We’re on a barge in the middle of Sydney Harbour and we’re about to capsize. At least, that’s what it feels like. Because right now, 100 hyped up people are jumping in unison, and the Channel V Island is under some serious pressure. Rudimental are at the helm, and their explosive single “Feel The Love” is the cause for all the commotion. The band already have their shirts off, Mark Crown is showering the front row with sweat while ripping through a trumpet solo as the bass shudders and splinters below the drums. The beat is brutally relentless, a violent, hyperactive mix of house drums and spine shaking bass. When the song ends, and the jumping crowd regain their stance, the Island gives another gentle sway, but rights itself soon after, and all is well. Very well, in fact.
If you’re a discerning lover of all things dance then you’ve most certainly seen the envy-inducing streams of partygoers in sweaty, underground clubs, huddled around big DJ set-ups and listening to a who’s who of producers lay out their absolute A-game, right? If you haven’t, then you probably should go to HERE right now and spend the entire week browsing the phenomenon that is Boiler Room TV.
Kirribilli’s premiere small bar The Botanist celebrated their first full year earlier this week. Known for the fresh, homely atmosphere, the bar hosted a party worthy of their success, reiterating their focus on outstanding food and drink in the process.
Surry Hills institution The Soda Factory has jumped straight from a small bar menu to an overwhelmingly large and varied selection of American-inspired fare, completing their image as a New York-style speakeasy and offering customers much more than expected.
Ever since he charmed his way onto our airwaves with the ridiculously catchy ‘I Spy’, Mikhael Paskalev became a musician to keep an eye on. Six months after capitalising on the momentum by releasing his debut album What’s Life Without Losers in his native Norway, Paskalev’s brand of odd-ball, upbeat pop finally hits Australian shelves.
West Australia’s Fairbridge Folk Festival launched its 2014 program earlier this week, promising an eclectic and exciting line-up for Steve Barnes’ 18th and final festival as Artistic Director.
Like Justin Bieber and Axl Rose, 21-year-old Sky Ferreira is one of those artists whose controversial antics often overshadow her musical endeavours. Her debut album Night Time, My Time proves that beyond her drug-related arrest and 60-stitch injury on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, Ferreira is not just another piece of tabloid fodder.
Future Music Festival - one of Australia’s premier electronic music festivals - was a writhing pit of visceral pandemonium that began with tens of thousands of dance and electronic music fans thankful to the elemental gods for a day of blue skies. I knew, even before I entered, I was on a safari into the belly of a metaphorical shirtless, musical, beast on pills. Hashtag 'bulkin’ for Future.'
Sometimes good songs and killer dance moves just don’t cut it. Unluckily for World’s End Press tonight was one of those occasions. The hotly tipped Melbourne quartet have developed a reputation for putting on packed out sweat drenched parties in small venues across the country. The apathetic crowd that slowly trickled in were clearly oblivious to what was happening on stage; coupled with the cavernous surrounds of the Hordern Pavilion, the band did little to enhance their reputation and robbed their electronic-funk of its impact.
There's a lot of news, so this week’s issue will come to you in two parts! In this part: The month of tuna kicks off at The Star, we farewell the IMB Sunset Cinema in Sydney, we look at the rising trend of “Mutant Foods”, and we examine the exciting and fulfilling ideas behind Frui’s Creative Holidays. This and so much more!
The fabulous Ngaiire has had a huge couple of months. Since releasing her debut album Lamentations in July last year, the Sydney musician has played in from of more than 100,000 people when opening for Alicia keys, headlined Tropfest and toured nationally off the back of two beautiful singles ‘Dirty Hercules’ and ‘Around’. Now, ahead of her appearance at WOMADelaide this weekend, Ngaiire took some time out to answer some questions and tell us about her unique style, touring the US + Canada and more…
An amazing double bill of Nine Inch Nails (pictured above) and Queens Of The Stone Age played to a sold out Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney last night. Photos by Johnny Au.
Taken from Haim's 2013 debut long player Days Are Gone, the track "If I Could Change Your Mind" has been followed up with an 80s aesthetic music video. Consistent with the 80s feel, it's lo-fi and a touch corny, but very well choreographed. View it below:
Christchurch three-piece T54 are heading to Australia for their first ever series of concerts outside their native New Zealand. In anticipation of the tour, the AU is proud to present the exclusive premiere of the band's new video "AC Parade", off their debut record In Brush Park, out now. It's dreamy, fuzz pop at its finest.
Forever robust and eternally powerful, Public Enemy have been living and breathing hip-hop since the early 80’s. The contributions – both sonically and culturally - they have made to the entire scene cannot be overstated; simply put, they are an indelible and large part of the foundation of hip-hop.