Day: 23 May 2017

Hanging at The Great Escape: Dean Lewis talks making an impression in the UK

May 23, 2017

Dean Lewis is one of those artists who has an effortless charm about him. At The Great Escape this year, I was able to watch him perform twice – a proper introduction to his onstage presence – and it was undeniable, the hold the songwriter had over his audience. He’s slightly awkward, almost coy, in his […]

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Single of the Day: The Districts “If Before I Wake” (2017)

May 23, 2017

Indie rockers The Districts are back, dropping their second single from their upcoming LP, Popular Manipulations. “If Before I Wake” is heavy on the drone, citing influences from shoegaze to  The Velvet Underground. There’s a distinct sound to these guys, touching on that 00’s indie rock vibe, with some modern finesse, all moulded by vocalist Rob Grote‘s distinctive and soaring voice. Of […]

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We attend Tune Out 2017 ft. Horace Bones, Black Bats and more at The Bendigo Hotel

May 23, 2017

One in four performing artists have attempted or considered suicide. More than one in three performing artists, and one in four industry support workers, report mental health problems (Entertainment Assist, 2014). Think about the last band you listened to, or the last gig you went to. A four person band? At least one person from […]

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Exclusive Premiere: Billy Davis and The Good Lords are “Golden” on PBS Radio’s Studio 5 Live Series

May 23, 2017

Our friends at PBS 106.7 FM are holding their annual Radio Festival right now, driving subscriptions to one of Melbourne – and Australia’s – finest community radio stations. Entirely non-for-profit, PBS relies on subscribers to champion local and underrepresented music across Melbourne and Australia and so they’re festival drive is one of the most important […]

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts return to Australia in August

May 23, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is returning to Australia and New Zealand in late August for a run of dates. The show, which performs music from the ever-popular series of Nintendo video games backed by a full orchestra, now in its fourth season, is returning with an expanded program.

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Australian Box Office Report: King Arthur reigns supreme with box office takings

May 23, 2017

It supposedly didn’t do as well as expected in its opening week in the USA, but Australians haven’t been quite so tough on King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.  In its first appearance at the Australian box office, it earned $2.32m.  That’s not to say it’s been hugely successful here.  Its performance at the box office so far has […]

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Film Review: Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (USA, 2017) is like a conga dance, blurring the lines between friendships & manipulation

May 23, 2017

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a light comedy film about a human of New York. But he’s not just any human. The eponymous Norman is a wheeler/dealer and the undisputed king of networking. The film is what you’d get if The Ides of March were directed by […]

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Film Review: Handsome Devil (Ireland, 2016) is a pleasant but predictable coming of age story

May 23, 2017

Handsome Devil is cut from the same cloth as Sing Street and Dead Poet’s Society, but it also leaves a few things deliberately ambiguous. This is a pleasant, coming-of-age tale set in a private, all-boys boarding school in Ireland. The story ends on an encouraging and positive note where you should be yourself because it […]

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Video Games Review: Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, 2017)

May 23, 2017

Hoo boy. This review is gonna be all over the place. It’s going to be this way because this game, even as a concept, is all over the place. You would think that, given that Tetris is already the most grueling activity a person can engage in, interrupting it with a quick round of the colour-matcher Puyo Puyo would be as […]

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Essential Experiences: Touring the sets and the inspirations of The Sound of Music in Salzburg, Austria

May 23, 2017

A fan of The Sound of Music since childhood, I have fond memories of watching the classic 1965 movie musical with my family. Then, when I got older, I watched it with my friends. Even now, I manage the yearly screening on TV. So it was definitely a dream come true for me to head […]

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Theatre Review: Toast is a bittersweet portrayal of grief, loss and family (Performances at Perth’s Blue Room Theatre until 27th May)

May 23, 2017

Liz Newell and Emily McLean have returned to The Blue Room Theatre with Toast, a charming exploration of grief, loss, and family. Following the sudden death of their mother, three sisters come together to clear out their childhood home. The headstrong Candice (Alison Van Reeken), recovering alcoholic Alex (Amy Mathews), and adoptive sister Sydney (Anna […]

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Hendrick’s Gin announces The Awakening warehouse experience (Sydney)

May 23, 2017

Hendrick’s Gin is partnering with Sydney’s Siren Theatre Co to create an hour-long warehouse experience that is intriguingly light on details this June. This “journey”, as they are calling it, promises to delight your body, mind, instincts, emotions and reactions through a series of unexpected scenarios. Not to mention each ticket comes with a series […]

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Manly Spirits Co. have opened their local distillery up to the public (Sydney)

May 23, 2017

Manly locals sure are spoiled when it comes to quintessential drinking spots. They’ve got Four Pines, which remains a favourite, and now just a short stroll down from the wharf is Manly Spirits Co., the Northern Beaches very first artisan distillery. Just opened recently for public tours, tastings and cocktails, the distillery aims to welcome […]

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Lotus Dining open Madame Shanghai, a street food and yum cha restaurant, in Darlinghurst (Sydney)

May 23, 2017

Opened just a few weeks ago in Darlinghurst, Madame Shanghai is an old-school Shanghai street food and yum cha spot by the same team behind Sydney’s beloved Lotus restaurants and Papa Bo Min. Vintage-minded with a love of all things Chinoiserie, the new venue overlooks Hyde Park and brings a bit of Sydney’s leafy icon […]

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Chefs from Ester and Berta have opened Bacco Osteria e Espresso in Sydney CBD

May 23, 2017

With a focus on age-old Italian cuisine, the much-anticipated trattoria-style Bacco Osteria e Espresso has now opened in Sydney, fronted by Executive Chef Andrew Cibej and Head Chef Scott Williams, both whom are well known for their work at favourites like Ester and Berta. This is their first CBD venture as a team, positioned on […]

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