The Latest from the AU

It’s been weeks, and I’m still thinking about Jay Som’s live show

March 20, 2020

“What’s that song playing outside?” asks Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte. The crowd at her debut Brisbane show was confused: is she referring to the grunge cover band bleeding through the windows, or the bass of the karaoke night thumping through the floorboards of The Foundry? “We should play one of those songs, too,” she […]

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SXSW Film Review: Make Up is a self-discovery tale dressed up like a psychological thriller

March 20, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Perhaps diving a little too heavily into the metaphorical stance on storytelling, Claire Oakley‘s Make Up is a self-discovery tale dressed up like […]

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Hartley

Track of the Day: Hartley “Bittersweet” (2020)

March 20, 2020

Not content with just releasing her debut eponymous EP back in January, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hartley is back with a brand new single. Co-produced alongside Ninajirachi, “Bittersweet” is a playful bop all about wanting those things you know aren’t good for you. That extra slab of chocolate, bottle of wine, that certain someone you have your […]

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Onward

Film Review: Onward can’t quite meet the dazzling pedigree of its Pixar contemporaries

March 20, 2020

By virtue of unfortunate comparison to Pixar’s impeccable back catalogue of masterpieces, every new film from the studio faces a dauntingly high bar to clear. Last year, Toy Story 4 somehow managed to defy all expectations and walk off with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in the process. Sadly, Pixar’s first of two […]

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The Witcher

Book Review: Delve deeper into the world of The Witcher with Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish

March 20, 2020

Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher. He makes his living travelling from town to town, hunting down the monsters that stalk the land. After a particularly nasty encounter with a striga, he recovers in a secluded temple. While there, he reflects on past assignments and an uncertain future. First published in the early 90s and […]

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Etihad

Etihad is now allowing passengers to cancel flights for future credit

March 20, 2020

In response to the current situation with Covid-19, Etihad Airways has introduced “Etihad Credit” to give guests the freedom to delay their travel plans. It simply works by permitting a free cancellation and is offering the original value of their booking to be used as credit towards their next trip. As the situation continues to […]

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Kate Miller-Heidke

Exclusive Video Premiere: Michel van der Aa feat. Kate Miller-Heidke “What A Dream” (2020)

March 19, 2020

February saw Dutch contemporary classical composer Michel van der Aa release his debut indie-pop album. Time Falling saw the composer collaborating with the ever talented and versatile Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. Today we’re incredibly excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the music video for album track “What A Dream”.  Time Falling is billed […]

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Julia Jacklin

ISOL-AID: “Social distancing” music festival announced for Australia

March 19, 2020

Taking place entirely on social media, ISOL-AID has been speedily pulled together with a cracking Aussie line-up to adapt to a post-covid world. As the coronavirus continues to decimate industries around the world, the live music scene has been dramatically effected due to the understandable need to practice strict social distancing. In a bid to […]

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Film Review: The Current War lacks the true spark to create any real power

March 19, 2020

One of the biggest film casualties of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has been Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s The Current War; a lavish period biopic which was surely due to be Weinstein’s great big Oscar hope of the 2017 season. After premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to a tepid response, Gomez-Rejon was furiously […]

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Shakes & Palaces

Track of the Day: Shacks & Palaces “Once Upon A Hilltop” (2020)

March 19, 2020

Shacks & Palaces is the new solo project from The Temper Trap bassist Jonny Aherne. The Australian-born, Brooklyn-based artist has already dropped the project’s debut single, “Once Upon A Hilltop”, and a delightful music video to accompany it.  With the world pretty much doing into lockdown, “Once Upon A Hilltop”, is the uplifting slice of […]

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SXSW Midnight Shorts: Five short films that make us want more

March 18, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. The Midnight Shorts Competition has long been an audience favourite at SXSW.  A bite-sized marathon of twisted ideas that usually fuses gore, overt […]

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SXSW Film Review: The Surrogate is a realistic drama unafraid to be uncomfortable

March 18, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Detailing a tragic situation with a sobering, uncomfortable realism that has the potential to test even the most patient of viewers, The Surrogate […]

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Fancy Face

Exclusive Video Premiere: Fancy Face “Slip Up” (2020)

March 18, 2020

Melbourne 5-piece Fancy Face released their debut single “Slip Up” last month, and today we’ve got the Exclusive Video Premiere for this high-octane ball of fun. It’s just the tonic for these gloomy times. I love this video – I would have got it up online earlier but I’ve been watching it on repeat this […]

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Ben Lukas Boysen

Track of the Day: Ben Lukas Boysen “Medela” (2020)

March 18, 2020

Berlin-based composer and producer Ben Lukas Boysen returns in May with his long-awaited third album Mirage. Ahead of its release the producer has teased the album, through new single “Medela”.  Mirage follows Gravity (2013) and the acclaimed 2016 full length Spells. The latter was as admired by his peers as by his fans. Indeed, since […]

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How The New Colossus Festival became New York City’s final party before the lights went out

March 18, 2020

I write this sitting in self-isolation in Toronto, Canada – as countries around the world are closing borders, scrambling to “flatten the curve” as the reality of the spread of Coronavirus sinks in. I, like too many, had been rather blasé about the whole thing – I mean I was sanitizing surfaces, washing my hands […]

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SXSW Short Film Review: Single is a biting commentary on living with a physical disability

March 18, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Proof that more than enough can be conveyed in a fraction of the time of a standard feature, Ashley Eakins‘ short-feature Single is […]

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Chargrill Charlies

Chargrill Charlie’s is going “contactless” in response to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

As local businesses start to adapt to the current situation with Covid, chicken chain Chargrill Charlie’s has joined in by implemented a new “contactless” ordering system. Ensuring they can still serve their local communities despite the need for social distancing, Chargrill Charlie’s has introduced a “Eat Contactless with Charlie’s” addition to their smartphone app. This […]

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SXSW Episodic Pilot Program Review: Everyone Together (Episode 1) hones a snappy, dark-leaning sense of humour

March 17, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. The description outlined for the comedy series Everyone Together sounds rather typical.  Dysfunctional families from two very different cultural backgrounds subsequently bond and […]

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Jordan Merrick

Exclusive Single Premiere: Jordan Merrick “Millennial Blues” (2020)

March 17, 2020

Jordan Merrick, the Brisbane-based bush balladeer is about to release his latest offering, “Millenial Blues”. Jordan released “Low Country” in June 2019, and followed it up with “I Don’t Belong” and “Dangerously Sincere” prior to his debut album Night Music being released late last year. He hasn’t kept still though, releasing this new track, which […]

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Track of the Day: Methyl Ethel “Majestic AF” (2020)

March 17, 2020

Methyl Ethel are about to release a new EP, Hurts to Laugh and “Majestic AF”, the first release off it, is our Track of the Day. The EP was recorded at the same time as the long-play Triage which was released in 2019. Front-man and the creative force behind Methyl Ethel, Jake Webb,  was clearly […]

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SXSW Film Review: Shooting Heroin is a noble idea marred by melodramatics

March 17, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. A noble idea marred by melodramatics that often take away the importance of the film’s message, Shooting Heroin can’t help but feel like […]

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NOMAD up the Road

Gift Cards: how to support Aussie restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic

March 16, 2020

Covid-19, a novel coronavirus, has spread around the world and continues to cause unprecedented health, social and economic crises. Experts are pleading with people to take this seriously, while many separate on the two (equally stupid) extremes of naivety/complacency, and panic/fear-mongering. Social distancing is absolutely crucial to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but as a […]

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Hawaiian Airlines suspend flights

Hawaiian Airlines has suspended Australian and New Zealand flights

March 16, 2020

In response to the coronavirus and recent travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines has today announced that it will temporarily suspend nonstop services between Honolulu and its Australian and New Zealand gateways. The suspension will come into effect later this month, temporarily halting flights extending to numerous services. The five-times-weekly between SYD […]

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Track of the Day: Pirra “The Peak” (2020)

March 16, 2020

Sydney-side indie-dance-pop quartet Pirra are back with a new release, “The Peak”. It has a fun feverish energy that is bound to put a smile on your face. It’s just what we need after a seemingly inexhaustible stream of bad news recently. “The Peak” is a great follow-up to their previous track, “Under the Skyline” Jess […]

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Rouge

Adelaide Fringe Review: Rouge is a fun and sexy celebration

March 16, 2020

There was a good crowd in the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent for the final weekend performance of Rouge. Despite the increasing talk of COVID-19 in the press, audiences remained undaunted and expectant. The tent has a circular stage in the centre, with good views all round. The high fabric and glass covered walls gave the space […]

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Vivid Sydney

Statement released regarding Vivid Sydney’s cancellation in response to coronavirus

March 15, 2020

As most people now know, Vivid Sydney will not be on for this year. The event, which in 2019 attracted 2.4 million visitors, has been cancelled in response to the growing thread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19. The NSW Government has made this decision following recommendations by the Federal Government and health authorities to limit […]

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SXSW Film Review: Audiences with a penchant for the abstract are likely to enjoy The Carnivores

March 15, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. You can love your dog, and then you can love your dog.  And whilst Caleb Michael Johnson‘s bizarre effort The Carnivores wouldn’t be […]

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Qantas

Qantas and Jetstar introduce new measures in response to Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

As more airlines adapt to the current crisis surrounding coronavirus (covid-19), prospective passengers are being granted more flexibility. Today, Qantas Group – which is Qantas, QantasLink and their LCC Jetstar – have announced further measures to bring anyone with bookings peace of mind. The new measures follow increased travel restrictions being introduced by various government […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Shark Heist is a wild and crazy trip – Rhino Room (10.03.20)

March 14, 2020

As the audience is shepherded into the tiny downstairs Hell Fire space in the Rhino Room venue, they are greeted by a bearded man wearing nothing but a pair of white briefs. Smiling and friendly, he welcomes everyone with open arms. This is going to be a very intimate performance. Cam Venn explains the show […]

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Six Senses

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay introduces “The Water Retreat”

March 13, 2020

Acclaimed luxury brand Six Senses, with 18 hotels and resorts, and 30 spas in 21 countries, have recently revealed the newest addition to their renowned Six Senses Ninh Van Bay resort in Vietnam. Titled “The Water Retreat,” the new lodging seek to further immerse guests in the resort’s unforgettable location. The brand new property is […]

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