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Exclusive Album Premiere: The Byzantines – You Pull It (2017 EP)

February 20, 2017

First emerging onto the scene with some catchy hooks and a sound akin to Kasabian’s younger, Adelaide-bred cousin, The Byzantines have continued to refine their sounds and broaden their horizons – the final and most recent result appearing in the form of their new EP, You Pull It. The Britpop influences are still a dominant feature within […]

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Monte Alto Roasters bring coffees from all over the world to the lower north shore (Sydney)

February 20, 2017

A globe-trotting coffee menu defines new Crows Nest roster Monte Alto, who offering a “Round the World” coffee experience which also explores different ways a well-made cuppa can be served. Focusing on the distinctive differences between the likes of an Austrian wiener melange, American red eye, Portuguese mazagran, Vietnamese ca phe sua da and others, […]

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Tasmanian distillery Southern Wild releases new gins using native botanicals

February 20, 2017

It ain’t all about whisky and cider down in Tasmania. New local distillery Southern Wild have dove into the domestic market in a big way, making a splash with a range of gins named after the two wild rivers which run from the snowmelt of Cradle Mountain through the hinterland to the pristine coast of […]

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The Roosevelt makes a strong case for more whisky masterclasses in Sydney

February 19, 2017

“I don’t drink whisky” is a sentence I often hear from friends whose experience with the spirit doesn’t really extend beyond one or two harsh drams downed much too quickly, or a poorly made cocktail with an overload of sugary ingredients. Each to their own I guess, but to write off such a wonderfully diverse […]

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Ovolo Hotels celebrate Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia with a massive giveaway

February 19, 2017

It’s almost that time of year again when Carriageworks transforms into a gigantic runway for the top Australian and international fashion designers, to showcase their 2017/18 resort collection. Sydney will become a hub of all things glitz and glamour, with industry leading designers, editors, buyers, and enthusiasts gathering to celebrate the art of fashion design. […]

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: At The Dakota “Arrow Holder” (2017)

February 16, 2017

Continuing to produce some effortlessly upbeat indie pop music straight out of the Top End, Darwin’s At The Dakota return with a brand new music video, this time for “Arrow Holder” – lined up for official release on February 24th. The tune itself is ridiculously catchy; the band has refined their pop sensibilities further off the […]

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Loren Kate “Silver and Gold” (2017)

February 15, 2017

Adelaide singer/songwriter Loren Kate brings us her new music video for the rich and gorgeous single, “Silver and Gold”. Premiering with the AU this afternoon, takes the audience out into sun-kissed territory; kids play and explore, while Loren’s voice captivates. The Telstra Road to Discovery winner has had a big few years leading up to the release […]

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New Zealand’s gold medal winning Rogue Society Gin launches in Australia

February 14, 2017

Rogue Society, a highly regarded and versatile artisan dry gin coming out of New Zealand, has recently made it’s Australian debut, travelling across the ditch to bring the ever-growing domestic market something refreshingly classic yet modernised for contemporary trends. Based on a 300 year old recipe, for which Rogue Society uses a unique combination of […]

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Archie Rose Distilling Co. release Japanese inspired gin with red miso, sesame seed and Sansho pepper

February 14, 2017

Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. are always into something new, but this latest collaboration is a bit different for them, paying homage to native Japanese ingredients with a new gin collaboration. The partnership has the Archie Rose crew teaming up with acclaimed tattoo artist Kian Forreal, better known as Shodai Horisumi, resulting in an expression […]

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5 of the best Valentine’s Day options in Melbourne for 2017

February 12, 2017

The day of love is upon us, and if you’re in Melbourne and a super last minute planner, then allow us to help you out with a few ideas. We’ve sifted through some of the city’s best events to bring you five to suit any Valentine’s Day celebration, whether that be floating towards tradition or […]

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Zephyr is Sydney’s luxurious new sky bar

February 10, 2017

The recently opened Hyatt Regency Sydney and internationally renowned mixologist Grant Collins (The Powder Keg) have now opened the enormous property’s nautical themed open-air sky bar Zephyr. The bar, which opened this past week, follows the reveal of the hotel’s lush themed executive club lounge which sits below, both openings marking a substantial expansion for […]

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The best swimming pools in Sydney

February 10, 2017

It’s hot. Like really damn hot. It’s over 40 degrees right now as I sit here typing this and the threat of rolling controlled blackouts looms of the city and state because of how hot it is. As if they weather wasn’t erratic enough, Sydney is right now preparing for a record weekend heatwave that […]

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Five Albums You Must Listen to This Week (#001)

February 9, 2017

Kicking off a brand new feature column at the AU, we’re digging through our playlists, record collections, not to mention linking up with some of our favourite writers to find out what album’s they’re really digging at the moment. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be checking in with different writers to find out what’s been on […]

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The top 10 Valentine’s Day options in Sydney for 2017

February 8, 2017

The official day of love is upon us. Valentine’s Day comes but once a year, and for those who fully surrender to the traditional idea of roses and romance, it’s a perfect opportunity to put some of the city’s finest establishments to the test. Each year restaurants, hotels, spas, cafes and bars offer some of […]

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Here’s where you can cop the new Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Core Black/Red” this month

February 8, 2017

You knew it was coming. The first release for Kanye West and adidas is coming at you in just a few days. It’s now been confirmed that the sexy-as-fuck Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Core Black/Red” will see a worldwide release on February 11th, with a very first for the collaboration being that the sneakers will […]

