Fresh from being a part of Splendour in the Grass this weekend, we catch up with Brisbane's The Creases to talk about their whirlwind of a year - from landing the triple j spot at Laneway to touring with Jake Bugg - their "British sound", the debut EP Gradient (out now!) playing Splendour and much more...
When it comes to festivals in Australia, if it's not a rare free event, it's expensive. Though sold out, Splendour in the Grass this weekend, including camping, was over $450 for the three day (and a bit) event. Not including flights, transport and day-to-day costs, like $8 beers (I can only assume).
Melbourne singer-songwriter Emma Russack presents us with a great video acconpaniment to her latest single, "Get Back". Always producing music which has a great level of heart to it as well as your expected musical talent, Russack's efforts have been garnering much praise on the local scene for a while now and it's no surprise why.
Eden Gardens - a one-stop shop for gardening, homewares and great food in Sydney's north - recently opened up an edible gardens pavilion to help the ever-increasing numbers of Sydneysiders who are growing their own food. We spoke to 2012 Young Horticulturist of the Year Matthew Carroll aka Hortiman and personal trainer and plant-based diet specialist Kesava Commerford from GoToFitness about Eden Gardens' mission, the growing trend in edible gardens for homes and apartments and the health benefits of growing your own food.
In This Issue: Bit of a short list this week, as I'm recovering from Splendour and I don't think my feet will ever be the same again after moshing so hard. But what this list lacks in length, it makes up for in RIDICULOUS STAR POWER. Seriously, there's Stevie Nicks, ABBA, Ice Cube, SBTRKT, and a couple of great Australian acts in here! So have a read, I'm off to bathe my feet.
As we pretend to pay attention to the Commonwealth Games, we are getting exposed to the city of Glasgow, in all its many colours. But here at the AU, we're only really worried about the music. So, we headed to Scotland's T in the Park to meet a few of the bands who call the Games' host city their home. Over the next week you'll meet a few of these bands along with us - and we kick things off with a band self described as "noise makers and lovers of cats" - DEATHCATS.
The Barr Brothers have released a new single in "Half Crazy", as a fitting follow up to their last tune "Even the Darkness Has Arms". The track, taken from their forthcoming record Sleeping Operator has a great rhythm and vibe to it and, as vocalist Brad Barr describes, "Half Crazy" represents a whole melting pot of sounds.
Following unprecedented success in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, the Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo will expand its annual tour when over 150 incredible tattoo artists converge in Adelaide at the Goyder Pavillion, Adelaide Showground for the very first time from 15th to 17th August 2014.
Watch Ash Grunwald perform "Breakout" LIVE in Singapore during Music Matters, back in May 2014. Filmed exclusively by the AU during the Sound Gallery event, put on by Sounds Australia in Clarke Quay. Watch it here!
Ian Laidlaw brings us photos from the final day of Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay! Featuring Danny Brown, Lily Allen, Wild Beasts, Grouplove, SKATERS, MT Warning and more!
In his massive Splendour sideshow, see what happened when Childish Gambino took over the Hordern Pavilion over the weekend:
Sony Music is proud to release the new single ‘Surrender’ from Australian singer/songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith, the second track to be lifted from his debut album of the same name. Dewayne came to prominence through Tourism Australia’s stunning international television commercial and $250 Million advertising campaign starring his debut single ‘It’s Like Love’. Following that highly successful campaign Dewayne went on to release his debut album Surrender in March of this year, accompanied by a national tour.
Supported by Mikhael Paskalev, indie rockers Grouplove played an energetic show to a sold-out, all ages crowd at the Metro Theatre on Saturday night. Our photographer Jason Li was there to capture all the action!
After two years, JYJ has returned, claiming their title as the Kings of K-pop! With their title song, "Back Seat", they showed off their mature voices in a smooth R&B song and an incredibly sexy music video. Imagine getting in on with the boys in the back seat to this song. Mmmm, yes. Check out the music video!
The final day of Splendour In The Grass 2014 saw some of the weekend's best performances, with each of the main stages capped of in very different ways. The Ampitheatre closed for 2014, sent off with a colourful performance from subversive pop star Lily Allen, and leaving us with the weekend's stand-out performances to reminisce on. Elsewhere the GW McLennan Tent was sent swaying to the warmth of Ben Howard (pictured), and the Mix-Up Stage saw it's first dose of slow-burning, artful electronica – as compared to the usual speaker-assaulting trend tracks – with Darkside, who brought a much more unexpected sound to the tent.