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Chuck's Wagon Makes Australia Safe for Alt-Countrynew

Chuck Stokes learned to love American country-rock the old fashioned way, through a Wyoming construction worker who earned extra money skinning and gutting animals.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  09-10-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Finding Great Australian Wines Out in the Bushnew

I spent a few days last month in the main winemaking region of Western Australia, Margaret River, tasting a lot of its trademark Cab Sauvignon and Shiraz and Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blends. We got our palates on some more unexpected stuff, too.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Cathy Harding  |  09-09-2009  |  Food+Drink

Six Shirazes and Shiraz Blends from Australia Offer Something to Suit Every Palatenew

For many Wineaux, mass-market Australian Shiraz played a key role in our earliest attempts at wine-related sophistication. I can still picture the $3.99 bottle I brought proudly to a friend's dinner party in the mid 1990s.
East Bay Express  |  Blair Campbell  |  07-15-2009  |  Food+Drink

Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman Can't Save 'Australia'new

We're watching a great director working outside of his normal area of expertise, and while the results are not disastrous, they're uncomfortable.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  12-04-2008  |  Reviews

'Australia' is Worse Than You Thinknew

They don't make 'em like this anymore. Thank God.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff  |  12-04-2008  |  Reviews

'Australia': Somewhere Over the Datelinenew

You don't have to have been raised on colonial Brit Lit, classic melodramas, Westerns, war movies, or Gone With the Wind to predict the likely outcome of Baz Luhrmann's Australia within its first 15 minutes, but any or all of the above will help.
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  12-01-2008  |  Reviews

One Epic-Scale Story Isn't Enough for Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia'

If you've seen Luhrmann's films, Australia is exactly the kind of story you'd expect from him, painted on a canvas the size of a continent. Or more specifically, it's two of the kind of stories you'd expect from him.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  11-25-2008  |  Reviews

Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia' Disappoints

Its grandiose title might encourage visions of a sweeping epic romance but Baz Luhrmann's bloated and boisterous movie is little more than a computer-graphic assisted western that takes place over the period of a few months.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  11-24-2008  |  Reviews

Sydney's The Presets Don't Quitnew

Since the band's inception, the classically trained musicians have been churning out dance-pop music with electronic proclivities. There's not much of a dance scene in Australia, so they looked to the dance floors of Europe and Aussie rock 'n' roll progenitors AC/DC and Midnight Oil.
Chicago Newcity  |  Garin Pirnia  |  09-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Wines Spring Up: Fresh, Fruity, and Scrubby, Toonew

Not a week goes by without a clutch of new wines appearing, especially at this time of year.
The Georgia Straight  |  Jurgen Gothe  |  04-28-2008  |  Food+Drink

Cut Copy's Balearic Pop Revivalnew

From an ocean away, it's tempting to imagine something similar to Manchester's Factory Records/Hacienda/New Order scene going down right now in Melbourne, Australia -- only with better beaches and less post-industrial gloom.
The Portland Mercury  |  Eric Grandy  |  04-24-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Political Pranksters Invent the Art of 'Identity Correction'new

The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, developed Web sites like that people thought were real, then masqueraded as influential men to satirize the goals they despised.
East Bay Express  |  Melissa Levine  |  10-05-2004  |  Reviews

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