Author: Meredith McLean

Comedy Review: Hannibal Buress – The Tivoli, Brisbane (05.12.16)

December 9, 2016

Hannibal Buress came into Brisbane like a whirlwind. Giving a solid nearly 2 hour set and bringing a great troupe of supports The Tivoli reverberated with laughter last Monday. Even if you’ve missed Buress’s show, keep an eye out for more Al Jackson. The biology teacher turned comedian has a sharp tongue and jokes to […]

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Festival Review: GIZZFEST – RNA Showgrounds (25.11.16)

November 27, 2016

After last year’s success, Gizzfest has returned. Trying to find a fun way to promote your band? Start your own festival was how King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard answered that question. This year’s line-up included favourites like The Babe Rainbow, White Fence and Pond.  Taking over three stages at Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane’s leg of […]

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Comedy Review: Charlie Pickering Requests the Pleasure of Your Company – Rockwood Music Hall, New York (07.11.16)

November 10, 2016

Australian comedian Charlie Pickering, former host of The Project, and current host of The Weekly with Charlie Pickering performed at Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, on a quiet and cold Monday night. Let me preface this review by saying two things: 1. I found out later that Madonna (yes, that […]

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Review: A Streetcar Named Desire – La Boite Roundhouse Theatre, Brisbane (performances until November 12th)

October 20, 2016

A Streetcar Named Desire is to Tennessee Williams like Hamlet is to Shakespeare. It’s a kneejerk reaction of thought that comes to your mind when you think of the particular playwright. La Boite is known for taking the classics and bridging them to the present. Their production of Williams other famous work, The Glass Menagerie, […]

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Theatre Review: Endgame, QPAC Brisbane (performances until 20th August)

August 14, 2016

Samuel Beckett might have brushed up against your memory like a shifty cat quickly grazing past your leg before changing its mind and scampering off into the darkness. Or perhaps you’re very familiar with his work that planted him firmly at the forefront of absurdist theatre when it was at its peak of creation. Regardless […]

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Live Review: Hey Geronimo + Pop Cult + Alex L’Estrange (05.08.16)

August 9, 2016

It’s not the first or the last time Hey Geronimo‘s music will be synonymous with the Beach Boys. Catchy lyrics about guys, girls and fun times with a quirky vibe seem to be the signature of Hey Geronimo’s new album, Crashing Into The Sun. The feeling of nostalgia was even more present the final stopover of […]

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World Press Photo 16 exhibition officially opens at the Brisbane Powerhouse

July 31, 2016

World Press Photo 16 is now at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 29th July to 21st August. This travelling exhibition showcases the accumulation of journalistic and documentarian photography all around the globe. 2016 marks the 59th year of this travelling cache of insights. 82,951 images were submitted this year. Before we discuss the winner we must […]

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Theatre Review: The Happy Prince – St Mary’s Church, Brisbane (10.06.16)

June 13, 2016

Oscar Wilde’s story of The Happy Prince reads much like a beautiful parable. Perhaps, this is why it seemed only appropriate to host the first ever musical tale of story in a church. Simon Chan, composer and artistic director at The Other Production Company, has translated Wilde’s beautiful story telling into equally beautiful music. Sharing the […]

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Theatre Review: When The Rain Stops Falling, Judith Wright Centre (27.05.16)

May 29, 2016

In a very brief yet consuming experience, much like the turn of many events in our lives, Judith Wright Centre became the space for Andrew Bovell’s When The Rain Stops Falling for the weekend only. THAT Production Company based in Ipswich presented the show and made it through the challenge of capturing the fluidity of […]

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TV Review: Broad City, Season 3 (USA, 2016)

May 1, 2016

Broad City has, like many good shows. survived the three-season landmark. Many shows seem to leak creative juices until that Season 3 where characters get stale, plotlines become gimmicks and guest stars come in with no real map of where to go in the show. Broad City has thankfully not been one of those shows. […]

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Live Review: Art vs. Science + KLP – The Triffid, Brisbane (19.03.16)

March 21, 2016

Last night marked the very final night of Art vs. Science’s album tour for Off The Edge Of The Earth and Into Forever, Forever. As expected, the three-piecey really gave it all for their closing show, filling the stage and venue with energy, sweat and brighter-than-stars pyrotechnics. With around an hour and a half set […]

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SXSW Film Review: Ghostland (Germany, 2015)

March 13, 2016

Ghostland isn’t your average documentary. It echoes the story of The God’s Must Be Crazy in both a whimsical and crushing way. Ju / ‘Hoansi Bushmen are a tribe in Namibia. After hunting laws came into place their way of life was changed. Without the ability to hunt they had to survive off bushland berries […]

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Tiga (Montreal) on his latest album, No Fantasy Required!

