Author: Jodie Sloan

Track of the Day: Future Haunts “Far Away” (2019)

December 3, 2019

With a new EP due in 2020, Brisbane’s Future Haunts have released another little teaser of what’s to come! “Far Away” is the third glimpse we’ve had of the upcoming Rushmore, and we’re loving it! Vocalist and guitarist Ben Speight says: “‘Far Away’ takes a dive into themes of distance and being away from your loved ones […]

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Film Review: The Addams Family offers a delightful spooky alternative to, y’know, that Other Family Movie

December 3, 2019

It’s been thirteen years since Gomez and Morticia Addams (Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron) were run out of town on their wedding day. Settling in an abandoned asylum, they’ve lived a life mercifully free of torch wielding villagers, (un)happily raising their children, Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), in safety. Well, as safe […]

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Track of the Day: Benji Lewis “New Day” (2019)

December 2, 2019

Suffering from those Monday blues? Give Benji Lewis‘ “New Day” a listen and see if you don’t feel better! Upbeat and uplifting, this lush slice of electro-pop will definitely get you through those sweaty summer days! “New Day” is the latest release from Benji’s upcoming EP, Here, Then and Now, scheduled for release in early […]

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Emily Bitto’s Stella Prize winning The Strays set for TV adaptation

November 28, 2019

See Pictures and Apogee Pictures have teamed up to produce a television adaptation of Emily Bitto‘s The Strays, with Picnic At Hanging Rock screenwriter Beatrix Christian attached as head writer. Author Bitto said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have The Strays adapted for television and couldn’t be more excited about the brilliant group of creatives who will be working […]

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Book Review: Emily Paull makes an assured and emotive debut with short story collection Well-Behaved Women

November 28, 2019

An expert free-diver disappears while training with her son. An unlikely Blanche DuBois makes her theatrical debut. A group of teens head to a music festival. And two young women run away together. These are just some of the tales that make up Well-Behaved Women, the debut short story collection from Perth writer Emily Paull. […]

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Interview: Maria V. Snyder talks Terracotta Warriors, writing routines, and Criminal Minds.

November 28, 2019

Science fiction and fantasy writer Maria V. Snyder dropped not one, but TWO books this year – Chasing the Shadows, the second in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series, and the (currently) Australia-only The Eyes of Tamburah! We were lucky enough to grab five minutes with the prolific author to chat about her latest work! Let’s […]

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Track of the Day: Lui Peng “Casual Lover” (2019)

November 26, 2019

Last weekend saw British-Chinese artist Lui Peng drop “Casual Lover“, the latest single from upcoming EP Unavailable. A heartfelt musing on failed relationships and rebound lovers, we love this elegant track – and we think you will too! It’s been a busy couple of years for the London based singer-songwriter. As well as releasing past […]

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Album of the Week: Anna Smyrk returns with stunning second EP, Swim

November 26, 2019

Singer-songwriter Anna Smyrk recently dropped her second EP, Swim. If you liked our recent premiere, featuring her single “Alight“, you’re going to love this five strong selection. Recorded in a Central Victorian farmhouse, Swim brought together a band of old friends on violin, banjo, dobro, double bass and drums, with Anna’s sister on backing vocals. The […]

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Aquarius Films acquires movie rights to Matt Okine’s Being Black ‘N Chicken & Chips

November 25, 2019

In partnership with Wooden Horse, award winning production company Aquarius Films has optioned Matt Okine‘s Being Black ‘N Chicken & Chips. Aquarius Films have lent their expertise to the Academy Award nominated Lion, upcoming Tim Winton adaptation, Dirt Music, and Stan comedy series The Other Guy, alongside Okine and Wooden Horse. Okine’s debut novel draws on the […]

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Track of the Day: Down For Tomorrow “Show Me That You Care” (2019)

November 22, 2019

Sydney based grunge punks Down For Tomorrow have provided us with our final Track of the Day for the week! Latest single “Show Me That You Care” is another great offering from the boys, who released their sophomore EP back in June, premiering it exclusively with us here at The AU Review! Of this latest […]

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Film Review: Aussie coming-of-age flick Bilched hits all the right notes

November 22, 2019

Hal Thomas is finishing school and he’s ready for a monster night out with his friends. Sure, he’s been uninvited from the party, the girl he likes just wants to be mates, and he’s got a massive NADA audition coming up, but that’s not about to stop him. Turn up the Dune Rats, roll another […]

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Track of the Day: Nancie Schipper “Take Out The Trash” (2019)

November 18, 2019

2018 triple j Unearthed High Finalist Nancie Schipper has dropped her latest single, “Take Out The Trash“, and we’re stoked to be naming it today’s Track of the Day! The catchy AF indie-rock track was produced by John Castle – you’ll find his name on tracks from the likes of Angie MacMahon and Vance Joy […]

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Track of the Day: Glass Tides “Sympathy” (2019)

November 18, 2019

Adelaide’s Glass Tides have just dropped the latest single from their upcoming album, and we’re absolutely loving it! Cutting their teeth with support slots for the likes of Thrice, Circa Survive, and Young Lions, the post-hardcore five-piece are due to drop their first full-length album in mid January next year. “Sympathy” is the third taste […]

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Rising icon Lizzo announces more Australian dates for 2020

November 14, 2019

After finally making it to the big leagues in 2019, American artist Lizzo has revealed that her FOMO road trip will not signal her only Aussie appearances next year. Dates have just been announced at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Forum, taking place between FOMO sets around the country. Here’s all the info you’ll […]

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Track of the Day: Officer ‘Tilt The Clox’ (2019)

November 12, 2019

Indie rock project Officer returned earlier this month with ‘Tilt The Clox‘, offering an exciting glimpse of forthcoming second album Night Tennis, due out February next year. Officer is a collaborative project between Glasgow born songwriter Dc Logan, and a myriad collection of talented friends. Raised in Northern Ireland and now based in London, Logan […]

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Theatre Review: Refraction Theatre burst onto the Brisbane stage, with the Australian premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist

November 9, 2019

David, an American science fiction author with a serious case of writer’s block, needs to get out of the city. A distant relative, in a quiet Polish town, seems like a good bet. But where David sees an opportunity for isolation, cousin Maria sees a chance to reconnect with a family that rarely calls and […]

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Track of the Day: Hey Baby! “Love and Drugs” (2019)

November 6, 2019

When Brisbane band Hey Baby! describe themselves as surf rock they’re not kidding – they make waves both as musicians and as avid surfers! Currently teasing their forthcoming second EP, the gang have just dropped latest single “Love and Drugs“, and we’re stoked to be naming it today’s Track of the Day! Drawing comparisons to […]

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Track of the Day: imbi the girl feat. Genesis Owusu “peaches & scream” (2019)

November 6, 2019

Non-binary neo-soul artist imbi the girl is gearing up to release their new EP, back then, and we’ve got a little taste of what’s to come in today’s Track of the Day, “peaches & scream“. back then will see imbi delve into their past, exploring the childhood experiences that have brought the artist to where […]

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Download 2020 welcomes The Black Parade, with headliners My Chemical Romance

November 6, 2019

Emo legends My Chemical Romance damn near broke the internet with their recently announced reunion. And fans Down Under won’t have long to practice their eyeliner, with Download today announcing that the New Jersey band will headline its 2020 festivals, in their only Australian live shows. Alt-metal band Deftones and MCR’s fellow emo/alt icons Jimmy […]

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Book Review: Brush up on your art history with Ruby Boukabou’s The Art Lover’s Guide to Paris

November 5, 2019

Recognised as one of the great art capitals of the world, Paris can be a little daunting for the casual art lover. The Louvre will likely be at the top of any visitor’s list, but once you’re done being captivated by the Mona Lisa’s elusive smile, where on earth do you head next? Do you […]

