Day: 14 June 2017

Double J celebrating the 90’s at The Lansdowne with You Am I, Killing Heidi & more

June 14, 2017

Double J has been celebrating everything 90’s through June and what better way to bring it all home than with a kicker live music event at one of Sydney’s favourite and beloved haunts? Come June 24th, the iconic Lansdowne Hotel will be opening its doors and hosting the likes of You Am I, Killing Heidi, Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah) and Gerling […]

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Single of the Day: Eilish Gilligan “The Feeling” (2017)

June 14, 2017

Eilish Gilligan has released a damn fine tune in the form of “The Feeling”, one that has us all churned up with ’em this week. It’s a great step forward for the Melbourne songwriter, who has been captivating music fans over the last year. “The Feeling” is sleek and highlights the intriguing vibe that has permeated […]

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Meet Angie McMahon – Melbourne songwriter and winner of the 2017 Josh Pyke Partnership

June 14, 2017

The ever-talented Angie McMahon has taken out the 2017 Josh Pyke Partnership and we couldn’t think of a more worthy artist to fit the prize. She’s been pounding the pavement on the Melbourne music scene for a little while now; a charming and entertaining performer, the potential McMahon has displayed in recent months has been impressive to […]

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Live Review: Confidence Man, Tkay Maidza and more stand strong at Curve Ball 2017

June 14, 2017

On Sunday of the Queen’s birthday long weekend, Vivid Sydney took their creative lighting installations to a new level combining with them with some top dance music artists for an ultimate audio visual experience at Curve Ball. After the success of its debut in 2016, the guys from Fuzzy who take care of Field Day, Harbourlife […]

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Bonnaroo celebrates 16 years of live music with Lorde, Flume and more over the weekend

June 14, 2017

Bonnaroo hit its full swing this past weekend with massive headliners that brought in tens of thousands. Saturday had three of the biggest names from three drastically different genres. Chance the Rapper kicked off Saturday night with as much energy and enthusiasm as anyone on the lineup. Ripping through his early work and touching on […]

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Live Review: Laura Marling – Sydney Opera House (12.06.17)

June 14, 2017

I’m calling it here. Laura Marling will go down as one of the greats. For someone to be so prolific, accomplished, lauded and respected by fans and critics alike at the age she is, it’s a testament to how great she is in a live setting. Playing a headlining show as part of Vivid Live, […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Have/Hold “The Bells” (2017)

June 14, 2017

How do you begin to describe the sound of Melbourne’s Have/Hold? They’re transient, seemingly in this state of emotion-driven flux, that oscillates between post rock and nearly melodic hardcore moments, between stadium rock and indie pop. The four-piece have teased with tastes of their upcoming sophomore record (a follow up from 2015’s King Salt) with single “Stoic”. […]

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Music Video of the Day: Sail On! Sail On! “Hobart” (2017)

June 14, 2017

Even though they’re hidden away in Perth, Sail On! Sail On! have been making waves as one of Australia’s best up and coming heavy acts. Leering between influences, anything and everything from Title Fight to At The Drive In, they deliver driving and emotive post-hardcore. Their latest music video, although lacking the calibre of cinematography we’ve seen in their […]

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Film Review: All Eyez on Me (USA, 2017) is not the biopic Tupac Shakur deserves

June 14, 2017

In the years leading up to release, slipping out of John Singleton’s reliable hands and finding a way to Benny Boom didn’t inspire much confidence in All Eyez On Me, the long-gestating biopic of seminal emcee Tupac Shakur. Long before Straight Outta Compton chewed up the box office charts, those inside and outside of the […]

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E3 2017: Hands On: Gran Turismo Sport VR (PSVR, 2017)

June 14, 2017

I was able to play Gran Turismo Sport during my visit to the PlayStation E3 booth this morning. Both were conducted from within the confines of a pretend car body, outfitted with a top-of-the-line racing wheel and pedals. As you read this hands on piece, please bear that in mind. I can’t comment on how the game […]

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E3 2017: Hands On: Matterfall (PS4, 2017)

June 14, 2017

Matterfall revealed itself to me in stages, and each reveal was a little surprise. Housemarque’s sci-fi shooter throws a lot of different concepts at the wall and, for me, at least with the short window I had with the game, each of them stuck.

