Recent visitors to our shores for Soundwave, Raglans have found themselves touted as a “next big thing” band back in their home country of Ireland. The indie rock quartet have already found themselves on some high profile tours at home, and around the UK, supporting the likes of Haim, The Libertines and fellow Irishmen The Strypes. Somehow in between all that touring, the band has found the time to record and release their self-titled debut record.
In This Issue: April is beginning with a bang, and no there are no April Fools releases here, I couldn't spare the room with all these great records coming in! We have special editions, debuts, vinyls, an album that wins the pun awards and another that looks like something from the Nightosphere!
Last month, Danish group Mew played their first US shows in six years at SXSW in anticipation of the release of their long awaited sixth full length record +- (Plus Minus). Larry Heath had the opportunity at the festival to sit down with Johan Wohlert and Jonah Bjerre of the group to talk about getting the band back together - with bassist Johan returning to the band for the first time since departing in 2006. We talk about working with American Producer Michael Beinhorn again - the pair having previously worked with him on the acclaimed And the Glass Handed Kites (2005). We talk about working with Kimbra and Russell from Bloc Party. But perhaps the most important question of all was: when will the band finally be coming to Australia?
Brighton, UK based Festival The Great Escape has completed its 2015 lineup. Adding to the likes of Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest and Skepta and JME are The Cribs, frontman turned soloist Gaz Coombes, Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza, Afrikan Boy, Hyena, Tropics, Hollysiz Australian Electro Pop outfit KLO, Tora and more.
The second AU sessions hit Erskineville's Hive Bar last night, with Sydney based GOLDHEIST and Brisbane's Rowen (pictured) playing intimate acoustic sets. The event marked Rowen's first ever performance in Sydney and she did a stellar job, impressing with her powerful voice on the acoustic guitar. GOLDHEIST - aka Hester Fraser - meanwhile, delivered a stunning thirty minute set to the well attended night! Thanks to both artists for performing and we look forward to seeing you at the third event next month! Stay tuned to our sessions page for more details.
Despite stiff competition from PAX AUS in the weeks that follow it, the EB Expo has retained its considerable drawing power since it's inception in 2011. 2015 will be no different, with the show returning to the Sydney Showground October 2-4.
Tidal is one of the first online music streaming services in the world to be 100% dedicated to high fidelity, lossless audio which makes it the streamer du jour for full-blown audiophiles. The company have announced that they are now live in many European territories and will be coming to Australia in the very near future.
The term Kintsugi is a beautiful one (the Japanese word for the art of mending broken pottery) and as the title of Death Cab For Cutie's eighth studio album it's a good indication of where the band stands in both sadness and heartache. 2011’s Codes and Keys, brought an upbeat indie rock style but now, since the many changes over the last year, the band have officially translated all their feelings about everything that's happened in one record.
In This Issue: Date aside, we promise this article is free of any April Fools Jokes! This week we have announcements regarding Dr Cornel West, Poles Apart, The Confidence Man, Melbourne Art Book Fair, NICA’S ‘Prescado’, Zombies at Comic-Con, Behind The Beautiful Forevers & True North Arts Festival
The Langham, Sydney has been in soft launch phase since it re-opened its doors following a multi-million dollar redesign at the end of last year, and now the highly anticipated official launch of Australia’s newest five star hotel is set to take place this month...
April Fool's Day means the internet is a minefield of misinformation for at least a day or two after, but the one thing we can all look forward to every year is the latest "hack" for Google Maps. This year's masterstroke sees all the streets in your area turned into a game of Pac-Man.
The original SingStar game launched over ten years ago, encouraging you to out-sing your slightly more tone-deaf friends in the comfort of your (hopefully soundproofed) lounge room. It turned into a series of games pumping out the hits of various musical artists, eras and genres, including ‘80s, ‘90s, Motown, rock ballads, Queen, Take That and ABBA versions.
Marina Diamandis, the creative force behind Marina And The Diamonds, is back this year with a new record and a new tour that brings more of her eclectic, quirky pop sound to the masses. Marina was kind enough to answer some questions for the AU review about her style, her music, and her new album Froot.
Noise rock is the heart of the Melbourne rock scene. Sorry, but it's the truth. While you have your Chet Fakers dominating the land of melancholy-subdued-sad boy-electronica and your Amity Afflictions doing whatever they're doing, the local scene is writhing with grimy garagey goodness. And of this goodness Dorsal Fins are arguably one of the best. A ten-piece trash masterpiece filled with members of both Saskwatch and Eagle and the Worm? It's not surprising that despite only finding themselves releasing their debut album Mind Renovation this year the band are dotting festival lineups all around.
the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with Aussie musician Steve Smyth at SXSW. In this interview, Steve tells us about his SXSW experience, "I've come for the party, and to enjoy and catch up with great bands all in the one place..." Bar-hopping was also definitely on the agenda, "the drinks just keep flowing (they're very generous with their pours)... It's such a circus, it's wild."