12 February

Australia’s first Zara Home lands in Highpoint

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It’s been a while since we’ve visited Highpoint and it’s totally high end. It makes sense then that Zara decided to expand the empire by opening its first Aussie Zara Home store today a wee bit west of the city.

Tucked in beside Apple and Armani, we were welcomed at the early-morning launch party with a green juice and an incredibly ritzy-looking gluten free muesli.

We’re not too proud to admit that we have some homeware fetishes (specifically, aprons and tea towels). So, the grand plan for this morning was to hunt those out immediately, but we were distracted by a whole world of other home-based goodies that we didn’t even know we needed – like coat hangers in those anodised steel cup colours our folks had in the ’70s.

Basically, the store covers every home base – manchester, tableware, bath and body – everything from luxury lounge wares and slippers that are way too good to wear to the supermarket, to hyacinth-shaped candles, green faux-cowhide notepads and gilt crabs that double as tiny, secret storage spaces.… Read more

18 December

Mr Burger opens new permanent store in Fitzroy, gives out free burgers this Saturday

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No doubt you’ve spotted the bright orange trucks rolling around Melbourne, bringing smiles at every stop with their fresh, tasty, no-frills burgers.There are permanent Mr Burger stores in Chapel Street, the Queen Vic Market and the CBD, but this time, the guys are coming to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

This Saturday, you’ll find cheery guys and gals flipping patties at the brand new store, where you can nab free burgers from 11.30am to 3pm. Just like the truck, the store design allows you to watch your beef or veg patty sizzling right in front of you.

Aside from the comfort of knowing that this Mr Burger joint can’t suddenly take off, the other major benefit is the beer on tap. Plus, all your favourite sides are here. Their famous Trucker Fries come with bacon, cheese and special sauce. So necessary. So delicious.

Mr Burger: Fitzroy, opens Saturday December 20.Read more

15 December

Review: Meredith Music Festival 2014

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There are two kinds of people living in Victoria: those who have bathed in the glow of Meredith’s Supernatural Amphitheatre, and those who have not. There’s no shame in being in the latter category – it’s just difficult for Meredith devotees to describe the experience without going all teary-eyed and mumbling words like “BYO booze… only one stage… Ferris wheel… Inspiration Point… music?”

Still, we must try. Over two decades ago, a dude named Chris Nolan invited some mates to his farm to listen to his favourite local bands. Now, thousands of music-lovers plan their social calendar (and their personal finances) around one weekend in December. And if we didn’t see you in the crowd this year, then here are some moments that might make you reconsider your choices in 2015.

Best on-stage banter
Friday night, 10pm. A saxophonist in a sharp skipper’s outfit addresses the audience with a very serious expression on his face.… Read more

10 December

Huxtaburger serves up backstage burgers at A Day On The Green to rock stars – and you?

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The lads from Huxtaburger have teamed up with Yarra Valley music series A Day On The Green to feed artists and crew with backstage burgers. That’s right: the likes of John Legend, Jimmy Barnes, Roxette, Billy Idol, Angels, Cheap Trick and the Black Keys will soon be tucking into a Denise or a Theo (the burger joint’s most famous creations) before hitting the stage. We bet the boys behind the buns (Daniel Wilson, Dante Ruaine and Jeff Wong) never expected to serve rock star patrons when they first opened in Collingwood in 2011.

So what does this union have to do with you? Everything, if you love burgers and music. Huxtaburger are giving one lucky social media user (and a mate) the chance to win tickets to one of the Day on the Green gigs and eat burgers backstage. All you need to do jump onto their Facebook page and share/comment for a chance to win.… Read more

9 December

Aussie indie film shines a light onto Melbourne’s music scene – and it needs your help

Posted by in Movies, Music, News

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So you’re hoping to make an independent feature film in Australia, and you don’t have any government or commercial funding. If you’re not already packing some serious coin, bringing your film to life isn’t going to be easy.

Your solution? Like many musicians, artists and filmmakers, crowd-funding could very well be your saviour. Such is the case with indie film Play it Safe: a Melbourne flick that dives into our city’s music scene.

Play it Safe is the story of 26-year-old musician Jamie, who gets a soul-crushing job at a school after his band breaks up. It’s a sticky place that most artists find themselves in at some point or another: do you break out on your own and take the risk of failure – or do you play it safe?

Melbourne writer and director Chris Pahlow is the driving force behind the film. A long-time lover of the local music scene, he’s directed music videos for the likes of hip-hop artists Mantra and Allday.… Read more