Day: 11 April 2019

Album of the Week: BATTS takes us on The Grand Tour, with a brilliant first release

April 11, 2019

For those fans of growing Melbourne artist BATTS, the news of an album release was a quiet relief. The Grand Tour, draped in the magic of the stars, portrays the singer-songwriter as an artist and person, creating a wonderful fusion album that evokes her powerful storytelling in different ways. As a concept, BATTS’ The Grand Tour […]

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Interview: Mallrat (AUS) on inspiring fans, her Australian tour, and VANFEST

April 11, 2019

Grace Shaw, a.k.a. Mallrat, is in the middle of a sold-out Australian tour, only to continue her sprint straight into VANFEST in May. At twenty years old, she’s taken the Australian hip-hop scene by storm, garnering international fans such as ChloĂ« Grace Moretz, Brooklyn Beckham, Lorde and Zane Lowe. We managed to steal a few minutes […]

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Aussie teams to battle for a place at IEM Sydney

April 11, 2019

You wouldn’t think it’d be hard work for Australian teams to make an appearance at a global esports event held on their home turf, but you’d be surprised. The Sydney group stage of the Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition lands at Qudos Bank Arena next month, bringing with it some of the most […]

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Shortlist announced ahead of the 2019 ABIA Awards Night in May

April 11, 2019

With just under a month to go until the ABIA Awards Night on May 2nd in Sydney, the folks at the Australian Publishers Association have whittled down the longlisted titles to what is an admittedly still healthy six titles per category. The ABIA Awards celebrate the very best of Australia’s literary scene, heralding the achievements of authors, publishers, […]

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Film Review: The Aftermath (UK/USA/Germany, 2019) accepts its predictable nature and performs more than adequately

April 11, 2019

One only needs to look at the poster art for James Kent‘s postwar-set romance The Aftermath to gage the triangle of transgression that will unfold over the course of the film’s 108 minute running time.  In fact, the surface level of the Joe Shrapnel/Anna Waterhouse-penned script practically begs you to accept the predictable turn of events, […]

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Track of the Day: The Hunting Birds “Naive Eyes” (2019)

April 11, 2019

Folk, rock, pop, and blues collide in “Naive Eyes”, the latest single from Freo-five piece The Hunting Birds. Consisting of Connor Minervini, Kendra Fewster, Chris Mackenzie, Gwyneth Gardiner, and Brad Forbes, The Hunting Birds have crafted a sound that seamlessly blends a mix of genres with heartfelt lyrics. A staple since the band’s early days, […]

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Book Review: Editor Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates voices from the African diaspora in Growing Up African in Australian

April 11, 2019

Edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, with Magan Magan and Ahmed Yussuf, Growing Up African in Australia is a new anthology from Black Inc., following on from Alice Pung’s Growing Up Asian in Australia, Benjamin Law’s Growing Up Queer in Australia and Anita Heiss’ Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. Whilst, Carly Findlay, who also contributed to this […]

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Interview: Aloe Blacc (USA) on his latest single, creating a Christmas album and spending his Dollar.

April 11, 2019

Aloe Blacc is on a mission to inspire positivity around the globe. The Grammy-nominated artist uses his upbeat tracks to “be the light” in the world and his latest single with Mathieu Koss, “Never Growing Up”, is no exception. Celebrating it’s release, Aloe gave us a glimpse into it’s creation and the other works that he has […]

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Final Fantasy VII Review: At home on the Switch

April 11, 2019

Arguably the best title in the series long history, and inarguably its most popular entry, Final Fantasy VII has never been far from the gaming popular consciousness since its release in 1997. It was the first time Squaresoft (now Square Enix) had been able to truly convey every part of the world they’d created. Previous […]

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