Pictured: Nominees Ball Park Music (Photo by Kerrie Geier)
Voting has opened for the 1st annual AU Awards' Peoples Choice category, with 12 bands and artists up for the gong... So vote now for your favourite Australian live act! Voting closes December 5th and the winner (plus 2 runners up) will be announced on December 9th.
FBi Radio today announced the nominees for the 2014 SMAC Awards, celebrating Sydney's music, arts and culture industry for its 7th year! Recognising musicians, artists, restaurants, events and performers who have stood out in their artistic and business endeavours in Sydney in 2014, the SMAC Awards once again represent a diverse and incredibly talented bunch of trailblazers.
Soon to make their Australian debut is Brooklyn based duo Tonstartssbandht! The sibling duo of Edwin Mathis White and Andy White are notable musicians in their own right, but the music they've been making together has a vibe all its own. Andy plays guitar with Mac DeMarco, while Edwin's solo project Eola has also been garnering some popular acclaim. Together, Tonstartssbandht are purveyors of 'psychedelic boogie rock' and are stoked to be bringing it through Australian venues next month. Edwin tells us about the upcoming tour, how CMJ treated them and what he's looking forward to next year.
"The best band of 20 somethings pretending to be teenagers pretending to be The Beach Boys." is how Teen Sensations lead vocalist Jerry Sensation describes the band's recently debuted sound. Releasing Monster Beach Party aptly on Halloween, the four piece are now set to take their three-track 7" around to some venues in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this month and in December! Jerry (Jeremy Neale) gives us 10 tracks that are must-plays at a Monster Beach Party. Line em up!
Okay, so I’ve been going through a massive Type O Negative phase of late. Perhaps it’s fitting then, that George Kalpa comes along with a new track for me to listen to - and share with you all. Seriously, it’s got a sweet video too. Check it out below.
The combination of theatre and sports are like an opposite attract-styled relationship. They are easily not suited for each other, sometimes when aspects are looked over and the layers underneath to a person’s personality are exposed, all manner of shiny good things are there to be enjoyed. The same can be said for Red Stitch’s Jumpers For Goalposts, a production that is both wonderfully playful but also moving at the same time.
Step into the funky upstairs area of Paddington's The London and you'll no longer find the Chur Burger pop-up that once occupied the space. No, now you're in a lobster-focused burger joint with the very descriptive name Burger Liquor Lobster, and it's taking the Chur legacy of inexpensive, good quality burgers, while adding their own nice little touch. With price point a major focus and quality maintain consistently throughout the straight-forward options, it's looking like this two-location restaurant (the other, bigger version is located in Manly) is one of the new go-to burger joints in Sydney.
Two years ago the live adaptation release of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin was a hit in Japan’s box offices. The Australian premiere of the film as part of Japanese Film Festival sold sessions out, with fans lining up around the block at screenings. If this reaction was anything to go by, imagine the excitement generated by the announcement of sequels Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends as part of a headlining trilogy on the festival program this year.
Photo: Serena Ho
With summer just around the corner, Smirnoff want to ensure that you've got every opportunity to be enjoying every moment of it and with the Smirnoff Sound Collective landing in Australia, set to kick off at Stereosonic, we're sure they're going to be getting that awesome environment just right.
The ARIA Awards return to Channel Ten tonight at 7.30pm and we'll be live from the event all day, bringing you all the action from red carpet and backstage on Twitter. Stay tuned to the hashtag #AUxARIAs for all the updates. So what can you expect from the awards tonight? Here's a few of the latest announcements to bring you up to date:
One of the biggest Aussie breakthrough acts of this year, Melbourne electronic duo Klo continue to impress with their new single “Under Lie”. The third track from their debut EP Cusp, “Under Lie” is a strong follow up to previous releases “Make Me Wonder” and “False Calls”, boasting a beat-heavy production with a more up-tempo, pop feel.
Grace has always been an enigmatic, talented performer who has been on our radar here at the AU for some time now. The Perth musician who some will remember as Grace Woodroofe has been dabbling with some great sounds and new material recently and to find out more, Liz gets the lowdown.
A huge benefit to raise funds and awareness for the important anti-fracking cause was held in Sydney, with the likes of Pete Murray, Nahko and more coming together for the brilliant 'Rock the Gate' event. Gwendolyn Lee was there for the AU and brings us these photos!
The stars of Asia was performing at the annual Sundown Festival in Singapore last weekend. Artists include Big Ass, Chang Chen Yue, James Yang, Jeremy Teng, Kanika Kapoor, Kate Tsui (pictured above), Olivia Ong, PUPIL, REGINA, ShiGGa Shay and Shila Amzah. Photos by Johnny Au.