The Latest from the AU

Track of the Day: Joel James “Movie Kind of Timing” (2020)

June 24, 2020

Melbourne artist Joel James, who is becoming increasingly known for his cathartic live performances, has released a sentimental new power ballad by the name of “Movie Kind of Timing”, striking close to the high-flying emotive pop of bands like Imagine Dragons. A soft silky piano melody pulled out to reveal a bleeding, achingly vulnerable chorus […]

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Sydney’s Lower North Shore is getting an “urban farm” venue from Acre

June 24, 2020

After the successful launch of restaurants in Camperdown and Melbourne, the Acre Group is expanding even further by launching its third venue in Sydney’s lower north shore. Situated in Artarmon, the urban farm-inspired space will include bakeries, cafes, restaurants, bars, a kitchen garden and a greenhouse-style function space, aligning with the already existing Acre venues. The […]

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Interview: Irish actor Michael Smiley on his macabre new role in Acorn TV’s Dead Still

June 24, 2020

After an enormously successful launch in the United States and Canada, Acorn TV has arrived in Australia and New Zealand.  A predominantly British-centric service that showcases the best drama the UK has to offer, one of the instantly accessible series on the “Netflix for Anglophiles” is Dead Still.  Set in 1880’s Ireland, the comedically macabre […]

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Sydney’s BL Burgers’ special of the week is the post-iso meal you deserve

June 24, 2020

It’s always worth paying attention to what Sydney’s now legendary BL Burgers are doing each week. They pretty much pioneered the now widespread trend of gourmet burger joints touting inventive, and often ridiculous, themed weekly specials. Some of them have become deeply embedded in the passionate burger culture built in Sydney over the past few […]

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Track by Track: Brayden Sibbald takes us through his EP We Can Only Move Forward (2020)

June 24, 2020

Brayden Sibbald, songwriter and producer from Dunsborough, WA, is releasing today his latest EP, We Can Only Move Forward. This follows on from Float, which was released in 2018. One of the singles from this EP, “Thin Air” has already racked up over 100,000 streams. We can Only Move Forward is signature Sibbald. His voice […]

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Iso sensation Nat’s What I Reckon is hitting the road for a huge Australian tour

June 24, 2020

Comedian and YouTube sensation Nat’s What I Reckon has built up quite the profile based off his hilarious, straight-shooting, shit-pasta-sauce-hating cooking videos. As iso upped the demand for cooking videos, his blunt approach and cuss-heavy humour quickly positioned him as one of 2020’s brightest stars. Now, that star is hitting the road. Though Nat had […]

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Recipe: Clam Chowder from San Francisco’s legendary Fog Harbour Fish House

June 24, 2020

You haven’t really visited San Francisco until you head on down to the waterfront, order up a piping hot clam chowder, and dive right in. The heart-warming, soul-stirring signature is a hit for anyone who heads on over the Bay Area, and we’re here today to let you know how to recreate it at home. […]

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Webjet just launched a 20 per cent off sale for domestic packages

June 23, 2020

In a nod to the return of national travel, Webjet has now launched a 72-hour sale for Aussie travellers with prices for domestic packages slashed by 20%. It follows a massive flight sale over the weekend by Qantas Group, which saw tens of thousands of flights sold for as little as $19. Now, people have […]

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Track of the Day: Everything Everything “Planets” (2020)

June 23, 2020

British band Everything Everything have been treating us to a pile of new tracks over the course of the Covid pandemic, which has truly proven a welcome respite from all the madness. The first two singles off their forthcoming record RE-ANIMATOR, “Arch Enemy” and “In Birdsong“, have both been excellent teasers for the full product; […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Snark “Wasted” (2020)

June 23, 2020

Thriving in the heady intersection of pop punk and indie rock, “Wasted” is the new one from Melbourne’s irrepressible Snark. The single was released last week to showcase a “more refined era” for the trio, hitting the hallmarks of both genres in a similar vibe to Violent Soho and Slowly Slowly. Today, we premiere the […]

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North Shore cafe Goodfields Eatery is going truffle crazy this season

June 23, 2020

Winter is without any doubt one of the most delicious times to be in Australia. Why? Truffles. Those highly prized dirt-sent treasures are everywhere when the temperature drops, and some of the country’s best eatery’s know exactly how to maximise them with inventive dishes making use of the holy fungi. Want proof? Head on over […]

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Harmon Kardon releases palm-sized ‘Neo’ speaker in Australia

June 23, 2020

Harman Kardon has now bought its palm-sized Bluetooth-enabled Neo speaker to the Australian market, perfectly timed as people across the country start to plan some post-iso adventures. The design-forward speaker plays in the premium portable space, with a sturdy strap, durable metal body, and reliable IPX7 waterproof rating. Harman Kardon is promising 10 hours of […]

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Crash Bandicoot 4

Crash Bandicoot 4 revealed at last, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

June 23, 2020

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been officially revealed. The game will become the fourth mainline entry in the series, and Activision’s first new Crash game in a decade. Back in time Crash Bandicoot 4 is canonically set after the end of Crash 3. When Naughty Dog departed the series, Crash had successfully locked […]

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Recipe: KFC Australia shows you how to make a Zinger Parmigiana

June 23, 2020

KFC Australia doesn’t need excessive grease to go straight for the heart. Nope, all they need is to release an easy-to-follow recipe for a supercharged “Zinger Parmy”, taking the pub favourite and maxing it out with the chicken chain’s greatest fillets. Releasing the Zinger Parmy (it should be “Parmi” but the results should more than […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Review: Witches get stitches

