Rock band Avers from Richmond, Virginia take the AU review along for the ride as they head to Austin's iconic SXSW. From whiskey and oysters for breakfast to their Sweatiest show yet, this tour diary offers up insights and snaps from their action-packed trip. Click through to check it out...
Pictured: Hannah Joy
There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. After sending you to Melbourne yesterday, today we continue our series in Sydney with these five artists, in no particular order:
With Mortal Kombat 9 receiving such universal acclaim, heralded as a major revitalisation for the long-running and controversial series, and deemed 'the best MK so far', it's only right that Mortal Kombat X completely top it's predecessor. With the NetherRealm team jogging in the right direction, they have managed to take make their first foray into next-gen gaming their best, most fun, and most violent outing yet. And isn't that to be expected?
There aren’t many acts that would take me to the lost world that is Geelong but when Frank Turner, who is beginning to become a bit of a Bluesfest staple, announced a massive wave of sideshows from the festival including the town’s Barwon Club, I knew I needed to be there. And so, I stand in front of the club/bar hybrid hours outside of the city, listening to the in-house speakers blaring The Smith Street Band. It’s a bit of a step down after his last tour two years ago with Boston’s Dropkick Murpheys at Festival Hall but whether it be playing to 5000 or 50 people, Turner still treats it like the show of his life.
the AU review sat down with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes after they played us one of their new songs in SXSW. The new song comes ahead of their next album, released August 18th, which Frog Eyes played a lot of while at SXSW. Of the anticipated response to the new songs, Mercer says "it doesn't really matter, they are what they are. It's too late if they don't go down well."
If you’re reading this, it may already be too late. We’re at an abandoned medical facility at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale. There are six of us, I’m not too sure how many others are left. We are armed with military grade tactical weaponry, however have limited ammunition. We are under attack. You may not believe what i’m about to say but, our attackers are not human.
The first time I saw Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) play live was at the Newtown RSL in Sydney on a cold winter's night nearly 15 years ago. He was running late and there was an eager crowd of around 50 people keen to hear the Warp records breakbeat wunderkind. As the room filled up the lights began to dim, whilst a low static hiss exuded from the bass speakers building into an ear-piercing drone. People were covering their ears as the sound was getting louder and louder - suddenly one of the light bulbs shattered in the chandelier overhead and Squarepusher walked out onto the stage grinning maniacally. Now, I review his latest album Damogen Furies...
Get set Brisbane - K-Pop Nation is coming! K-Pop Nation will be Brisbane's first K-pop focussed cosplay dance party, and is set to hit South Bank on Thursday May 7.
the AU review sat down with two members of roots Americana band Animal Years, who were at SXSW to play eight showcases over the course of the festival - and doing so with some peculiar accommodation arrangements. "We've been here since Wednesday and we're actually camping in tents the whole."
David Lynch has been making strides through Brisbane of late. To continue the celebration of his work, GOMA (the Gallery of Modern Art) in Brisbane's cultural centre is hosting three events by night... "Lynch by Night" to be specific.
Contrary to previous rumours, the insatiably rude, aggressive and sometimes confusing hip hop group Death Grips have released not one single album but a double album for their fans titled The Powers That B. Though the official release date was 31st of March this year a series of leaks meant fans got their hands on both discs as early as mid-March.
San Diego, California is a beautiful place! A laid back kinda vibe, nice beaches and friendly folk. This was our first show in a string of dates through this beautiful state! Tonight’s venue is called The Casbah, so it was pretty cool to literally ‘rock the Casbah’ just one time in our musical careers, even if it’s not the actual Casbah! The venue was right opposite the San Diego airport, so we had quite the showing of landing planes right above our heads if we stepped out the front door.
The acclaimed West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS will tour Australia later this year. The musical will premiere in Sydney on the 30th October, before travelling to Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. The tour will continue on to Adelaide and Perth in 2016.
Photo: Hugh Black
Adelaide's Horror My Friend opened their April/May run of tour dates with a great hometown show at the Crown and Anchor on a Friday night, the eve of Record Store Day. With Clarity Records just around the corner set to open at midnight to facilitate the needs of those vinyl/CD devotees, the Cranka was playing host to large crowd of music lovers by the time the headliners took to the stage.
We continue out interview with Hiatus Kaiyote, talking about the release date of their upcoming album Choose Your Weapon – May 4th. Despite the date’s significance in pop culture by referring to ‘may the force,’ the band insists it was unintentionally placed there, exclaiming: “Nai has never seen Star Wars!” They all briefly discuss what Star Wars characters they would be, before moving on to touring news.