Vivid Live Review: Squarepusher - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (22.05.15)

Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, embodies the three pillars of Vivid Sydney, so it's surprising that it has taken this long for the now world renowned festival of light, music, and ideas to lure him to Australia. In giving Jenkinson the John Sutherland Theatre, an intimate theatre in the Sydney Opera House, to showcase two hours of electronic mastery, Vivid Live delivered us quite the exciting journey into high-end technology, immersive visuals, and productions focusing on Squarepusher's latest album Damogen Furies.

The Preatures and Crooked Colours to help kick off Thredbo's winter season

While winter has probably arrived a bit early, with Thredbo seeing 25cm of snow fall since last Saturday, the official start of the winter season at one of the most famous snow-filled destinations in Australia is still set to kick off over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. As always, Thredbo is packing the weekend with a massive schedule of parties, events, and celebrations to usher in the official start of the season and hopefully make this winter the resort's biggest yet.

Event Recap: Bertoni Risorante and Bar Official Launch - CBD (Sydney)

When Bertoni brothers Alberto and Antonio gave up their corporate day jobs to follow their passion for sharing the simple, hearty Italian food they grew up on, they may not have envisioned it taking them to the opening of their fifth establishment in Sydney’s CBD over a decade later. However, this week saw them open the doors to their first fully fledged ristorante and bar, a place which encompasses the family’s values of generosity, warmth and hospitality.

Hotel News: Canberra's The Burbury Hotel extends their accommodation offerings with Burbury Apartments

The Realm Precinct in Canberra has been progressing rather nicely with it's various dining options - including the brilliant Lilotang - and collection of high quality hotels. One of the hotel's in this area, The Burbury Hotel has this year expanded on their lush accommodation offerings by launching Burbury Apartments, inventive open-plan, premium long-stay offerings that are designed to eclipse the home-away-from-home experience.

Vivid Live Review: Sufjan Stevens - Sydney Opera House (22.05.15)

Photo: Daniel Boud

It’s the hardest part of being an artist – letting go of your work – and Sufjan Stevens lets go all the way. In the first of his performances for Vivid 2015, he transformed the Concert Hall into a mesmerising montage of his life’s narrative. First thought when the lights came on is that it had to be this venue – such a large sound compared to the record and the seating meant that most of the crowd didn’t hold up their smartphones for the entire show.

Photo Gallery: Motley Crue + Alice Cooper - Adelaide Entertainment Centre (21.05.15)

Motley Crue

Motley Crue brought their final tour through Adelaide on Thursday night. With Alice Cooper also on the bill, you knew it was going to be a night to remember. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.

Single of the Day: A$AP Rocky Feat. ScHoolboy Q "Electric Body" (2015)

East Coast rap giant A$AP Rocky is almost ready to unleash his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, and has already pushed several tracks out to the world. We've already heard impressive sounds like "L$D" and "Beef" but this one just about takes the cake. "Electric Body" with the equally unstoppable ScHoolboy Q is an exciting display from both artists as they ride over a constantly evolving production. DJ Envy pops up every now and again to remind us that this is a leak.

Pop Up Bar: Tanqueray Botanical Lounge Launch at Cruise Bar - Circular Quay (Sydney)

On a wet, windy and chilly opening night of the Vivid Sydney festival Tanqueray provided perhaps the best seats in the city to enjoy the lights. The celebrated global gin has launched a pop-up bar on level 2 of the newly refurbished Cruise Bar in the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay – the Tanqueray Botanical Lounge.

Tigerair launches weekly sale concept 'Saturday Flight Fever' with fares from $9

Today marks a new start for Tiger Australia as they launch into a new weekly sales concept which takes place every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. Saturday Flight Fever will be a regular happy-four-hours featuring special deals for travel across Tiger's Australian network.

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) on co-writing "Crazy If We Don't" and Songhub experiences (Part Two)

The AU review brings you Part Two of Demi Louise's tour diary as part of her experience at Canadian Music Week. From co-writing a song called "Crazy If We Don't" to her rewarding experience exploring the Songhub with SOCAN curator, Gavin Brown who has made millions in sales through his work with bands such as Three Days Grace and Billy Talent, we see Louise learn more about the Canadian music industry as her CMW ventures progress. Read on for her second take Canadian adventures here.

Music Video of the Day: Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (2015)

Courtney Barnett’s debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, debuted at number #10 on the US Billboard charts and #4 on the ARIA charts here in Australia, and “Dead Fox” is the new single off it. Animated and directed by Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge is it’s new video, a beautiful but slightly disturbing children’s story. Watch it here:

Album Sampler Review: Years & Years - Communion (2015 LP)

Note: The following review is based on an album sampler consisting of six tracks from the record.

If this sampler of British electronica trio Years & Years' upcoming debut album Communion is anything to go by, itis bound to be a cracker. Heading into this musical taste-tester I was admittedly hoping for more of the upbeat, radio-friendly vibe that lead single "King" brought because it is, quite frankly, a killer tune. I was very much surprised then when the majority of the six-track offering in the sampler were laid back and, in a stroke of genius, totally chill. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not.

the AU interview: Dave Le'aupepe on growing up in a Samoan household, the current Gang of Youths tour & more!

Gang of Youths at the Oxford Art Factory, 2015. Photo: Johnny Au.

Dave Le'aupepe and his Gang of Youths band mates are somewhere in Melbourne about to get tattooed when he phones me. We're doing a last minute interview about the success of the tour they're currently on but he's forgotten to call at the right time, so when the call finally comes through, he's minutes away from getting his neck inked.

the AU interview: Jamie Eden (TT Games) talks Lego Jurassic World, building the game, and more

The LEGO video games are now well established amongst this generation of gamers, with a unique aesthetic that massively draws upon nostalgia and inches forward in innovation every installment. The trend for these LEGO games is to take famed movie franchises and adapt them to the well-constructed world of building blocks; it's a formula which has resulted in some of the most playful, fun, and engaging all-ages games in recent memory, and there's no signs of the franchise slowing down when they take very comprehensive look at the Jurassic Park movie series with LEGO Jurassic World by TT Games.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 22nd May 2015

In This Issue: we have the news about AMM’s Artist Management Program for 2015, LPA’s partnership with the Heads Up campaign, and the speakers and panel announcements for FEEDBACK, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.