Author: Jodie Sloan

Exclusive Video Premiere: Hedy Blaazer “Lying Flat”

May 24, 2022

We’re stoked to be wrapping up our Tuesday with an exclusive look at the new video for Hedy Blaazer‘s “Lying Flat” – and after late 2021’s haunting “Fluorescent“, which quickly made its way into rotation on ABC Rage, we’re more than ready to wrap our ears around Hedy’s latest. Teaming with Marcella Tonini, Jo Pall, […]

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Filipino and Aboriginal rapper DOBBY releases new single “Walk Away”, featuring The Merindas

May 20, 2022

Multi-instrumentalist and rapper DOBBY today released new single “Walk Away“, a commanding indictment of the lingering after effects of colonialism, and the years of systemic racism and cultural erasure suffered by Indigenous Australians. Otherwise known as Rhyan Clapham, DOBBY is a proud Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family hails from Murrawarri and Ngemba lands. Stints […]

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Explore the Australian Museum after dark with Nights at the Museum

May 18, 2022

Museum-goers will finally be able to live out their Larry Daley dreams, with the Australian Museum keeping the doors open a little later every Thursday throughout May and June. Not only will you be able to explore the AM’s current exhibitions after dark, but Nights at the Museum will also be offering a stacked roster […]

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Queensland Theatre announces Bernhardt/Hamlet, starring Angie Milliken

May 18, 2022

Queensland Theatre‘s second production of 2022 sees Australian screen and stage legend Angie Milliken return to her Brisbane roots. And she won’t be the only theatrical icon in the building when Theresa Rebeck‘s Bernhardt/Hamlet opens later this month. Set at the turn of the 20th century, when famed French actress Sarah Bernhardt staged a performance […]

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Young Henrys teams with Byron Bay’s The Rails for Best Served Loud

April 5, 2022

Free up your Saturday nights, Byron Bay, because Young Henrys is taking over The Rails for the latest edition of Best Served Loud, a huge series of free gigs kicking off this weekend. Presented with Tiny Minds Agency, Best Served Loud champions some of the best in emerging and established Aussie music. Expect great music, […]

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The Leviathan

Book Review: Encounter an ancient evil in Rosie Andrews’ The Leviathan

March 25, 2022

As civil war tears 17th century England apart, Thomas Treadwater returns home, summoned by his young sister. Esther, concerned by the growing closeness between their father and a new servant, has spun quite the tale. And Thomas, though glad of a reason to escape the battlefield, thinks little of it. But when he arrives to […]

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Carriageworks unveils incredible music line-up for Vivid Sydney 2022, including Perfume Genius, CHAI, TOMM¥ €A$H, and more!

March 16, 2022

We can finally welcome international stars back to our shores, and Carriageworks has bagged some of the brightest for their Vivid Sydney line-up. The Carriageworks precinct will come to life over two weekends in June, celebrating theatrical live performance and honest self-expression from across the globe. Visitors can expect incredible live music, large-scale light installations, […]

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The Sorrow Stone

Book Review: Kári Gíslason’s The Sorrow Stone is a compelling re-imagining of a violent Icelandic saga

March 3, 2022

After a vicious act of revenge, Disa and her son are on the run. Desperately seeking safe passage to the home of her brother’s wife, Aud, Disa looks back at her life, and to the litany of passions, tragedies, and betrayals that have led her here. At once brutal and elegant, The Sorrow Stone is […]

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Umbrella Entertainment and Yarra City Arts announce free open air cinema program at Linear Park

February 25, 2022

Fitzroy North residents can enjoy Aussie classics under the stars, with a free open air cinema program launching at Linear Park next month. Running on Fridays throughout March, the project – dubbed Neighbourhood Watch – is a collab between film distributor Umbrella Entertainment and Yarra City Arts. Locals will be able head to Linear Park […]

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Sheilas

Book Review: Meet the badly behaved women making history in Eliza Reilly’s Sheilas: Badass Women of Australian History

