the AU review's Jules LeFevre caught up with Vietnamese rapper Suboi backstage after her performance at the Brooklyn Vegan Party at SXSW. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City and influenced by Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, Suboi has risen to become one of Vietnam's first female rappers. Her repertoire includes the ability to rap in both English and Vietnamese. Suboi is indeed the “Queen of Hip Hop” in Vietnam. Jules talks to Suboi about her record "Run", touring internationally and what inspires her to write.
Korean Electronic wizard Hitchhiker performs his hit "Eleven" at the K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase at SXSW 2015. This was the first time an electronic artist from Korea has showcased at SXSW. Hitchhiker brought a lot of buzz with his trademark costume and even visited the NASA booth during the SXSW convention.
Performance art duo EE was one of the most original acts that showcased at the K-Pop Night Out event at SXSW 2015. Calling themselves "Total Art Performance" they blend electronic music with contemporary dance, hip hop, visual arts and theatre - all in the same show. Here is a snippet of their live performance in front of a packed audience at SXSW.
Korean doo wop girl group The Barberettes was one of the showcase artists at this year's K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase at SXSW. Here is a snippet of LIVE footage of the girl's performing on the night.
the AU review captures Petter Ericson Stakee - the lead vocalist and guitarist of UK (via New York) group Alberta Cross - in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW performing their latest single "Isolation" as part of their SXSW AU Sessions series. The track comes from the forthcoming self-titled album (number three!), due out in the Northern Hemisphere's Summer.
the AU review is excited to announce the start of a monthly sessions series in Sydney, the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the lineup for the second event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!
Talk about taking a great song and making it something even more special - Thelma Plum and Andy Bull - with the help of the Dans from Art vs Science managed to do just that, delivering a stunning cover of Dan Sultan's "Kimberley Calling" at the APRA Awards earlier this week in Sydney. The song was one of the five tracks nominated for Song of the Year. The award eventually went to Sia for "Chandelier" - though given this rendition, not to mention the original itself, we reckon he was robbed! Be prepared to play on repeat...
For Mick Manov, his cruising love was initially all about that stereotypical cruising aim of seeing the sites and enjoying a drink or two. But it developed into much more than that with the birth of his company Choose Your Cruise in 2009. Since its beginning, Choose Your Cruise has chartered many new forms of Music Themed Charter Cruises over the years including Thalassa, Cruise 'N' Groove and most recently BRAVO Cruise of the Performing Art... the AU review's Philippe Perez spoke with Mick about his company and his festival of the seas Rock the Boat 6.
In the 33rd installment of ‘Stumbled Upon’, we meet Melbourne quartet Big Smoke, and chat about their latest track ‘Try A Little Love’, the music that inspired them and find out how they got started...
Ahead of his Australian tour playing Bluesfest Byron Bay alongside shows along the East Coast, Lucy Inglis caught up with USA roots artist Pokey LaFarge to talk about his new album Something in the Water (out today!), the forthcoming Australian tour, what defines "good music" and much more...
The third episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series resumes very shortly after the conclusion of Episode 2: The Lost Lords. Things aren’t looking great for the imperiled Forrester family and, if this new episode is any indication, their trials show no signs of abating any time soon.
Earlier this week at the APRA Awards - which took place at Carriageworks in Sydney - artists joined together for unique collaborations to cover the songs that were nominated for APRA Song of the Year. It's an annual tradition at the Awards and it's always an entertaining and unique part of the night. We'll be posting all the performances from the event, thanks to Moshcam, and first up we have Lisa Mitchell and Jake Clemons performing Sheppard's "Geronimo". The result completely re-imagines the popular track:
Julian Casablancas & The Voidz is yet another venture for The Strokes' frontman, with their debut album Tyranny, appearing to be a progression from Casablancas' solo 2009 record Phrazes For The Young - full of dark, sinister, synth and bass heavy tracks.
Hello Asia! Editor Johnny Au chats with actor Anthony Brandon Wong about his character "Le Bok" on ABC’s Maximum Choppage, his work as an actor as well as an acting coach and his passion for all things food! You may (or may not) have seen him as "Ghost" in The Matrix sequels but his character in Maximum Choppage will leave you red faced and laughing till there are tears in your eyes.
On a dreary Melbourne afternoon I headed down to North Melbourne’s ‘Auction Rooms’ cafe to interview Peter Gunn, the Pacific semi final winner of the S.Pallegrino Young Chef awards. Peter’s reputation was growing in Melbourne, having worked as sous chef at Attica for the last 4.5 years, and quite recently starting his own fine dining night Ides. I was interested to learn where he had come from, and find out his vision for the future.