Author: Larry Heath

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

The Strokes kick off first tour dates in years with rare headline show in Toronto: Here’s what happened

May 21, 2019

Last night in Toronto, Canada, iconic New York group The Strokes officially kicked off their 2019 tour – their first since 2017. The headline show was a part of the band’s “global comeback” that also saw the group play a surprise, intimate warm up show in Los Angeles earlier this month. The gig, which kicked […]

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Live Review: Passion Pit’s Manners turns ten with a spellbinding live show in Toronto

May 18, 2019

Back in 2009, a band by the name of Passion Pit – hailing from Boston, Massachusetts – made waves around the world with their debut LP Manners, just as their debut EP Chunk of Change had done the year prior with tracks like “Sleepyhead” and my personal favourite, “Cuddle Fuddle”. But Manners was truly a […]

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First Look: This abandoned 1962 TWA airport terminal in New York is now a hotel, and a living museum

May 17, 2019

“This is so incredible. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them doing this.”, I heard a woman saying as I entered the new TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK, which opened yesterday alongside the modern Terminal 5. She said she used to work for the airline in the 70’s, and was wearing her […]

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Interview: Warhola (Belgium) on his debut album Young Loving and playing The Great Escape

May 16, 2019

Last Friday, Belgian artist Warhola (real name Oliver Symons) released his long awaited debut album Young Loving – his first release since his 2016 EP Aura. The night before the album was due to drop, Warhola was playing The Great Escape in Brighton, England – so I sat down with Oliver to chat about the […]

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The 10 Greatest Discoveries at The Great Escape 2019

May 13, 2019

The Great Escape has come and gone once again in Brighton, showcasing some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming acts, alongside established stars who once were emerging acts at TGE themselves: Foals, Lewis Capaldi, surprise act Shame and even Australia’s own Confidence Man who attracted some of the biggest lines of the week. But ultimately it’s […]

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9 acts from 7 countries not to miss at The Great Escape 2019

May 7, 2019

Kicking off this Thursday in Brighton, England, this year’s Great Escape comes with an added bonus for fans of Australian music: Australia is the focus country for the 2019 festival, with some 30 Aussie artists hitting stages around the coastal city. But it’s not the only country with incredible music to show off. Here’s 9 […]

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The Rapture just played their first official gig since 2012 – here’s everything that happened in NYC (inc. Setlist)

May 2, 2019

Ahead of The Rapture’s long awaited return to the stage for the Just Like Heaven festival in Long Beach, CA (details HERE), on Monday night they played an intimate hometown show in Brooklyn, New York – a one night only performance that served as their second time on stage together since 2012*, as well as […]

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The Great Escape programmer Adam Ryan on their 2019 festival’s Aussie focus & why the Sounds Australia team are the “best in the world”

May 2, 2019

Ahead of The Great Escape, which takes over Brighton in the UK next week, I caught up with the festival’s programmer Adam Ryan to talk about the growth of the festival, the involvement of Australian acts at it, working with Sounds Australia, and what it means for Australia to be the feature country in 2019. […]

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Interview: Abbey Road Studio’s Mirek Stiles and Karim Fanous explain Spatial Audio and the power of AI

April 26, 2019

Last month, I sat down with Mirek Stiles, the head of Audio Products at Abbey Road, and Karim Fanous, Innovation Manager at Abbey Road Red, to learn more about the way the iconic British studio is embracing and helping develop the next generation of technologies, from spatial audio – which aims or the audio experience better […]

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Blue Derby offers one of the best Mountain Biking experiences in the world just outside of Launceston, Tasmania

April 23, 2019

As a travel journalist, sometimes you get into the habit of saying yes to things before you know what you’re getting yourself in for. In 2011, this was taken to the literal extreme when I took part in a Destination NSW campaign where I would be led on a surprise itinerary designed by Danny Clayton […]

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Live Review: Foals promise a spicy night of rock ‘n’ roll in Toronto with Preoccupations and Omni (and deliver)

April 23, 2019

Fresh off the release of the first part of their two part record Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, UK quartet Foals are on a world tour that tonight saw them play Toronto venue Rebel supported by Canada’s Preoccupations and Atlanta outfit Omni. First up, three piece Omni were singing songs with entertaining lyrics like […]

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What to expect when transiting from Canada to the USA at Toronto Pearson International Airport

April 22, 2019

Late last year, I flew with Canadian carrier WestJet from Halifax, Nova Scotia to LA via Toronto. It’s a long journey – about as far from one side of North America to the other as you can get. And there’s no way to do it direct. You start off with a two hour flight from Halifax […]

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48 Hours in Amsterdam: Seven places you have to visit on bike in Westerpark and beyond

April 18, 2019

Armed only with an I amsterdam City Card, which provides entry into almost all of the city’s iconic attractions, free public transport, and the city’s preferred mode of transport, a bike, I set out on a 48 Hour journey around Amsterdam – in particular checking out the hip Westerpark area of the city. Along the […]

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Review: The Hotel Indigo in Cardiff brings Welsh industry to life in the city’s epicentre (Wales)

April 18, 2019

Arriving on a train into Cardiff station, it was a 15 minute walk through the heart of the busy city on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to take me to the relatively recently opened Hotel Indigo Cardiff; hidden away in the Dominions Arcade. Like many Hotel Indigo’s around the world, this hotel has been built into the […]

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Interview: Charlayne Woodard on reuniting with M. Night Shyamalan after 19 years for Glass, film secrecy and the “other”

April 16, 2019

While she was on the Upper West Side in NYC, filming the second season of Pose for FX, I caught up with Charlayne Woodard to talk about her role as Mrs. Price in the film Glass, which is about to enjoy a home release. It’s a role she first came to perform some 19 years […]

