Author: Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.

Tour Diary: Bobby Alu on the road with Xavier Rudd in North America as Flow releases

October 30, 2019

Gold Coast legend Bobby Alu recently returned from a massive 17 date tour of North America, supporting fellow Aussie Xavier Rudd. Taking in dates throughout the USA and Canada, it came just before the release of Alu’s brand new record Flow – and an Australian tour which he kicked off this past weekend. Now back […]

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What to expect from Elton John’s Australian Tour? We caught his final ever show in Toronto to find out.

October 25, 2019

It’s not long now until the legendary Elton John returns for Australia for what he promises to be the last time, in his swan song, “Farewell, Yellow Brick Road” tour. It’ll see him take in a mountain of dates across several months – with both major city and regional appearances. So what do Australian fans […]

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Flight Review: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam (KL452)

October 24, 2019

Once you become dedicated to a certain flight network, you find that you tend to travel the world on a lot of the same airlines. But every now and then, you’re thrown a surprise in your journey that means you don’t get the points you were hoping for, but you do get the chance to […]

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Clear Tears and Polly and the Pockets talk about the new compilation from Melbourne’s Tremorverse Records

October 23, 2019

Indie Melbourne record label Tremorverse put out their second compilation album last week, Tremorverse Two, showcasing new and emerging artists across all genres. We caught up with two acts who feature on the album – Polly and the Pockets and Clear Tear – to learn more about their projects, and the compilation. Then scroll through to […]

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Interview: Olympia talks about bringing Flamingo to Europe, playing David Lynch’s Silencio Bar and her love of film

October 10, 2019

While at the annual Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany last month, we sat down with Australian artist Olympia to talk about her new album Flamingo, taking it on the road to Europe, while playing iconic venues like Amsterdam’s Paradiso and David Lynch’s Silencio Bar in Paris. As you do. She also talks about her love of […]

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Track of the Day: Phantogram “In a Spiral” (2019)

October 10, 2019

New York duo Phantogram have just dropped a new single and it’s everything fans of the band would be hoping for. High energy, incredible beats, references to K-holes and enough bass to get anyone dancing. The production is massive, and Sarah’s vocals are unmistakably strong. Phantogram at their best? Absolutely. Of the inspiration behind “In […]

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Live Review: Noah Gundersen proves a talent beyond his years at spellbinding Toronto Lover show

October 10, 2019

It’s been 7 years since I last saw Seattle based singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen. Then, he had a lot less tattoos. Me, a lot less facial hair. In that time he’s gone on to release four more albums and work with Glorietta. His latest, Lover, hit our headphones at the end of August. It’s a stunning record that deserves to […]

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Interview: Steph Grace on what it means to be an Australian Musician living in Berlin

October 9, 2019

Australian musician Steph Grace has made the move to Berlin, and we find out what that’s meant for her career – playing shows in Europe with artists like Passenger, and now playing The Aussie BBQ in Reeperbahn, where we filmed the interview. We talk about her latest single “As Far As I Can Go” and […]

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Back to a Golden Age: Exploring the quiet restoration of Buffalo, New York

October 9, 2019

When I told people I was travelling to Buffalo, New York – a city which sits just off the Canadian border, a couple of hours from Toronto and next door to the Niagara Falls – I was meant with some level of skepticism. “Why are you going there?”, one friend asked me. Indeed, I had […]

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Flight Comparison: Air North or Air Canada – who should you fly with to the Yukon in Canada’s North?

October 8, 2019

Not to be confused with the airline of the same name from Australia’s Top End, Canadian airline Air North has been taking passengers to the Provence of Yukon since 1977, first as a Charter airline and then servicing passengers from the 1980s. This month I flew with them for the first time, travelling on a […]

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Review: The Calile Hotel brings true five-star luxury to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley

October 8, 2019

This month marks the one year anniversary of the opening of one of the finest new additions to the Brisbane hotel scene, the five star Calile Hotel, set on the edge of the Fortitude Valley, on the booming and revitalised James Street. Local architects Richards and Spence designed the $100 million urban resort, with balconies […]

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Interview: DOBBY talks about bringing Indigenous hip hop to Europe at Reeperbahn 2019

October 7, 2019

We sat backstage at The Aussie BBQ in Hamburg, Germany last month with Australia’s up-and-coming Indigenous hip hop artist DOBBY to talk about his time in Europe in 2019 and bringing his unique brand of Indigenous Hip Hop to Europe. This is not the first time the talented musician has been to Europe this year, […]

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Six discoveries from Reeperbahn 2019 you need to listen to right now

October 2, 2019

The 14th annual Reeperbahn festival hit the streets of Hamburg, Germany last month, bringing with it hundreds of performances, conference panels, award shows and streets filled with food, live music and an incredible atmosphere. The event is positioned, unsurprisingly, around the streets of Reeperbahn, the city’s red light and entertainment district, which is famed for […]

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Travelling around Canada by train isn’t just a beautiful experience – it can also be cost effective luxury

October 2, 2019

You may have heard over the years of the expensive nature of travelling around Canada, especially by plane. It’s a country where internal flights are almost entirely serviced by two airlines – Air Canada and Westjet – both of whom have a mixed reputation, especially when it comes to their ticket prices. And these are […]

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Interview: Press Club’s Natalie Foster reflects on her European injury while at Reeperbahn; talks the “joy” of Wasted Energy

October 2, 2019

Last month, Melbourne rockers Press Club were travelling around Europe, and lead singer Natalie Foster suffered an injury during their set. They powered through – but by the end of the tour, the hardened musician was forced to cancel the band’s final show of their European tour, in the city of Groningen, Netherlands. We sat […]

