Hello Asia editor Johnny Au sat down with K-Pop Star 4 contestant Erin Miranda in Sydney recently. Erin had returned from competing in the K-Pop surviver show K-Pop Star 4 where she was a member of the girl group Sparkling Girls. Erin discusses her music background, being in X-Factor Australia, the audition process for K-Pop Star 4, expereinces on the show and future plans.
Talk about a super star collaboration... Australia's Flume has enlisted the iconic vocals of Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow) to deliver a killer track in "Some Minds", which had its world premiere on triple j earlier today. There's a special video to accompany the release, and it's a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House, director Clemens Habicht and Flume. It features choreography and dance from Australian Ballet member Callum Linnane. You can watch it here:
In the midst of Canadian Music Week, the AU's Larry Heath sat down with Sydney's Ben Lee to talk about his Toronto experience so far: "It's interesting, I'm now almost 23 years into my career, so I have a different perspective on playing shows. I find myself able to be much more present and just accept them for that they are, and do my best and share my music." Lee also spoke about his new record Love Is The Great Rebellion "When I started writing the album I thought it was going to be an even more abstract, niche record than the last one..." Click through for the full interview!
The exceptional Stockroom restaurant at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is now well established amongst locals, hotel guests, and destination diners off the back of their refreshing produce-driven menu and stunning concept design. Now seems like the perfect time to switch things up a bit, with the restaurant introducing a new grill concept that will see them making full use of their new robata.
The big winner, The Langham Sydney
Earlier this week the discerning Gourmet Traveller announced their annual Australian Hotel Guide Awards, crowning Australia's best hotels across a variety of categories including New Hotel of the Year, Best Long-Stay Lodgings, Best Club Sandwich, and Best Bar.
He is the one man music making machine that has the music industry and fans abuzz with his unique blend of bluesy rock guitar with funk undertones. After the success of his debut album, the AU review had a chat to Darren Hart, the guitar wizard behind Harts prior to a new EP release, about honing his craft, the impact of Prince and transforming on stage.
Russell Brand has been touring internationally for almost 10 years, and is returning to Australia for a tour this October for his new show Trew World Order. This will also include a show at the Sydney Opera House for the Just For Laughs Sydney Comedy Festival.
QT Hotels & Resorts are tightening their focus as they look towards bringing in seasonal and specialised produce to their range of award winning restaurants. Across all of their restaurants, which include Sydney's Gowings Bar and Grill, Gold Coast's Bazaar, and Canberra's Capitol Bar & Grill, the hip designer hotel group will be introducing the influence of the QT Forager, George Neal.
Mathas' tour with The Funkoars continues around the country and in this second part of his tour diary series for the AU, the Perth rapper brings us all the action from their time in Canberra and Melbourne! Things get sweaty, Vita-Brits are smashed and fire alarms are activated. Read on to see how things have been going down...
Having just sold out their first headline London show, killed it at Great Escape, and are now in the States to play some huge music festivals, Newtown's DMA'S have now released an awesome video for their single "Laced". Created by French director & animator Julien Rivoire, this clip is definitely worth checking out. Click through to watch it in full!
It is a true 'pinch yourself' moment when you see the great Steven Patrick Morrissey live for the first time and have the love-affirming realisation that his voice has aged like a fine red wine. Vivid LIVE's 'An Evening with Morrissey', which continues over the next few days in the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House, delivered the iconic former front man of The Smiths and a five-piece band to a diverse crowd of fans which showcased that the love for this man spans generations and will likely never fade. Not even when he chooses to stick pretty much exclusively to his solo work.
Brooklyn duo The Fantastic Plastics are edging closer and closer to the release of their Devolver record (due mid-2015) and by the sounds of things, they've pushed their creative boundaries even further than before. Cited as an 'electro-grunge' group, The Fantastic Plastics would definitely rub off well on fans of Kraftwerk, The White Stripes and The Flaming Lips - we premiere their new single "Overtime" on the AU today, get yourself introduced!
Adelaide-based rock band, BAD//DREEMS share an exclusive tour diary with the AU review on their exciting international adventure at The Great Escape. Taking us along for the ride from Leeds to Derbyshire and from Birmingham to London, the band give us the lowdown on their life on the road. Click through for their full tour diary...
Miss Peaches Soulfood Kitchen is turning two this June and is throwing a shindig to have y’all fixin’ for more! Miss Peaches landed in Newtown in 2013 and she has been sharing her secret family recipes with Sydney’s inner west ever since.
The Truffle ($10 single/$13 double)
With International Hamburger Day falling on today (Thursday 28th May) we are looking at a few burgers that we consider to be amongst the very best in the city. We already took a look at the incredibly Baoger, Belly Bao's Thursday-only special, but now we turn our focus to another venue that has inspired a cult-like following in the city, a burger truck by the name of Mister Gee.