Author: Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.

Air Canada vs Westjet: How Canada’s airlines are handling pandemic travel from Toronto to Vancouver

July 30, 2021

In Toronto, after enduring the world’s longest continuous COVID-19 lockdown – accumulating almost 400 days by the time indoor dining restrictions came to an end earlier this month – we’re finally coming out of what we hope are the darkest days of the pandemic. Vaccination rates are approaching 80% – placing us amongst the most […]

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Summer in San Diego: 7 things to do in 2021 in the Southern Californian city

June 23, 2021

With San Diego turning 250 in 2019, the city and its surrounds have been shaping up a massive year of openings, new attractions and familiar favourites that ensure the coastal Southern Californian destination remains at the top of everyone’s vacation lists, as we head into Summer 2021. Here’s a guide to what you need to […]

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First names revealed for Riot Fest 2022 as stacked 2021 Chicago event sells out

June 10, 2021

The US Festival season is finally heating up again as Covid restrictions start to lift and that promised “Hot Vax Summer” becomes a reality in the Northern Hemisphere. With the last 15 months being live music free in most of the country, music fans are chomping at the bit to see their favourite bands perform […]

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Interview: Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull on recording at Sound City with “genius” Ethan Guska, film composition and growing up in Toronto

April 28, 2021

This Friday marks the release of Manchester Orchestra‘s 6th Studio Album, the highly anticipated The Million Masks of God. You may have already heard the single “Bed Head”, watched the concert film (you’ll see the both later down this article), or even watched the video for the beautiful “Telepath”, which was released yesterday. Ahead of […]

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Interview: Layla Kay on returning to Australia & writing her new single “I’ll Be Lonely” in lockdown

April 28, 2021

Hot off the heels of releasing her latest single “I’ll Be Lonely”, we caught up with Australian singer/songwriter Layla Kay. Kay has just returned to Australia amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, after spending three years in the UK. While in quarantine, we spoke about what it’s been like returning home, writing her aptly named single while […]

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Don’t worry, the 1996 Space Jam website is still online

April 7, 2021

One of the true gems of the internet has been the fact that Warner Bros. have maintained one of the earliest interactive HTML movie websites – their 1996 Space Jam website. With a new Space Jam film out this year (no less than 25 years later…), many were worried this joyous site would be taken […]

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Los Angeles’ Academy Museum to launch pre-opening virtual program for a worldwide audience

March 11, 2021

Ever since The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was announced – a state of the art new complex in Los Angeles – cinephiles around the world have been anticipating what is set to be the most comprehensive and star-studded look at the history, and making of cinema. The Museum, which was set to open last […]

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Vale Michael Gudinski: “The acts that look after their fans will be the ones that last”

March 2, 2021

It’s impossible to work in the music industry and not feel the weight of the loss of Michael Gudinski this morning – the iconic founder of the Mushroom Group who passed away overnight at the age of 68. Myself, and the whole The AU Review team sends our love to the Gudinski family, all his […]

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Delta to increase Sydney to Los Angeles flights in March on their flagship A350-900

February 25, 2021

Finally, some news of an airline increasing, not decreasing, flights between the US and Australia. Delta Air Lines, who have been praised for their Delta Care Standard implemented during the pandemic, will start flying their flagship A350-900 aircraft six times a week from 8th March 2021. This will give Australians and Americans looking to return […]

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Album Review: Foo Fighters play it safe with Medicine at Midnight, but that’s not a bad thing

February 5, 2021

Today marks the day that iconic American rockers Foo Fighters return with the long-awaited release of their tenth (!!) studio full length, Medicine at Midnight. The release – their first since 2017’s well received Concrete and Gold – coincides with the band’s 25th anniversary, and was set to be released in a year when they were […]

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The first Aussie acts to play SXSW Online 2021 have been announced

January 28, 2021

If 2020 was the year that conference festivals were dealt the unexpected and either had to cancel or quickly adapt, 2021 is the year they have to settle into a new normal. For now, this means events that are entirely run online- and hopefully, as the year progresses, hybrid events that will see us start […]

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Shigeru Miyamoto tours Japan’s Super Nintendo World and confirms Singapore expansion

December 19, 2020

UPDATE 19/12: Watch new on ground video hosted by “Mario’s Dad”, Shigeru Miyamoto, as we see more of the attractions in the park. Miyamoto also confirms Super Nintendo World is coming to Universal Studios Singapore, though no date has been given. That will bring the attractions a little bit closer to Australia! Original Article – 12th […]

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Track of the Day: Zero 7 ft. Lou Stone “Take My Hand” (2020)

October 28, 2020

Zero 7 – the famed English duo who memorably helped launch the international career of Sia – are back with their first new album in 5 years, an EP entitled Shadows. The album features four new songs, all collaborations with British singer Lou Stone, including this track “Take My Hand”. A beautiful song that will […]

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How to get home: These airlines continue to fly between the USA and Australia amidst the Coronavirus

October 23, 2020

**UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2020** New flight options between USA and Australia have been confirmed, with a recommendation to book at least 8 weeks out to secure a seat. Demand is expected to be high and the situation is changing by the day. The best approach is always to get in touch with an airline directly […]

