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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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One of the greatest and most loved musicals of all time is heading to Sydney. Fiddler On The Roof stars superstars Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton, as well as ARIA Award winner Lior.

 

Set in Russia at the turn of the last century, it tells the heartwarming, sometimes funny, yet deeply moving story of a family that has its traditional life turned upside down as it attempts to...

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Sometimes crime pays. Sometimes the criminals are the ones who do the paying. John Hillcoat’s new film, Triple 9, explores issues of morality, greed and murder, as a crew of corrupt cops is pressured by the Russian mob into executing a virtually impossible heist. The would-be robbers’ plan goes awry after interference from an unexpected source, and a story of deception and revenge is set into...

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Who tang? Wu-Tang! That’s right; Wu-Tang Clan are making a return to Australia in 2016 after a five-year absence. The New York rappers remain one of the defining acts of their era, having released seven studio albums from their attitude-heavy debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) through to their one-copy-only, multimillion-dollar recent release, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Like any great hip...

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One of the most anticipated Australian albums of 2016 is here – and it’s still only January. Lucky us, and lucky RÜFÜS, who’ve already scored some great reviews for their not-so-difficult second album, Bloom. To find new inspiration for the record, the three Sydney lads relocated to Berlin for a few months in 2014, and the result was a more experimental bent to their patent indie dance sound....

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It’s well and truly Oscar season in Hollywood, with film industry stars and fans alike comparing notes on who’s set to take out the biggest prizes this year. John Crowley’s movie Brooklyn is one of those in the running for a number of the Academy Awards’ top gongs, including Best Picture. It’s the story of the young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) navigating her way through a new...

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Las Vegas musician Shamir is making quite the name for himself as a genre-jumping beatsmith. His debut album Ratchet was released mid-last year, and it’s simply a head-first collision through soul, R&B, house, disco, hip hop and ’90s pop.

 

It’s evident that the embarassingly talented youngster is as at home rapping ‘On The Regular’ as he is crooning on ‘Demon’. Heading to...

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In conjunction with the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Darlinghurst Theatre Company is presenting the highly anticipated Sydney premiere of The Pride. Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, it has won awards around the globe, including a much-sought-after Laurence Olivier Award in the UK. Through an inventive dual narrative, two parallel love stories unfold onstage. The shift between a...

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Say what you will about the United States of America, but it’s given the world some mighty good culture over the years. From Elvis Presley through to Homer Simpson, America is responsible for some of the biggest influencers in modern memory. We reckon both those cultural icons would enjoy their time at the Yak Ales Sydney Barbecue Festival, making its debut this year after 2015’s maiden...

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Woody Allen’s latest flick, Irrational Man, is one of those films that makes you feel better about not taking an umbrella to work when the forecast said monsoon rains would be expected. You won’t feel like the most irrational person on Earth when you watch Allen’s protagonist, philosophy professor Abe (Joaquin Phoenix), face up to his own struggles while grabbing the romantic attention of his...

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Based on the much-loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding The Man is one of the must-see Aussie films of recent times. Only the fourth cinematic outing by acclaimed director Neil Armfield (Candy, Twelfth Night), the film has garnered near-universal acclaim from critics, as well as a suite of AACTA Award nominations.

 

It tells the funny, warm...

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Who doesn’t love a harrowing true story? Paul Katis’ latest film, Kajaki: Kilo Two Bravo, is just that.

 

Depicting the real-life account of the British soldiers trapped in a minefield while stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006, it’s filled with acts of bravery, selflessness and heroism.

 

When a three-man patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock...

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Brisvegas’ dreamy pop-rockers The Cairos are on their way back to the Sydney stage, with a new tune to boot. In follow-up to last year’s release of their debut album, Dream Of Reason, and the amicable but conscious uncoupling with their record label, they’re hitting the road with their new single ‘Love Don’t Feel Right’. Having packed a show at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York as well as...

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Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson, AKA Holy Holy, are setting up for a big 2016 to follow their mighty impressive 2015.

 

The Brisbane-based Carroll and Melbourne songwriter Dawson have added a true international flavour to their work, with Dawson doing much of his work from Berlin these days, and Carroll collaborating with him both in person and over the internet.

 

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Australia’s only Academy-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short film festival, Flickerfest, is returning in 2016.

 

The 25th edition of the festival takes over Bondi Pavilion once again in January for a ten-day event, including 53 films in official competition. 18 of these are world premieres, with six Australian premieres and ten New South Wales...

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The master of cinematic violence himself, Quentin Tarantino, is set to release his new film The Hateful Eight in Australia from Thursday January 14. The hype around the movie is massive already, and it’s only set to grow with the arrival of Tarantino on Australian shores to help promote the release.

