Brisbane’s Art of Sleeping have release their new single “Voodoo” ahead of their debut album due for release this month. The new record was produced by Lasse Marten and if this single is anything to go by, it's going to sound huge.
...And by some miracle, we've made it to July. Gone are six months of music madness around the country and now, we're looking down the barrel of everything Splendour in the Grass, not to mention the massive headline tours by some of our best and favourite Australian kicking off over the next few months. Let's take it weekend by weekend though, here are some gigs we'll be hitting during this, the first weekend bender of July!
It's that time of the year where everyone takes a look through their new record collections and if you're like us, you're wondering just how it's possible so much good music has been released in 2015 already! We asked our contributors to give us their favourite albums of 2015 as of this halfway point and as the results show, there's definitely some musical gold in the ranks. Take a look at the first installment of the AU's 'Top 20 Records of 2015 So Far'...
J-Pop girl group Perfume will be holding a dance cover contest as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations this July. The dance cover contest will be held on the third day of their 10-day Perfume Anniversary 10days 2015 PPPPPPPPPP commemorative event and will be judged by the members themselves! If you think you have what it takes to win, we have all the details below.
Asta's tune "Dynamite", featuring Allday, has proved to be as explosive as the title suggests, rocketing the Tassie born artist to the ARIA Chart's Top 10 upon its release. More recently, Asta dropped the official music video for "Dynamite", matching up brilliantly with the 80s infused jam that has been captivating audiences around the country. We've got a bit of a fun insight into how this one came together - click through to go behind the scenes with Asta and Allday as she gets made up for the video.
Canberra boys SAFIA have premiered a new tune in "Embracing Me" on the j's this morning and to back it up, thwe trio also dropped news of their final headline shows for the year! It's been a big 2015 for SAFIA, with numerous shows overseas in the earlier parts of the year going down well, not to mention a few special dates at home promoting "Counting Sheep" further positing the electro/indie group as quite an exciting musical group emerging out of Australia.
After you survive the day in San Antonio you can read about my day HERE, then it's time to head out on the town for the evening. There are a myriad of options in the city, and if you know where to look there's even quite a lot of what you don't expect. And while I was in San Antonio, that's what I wanted to experience - something a little bit different.
The Gantry Restaurant & Bar
A celebration of all things French is coming up this month, Bastille Day. The special day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, falls on July 14th but many venues extend their French-focused activities to the entire week. This year in Sydney, Bastille Day celebrations will see an increase in reach with essentials like the BBR French World Festival, the week of exclusive events at Ananas, and venues like The Gantry, Cottage Point Inn and Felix offering specials. Here are the best ways to join in on the fun in Sydney.
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They ain't finished yet! Jebediah had so much fun on their recent 20th anniversary tour around the major capitals that they've decided to extend the celebrations for another run of dates in the regional areas! Starting with a gig in Darwin, before working their way down the east coast through to Tasmania, Jebediah will be bringing their well-received two headline sets of material to fans who have been hanging out to party with one of the country's best loved live acts.
The Golden Sheaf, better known as "The Sheaf", is an Eastern Suburbs mainstay, a rights of passage for many growing up in that area and a regular haunt from then on. It has been awhile since the iconic Double Bay pub has undergone a major change, but 2015 seems to be that golden year for evolution. The Sheaf has invested a lot in completely transforming its ground-floor outdoor bar into what is now to be known as The Garden Bar.
Max Savage and the False Idols have become a name synonymous with some excellent and oftentimes heartbreaking Americana soul music in recent years. The Adelaide band who have been making a name for themselves around the place since 2010 have recently posted a new track, taken from their forthcoming record The City and Everyone Inside in "Happy Birthday Barcelona" and if you haven't heard of the band prior to now, this is a great introductory piece. Great songwriting, some fantastic fusion of rhythm and blues...what more could you want?
Fitzroy is about to become home to Grey Gardens – Melbourne’s newest arts house, coffee house and moving picture house. Due to open its doors on Friday 3rd July, this space will shape-shift between a gallery, project space, coffee bar and screening room for the previously nomadic Speakeasy Cinema.
the AU review's Larry Heath had a chat with Byron Bay electronic band, Grand Pavilion. Here in this interview, he speaks with lead vocalist, Tom Hunt and drummer, Stu McNair on their upcoming new release, their experience playing live to a Sydney audience and their move to London. The duo have a busy year ahead and it's safe to say that excitement looms over them. Read on for the full interview.
J-Pop girl group Perfume talk about their 10-year anniversary and their commemorative dance cover contest for fans. The girls of Perfume will be judging the contest themselves and see dance as a special way of connecting with their fans worldwide and a fun way to thank them for their ongoing support.
Some more speakers have been announced to be taking part in Little BIGSOUND for its fifth year, from all different corners of the music industry. The youth music forum is going down at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane on July 27th, aimed particularly at high school and university students and already, the line up this year is looking particularly sweet. Programmed and facilitated by a group of young people who've been mentored brilliantly by Q Music, Little BIGSOUND offers the opportunity for attendees to gain some excellent insights into our growing industry and some invaluable tips to take into burgeoning careers.