After a massive 2014 Adelaide's Tkay Maidza rounded out the year with a sold out gig at Pirie & Co. Social Club. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.
We're wrapping up our year by bringing you backstage coverage from Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, talking to some of Australia's finest artists about the festival and getting them the reflect on 2014. First up, we bring you our full chat with Adelaide based rapper Allday:
Orianthi played a sold out hometown show The Gov on Sunday. With a band made up of bandmates from her very first cover band, and complete with extra special guest Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi, she showed the Adelaide crowd why she is one of the greatest guitarists out there. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.
Kat Czornij counts down her five favourite motion picture soundtracks of 2014. To avoid any confusion, this list only takes into account the original soundtracks - the ones that feature the film scores and original compositions - rather than the soundtracks inspired by a motion picture. You know, the one that has 14 tracks that probably weren't in the film. This is the music that made the film...
the AU Review's head photographer Johnny Au was invited to travel to Mumbai, India to capture the annual songwriting camp called SongHubs. SongHubs India is an initiative of APRA|AMCOS that teams up four Australian artists with local Indian musicians to come up with four songs of demo quality daily. This year we saw Cloud Control, Money For Rope, Peking Duk and Appleonia make the trip.
Alongside a new cabin outfitting which was launched in September 2013 - optimising travel primarily for its premium customers - Singapore Airlines introduced a state of the art upgrade to KrisWorld - its In Flight Entertainment (IFE) system - for its brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, currently operating from Singapore to Sydney, London and Tokyo Narita - with plans to come to Melbourne in March 2015.
This year's been a good one for Seekae. Bringing their music to more venues around the world, as well as releasing their acclaimed third album The Worry to eager fans at home. They released their latest music video, this time for "The Stars Below", one of the impressive cuts from the record.
Ahead of The Big Chill, an anticipated New Year's Eve music festival in Brisbane's West End, we're catching up with a few of the bands to find out what we can expect from their sets, who they're looking forward to seeing and what 2015 may bring. Melbourne's Woohoo Revue are guaranteed to bring an unforgettable party through to the Sunshine State, and Dannie McKenzie tells us a bit about what to expect.
The idea of burgers as a cheap, franchise-tainted food has long been challenged by some really top quality restaurants popping up all over Australia, one of which is Ribs & Burgers, satisfying that need for great, inexpensive, and conveniently located burgers while also throwing in some of the juiciest ribs around. Their reputation as one of the best places to grab a burger AND one of the best places to grab some ribs doesn't come lightly; but people shouldn't be forgetting about their other offerings as well, especially the shakes.
Ever since his appearance at the second edition of OutsideIn, U.S emcee Freddie Gibbs has been in high demand here in Australia. That demand will be met next year with a round of very intimate shows around Australia and NZ.
Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge brings his vibrant Latin American music straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro to Australia for his debut visit this January. Here for the Sydney Festival, Jorge will play one headline show at the Forum in Melbourne on January 13.
Now that we've brought our best songs of 2014 countdown to an end, it's time to get to the albums. And what an incredible year it's been for the album - this was definitely the harder of the two lists to put together. Both at home and across the globe, 2014 was an amazing year for the record. And this list will prove why... We start our list in New Orleans:
Melody, harmony and all that notes-based stuff is kinda critical for music to really exist, but if you don’t have that rhythm section, then you just won’t cut it. Myele Manzanza is a drummer who has flowed between many critical rhythm positions in his career, from playing along with his father’s (Sam Manzanza) band, to his technical prowess as a drummer for Electric Wire Hustle.
Modern alt-pop-rock has a pretty eclectic sound - and Sydney’s Eleanor Dunlop proves the point with her new single "Rollin' On". Reminiscent of Tina Dico, with a typical Sydney vibe shining through, it’s pretty rad. Check it out!
Pictured: Ivy Pool Club
It only comes but once a year, the biggest city-wide celebration goes down on 31st December with that unbeatable sense of excitement in the air as we edge towards those grand firework displays. While many opt for house parties, it's beginning to become more common for people to head out amongst the wider public at ticketed events, seeing as these events are starting to become more attune to making NYE the memorable day-afternoon-night-morning-hangover it should be. Here are some of Sydney's best NYE parties you should be looking at: