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Kathleen Jennings

Interview: Author Kathleen Jennings on Flyaway, the Aussie landscape, and the intersection of picture and prose

August 11, 2020

It’s been a week or so since Kathleen Jennings released her debut novella Flyaway into the world. You can read our review of the book here! We caught up with the Brisbane based writer and illustrator to chat about the release of Flyaway! First of all, can you tell us a little about Flyaway? What’s it […]

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Riven

Book Review: Return to Bronwyn Eley’s stunning fantasy world with Riven

August 6, 2020

With Lord Rennard dead, Kaylan is on the run. Bound to a powerful Relic she has little control over, she’s headed for Stynos, the one place she might find an ally, and someone who can help her manage this dark and dangerous power. But with Edriast guards on her tail, restless rebels watching from the […]

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Track of the Day: PURSE “Speak” (2020)

August 4, 2020

After losing hours travelling to and from band practice in Brisbane, PURSE decided to throw all that creative energy into a solo project. The result is “Speak“, a catchy debut with shades of early 2000s indie. Think We Are Scientists circa After Hours and you’re somewhere in the right ballpark. “This single came from reflection […]

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Flyaway

Book Review: Gothic fairytale comes to small town Australia in Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway

August 4, 2020

When Bettina Scott’s father and brothers disappeared, her mother took charge. The wild ways of her childhood were over, and Bettina was moulded into a proper young lady. But, when a mysterious letter arrives and a painted warning appears on their perfect picket fence, Bettina is forced to confront what really happened all those years […]

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18 Tiny Deaths

Book Review: Meet Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of modern forensics, in Bruce Goldfarb’s 18 Tiny Deaths

July 16, 2020

Born into a wealthy Chicago family in the 1870s, Frances Glessner Lee was supposed to marry well and raise a family. A career was never on the cards. Let alone one that would see her recognised as the mother of modern forensics. Instead a chance encounter with an old family friend, George Magrath, changed her […]

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Sketchbook Pictures

If you thought 2020 wasn’t scary enough, check out horror short Bill

July 9, 2020

Bill, recently released by Sketchbook Pictures‘ Dan Gitsham and Sophie Mair, might only clock in around the three minute mark, but it certainly makes an impact. Featuring Roxanna Vilk as a woman trying desperately to contact her dead husband, the horror short is eerie, suspenseful, and lingers long after the final scare. Inspired by the ghost […]

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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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Track of the Day: Moscow Apartment “New Girl” (2020)

June 17, 2020

Toronto twosome Moscow Apartment are back with “New Girl“. This lush slice of indie-pop is our latest glimpse at forthcoming EP Better Daughter, out on July 10th. The sophomore release sees the duo, consisting of Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla, putting the weight of a full band behind their folk sound. Of “New Girl”, a […]

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Track of the Day: WALKEN “Fever Dreams” (2020)

June 12, 2020

Brisbane trio WALKEN have returned with their blend of alt-rock, punk, and power pop. Latest single “Fever Dreams” boasts a seriously catchy synth hook, and harkens back mid-2000s pop-punk in all the right ways. Consisting of Matt Cochran (vocals/guitar), Patrick Shipp (guitar/backing vocals) and Beej Vaughan (drums/backing vocals), WALKEN have steadily made a name for […]

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Track of the Day: Wing Defence “Relocate” (2020)

June 9, 2020

With a new EP just a few weeks away, Adelaide’s Wing Defence have dropped their latest teaser – the pop-punk infused “Relocate“.  We might have to wait until July for Friends, but this catchy track is should tide us all over nicely! The indie duo, consisting of Skye Walker and Paige Court, say: “This song […]

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Track of the Day: SoSo “(Shit) Love Story” (2020)

May 27, 2020

Today’s track of the Day comes from Sydney quintet SoSo, who have just dropped latest single “(Shit) Love Story“. It’s a three minute blast of pure pop-punk, with a chorus that demands to be sang along to. Singer Rhys de Burgh says: “About 6-7 years ago I was in a relationship with someone that I […]

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Interview: Runaway Belles on lockdown, livestreams, and latest single “The Weekend”

May 26, 2020

Performers and housemates Tash Parker and Emma Angelesy have joined forces to create Runaway Belles. Fresh off the release of their first single, “The Weekend“, and a series of weekly livestream performances, we caught up with the Tasmanian folk duo to find out more! Firstly, thanks for your time girls! Pleasure! Thanks for having us. […]

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Sydney Fringe partners with international festivals to present digital global fringe festival

May 26, 2020

Yesterday, Sydney Fringe Festival became one of the latest victims of the COVID-19 lockdowns, announcing that its September 2020 run would be cancelled. Festival CEO Kerri Glasscock said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us proceed this year. Instead of […]

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Guest Playlist: Marco gives us his isolation anthems

May 20, 2020

It’s been a couple of weeks since Brisbane’s Marco dropped latest single “Only Want You“, a dreamy slice of low-fi indie pop, perfect for fans of Shawn Mendes and Frank Ocean. Stripped back production gives Marco’s gorgeous vocals a real opportunity to shine, and though he’s never been one to reveal the true inspo behind […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Colin Lillie “Broken” (2020)

May 18, 2020

Taken from EP Petrichor, “Broken” is the latest from Alice Springs singer-songwriter Colin Lillie. We’re excited to be bringing you an exclusive look at the track’s video here on The AU Review! Since the release of acclaimed debut album Glass Homes, Lillie has had a great run, including taking home the first ever NT Live […]

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Guest Playlist: Bloods reveal the tracks behind upcoming EP Seattle