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Interview: Winterbourne on touring Europe, their debut Echo of Youth and tips for bands playing industry festivals like Reeperbahn

October 1, 2019

Hot off the heels of the release of their debut album Echo of Youth, we sat backstage at The Aussie BBQ during Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany with Aussie group Winterbourne. The band are currently touring Europe in support of the album, ahead of their Australian tour later in the month. In part one of the […]

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Interview: Mid City talk about playing “buzzy” Germany for the first time at Reeperbahn & “Fake Friends Forever”

September 30, 2019

Australia was the focus country at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival and along with it came a slew of big name and emerging acts from around the country – most heading to play Germany and the event for the first time. Among them were Melbohrne’s Mid City, who joined us backstage at The Aussie BBQ, held […]

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Eric Andre confirms The Eric Andre Show return in 2020 as he readies his “Black Borat movie”

September 27, 2019

Last night, comedian Eric Andre hit the stage at the Meridian Hall in Toronto as one of the headliners of the annual Just For Laughs comedy festival. Part of his Legalize Everything Tour, the hilarious hour and a half show was something of a tamer affair than what you might have seen on his popular […]

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Interview: RÜFÜS DU SOL talk Solace Remixed and playing to tens of thousands of fans in America

September 5, 2019

If you haven’t been paying much attention, the news that RÜFÜS DU SOL (FKA RÜFÜS) are about to play two sold out nights at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, may surprise you. Indeed, the Sydney trio who have spent nearly a decade making a name for themselves have grown up from the small clubs […]

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Aussies Abroad: SKEGSS plot massive American tour as My Own Mess gets a physical US release

August 28, 2019

You would have seen them just announced as part of the Good Things lineup here in Australia for December, but just before they play those dates, they’ll be touring around America in support of their record My Own Mess – which is finally getting an official US release on vinyl on 6th September 2019. The […]

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These 17 Aussies acts are set to play Reeperbahn Festival in Germany next month

August 23, 2019

With Australia as the focus country for the renowned Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, next month, the event has revealed the 17 Aussie artists who will be making the trip over to showcase at the event. Taking place shortly after BIGSOUND, the event kicks off on Wednesday September 18th with “Doors Open”, a special event […]

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The World’s Best Street Food: Chicken Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

August 23, 2019

I’ve always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain, and every once in a while I find his authoritative, yet curious tone narrating experiences in my life that feel distinctly, well, Bourdainian. These once in a blue moon culinary delights that you know somehow comes to represent a community of people, while giving you one of […]

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11 Years, 11 Moments: Watch Lime Cordiale, Deep Sea Arcade & More pay tribute to The Beatles for our 4th Birthday

August 22, 2019

Over the coming months, as we celebrate our 11 years online, we’ll be looking back at 11 of our most memorable moments of running this website. We already took you back to a very intimate performance from Ed Sheeran in 2011. Today we move to August 2012, when we celebrated our 4th birthday. While we’d […]

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Hang out with dogs (and a pig?) at the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco International Airport

August 21, 2019

It’s always welcome news when airports announce they’re improving their facilities, or opening a new terminal. In general, airports across the world have spent so much of the last 18 years improving upon customs and security, trying to keep up with new security risks that exist in a post 9/11 world, that taking time to […]

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48 Hours in Santa Barbara: 7 Things You Have To Do In The Californian Coastal City

August 19, 2019

I recently travelled the Californian Coast on board the new West Coast Hop-on Hop-off service from Busabout, a travel company particularly popular in Europe, who this year made their debut into the US market. The service gives you unique flexibility to travel the West Coast without a car, with services across eight destinations running every other […]

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Hotel Review: Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle hides away amongst a residential Washington DC

August 19, 2019

Set in a residential area and surrounded by quite a few Embassies, the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle sits in an old 8 story building, with the sort of entryway that feels as much as “Old New York” as it does blend into its surrounds. The architectural influence of cities like New York and Philadelphia […]

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Post-BIGSOUND showcase event Music Matters Live officially returning to Singapore next month

August 14, 2019

The 14th annual Music Matters Live festival – which accompanies the All That Matters conference – is set to return to Singapore for the ninth time next month, and event organisers have revealed the first drips of information about the event – including its dates, location and the first five acts confirmed to perform at […]

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Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins cover “Old Town Road” (sort of) as they shine on tour with Noel Gallagher

August 14, 2019

A surprising mix of artists descended on the Budweiser Stage in Toronto tonight, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds shortly into their set when I arrived, after an earlier set from openers AFI. What does link these acts though are ever growing, rabid fanbases. You mat not feel like you’ve heard much new music from these […]

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Aussies Abroad: Melbourne’s Press Club set to dominate the UK and Europe with another massive tour

August 14, 2019

With their new album Wasted Energy due out on Friday, Melbourne’s Press Club are hitting the road for their biggest ever tour of the UK and Europe. And the latest single from the anticipated record also just hit the airwaves – the fantastic “New Years Eve”. Wasted Energy is the follow up to the band’s […]

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Live Review: Rüfüs Du Sol deliver an unforgettable live show as they continue to conquer the USA

August 13, 2019

As part of their latest North American tour, Australia’s Rüfüs Du Sol (formerly just Rüfüs) made their debut at Washington DC’s 6k capacity venue The Anthem last week, selling it out and bringing along an updated version of the incredible light show and production you might have witnessed via that Coachella live stream earlier this […]

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