The Latest from the AU

Two Kids and A Radio: Melody Moko takes us through her sophomore album track by track

September 11, 2020

Following a national tour, a CMC New Artist nomination, and numerous festival performances, Melody Moko returns with her much anticipated second album, Two Kids and a Radio – out today. Continuing with her unique take on the Americana sound, the New South Wales’ musician exhibits just how masterfully she is able to draw emotion from her songwriting. Further, […]

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TIFF Review: Holler is a remarkable coming-of-age drama and directorial debut from Nicole Riegel

September 11, 2020

Jessica Barden stars as Ruth Avery, a high school student who lives in Jackson, Ohio with her older brother Blaze (Gus Halper). She is intelligent and resilient but due to her living conditions, she is looked down upon by people at school to the point that she has to resort to stealing books (i.e. Madame […]

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Interview: Director Christopher Landon on his Freaky new film, the Happy Death Day franchise, and injecting humanity into the horror genre

September 11, 2020

  As the trailer for Christopher Landon‘s body-swap horror-comedy Freaky premieres across the globe, The AU Review’s Peter Gray was fortunate enough to chat with the director, touching on the casting of Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, his love of the horror genre, and if we can expect a third Happy Death Day. After seeing […]

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Chin Chin is doing delivery to Mornington Peninsula for one day only

September 11, 2020

With Melbourne still under lockdown, ordering in has become a necessity for those who still want to support and experience their favourite venues. Chin Chin has been at the forefront of this, with their ready-to-cook Make Me, Feed Me packs being delivered all over Melbourne. Though that hasn’t been of much use for fans outside […]

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Tequila Mockingbird opens Sydney CBD pop-up

September 11, 2020

The best named Latin American restaurant in Sydney has officially popped open a sister venue, translating much of what makes Paddington’s Tequila Mockingbird such a stunner. The new Tequila On York is a semi-obscured, Tequila-heavy restaurant and bar hanging out in an old printing shop just off the CBD’s York Street, streamlining the flavours of […]

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Film production set to ramp up in Australia as Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis gets underway in Queensland

September 10, 2020

“We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business’”. And with that statement, Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann once again controls the reins of Elvis, a musical drama detailing the life and music of the iconic Elvis Presley. After an unexpected delay in filming due to the unprecedented world events, cameras will roll […]

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Everything Everything (UK) talk Re-Animator: Sometimes I sing so high it’s just insane

September 10, 2020

Last month I sat down on a Zoom call with Jonathan Higgs and Alex Robertshaw from the British group Everything Everything, who tomorrow release their long awaited new album Re-Animator. It’s their fifth album in a decade and their first since 2017’s brilliant A Fever Dream – which saw them tour Australia at the end […]

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Track of the Day: Stevan “Impress You” (2020)

September 10, 2020

Following up the huge success of his debut mixtape Just Kids, Wollongong-based artist Stevan wastes no time with new single “Impress You”. Gliding over a fast-bubbling beat shaped by LUCIANBLOMKAMP, it’s clear the 19-year-old artist has no designs to slow down anytime soon, demonstrating a sound that’s even more expansive and open than the potent […]

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Interview: MasterChef alumni Matt Sinclair shares his tips and techniques on all things beef

September 10, 2020

As warmer weather approaches, what better way to celebrate spring than a good old fashioned BBQ or cooking up a Sunday roast? The AU Review spoke with MasterChef finalist and restaurant owner of Sum Yung Guys, Matt Sinclair, who enlightened us with his knowledge of the best beef cuts and cooking techniques. From slow braising, […]

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Album of the Week: Everything Everything comes out of hibernation with Re-animator (2020 LP)

September 10, 2020

Everything Everything has always been a band that treads the fine line between grandiose displays of eccentric rock ready for heaving festival crowds, and smart, reclusive, ballad inspired classics fit for a small sweaty room filled with wine and scotch drinks.  Being able to seamlessly meander across this spectrum of sound has enabled the Manchester […]

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Koko Black blesses chocolate lovers with new Australiana range

September 10, 2020

Australia’s most timeless treats have been pulled in every direction for the past few years, expressed so lovingly as ice creams, biscuits, KitKat’s, and more. Now, artisan chocolatier Koko Black have thrown their considerable hat in the ring with a new range celebrating Australiana classics distilled into and expressed as various chocolate bars and crackles. […]

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Marvel’s Avengers Review: World’s Greatest Grind

September 10, 2020

That Marvel’s Avengers released when it did could be considered great timing. With the MCU coming to a grinding halt, I was looking forward to this as a perfect replacement. But after a worrying beta filled with repetitive gameplay and awkward mission structure, Marvel’s Avengers left me with a few concerns. Its full release is […]

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The Little Lord Street Band

Exclusive Album Premiere: The Little Lord Street Band – A Minute Of Another Day (2020 LP)

September 10, 2020

This week sees the release of A Minute of Another Day, the much anticipated debut album from Perth alt-country folk group The Little Lord Street Band. The album, which officially releases tomorrow, is a mixed bag of songs that crisscrosses the genres and highlights the songwriting talents of both James Rogers and Natasha Shanks. We’re big […]

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The Mother Fault

Book Review: Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault is deservedly one of this year’s most hyped Australian novels

September 10, 2020

In an indeterminate future Australia where everything is run by The Department, Mim’s husband, Ben, goes missing. Unable to track him using the technology that all citizens are fitted with, members of The Department begin asking questions. They claim to be concerned for his welfare, but they take Mim’s passport and those of her two […]

