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KISS Rocks Vegas, a concert film directed by Devin DeHaven and produced by KISS bassist Tommy Thayer, takes the monumental band to the cinema in an intimate deliverance of their 40th anniversary Las Vegas shows. The film will screen simultaneously worldwide as a special one-night-only event on Wednesday May 25, and will immortalise the band's signature blood-spitting, flame-throwing spectacle...

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Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now is an upcoming film festival running from Tuesday May 17 – Wednesday June 8 at Palace Cinemas nationwide, including Palace Verona and Palace Norton Street.

 

The screenings will include 32 features from a collection of independent US filmmakers spanning the documentary and narrative forms, all carefully curated by director Richard...

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The world of punk rock and music promotion can be a shady place. Green Room, a new horror-thriller film, proves just that. The film stars Patrick Stewart as a Machiavellian club owner named Darcy Banker, who hosts a down-and-out yet resilient punk band called The Ain’t Rights at his venue.

 

Soon enough they realise something ain’t right, witnessing a shocking act of violence,...

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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are back. As if they’d ever really gone. Nonagon Infinity is, quite incredibly, the fourth album in 18 months and the eighth full-length release in the band’s four-year history.

 

Stu Mackenzie and co. span musical styles from psych rock to artful experimentalism and freaky beats, and the new nine-song collection has been crafted as an “...

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Tasmania’s finest, Luca Brasi, are set to make their biggest statement yet. The hard-working melodic punks are back with their third album, If This Is All We’re Going To Be – and if this is indeed all they’re going to be, it’s more than enough for us. They’ve already released a number of singles ahead of the record, including the feel-good hit ‘Anything Near Conviction’, driven by the...

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Deep down inside all of us, there’s a natural rhythm and an intrinsic melody. Sure, some of us might play instruments better than others, but a band like Melbourne Ska Orchestra make it their duty to draw out the music inside us all.

 

Nicky Bomba’s musical all-stars, who can number anywhere between 20 and 30 members at any given time, have another bunch of irresistibly groovy...

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The BRAG’s cover stars this week, The Drones, are at the peak of their powers. It’s been over a decade since the former Western Australian (and now Melbourne-based) rockers announced their talents with the seminal record Wait Long By The River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By, a deserving winner of the first Australian Music Prize.

 

Now they’ve returned with Feelin...

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Our mates across the ditch in New Zealand have contributed greatly to the soundtrack of the last few generations. The Kiwi indie and pop-rock scene has given the world everything from Crowded House to Th’ Dudes, and the cabaret Daffodils is a celebration of all that and more. Based on the life story of playwright Rochelle Bright’s parents, it tells the story of family, love and relationships...

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One of the most popular contemporary musicals in the world, We Will Rock You, is coming back to Sydney this month. The extraordinarily successful collaboration between Queen and Ben Elton is beginning its Australian tour at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, with a host of stars from stage and screen to feature alongside that classic soundtrack.

 

Gareth Keegan (Jersey Boys), Erin Clare...

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The tradition of storytelling in songwriting is one that extends throughout the history of Australian music. William Crighton is its latest proponent; a singular talent from the rural New South Wales who prides himself on honesty and directness in his work.

 

His self-titled debut album, out now, was recorded in his hometown, and produced and mixed by Matt Sherrod (Crowded House...

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Now this will be one Bastille Day you won’t forget in a hurry. Bastille Day, the new action blockbuster by director James Watkins (Eden Lake, The Woman In Black), charts the adventures of Michael Mason (Game Of Thrones’ Richard Madden), an American pickpocket living in France, and CIA agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba, the man touted as a future James Bond). The foes turned unlikely allies team up...

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One of the world’s biggest rock bands is on the way Down Under to capture your souls. Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls World Tour has already started making its journey around the globe, and these guys travel in style like no-one else – frontman Bruce Dickinson is piloting Iron Maiden’s own Boeing 747-400, the new Ed Force One, across six continents himself.

 

The six-month-long...

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Pawno is the new film by Paul Ireland, and it follows a day in the life of the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. 12 characters filter in and out of the local pawn shop, their narratives of romance and struggle intertwining throughout. The cast includes the likes of John Brumpton, Kerry Armstrong, Tony Rickards and Maeve Dermody.

 

A Q&A screening takes place on Tuesday April 12...

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New Musicals Australia has teamed up with Hayes Theatre Co. to present a brand new, original Australian musical: The Detective's Handbook. Directed by Jonathan Biggins, the production pays homage to a bygone golden age of detective novels, with a smart and intriguing script starring Justin Smith, Sheridan Harbridge and more.

 

Set in 1950s Chicago, the action follows police...

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The Roman emperors really were an eccentric bunch. The emperor Caligula was one of the most extravagant of the lot, particularly when it came to his prized possession, his horse Incitatus. According to legend, Caligula even planned to make his horse a consul in the Roman government.

