With summer in full swing, people around the country are looking to stock up on pre-mixes that are a little cooler than your usual go-to beverages. Enter the always- reliable Smirnoff, who recently launched a new range of alcoholic products in the form of Smirnoff Frozen Pouches.
Tracks from the likes of The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Ellie Goulding have already given us a good idea of what the 50 Shades of Grey Motion Picture Soundtrack is shaping up to be; now it's Sia's turn. "Salted Wound" is not oversexed liked the aforementioned, swirling into the evocative atmosphere that always accompanies Sia's vocal acrobatics. Listen to it below:
Move over Triple J's Hottest 100, we've got a hottest 100 that will really get you hopping - the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers, compiled by the multi-award winning speciality beer venue The Local Taphouse. Get those checklists out and work through these.
Ooh, this is a good'n. Sydney's Cassian has come bursting out of the gates in 2015 with the catchy tune "Running" matches the vibe. Written, directed and produced by Lukasz Pytlik, the music video for this one utilises some great colours and tones in bringing this astronaut's story to screen!
For many bands around the world, earning a spot on The Great Escape Festival in the UK means a great deal - you've got a huge load of exposure, the potential to discover new bands and of course, the opportunity to be discovered. In its 10th year in 2015, the Brighton-based festival releases a stellar line up of bands from around the globe, all set to descend on the site in May for what is touted as Europe's leading festival for new music.
It's Laneway time officially in Australia, with the official sideshows now kicking off around the place ahead of the national festival tour! The stunning Highasakite came through Sydney's Metro Theatre overnight with Japanese Wallpaper on support - Mikki's gallery captures some of that magic.
Two notable names to come through out of 2014 in Kaytranada and Vic Mensa have combined talents in making "Drive Me Crazy", the new single taken from Kaytranada's forthcoming LP. The Montreal producer is only 22, Mensa biting at his heels at 21, proving that age ain't nothin' but a number when it comes to producing pieces of slick and effortless music like this. You've got that Chicago flow with Mensa's delivery coupled with the production style of Kaytranada that is now sending him right round the globe. Dirty electro with some shiny bass - get it into ya.
Australia's huge regional touring festival, Groovin the Moo, has dropped its line up this morning, sure to rev festival punters up into a tizz. Last year saw GTM introduce a South Australian leg to the tour and in 2015, the Oakbank Racecourse in the Adelaide Hills is where GTM will start. Kicking off on ANZAC Day, the likes of A$AP Ferg, Hilltop Hoods, Broods and more will perform around the country at venues in Bunbury, Bendigo, Canberra, Maitland and finally Townsville. Like most years, tickets for Groovin the Moo tend to fly out the window, so keep an eye on sale dates and jump up on em!
Illusive have just announced that they're bringing back the 2x Platinum single seller, Lil Jon back to Australia in March for a DJ tour. He'll be heading to six cities in ten days, including serving as a special guest for under 18s music festival, Good Life.
The last time I saw hip hop luminary Nas play the Enmore Theatre was on Halloween in 2010; I broke my foot in two places on the small raised platform against the front barrier about 3 minutes into his set. Sometime after support act Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) wrapped up, Nas burst out onto the stage with "Hip Hop is Dead", assisted by two Halloween-themed guitarists and a drummer.
Applications are now open until the 4th of March to apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. In celebration of this, RBMA have taken over Studio 301 in Sydney to provide lectures, parties, and radio broadcasts to future applicants.
I was quite overawed when I walked into the newly opened Gradi at Crown. The expanse was much larger than expected with diners seated at every single table. It was a Monday night and it was absolutely packed! As we were directed to our seats I noticed the simple yet eclectic elegance of the decor, and the intelligently designed layout. The hum of excitement was intoxicating, as were the smells drifting to us from the kitchen.
In our 16th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Nashiville's Jake McMullen , and chat about his latest single ‘Always’.
With their debut album Permanence just released and touring already kicking off, 2015 is looking up for Melbourne 6-piece Storm The Sky. The AU Review chatted with vocalist Will Jarratt about the record, religion, and what it takes to keep six rowdy Aussies silent.
Last week I was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with CD Projekt Red’s hotly anticipated RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at Bandai Namco’s Sydney headquarters. While I was there, I got to chat to quest designer Philipp Weber about the game, it’s setting and what’s changed since we last saw Geralt The Witcher 2.