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Welsh heavy metallers Bullet For My Valentine are back with Venom, their new album that critics have had very nice things to say about. Released just last week, the record is as intricate and melody-driven as the band’s usual fare, but still manages to step up to the plate to deliver a truly heavy collection of songs full of mayhem and fire-spitting.

 

Having been the first band...

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Melbourne’s purveyors of astral space rock AlithiA will be exclusively unleashing their short film, Sacrifice, at two shows this coming August. Directed by George Kalpa, the part-mockumentary-part-art film was filmed at AlithiA’s last headline show at The Workers Club and Melbourne’s Inaway Studios. Plans are in place for Sacrifice to be screened at various film festivals worldwide, so it will...

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Some stories just won’t quit. Such has been the case with the true love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, which was first written as a memoir by Conigrave. Having captivated audiences as both a cult book and West End play, the film adaptation of Holding The Man is coming to Australian cinemas on Thursday August 27. Starring Ryan Corr and Craig Stott in the leads, the film also...

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Off the back of their exultant Splendour In The Grass performance, The Grates are jumping into their Team Work Makes The Dream Work East Coast Tour. It’s been an intense year for the band so far, having recruited a new drummer, started their own label, recorded an album in ten days and had a baby. Amid the whirlwind, they’ve still found the time to visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for an...

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Somewhere between international gigs and sold-out headline shows, Holy Holy have managed to put together an album. With bloggers and journalists buzzing and triple j giving their single ‘Impossible Like You’ a good spin, it’s almost hard to believe that When The Storms Would Come is the band’s first album. Having cemented their dynamic and direction, Holy Holy are apparently not taking much of...

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Anyone who’s watched Sesame Street will have wondered about the people behind the puppets, and what their contribution might have been beyond a hand up the backside. The new documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story profiles the 80-year-old puppeteer responsible for both Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch. The film delves into Spinney’s home videos, exploring how much of Caroll’s self was...

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Some things are meant to be ambiguous – to be read back to front, or intermittently, or many ways at once. This might be argued of David Bowie, whose artistic practice is full of intricacies and misdirections. In any case, it’s definitely true of the new book Enchanting David Bowie by Toija Cinque, Christopher Moore and Sean Redmond, which has launched in conjunction with Melbourne’s David...

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Turtles might not be the first thing you think of when watching a play about Gallipoli, but Justin Fleming’s latest, Shellshock, is an exception. With the story brought to life by shadow puppets and some nifty lighting, Shellshock explores the love between 14-year-old Tom and his pet turtle, Herman, who may be the oldest living survivor of the Gallipoli campaign. Starring the young Benson Jack...

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To write their new album, How Does It Feel, Ms Mr returned to their old stomping ground in Bushwick, Brooklyn where their 2013 debut Secondhand Rapture was recorded. They spent the time hanging out in a rented room banging out new tunes with collaborators including Tove Lo and MNDR. The first single from the new record, ‘Painted’, has had a good spin on triple j in the past month and is paired...

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Britpop legends Blur are on their way Down Under for the first time in 18 years. Yes, Damon Albarn and co. are finally fulfilling on that obscure promise they made all those years ago – “It really, really, really could happen” – and coming to our shores to headline Splendour In The Grass, as well as play their biggest ever standalone shows on Australian soil. The rekindled enthusiasm for all...

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It takes a fine actor to step into the shoes of Sherlock Holmes, history’s greatest fictional detective. Ian McKellen is the latest to take on the role in the new film, Mr. Holmes, which introduces a Sherlock even his most fanatical followers haven’t encountered before. It’s 1947, and the beloved sleuth has retired to the country for a simple life tending to his bees. He remains frustrated...

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a little bigger – but only a little. Ant-Man is finally making it to screens on Thursday July 16, played by an actor best known for comedy, Paul Rudd. Ant-Man is the story of Scott Lang, a master thief who is enlisted by former mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect his Ant-Man suit from those who wish to corrupt it. In doing so Dr. Pym, as played by...

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“How ya goin’?” It’s the catchphrase for which Australian comedian Carl Barron has become known, perhaps beyond his myriad other talents. He’s a funny guy, to be sure, but now he’s unleashed another of his skills for audiences everywhere. Barron has made his acting debut in Manny Lewis, a feature film about a stand-up comedian who realises, despite all his success, that...

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The latest offering from Grammy Award winner Miguel, Wildheart, has been described as an album of contrasts. It’s both “sonically rich” and “unapologetically raw” according to Billboard, with “lush vocals against uneasy backdrops” if you ask The New York Times. The soulful new record has landed alongside a 13-minute music video titled ‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’, starring Miguel...

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Sport For Jove, the newly minted resident theatre company at the Seymour Centre, is back with the next show in its 2015 program – and it’s a big one. The classic John Steinbeck novella, Of Mice And Men, is coming to the stage next month as part of the Reginald Season. Steinbeck’s critique is more relevant than ever, addressing how society treats those on the fringe in times of...

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The latest offering from Grammy Award winner Miguel, Wildheart, has been described as an album of contrasts. It’s both “sonically rich” and “unapologetically raw” according to Billboard, with “lush vocals against uneasy backdrops” if you ask The New York Times. The soulful new record has landed alongside a 13-minute music video titled ‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’, starring Miguel...

