Yesterday the annual Brisbane festival BIGSOUND announced its first speakers and performers for the September 2013 event, and to celebrate the organisers headed to Sydney to put on a launch party featuring performances from Little Bastard and Spit Syndicate at one of Sydney's newest hot spots, The Soda Factory. We all enjoyed some performances, some hot dogs and sliders and now we look forward to further announcements later in the year... In the meantime, Johnny Au brings us these photos from the event! - Larry Heath
Jinja Safari aren't usually seen cramped into a small stage, playing acoustically, without room to jump around and climb onto nearby structures. But that's exactly the circumstances they found themselves in when they previewed a few songs off their forthcoming debut record at a private event at Sydney's new Rock n' Roll bar: Vasco's. And truth be told, it couldn't have been more entertaining, as we all enjoyed their signature "Jinger" cockail. Enjoy pics from this special event below, and enjoy their self-titled release when it debuts next Friday, May 17th. - Larry Heath
Monday night saw Beth Orton kick off her current Australian tour at St. Joseph’s Church in Subiaco, Perth. It was quite simply put an exquisite night of music, with Orton, despite fighting off a cold and jet lag, in fine form. Though as the night progressed it became quickly clear that church pews aren’t designed for comfort.
Adelaide fans were lucky to very lucky to see Black Sabbath, and they knew it. Having originally being left off of the tour, Adelaide fans petitioned hard and got their wish with the Tuesday night gig at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre being added as the final date on Black Sabbath’s Australian tour. The venue was packed, perhaps in part to the reduction in ticket price to $70 the week before the gig, but that said, you could see that the place was full of die-hard Black Sabbath fans. Young and old had donned their blackest black t-shirts and were ready to witness the great and powerful Ozzy Osbourne and Sabbath, together again.
Flume brings his electronica skills to Adelaide with a fantastic new light show. The predominately teenage female audience also loved Chet Faker. Our photographer John Goodridge brings us these photos of the night.
Ahead of their Australian tour, the 'king of Psychobilly', Reverend Horton Heat, chats with me about time spent in the studio, who is influencing him at the moment and what has changed about touring and recording throughout his extensive career.
Most musicians like to shroud themselves in mystery, but C.W. Stoneking takes it that step further, wrapping the mystery in tall tales and enigmas to become a mystery himself and the tallest story teller we’ve heard on the waves in a while.
An act not bound by musical convention, Crystal Fighters have continued to explore their sonic influences and musical eclecticisms on their forthcoming album Cave Rave. I chat with lead vocalist Sebastian Pringle about the new LP, how touring has changed him as a songwriter and of course, when we can expect another visit from the band.
Brisbane Convention Centre played host to Tame Impala and their Australian tour guests Midnight Juggernauts. Heath Carney brings us these photos.
Beth Orton plays as part of the Heavenly Sounds concert series with Alexander Gow in Melbourne.
'Mirrors' is the third single from Emma Louise's debut album, Vs Head Vs Heart. The video was released just before her national 'Vs Head Vs Heart' album tour, which started on Friday 3 May.
B. Shimbe Shim, the album art collaborator for Yeah Yeah Yeahs latest record Mosquito has created a visual masterpiece for the leading/title track. Have a look! We wonder if it will be as "controversial" as the artwork itself...
No one ever said country music was actually dirty. The lyrics may be full of torn shirts and jeans, drinking whiskey in dusty bars, and tearing down the highway in a Chevy truck, but the aesthetics of the modern country record are seamlessly polished. Lady Antebellum have been delivering shiny cuts of country rock for two records now, and their third, Golden, comes as a solid, if slightly predictable, release.
Breakthrough US quintet The Neighbourhood released their much acclaimed debut album, I Love You, late in April and have scored some pretty sweet gigs off the back of it.
Larry Heath catches up with Bryan from LA based outfit The Neighbourhood as the band's drummer smoked a cigarette to discuss their debut record, playing Coachella, their time in Australia for Laneway Festival and much, much more...