in Stan come April 11th. Cause the celebrate? You’re god damn right. After popping up at SXSW […]

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White Rabbit Brewery have released a Pana Chocolate stout for Easter

April 3, 2017

One of our favourite craft breweries here over at the AU is the consistent and imaginative White Rabbit. The sister brewery to Little Creatures, both occupying the same space in Geelong, have impressed with recent experiments like their red wine infused craft beer, so it stands to reason that this latest release is going to […]

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There’s a Maker’s Mark pop-up now open at The Argyle (Sydney)

April 3, 2017

Maker’s Mark, the Kentucky company behind the handmade whisky, are showcasing an “old-fashioned” pop-up in one of Sydney’s oldest buildings. From the 27th of March to 23rd of April, Maker’s Mark will transform the courtyard of The Argyle in The Rocks into an open-air bar that will have more than just an extensive range of […]

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Review: Carmen inspires a Spanish feast at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Mrs Macquaries Point (Sydney)

April 3, 2017

With spectacular harbour views and the Sydney cityscape as a backdrop, Carmen at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a delight for the senses with vibrant costumes, spectacular fireworks, and as a result Spanish-inspired dining. Five different restaurant and bar areas, ranging from casual to fine dining, are on offer for pre-performance experiences. Casual options […]

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