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Jenny Lewis Drags Up with Famous Friends in New, Instantly Viral Video

Jenny Lewis, former lead singer of indie rock group Rilo Kiley, is about to release her first solo album in six years, so why not come back with a bang (and a viral video)? Her social media freakout-inducing clip for first single, the Beck-produced 'One of The Guys' has a...

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Tokyo is Opening a Pop-Up Pikachu-Themed Cafe

There's never been more reason to dramatically point at a menu and shout "I CHOOSE YOU!" and not find yourself immediately kicked out. In a move that's about 15 years too late, Nintendo will be opening a brand new pop-up eatery in Tokyo entirely themed around that little sparky Pokemon...

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Rhythm and Alps 2014 Line up Announced

Rhythm and Vines’ sister festival Rhythm and Alps made its debut appearance in the beautiful Cardrona Valley last holiday season, attracting 10,000 festival-goers to the region. The 2013 event was such a success, that the organisers will be back this December 30 - 31 to do it all again.UK electro-pop...

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Mr and Mrs Smith's Ten Best Winter Warmer Retreats in Australia and NZ

Cosy up by the fire sipping Margaret River cabernet at Empire Retreat and Spa or embrace Sydney’s industrial past at 1888 Hotel. Either way, you’ll be chasing away winter blues and indulging at each of these top ten Mr & Mrs Smith hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Stay three...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is Killing It on Trip Advisor

The predictably sole stay available in the Zig-Zag-occupied Republic of Zubrowka, Wes Anderson's mighty Grand Budapest Hotel is quietly killing it over at Trip Advisor. With its own page up for user reviews, photos and generous applause for its cable car access, mountaintop location, satisfying concierge and significant amount of...

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Electric Car Sharing in France Will Make You Never Want to Take the Bus Again

Public transport just stepped up a notch in France. Are you done with hair-pullingly long off-course commutes, but don't have the sweet funds for a ride of your own? The French city of Grenoble has found the perfect middle ground between two evils — electric, tiny, publicly-owned car sharing.Driven by...

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The Ten Best French Restaurants in Auckland

In homage to this year's Bastille Day, Concrete Playground invites you to take stock of Auckland’s thriving French dining scene -which looks to be enjoying a wee bit of a renaissance of late. I sense a conspiracy. The end of the global war on carbs was perhaps the perfect opportunity...

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Lions and Tigers and Bears Distress Your Denim for Zoo Jeans

For fans of distressed denim, the more unique the method of wearing them down the better. But these guys have taken things next level. A denim company in Japan has decided to outsource their distressing work to lions, tigers and bears for their latest collection. Before you get on a...

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Draft Beer Vending Machines Are Now a Thing

Waiting in line at the game for a measly beer has driven many a tormented, forward-shuffling queuer to madness. Sweating brows, heavy tsking and dancing tip toes are the marks of those desperate to balance missing chunks of team victory and avoiding sobriety. But those purveyors of everything fast and...

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The Simpsons x MAC Collaboration We've All Been Waiting For

The blue-haired lady and long-time Mom of the Year Marge Simpson has upped her cool credential and joined the ranks of fellow hip pop culture icons like Barbie, and well, Lorde in creating a Simpsons-inspired makeup line.Although none of us plebs can ever manage to pull off the sky-high blue...

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Oh Hi Mark! Greg Sestero of The Room Sheds Light on the Worst Film Ever Made

Any film that critics compare to being "stabbed in the head" would normally be something that people would want to avoid. But when it comes to The Room, the harsher the reviews the better. The 2003 melodrama, about a love triangle between a banker, his best friend and his treacherous...

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Concrete Playground meets Glass Owls

Howick alternative-pop-rock band Glass Owls released their debut full-length album Out From The Darkness in June this year. Three years in the works, the album was brought to life at Revolver Studios in Waiuku with esteemed producer/engineer Djeisan Suskov behind the knobs and buttons. The result is an honest collection of tunes...

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