The Latest from the AU

Megan Washington: A Visual Retrospective – From Spicks and Specks to Batflowers

July 2, 2020

Megan Washington will be releasing her long-awaited album Batflowers on the 28th August. I thought this would be a nice moment to take a visual retrospective at the career up to this point of one of Australian’s most talented and creative singer/songwriters. Like so many others, my introduction to Washington was seeing her on Spicks […]

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Album of the Week: DMA’S shine bright on THE GLOW (2020 LP)

July 2, 2020

More than two years after their dance tinged second album, DMA’S return in 2020 with another mixed bag of treats and hits as they embrace all things old and new on THE GLOW. Much like their progression from their Hills End to For Now albums, THE GLOW has elements of what you’ve come to expect from […]

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AR Pinewood

Track of the Day: A.R. Pinewood “Hotel” (2020)

July 6, 2020

Move over Orville Peck there’s a new mysterious cowboy country singer on the scene: A.R. Pinewood. His debut album, No Life, dropped on Friday on Scotland’s Lost Map Records.  The creativity that’s gone into the production of this album, is amply matched in the project’s fictional backstory. A heartbroken cyber-cowboy, forged in Colorado, but programmed […]

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DMA’S announce six intimate shows at Sydney’s Factory Theatre

July 6, 2020

As live music slowly crawls back to the fore, a total of six “Unplugged & Intimate” Sydney shows have been announced by DMA’S. The four-time ARIA-nominees and constant hitmakers will be highlighting forthcoming third album The Glow, giving fans in their hometown the chance to be the very first in the world to hear the […]

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A Disney inspired degustation is coming to Sydney’s nel. Restaurant

July 3, 2020

Ever-creative Chef Nelly Robinson of treasured Surry Hills underground restaurant nel. has doubled-down on the Disney inspiration that kicked off last year’s limited edition “Once Upon a Time” degustation. The menu, which made global headlines and sold out in a matter of weeks when it was first released, will return as a celebration of that […]

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You can find the world’s first pho-brined chicken in Sydney

July 3, 2020

Reopened restaurants have been putting their best foot forward to celebrate the fact they can welcome dine-in guests once again, and this popular Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney’s Marrickville is not holding back. The team at the formidable Hello Auntie on Illawarra Road has created what they are claiming as the world’s first pho-brined fried chicken. […]

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Track of the Day: Sun Kil Moon “Lemon Balm” (2020)

July 3, 2020

Though not quite as meandering as the 11-minute “The Johnny Cash Trail”, “Lemon Balm” is a necessary second single for the forthcoming new album from the always joyful Sun Kil Moon. Steadfast with its feathery piano riff, the song is a six-minute rumination that’s just as tender and contented as its predecessor. The new album, […]

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The story behind Paddington’s ambitious new mural: Renegades of Funk

July 3, 2020

Sydney-based outsider artist Joel Veness has examined the idea of isolation and grown it into the city’s newest large-scale mural, adding a meaningful and provocative piece to the inner-city’s growing collection of street art. Although Melbourne nears monopoly when it comes to discussions about street art in Australia, works like this are important to spread […]

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Virgin Australia promises more “Happy Hour” sales in coming weeks

July 3, 2020

Virgin Australia put 125,000 fares on sale for 12 hours yesterday, with prices dipping to as low as $69 between select destinations “because everyone loved a comeback”. Though the flights were picked up quickly, the airline is promising more Happy Hour sales every week as domestic tourism ramps up. The sale included business class fares […]

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Hanrietta is Surry Hills’ new spot for Middle Eastern charcoal chicken

July 2, 2020

A 65-seat Middle Eastern style chicken shop has now opened in Surry Hills, a sister venue of neighbouring Nour on the inner city suburb’s iconic Crown Street. Going by the name of Hanrietta, the dine-in and takeaway concept centres around free range charcoal chicken accompanied by numerous sides like breads, dips, pickles and salads. Owned […]

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Track by Track: Alex Hardy takes us through her debut EP A Little Break From Love

July 2, 2020

We are really thrilled to be able to present a track-by-track description for the debut EP from Sydney singer/songwriter Alex Hardy. Alex has a silky smooth voice, perfectly suited to the soulful jazz grooves on these tracks. Alex had a crack team creating this record, with it being produced by Sarah Belkner. Helping out was […]

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Jetlag The Podcast: LPX on the artist & label experience during quarantine and the BLM movement

July 2, 2020

Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR, who now performs as LPX – and is the co-founder of Neon Gold Records – is the guest on the fourth episode of Jetlag The Podcast’s second season, “An Industry Grounded”. Lizzy talks about what it’s been like releasing new music, including her latest single “Delayed Gratification”, and having to […]

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Track of the Day: Jack Grace “A Ribbon” (2020)

July 2, 2020

Sydney-born, now Paris-based artist Jack Grace, has released a really lovely moody track, “A Ribbon”. It’s been a while since we had any new music from Grace, as his last offering was the EP If I Tremble in 2018. He is a man of many talents, being highly accomplished at producing, arranging, collaborating and songwriting. […]

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Interview: Marvell (AUS) flourishing during lockdown and their latest single “19 Homes”

July 2, 2020

We caught up with Northern-beaches indie-rockers Marvell during the week, to talk about their latest release, “19 Homes” and how life has affected them during the current crisis. As you’ll see, they have positively thrived during these times. The band was formed in 2016, with the founding members being Tom and Max Marvell. No prizes for […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Sarah Stone “What We Do” (2020)

July 2, 2020

Sarah Stone came into the public consciousness via The Voice, Australia, taking out a spot in the top 6.  Since then, Sarah has built a strong following on YouTube and has been working on her own songwriting. We are thrilled today to be premiering the first single off her debut EP, “What We Do”. It’s […]

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Spice Temple reopens in Sydney with new menu

July 2, 2020

Rockpool Dining Group has slowly begun a phased reopening of their many restaurants across Sydney, which has now included the famed Spice Temple. The popular ode to to Chinese flavours and all levels of heat has now started welcoming dine-in guests. RECIPE: Spice Temple’s Kung Pao Chicken Executive Chef Andy Evans’ will be serving up […]

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Cocktail recipes from the best bars in Las Vegas, Nevada

July 2, 2020

Which U.S city has the best cocktail culture? That’s a bit hard to judge. Is it NYC? San Fran? Chicago? New Orleans? LA? Who knows, but one things for sure – you can’t talk about cocktails without mentioning Las Vegas. The well-heeled oasis of entertainment is often seen as the proving ground for some of […]

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Film Review: Love Sarah delivers a charming but under-baked cinematic confection

July 2, 2020

When the eponymous Sarah unexpectedly passes away, her best friend and business partner Isabella (Shelley Conn) throws in the towel and backs out of their dream of running a bakery. But when Sarah’s daughter and estranged mother (Shannon Tarbet and Celia Imrie, respectively) re-enter her life, things are set right back in motion. With the […]

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Surface Book 2

Surface Go 2 Review: Your new favourite travel buddy

July 2, 2020

The Surface Go 2 understands there’s always room in the PC market for something more portable. Business customers are always looking for something lighter. Something that can travel more easily, but doesn’t sacrifice the overall power and nimbleness of a full-blooded ultrabook. That’s the niche into which the Surface Go 2 has neatly folded itself. […]

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Qantas debuts flights from Sydney to Byron Bay and Orange

July 2, 2020

For the first time in 15 years, Qantas will introduce daily services between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina) airport, opening up what should be an enormously popular route as interstate travel ramps up. The popular coastal town isn’t the only destination to see a new route open up though, with Qantas also adding its first […]

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The Safe Place

Book Review: With The Safe Place Anna Downes delivers a tense and compelling debut

July 2, 2020

The Safe Place, the debut novel from actor and author Anna Downes, takes lead protagonist Emily Proudman on a thrilling ride. She loses her apartment, her agent and her job; all in the space of one day. Before she has time to take it all in, her successful and handsome former boss comes to the […]

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Film Review: Dogs Don’t Wear Pants: In case Fifty Shades was too safe for you…

July 1, 2020

In case the filmic version of Fifty Shades of Grey was ultimately a little too safe in its actuality compared to the near-porn mentality of E.L. James’s novel, J-P Valkeapää‘s striking Dogs Don’t Wear Pants stands as something of a reparative.  And as much as the bold, dark comedy intends to shock its audience, this remains […]

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JBL focuses on customised audio with its latest Club Series headphones

July 1, 2020

JBL is tipping towards touring musicians with the JBL CLUB Series, the latest line of headphones from the stalwart audio brand. Having recently launched to the Australian market, this collection of three distinct and differently priced headphones aim to amplify the personal audio experience and serve as the ideal creative companion on the road, focusing […]

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Qantas will reopen domestic and regional lounges in Australia from this week

July 1, 2020

As of 1st July, Qantas will begin reopening a number of its domestic and regional lounges across Australia, following restrictions on travel and venues being loosened and demand for domestic flights increasing. Importantly, this will be a phased opening that will only include a limited number of lounges in first wave, specifically eleven including Qantas […]

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Koko Black is bringing Tokyo Lamington to Australia for one day only

July 1, 2020

Australia’s beloved Koko Black has teamed up with Tokyo-based dessert shop Tokyo Lamington for what will surely be one of the most delicious collaborations of the year. That’s three decadent and unique twists on the timeless lamington – limited-edition treats that will be available for one day only at Koko Black stores on Tuesday 7th […]

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Track of the Day: Wolfjay ft. Austen “Very Soon, Very Frequent” (2020)

July 1, 2020

Initially developed through quarantine for the Triple J Unearthed competition #DIYSupergroup, Melbourne based Wolfjay – who played our party in New York back in March – has teamed up with their housemate Austen for the remarkable new single “Very Soon, Very Frequent”. The original track featured samples from Middle Kids, Tame Impala and G Flip […]

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Realme looks to dominate mid-tier smartphone market with X3 SuperZoom

July 1, 2020

Straddling the thin line between upper mid-tier and lower high-end, the X3 SuperZoom is the latest smartphone from Oppo spin-off brand realme. And if the spec sheet is anything to go by, this will be one to watch for photography enthusiasts who are looking for something a bit more powerful than the typical mid-market phone. […]

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Rex plan to take on Qantas and Virgin Australia with new domestic services

July 1, 2020

Although historically an airline exclusively serving regional Australia, Rex is now enacting plans which could see the carrier compete with Qantas and Virgin Australia with the creation of a new domestic operation. Capital cities could now be on this the radar for Rex’s planned expansion, pending successful fundraising of at least $30 million, which is […]

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Lime Cordiale

WATCH: Lime Cordiale play Tait’s 8 as they announce a live music comeback of intimate shows.

July 1, 2020

The iso-wait is over! Gigs are beginning to make a comeback as Lime Cordiale takes the lead with their string of already sold-out gigs being announced at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. Only there’s one restriction catch: all audience members will be seated in what is set to be a very intimate and possibly bizarre concert […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Michael McCartney “Sweet Side of Love” (2020)

July 1, 2020

We are thrilled today to be premiering the first single from the next EP for Gold-Coast indie-rocker Michael McCartney, with the title track “Sweet Side of Love”. It’s a blissfully positive theme, about enjoying the intimacy of being in love. In “Sweet Side of Love”, McCartney has found an intoxicatingly sweet groove. It has a […]

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