Day: 7 June 2017

Klub Koori to host powerful all-female line up for NAIDOC Week 2017

June 7, 2017

Klub Koori returns to Sydney’s Carriageworks next month for NAIDOC Week, bringing another stellar line up of musicians to the stage as part of their annual celebration of Aboriginal talent. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is “Our Languages Matter” – focusing on the importance, richness and resilience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture […]

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Music Video of the Day: SAFIA “Go To Waste” (2017)

June 7, 2017

They have been going from strength to strength this year and ahead of their return to Sydney this weekend, SAFIA have released this awesome live video of their current single “Go To Waste”. Filmed at the famous Festival Hall in Melbourne at the end of their Internal album tour, you can really get a grasp for just how big SAFIA have […]

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Single of the Day: Jordan Rakei “Sorceress” (2017)

June 7, 2017

Jordan Rakei has returned with a brand new single in “Sorceress” – a hit of soul that gives us an insight into the vocalist and producer’s forthcoming album. Of course, Rakei worked his way onto the radars and into the hearts of many with his 2016 record Cloak, firmly establishing the NZ-born, UK-based artist as one […]

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Four Non-Headliners You Can’t Miss at Bonnaroo 2017

June 7, 2017

It is that time of the year again. The sun is out, bands are out on the road, and crowds of all ages are tracking across the United States for the greatest concert acts in the world! Ah yes, it is festival season! Coachella has come and gone with memorable shows by Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar […]

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Live Review: Joyce Manor demonstrate raw and emotion-wrenching set at The Rev in Melbourne

June 7, 2017

Full disclosure. I’m not the world’s biggest pop punk fan. Hell, until I found Modern Baseball and Basement, I avoided the overtly emotional genre like carpet cleaners avoid The Tote. Joyce Manor are one of the select acts on the pop punk spectrum I can’t get enough of – something in the combination of their […]

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Casey Barnes (QLD) on his new single, “The Way We Ride”

June 7, 2017

Following the success of his last single, “Just Like Magic” off his 2016 release, Live As One; teetering on the edge of commercial pop and rock, with that blend of American, modern-country, Casey Barnes has once again teamed up with Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis from MSquared Productions with the equally catchy, follow-up single, “The […]

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Producer Giles Martin talks about the state of streaming as Sgt. Peppers celebrates its 50th Anniversary

June 7, 2017

Just under two weeks ago now, the classic Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – widely acknowledged as one of the best and most important albums of all time – celebrated its 50th Anniversary, with the release of a brand new remixed, repackaged and remastered special edition, produced by the son of the […]

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Film Review: The Mummy (USA, 2017) disappointingly squanders any promise it showcases

June 7, 2017

In 2014 it was believed that the Luke Evans-led Dracula Untold was going to launch Universal Studios’ proposed shared universe of classic movie monsters.  Dubbed Dark Universe, the ambitious project akin to the connected phases of Marvel and DC films ultimately let that idea fall to the wayside when the aforementioned feature was hardly the […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Whitney Can I Be Me (UK, USA 2017) is a comprehensive look at the rise and fall of Whitney Houston

June 7, 2017

In 2015 there was the outstanding film Amy by Asif Kapadia and following on from that comes yet another biopic that examines the life and all too tragically early death of a different powerhouse musical performer. In Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’ we go from the beginning right through to the end of Whitney Houston’s […]

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The first trailer for American Made reunites Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman

June 7, 2017

The first official trailer for Tom Cruise’s newest film American Made has arrived. Check it out below. The true story follows an ex-military pilot name Barry Seal (Cruise) who works as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s. American Made is directed by Doug Liman who directed The Bourne Identity and previously worked with Cruise in 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow. American […]

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Suicide Squad 2 aiming for a 2018 production start, according to Joel Kinnaman

June 7, 2017

One could be forgiven for not recollecting that on financial figures, Warner Bros and DC’s anti-hero blockbuster Suicide Squad was an immense commercial success. On the critical spectrum, the film was lambasted by critics and director David Ayer even expressed his own regrets on the final product. However, the film that brought a collective of […]

