Day: 5 April 2017

Music Video of the Day: Major Leagues “It Was Always You” (2017)

April 5, 2017

Brisbane four-piece Major Leagues are synonymous with garage pop; slacker-style guitar pop with dreamy vocal harmonies and laid back riffs. Their latest offering, ‘It Was Always You’, is the epitome of their melancholic pop-rock, evoking raw nerves and heartbreak while cladding your ears in their bewitching sounds. The clip accompanying is humble, warm, and very Brisbane-ish, filmed […]

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A Rock and Roll Writers Festival: Why I wish this event existed ten years ago

April 5, 2017

Today, I turned 27. At present, I find myself in an incredibly lucky position to write about and interact with some of my personal and professional heroes, all the while being afforded opportunities to involve myself with the music world I wouldn’t have dared think possible a decade ago. This past weekend, one of those […]

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Music Video of the Day: Ha Ha Tonka “Everything” (2017)

April 5, 2017

Fresh from a nine show SXSW run, Midwestern group Ha Ha Tonka have dropped a feel-good music video (a rumination on their SXSW success?), featuring a glorious performance and party on rafts in the middle of a picturesque Arkansas river. The group has recently swelled to five in number, meaning five part harmonies soaring over their indie blues/rock sound. “Everything” showcases their […]

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Win a double pass to see the controversial cannibal horror film Raw in cinemas

April 5, 2017

Raw tells the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a brilliant 16-year-old whose admission to a prestigious veterinary school sparks a coming-of-age like no other. With her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) watching on, Justine partakes in a bizarre hazing ritual where she is forced to eat raw meat for the first time, defying her vegan […]

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Win a double pass to see E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial on the big screen in Sydney

April 5, 2017

The mystery. The suspense. The adventure. The call…that started it all. Steven Spielberg’s touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old. Don’t miss the In The House’s School Holidays Special – E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial at Event Cinemas George St in glorious VMAX on April 14. Tickets […]

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Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment & Australia’s Animal Logic form new partnership

April 5, 2017

Imagine Entertainment Chairman Brian Grazer (who co-founded the company with Ron Howard) and Australian animation powerhouse Animal Logic’s CEO Zareh Nalbandian have announced that they have formed a joint venture to produce a slate of animated and family films. The partnership will see the pair develop, produce, and finance six feature length animation and hybrid animation […]

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First Impressions: Why Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is a clever, important and relatable series

April 5, 2017

It is hard to know where to start with 13 Reasons Why as the story unconventionally begins with it’s end. In this case, it is the end of Hannah Baker’s life, her suicide. Based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why explores the unravelling of a high school tapestry after text […]

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Film Review: Dance Academy: The Movie (Australia, 2017) still knows how to create great teen drama

April 5, 2017

Dance Academy was one of the shows that defined by teenage years. I was by no means a dancer; yet the representation of real, raw teenage issues was presented in an Australian spotlight – especially on a network that was rather lukewarm at the time (ABC3, now branded as ABCME) was addictive for an entire […]

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SXSW Film Review: Divine Divas (Brazil, 2017) is both a beautiful preservation and an accomplished slice of filmmaking

April 5, 2017

More a celebration of drag culture than a heavy-handed expose, Divine Divas proves a fascinating watch as it allows a peak behind the curtains of one of Brazil’s first establishments to showcase men dressed as women. In 1960’s Rio de Janeiro, the Rival Theatre – under the forward thinking of Americo Leal – was one […]

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Australian Box Office Report: Beauty and the Beast keeps its rose alive at the top of the ladder

April 5, 2017

Disney’s new live action version of Beauty And The Beast is at the top of the box office ladder again this week. Although it only made $7.74m this time around (last week it made $13m), its total earnings since its premiere is $26.15m, and, at the rate it’s travelling, is now likely to be one […]

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 3D Doco One More Time With Feeling hits DVD and Blu-Ray

April 5, 2017

One More Time With Feeling, the feature film about the making of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ acclaimed album Skeleton Tree, and surprise box office hit, has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray (including a special 3D release). Directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford), One More […]

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SXSW Review: Madre (Chile, 2016) isn’t the thriller you expect

April 5, 2017

Set in Chile, Madre follows wife and mother Diana (Daniela Ramirez). Pregnant with her second child and caring for her disabled son, Martin (Matias Bassi), Diana struggles daily with running the household; her husband Tomas (Cristobal Tapia Montt) is often away on business in Asia. Just as we’re about to see how much more she can […]

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Ahead of season two, we look back at the debut of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant FX series Outcast

April 5, 2017

Outcast, originally a comic published by Image Comics and created by Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, is another Robert Kirkman TV creation that is slowly taking the world by storm. It may be a TV show that has a much smaller scale than Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series, but hey, even I remember watching […]

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Ford unveils its virtual reality future at the Future with Ford Innovation Forum

