The Australian Americana Festival, Out On The Weekend will be coming to Sydney for the first time and has just announced its lineup for 2015. Plus, early bird tickets are being released this Friday! With a mix of local legends like Kasey Chambers (Sydney only) and international talent, the solid lineup will be expanded with smaller events and attractions (TBA). If it tickles your fancy, check out the deets, artists and more below...
"Melbourne's premier garage rock and roll delinquents". We like the sound of that. Drunk Mums have unleashed their new single, "Pub On My Own", today as a first taste of their forthcoming album Gone Troppo and we're stoked to hear it! The album doesn't come out until next month but still, this is a sick little insight into the type of tunes we can expect from the band.
the AU review is excited to announce the next event in our monthly sessions series in Sydney: the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the first lineup for the seventh event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!
The kings of djent are back with a brand new album all the way from sunny England. However, is Tesseract's Polaris a worthy successor to Altered State? I remember watching Kubrick's 2001 for the first time quite a few years back, and it had me floored. The colours, the story, the everything about that movie made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. And there has been very few bands which have given me the same reaction on singlular songs, let along entire albums. However, there are a couple which populate this list - Dream Theater's Octavarium is one that I can put on repeat and get the same feeling time and time again.
For the last two decades, Mew have been performing around the world as one of the best experimental rock bands in the business and us Australian fans have sat on the sidelines, watching on and wondering when it was going to be our turn for a visit from the Danish quartet. Today, we have the answer. Come December, Mew will be visiting Australian shores for the first time in their career, performing three exclusive shows in support of their latest album, +-.
In This Issue: This one goes out to the singer songwriters with a hint of Swedish Metal and Irish punk of course! Check out the gorgeously colourful album art for Flyying Colours as well as the album trailer for Gardens & Villa.
Alex Gow's latest album as Oh Mercy, When We Talk About Love, was released to considerable acclaim back in June. It marked the return of one of the country's underrated songwriters and indeed, it showed a more personal side of Gow's lyricism than we'd possibly seen before. With a new band line up, Oh Mercy is currently preparing to bring When We Talk About Love to venues around the country through August and September, following some successful dates on the east coast, and it's a tour that brings with it equal amounts of excitement and nervous anticipation for the man behind the lyrics.
City Calm Down have finally announced a headline tour ahead of the release of the long-anticipated In a Restless House album and we're beyond excited for this one. Their recent Melbourne shows unsurprisingly brought out huge numbers and it wasn't long before the band expanded their tour commitments - confirming today that they will be heading down around the country with their new single "Wandering" in October.
The Paper Kites recently announced a new record, twelvefour, which is due out on August 28th, and have just unveiled the music video for the first single lifted off it, “Electric Indigo”. In true Paper Kites style, it’s a gloriously chilled out song, this time with a slight 80's feel to the production.
Sam Margin is recovering from Splendour in the Grass when I get him on the phone. Like most of the music industry and music fans involved in the hectic music festival bender down at Byron Bay a few weekends ago, the post-Splendour haze hit hard. For The Rubens, the festival was a great way to step back on to their Australian tour circuit in style, having been off the road lately working on their sophomore album Hoops.
Promoters of Sydney's boutique OutsideIn Festival have crafted quite a line up for this year's event, and they want to spread the love around the country by giving us more chances to see some of the stand-out names set to descend on Manning House in September. Soul veteran Bilal will perform headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne; grime emcee Stormzy will be heading to Perth and Melbourne; UK producer/DJ Star Slinger will show Perth and Canberra some love; and Detroit house and hip-hop don Andrés will be bringing his wild set to Melbourne's Hugs&Kisses in addition to his OutsideIn appearance.
Award winning Newtown small bar Earl's Juke Joint is paying homage to Singapore as the great city turns 50 this month, partnering up with Singapore speakeasy 28 HongKong Street to bring 7 exclusive cocktails to Sydney. For the entirety of August, the bar's drinks menu will be nodding to Singaporean heritage and it's rich, diverse food and drink scene with specially made cocktails. The drinks available are as follows:
REMI wins at the 2014 AIR Awards, photo by Rebecca Houlden.
The 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards have been announced today, with details surrounding the Melbourne industry event being confirmed for October once more. Once again held at the Meat Market in North Melbourne, the AIR Awards celebrates its 10th annual awards ceremony this year, while AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association) is marking 20 years in the business!
On the back of the release of their latest studio album Kintsugi,American rockers Death Cab for Cutie are touring Australia. They put on a stunning performance at HQ, with support by Eric Elbogen, otherwise known as Say Hi, which kept the audience enthralled.
From Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th October, Sydney will once again be celebrating the enormously popular art of craft brewing as Sydney Craft Beer Week takes over the city with an exciting program of events across 70 bars, restaurants, breweries, and outdoor spaces. Over 130 events are planned this year, all focused in on the love we share for craft beer and the variety it has given us.