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Interview: Georgia Mooney talks about her “Supergroup” shows in Sydney with Tim Rogers and more

April 13, 2019

Over the last two Sundays, a songwriter night has been running at Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney under the helm of Georgia Mooney of All Our Exes Live in Texas. With two more shows left to go, we caught up with Georgia to learn more about the show, find out how it’s gone so far and […]

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The first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer is here, and there’s a lot more Skywalker than you expected

April 12, 2019

The first trailer for Star Wars Episode IX just dropped and there is a LOT to unpack. Firstly, the title of the film: The Rise of Skywalker. Though both Luke narrates the piece and Leia makes a tearful appearance (cue the tissues), this will no doubt once again enlighten debate as to the lineage of […]

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Flight Review: Korean Air – Hanoi, Vietnam to Seoul (KE 484)

April 9, 2019

I’ve always heard Korean Air offered one of the best in flight experiences, and last month, with my flight from Vietnam to Korea being requisite of a Delta Air Lines ticket, I got to try them out for the first time. So how do they compare to other Asian airlines in the market? Read on! […]

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Hotel Review: The Fullerton Hotel is bursting with history and modern innovation for the Singapore Bicentennial

April 8, 2019

With Singapore’s Bicentennial commemorative events in full swing, one hotel which promises to keep you in the heart of the action is the The Fullerton Bay Hotel. The hotel, which opened in 2001, sits in Singapore’s GPO building, built some 100 years ago – a tradition which will continue in Sydney later this year when the […]

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SXSW Interview: Aussie country star Catherine Britt on how America has shaped her as a songwriter

April 7, 2019

Aussie Country star Catherine Britt has spent a lot of time in the USA over the years, but last month marked her first ever appearance at the iconic SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. While at Australia House, I sat down with Catherine to talk about playing the event, her experiences in the USA and what […]

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SXSW Interview: Phosopherescent musician Jo Schornikow (Australia) on releasing her debut solo record Secret Weapon

April 5, 2019

Melbourne musician Jo Schornikow has spent a big chunk of her professional musical life as a musician in Phosphorescent, the acclaimed project of her partner Matthew Houck – but that hasn’t stopped her from working on her own material. Though she’d be the first to admit it’s slowed it down. An impressive touring schedule and sneaking […]

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Van Duren’s Guide to Memphis, Tennessee

April 5, 2019

Currently doing the film festival rounds – with its Australian premiere happening at the Gold Coast Film Festival on Monday – is Waiting: The Van Duren Story, from first time Australian directors Greg Carey and Wade Jackson. The film documents the life of Memphis based songwriter Van Duren, a much loved artist by those in […]

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SXSW Interview: Golden Vessel on his debut album Slowshine, Oscar Key Sung and falling in love with songwriting

April 4, 2019

One of the many Australian artists making their debut at SXSW last month was Brisbane’s Max Byrne, who has spent the last few years producing some beautiful indie electronic music under the name Golden Vessel. Arriving in Texas off the back of his new single “Dizzy”, we sat down to talk about his experiences in Austin, […]

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Flight Review: Travelling from JetBlue’s new Terminal 5 at New York JFK to Austin, Texas (B6 1295)

April 4, 2019

I’ve heard a lot about the JetBlue service over the years, with the US airline often topping domestic lists for in flight experience, comfort and customer satisfaction. Though in more recent years the airline has fallen from grace on certain lists. Within 12 months I saw it sitting near the top of some lists, and […]

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Live Review: Muse deliver unrivalled rock spectacle in Toronto

March 29, 2019

In a spontaneous, last minute decision, tonight I attended the latest arena spectacular by rock legends Muse in Toronto, Canada. The show comes off the back of their latest record Simulation Theory, with the tour in question given the same name. Hype articles have been floating around over the last few weeks talking about how the current arena show […]

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SXSW Interview: Your Smith (USA) on her origin story, love of Tim Tam Slams and touring Australia with Ry X

March 28, 2019

Caroline Smith is a Minneapolis-based songwriter who has been steadily building her career since 2006; first as a solo artist, then in a band (Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps – releasing the record Little Wind in 2011), and then as a solo artist again – which saw her release the underrated 2013 record Half […]

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Interview: Cautious Clay (USA) on his musical upbringing, Table of Context and the genius of OutKast

March 28, 2019

One of the buzz acts at this year’s SXSW was rising star Cautious Clay, who also happened to be one of the best acts we saw at the annual Texas festival. While at the Vevo House, I caught up with the Brooklyn based artist – real name Joshua Karpeh – to find out more about his […]

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Meet Rachael Fahim, the Aussie Country artist set to take America by storm

March 27, 2019

One of the unexpected Australian buzz artists at this year’s SXSW was one you may have not heard of – rising star in the Country world Rachael Fahim. She was listed as one of NPR’s artists to watch, and delivered a slew of impressive performances while in the Texas capital. We caught up with the […]

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The 10 Best Musical Moments at SXSW 2019

March 27, 2019

With weekend of films and special events that included appearances from the likes of Boyz II Men, Santigold, Bishop Briggs and more, into a week of official showcases that included everyone from Joan Jett to Shakey Graves and Andrew Bird, SXSW 2019 was as jam packed as ever. So what were our favourite musical moments […]

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Live Review: “Not a single scooter anywhere the eye can see” at the Revival Experience outside of SXSW

March 26, 2019

Earlier this month, I was invited along to an impressively pitched day party / festival / experience called the “Revival Experience“, about an hour out of Austin during SXSW. Curated by Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit, the event took place in Dripping Springs, Texas, at a place called “Camp Lucy”, and promised a VIP […]

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