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:
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album Sound Shattering Sound, Perth rockers Gyroscope sent the Rosemount Hotel in a frenzy with awesome show. Supporting them were The Love Junkies. Stuart Sevastos was there to capture the highlights of the night.
Since her debut Stylin’ Up, Christine Anu has kept herself busy by taking on new projects that vary widely outside the scope of a normal trajectory of a musician's career - from performing at huge Olympic ceremonies to recently recording Christmas albums. One thing she is used to however is performing at Woodfordia, and she’s doing it again for this New Year. She was kind enough to chat to us ahead of her performances at the Woodford Folk Festival.
Gallagher Hotels, the people behind venues like PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub and Le Pub, have partnered up with celeb chef Darren Simpson (My Restaurant Rules, Ready Steady Cook) to help revamp and evolve their award-winning pub food offerings, focusing on food that is seen as much more than just 'cheap pub grub' and aimed at creating dishes people will want to actively seek out over more traditional restaurants. Things are looking good so far, especially at PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub where Simpson is able to get get back in deep with his Irish roots and work alongside Executive Chef Ronny Ghantous - who is known for the best Irish stew in town - to get the culinary makeover just right.
There’s always a little something special about end of year gigs. Not only is it a celebration of what has been achieved over the year that has been, but it is also a prelude to what is coming in the New Year. Hey Geronimo brought their A-Game to the Black Bear Lodge and it was a true celebration a full of hard work.
As one of the most animated and memorable emcees in hip hop history Ghostface Killah, a man known by many aliases, of legendary collective Wu-Tang Clan hit the Metro Theatre for his long overdue return to Australia, teaming up with co-headliner Pharoahe Monch for a strictly Australia-meets-NYC rap affair. To add some Aussie spice to the mix, accomplished emcee The Tongue joined the bill alongside up-and-comers Soul Benefits.
Today we conclude our list of best songs of 2014, as voted by the AU's amazing group of contributors... in case you haven't been keeping up to date on where we've gotten to so far, you can check out 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11.