 

As part of his visit, Tarantino is appearing live at an exclusive Q&A event...

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Lured by the call of Falls Festival, British indie rock behemoths Foals are heading back to our shores. This time round, Yannis Philippakis and co. are armed with four albums’ worth of brooding emotive rock and tender Afropop, not to mention a sprinkling of slick techno.

 

One of the UK’s top live bands, their return to Australia is sure to go off...

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While the feminism movement still has plenty of battles to fight today, often there’s nothing more illustrative and inspirational than to remember the history of what its pioneers achieved over the last century. Sarah Gavron’s new film, Suffragette, follows the story of feminism’s first foot soldiers and their fight for equality. In many cases, peaceful protest was not enough, especially for...

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Psych up. New War are set to headline a trippy, intergalactic event tagged Lo-Fi // Sci-Fi this month, and it’s all happening just in time for Christmas. With two stages and a cosmic lineup, the event will be nothing less than otherworldly. Artists on the bill also include AU.RA, Miles Brown, DCM, Buzz Kull, Noise In My Head and Sex Tourists.

 

The event takes over the...

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Chris Martin and co. are back in business. Coldplay, undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest bands, have emerged from the recording studio with their seventh album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Already, ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ has given fans a taste of the band’s new technicolour direction, an enthusiastic update of the introspective sound of 2014’s Ghost Stories. Helping the cause across the...

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Shelley Segal has announced a Sydney show off the back of the release of her new single, ‘Background Noises’. The single is flirtatious yet simple with keys, guitar and horns all painting a picture behind Segal’s vocals. Segal has just returned from a massive 40-date American tour and is looking forward to a warm welcome from her loyal Aussie fans.

 

The Melbourne-based artist...

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Do you hear that that noise? It’s The Sound Of Music, well and truly in preparation for its return to Sydney this December. The Capitol Theatre will come alive from Sunday December 13 with the extravagant London Palladium production of The Sound Of Music, featuring an all-star cast including Amy Lehpamer, Cameron Daddo, Lorraine Bayly and Marina Prior. Music, theatre and the Daddo brothers are...

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The ABC has been synonymous with youth radio in Australia for 40 years. Four entire decades – can you believe that? In 1975, the budding Double Jay launched on the Sydney airwaves, later expanding into the national triple j station.

 

Since then, triple j has been at the forefront of music Down Under, helping to give countless Aussie artists their start, and reflecting what was...

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A new piece by Melbourne playwright Katy Warner, Dropped, will make its premiere in Sydney this December. The play tells the story of two female soldiers who struggle to remember who they are after they are swept up in a horrific event. They’re isolated, covered in snow and blood, and to top it all off, they’ve run out of vodka and the radio is broken. This darkly comedic piece features Olivia...

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Boasting three buddy boys in Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie and a cameo by Miley Cyrus, The Night Before is a hilarious new film arriving on screens just in time for the silly season. The story follows a group of childhood friends on their reunion, which has become an annual night of debauchery, misfortune and fun. Now they’re entering adulthood and it’s time to grow up, but...

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Audiences are invited to step onto the faded ‘golden mile’ of Oxford Steet with Robert Allan’s Through A Beaded Lash, coming to the stage this month at The Depot Theatre. The play follows Adam and Zoe, the proprietors of a gay bookshop that’s been sold to developers after 25 years, and their discovery of some artefacts from the 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic was tearing a community apart....

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Brisbane boy Conrad Sewell is a star on the rise. Already, he’s landed his first Australian number one hit with ‘Start Again’, imposing itself on earholes everywhere after Sewell first made his name via a collaboration with Kygo on ‘Firestone’. The 27-year-old has been nominated three times over for ARIA Awards this year, including for Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist and Song Of The Year...

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The Coronas (the band not the drink) are touring Australia this month.

 

The Irishmen have been getting funky with their new single, ‘Get Loose’, and on the back of new album The Long Way. It’s a long way indeed from Dublin to Sydney, but these guys come with pedigree, having sold out shows on their last visit Down Under two years ago and graduated to arenas elsewhere since then...

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After battling a life-threatening case of cancer, Lance Armstrong won cycling’s Tour de France in 1999 – the first of his seven titles. What came afterwards, thanks to the investigative work of journalist David Walsh, was the news Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs to gain an advantage over his competitors. The Program, starring Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd and Dustin Hoffman, explores...

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It just ain’t a party until someone busts out the horns. The California Honeydrops follow in a long tradition of bands that hold true to this mantra, not so much putting on gigs as full-blown party events. Led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, these guys started out busking in an Oakland train station, but are more famous now thanks to a raft of world tours. Their...

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