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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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Montaigne’s boundless voice is getting the album it deserves on Friday August 5, and with that, a national and regional tour. Her new single, ‘Because I Love You’, was released in June, giving a taste of an album that is set to be full of electrifying pop heavily influenced by the ’80s. Glorious Heights was written closely with Tony Buchen (Andy Bull, Spookyland, The Preatures). Montaigne says...

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The Australian-American rock supergroup The Dead Daisies are back with their third album, and it’s one hell of a ride.

 

The band’s ever-evolving lineup currently features Whitesnake’s Doug Aldrich and Thin Lizzy’s Marco Mendoza, while other present and former members have been full-time or touring members of The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, The Cult and Cold Chisel. Make Some...

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The chattiest man on television is coming to Australia for a national stand-up tour. Alan Carr will make his debut Down Under this August and September, with two dates locked in as part of Just For Laughs Sydney 2016.

 

His new show, Yap, Yap, Yap!, sees the British comedian and Chatty Man host share stories inspired by his unique outlook on life and laughter. Carr’s style of...

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The Shallows will this month bring to the screen every swimmer’s and surfer’s nightmare: the prospect of encountering a great white shark. The film, which was shot in Australia, tells the tale of Nancy (Blake Lively), a surfer who who finds herself in the feeding ground of a great white shark at a secluded beach. She is stranded less than 200 meters from shore, but must draw on ultimate...

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Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Natasha Leggero is coming down from the States for a show at the Enmore Theatre as part of Just For Laughs Sydney.

 

Leggero created, wrote, produced and stars in the Comedy Channel sitcom Another Period. She’s also made an appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco and Justin Bieber, Marry Me and Modern Family. Leggero has even...

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Beatboxer and comedian Beardyman is heading to Sydney with his One Album Per Hour show, turning audience whims into quality songs on the spot. Audiences are asked for song title suggestions and from there Beardyman uses his musical skills and comedic flair to create an entire album within the hour.

 

One Album Per Hour is coming to town as part of Just For Laughs Sydney, and...

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Cine Latino is launching its inaugural festival program of Latin American film in August. More than 30 films will showcase the bright and colourful worlds of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

 

Festival highlights include The Violin Teacher and Neruda (which opens the program), plus sports-focused flicks including The...

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After a well-received stint at this year’s SXSW, the Findlay sisters of Stonefield are back on home soil with a new album to share.

 

As Above, So Below is the result of hundreds of hours’ writing in their family-shed-cum-rehearsal-room, and collaborations with Kram of Spiderbait. The album sees Stonefield expand their musical breadth, creating what they agree is a well-balanced...

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The Good Food & Wine Show Sydney is back this year and once again bringing together world-class chefs, amazing food, tasty wine and opportunities to learn from the best. This year’s three-day event will see classes and workshops from Alastair McLeod (Al’FreshCo), Gary Mehigan (MasterChef), Miguel Maestre (The Living Room), Matt Moran (ARIA Sydney), Sammy & Bella (My Kitchen Rules, 2011...

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Melbourne outfit Sweet Jean have stepped out on a national tour off the back of their new album, Monday To Friday.

 

The album was recorded with friend, bandmate and esteemed producer John Castle (Washington, The Bamboos) at The Shed Studios, and is a collection of vintage synth tracks mixed with straight-shooting narratives of everyday life. It’s the follow-up to their 2013...

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Adelaide songwriter Mane (AKA Paige Renee Court) is getting better – but first, she’s getting ‘Bitter’. That’s the name of the new single from the pop- and blues-loving artist, which launched last week alongside an abstract video clip by Benjamin Lancaster Powell. ‘Bitter’ is also the first cut of Mane’s EP House Of Horror, produced by Jack Hookey and set for release on Friday June 24 – which...

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Jake Bugg’s upcoming tour will mark a first visit to the State Theatre for the UK songwriter, alongside a performance at Splendour In The Grass.

 

Speaking of firsts, he was also the youngest British male artist to land a number one debut album in the UK charts, thanks to his self-titled 2012 record. His success continued from there, with his second album reaching the top five...

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Their Melbourne show is sold out and Sydney is selling fast, and for good reason: The Kills haven’t visited our shores in five years. The duo are back in support of their latest and fifth album, Ash & Ice, and to inject their energy into Splendour In The Grass. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince recently gave the world a second taste of the album with ‘Heart Of A Dog’, after ‘Doing It To...

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Don’t be fooled into thinking The Legend Of Tarzan is a live-action recreation of Disney’s Tarzan. The film kicks off where the original left us, reimagining Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) as a trade emissary of the parliament in Congo, with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. But Tarzan is unaware that he is a pawn in a high-stakes game of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian...

