Day: 4 August 2017

Lollapalooza succumbs to heavy rain and winds as Lorde, Muse and Liam Gallagher cut sets short in Chicago

August 4, 2017

The 13th edition of Lollapalooza kicked off with a bang Thursday night before ending on a slight sour note. Over 100 thousand people braved the rain and cold temperatures to catch the many highlights of Thursday. The day was filled with great sets and the threat of major storms almost held off until after the […]

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Interview: Gabriel Akon on his journey to DyspOra & growing a hip hop empire in Adelaide with Playback808

August 4, 2017

Being able to speak with Gabriel Akon, I knew instantly I was speaking with an artist on the precipice of actual greatness. The Adelaide-based rapper has been making waves through much of this year; his work as DyspOra and as a label head of independent hip hop collective Playback808 set Akon’s course early and through 2017, the industry […]

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Single of the Day: Kele Okereke ft. Olly Alexander “Grounds for Resentment” (2017)

August 4, 2017

Kele Okereke has continued to share some new music from his forthcoming new solo album, Fatherland, in “Grounds for Resentment”. A sweet duet with Years and Years‘ vocalist Olly Alexander, the song tells the story of a relationship from two different perspectives; oozing soul and vocal texture, it’s another reminder that Okereke’s new material is not what fans might be […]

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Self Talk “Bedside Dictionary” (2017)

August 4, 2017

Melbourne’s Self Talk first garnered our attention during some sweeps of triple j Unearthed last year; their indie pop/rock sensibilities were quick to shine and stand above the rest. Whether it was in the draw of “Untitled” or the catchiness of “Clean Washing”, there was something about this group that had people abuzz and we were quick […]

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Track By Track: Mount Defiance introduces us to Yankee Flat

August 4, 2017

Today, Melbourne indie four piece Mount Defiance release their new EP in Yankee Flat, seven tracks of fresh heat from the pop lads who are continuing to push on through and add vibrancy to each composition their name is attached to. Their sophomore release, Yankee Flat was recorded up in Mount Helen at Homestead Studios and is an easy […]

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Album Review: The Creases – Tremolow (2017 LP)

August 4, 2017

How can a song be anthemic if no one’s ever heard it before? The Creases answer that question in their stunning debut album Tremolow. While there’s been a lot of hype around this beloved Brisbane band since they formed four years ago, they waited until now to release their LP. One of the reasons was […]

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16 performances you need to see at Helsinki’s award-winning Flow Festival this month

August 4, 2017

In one week it will be time for Helsinki’s highly regarded Flow Festival to once again fill the historic Suvilahti Power Plant (a disused power plant, that is) with an entire weekend of international and local artists spanning music, food, drink and the arts. This year’s headliners include none other than Frank Ocean, the xx, […]

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Nicole Kidman and Jane Campion walk the red carpet for Top of the Lake: China Girl in Sydney

August 4, 2017

Tuesday night saw the Australian premiere of Jane Campion’s new BBC Worldwide crime thriller series Top of the Lake: China Girl at the Sydney Opera House. Amongst the cast and crew present were Nicole Kidman, creator, writer and director Jane Campion, co-writer Gerard Lee, director Ariel Kleiman as well as cast members Alice Englert, Lincoln […]

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What does it mean to win #socialshorts? We catch up with last year’s winners to find out

August 4, 2017

As we reported earlier this week, The AFI-AACTA #socialshorts competition is back for its fourth year, which will award winners across three categories later this year – and voting is now open! To learn more about what the competition has meant to those who have successfully entered and won their category, we caught up with […]

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TV Review: Amazon’s Comrade Detective is a tough-sell of a show that manages to overcome its bizarre concept

August 4, 2017

In the 1980’s, Romanians would gather in record numbers in front of their TV sets to watch Comrade Detective.  Fronted by Florin Piersic, Jr as hard-nosed police detective Gregor Anghel, the series promised to be an action-heavy event that would both entertain its citizens whilst promoting communist ideals.  Sadly, after the collapse of the Berlin […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival Review: Unrest (USA, 2017) is an illuminating documentary about people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

August 4, 2017

Unrest is a documentary that was difficult to make and a challenging one to watch. The film is the debut feature by journalist, Jennifer Brea who chronicles her life with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome. She also speaks to others that have this condition by conducting interviews from her bed via Skype. ME […]

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A new wellness hotel is coming to New Zealand and Australia

August 4, 2017

A new hotel has will be opening up in Auckland, New Zealand, with a core focus on wellness travel. Even Hotels have partnered with Intercontinental Hotels and Pro-invest Group to expand beyond North America and into the capital cities across Australia and New Zealand, with the first launching in Auckland in 2020. “With more than […]

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Contemporary and historical artworks shift between dance, music and vocal performance in The Score

August 4, 2017

Spanning all three floors of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, is an exhibition that explores music and dance notation from Medieval manuscripts through to graphic notation of the 1960s, alongside artworks and performances. Curated by Jacqueline Dought, The three-month long exhibition The Score features international and Australian artists from the early 20th century […]

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Theatre Review: Kim Noble is the ultimate voyeur in his latest work You’re Not Alone (Performances until August 13th)

August 4, 2017

As you enter the Beckett Theatre, ‘Rebel Yell’ by Billy Idol is blasting through the speakers and various Google searches are being projected onto the big screen at the back of the stage. Ever wondered how much a horse costs, or how much a blow job costs, or if you can take a dead squirrel […]

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Book Review: Discover the life of expressionist Paula Modersohn-Becker with Marie Darrieussecq’s stunning Being Here

August 4, 2017

A ground breaker in early expressionism, Paula Modersohn-Becker sold only a few paintings in her lifetime. Torn between her home in northern Germany and the vibrant art scene of Paris, her subjects of choice were mothers and children, depicting them in ways that made contemporary critics both uncomfortable and excited in equal measure. The first […]

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