Author: Jodie Sloan

Rogue academic, philosophical sloven, and earnest scribbler. Likes: Stiff drinks, good books, and the musical stylings of Frank Sinatra. Also likes: Pop culture, feminism, and excessive use of CAPSLOCK.

Track of the Day: The Vanns “Deranged” (2019)

September 19, 2019

With their debut album just a few weeks away, The Vanns recently dropped latest taster “Deranged“, and we’re stoked to be naming it as today’s Track of the Day! Jimmy Vann says: “The song came about whilst I was staying over in London and I had up until the first chorus written with a rough […]

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EP Review: Brisbane’s Austen sets the bar high with debut EP Passenger Seat

September 19, 2019

Brisbane singer-songwriter Austen has just dropped her debut EP and, honestly, I’m a little bit in love. Passenger Seat is a five strong collection of brooding electro-pop, featuring singles “Too High To Cry“, “Anthem“, and “Money“, and is filled with plenty of trademark killer hooks to get listeners in the mood for her upcoming support […]

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Track of the Day: ELKO FIELDS “I’m Only Human” (2019)

September 18, 2019

We’re a little late to the party when it comes to ELKO FIELDS, but with sophmore EP 4:44 dropping today, we couldn’t resist sharing the August release from the Brisbane rock outfit. Led by Kella Vee on vocals and guitar, ELKO FIELDS also enlists The Medics‘ Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie (drums/vocals) for live performances. The ELKO brand is fierce female fronted […]

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Catch Monica Lewinsky in conversation with Leigh Sales, as part of UNSW and Carriageworks’ UNTHINKABLE

September 17, 2019

Running from 7th – 9th of November, ideas festival UNTHINKABLE is a joint venture from Sydney’s Carriageworks and The UNSW Centre for Ideas. Featuring speakers from around the world, the three day event will explore the questions we haven’t asked, the futures we can avoid, and the inevitability of unexpected realities. UNTHINKABLE Curator and Director of […]

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Track of the Day: A.GIRL “Play” (2019)

September 12, 2019

A.GIRL, otherwise known as 19-year-old Hinenui-Terangi Tairua, recently dropped second single “Play“, and we’re loving it! Raised in Western Sydney, A.GIRL still maintains a strong connection to her family’s Maori homeland of Te Hapua in the north island of New Zealand. Naming everyone from Freddie Mercury to The Weeknd as influences, her sound blends a […]

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Book Review: Bronwyn Eley launches an exciting new YA fantasy with Relic

September 6, 2019

Everyone in Edriast knows the role of Shadow is a death sentence. Tasked with serving the local lord, Rennard, Shadows spend their days in dangerously close proximity to one of five Relics, a powerful object worn by the reigning lord. The longer they spend around it, the weaker they become, until, one day, it takes […]

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Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood head up 2019 Booker Prize shortlist

September 4, 2019

Starting the process with more than 150 submissions, The Booker Prize has announced its 2019 shortlist, with six novels vying for one of the most coveted prizes in English literature. Open to writers of any nationality, the prize celebrates work published in the UK or Ireland, from the previous October to the coming end of […]

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Interview: Debut author Bronwyn Eley gives us the lowdown on her upcoming YA fantasy, Relic

August 30, 2019

With just a few short weeks until her debut YA fantasy hits bookstores, we were lucky enough to grab five minutes with Sydney author Bronwyn Eley, to chat about trilogy opener Relic, her writing process, and her ever growing TBR pile!   First things first – can you tell us a little bit about Relic and Kaylan, […]

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Album Review: Brisbane’s WAAX bring the noise (and an unexpected amount of feels) with stellar debut Big Grief

August 27, 2019

AAX have just dropped debut album Big Grief, and we can confirm that it’s a cracker. Consisting of frontwoman Maz DeVita, Ewan Birtwell and James Gatling on guitars, Tom ‘Griff’ Griffin on bass, and drummer Tom Bloomfield, the Brisbane punks worked with Powderfinger‘s Bernard Fanning and Grammy winner Nick DiDia on the twelve track release, with things taking […]

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Track of the Day: Royal And The Southern Echo “Don’t Think About Me” (2019)

August 20, 2019

Brisbane’s Royal And The Southern Echo (otherwise known as Bryce Schneider) is back, with the brilliant “Don’t Think About Me“. Catchy, with a seriously good 80s vibe, this one was meant to be played loud and sung along to even louder! Schneider says: “Look, I’d say on the surface people might interpret “Don’t Think About […]

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Track of the Day: The Decline “It Was Always You” (2019)

August 19, 2019

Perth skate punks The Decline are just a couple of weeks away from dropping their new album Flash Gordon Ramsay Street, and we’ve been treated to a taste of what’s to come, with latest single “It Was Always You“! Guitarist and vocalist Pat Decline says the track is “… a shameless love song that is […]

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Live Review: Musical genres collide as Synthony blasts its way into Brisbane City Hall

August 19, 2019

Synthony is a pretty unique concept. Bringing together local orchestras, DJs, vocalists, feature musicians, and a crowd hungry for dance music, Synthony presents some of the biggest tracks of the last thirty years, live on stage, in an energetic and exciting event. Since kicking off a couple of years ago in Auckland, Saturday night was […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Warcries “Scream Louder” (2019)

August 19, 2019

Brisbane electro-grunge duo Warcries are back with “Scream Louder“, a pumping, energetic sequel to their debut track “This Is Paradise“, and we couldn’t be more stoked to be premiering the accompanying video today on The AU Review! Formerly members of 2000s rock outfit Avalon Drive, Ryan Kennedy and Will King already had a solid decade […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Ella Fence “Don’t Feed The Monster” (2019)

August 16, 2019

We’re rounding out the working week with an exclusive look at the new video for “Don’t Feed The Monster“, from award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ella Fence. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Ella’s musical style is rich, packed with vibrant imagery, and led by stunning vocals. It’s a sound that flows from […]

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Track of the Day: Charlie Finn “Going Blind” (2019)

August 14, 2019

Born and raised in Ohio, alt-country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Finn made his way to Sydney back in 2013, but stayed musically true to his Midwest roots. “Going Blind” is the second single from his forthcoming EP, and is a follow-up to “Picking Up The Pieces“, which launched earlier this year. Recorded with Sydney pop artist […]

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Track of the Day: N.Y.C.K. “Alive” (2019)

August 13, 2019

With the release of their debut album, Wild Streak, just around the corner, Melbourne duo N.Y.C.K. (otherwise known as Dominique Garrard and Nick Acquroff) have dropped their latest single “Alive“, and we just love it! “Alive” is the third release from the forthcoming album, sharing its name with the duo’s debut EP. Envisioned as a […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Mijo “You’ve Got Your Life” (2019)

August 12, 2019

Need something to help kickstart the working week? How about an exclusive sneak peek at the video for singer-songwriter Mijo‘s latest, “You’ve Got Your Life“? This is surf-rock at its brightest and most infectious, asking that age old question of just how we’re going to make this one life we’re given really count. Mijo says: […]

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Track of the Day: Austen “Money” (2019)

August 9, 2019

One of 2018’s most played artists on Triple J – a feat she managed with just one song! – Brisbane songstress Austen is back with new self-love anthem “Money”. If you like your electro-pop brooding yet uplifting, this is one track you’ll want to get on your playlist! The third glimpse from her upcoming EP, Austen […]

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Book Review: Whitney Scharer explores a real life romance in The Age of Light

August 9, 2019

The year is 1926, and American model Lee Miller has arrived in Paris. Leaving behind a successful career at Vogue, she’s ready to take her place behind the camera, rather than in front of it. After convincing surrealist Man Ray to take her on as his assistant, she begins her education, but soon finds herself […]

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Sydney Festival reveals Black Cockatoo as first show of 2020 season

August 8, 2019

Sydney Festival has announced it’s first show of 2020 with Black Cockatoo, a bold new collaboration between screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden and festival artistic director Wesley Enoch. Premiereing at the festival, Black Cockatoo tells the story of legendary cricketer Johnny Mullagh, bringing together Sydney Festival and Ensemble Theatre to explore the tale of Australia’s first ever […]

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