As far as debut albums go, Permanence from metalcore six-piece Storm The Sky is right up there with the best. Hailing from Melbourne, the band have put together an LP with quality and maturity equivalent to those many years their senior, with a level of energy and originality far more reflective of the group's youth.
More Australian music followed Courtney (read about her in part one) with Angus and Julia Stone taking the stage to play tracks from their latest self-titled album and old favourites like "Big Jet Plane" and "For You". The duo played well, accompanied by a four piece band. But their down tempo tracks didn't quite match the loud, raw energy of the band that followed. Brighton duo Royal Blood cranked everything up to 11 in what was the best performance I've ever seen from them - they really are at the top of their game right now. After a year of non-stop touring, that comes of little surprise.
Lace Curtain seem to revel in challenging your perceptions. The Sydney Festival show was performed on Sunday evening at the famous Spiegeltent in Hyde Park. But the sound and vibe was closer to a sweaty nightclub at around midnight.
There is quite a different feeling going to see a film when you know the cinema is packed with fellow fans that are just as excited as you to see their Nine-Tailed Hero large and encompassing on the big screen. Their hero, who many may well have been following since 1997, whose story is now concluding. The Last is a gift to these fans, the love story that we have all been longing (perhaps secretly) for. As described, this is Naruto’s final story, and this “final story is a first love”.
Filing into pop-up circus tent The Aurora at 11:45pm on a weekday may not inspire much energy in itself, but it's almost impossible to feel weary once you step inside the colourful and perky world of Dan Deacon. The American electronic musician is renowned for his unique live shows, which often involve various communal, ice-breaking mini games serving as interludes between his highly animated, effervescent productions.
Augie March played at the Sydney Opera House for a special Australia Day Eve show, making their debut at the venue. Robin Sarmento was there and brings you these photos.
This year we headed backstage at Sugar Mountain Festival to capture some of the performers from the day. Ian Laidlaw set up his studio and got straight to shooting throughout the day. Enjoy them exclusively on the AU, starting with the one and only Dan Deacon, above:
With 13,000 punters from Singapore and around the Asian region descending on the iconic Gardens By The Bay, yesterday saw St Jerome's Laneway Festival take place for the fifth consecutive time in the city, with organisers selling out tickets for the first time ever.
The boutique festival Sugar Mountain returned to Melbourne yesterday following a year off in 2014, moving to its new home of the Victorian College of the Arts for a day of music, arts and great times. Rebecca Houlden brings us photos from the epic day:
“This song is about a bear committing suicide”. That's how mewithoutYou singer Aaron Weiss introduced their second to last song of their set in Adelaide's UniBar on the 24th of January. It's that kind of thing – the song was 'Bears Vision of St Agnes' from Ten Stories, by the way – that sums up the blend of bizarrely entertaining and deeply maudlin that mewithoutYou bring to both their live show and their albums.
The Kooks came back to Sydney to play some shows to play their new album Listen - as well as some huge old hits - and had The Griswolds along for the ride.
"This country is becoming one of the cultural epicentres of the world!" - Festival co-founder Danny Rogers said yesterday, as he thanked punters at the end of St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015. The country he was talking about was Singapore, which served as the opening date of the festival run for the fifth consecutive year, before it hits Auckland tomorrow and then makes its way to Australia where the full lineup will join the tour.
Ahead of tomorrow's Hottest 100 countdown, we ask The Preatures, Ball Park Music and Tkay Maidza to talk about the first time they heard themselves or their band on triple j. We also talk to KLP about the first time she hosted House Party... Filmed during the radio station's 40th anniversary celebrations in Sydney: Beat The Drum.
Mewithoutyou kicked off their Australian tour with their first ever show in Perth on Friday night. Supporting them were locals Foxes, Sail On! Sail On!, Spilt Cities and Kites. Stuart Sevastos was there and brings us these photos from the night:
Homegrown quintet The Ocean Party are back with their fourth album, Soft Focus, and it encompasses the local way of life better than ever. Carefree and gentle, the tracklist embodies a sense of laid-back ease that’s unmistakably Australian from beginning to end.