May 14, 2020

Inspired by and recorded in the city of the same name, Seattle is the upcoming EP from Sydney garage-pop-punkers Bloods. Fronted by Marihuzka Cornelius/MC, and with Dirk Jonker on drums, and Mike Morgan providing guitar, bass and backing vocals, the trio’s latest is a love letter to 90s rock and iconic turn of the century […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: SMALLS “Tail Lights” (2020)

May 13, 2020

Sydney based artist SMALLS is just a couple of days out from releasing his debut single, but for those of you who can’t wait that long, never fear! We’ve got the exclusive premiere of “Tail Lights” right here on The AU Review! Originally hailing from country NSW, SMALLS is the performing name of Will Robinson. […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Papaya Tree “Out In The Wash” (2020)

May 12, 2020

Six piece outfit Papaya Tree never linger in one genre for too long. Drawing on their blended backgrounds as jazz students, indie contemporary producers, and morticians, their sound is as unorthodox as their histories, and latest single “Out In The Wash” is no exception. With 80s inspired synths and a wistful chorus, its a mellower […]

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Track of the Day: ARES “Burn” (2020)

May 12, 2020

Copenhagen duo ARES (Louise Andersen and Line Mortensen) have tapped into their inner supervillains with new track “Burn“. It’s a deliciously dark slice of electro-pop, with a catchy chorus inspired by Heath Ledger’s Joker. Of the track, ARES said: “We were playing with the image of setting everything you own on fire and just starting […]

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The Rich Man's House

Book Review: Man and nature collide in Andrew McGahan’s final work, The Rich Man’s House

May 12, 2020

South of Tasmania sits The Wheel. It is the largest mountain in the world, almost triple the height of Everest. Accompanied by a small island, complete with its own formidable peak, The Wheel has been conquered by only one man – American billionaire climber Walter Richman. It’s been more than fifty years since Richman stood […]

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Track of the Day: Kira Puru “Idiot” (2020)

May 5, 2020

Okay, so we’re a bit late to the party with this one but, trust me, we’ve not been sleeping on Kira Puru! “Idiot” is the latest track from the Melbourne based performer, complete with a lyrics video cooked up on MS Paint by artist Celine Dore. Of the highly infectious pop track, Kira says: “”Idiot” […]

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K. M. Kruimink takes home The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award

April 21, 2020

Tasmanian writer K. M. Kruimink has been awarded this year’s The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Set in the 1800s, A Treacherous Country follows newly arrived migrant Gabriel Fox. Intent on finding a woman named Maryanne Maginn, Kruimink’s manscript sends Fox through the Tasmanian wilderness, accompanied by a guide who is not all he seems. The award […]

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Jess Hill’s See What You Made Me Do takes home Stella Prize

April 15, 2020

“The world is in crisis but our artists are expressing themselves as powerfully and eloquently as ever…” That’s the message from the judging panel tasked with the unenviable duty of selecting the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize. This year, journalist Jess Hill took home the $50,000 prize for See What You Made Me Do, […]

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Yarra Valley Writers Festival announces digital line-up for May event

April 9, 2020

It was announced late last month that the inaugural Yarra Valley Writers Festival would be an online-only event. Today, organisers have revealed a jam-packed livestream line-up for the May 9th celebration. Programmed by playwright Hannie Rayson, the festival will extend its reach beyond a single Saturday, with book clubs and author chats running into late […]

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Spring Loaded Sydney announces new November date

April 9, 2020

90s alt rock festival Spring Loaded has today announced a new date for its Sydney event. Grinspoon and Frenzel Rhomb will now tear up The Lawn at Royal Randwick on November 7th. Original tickets will remain valid. A new date for the Bribie Island event, set to take place at Sandstone Point Hotel, will be […]

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Dawn of Mist

Book Review: Return to Ellest with Helen Scheuerer’s Dawn of Mist

April 9, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since Helen Scheuerer wrapped up The Oremere Chronicles with the action-packed War of Mist. But Scheuerer isn’t about to let fans struggle through isolation without the company of Bleak, Henri, and the gang. Hitting bookshelves on April 16th, Dawn of Mist takes place before the events […]

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Interview: Sarah Marriott gives us the lowdown on Lounge Room Sessions

April 8, 2020

With venues across the country closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, performers are looking to digital platforms to share their creativity. Enter Sarah Marriott and an exciting new project, dubbed Lounge Room Sessions. With more than 2,000 tuning into the first event last weekend, Lounge Room Sessions are already off to a flying start. Fronted by […]

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Track of the Day: Alex L’Estrange “Social” (2020)

April 6, 2020

Back in 2016, we premiered the music video for Alex L’Estrange‘s “Nothing To Hide“. Now, almost four years later, L’Estrange is back, with the stunning “Social“. It’s a dreamy slice of (almost) Britpop, with shades of Blur and The Lightning Seeds. After losing his day job due to the COVID-19 crisis, L’Estrange found himself wandering […]

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Album Review: A Choir of Ghosts mesmerises with folk debut An Ounce of Gold

April 3, 2020

Based in Sweden, singer-songwriter James Augur fronts folk outfit A Choir of Ghosts. Debut album, An Ounce of Gold was three years in the making, bringing together a series of talented musicians to help form his choir. The end result is stunning, an eleven strong offering of melancholy alt-folk that transports the listener worlds away. […]

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Album Review: Future Static bring the noise with sophomore EP Fatalist

April 1, 2020

Formed in 2016, post-hardcore kids Future Static have been working hard to solidify their place on the Melbourne scene. Fatalist is the second EP from the band, which consists of singer Bri Marsh, guitarists Ryan Qualizza and Jack Smith, bassist Kira Neil and drummer Jackson Trudel. Of the EP, Marsh said: “It’s a bleak look at […]

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