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How Niagara Falls, Canada has adapted to Tourism in the age of Coronavirus

October 15, 2020

If you live and work in a destination considered a “tourist attraction”, 2020 has unquestionably been a difficult year for your city. With international air travel grinding to a halt and even domestic travel either discouraged or blocked by ever changing border rules, tourism sectors have seen unthinkable downturn. Some have had to shut their […]

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Everything Everything (UK) talk Re-Animator: Sometimes I sing so high it’s just insane

September 10, 2020

Last month I sat down on a Zoom call with Jonathan Higgs and Alex Robertshaw from the British group Everything Everything, who tomorrow release their long awaited new album Re-Animator. It’s their fifth album in a decade and their first since 2017’s brilliant A Fever Dream – which saw them tour Australia at the end […]

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An open letter on behalf of Independent Media as our publication turns 12

September 3, 2020

This month, our little publication turns 12. A website born out of nothing but a desire to write about the industry I loved. I’m now employed elsewhere, and oversee other projects – like the National Live Music Awards (which returns October 20th for the 5th year). But I’m lucky enough to still write from time […]

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Playlist: Revisiting The Best Songs of 2010

August 6, 2020

As Arcade Fire celebrate the tenth anniversary of their groundbreaking and Grammy award winning album The Suburbs, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and revisit our favourite tracks from 2010, with this new playlist on Spotify. Regine and Win from the Canadian band have shared a video of them performing a track […]

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

July 30, 2020

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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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: Everything Everything “Planets” (2020)

June 23, 2020

British band Everything Everything have been treating us to a pile of new tracks over the course of the Covid pandemic, which has truly proven a welcome respite from all the madness. The first two singles off their forthcoming record RE-ANIMATOR, “Arch Enemy” and “In Birdsong“, have both been excellent teasers for the full product; […]

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Watch Nathaniel Rateliff pay tribute to Richard Swift in this emotional performance in the woods

June 19, 2020

Since the world has gone into isolation, we’ve been enjoying a plethora of never-before-seen live streams coming online. For the last 11 weeks, the Portland festival Pickathon have been releasing new videos daily on YouTube, raising money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. One of the best performances is Nathaniel Rateliff, performing solo at the festival’s incredible […]

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As Splendour cancel, Coachella may delay festival until late 2021 – and they’re not alone

June 11, 2020

It’s been a sad (though perhaps inevitable) run of news this week for some of our favourite music festivals. Billboard are reporting that iconic Californian Festival Coachella are set to officially cancel their rescheduled 2020 dates, along with their sister festival Stagecoach. This follows on from Splendour in the Grass in Australia, who officially announced […]

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Tame Impala and Gorillaz join King Gizzard and more as Primavera Sound 2021 readies its lineup

May 28, 2020

Following the cancellation of Primavera Sound 2020 and the announcement its accompanying conference Primavera Pro would move online, today Primavera Sound Barcelona is gearing up for 2021, by announcing the first 100 acts set to play what will now be the festival’s 20th anniversary event. The event will take the #bestfestivalforever theme that the 2020 […]

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Track of the Day: LPX hits new peaks with “Delayed Gratification” (2020)

May 28, 2020

At the start of last year, we sat down with Lizzy Plapinger, co-founder of Neon Gold Records and lead singer of MS MR, as she made her first trip to Australia under her new solo project LPX. In our chat, Lizzy talked about what her hopes were to be “the most wild, loud, eccentric version […]

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Barcelona music conference Primavera Pro expands online platform; Australians can attend in July for free

May 22, 2020

Sitting alongside one of the world’s best music festivals, Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Primavera Pro has spent the last decade growing into a leading industry conference that leveraged the large amount of industry that was finding its way through the city to attend the iconic festival – which was supposed to celebrate its 20th anniversary […]

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Review: HBO’s new film Bad Education is “the most Australian movie about Long Island ever made”

May 14, 2020

The newest feature film for us to enjoy from the company of our own homes during isolation is one that was never acquired for big screen distribution. Coming from HBO Films (following the largest acquisition deal of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival), Bad Education is the dramatised telling of a true story of corruption […]

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Track of the Day: Woodkid “Goliath” (2020)

May 13, 2020

It’s been a hot minute between drinks for French artist Woodkid, whose acclaimed cinematic pop sees him sit somewhere in between M83 and Hans Zimmer. Tracks like “Run Boy Run” have notably popped up in shows like Umbrella Academy, and he also scored the 2015 Jonás CuarĂłn film Desierto. There’s an industrial feel to his […]

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Interview: Diet Cig (New York) on quarantine dreams, double denim and why streaming services needs to step up

April 28, 2020

While many bands are postponing their releases,  New York duo Diet Cig are delivering us a gem of a record in Do You Wonder About Me? this Friday. I caught up with the band over the phone last week to chat about releasing the album in these difficult times, and how they’ve leveled up in […]

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Life on the tarmac: What is happening to grounded airplanes during the Coronavirus?

April 24, 2020

Not too long ago, back when we could leave the house and go to the theatre, I was lucky enough to see the Toronto production of Come From Away, one of the most heartwarming and enjoyable theatrical productions I’ve seen in recent memory. It tells the story of how the eastern most city in North […]

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