US late night talk shows are a showcase of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing we see before we go to sleep. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers.
The air is cool but the nights are getting warmer. Spring has most certainly sprung here in Australia and Devon on Danks is embracing the changing of the seasons by tag-teaming with alcohol aficionados Young Henrys and Sakenet for a full-blown Asian inspired banquet that’s sure to leave one dizzy.
Australian rock stalwarts Thirsty Merc have announced their Australian 'The Good Life' tour will resume tonight at the ANU Bar in Canberra following a fatal car crash last week.
Dave Baxter, aka Avalanche City has been a busy man. Travelling across New Zealand and Australia, the artist has been touring extensively in support of his album, We Are For The Wild places, which released in July of this year. Currently on the road with Conrad Sewell, Dave is enthusiastic about the shows so far. “[They’ve] been really good,” he says. “I really like playing to Australian audiences. Really good, fun shows.” His last visit to Australia was two years ago, but his return is timed well, coinciding with the release of his new record. The reception to his live songs has been great so far. “Interestingly enough, this is the first time I’ve been playing the songs live... with a band set-up,” he says. “It’s gone down really good, and people love it. It’s a nice little boost to self-confidence that people like the new songs.”
Musician friends Ali Barter and Ben Wright-Smith are set to play two co-headline shows together this week, in Sydney and Melbourne. They will be joined by special guest Jack Colwell in Sydney, and WILSN at their Melbourne show. Click through for the dates and details...
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To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their debut album Make Me Love You, Aussie math rockers PVT (known as Pivot at the time of it's release) will be headlining two shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
Aside from having one of the coolest band names ever, Neon Tiger also have a new EP Live Young out. “Silver Linings” is the first single from the release and it brings some seriously catchy indie-rock vibes to the table that draw similarities to Panic At The Disco and Birds of Tokyo.
Late last week, Cloudy Bay celebrated their 30th anniversary in style with the launch of a new 2015 vintage Sauvignon Blanc at The Botanical in South Yarra. It was a glorious day with brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine, perfect for mingling and enjoying one of New Zealand’s finest drops. We were invited for this very special First of the Season Lunch, which saw an emphasis placed upon the fruit characters of this incredibly cherished varietal.
In This Issue: There is a slew of debuts coming out this Friday as well as the return of some big indie favourites! Check out the list below for all the new music due this week.
The team at longtime Redfern favourite Milk Bar by Cafe Ish are still pumping out their winning combination of burgers, donuts, cakes, and shakes but now they seem to be beefing up their rotating specials, adding to the gleeful, highly indulgent creations Head Chef Josh Nicholls delivers on the daily with an almost Willy Wonka level of mastery. Nicholls has changed (or rather, improved) the burger recipes, doubled up on instagrammable donuts, and, thankfully, hasn't changed a thing with their flawless shakes.
The nominations for the 2015 ARIA Awards have taken place in Sydney today, with the winners of the Artisan and Fine Arts categories also being announced. Courtney Barnett won her first ARIA Award during the event, taking away a statue for Best Cover Art, while Kevin Parker won both Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year for Tame Impala's latest album, Currents. For Barnett, today's event revealed her as the artist with the most ARIA nominations for 2015, racking up a massive eight nominations.
In case you haven't already heard the news, dessert goddess Christina Tosi, owner and chef at New York's iconic Momofuku Milk Bar, has come to Australia to help The Singleton stage a pop-up bar at the wildly popular Night Noodle Markets in both Sydney and Melbourne. Titled The Singleton Whisky & Sugar Bar, it will be popped up for the duration of each markets, serving up an exclusive creation Tosi has come up with especially for the occasion, and pairing that with some thoughtful Whisky cocktails.
In a collaboration we weren't expecting but definitely are digging, Glass Animals have shared a new tune spun together with Joey Bada$$, "Lose Control". With their now trademark bend on R&B production and simmering, almost gravelly beats, Glass Animals have matched up really well with Joey's buoyant flow on this one. We know Glass Animals have a penchant for mixing things up (their cover of Kanye's "Love Lockdown" has now become a favourite on the live front), so this is another cool addition to the pile.
Aussie gem Courtney Barnett has hooked up with Jack White at his very own Third Man Studio in Nashville to record two new songs, one of which is a cover of Rowland S. Howard's timeless "Shivers". The other, a sequel of sorts to Barnett's "Boxing Day Blues", will be released on a limited edition vinyl later this month; for now, Barnett and White's spine-tingling version of "Shivers" is our first taste of what this duo are capable of: beautiful, emotive, good ol' fashioned rock n roll.
Ian Laidlaw brings us photos from the amazing weekend that was the Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong. Kicking off on Friday and running through until Sunday night, the event capitalized on the October long weekend with an incredible local lineup - with Canadian artist Bahamas popping along too. In the first part of Ian's photo gallery, check out Ash Grunwald, Happy Hour, Boo Seeka, Gang of Youths, Cloud Control, Bec Sandridge alongside the Canadian artist and more!