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Of all the formulative cornerstones of pop culture in the last three decades or so, Nintendo stands with few others in its shaping of generations, right through to its current handheld platform, the Wii U. Speaking of gaming institutions, Just Dance 2017 is the latest instalment of the biggest-selling music video game series of all time, and launches this week with songs by Sia, Justin Bieber...

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JBL is celebrating the release of its new speaker, the JBL Charge 3, just in time for summer. It has superior sound quality, meaning you can listen to your jams wherever – on the beach, camping or even dancing in the rain, all thanks to a waterproof design. What's more, you can charge your phone though the USB output, which means you'll avoid the dreaded draining battery when you're out having...

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Kate Beckinsale is back as the vampire death-dealer Selene in the fifth Underworld movie, Underworld: Blood Wars, which opens in theatres next week. As she tries to battle both the Lycans and vampires amid their ongoing war, she is joined by allies Thomas (played by Games Of Thrones' Charles Dance) and David (Theo James). As survival gets harder, Selene might have to make the ultimate...

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Billy Bob Thornton is back as the anti-hero Willie Soke in Bad Santa 2, which opens in cinemas on Thursday November 24. Also starring is legendary comedian Kathy Bates as Willie’s mother Sunny, joining him and angry sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) in their salacious behaviour. Christina Hendricks is the cherry on the cake as Prim, the object of Willie’s affections.

 

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When your bookshelf serves as a soundtrack in its own right, you know your reading material is on point. The fine people at Hachette Australia have released a stunning collection of music biographies throughout 2016, and we’re putting them all together in a prize pack for your leisure time enjoyment.

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West Melbourne’s The Peep Tempel are among the most captivating and necessary voices in Australian rock. Their new album, Joy, follows up 2014’s wonderful Tales with another injection of distinctly Australian storytelling, spanning everything from pain, paranoia and struggle with a cynical sense of humour and a bed of guitars and rhythm. Joy was recently a five-star BRAG Album of the Week, and...

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After appearing with Sam Smith as a special guest on his tour last summer, and coming off the release of her hotly touted new album Supercry, Emma Louise is coming to town on a national album tour. Following the release of three hot pop nuggets, Louise's most recent single and fourth from the album 'Illuminate' maintains her finely crafted songwriting quirks.

 

People have caught...

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It’s one of the most incredible stories of utterly selfless bravery in the Second World War. A medic, pacifist and conscientious objector, Desmond Doss was the only US soldier on the front line without a weapon. The Battle of Okinawa saw him save 75 lives, a remarkable feat given he’d also been wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. His heroism saw him awarded a Congressional Medal of Honour...

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Ignore that fairly generic title: Hell Or High Water is already being heralded as one of the films of the year. But perhaps such stellar results are to be expected, given the sheer talent of those involved. Not only has the film been penned by the scribe behind Sicario, it stars your friend and mine Jeff Bridges, an unrecognisable Chris Pine and the always exciting Ben Foster.

 

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How many suburban teenagers have washed themselves in the guttural angst of nu-metal icons Korn in the last 22 years?

 

Well, that number is only on the rise, because the Californians are back for more, bathing themselves in The Serenity Of Suffering – which also happens to be the title of their new album, out this Friday October 21. Returning with much of their original lineup,...

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Those Russians sure know how to make movies, don’t they? After all, Sergei Eisenstein called the Russian Empire home, and he was one of the pioneering theorists and artists working in the medium – a genius who laid the groundwork for pretty much every movie that comes out these days.

 

So, feel like indulging yourself in a whole heap of Soviet pleasures? Well, you’re in luck: the...

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Boys In The Trees unfolds as two teenage skaters take a walk home on Halloween in 1997 and suddenly end up on a dark, surreal and fantastic journey through their dreams and fears. Sound farfetched? Well, that’s the point.

 

Did it get any standing ovations at the Venice Film Festival, I hear you ask? Two, actually. Any clowns? You bet. Its young and talented Aussie cast has...

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That Michael Franti is a bit of a legend, huh? The man is a musical institution, a powerhouse who has been churning out acclaimed record after acclaimed record, all with the help of his backing band Spearhead. His newest release, Soulrocker, has been heralded by critics worldwide as one of his best works, full of the anthemic tunes that he has based his career on.

 

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It’s normal to get at least a bit excited about a new Studio Ghibli film, even if it’s got absolutely no dialogue. Premiering at Cannes this year and receiving an Un Certain Regard Special Prize, The Red Turtle follows a man who gets washed up on an island populated exclusively by turtles (and a few crabs), to then be confronted with a – you guessed it – cumbersome and belligerent giant red...

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Rising country stars All Our Exes Live In Texas are playing a show in Sydney, and we're giving you a chance to head along. The acclaimed country troubadours are fast becoming known for their powerful tunage, songs that combine a trembling take on Americana with sheer defiance, culminating in anthemic numbers indeed.

 

All Our Exes Live In Texas play Oxford Art Factory on Thursday...