June 22, 2020

The Elder Scrolls Online‘s latest expansion, Greymoor, has arrived, adding a wealth of new content to the overall game Now, the entire Western Skyrim is open for adventurers to explore. And my gosh is it just beautiful. I’ve never actually played an Elder Scrolls game before, not even for the Switch. This makes The Elder Scrolls […]

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Track of the Day: Greatest Hits “Phil, Slow It Down” (2020)

June 22, 2020

The amusingly-named Aussie-English band Greatest Hits, have just released a very groovy 70’s-inspired tune, “Phil, Slow It Down”. This follows on from their debut single, “Mortals”, which was released last year. I am rather hoping that the debut album from these guys is self-titled. The band is the project of Australian musician Ryan Cooper and […]

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Parrtjima – A Festival in Light dates confirmed for September 2020

June 22, 2020

Now that domestic flights are being heavily discounted, Australian who have all this pent-up wanderlust brimming about need to make a decision on which parts of the country they want to explore in the coming months. The Northern Territory should benefit greatly from this, especially now that it has been confirmed that the state will […]

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Powerful portable speaker Sonos Move gets a new colour and software update

June 22, 2020

It hasn’t even been a year since Sonos released its first portable speaker, the Sonos Move, but the ever-reliable brand has already given the portable device a software upgrade and a new colour. The well-reviewed battery-powered smart speaker is now available in a stylish Lunar White colourway, bringing a different aesthetic to the company’s most […]

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Recipe: How to make Native American frybread and Navajo tacos

June 22, 2020

You can’t take a trip through the Southwest of the USA without exploring the rich and diverse history and culture of Native Americans. From New Mexico and Colorado to Utah and Wyoming, there is plenty of opportunity to educate yourself on indigenous North America, and of course that means giving yourself over to the culinary […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Luke Howell “Stuck On You” (2020)

June 22, 2020

Following a two year journey across the world, Gold Coast musician Luke Howell has knuckled down and finally readied his debut single, “Stuck On You”. Coming from someone who has already put in plenty of work for the music industry, bouncing between separate deals across UMG, Warner and Sony Music in the USA, the R&B-inflected […]

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Some of Australia’s best hotels now have gourmet hampers for your post-iso picnic

June 22, 2020

While some Australian hotels are running ambitious competitions, others are responding to the recent loosening of COVID-19 restrictions by putting together gourmet hampers for those looking to explore more of their backyard. Between Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the following Marriott International hotels are drawing upon their considerable reach in the local culinary scene to […]

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Qantas Group announce $19 flights and triple frequent flyer points

June 20, 2020

It looks like those long-rumoured $19 domestic fares are now a reality, as Jetstar and Qantas announce a number of sales and ground-breaking initiatives to “launch tourism”. This includes Jetstar putting 10,000 fares on sale for that sweet aforementioned price, encompassing 35 routes across 15 destinations. Although the budget carrier has seen unprecedented demand since […]

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Ben & Jerry’s has created an “impossible” ice-cream burger for Australia

June 19, 2020

The immortal ice cream impresarios at Ben & Jerry’s have officially gone into burger territory, slapping some of their famously indulgent treats in the middle of a brioche bun and dubbing it the “Impossible to Eat Burger.” Though it’s not quite impossible to eat. Because I will eat it. As will you. The Ben & […]

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Track Of The Day: Gareth.T “best me i can” (2020)

June 19, 2020

Hong Kong-born R&B artist, Gareth.T has unveiled his debut single “best me i can” with Umami Records. Self-producing the track himself, the soulful tune consists of slow and uplifting beats mixed with modern and old school R&B. The single evokes a profound and powerful message of living your truth and harnessing the best version of […]

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Tash Sultana releases gorgeous cover for The Last of Us Part II

June 19, 2020

With the launch of The Last of Us Part II in Australia today, PlayStation have roped in Australian muso Tash Sultana to cover one of the game’s most haunting tracks. The song, Through The Valley, was originally recorded by Shawn James. It was later featured as an in-character cover by Last of Us 2 star Ashley Johnson […]

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Ten Years On: When The Preatures’ debut self-titled EP made them Sydney’s band to watch

June 19, 2020

It’s hard to believe, but ten years ago The Preatures released their debut, self-titled EP – then under their former name of The Preachers. Obviously far more difficult to Google, with a number of bands who had or were already using that name. In fact, if you want to find this EP on Spotify, it […]

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Watch Nathaniel Rateliff pay tribute to Richard Swift in this emotional performance in the woods

June 19, 2020

Since the world has gone into isolation, we’ve been enjoying a plethora of never-before-seen live streams coming online. For the last 11 weeks, the Portland festival Pickathon have been releasing new videos daily on YouTube, raising money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. One of the best performances is Nathaniel Rateliff, performing solo at the festival’s incredible […]

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Aussie artists just cleaned up at the 9th Annual A2IM Libera Awards

June 19, 2020

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City, “the largest Independent music award show in the world.”. The event capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of “IndieWeek”, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event. The awards […]

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Album of the Week: Jack Garratt brings tenderness and acceptance to Love, Death & Dancing (2020 LP)

June 19, 2020

It’s been four years since Jack Garratt released his debut album to mass love and the weight of expectation that could well ruin the best of artists. And, almost unsurprisingly, this is exactly what happened to him. Touted as the one-stop shop set to change the face of alternative pop, Garratt toured relentlessly for his […]

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Interview: Ocean Alley (AUS) on Lonely Diamond, secret recipes and the luxury of time

June 19, 2020

Ocean Alley have cemented themselves as a pillar within the Australian music scene. From taking out the inaugural top spot on triple j‘s Hottest 100 in 2019 to being a festival fixture across the country, it’s quite clear that us Australians quite simply cannot get enough. And thankfully not only do Ocean Alley hear this […]

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