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Series X

Xbox confirms Australian Series S/Series X launch date and pricing

September 10, 2020

Following the announcement of its low-cost Series S console on Tuesday, Xbox has formally announced pricing on the higher-end Series X. The Xbox Series X will retail for $499 in the US, in line with price points indicated in Tuesday’s leaks. This translates to $749 AUD, as announced by Xbox ANZ on socials earlier this […]

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Women's Prize for Fiction

Maggie O’Farrell wins 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction

September 10, 2020

Overnight it has been announced that Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her eighth novel Hamnet.  As has become the norm in the age of COVID, the announcement was made during a live digital awards ceremony, with 2020 Chair of Judges Martha Lane Fox announcing O’Farrell as this year’s winner […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Coast & Ocean “Valentino” (2020)

September 9, 2020

Hailing from Wollongong, Coast & Ocean has already demonstrated a flexible style with singles “Peaches n Cream”, “Cherry Cola”, and “Golden in April”. Now it’s time to switch to a spring aesthetic with “Valentino”, the playful new single that uniquely sketches a coastal vibe onto a seamless blend of R&B and rap and is premiering […]

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KOGO

Track of the Day: KOGO “IN YOUR FACE” (2020)

September 9, 2020

Emerging Adelaide solo artist KOGO’s new track “IN YOUR FACE” is a departure from his earlier work in many ways. This tune fits squarely into an indie-rock mould, creating a juxtaposition with his previous electronic feel. About the origins of the song he says, “Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of pop-punk from the […]

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Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S officially revealed, Series X pricing to follow

September 8, 2020

After images of the console leaked earlier today, Xbox has confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S. Series S is a smaller, less powerful, budget-priced version of the Xbox Series X hardware arriving later this year. The Series S will set you back USD $299. As this story was being prepared, Xbox UK announced […]

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Nominees revealed for the 2020 National Live Music Awards as public voting opens

September 8, 2020

The nominees for the 5th annual National Live Music Awards have been announced, which will be held on Sunday 20 October 2020 – both virtually and physically. Sampa the Great has received the most recognition, with three nominations – Live Act of the Year, Live Voice of the Year and Best Live Act in VIC […]

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The 2020 Queer Screen Film Festival goes online

September 8, 2020

This year’s annual Queer Screen Film Festival, the little sister to February’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, will be held entirely online, allowing for anyone across the country to join the celebration. Running across 11 days from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 27 September, this year’s program features over 40 feature films, documentaries and shorts. With […]

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Film Review: Bill & Ted Face the Music is a genuinely joyous slice of nostalgia that proves worth the wait for long-standing fans

September 8, 2020

As someone who was a kid when the first two Bill & Ted films were released (Excellent Adventure in 1989, Bogus Journey in 1991), and watched them on a regular basis throughout my childhood, I’m very much in the target demographic for the unexpected sequel that is Bill & Ted Face the Music.  As 1980’s-leaning […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Golden Fang “Spooner’s Lookout” (2020)

September 8, 2020

Sydney indie-rock band Golden Fang are about to release the second single, “Spooner’s Lookout” off their album Here. Now Here. We are thrilled to be premiering this track ahead of its release on Friday. This is a song showcasing significant musical maturity and a love of their craft. The track opens with melodic acoustic guitars and pensive […]

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Track of the Day: Yawdoesitall Feat. Maina Doe “Armadillo” (2020)

September 8, 2020

Rising Sydney emcee Yawdoesitall hooks up with guest vocalist Maina Doe for new single “Armadillo”. Though early days for the rapper, with previous single “Get It” turning heads on the local scene earlier this year, the new cut is a sharp image of a young artist steady proving himself more than ready to rise through […]

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Recipe: How to make the Pixieberry Cheesecake from Final Fantasy XIV

September 8, 2020

It’s not often that a game is so stacked with delicious food that it inspires IRL recipes. Final Fantasy XIV is an exception. As one of the most beloved MMORPG’s based on the classic Square Enix series, XIV maintains an enviable space in the world of video games, with a passionate fan base just as […]

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Relicta Review: F**king magnets, how do they work?

September 7, 2020

Is Relicta trying too hard to be another Portal or can the first-person puzzler fashion its own identity from its magnetism-based mechanics? Yeah, kind of. I guess. The powers of magnetism and gravity are compelling when aggressively tested by complex level design and well considered puzzles, but the inconsistency in the game’s physics can easily […]

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Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera Review: Finally, a budget smart security camera

September 7, 2020

Arlo’s lineup of battery-powered outdoor cameras has been growing nicely as of late, offering up a flexible range that positions the company as one of the frontrunners when it comes to smart home security tech. With their latest, the Essential Spotlight Camera, the team at Arlo have created what is their most affordable entry-level device […]

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Cocktail Recipe: You’re Grounded by Melbourne Gin

September 7, 2020

Emerging craft gin label Melbourne Gin has just come from securing a Double Gold metal at the 2020 SIP Awards for the second year in a row, which certainly bodes well for their inventive releases as of late. To see what they’ve been playing around with in terms of flavour we hit them up for […]

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Samsung’s outdoor 4K Terrace QLED is coming to Australia

September 7, 2020

Samsung has announced a game-changing QLED 4K TV designed especially for outdoor set-ups, forming a new category that nods to an increasing need for flexibility to complement a wider range of home designs. Dubbed The Terrace, the new TV will be arriving in Australia next month in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, sporting the company’s […]

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Film Review: Buffaloed is a vehicle for Zoey Deutch’s star quality and infectious enthusiasm

September 7, 2020

Zoey Deutch is a star, and as her infectious enthusiasm and penchant for live-wire-fuelled comedy proves in Buffaloed, the world is simply waiting to catch up to her.  In the same manner as someone like Anna Kendrick, Deutch does so much with so little, going-for-broke with a fearlessness that often elevates both the material she’s […]

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