February 25, 2022

The old adage that “well behaved women rarely make history” has never been truer than here in Eliza Reilly’s Sheilas: Badass Women of Australian History. Gathering together a batch of bonafide badasses in bonnets from across Australian history, Sheilas is a witty and engaging introduction to some of the country’s most interesting – and occasionally […]

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The 2022 Furphy Literary Award opens for submissions

February 7, 2022

Pens/keyboards at the ready – the 2022 Furphy Literary Award has opened for submissions! Named for Joseph Furphy, author of the 1903 Aussie classic, Such Is Life, and “furphies” – the yarns spun on the back of Furphy water carts during World War One – the award celebrates writing with a distinctly Australian focus. Writers […]

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The Wedding Singer

Calling all WA writers: the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award is open for entries!

February 7, 2022

Submissions for the 2022 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award opened late last week, inviting WA authors to submit their manuscript for a chance to win $15,000 and a publishing contract. Writers have until midnight March 20th to put their work forward, so if you’re thinking about it, better move quickly! Sponsored by the City of […]

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Indie Book Awards announce 2022 shortlist

January 19, 2022

The Indie Book Awards have today announced a 24-strong shortlist, celebrating the very best in Australian literature, as chosen by the booksellers who have made a year of lockdowns and isolation a little more bearable for many. Established back in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognises the contributions made by Aussie booksellers, and the impact […]

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Interview: Sunshine Coast’s PHIN on “Mistakes”, songwriting and The 1975

December 16, 2021

Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter PHIN has just released latest single “Mistakes”, the first look at upcoming EP Wasting Time. With previous track “Losing My Doubts” amassing more than 30,000 Spotify streams, it’s certainly an exciting time for the young artist! “Mistakes” is a deliciously jangly slice of indie-pop exploring the beauties and burdens of young life […]

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Ten Low

Book Review: Revel in Stark Holborn’s genre bending space western Ten Low

December 16, 2021

Seeking penance for past crimes, ex-medic Ten Low trudges the unforgiving deserts of Factus, healing those in need and trying desperately to keep a low profile. But, when she comes across a crashed Accord spaceship and its only survivor, staying under the radar becomes that much harder. Because Gabriella Ortiz is no ordinary soldier; she’s […]

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“Today? Why, today is Christmas Day!” – These are the best Christmas movies of all time!

December 15, 2021

We had so much fun listing all our spooky season favourites that we decided we needed a Christmas edition too! So stock up on candy canes, crank the air con until it feels like you’re at the North Pole, and queue up these AU-approved Christmas classics! Miracle on 34th Street (dir. Les Mayfield, 1994) Six year […]

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Track of the Week: Mal De Mer “Do You See Me?” (2021)

December 15, 2021

Our final Track of the Week ahead of the Christmas break comes courtesy of Perth’s Mal De Mer! The six-piece have delivered a cracking dose of indie-pop in the form of latest single “Do You See Me?“, and it’s perfect for the lazy summer days ahead of us. A eclectic mix of funk inspired bass, […]

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Track of the Week: Budjerah “Wash My Sorrows Away” (2021)

December 1, 2021

Budjerah is back on our radar with both a Splendour in the Grass booking and a new single – the dreamy, soulful “Wash My Sorrows Away“. Not that he was ever really off it, with the track coming after he picked up both the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the ARIA Awards […]

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Track of the Week: Sea Girls “Hometown” (2021)

November 24, 2021

Who’s keen for some sing-along indie goodness? We know we are, and boy does this week’s Track of the Week deliver! “Hometown” is the latest from London’s Sea Girls, and we guarantee you’ll be belting out the chorus in no time! Taken from upcoming album Homesick, the track was written on frontman Henry Camamile’s first […]

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Track of the Week: Placebo “Surrounded By Spies” (2021)

