On one particularly warm winter’s night in July, hundreds of eager fans lined themselves along Enmore Road, Newtown, anticipating the performance of one of the most celebrated acts in alternative music - Foster the People. The expectations were high for the Los Angeles band, who made a stopover at the Enmore Theatre as part of their numerous Splendour In The Grass sideshows. Only minutes into their set, it was as clear as day that that they were not going to be a disappointment. This night would be one to remember.
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith first burst into our consciousness as the beautiful vocalist on Disclosure’s breaththrough single “Latch”, but since then he’s cemented himself as a seriously talented artist. His debut album In The Lonely Hour was released a few months ago, and he treated a lucky roomful of fans to a mini-set while in the country for Splendour in the Grass.
Big Scary's Tom Iansek - aka #1 Dads - has unveiled an all new single, which is co-written and performed with Melbourne's Ainslie Wills. In true Iansek fashion, it is a typically poised and understated number that warrants many, many listens.
Comedian, actor come Hip Hop star Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, is seriously popular. The line for his gig at the Hordern Pavilion snaked all the way through the Entertainment Quarter at Fox Studios, and up until he got onstage punters lucky enough to have been able to speedily nab a ticket were streaming in. A commanding presence on stage, it was clear from thirty seconds into the first song that this was going to be a show-stopping Splendour sideshow to remember.
English four piece Wild Beasts have always been critical darlings. Their musical arrangements are brave and bold and they have shown daring intelligence to constantly evolve and avoid repeating themselves or jumping the shark and doing something so daft as to release a dance album. Across their last four albums there has been a trend to pare back, removing layers of sound to more bare arrangements.
With the recent 21st anniversary celebration of Jeans for Genes day, it's looking like many are going to get involved when the big day rolls around Friday 1st August (tomorrow). Renowned brand Jeanswest is the official denim partner for Jeans for Genes Day in 2014, joining the party to help raise much needed funds for research into childhood diseases.
Tune-Yards graced a Sydney crowd post-Splendour In The Grass with a mesmerising set of mutant, tribal indie-pop at the Oxford Art Factory. The final night of a long tour, front-woman Merrill Garbus couldn't hide her affection for Australia, an affection that was reciprocated ten fold from the crowd.
On Friday 1 August 2014, Jeans for Genes Day will see workplaces, schools and streets transformed into a sea of denim in a united stance against childhood disease. Jeans for Genes Day is turning 21 this year and Jeanswest is joining the party, helping to raise much needed funds for research into childhood diseases.
the AU review presents Tasmanian Singer/Songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith performing his latest single "Surrender", LIVE and Acoustic in Sydney as part of our AU sessions series. Dewayne performs tonight at Bennett’s Lane in Melbourne!
The sound waves from Splendour In The Grass 2014 will be felt for a while, especially on a national scale as some of the weekend's greatest performances came from locals who took full advantage of the massive platform. Special anniversary performances from OutKast and Spiderbait, an emotional set from The Jezabels, and sets from Violent Soho and Phantogram, amongst others, really kicked things up a notch for Splendour, giving punters one of the best additions of the annual event. Chris was on ground to run around the festival and witness just some of these great performances; here are 10 of his favourites. Unfortunately, he is but one person, so much talked about sets from the likes of Childish Gambino, Hilltop Hoods, Tune-Yards, REMi and Angus & Julia Stone are not included.
Excitement builds from the very moment the orchestra starts playing the overture for the Korean production of 42nd Street. The crowd is already clapping along as the curtain rises ever so slightly from the stage to reveal countless pairs of synchronised tapping shoes. And the sound is incredible!
JK Entertainment presents the three Korean vocalists JK Kim Dong-wook, Sohyang and Lee Young-hyun live at the State Theatre in Sydney on Saturday the 11th of October.
Lillian chats with the local and amazingly talented lads/musicians of Humans as Animals. The band have been performing together around Melbourne for six years and are about to release a 4-part epic-funk opera that incorporates a character called Bilack. Their debut EP Eukaria’s release is just around the corner, August 1st, and we chatted to them about the release of the EP, its first single, “Her Name” and the EP’s upcoming release at the Evelyn Hotel on August 14th.
Los Angeles based producer Squeak E. Clean and the Brazilian DJ Zegon formed North America/South America (N.A.S.A.) born out their friendship, shared inspiration and love of music from both continents.
Sydney's Chicks Who Love Guns have returned - following the success of "Pencil Neck" - with their latest single "The Deep End", which is being released as a 7" alongside a slew of East Coast shows - kicking off in Sydney this Saturday at Q Bar. Until then, enjoy the brand new video clip here: