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.
2014 has seen some pretty exciting tours so far, and the Trivium / In Flames double headline was a pre-Christmas treat for sure. Having been down earlier this year for Soundwave, the tour celebrated Trivium’s 2013 release, Vengeance Falls, and the eleventh studio album by the Swedish legends, Siren Charms, released earlier this year.
Perth Theatre Company launched their 2015 Season yesterday evening at the bustling cocktail function in the State Theatre Centre, with the biggest headline of the night being that Australian actor and WAAPA graduate Jai Courtney (Divergent, Unbroken) will be returning to the city and Perth Theatre Company, who gave Courtney his professional debut, to star in a production of the John Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men.
Sony Music put on a special Australian artist showcase at the Beresford Hotel to celebrate ARIA week. Gang of Youths, Holy Holy, Jackie Onassis, and Little Sea all put on outstanding performances. Enjoy these photos by Ashley Joanna:
I’m kind of a comic book nut. When Telltale Games announced that they were releasing a noir point-and-click adventure based on Bill Willingham’s FABLES series of graphic novels, I was pretty excited. Though The Wolf Among Us released earlier this year in it’s entirety on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, the game has just seen a release on next-gen systems, and as reasons to return to Fabletown go, that’s not a bad one.
Taking place in Melbourne from November 19, the event is in celebration of Australia’s continued love affair with gin. Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador, Sean Forsyth, and Chef Gary Mehigan have crafted a unique bar and dining experience for Melburnians to enjoy.
Live from backstage at the New Zealand Music Awards at the weekend, Larry Heath spoke to Blacklistt, who wound up taking home the VNZMA for Best Rock Album!
Sackboy fans are extremely happy today. Media Molecule’s 2.5D puzzle/side-scroller/grand social experiment LittleBigPlanet 3 is out now on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4!
Hello Asia editor Johnny Au was invited to speak at the annual MU:CON Music conference in Seoul, South Korea recently. In addition to the conference, Johnny also got to watch showcases by some of the best upcoming music artists from South Korea. Here is his Top 5 Editors pick from MU:CON 2014.
In This Issue: This week is headed up by some big names with the return of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Grates, some UK rock and electronic exports, a mixtape featuring HAIM, and an artist that spent the year supporting Eminem.
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.