the AU review is excited to announce the next event in our monthly sessions series in Sydney: the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the first lineup for the eighth event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!
Next week, Kim Moyes of Sydney electronic duo The Presets will be speaking at the annual Brisbane based music industry conference and festival BIGSOUND. In advance of the event, we spoke to Kim about his time at the Sydney Conservatorium - who have finally introduced a contemporary music program - he gives advice for people looking to enter the industry, reveals his favourite Australian album right now and reveals that he's working on a new Presets record! He also talks about the challenges facing the music industry. There's a lot to read, so we'll leave you to it...
The indie-groove-pop 5 piece, At The Dakota hail from the top end of Australia with musical influences and inspirations from acts like Incubus, Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids. Having found their way in the local Darwin music scene with their addictive pop sensibilities and quirky lyrics, the group will be heading out across major cities in Australia for their first ever national tour in support of their debut EP, Stories.
Jack Colwell is fast establishing himself as Australia’s next great musical rebel, with the video clip for his new single “Don’t Cry Those Tears” racking up almost 9,000 plays on Vimeo and YouTube in just two weeks. On August 28, he released a five-track EP, Only When Flooded Could I let Go, featuring “Tears” alongside his 2014 single “Far From View”. Today, Jack announces a stripped-back headline show in Melbourne, plus an evening in Sydney presented by Rolling Stone.
Unless you’re heavily invested in the local music scene, there’s a chance that you’d only know a few faces on this stellar line-up. That shouldn’t scare you away though – Volumes has delivered some quality bands that no doubt, will be hitting your commercial radio soon (albeit it might take a few years).
Small World Festival is back this September 19th, and 2015 is amping up the techno vibes as the special guest DJs have just been revealed. With a line up consisting of rock acts The Church and DZ Deathrays, Small World plans to cater to all music fans with this very cool line-up of our favourite DJs.
Today marks the day that Sydney singer, songwriter and producer Nick Pes is revealing the self-directed music video for his new single "California", and we're proud to exclusively premiere it on the AU! Filled with summery charm, "California" was inspired by Nick’s love for the “land of dreams” and offers listeners an ultimately hopeful, empowering message... Click through to watch the clip!
Carriageworks has announced a return for popular boutique music festival At First Sight in November following its overwhelming success in 2013. Curated by FBi Radio's Dusty Fingers host, Marty Doyle, the one-day celebration, taking place on Saturday 14 November, features a range of bands, DJs and independent record stores and labels. This line-up includes Acid Baby Jesus (EL), Andras, Blank Realm, and more.
When it comes to hip hop, few can match the respect and influence that surrounds Big Daddy Kane. Pioneering member of the infamous Juice Crew and certified solo megastar, his style has been permanently embedded in the very heart of hip-hop and he has gone on to influence some of the industry's biggest including Jay-Z and Nas. Now Sydney and Melbourne are going to get a chance to witness this incredibly accomplished rapper live as he has announced two very intimate sideshows to accompany his appearance at Meredith Music Festival.
Canadian songstress, Ann Vriend returns to Australia for a special showcase at the BIGSOUND music industry conference in Brisbane this September and has just released a brand new single. Her latest Single, “A Need So Wide (You’re The One)” was handpicked based on the keen response from her Australian fans. Ann is embarking on a small run of shows to coincide with the single release, bringing her full band out on tour Down Under for the very first time...
Next Saturday and Sunday, Sydneysiders will be treated to the return of smooth Festival of Chocolate as the mammoth event takes over The Rocks for two days of dessert-focused fun. Renowned Masterchef alumni Julia Taylor is one of the many personalities who will be on hand to create some goodness for both your mouth and your Instagram account, and she has kindly shared her recipe for Cherry Chocolate Tart with us. Make this one up and maybe take it a long on the weekend so you can compare!
Adelaide is coming up with some cool things right now... The Timberwolf show at the UniBar on Friday night was a good example of this – of the three bands on the lineup, two (including the headliner) were very talented local bands. It's a good thing to see.
Sydney artist Eleanor Dunlop started 2015 by giving us the slinky summer guitar jam and triple j favourite “Rollin’ On”. Now, while she works on new material, she’s teamed up with local producer and singer/songwriter Paul Conrad to deliver us a delicious rework of the track. Super hooky, lush and otherworldly electronic, it’s a completely different take on the original and a teaser for an exciting new sound for Dunlop.
Waves and waves of chocolate-focused fun will be taking over The Rocks next Saturday and Sunday for the smooth Festival of Chocolate, a big two-day event from NOVA Entertainment celebrating a multitude of decadent desserts and chocolate designs from the best patisseries, ice-creameries, chocalatiers, and restaurants in Sydney.
When it comes to food choices, do you find that most of your meals rely on convenience? Are you throwing your healthy eating habits out the window in favour of flavour? During a visit to the recently opened Little Sunflower Café, we discovered that nourishing and sustainable food is not always about making unreasonable sacrifices.