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CHVRCHES

Album Review: CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (2015 LP)

Scottish electronic trio CHVRCHES received quite a bit of attention from their 2013 debut record The Bones of What You Believe; a highly sporadic record that caught on with ravenous hooks of electronic beats and indie elements, becoming a gamechanger for the alternative scene. With the trio's sophomore release Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES have created a perfect follow-up: something that flows effortlessly, and is consistently full of wonderful goodness...

Festival Review: Lollapalooza Berlin - Tempelhof Airport, Germany (12.09.15 & 13.09.15)


Photo: Stephan Flad.

Lollapalooza branched out into Europe for the first time over the weekend, taking Berlin's Tempelhof Airport by storm. The sold out event drew huge numbers of music fans down to the defunct airport (one of the coolest festival venues I've been too, I'll add) for some brilliant sets by artists who've been away for a little while, some of the biggest names touring at the moment and some recent festival favourites. Having attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last year, I felt like I was going into this one at least a little prepared, but Berlin's festival game was another beast in itself.

FFS & Deichkind impress, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis draw 50,000+ to close out Night One of Lolla Berlin!

The first day and night of the inaugural European extension of Lollapalooza came to a close at the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday, with hip-hop, rock and roll and dance music setting up a killer final few hours for punters to power on through to. With perfect weather conditions, an excellent venue and a solid line up of internationally renowned acts performing promptly throughout the Lollapalooza Berlin's first day, festival goers were spoiled for choice when it came not only to the variety of food options on offer, but musical fare too.

Music Video of the Day: CHVRCHES “Leave A Trace” (2015)

Ahead of the release of their second album Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES have given us the video for “Leave A Trace”. The electronic three-piece craft huge beats and lush synths, creating incredible, original pop music.

Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Seven ft. The Gaslight Anthem + Current Swell + Run The Jewels and more! (15.07.15)


Photo: Run The Jewels. Captured by Mark Horton.

North American Hip Hop was a dominating force on the 7th day of the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, though a last minute cancellation from De La Soul may have disappointed some (this writer included! They always put on a great show). US powerhouse Run The Jewels, Canadian rapper , local MC G. Grand (who filled in for De La Soul) and Montreal duo Heartstreets all showed off their take on the genre to great response. Alongside them were modern blues icons, one of Canada's biggest pop rock bands, a Scottish group playing their first show in eight months and one of Canada's finest psych rock bands.

Photo Gallery: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Seven ft. The Gaslight Anthem + Run The Jewels + CHVRCHES and more... (15.07.15)

Day Seven of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa include artists such as The Gaslight Anthem, Run The Jewels, CHVRCHES, G.GRAND, Hedley and many more. Check out the photos from this fantastic event and stayed tuned for the full review of Ottawa Bluesfest Day Seven's events.

Lollapalooza Berlin debuting in September, featuring Tame Impala, The Libertines & more!

Lollapalooza continues its world domination, heading to Europe for the first time this year! September sees the festival set its eyes on Berlin, with the likes of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and The Libertines set to to headline the inaugural festival at Tempelhof. Tame Impala, Little Dragon, Hot Chip and Run The Jewels have also been confirmed to appear at Lolla Berlin over the two day event, with many, many more artists still to be announced!

the AU interview at Clockenflap: CHVRCHES (Scotland) talk "Drive" and recording "Dead Air" for the Hunger Games Soundtrack

While we were in Hong Kong covering a festival called Clockenflap, we sat down with the Scottish trio Chvrches. You may have already watched some of our chat - now read on as we talk to the band about Hong Kong, plans for their Winter and their work on the Hunger Games and Drive soundtracks.

the AU interview at Clockenflap: CHVRCHES (Scotland) talk Social Media, the Business and the End of the Tour


Photo: Perri Cassie

the AU review sits down with CHVRCHES backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong, they talk about Social Media management, the business of the band and the long running tour for their debut record coming to an end as they look ahead to writing and recording record number three.

Clockenflap Hong Kong reveals full festival line up with Jagwar Ma, Jess Ribeiro and Monsieur Graz set to play!

The full festival line up for the Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong has been released, with three Aussies included on the impressive bill of artists! Joining the likes of The Flaming Lips, Travis and Mogwai will be Jagwar Ma, Jess Ribeiro and Monsieur Graz.

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW - 24th September 2014.

In this issue: Sam Smith announces a second Sydney show to Lonely Hour tour, Yes Please celebrates its third birthday party this October, Future Classic bring back all night party Adult Disco, Knievel introduce exit fees and play free show, Bondax confirm an exclusive Sydney sideshow, The Antlers hit up Australia this coming February, The Kammer ensemble present 'Kammersymphonie', The Lady Sings it Better turn five and announce concert and Ty Segall confirms another Sydney show after a quick sell out.

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Day One ft. Arctic Monkeys + Bombay Bicycle Club + Lorde - Grant Park, Chicago (01.08.14)

Our very own Perri Cassie is in Chicago for the annual Lollapalooza Festival, and brings us all the action of the first day, featuring Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, CHVRCHES, Bombay Bicycle Club, Temples plus Australia's own Vance Joy and Courtney Barnett - and more!

Festival Review: Lollapalooza (Day One) ft. Bombay Bicycle Club + Arctic Monkeys + Eminem - Grant Park, Chicago (01.08.14)

Walking into Grant Park, it really did hit me how large Lollapalooza is. We got a press release stating there was an expected 100,000 attendees through the gates over the three day event. Usually when you rock up to even the bigger Australian festivals (Soundwave, Falls etc), you get the impression you're in for a big time gradually over the day. Here, it was honestly like a good 40,000 people from all over the country and beyond were just transported and plopped down in the middle of downtown Chicago at 11am.

Festival Review: T in the Park (Day One) ft. Biffy Clyro + Pixies - Kinross-Shire, Scotland (11.07.14)

Now in its 21st year, T in the Park sits as the most established music festival in Scotland and alongside Glatsonbury, Leeds and Reading as one of the most well known annual music events in the United Kingdom. Its 2014 event - headlined by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Scottish heroes Biffy Clyro, Pixies, Elbow and many more - marks something as the end of an era for the event. Like many world renowned festivals before it, the time has come for the event to move to a new home. But not before they give the venue - Balado Airfield in Kincross-Shire - where it's been held for 18 years, a proper goodbye.

Winners of the 2014 SiriusXM Indies announced in Toronto!

The 2014 SiriusXM Indies were held in Toronto, where the 14th annual Independent Music Awards celebrated some of the best names in Canadian and international music. Across 37 categories, winners included City and Colour, Half Moon Run, Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys. The night included some awesome live performances too by the likes of Little Dragon, The Strumbellas, Born Ruffians and Hollerado.