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Having racked up ten years as an independent act, Novacastrian quintet Safe Hands have kept news of their second album Tie Your Soul To Mine pretty scant, with newest single 'The Great Affair' recently premiering on triple j's Short Fast Loud to a very positive reception.

 

After keeping fans on the tease with minimal updates, they've finally released some more info, and their...

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In 1981, the first DeLorean DMC-12 rolled off the production line and Mötley Crüe released their first album, which probably only diehard fans will remember now. 34 years later, however, nobody’s forgotten about the Crüe’s spectacular live shows, and one of them is taking place at Allphones Arena on Saturday May 16. Get in while you can: this is all part of the global farewell tour by Mötley...

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Dub. What is it good for? Bloody everything if you ask us. To that end we are singularly excited about the announcement of the full lineup for Island Vibe festival, one of Australia’s premier celebrations of all things reggae, soul, and yes, dub. The dynamic festival will feature appearances from Soulware, Dub Princess, Dubmarine and many many others, so get excited, yeah?

 

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Although it’s only been a few years since a Tim Burton film has graced our screens, it feels like it’s been far, far too long. Good thing then that Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is heading our way stat, then, isn’t it? The family fantasy film is based on a celebrated series of books written by Ransom Riggs and follows the exploits of a group of young children blessed with...

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By now you’ve had ample time to get yourself acquainted with Blood Orange’s brilliant Freetown Sound, a sensual and sincere set of dark R&B tunes that ranks up there with the man’s very finest work. Dev Hynes, the artist behind the Blood Orange moniker, has long been a staple of the indie circuit, recording projects under a number of different names – though Freetown Sound might be the...

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Belligen Turtle Fest sure knows how to impress, doesn't it? Not only has it dropped one of the lineups of the year, an incredible string of artists that include rising talent Emily Wurramara, Mark Seymour And The Undertow, Katie Noonan and the ever-enigmatic pop powerhouse Woodes, it's also raising funds for an incredible cause. The eco-conscious festival has been designed to raise awareness...

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Bernard Fanning’s solo career has reached the ten-year mark, and with the release of his third studio LP Civil Dusk, the former Powderfinger frontman is not slowing down just yet.

 

On the back of the album, Fanning is also embarking on a national tour that will see him take to the stage at Sydney’s State Theatre on Saturday October 22, singing songs new and old alongside Dustin...

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Jangly, post-punky chillers Chastity Belt are making their first ever journey to Sydney, playing at Oxford Art Factory on Saturday October 1, and we've got one hot little double pass to give away that could well have your name on it.

 

Founded in Seattle, Washington, the four-piece outfit know how to mix up humour with unbearably catchy riffs. They also happen to boast one of the...

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Proving particularly relevant in our current age, what with the marriage plebiscite a topic of utmost relevance, The Queen of Ireland focuses on Panti Bliss, one of Ireland's foremost drag queens and gay rights activists. The documentary focuses on the lead-up to the Irish referendum on marriage equality for same sex couples, one that saw Ireland recognise marriage between two people...

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The Lavazza Italian Film Festival returns for another flavoursome feast, exclusively across Palace Cinemas from Tuesday September 13 to Sunday October 9. With over 30 films from, by and about Italy, including digitally restored screenings of William Wyler's perennial favourite Roman Holiday and Luchino Visconti's classic Rocco and his Brothers, it's another opportunity to fall in love with...

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Palace Of The King hold a number of distinctions. First and foremost, they’re an incredibly tight metal/hard rock band, a group of musicians with some unbelievably heavy tunage at their disposal. But they’re also nuanced and intelligent songwriters; titans of the genre who deploy every chorus with wit and skill. Oh, and their album Valles Marineris boasts some of the finest artwork around....

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Metalcore enthusiasts, this one is for you. Groundbreaking pioneers The Amity Affliction have just released their brand new album, This Could Be Heartbreak, their fifth slab of screams and scintillating, pumping grooves. As the title implies, the work is a heartfelt, horrific serving of tragedy, but it’s not without its melodic elements too, and the balance between the pop and the pummelling...

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Who’s up for more Mel? Blood Father, an upcoming thriller based on the novel by acclaimed author and screenwriter Peter Craig (the scribe behind Ben Affleck’s lauded thriller The Town) is set to star Australia’s very own Mel Gibson, making his welcome return to the thriller genre after almost four years of onscreen silence. A murky, jolting shot of revenge, the film sees Gibson’s John Link...

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You like The Beatles. You’ll notice that was not phrased like a question, because everybody likes The Beatles. This has been scientifically proven.

 

For that reason, you’re going to be excited about the upcoming release of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, a new documentary helmed by the one and only Ron Howard. The synopsis tells us the film "will delve into...

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There’s no denying it anymore: so called ‘nerd culture’ has now completed its takeover of mainstream pop culture. Superheroes movies are everywhere, B-grade films are experiencing a surge in popularity, and old-school pleasures like Star Wars and TMNT are back again.

 

All that resurgence makes Oz Comic-Con an even more appetising proposition. The celebration of all things comic-...

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