November 17, 2021

With a new album on the way in 2022, British alt-rock icons Placebo have dropped another taster of what’s to come in the form of latest single “Surrounded By Spies“. Along with previous track “Beautiful James“, “Surrounded By Spies” feels like a shift back to the band’s Sleeping With Ghosts era, and it’s certainly got […]

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Track of the Week: Camp Cope “Blue” (2021)

November 10, 2021

After three and a half years, Melbourne’s Camp Cope are back! We’re might still be champing at the bit for news about that as-yet-unannounced third album, but if latest single “Blue” is anything to go by, it’ll be worth the wait. Softer, more relaxed, and a little more refined than the Camp Cope of old, […]

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Damon Galgut takes home Booker Prize for The Promise

November 4, 2021

It was a case of third time lucky for author Damon Galgut, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize. Nominated in 2003 for The Good Doctor and again in 2010 for In a Strange Room, it was multi-generational saga The Promise that saw the South African writer finally score one of the most prestigious awards in […]

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Track of the Week: The Terrifying Lows, “Waiting for the Sun” (2021)

November 3, 2021

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but here in Brisbane its grey, stormy, and absolutely perfect for a track like “Waiting for the Sun“. And with The Terrifying Lows (aka Tyler Millott) due to drop his first studio album later this month, now’s definitely the time to get across the Melbourne-based […]

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Terrify your TBR with the Book Team’s favourite spooky reads!

October 27, 2021

The AU Review film buffs have had their say, now it’s time for the Books Team to have theirs! If you’re considering spending Halloween buried in a book with the lights firmly on (no judgement here!), allow us to recommend a few spooky season reads! From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz On […]

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“What’s your favourite scary movie?” The AU Team share their top cinema scares just in time for Halloween!

October 26, 2021

Spooky season is well and truly upon us, and the team here at The AU Review are firing up the popcorn maker and getting ready to enjoy our favourite scary movies. If you’re looking for some ideas for that horror marathon you’re planning this weekend, here’s a few films had us checking under our beds […]

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Track of the Week: Zhuli, “IKEA” (2021)

October 20, 2021

Searching for that perfect pop song to blow away those Hump Day woes? Well, “IKEA” from Sydney’s Zhuli is exactly what you’re looking for! It’s a little bit cheeky, a little bit empowering, and a lot of fun, making it a natural choice for this week’s Track of the Week. Taking cues from the likes […]

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Track of the Week: Dancing On Tables, “OH” (2021)

October 6, 2021

Scotland’s Dancing On Tables have just released the new music video for single “OH“. With EP Play Play Play due out later this month, and the band recently signing to Enci Records/LV Music, now’s the perfect time to get into the rising alt-rockers. Fresh off a recent supporting stint on Catfish and The Bottlemen’s arena tour, and […]

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Love Your Bookshop Day returns on October 9th

September 29, 2021

Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD) is back again! Taking place on October 9th, this year’s major events will be entirely virtual, so that everyone – locked down or not – can join in the celebration. Long before we were confined to our couches, the local bookstore was the place to go for all your literary […]

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Book Review: Dark family history collides with gothic fantasy in A.G. Slatter’s All The Murmuring Bones

September 29, 2021

Long ago, the O’Malleys prospered, striking a deal with the mer to secure their ships as they made their fortune. But the O’Malleys have failed to live up to their end of the bargain, and Mirin’s grandmother, Aoife, must find a new way to save the family. Sacrificing a child of each generation to the […]

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The Stars Beyond The Stone

Book Review: Bonnie Wynne’s stellar The Price of Magic continues with The Stars Beyond the Stone

September 23, 2021

Life seems to have finally slowed for Gwyn. After the battle with Molech Suun, the Clockwork City is in ruins and Gwyn, reluctantly, is one of the figureheads of the movement to rebuild it. But she can’t shake the feeling that her old master Faolan is still alive. And with Scions to destroy and a dangerous […]

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