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Flawless Victories: The history of Mortal Kombat and Injustice 2‘s NetherRealm Studios

June 7, 2017

I remember the first time I played Mortal Kombat, or at least I vaguely recall its influence and how ahead of its time it seemed to be. I remember how real it looked and sounded. I remember having the fatality codes tucked in its Mega Drive case in a time before the internet. But most […]

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Australian Box Office Report: Wonder Woman conquers the box office, breaking records along the way

June 7, 2017

After much anticipation, a few misogynistic reports from international screenings and a genuine “please don’t f**k this up” vibe by keen DCEU fans (probably reeling from the Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice debacle), Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, opened this weekend and promptly moved up to top spot on the box office chart, earning $6.76m. […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Maliglutit (Canada 2016) is made with skill, but proves a sporadically stirring thriller

June 7, 2017

There is certainly something splendid somewhere within Maliglutit, the first collaboration between directors Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungallaq, unfortunately, it is all but concealed. The distinguished pair have taken on the task of adapting classic material, and despite the endeavour of imbuing the film with idealism and vigour, Maliglutit can never amount to anything significantly […]

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The Mummy (USA, 2017) Director Alex Kurtzman talks about launching the Dark Universe, Russell Crowe and that airplane scene

June 7, 2017

The Mummy Director Alex Kurtzman sits down in Australia with The Iris’s Larry Heath to talk about bringing Russell Crowe into the Dark Universe, the responsibility on him to launch the new cinematic series, working with Sofia Boutella, *that* airplane scene and more. Watch our full interview here: The Mummy hits Australian cinemas today, Thursday, […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Ana, mon amour (Romania, 2017) is an unflinching if uneven take on love surviving mental health

June 7, 2017

In many ways, Cãlin Peter Netzer’s latest feature Ana, mon amour provides an elegantly poignant dissection of when solicitude collides with mental illness. It is unflinchingly explicit, raw in its psychoanalysis and mostly effectual to the ideals it is aiming to exude. Although, dissimilar to Netzer’s previous film, the Golden Bear winning Child’s Pose, the […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: 78/52 (USA, 2017) is a delightful homage to cinema’s greatest scene

June 7, 2017

It’d be an arduous task to contemplate a more significant moment in the history of cinema than that of the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful slasher Psycho. As not only would its value of shock go on to define the representation of violence and sex for years onwards, it has definitively etched itself into […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (USA, 2016) is about one woman’s intriguing fight to preserve New York

June 7, 2017

The prospect of watching a documentary on town planning probably won’t have people tripping over themselves to watch it. But when you realise that the subject of the film, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City helped preserve some significant parts of New York, it’s a different story. This film is a brief but intriguing look […]

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Aussies Abroad: Tasmanian group Heart Beach kick off massive Summer Canadian tour

June 7, 2017

Tasmanian group Heart Beach have been spending a lot of time in Canada of late – appearing earlier this year at the iconic Canadian Music Week festival as they toured the country with fellow Tasmanians Quivers (read our interview with Heart Beach during that tour HERE). And now they’re back on the road in the […]

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POPSART: Trace 4101 exhibition and auction, artists are the new philanthropists.

June 7, 2017

The Visual Arts grows in many bubbles, effervescently forming little universes around a gallery, the artists they represent, the work that is curated there, the investment by the buyer, the academic and critical analysis of the work, the art lover and the people who go there for the free champagne. All these players are greatly […]

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Free Brisbane food festival Regional Flavours announces 2017 program

June 7, 2017

Across two days in breezy July, Brisbane which will once again host the long-running Regional Flavours, a free food and drink festival showcasing the best Queensland produce as illustrated by some of the country’s top culinary talent. Hosted in South Bank Parklands on 15th and 16th July, the festival will see over 30 cooks and […]

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