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Film Review: Follow a group of women determined to change the face of sailing, in outstanding doco Maiden

November 5, 2019

In the late 1980s, a young ship’s cook named Tracey Edwards had had enough. Sick of sailing’s impenetrable boys club, where women were barely tolerated on board – let alone in control on deck – she made an extraordinary decision. Edwards bought a boat, put together a team, and announced that she would be heading […]

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Artistic Director Iain Grandage launches his first Perth Festival, with opening week dedicated to First Nations performances

November 1, 2019

Running from February 7th to March 1st, more than 250 events will take over the WA capital for next year’s Perth Festival, all under the guidance of incoming Artistic Director Iain Grandage. And, in an Aussie arts festival first, the 2020 run will kick off with an opening week dedicated to First Nations artists and […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Stevie Jean “December Song” (2019)

October 29, 2019

Northern Territory singer-songwriter Stevie Jean is back with her guitar and a new EP! Blame Game drops this weekend, and we’re super excited to be bringing you a sneak peek of single “December Song” ahead of the big day! Stevie spent the last year making her name for herself on the Aussie hip-hop scene, collaborating […]

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Track of the Day: Oh Wonder “Better Now” (2019)

October 29, 2019

UK duo Oh Wonder have dropped their latest single “Better Now” and it’s an absolute cracker! Currently hard at work on their third album, Oh Wonder are regarded as one of Britain’s best kept secrets, with some 2 billion streams and over a million global record sales under their belt. Beginning as a musical friendship […]

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Track of the Day: Outloved “Dying To Leave” (2019)

October 28, 2019

Outloved have just dropped their debut single “Dying To Leave“, and we’re stoked to name it today’s Track of the Day! Vocalist Jaydon Colvin said: “the meaning behind “Dying To Leave” in its simplest form is to check on your friends and family, they may be wandering off down a path of negativity and need […]

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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World return with stellar 10th album, Surviving

October 28, 2019

It’s difficult to think of the alt-rock and emo scenes without thinking of Jimmy Eat World. The Arizona band have been peddling their emotive wares for a good quarter of a century now, and tenth studio album Surviving is yet another showcase of solid songwriting and killer sounds. “[the] album explores some of the different […]

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Album Review: City and Colour returns with the stunning A Pill For Loneliness

October 9, 2019

Dallas Green is back with his sixth City and Colour album, A Pill For Loneliness, and it’s another belter from the Canadian singer-songwriter. All the usual City and Colour suspects are here – poignant and moving lyrics, a brooding, subtle soundtrack, and, of course, Green’s stunning seasoned vocals. In A Pill For Loneliness, there’s a […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Anna Smyrk “Alight” (2019)

October 9, 2019

A couple of months back, we featured singer-songwriter Anna Smyrk‘s “Home“, an exquisite, folk inspired piece from the Central Victorian. Now, Anna is back with latest single “Alight“, and we’re stoked to be able to offer you all an exclusive listen, ahead of the official release tomorrow! Despite its rousing nature, the origins of “Alight” […]

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Track of the Day: Being Jane Lane “Savage Sunday” (2019)

October 6, 2019

Brisbane punks Being Jane Lane recently dropped their debut album, Savage Sunday, and we’re stoked to be featuring the title track as today’s Track of the Day! The all female band blend catchy riffs and hooks with high energy punk, and the end result is an absolute riot. Consisting of Teigan, Lou, PB, Kate and Ami, […]

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Guest Playlist: Wollongong rockers The Vanns talk us through the tracks that inspired debut album Through The Walls

October 2, 2019

On October 25th, The Vanns will drop their debut album, Through The Walls. The guys were keen to share the tracks that helped bring the much anticipated release to life, so we invited frontman Jimmy Vann to curate a guest playlist for you all! But before we get to all that juicy stuff (including a handy […]

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