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Rising

Book Review: Bronwyn Eley saves the best for last with series finale Rising

May 6, 2021

With the power of two Relics now at her command and with the rebel leader Bellamy finally apprehended, Kaylan has a new challenge ahead of her. In order to rid the world of the corrupting magic of the stones, she must collect all five and destroy them once and for all. But convincing the other […]

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Interview: Claudia Karvan on her film June Again and being hungry for new experiences

May 6, 2021

A staple of the Australian entertainment landscape for over 30 years, Claudia Karvan has amassed countless accolades – including Logie and AACTA Award wins – and an enviable catalogue that has seen her conquer theatre, television and cinema. To coincide with the release of the new dramedy June Again (read our review here), Karvan spoke […]

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Top Gift Ideas to Make Your Family Smile

May 6, 2021

Through laughter and tears, triumph and tribulations, our family members always stick by our side. While there are countless ways to let your relatives know how much you truly appreciate them, ‘gift giving’ is one of the most popular love languages. However, the closer we are to someone, the harder it can be to pick […]

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Australia goes ‘big’ for domestic tourism in 2021

May 6, 2021

Australia may have plenty of kitschy, human-made ‘big’ things, but no amount of overblown bananas or prawns could match the country’s epic landscape. With full respect to our beloved behemothic icons, “thinking bigger” is the crux of Tourism Australia’s next phase in their ongoing “Holiday Here This Year” campaign, and it couldn’t be more inspiring. […]

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The next Black Panther & Captain Marvel films officially named as Marvel teases Phase 4 of the MCU in new video

May 5, 2021

“The world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change: we’re all part of one big family.” As the world slowly starts to find its footing once more, so too one of the greatest past time activities; going to the cinema. One studio that has arguably reshaped the movie-going experience and […]

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PlayStation Nike Paul George

PlayStation announces sneaker collab with Nike and Paul George

May 5, 2021

PlayStation has announced a sneaker collaboration with Nike and NBA superstar Paul George. The fruit of this blessed union, the PG-5 PlayStation 5 colorway, is coming to retailers on May 14. The kicks, which were announced via a post on the PlayStation Blog, embrace not only PG’s signature style but the look of the PlayStation […]

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Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill musical to re-open the Theatre Royal Sydney in September

May 5, 2021

The Theatre Royal in Sydney is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and to mark its reopening in September, will premiere Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill stage musical. This is the first time it has been staged outside of Broadway. Jagged Little Pill debuted in December 2019 at the American Repertory Theater, however, was closed abruptly […]

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Interview: Zoe Wees on “Ghost”, Lewis Capaldi and German music.

May 5, 2021

Zoe Wees was Apple Music’s global ‘Up Next’ artist for April with only three singles to her name and at just 18-years-old. The German-born singer-songwriter has wowed international audiences since her debut track “Control” in 2020, went viral on TikTok with her next release “Girls Like Us”, and has recently backed it up with “Ghost”. […]

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Southern Comfort takes premix drinks to the next level with peach and apple flavours

May 5, 2021

The recent boom that’s taken premixed drinks sector to the next level hasn’t just had the benefit of making your giving those bottle shop shelves some much needed colour. It’s added a much needed diversity and variety to go far beyond that standard rum & coke you used to to rely so heavily on at […]

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Photo Gallery: Charlie Collins + The Sunday Estate + Angeles – Lazybones Lounge (04.05.21)

May 5, 2021

Charlie Collins launched her latest single, “Fuck It” at Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville last night. It was a sold-out gig, which was filled with many highlights. The visceral “Fuck It” was definitely one of them. Her band was super-tight, and high-energy. Meg Mac made a guest appearance, to duet on “Honey Can We Run Away”, filling […]

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Film Review: June Again is an emotionally devastating dramedy anchored by Noni Hazlehurst

May 5, 2021

Despite a rather sunny marketing campaign – the poster alone evokes feelings of joy – June Again is a far more emotionally devastating feature than audiences may be expecting.  That’s certainly not a criticism on behalf of JJ Winlove‘s feature film debut, more a light warning to audiences who may not be prepared for its […]

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Dan Baker

Exclusive Single Premiere: Dan Baker “Take This Rose” (2021)

May 5, 2021

North Queensland’s folk-singer Dan Baker is about to release his first track of the year, and we’re delighted today to be premiering “Take This Rose”, a stunning blend of passion and pain, ahead of its official release on Friday. The track is written as an expression of love, and a commitment made to a long-distance […]

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Xbox Game Pass May

Everything coming and going from Xbox Game Pass in May

May 5, 2021

Xbox has announced the list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in May. From popular picks like FIFA 21, Twitch favourites like Outlast 2, and cult classics like Psychonauts, there’s a little something for everyone. We’ve noted, where appropriate, which games are for Xbox Series X|S only, PC only, or coming to both platforms. […]

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Chris Lanzon

Track of the Week: Chris Lanzon “Always Forever” (2021)

May 5, 2021

Sydney singer-songwriter and producer Chris Lanzon releases a new single, his second for the year, today. “Always Forever”, is the final single to be released from Lanzon’s forthcoming EP Far From Perfect, which is out June 11th on Hunnydew Recordings.  “Always Forever”, with its soft instrumentation and lyrical introspection, is a delicate and charming slice […]

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The French Gift

Book Review: The strength of female friendship is celebrated in Kirsty Manning’s The French Gift

May 5, 2021

Kirsty Manning‘s historical fiction always features two things: an intriguing mystery in the past that must be uncovered by characters in the present day, and sumptuous descriptions of food and drink. Her latest novel, The French Gift is no exception. And no wonder, as Kirsty Manning is the co-owner of the Bellota Wine Bar and the […]