March 7, 2016

Your team at the AU got a chance to chat with Tiga about his upcoming album No Fantasy Required. Besides the album itself, we dug into nostalgia and why it’s bad, the sad farewell to David Bowie and growing up in Goa’s drug culture. This is your first album in seven years. What was the […]

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First Impressions: House of Cards Season 4 (USA, 2016)

March 5, 2016

The latest season of House of Cards was launched on Netflix on Friday. It’s been a long, cold year waiting for this season so if you need a quick recap read on. If not, skip ahead to the next paragraph. Simplified: Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who after knocking out Walker had a tough time with […]

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Theatre Review: 심청 ‹Shimchong›: Daughter Overboard! (performances until Feb 23)

February 20, 2016

Shimchong: Daughter Overboard! is the latest production by Motherboard Productions. Its story is both rooted in old Korean tales, and tales anew painted by the tumultuous state of Australian affairs. It begins in a far away land of another time where Shimchong, daughter of a blind man sacrifices herself by leaping overboard and sinking down […]

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TV Review: Broad City Season 3 Episode 1, “In Heat” (USA 201)

February 13, 2016

Abbi and Ilana are back in the newest season of sometimes surreal, always on point TV series Broad City. And it’s just been confirmed by Comedy Central they’re green lighted for Season 4 and 5 as well. (Yass Gaga!) If the sneak peak of the first episode is anything to go by fans are in […]

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TV Review: DAFUQ? (Australia, 2016) coming to a laptop near you February 15th

February 12, 2016

Perhaps one of ABC’s cheekiest web series yet will be launched on iView next week. In a time of Abbotts and Turnbulls squabbling for that prized coffee mug that says World’s Best Prime Minister and in most circumstances failing, and a time of turmoil and unrest all over the globe a show like DAFUQ? can […]

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Book Review: No Free Man by Graham Potts released January 2016

February 9, 2016

Let us introduce you to “The Wolf”. He’s vicious but not like that of a mangy dog. It’s a calculated, restrained and more often than not unnoticeable malice that only a trained eye might detect. He’s torn between the possibility of his own impossible freedom and a natural instinct to survive. He’s here in Australia, […]

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Festival Review: Laneway Festival – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (06.02.16)

February 8, 2016

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, colloquially referred to as Laneway, has taken on many forms since its inception of what it’s known as now in 2005. It only came to Brisbane in 2007, and marks only one more year short of a decade of the highly anticipated Brisbane event. This year, the big honchos were Beach […]

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Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog (US) talks about The Psychedelic Swamp!

January 28, 2016

the AU was told a story when they heard Dr. Dog are releasing another album this February. But this was a story of an unusual nature so we wanted the story behind the story. We got in touch with Scott “Taxi” McMicken from Dr. Dog to talk about it. “In the waning days of our […]

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Album Review: Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon (2015 LP)

January 20, 2016

They’re contenders for the APRA Song of the Year and they recently dropped into Falls Festival for a set or two. Let’s take a look back at Hiatus Kaiyote‘s sophomore album that propelled them further than they thought they could go. That’s right, we’re talking about future-soul, funk time travellers Hiatus Kaiyote and Choose Your […]

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Theatre Review: Heathers: The Musical – Brisbane QPAC (Performances through to January 17th)

January 12, 2016

Whether your faith is a God, the community or a Seers shopping catalogue sometimes we don’t ask the higher powers for something but he gives it to us anyway. Was there a riot demanding the 1988 cult classic Heathers be revamped into a musical? Probably not. But Off-Broadway is one of those whimsical places that […]

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Album Review: HEALTH – Death Magic (2015 LP)

December 23, 2015

LA noise band HEALTH officially released their third studio album Death Magic earlier in the year. The hiatus between their previous album Get Color and the new Death Magic has paid off. These guys have been dipping their toes into numerous projects over the years, from game soundtracks to video collabs with greats like Eric […]

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The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News – 17th December 2015

December 18, 2015

In This Issue: Just in, sad news for Soundwave. Triple J ends an era of podcasts. There are sign ups as well as the CMC Awards performers announced plus the latest ARIA charts. RIP Soundwave Soundwave festival has officially been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, confirmed as of today. The festival will not be returning […]

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DVD Review: Broad City – The Complete First Season (USA, 2015)

December 16, 2015

To celebrate the shiny, sparkly, glittery special DVD release of Broad City Season 1 we decided to revisit the dynamic duo known as Abbi and Ilana. From their interesting methods of transporting drugs to trying to deal your taxes, this show deals with what every 20-something is truly thinking. The DVD gives you all kinds […]

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The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News – 2nd December 2015

December 2, 2015

In this issue:The Age Music Victoria Awards inducts 10 new artists, Us the Band signs to Rice is Nice, Oh Pep! signs to Barely Dressed Records and Remote Control, Music Matters makes some big changes and Byron Bay’s Bluesfest wins best NSW festival once again. Don’t forget to see who has been knocked out of the top […]

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Album Review: Lolawolf – Every Fucking Day (2015 EP)

November 25, 2015

LOLAWOLF released their latest summery EP Every Fucking Day earlier this year – in our winter, to be exact. The brief album lays somewhere in minimalist hip hop and electronica. The trippy trio, fronted by Zoë Kravitz, have toured with the likes of Lilly Allen and Miley. It’ll be interesting to see if they launch into […]

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The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News – 25th November 2015

November 25, 2015

In This Issue: APRA announces the winners of the Professional development Awards, Adele destroys the charts, there are some exciting new signings with record deals on the horizon and the ARIA charts get their share of the limelight. The APRA PDA Winners have been announced Whittled down from a pool of 1200 talented music artists APRA […]

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The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News – 18th November 2015

November 18, 2015

In This Issue: APRA AMCOS Boards has a new member join the ranks, Melbourne musicians start new project to connect the community and High Tension welcomes their new drummer as well as the updated ARIA Charts. New talent joins APRA AMCOS Boards Amanda Brown was welcomed for the first time to the 12-member APRA Board […]

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The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News – 11th November 2015

November 11, 2015

In This Issue: The American Music Awards announces its host and line-up,Red Bull prepares for the annual billy cart races with the help of NOVA 96.9, Rdio announces its new Artist To Watch and OpenLIVE launches the new Artist Dashboard as well as the latest ARIA charts. The 2015 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS Live on FOX8 Australia […]

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