Over the last few weeks an impressive list of bars, pubs and restaurants have opened their doors in celebration of the warmer months and imminent silly season, and Japanese beer brand Asahi is the latest to get in on the action with the launch of its very first Australian pop-up – the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar – in the city’s CBD.
Returning to Australia this week for their first tour here since 2012 (where they were supported by Bombay Bicycle Club), Manchurians Elbow filled up the Sydney Opera House last night for the first of two shows at the venue which even Guy Garvey couldn't help but admit was "iconic". But as the show went on, and they brought the venue to its feet, you could see on their faces that they were being more than humble, for this would be a night that the band - nor their audience - would not soon forget.
The Church launched their new album Further / Deeper with an intimate performance at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney last night. Pete Dovgan brings us these photos from the show:
OK. So this one’s a super cool video clip. Seriously - no moving cameras but playing with the ghosts of your bandmates is a pretty damn cool thing to be doing. Not to mention the song is pretty awesome as well. Seriously Watch it below - you won’t regret it.
Having been invited to showcase at this year's CMJ it was high time My Fiction headed back to the grand old US of A. Our last trip over had paid dividends with some solid college radio support and USA TV placements. Therefore we washed our hair, brushed our teeth, grabbed our sleeping bags and begun the long haul flight bound for New York City.
Sometimes when you've had a bad work week, all you want to do at the end of it is go somewhere or do something that requires little to no thinking, beer and a sense of not giving a crap. If you work in music, sometimes the perfect remedy for this is a loud rock show. Thankfully, there was a line up at the Adelaide Unibar which took care of it perfectly overnight. Melbourne's Kingswood were back in town to wind up their massive album tour for Microscopic Wars, a tour they'd started here back in August. If I'm honest, the first show of that tour had everything working against it, so it seemed like tonight was a perfect opportunity for the band to return and play the show many fans had been expecting. And with an extra show being added in Adelaide, the demand was obviously high.
Taking over the Cliff Dive Bar for a night of revelry, Converse show that they still have their finger on the pulse of youth culture, inviting blog pop wunderkinds Collarbones and REMi, fresh off his national run supporting Allday and claiming the AIR Independent Music best Hip-hop/Urban release. Throw in free tinnies courtesy of Pistonhead and a novel approach to the issue of phones at gigs – hand them in at the door and take your happy snaps on a disposable camera – and you have yourself a damn good night.
Hobart producer and songwriter KOWL is back in action and has called upon the dreamy vocals of the ever so sassy Stax Osset for his latest offering, “I Be Missin’ U”.
Ball Park Music are one of those bands who've always been..there. They've been dominating the Australian live circuit for ages now and for a while there, you could've put money on the Brisbanites being on any touring festival during the summer/New Year period. Currently, Ball Park Music are taking the 'Trippin' The Light Fantastic Tour' around the country and have been pulling large numbers with each stop. Their first of two Adelaide shows was testament to the force they've become as a band.
Well-known for his harmonies in melodic-hardcore band Alexisonfire and mesmerising folk-inspired solo project City & Colour, Dallas Green talks to Larry Heath about his new collaborative project with Alecia Moore (P!nk), You+Me, the inspirations for their songs and his plans for touring.
The menacing hip hop duo of El-P and Killer Mike, Run The Jewels, have been steadily building up anticipation for their follow up to their self-titled debut last year. With the simple title of RTJ2 this sophomore album has constantly been one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and what's more is that the duo are yet again released it as a free digital download.
Another week, another episode of the Foo Fighters' HBO series Sonic Highways - and with that comes another featured track off the album! This week we enjoy "The Feast and the Famine", the second track on the record. It was recorded with guests Bad Brains at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA - Listen to it here and tune into GO! this weekend for the episode! The album comes out November 10th.
US comedian Jim Gaffigan talks to the AU review about his sex appeal (or lack thereof), his excitement to perform at the Sydney Opera House, stand-up comedy’s peculiarity and immediacy, and the hopes of attaining laughter over applause.
With only five weeks until release, it came as no surprise to discover the new episode of Nintendo Direct was going to be about Super Smash Bros for Wii U. While we knew we were going to be getting some new information on the game, Nintendo surprised everyone by making a frankly staggering 50 new announcements, some of which fundamentally change the face of Smash Bros as we know it. Watch the whole thing, and get a breakdown of the presentation, after the jump.
Ahead of her performance next week at Goodgod in Sydney as part of the Country and Inner Western night, we took some time out to get to know Sydney artist Jenny Queen, talking about how she got started in the music scene, who inspires her, the Americana genre, performing with Shane Nicholson and more!