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Melbourne’s Jack The Stripper are set to tour Australia in support of their new single, ‘Nibiru’, taken from their debut album, Raw Nerve. The record is a sonic powerhouse of off-kilter rhythms, punishing vocals and extremity, and their live shows are also boundary-pushing, sensory-inclusive, interactive events. Jack The Stripper are touring the country throughout the remainder of June and...

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The latest musical drama from John Carney, Sing Street, is a coming-of-age movie set in 1980s Dublin, about a private schoolboy who is forced to move to a public school, where the kids are rough and the teachers are even rougher. Hope arrives when he starts a band and learns to deal with his new way of life.

 

The soundtrack features hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police...

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Maz Jobrani, a founding member of The Axis Of Evil Comedy Tour, is returning to our shores for two shows this month. You might recognise the Iranian-American comic from his television specials including Brown And Friendly, I Come In Peace and I’m Not A Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV. His comedy tackles politics, race and religion, and he places particular emphasis on breaking down...

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Ivan Sen’s new film Goldstone had the city abuzz when it opened Sydney Film Festival last week, and now it’s set for release on screens around the country. Aaron Pedersen reprises his role from Mystery Road as indigenous detective Jay Swan, this time chasing the trail of a missing person that leads him to the small mining town of Goldstone. There, he encounters a cast of multicultural and...

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From director Piero Messina comes The Wait, a film set against a Sicilian backdrop starring the Academy Award-winning Juliette Binoche. Hitting select Australian cinemas from Thursday June 30, The Wait sees Anna (Binoche) unexpectedly meet Jeanne (Lou de Laâge) from France, who claims to be the girlfriend of Anna’s son. Generationally and geographically disconnected, the two navigate their...

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As though playing the Coachella and Sasquatch Festivals in the middle of their North American tour isn’t enough, the very busy Savages has announced a small handful of Australian shows to celebrate the release of second album Adore Life and its current single ‘The Answer’. Sydney’s Metro Theatre will host the Thursday June 16 gig by these high-velocity London rockers, with subsequent shows at...

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The annual Supanova Pop Culture Expo is coming back to Sydney this June. A celebration of the world of film, television, fantasy, comic books, anime, sci-fi, cartoons, books, gaming and collectables, Supanova will give cosplayers and pop culture fans alike the chance to see some of the world’s biggest stars in person.

 

Buffy’s James Marsters, The Lord Of The Rings’ Sean Astin,...

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Time Over Distance Over Time is a globe-stretching production from Irish dance company Liz Roche, and it’s making its way to our shores from Wednesday June 22 – Saturday June 25 at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

 

The contemporary production, direct from the Dublin Dance Festival, mixes dance with interactive projection and film, dealing with technology versus intimacy when...

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Despite being at the earlier stages of his career, Queensland performer Josh Rennie-Hynes has already shared bills with the likes of Kasey Chambers and JD McPherson, and played festivals as varied as Nashville’s Americana Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. Now, Rennie-Hynes is celebrating the release of his new single, ‘Rosie’, the first...

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The Michael Jackson tribute show HIStory has been doing the rounds since 2011, but it returns ‘This Time Around’ with updated choreography, costumes, and a new star lead. World-touring, moonwalking MJ impersonator Dantanio will be at front of stage, taking audiences through the early Jackson 5 years to latter days in the new millennium. As expected, recreations of over 20 Jackson songs will...

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Sebastian Maniscalco is a 2014 American Comedy Award nominee who has appeared on The Late Late Show, Conan and The Tonight Show, as well as having filmed an acclaimed observational television special Aren’t You Embarrassed? in 2014. Now Maniscalco is touring Australia for the first time in June 2016, and will bring his unique brand of stand-up to the Enmore Theatre on Saturday June 4.

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The mighty Steel Panther will be on the prowl in Australia again next month. The four comedy metal titans from California have, up until now, lived a life defined by sex and spandex, but with the release of their latest record they’ve displayed a softer side. Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage is the name of their acoustic album, out now. But fans of the band’s rock’n’roll shouldn’t fear – when...

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Sydney’s biggest celebration of all things hip hop, Come Together, is coming back to town in time for Vivid 2016. This year’s festival boasts a bumper lineup of Aussie talent, led out by the returning rap god himself, Drapht. Also on the bill are Allday, Tuka, Spit Syndicate, Dylan Joel, Gill Bates, Mallrat and triple j Unearthed winner Manu Crooks, but that won’t be all the entertainment on...

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Baby Animals have announced an ambitious two-part show at the Enmore Theatre to celebrate their 25 years of ARIA-winning, multiple-platinum-selling greatness.

 

The first half of the Saturday May 28 concert promises a mix of old and new offerings by the band’s current lineup, while the second half of the show will see the original 1991 Baby Animals lineup performing their debut...

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