The acclaimed West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS will tour Australia later this year. The musical will premiere in Sydney on the 30th October, before travelling to Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. The tour will continue on to Adelaide and Perth in 2016.
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Adelaide's Horror My Friend opened their April/May run of tour dates with a great hometown show at the Crown and Anchor on a Friday night, the eve of Record Store Day. With Clarity Records just around the corner set to open at midnight to facilitate the needs of those vinyl/CD devotees, the Cranka was playing host to large crowd of music lovers by the time the headliners took to the stage.
We continue out interview with Hiatus Kaiyote, talking about the release date of their upcoming album Choose Your Weapon – May 4th. Despite the date’s significance in pop culture by referring to ‘may the force,’ the band insists it was unintentionally placed there, exclaiming: “Nai has never seen Star Wars!” They all briefly discuss what Star Wars characters they would be, before moving on to touring news.
Recorded between 2011 and 2013, the new album from Mallee Songs is a shift from solo project to full band. Their new single “A Warm Breeze” opens with reverb drenched guitars and expands into a powerful rock tune with clever vocal hooks mirrored by catchy guitar lead lines. The track grows the more you get into it, presenting a perfect combination of Michael Skinner’s great songwriting and on point production from Pascal Babare, also the band’s drummer. Have a listen to it here:
The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS), recently named one of the top 20 beer festivals in the world by Beer Connoisseur Magazine, is about to spread beyond it's spiritual home of Melbourne with it's first ever Sydney edition this year. On May 30th, the same geniuses behind Darlinghurst's adored The Local Taphouse, will be bringing their acclaimed beer extravaganza to Australian Technology Park, and with it, around 120 world premiere brews from some of the best Australian, New Zealand, and international brewers.
Adelaide musician Banjo Jackson is set to release his self-titled debut album through Mirador Records this Friday and for many who have been following him on the local circuit, it's definitely a much anticipated release. For those who may be coming to Banjo's sound for the first time, this is music for the folk lovers, those who favour some gorgeous songwriting and a rich, textured musicality that makes an album flow effortlessly. An earnest vocal quality that is easy to become a fan of, Jackson's appeal is far-reaching and could easily sit well alongside your Vance Joys, your Kim Churchills or your Conor Obersts.
the AU review caught up with English-born, New York based Tamsin Wilson, front woman of the ethereal dream-pop band Wilsen while she was in Austin for SXSW. Wilson was working on wrapping up and releasing the follow-up full length to 2014's Magnolia EP. She described the upcoming album as "a mix of acoustic and electric", and mentioned that she'd taken a more active role in the production side of recording the album as well, saying that "it's been fun to try arranging songs whilst writing as well".
We've had to wait a long damn time but Australia is finally going to get a Microsoft Store of its very own. To the surprise of absolutely no-one, the store will be in the heart of Sydney's Pitt St Mall.
Over the weekend, Gold Coast was invaded by superheroes, villains, pop culture icons and gamers for the annual Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Krista Melsom was there for the AU Review to catch all the action.
Architects, Stick to Your Guns, Being as an Ocean and Stories played The Hifi in Brisbane over the weekend. Julian Panetta fought it out in the pit to bring you these photos.
Fans turned out in force to see the stars at Oz Comic Con in Adelaide over the weekend, from Doctor Who's Billie Piper to Hercules' Kevin Sorbo and everything in between. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.
Freeplay is Australia's longest running independent games festival. It's been around for about a decade now and this year, to hear the attendees tell it, might have been the best on record.
the AU review sat down with Danish electronic duo Rangleklods while they were in Austin for SXSW. The duo had just come off of four SXSW showcases and were there in advance of their upcoming second album Straightjacket, due out May 18th in Europe.
Gourmet Cinema is back this year, spread across three days from 9th to 11th June, to once again deliver the perfect pairing of food and film to the Sydney Film Festival. The concept is quite simple really, you sit back with a group of fellow cinephiles to enjoy a fine foodie film and then, following the screening, enjoy a full dining experience at one of Sydney's top restaurants. Each restaurant has been tasked with creating a special menu for the night, based on the film preceding the dinner.
There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. We kick things off in Melbourne this these five artists, in no particular order - some have been around for a little while, others are brand new additions to the scene: