Day: 30 July 2020

Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator Preview: Pure, unalloyed joy

Microsoft Flight Simulator feels really good and is happy to meet you where you are, regardless of whether you’re a long-time fan of the series or a complete aviation novice, and that’s all you need to know. End of preview? No? I’ve still got another 1700 words to fill? Okay, no, no it’s fine, I…

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New eateries open in Darling Square, from sushi to toasties

Sydney’s Darling Square is fast-becoming the ‘it’ precinct for new and exciting eateries, adding to the already strong scene of casual eats which includes DOPA by Devon and Saga Lyte. Now, Darling Square has welcomed a host of new concepts, ranging from an 11-seater sushi and sashimi bar, to a inventive toastie joint. Kuon Omakase…

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Travel Gear: Reggie Key – the sixth finger in a COVID-19 world?

Due to obvious reasons, the need to reduce touching high-contact surfaces in public is at the forefront of an increasingly nervous society. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and brought attention to the way viruses can easily spread via droplets, aerosols, and fomites. That last one is particular interest here, and is the reasons why…

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Jabra Elite Active 75t Review: Sports-ready buds won’t break a sweat

With the 2018 release of Elite Active 65t, Jabra built up quite the reputation amongst athletes in the market for good quality wireless earbuds. Acclaim rolled in from all directions, touting some seriously impressive sound quality, seamless noise cancelling, and the all-important fit. It’s only right that the sequel builds upon that, right? The Jabra…

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What To Watch: Amazon Prime Video’s unmissable new additions this August

Let the social distancing binge viewing continue! Winter may be over, but staying on the couch seems like the most reasonable seasonal activity as Amazon Prime Video promises to overload its devoted audience with one helluva line-up. Harley and Katniss and Neo, oh my! Kicking off the month with a bang is everyone’s favourite anti-heroine…

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Album of the Week: Taylor Swift’s folklore could well be a game changer for popular music

Seemingly one of the first, if only, acts to make it from full blown country act to full blown pop star, Taylor Swift has always been on the leading edge of popular music. Returning a year after her Lover album, Swift is back with the entirely surprising folklore, an album as similar and different to…

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Interview: Australia’s next R&B queen Emalia on “Suga Rush”, toxic relationships and mental health

Emalia is Australia’s next R&B queen. Think a 2020s Ciara or Ashanti. It’s about time our Aussie music scene crowned a local Alicia Keys and Emalia would easily qualify as a frontrunner. Over the past year, this Sydney singer has released four incredible R&B-pop singles that take her listeners through a darker journey of lust and…

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New Spotify Playlist: 100 tracks we “Stumbled Upon” between 2014 and 2016

Stumbled Upon was a series of new music discovery, established by Kat Hunter on the AU review in 2014. It ran 116 installments between then and 2016, with then Editor-in-Chief Sosefina Fuamoli taking over from Kat in the final year. Along the way we discovered acts like Serina Pech (pictured), IV League, Harrison Storm, Slumberhaze…

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Track of the Day: Greatest Hits “Trying” (2020)

Australia-UK trio Greatest Hits have knocked it out of the park again with their latest single “Trying”, the third in a very young career, following the excellent “Mortals” and “Phil, Slow It Down”. Produced and mixed by Sean Cook (Bombay Bicycle Club, MGMT, Best Coast), “Trying” sheds light on the band’s endearing knack at weaving…

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F*ck Happiness

Book Review: Ariel Gore’s latest offering F*ck Happiness makes us rethink happiness

There are some people who think happiness is as easy to achieve as typing out a smiley-faced emoji. Ariel Gore knows the reality is far more complex. Her latest book, F*ck Happiness: How the Science of Psychology Ignores Women is a deep and insightful look at the positive psychology movement and where it rests in…

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Fontaines D.C.

Interview: Fontaines D.C. (Ireland) chat A Hero’s Death, life in lockdown, and working with Aidan Gillen

This week marks the return of Irish rockers Fontaines D.C.. The Dublin-based band are all set to release A Hero’s Death, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Dogrel. The album’s success, including a Mercury Prize nomination, saw the band spend a considerable amount of time on the road. A transience that has ultimately…

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The fall, resilience and resurgence of the 2020 Box Office

What a year 2020 has been – and we’re only 7 months down! With COVID-19 (still) wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting and, let’s face it, unprepared world, reportings of weekend movie grosses hardly feels necessary.  And yet, as the entertainment industry remains one of COVID’s biggest casualties, it’s difficult not to find importance in the…

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Album Review: Protomartyr return with sinister Ultimate Success Today (2020 LP)

Post-punk Protomartyr return with their anticipated fifth album, Ultimate Success Today. Whilst the band wrote and recorded their album last year, the Detroit band eerily foreshadowed the ongoing battles the world is currently facing. Gracing our ears with a flair for enigmatic and avant-garde chords, their new album doesn’t disappoint with important philanthropic messages. Their…

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Exclusive Video Premiere: TILD “Wasting Time” (2020)

Sydney grunge-pop rockers TILD are about to release their latest single, “Wasting Time”, and we are stoked today to have the exclusive video premiere of this gem prior to its release tomorrow. The band have been busy since forming in 2019, releasing singles “Slowly”, “Wolf” and more recently “Make Up”. It has sweet infectious vibes,…

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