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Interview: Ricky Whittle on American Gods, why it’s groundbreaking television and Season 2 predictions ahead of his Supanova visit

June 14, 2017

When we last spoke with Ricky Whittle he was on his way to Australia for the very first time as part of the Supanova Brisbane and Adelaide tour in November of 2016. Not only that but he had just wrapped from filming the hotly anticipated show of 2017, American Gods, based on the cult Neil […]

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Australian Box Office Report: Wonder Woman tops the charts again with a higher per-screen average

June 14, 2017

Wonder Woman took the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, earning $5.70m.  Its screen average was $13,589, up more than $2k per screen from its opening weekend – something almost unheard of for “blockbuster” film; a testament to the incredible buzz around the film. Don’t expect it to fall […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Better Watch Out (Australia, 2016) is a brilliant twist to the home invasion thriller

June 14, 2017

You may want to walk away from Better Watch Out during its first half. For the first 30 minutes Chris Peckover gives us a Christmas-themed home invasion thriller that is sorely lacking in originality and only manages a few mild chuckles, upheld by teenage actors who are clearly struggling with the seemingly insipid material script. […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: To Stay Alive – A Method (Netherlands, 2016) is a quiet and thoughtful piece with Iggy Pop & Michel Houellebecq

June 14, 2017

Some people subscribe to the theory that you’ve got to suffer for your art. Two such individuals include the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop and the best-selling French novelist, Michel Houellebecq. In To Stay Alive – A Method the pair share a meeting of minds in a film that is artistic, experimental and semi-autobiographical and […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Spoor (Poland, 2017) explores the extent of one woman’s compassion

June 14, 2017

Agnieszka Holland creates a character to love and to loath in Spoor, the Polish thriller-comedy that follows one woman’s passion for animal justice in a town that doesn’t share the same sentiments. Spoor, meaning the tracks left by an animal, is a film that rarely falls from the trail, coming together as a poignant comedy […]

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Netflix Review: The third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season is fun, hilarious and surprisingly deep

June 14, 2017

It doesn’t take very long for the third season of Netflix’s Original Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to remind its audience why it’s such a powerful and unexpected treasure. In 2015, the show first hit Netflix and was praised by critics and general audiences for its humour and overall freshness from the generic television show. By the […]

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Shaun Greenhalgh author of A Forger’s Tale talks forgery, felony, and fine art

June 14, 2017

Written from a prison cell, British art forger Shaun Greenhalgh‘s memoir A Forger’s Tale details his life and work , from the faux Victorian pot lids of his childhood to the Armana princess that led Scotland Yard to his door. Accompanying the book’s release, The AU Review’s Jodie B. Sloan had a chat with Shaun about […]

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Book Review: A Forger’s Tale by Shaun Greenhalgh is an art memoir with a difference

June 14, 2017

An art memoir with a difference, A Forger’s Tale doesn’t trace the life and work of a celebrated artist, but that of Shaun Greenhalgh, one of Britain’s most infamous art forgers. A working class kid from England’s North West, whose backyard workshop was jokingly referred by police as “the northern annex of the British Museum,” […]

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Theatre Review: MTC’s production of Macbeth is a Hollywood action blockbuster on stage (Performances until July 15th)

June 14, 2017

If having Jai Courtney in the title role wasn’t enough to draw theatregoers in, let it be known that this modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare‘s Macbeth is like watching a Hollywood blockbuster come to life on stage. Right from the get-go, it’s as if we are immersed into the world of Mad Max with its rough guts […]

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Theatre Review: The Moors at Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre brings much needed humour to the Victorian era

June 14, 2017

The Red Stitch Theatre is utterly beguiling. I’m not sure if it is the fact that they are staging a play set in the Victorian era, or the inviting smell of mulled wine that makes me want to talk like this, but one thing’s for sure, it’s fitting. Affectionately dubbed ‘The Red Shed’, Red Stitch […]

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