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Antonio Vivaldi’s classic, Bajazet, premiered in Verona in 1735. Now, Pinchgut Opera is bringing the masterpiece to Sydney this July for four nights only. The rarely performed baroque tale follows the drama and betrayal of the Emperor of the Tartars, Tamerlano, after he has conquered the Emperor of the Turks, Bajazet. What ensues is a messy tangle of love and deceit.

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The sisters really are doing it for themselves. After winning multiple triple j competitions and playing at Glastonbury, the band made up of the four Findlay sisters, are back on the scene and preparing for a new album release. The fresh material takes on a more psychedelic vibe, moving away from their previous glam rock sound. ‘Golden Dream’, the first taste of the new-look Stonefield, takes...

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For music lovers who appreciate the finer things, there’s only one way to appreciate rhythm and melody, and that’s through a great pair of headphones. Well, here’s a high-octane solution. Chicago house, acid jazz and downtempo DJ/producer Mark Farina has collaborated with SOL REPUBLIC, to create headphones designed for music fans everywhere. The SOL REPUBLIC V8 headphones house...

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Winning a Songwriter Of The Year award is an impressive feat for any aspiring artist, and Helen Shanahan must be pretty chuffed about it, having done just that thanks to the Telstra Road To Discovery program. Hot off the heels of her latest single ‘Across The Sea’, Shanahan has announced a national tour including a Sydney show at The Newsagency in Marrickville on Tuesday July 14. It really is...

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all times, Pet Sounds was the product of Brian Wilson’s innovative genius (and a lot of LSD). He and The Beach Boys had already achieved phenomenal success with corny classics like ‘California Girls’, but Wilson wanted more. The masterful Pet Sounds saw him become a musical legend, but also led to a spectacular and shocking downfall. Bill Pohlad...

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Many great things have come out of Scandinavia – the Skarsgårds, IKEA and arctic reindeers, to name a few. Scandinavia also produces quality films, as it so happens, and several of those are showing at the second Scandinavian Film Festival in Sydney from Wednesday July 8 – Sunday July 26 at Palace Norton St and Palace Verona. Some of the films on the program include the Norwegian road movie,...

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The legend of Kurt Cobain lives on thanks to Brett Morgen’s vivid storytelling and Courtney Love’s catalogue of private home videos. The aptly titled new documentary about the former Nirvana frontman who left this world too soon, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, looks into the mental turmoil and rejection that Cobain experienced throughout his short life and how it was manifested into some of his...

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Just in case you haven’t heard, the 2015 edition of Sydney Film Festival is getting underway this week, and we’ve got some more tickets on offer to some of the neatest films on the program. First up is The Goob, a coming-of-age film starring a 16-year-old boy who fights a sleazy supremo for his mother’s affection. If that’s not your cup of tea, then maybe an indie rom-com like Results is –...

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The Sydney Film Festival always features a wide variety of films, ranging from the downright scary to the downright amazing. Two of those showing at this year’s festival include the rockumentary Breaking A Monster and the Lithuanian drama The Summer Of Sangaile. The former offers a look into one of the youngest bands to hit the big time, Unlocking The Truth. The latter is a tender story about...

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Australia’s favourite youth radio station triple j turned 40 in January this year, and like all good 40th birthday parties, the celebration in The Domain was a wild one. Some of triple j’s best buddies turned up to play to a huge crowd, including Hilltop Hoods (with a bunch of friends), The Cat Empire, The Presets, The Preatures, You Am I, Vance Joy and Ball Park Music, plus a heap of guests...

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From the hip dudes that brought you Australian sweethearts like Urthboy, The Herd, Hermitude and Jane Tyrrell, come some talented fresh faces to the scene. Thanks to the crew at Elefant Traksand Red Bull Music Academy, Vivid LIVE will be hosting a beats and bars invasion of the Sydney Opera House featuring the likes of Joyride, L-Fresh The Lion, Jayteehazard, DJ MK-1, Adit and Dggz. It’ll be a...

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The Sopranos and Mad Men are quite often considered to be among the greatest television series to grace our television screens in recent times. One of the things they have in common is Matthew Weiner, a television veteran and multi-Emmy-winning writer. The master storyteller is heading to Vivid Ideas to answer all your burning questions and perhaps even offer some insight into the process...

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Texas eclectic Bill Callahan is heading to Sydney’s choppy shores with his Dream River band to share his sometimes absurd, often disarmingly honest lyricism. With 14 albums and 25 years of musical experience under his belt, Callahan has been lauded as a master of truth observing, gaining a cult following across the globe. Since his departure from lo-fi legends Smog, he’s released five albums...

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Ex-Dancing With The Stars host and Neighbours heartbreaker Daniel MacPherson has set out to rid of his pretty boy typecast. His latest film, Infini, sees the world becoming overpopulated by humanity, and so his character, Whit Carmichael, decides to seek a place a little less bleak for his family to live in. Whit and his team make the treacherous journey into space, where they stumble upon a...

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