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National Pizza Day: 400 Gradi are offering an expensive lobster and black truffle pizza this week (Melbourne)

February 7, 2017

Sure Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but there’s something even better coming at Aussies this week: National Pizza Day. The annual celebration of all things pizza falls on this Thursday 9th February, and you can be sure many of the country’s finest pizzerias and Italian restaurants will be cooking up specials for the […]

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Darling James takes us behind the scenes of the “Indonesian Cigarette” video

February 7, 2017

Sometimes you have a good idea that seems too crazy to work. Thankfully, if you can manage to throw it into the ether (or in this case, the internet) and not strangle it to death it might just take on a life of its own. When the thought came to me one freezing June night […]

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House of Correction to open alongside Mr Kwok on Swanston Street (Melbourne)

February 6, 2017

Swanston Street staple Noodle Kingdom is no more. The Sze family’s beloved restaurant has passed down to daughter Tiffy who has transformed the space into what is now Mr Kwok, an homage to her father as part of the newly formed Next Week Group, and a push towards the LanZhou and Gansu regions of China […]

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Tommy Ruff fish bar opens in Windsor (Melbourne)

February 5, 2017

After making a name for themselves in the Melbourne suburbs of Mordialloc and Elsternwick, Tommy Ruff are kick-starting the new year by branching out their popular fish bar to the Windsor end of Chapel Street. Designed by Studio Equator, the latest venue to the growing name features pastel coloured walls reminiscent of the beach and oak-wood […]

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Taste Test: Gelato Messina’s Tim Tam range

February 5, 2017

On January 26th Arnott’s announced that their latest Tim Tam collaboration would be with one of Australia’s most beloved dessert brands, Gelato Messina. Excitement was immediate. Messina have become the go-to for funky gelato flavours, and Arnott’s iconic Tim Tam remain one of the country’s most beloved snacks (they are even available in the U.S […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Helen Shanahan “I Only Hide” (2017)

February 3, 2017

Helen Shanahan’s new single “I Only Hide” invites the listener in, as she opens up about the battle of suffering from anxiety. It’s an issue still incredibly prevalent today and for many creatives, music often provides a great avenue for comfort and escape. The single is officially released on February 17th, but you can listen […]

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Orange Food Week returns in March with a mixed bag of 80 events (NSW)

February 2, 2017

Australia’s longest-running regional food festival, The Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District), returns again this year and will run from 31 March – 9 April. This hugely popular regional food and wine festival, now in its 26th year, offers foodies from around the country more than 80 events, including 6 signature events, all of […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Pretty City “Don’t You Remember Me My Love” (2017)

February 2, 2017

One of those bands we counted ourselves so lucky to have seen in 2016, Pretty City, have come back on to our radars with a brand new single in “Don’t You Remember Me My Love”. The psych rockers are about to head out on a tour of North America, so it’s fitting that this is the type of […]

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Travel Tips: Going it alone in South East Asia

February 2, 2017

Travelling alone can seem like a daunting idea. As soon as you hit accept on that plane ticket purchase you find yourself immediately overcome by worries: What if I get lost by myself? Who will I eat dinner with so that I don’t look like a total loner? Will I have to ask strangers to […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Rag n’ Bone “Pissy Flow” (2017)

February 2, 2017

WA group Rag n’ Bone have continued their winning streak, following on from a number of impressive shows at the tailed of 2016 and an impressive slot at the Fremantle Falls Downtown event last month, with the release of a new single in “Pissy Flow”. Taken from the band’s upcoming debut album, A Handful of […]

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Exclusive Album Premiere: Paul Reid – Nowhere Towns (2017 EP)

February 1, 2017

Melbourne country folk artist Paul Reid comes through with his brand new EP, Nowhere Towns, his first full record release since 2014’s Vines EP. The interim period for Reid has been spent on the road, continuously refining his craft and introducing his music to more ears, while the process of making Nowhere Towns took a year  and a half. Working […]

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Five places you have to visit in Ballarat, Victoria (Australia)

February 1, 2017

Ballarat is one of the most historically preserved towns in Victoria. The main street is adorned with goldrush-era heritage listed buildings, and any resident will probably try to impress you with their knowledge of the Eureka Stockade – which began in this town, just in case you didn’t know (you’ll know soon enough). But besides […]

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Taste of Sydney announces first lineup of restaurants heading to Centennial Park in March

January 31, 2017

Following one of the biggest and most talked about years in Sydney’s dining scene it’s no surprise to see the 2017 edition of Taste of Sydney shape up to be the biggest in the popular food and drink festival’s history. Running From 9th to 12th March in it’s usual spot amongst the leafy Centennial Park, […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Joey Cirillo “Hallway” (2017)

January 30, 2017

Melbourne’s Joey Cirillo is brightening up our Monday with new single “Hallway”, premiering today on the AU. The first cut from his new record Where Life is Fun, “Hallway” is a spirited tune from Cirillo that leans into the pop realm with ease. A seasoned songwriter and musician, Cirillo has been taking steps out on his own […]

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Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2017 winners announced

January 30, 2017

As we dive into the nitty gritty of summer, the end of January brings a time to reflect on what has been a packed 12 months for Sydney’s excellent bar scene. Influential publication Time Out did just that for their annual Sydney Bar Awards, rewarding top performers across several categories such as “Best Restaurant Bar”, […]

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