the AU review captures Petter Ericson Stakee - the lead vocalist and guitarist of UK (via New York) group Alberta Cross - in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW performing their latest single "Isolation" as part of their SXSW AU Sessions series. The track comes from the forthcoming self-titled album (number three!), due out in the Northern Hemisphere's Summer.
the AU review is excited to announce the start of a monthly sessions series in Sydney, the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the lineup for the second event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!
Talk about taking a great song and making it something even more special - Thelma Plum and Andy Bull - with the help of the Dans from Art vs Science managed to do just that, delivering a stunning cover of Dan Sultan's "Kimberley Calling" at the APRA Awards earlier this week in Sydney. The song was one of the five tracks nominated for Song of the Year. The award eventually went to Sia for "Chandelier" - though given this rendition, not to mention the original itself, we reckon he was robbed! Be prepared to play on repeat...
For Mick Manov, his cruising love was initially all about that stereotypical cruising aim of seeing the sites and enjoying a drink or two. But it developed into much more than that with the birth of his company Choose Your Cruise in 2009. Since its beginning, Choose Your Cruise has chartered many new forms of Music Themed Charter Cruises over the years including Thalassa, Cruise 'N' Groove and most recently BRAVO Cruise of the Performing Art... the AU review's Philippe Perez spoke with Mick about his company and his festival of the seas Rock the Boat 6.
In the 33rd installment of ‘Stumbled Upon’, we meet Melbourne quartet Big Smoke, and chat about their latest track ‘Try A Little Love’, the music that inspired them and find out how they got started...
Ahead of his Australian tour playing Bluesfest Byron Bay alongside shows along the East Coast, Lucy Inglis caught up with USA roots artist Pokey LaFarge to talk about his new album Something in the Water (out today!), the forthcoming Australian tour, what defines "good music" and much more...
The third episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series resumes very shortly after the conclusion of Episode 2: The Lost Lords. Things aren’t looking great for the imperiled Forrester family and, if this new episode is any indication, their trials show no signs of abating any time soon.
Earlier this week at the APRA Awards - which took place at Carriageworks in Sydney - artists joined together for unique collaborations to cover the songs that were nominated for APRA Song of the Year. It's an annual tradition at the Awards and it's always an entertaining and unique part of the night. We'll be posting all the performances from the event, thanks to Moshcam, and first up we have Lisa Mitchell and Jake Clemons performing Sheppard's "Geronimo". The result completely re-imagines the popular track:
Julian Casablancas & The Voidz is yet another venture for The Strokes' frontman, with their debut album Tyranny, appearing to be a progression from Casablancas' solo 2009 record Phrazes For The Young - full of dark, sinister, synth and bass heavy tracks.
Hello Asia! Editor Johnny Au chats with actor Anthony Brandon Wong about his character "Le Bok" on ABC’s Maximum Choppage, his work as an actor as well as an acting coach and his passion for all things food! You may (or may not) have seen him as "Ghost" in The Matrix sequels but his character in Maximum Choppage will leave you red faced and laughing till there are tears in your eyes.
On a dreary Melbourne afternoon I headed down to North Melbourne’s ‘Auction Rooms’ cafe to interview Peter Gunn, the Pacific semi final winner of the S.Pallegrino Young Chef awards. Peter’s reputation was growing in Melbourne, having worked as sous chef at Attica for the last 4.5 years, and quite recently starting his own fine dining night Ides. I was interested to learn where he had come from, and find out his vision for the future.
The Japan Nite showcase celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year with another eclectic lineup of indie and pop music from Japan. From the Anime inspired sound of Mahoshojo-ni-naritai to a Gogol Bordello style act called Samurai Dynamites to country western inspired Pirates Canoe, indie pop the fin. to pop duo moumoon (pictured above), 70s inspired psychedelia of QUORUM right through to girl rock outfit TsuShMaMiRe. Japan Nite 2015 at SXSW had something for everyone. Photos by Johnny Au.
Groovin' The Moo just got a whole lot bigger with the addition of a number of local names to each leg of the national tour. The festival kicks off over ANZAC Day weekend in Oakbank, the SA leg being introduced to the wider bill for the first time in 2014. Check out the additions to each date of the Groovin' The Moo tour below and grab your tickets while they still last!
the AU review captured Brooklyn group Great Caesar in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW performing a brand new track "Hey Jolene" as part of their SXSW AU Sessions series. Watch the full performance here:
It’s not every day a café patron can add a particular piece of artwork from a renowned artist hanging on the wall to their food bill, just because it happened to take their fancy as they sat there eating a sandwich. Favoured Redfern local Three William’s Café is aiming to give customers just that sort of opportunity, having turned their premises into an experimental art gallery two weeks ago.