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San Cisco

Interview: San Cisco on losing teeth, audience reactions and their upcoming tour

May 4, 2021

  In 2020, San Cisco released their strongest album to date, but with travel off the cards, the band was restricted to playing Between You and Me solely around Western Australia. The album debuted at the number five spot on the ARIA Album Charts and features hits such as “Reasons” and “When I Dream” which have […]

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New Pokemon Snap

New Pokemon Snap Review: Picture perfect

May 4, 2021

New Pokemon Snap is the 22-year sequel to a cult-favourite Nintendo 64 game. The original, released in 1999, was an inventive, if ultimately shallow, brand exercise. Players hopped into an on-rails rover and took photos of Pokemon in the wild. You had no control over the rover itself, it would wind through each level at […]

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Xbox Series FPS Boost

70 games just got an FPS Boost on Xbox Series X|S

May 4, 2021

Xbox has announced the addition of 70 new games to the growing Xbox Series X|S FPS Boost backwards compatibility roster. FPS Boost is a function of the Xbox Series X|S hardware that can double frame rates on many older games, The program partners with the original developers on each title to ensure stability and a […]

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Mia Rodriguez

Record breaking number of Australian Songwriters honoured in US-Based International Songwriting Competition

May 4, 2021

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2020 winners, and this year marks a high point for Australian artists and songwriters, racking up the most Aussie First Place wins in the competition’s history,. Australian writers have taken home six First Places (including Mia Rodriguez, pictured), three Second Places, one Third Place, and 35 Honorable […]

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PlayStation acquires minority stake in Discord, PS5 compatibility inbound

May 4, 2021

PlayStation has made a minority investment into Discord. It becomes the first of the Big Three console makers to begin a relationship with the popular online comms app. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan announced the partnership overnight with a short post on the official SIE blog. Beyond the disclosure that PlayStation had acquired a minority stake […]

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Just Like You

Book Review: Nick Hornby’s Just Like You is a smart, quaint and funny love story

May 4, 2021

The tagline for Nick Hornby’s ninth novel should be “Love happens you least expect it.” On, Just Like You he’s fashioned together an interracial and intergenerational romance between two unlikely individuals. The result is a very sweet and realistic book that could offer a breezy form of escapism for readers during the world’s continued Covid madness. Hornby […]

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Kid Le Chat

Exclusive EP Premiere: Kid Le Chat –Luck Comes Too Late (2021 EP)

May 4, 2021

US and Brazilian indie duo Kid Le Chat are all set to release their brand new EP, Luck Comes Too Late this week. Ahead of its official release on Wednesday, May 5th we bring you this exclusive first listen, and a track by track walk through from the band.  Luck Comes Too Late, the group’s […]

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The Wedding Singer

Theatre Review: The Wedding Singer lights up Melbourne with a burst of energetic 80s nostalgia

May 3, 2021

An 80s-lover’s neon-filled fantasy, come to life! After selling out performances across Broadway and the UK, The Wedding Singer brings its neon lights, flashy perms and dazzling choreography to Melbourne – filling the Athenaeum Theatre with a sense of resounding joy and classic 80s nostalgia. Based on the beloved Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy, The […]

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Free live music to arrive in Sydney every Friday this month

May 3, 2021

This May, Sydney’s Seymour Centre will be introducing a new weekly event to its annual calendar: Seymour Nights. The night is part of the venue’s contemporary music program, and will kick off this Friday – May 7th – with two sets from beloved alt-bluegrass outfit The Morrisons. The night kicks off just after sunset, at […]

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Film Review: Cliff Walkers is a stylish and visually exciting cinematic chase from acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou

May 3, 2021

Set in Northern China in 1931, Cliff Walkers follows the story of four Soviet-trained Chinese agents who are tasked to find an informer who has escaped from a location that was occupied by the Japanese, who used it for nefarious purposes like torture. Their mission is to evade capture and make it to Harbin so […]

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Interview: Tash Sultana on invincibility, validation and MTV Unplugged

May 3, 2021

Tash Sultana is set to perform on MTV Unplugged Melbourne on May 4th, following in the footsteps of some of Australia’s greatest artists. Joining the ranks alongside Amy Shark, DMA’s, Gang of Youths and Courtney Barnett, Tash gearing up for their first performance of their Terra Firma chapter, teasing that the performance will be littered with […]

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EJ Worland

Live Review: EJ Worland + The Hunnies – Mary’s Underground, Sydney (01.05.21)

May 3, 2021

Hot on the heals of the release of his debut EP in early April, EJ Worland hit up Mary’s Underground in Sydney on Saturday night to showcase the best of the EP to a keen and loyal home town crowd. With the release of No One Left to Blame still fresh in the mind, and […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival

8 events you can’t miss at Brisbane Writers Festival

May 3, 2021

Brisbane Writers Festival is just a few days away, and with a huge range of events both online and at the BWF hub at the State Library of Queensland, we’ve decided to do a bit of the hard work for you! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of eight unmissable events – though […]

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Theatre Review: Sydney Opera House’s Claudel shines a light on a forgotten genius

May 1, 2021

You could be forgiven for having never heard of a French sculptor named Camille Claudel. Like many talented and brilliant women history forgot, she existed in the shadow of a man and within the confines of a society that feared the ambitions of women. Growing up with a father who encouraged her and a mother […]

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Lime Cordiale are set to embark on their largest Australian tour yet

May 1, 2021

Lime Cordiale seem to be everywhere since the release of their debut album 14 Steps To A Better You. And through October, they quite literally will be as they embark on their biggest tour yet around the country. 2020 saw the band score the most nominations at the ARIA Awards, taking home the Breakthrough Artist […]

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