April 5, 2017

Last week Ford held their Future with Ford Innovation Forum where industry leaders and innovators sought to highlight emerging trends and future technologies of drive innovation and next-gen vehicle development. Following that, Ford has announced they are exploring the potential of implementing augmented and virtual reality in their marketing and shopping processes. These new digital interactions could allow the […]

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Sydney’s For Film’s Sake Festival releases 2017 program showcasing female and minority filmmakers

April 5, 2017

The For Film’s Sake Festival (formerly WOW), a film festival focused on showcasing female and minority filmmakers to help thrive within the Australian Film Industry has released its 2017 program. Running later this month in Sydney, FFS will be screening various international and domestically produced films made by female-identifying artists and other minority groups, including […]

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Video Games Review: Paradigm (PC/Mac, 2017) is a Beautiful Specimen

April 5, 2017

There are two kinds of people in the world – people that will love Paradigm, and people that can’t stand to see perfection. Paradigm is everything that it needs to be – uncomfortably strange, genuinely hilarious, oddly touching and highly memorable, all at once. For a game that stars a deformed, vaguely European mutant and […]

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We meet The Muppets‘ Gonzo, Zoe & the Swedish Chef: Dave Goelz, Fran Brill and Bill Barretta

April 5, 2017

Last month at SXSW, the documentary Muppets Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched premiered to much jubilation. The film is exactly as the name implies: some of the team behind the original Muppets (as well as Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street and others), got together to talk about their time on the […]

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Review: With the PLAYBASE, Sonos prove that by staying a step behind, you can end up two steps in front

April 5, 2017

Sonos have never seen themselves as leaders in “doing things first”, rather, as the kings of “doing things right”. They seem to live by an adage of the past: the idea that a company can exist on key products – not a slate of “let’s see what sticks and what fails” merchandise – that are […]

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Sand, surf, freeways and the city: Our week in Australia with the 2017 Ford Escape

April 5, 2017

Between sand, dirt, grass and hours of freeways – we put this city-oriented 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0L TDCi AWD through its limits for a week. Asphalt was merely the beginning for this vehicle. View this post on Instagram We've just been away for the weekend with the new Ford Escape Titanium – let us […]

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Flume joins Muse, Kendrick Lamar and Metallica for the 50th Festival d’été de Québec

April 5, 2017

The 50th anniversary of Festival d’été de Québec features one of the more eclectic stomper line ups we’ve seen for 2017 so far, with a run of headliners including Kendrick Lamar, Death From Above 1979, Muse, P!nk and Gorillaz. The Who will also perform at the festival this July, the iconic band’s only Canadian festival […]

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Hotel Review: The Strings by Intercontinental Tokyo (Japan) tames the business district with dulcet tones

April 5, 2017

With three properties across Tokyo it’s safe to say that, as far as high-end accommodation goes, the InterContinental brand is a dominant force in one of the world’s most famously vibrant cities. All three have had their fair share of awards and nominations, no less The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo which is positioned a stone’s […]

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Emily Floyd shares 10th solo exhibition, Icelandic Puffins, at the Anna Schwartz Gallery

April 5, 2017

Melbourne’s Anna Scwartz Gallery is hosting the impressive 10th solo exhibition by local artist and sculptor, Emily Floyd. The exhibition, entitled Icelandic Puffins, opens on April 8th and runs until May 13th, showcases Floyd’s technique for hand carving – the individual puffins come next to Icelandic text identifying members of the financial elite. Of course, […]

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The Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival unveils first program for 2017

April 5, 2017

Running over 10 days this May, the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival aims to celebrate diversity within Aboriginal culture through 60 events encompassing dance, music, theatre, film, talks and visual arts in Melbourne. Highlights of the festival program include a citywide treasure hunt – Barring Yanabul – on May 13th, a traditional welcome ceremony for […]

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Melbourne’s Yhonnie Scarce wins $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize

April 5, 2017

The Art Gallery of Ballarat hosted the Guirguis New Art Prize award ceremony recently, with Melbourne’s Yhonnie Scarce taking home the $20,000 prize for her work, The More Bones the Better. The installation, made up of six medical beakers, hand blown glass and tubing, the work has been described as haunting and delicate, a culmination […]

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MICF Review: Tessa Waters’ Fully Sik is refreshing in its originality (Performances until April 23rd)

April 5, 2017

A bundle of energy greets you with when you take your seat at Tessa Waters’ Fully Sik. High fives pumping music and a pillow fight start things off. You’d call it a little absurd if the only type of fare you’re used to in comedy theatre is someone telling jokes into the microphone. In reality, […]

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017 have been announced, here’s the full list of winners

April 5, 2017

The anticipation was at an all time high this past Wednesday at a special ceremony held at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building. With the highly authoritative World’s 50 Best Restaurants already announcing their 100-51 positions last week, with some very fine entries, discerning diners all across the world were speculating as to which destinations would […]

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