Author: Liv Toerkell

Album Review: Larkin Poe’s Venom & Faith (2018 LP) is a modern interpretation of traditional blues music

November 15, 2018

The blues sisters from Atlanta are back with their long-awaited fourth studio album, Venom & Faith, which follows up on the critical acclaim of last year’s Peach, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award, with a collection of ten bluesy tracks. Don’t be fooled Larkin Poe is not a man, but instead two sisters, Megan and Rebecca […]

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Disney takes on Netflix: Everything you need to know about the exclusive new content coming to Disney+

November 14, 2018

Production giant Disney has finally confirmed the name of its long talked about streaming device. The name, Disney+, might not be the most creative, but it will contain the beloved classics and well as new features and might put other streaming platforms to shame. The new direct-to-customer service will go online in late 2019. CEO Bob […]

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Album Review: Imagine Dragons’ Origins (2018 LP) is disappointingly unoriginal

November 14, 2018

Las Vegas four-piece Imagine Dragons are probably best known for their incredibly overplayed songs “Radioactive” and “Thunder”. They fuse genres from Pop, to EDM and Hip Hop on one LP, and strike up a wide angle of important topics like world peace, depression and love. A mixture that might sound intriguing, but the outcome is […]

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Album of the Week: Cyanide Thornton’s debut self-titled LP is a transcendent experience

November 7, 2018

It almost seems unbelievable that the self-titled LP is Cyanide Thornton’s first release. The Melbourne three-piece formed in 2016 and quickly gathered a local following in the alternative rock circuits of the city. The much-anticipated self-titled album will drop on Friday and is a collection of seven unique and musically advanced tracks. The album is like a […]

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Interview: Glitoris (Canberra) talk The Policy debut album and the raw energy of their live shows

November 5, 2018

Canberra rockers Glitoris released their debut album The Policy on Friday – and today tickets to their album tour go on sale. Last week, Liv Toerkell caught up with the group to talk about the album, the upcoming tour, the raw energy of their live show and the issues they face in the male-dominated music […]

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Track of the Day: Jacob Banks “Kumbaya” (2018)

November 5, 2018

Jacob Banks is not just a great singer and songwriter but also an expert at fusing genres to create unique tracks like new single, “Kumbaya”, which was released on Friday along with Banks’ long-awaited debut album Village.  At thirteen Banks moved from his home in Nigeria to Birmingham in the UK, where he started playing […]

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Live Review: Aussie trio Haiku Hands thrill with Synne Sanden at Maze in Berlin (Germany)

November 3, 2018

Let me tell you a little story of megaphones, neon masks and confetti. Once upon a time, in a town called Berlin, people started dropping into a cosy little underground bar in the middle of Kreuzberg. The vibe is relaxed and the small crowd of mostly young hipsters is lounging on steps or on chairs […]

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Album Review: Oh Pep! – I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You… (2018 LP)

November 1, 2018

Melbourne Duo Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs, known as Oh Pep!, are back again. Since they first met in a performing arts school in 2009, the girls have brought out two EPs, one full-length album, and concluded several international tours. Now the duo follow on from their critically acclaimed debut Stadium Cake with I Wasn’t Only […]

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Nine shows not to miss at the Sydney Festival in 2019

October 30, 2018

Every January, Sydney Festival helps kick off the new year with a massive cultural celebration, and 2019 is looking to be no different. The 2019 instalment of the festival includes eighteen world premieres, five Australian premieres, and eight Australian exclusives, and features a programme which runs the gamut of cutting edge contemporary theatre, visual arts and […]

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8 acts you need to see at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap Festival

October 29, 2018

With ticket prices from Australia to Hong Kong at record lows, now would be as good a time as any to look into tickets to Hong Kong for the city’s long-running outdoor music and arts festival, Clockenflap. As one of Hong Kong’s signature music events, the festival features about one hundred different acts and will […]

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Track of the Day: Curtis Harding “Where We Are” (2018)

October 23, 2018

Emerging retro soul singer-songwriter Curtis Harding has followed up last year’s Face Your Fear album with brand new single, “Where We Are”,  an eight minute beauty that is packed with nostalgia for 60’s soul. Harding, the son of a gospel singer (an influence you can still hear today), kicked off his career as a background singer […]

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Live Review: Kurt Vile and The Violators hypnotise their Berlin audience as the Bottle It In tour gets rolling

October 22, 2018

On a Thursday night at 7:45, the almost century-old venue in Kreuzberg, Berlin, starts filling up. Some laid back rock tunes play in the background as I watch an audience pour into Huxley’s that could not be any more diverse. Ten-year-old kids with their parents mingle amongst hipsters in their late 20s, and a couple […]

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The AU Turns 10 in Perth: Meet the Bands playing our stages at WAMFest

October 22, 2018

On November 2nd and 3rd, more than one hundred local Western Australian bands will play at multiple venues across the city for FREE as part of the annual WAMFest. And this year, as part of the AU review’s national run of 10th birthday celebrations, we’re taking over no less than four stages at the Amplifier Capitol on […]

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Album of the Week: Greta Van Fleet’s Anthem of the Peaceful Army (2018 LP) is an ode to 70s rock

October 17, 2018

Topping the US Rock Charts for not one, but five consecutive weeks, opening for Bob Seger, winning the Loudwire music awards, playing sold out shows across the globe and gaining acclaim from namely artists like Elton John before even releasing an album. May I introduce Greta Van Fleet, the Michigan Rock outfit that mixed up […]

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Party your way to a dream ski trip to Canada this Halloween

October 15, 2018

Whether wizard, witch or vampire everyone is invited. On 27th October, Network Canada’s famous Halloween shaker Halloween International – Devil’s Night is set to return to Sydney’s Greenwood Hotel. In addition to 3 DJ areas, the party has several Canadian activities lined up for guests, from bull-riding (Calgary Stampede style) to snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies. They’ll […]

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Album of the Week: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In (2018 LP)

October 10, 2018

When I first sat down to listen to Kurt Vile’s new release, Bottle It In, I did not know what to expect. 75 minutes later, I still could not place what I had heard. It was after a good two hours and a half that the LP finally started growing on me. Don’t expect a […]

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Track of the Day: Charlene Soraia “Tragic Youth” (2018)

October 9, 2018

No one must love tea more than Charlene Soraia, who gained recognition after recording a cover of The Calling’s “Where Ever You Will Go” for a Twinings tea commercial in 2011. It catapulted her onto the top three of the U.K. single charts and was the kick-starter for her following success as a singer and […]

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Six new movie trailers you need to watch right now

October 8, 2018

From the new Elton John biopic, to Wizards and an unrecognisable Christian Bale, here are six just released movie trailers you need to watch… Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald One more addition to the beloved Harry Potter franchise, Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in a new series of five, written exclusively for the screen […]

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Track of the Day: Approachable Members Of Your Local Community “Only Friend” (2018)

October 8, 2018

Following up on their previous success the Melbourne indie pop band, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community have released their new single “Only Friend”. Only last year the six-piece group launched their career with their debut single “Millennium Queen” to great success. Since then AMOYLC have toured with the likes of Kira Puru and Lime Cordiale. Not […]

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Watch: Stefan Hunt’s short film We’re All Going To Die released online after touring the world

October 2, 2018

In September last year, the art festival We’re All Going To Die premiered in Sydney. Founder Stefan Hunt is promoting his message and encouraging people across the globe to “Fear less and live more”. WAGTD is a creative community in place to remind you to celebrate life through the lens of death, using art to […]

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