 

Caligula’s Horse lives on in 2016, this time the prized possession of the Australian progressive...

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Kidgeeridge is back for 2016. A music festival with a conscience, it operates to benefit its local community, having donated over $200,000 to local charities and community groups over the past ten years.

 

Held in the historic Milton Showground, three hours south of Sydney, the weekend-long Kidgeeridge kicks off on Saturday April 22 and ends Sunday April 23.

 

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When it comes to the arts, the Spanish people know how to indulge in genuine beauty, and their filmmaking achievements will be the focus of the 2016 Spanish Film Festival, running at venues across Australia.

 

The program includes films like Paulina, Nothing In Return, Death Of A Fisherman, Barcelona Christmas Night and much more. The Sydney leg of the festival will play at...

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Michael Moore is the vegemite of the cinematic world: a love him or hate him creative force like few others. Whether you know him as the intelligent mastermind behind Bowling For Columbine, or the brash fattie parodied in Team America: World Police, either way you do know him. His new film Where To Invade Next, an inspiring documentary about how we can collectively improve our quality of life...

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Metalcore devotees, this one's for you. Britain's premiere metalcore outfit, the rabble rousers and renegades collectively known as Asking Alexandria, are heading to Sydney for a single show. They'll be ostensibly promoting their new album, The Black, which dropped last week, but you can be sure they'll be blistering through their overstuffed back catalogue too.

 

Asking...

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Daft Punk, the most secretive band in the world have done the unthinkable; they've released a documentary film.

 

A first for the group, Daft Punk Unchained features exclusive interviews with some of their closest collaborators, including Pharrell Williams and Skrillex. Daft Punk Unchained is an epic story of how the band have built their musical renown and image, and touches...

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In its latest venture, entertainment mammoth Ubisoft has brought to life Tom Clancy’s The Division. An online-only third-person shooter game, this next-gen open-world RPG is set on a devastating Black Friday. As a smallpox pandemic sweeps through New York City, leading basic services to fail, food and water run out and society begins to collapse into chaos. It’s up to The Division, an...

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With countless awards under her apron, and multiple appearances on comedy panel shows such as QI, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, Sarah Millican is one of England’s most valued comedic gems. Now, the winner of the British Comedy Award for The People’s Choice: Queen of Comedy in 2011 is heading Down Under, bringing along her unique box of charm and comedic tricks.

 

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American Southern rock-country phenomenons Blackberry Smoke are heading Down Under for the very first time as part of the lineup at this year’s Bluesfest.

 

With fiddle, heavy percussion and three-part harmonies in tow, as well as four albums’ worth of tunes, the band is also gearing up to headline a gig at The Basement on Wednesday March 23. We have one double pass to give away...

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Sydney pop-punk rockers Tonight Alive have a brand spanking new record. Their third album Limitless, of which the first taste was the single ‘Drive’, was recorded at The House Of Loud in New Jersey and produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon).

 

The new tunes follow up 2011’s What Are You So Scared Of? and 2013’s The Other Side. We have five Tonight Alive prize...

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Who doesn’t love a sensuous psychodrama with a rocking soundtrack? A Bigger Splash tells the fictional story of rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton). Enjoying a romantic Mediterranean getaway with her filmmaker boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), her holiday is interrupted when record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives on the scene with his daughter...

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Black magic, possession and eerie children: Robert Eggers’ debut film The Witch has been terrifying audiences since winning last year’s Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival.

 

Hailed as a film that reinvents horror, it tells the tale of a Puritan family, who, after being exiled from a God-fearing New England plantation, move to the edge of a large forest to begin a new life...

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The National Folk Festival is set to transform Canberra’s Exhibition Park from Thursday March 24 – Monday March 28 in an epic celebration of music, creativity, diversity and community.

 

Now in its 50th year, the five-day event will feature music from more than 200 international and local artists across 18 venues, including the likes of English singer-songwriter Nancy Kerr,...

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Far Cry Primal is the newest instalment of the award-winning gaming franchise, reimagined for 2016. In previous incarnations the action-adventure game stormed the tropics and the Himalayas, but now it enters the fight for humanity’s survival with its renowned open world sandbox gameplay. Set in the Stone Age and revolving around the story of Wenja tribesman Takkar, gamers are invited to fight...

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Tex-Mex indie rockers Calexico are heading Down Under as part of this year’s Spectrum Now festival program. With eight albums under their collective belt and having been performing live for the better part of two decades, their Sydney show promises to be massive.

 

They will most certainly be playing tracks from last year’s Edge Of The Sun, as well as many other post-rock,...

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Sydney-based singer-songwriter Patrick James has released his debut album Outlier. To celebrate, he is travelling the country for his first extensive headline tour with his full band in nearly two years. Released through Create/Control, Outlier features singles ‘Bugs’ and ‘California Song’. It’s a summation of James’ harmonic and lyrical adaptability, which has seen him already supporting the...

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