New Zealand-born, Los Angeles (via Melbourne) based songwriter Kimbra is truly a pioneer of modern music. Her debut album Vows, released in 2011 was not only incredibly accomplished but showed immense amounts of potential, and she’s definitely fulfilled her potential on her 2014 follow-up, The Golden Echo.
As we wait for the vote on Scottish Independence come in, we bring you one of our favourite tracks going around at the moment from Scotland - WHITE's "Living Fiction". There's a vibe to this track that makes it something so familiar, yet something totally its own. See also: Saxophone solos. They just released the music video to the track and you can watch it here:
If you're familiar with Mark Wilson's last Shakespeare production - Unsex Me, which drew controversy for its avant-garde take on Lady Macbeth - you might be expecting a sexually confronting or generally weird performance. Don't worry, though. For a production with a cast of two and a decidedly irreverent bent, Wilson's take on Richard II is surprisingly faithful to the themes of the original Shakespeare. Wilson and his co-star, Olivia Monticciolo, deliver an adaptation of Richard II that tries to highlight the play's relevance to current Australian politics.
Andrew Stoner, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, today announced that the award-winning production of Here Lies Love has been secured as the theatrical centerpiece of Sydney's Vivid Festival in 2015! The New York original, penned by Talking Heads' David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, retraces the journey of Imelda Marcos - from the Filipina First Lady's rise to power, to her descent following the People Power's Revolution. Incorporating music, choreography and an incredibly 360-degree scenic and video environment, Here Lies Love is set to be one of the drawcards of the festival program next year for sure.
"Where were you ten years ago?!" Andy Bull deadpans, during the encore of his set, before laughing, "No seriously, I appreciate you all a lot. Thank you and see you next time." It's one of those moments where you laugh, but if you've been a fan of his for the last however many years, part of you does think, 'Well? Where was this crowd?' Standing in a venue which was barely full for the Sydney musician when he last headlined here some time ago now, now completely sold out, brings with it a sense of accomplishment...and I'm not even the artist. Being an Adelaide-based music fan, seeing a musician being able to crack this city and sell it out on a weeknight is a commendable feat on its own and Andy Bull made sure the crowd got what they paid for.
Destiny is an ambitious FPS/MMO hybrid by console shooter demagogues Bungie and published by the similarly monolithic Activision, it’s a game that wears it’s Halo-inspired DNA proudly on its sleeve. It's a game that is determined to be different, to stride into this new hardware generation and show us something we've never seen before. In this, it succeeds spectacularly in some areas and leaves you rather cold in others.
Oh no, they ain't done yet! Mansfield's favourite sons Violent Soho had recently been dropping social media hints at some more shows, but I don't think many people were anticipating another national tour, especially off the back of what was a huge run around Australia only recently. Celebrating the success of their album Hungry Ghost, which now holds GOLD status, the Queenslanders have announced the aptly titled 'No Sleep Til Mansfield Tour', which will see them on the road playing some larger venues in both capital and regional cities this November and December!
As they tour the world in support of their sophomore record Silent Treatment - their first to garner an international release - Norwegian quintet Highasakite are in Australia this week for the first time, stopping off for some intimate performances at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney and on Saturday at Howler in Melbourne.
Larry sat down with Ingrid and Trond from Norwegian indie pop outfit Highasakite earlier today to talk about their brief debut Australian tour - which kicks off at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney tonight and ends in Melbourne at Howler on Saturday - and their new album Silent Treatment.
With her scripts for Mabo and Brides of Christ, Australian writer Sue Smith has never shied away from controversial or important topics. In her new play Kryptonite, which premiered this week in Sydney as a co-production between the Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Smith tackles the relationship between Australia and China, seen through the guise of the 25 year relationship between Dylan (Tim Walter) and Lian (Ursula Mills).
The Living End would have to be one of the country's hardest touring bands, right? I can't count how many times I've seen them perform or have at least been at an event they've been at, over the years. Today, the trio announced that they'll be on the road in October and November for three exclusive shows only because, why? Well, they want to, that's why. Fair enough, too.
Cause In Affects are a band who have been around the country obsessively blowing minds away with many blocks of dirty riffs and growling vocals. Their tour nearly done in support of their album Divine which is blisteringly loudly and proudly released. They'll be playing one last show in Brisbane this Friday. But don't despair, more gigs are to come, as drummer Nick Skinn mentioned via email.
Food provenance has become increasingly important to people around Australia as we begin to realise just how rich and vast the produce in this country can be. One such brand which can be trusted when it comes to sustainable, locally grown produce is Cobram Estate, purveyors of ultra premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil who maintain a consistent passion for pure, healthy product. The award-winning brand are fresh off an olive harvest and are excited to bring their new season Extra Virgin Olive Oils to stores across the country.
Assassin’s Creed fans have been treated to an absolute deluge of new information in the last few days with Ubisoft releasing a stack of fresh trailers, announcing a collection of recent titles and a substantial update to their mobile title. For the AC die hard, no matter your hardware of choice, 2014 is shaping up to be a very, very good year indeed.
Adelaide has been described as one of the fastest rising and 'smartest' cities in the world, with an emerging presence on the global radar to further Australia as a great and diverse country to visit. There's something about the wide open spaces being only a stone's throw from the city, or the fact that you're in the centre of the country's best produce, that places Adelaide far outside of the sleepy 'city of churches' box it was once stuffed into, back when interest in the area was nowhere near as high as it is now.