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The "Unrequited Love" of An Accidental (Gay) Activist

In the '70s Dennis Altman was a founding figure of gay liberation. Now more restrained than radical, the Australian author and activist recounts the past and present of sexual politics in his new book, Unrequited Love.

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Chook Race: Around the House

Australian bedroom-pop outfit Chook Race put together a vibrant and hopeful breakthrough record.

Music

Paul Kelly: Seven Sonnets and a Song

Legendary Australian songwriter Paul Kelly reconciles his trademark acoustic style with the works of Shakespeare on his latest album, Seven Sonnets and a Song.

Music

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Talk Tight

Would it be too much of a mouthful to say that you might just catch Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever fever after hearing this EP?

Interviews

Wake to Dream: An Interview with David Bridie, Australia's Best Kept Secret

After three decades as a recording artist, David Bridie, Australia's best kept secret, releases his fourth solo album Wake, an album born on the outer reaches of a dream.

Music

Gurrumul: Gurrumul

This is a disc that invites you to sit down, have a cup of tea and just listen.

Music

Maxi – “Walking with the Animals” (video) (Premiere)

Mixing together the stylings of female powerhouses like Florence Welch and Adele along with a heaping spoonful of '80's synths, Australian songwriter Maxi has a catchy new tune in "Walking with the Animals".

Music

Big Scary: Not Art

Big Scary continues their musical pastiche adventure, employing Iansek's raspy falsetto, minimalist drum lines and inventive, affecting piano interludes to create a compact work of commendable ingenuity

Music

The Paper Kites: States

This is a record that is a cut above the usual folk-rock cloth, and then some.

Reviews

The Kelly Brothers Take Surfing Global in 'Drift'

Watching a story about the mavericks of surfing is a lot like watching a story about the mavericks of the Wild West.

Books

Graeme Simsion's Feel Good Inc. Novel, 'The Rosie Project'

For most of the ride, The Rosie Project is a crowd-pleasing read, and a rarity in Chick Lit circles: a romance for women that men wouldn’t be embarrassed to pick up.

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'Wilfred': Bone-Dry Humor in a Warm and Wicked Cartoon Universe

The Aussie Wilfred fleshes out its sitcom universe with impressive worldbuilding and genuine heart amongst the weed smoke and scatological humor.

Music

Kylie Auldist: Still Life

Hearkening back to the days of classic soul, Still Life is an updated retro-soul affair that serves as a solid testament to R&B singer Auldist's artistry.

Music

Kylie Auldist: Still Life

Hearkening back to the days of classic soul, Still Life is an updated retro-soul affair that serves as a solid testament to R&B singer Auldist's artistry.

Music

Kate Miller-Heidke: Nightflight

While Miller-Heidke would be a major talent just for her singing ability, she is also a first rate songwriter (with her husband) who understands how to serve her material for great effect.

Music

San Cisco: Awkward

Australian quartet captures the vibe of sweet, sweet youth.

Music

City of Satellites: Remixed

Remix collection begs the question, "Why"?

Jedd Beaudoin
Music

Francis Plagne: Tenth Volume of Maps

Australian Francis Plagne makes most straightforward release to date.

Jedd Beaudoin
Events

Harvest - Taking Australia to A New Dimension

This weekend's Harvest event in Melbourne sees Portishead return to Australia for the first time in 14 years.

Joshua Kloke
Music

Jasmina Maschina: Alphabet Dream Noise

Despite moments where one might be tempted to write it off as a waste of time, there are glimmers that something truly amazing is buried deep in Alphabet Dream Noise.

Jonathan Sanders
Music

Skybombers: Black Carousel

Garage rock band from Down Under find a way to turn promise into disappointment.

Music

Amanda Palmer: Goes Down Under

Pandering is not always a bad thing. Pimping one’s self and music as a way of entertainment is a form of performance art with a long-honored tradition.

Television

Oprah, Australia, and Tourism: Defining 'Nation' as 'Product'

Since 2008, the "Oprah connection" has helped market Australia-the-product and illustrates an intriguing link among nations, television, film, and successful tourism.

Music

Paul Robeson: A Resonant Voice That Will Never Be Fully Silenced

Modern day 'political' celebrities can't hold a candle to Paul Robeson, who always flaunted his politics even when it was perhaps most dangerous to do so.

Music

Fabulous Diamonds: Fabulous Diamonds II

Droney layers from down under.

Reviews

'Walkabout' Is the Rarest of Films That Will Change Your Life Again Every Time You Return to It

Like any memorable work of art, Walkabout manages to convey certain elusive insights that, upon reflection, are so obvious they seem revelatory.

Reviews

Australia

As far as films go, this one's rather like a fleeting romance that wants to be a torrid affair.

Film

OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

Reviews

Australia

Australia is both an epic and a post-epic epic: it understands what's at stake in such spectacle-making and wants to show you that it knows.

Film

Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

Music

The Curse of Company: Leo Magnets Joins a Gang

There are pop songs in here but most of them try not to stand out. A vehicle for wistful indie chic.

Music

Various: Add to Friends

Like a sweet little ant that you don't want to step on.

Reviews

V Festival feat. Pixies, Beck, Nouvelle Vague, Gnarls Barkley, Jarvis Cocker, and Phoenix

PopMatters' Nick Gunn takes on the crowds and craziness, to find out what happens when Virgin's V Festival pops up down under.

Nick Gunn
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