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the AU interview: William Cashion of Future Islands (US) on a rising profile & an Australian return!

Future Islands has fast turned into one of the world's hottest touring bands over the past year and Australia has not been exempt to the Baltimore-based band's effervescence and vibrant charm. Quickly making their impact on crowds off the back of successful appearances at Splendour in the Grass and then the Laneway Festival, where they also rolled out some indomitable headline sets on the east coast, Future Islands became more than a way to get your rocks off at a live music show - what they offered was akin to a cathartic live experience people would soon flock to at each opportunity.

Future Islands to perform headline shows in Adelaide and Brisbane

While in Australia to support Mumford and Sons, unstoppable synth-poppers Future Islands have announced headline shows in Adelaide and Brisbane in November. It of course comes with the same massive anticipation that has been floating around the band ever since their head-turning performances at Splendour in the Grass and Laneway Festival, sets which have only been followed by strength-to-strength showmanship around the world.

Live Review: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Six ft. Future Islands + Mama Kin + Edward Sharpe + Operators and more! (14.07.15)

Lynyrd Skynyrd in action. Photo by Mark Horton for Ottawa Bluesfest. Used with Permission.

The sixth day of Ottawa Bluesfest served up a phenomenal mix of artists; from Australia’s own John Butler Trio, Mama Kin and Hamish Anderson, to North American acts including Operators, Future Islands, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and - just to shake things up - Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Mumford & Sons announce Australian 'Wilder Mind' headline shows & massive Gentlemen of the Road event for Sydney!

Mumford & Sons will be bringing their latest, Wilder Mind, through Australia this November for a run of shows that yes, may only see them in the country for a short time, but by no means will be a measly blip on the radar. The band has announced not only two massive shows to go down in Brisbane and Melbourne, but also a day-long event in Sydney under the popular 'Gentlemen of the Road' banner, that will see the likes of The Vaccines, Future Islands, Jake Bugg and more perform.

Sosefina Fuamoli's Picks: The Five Best Artists of SXSW 2015!

And just like that, as quickly as it began, we reached the end of yet another chaotic SXSW. With so many performances to filter and pick from over the past week, it's been hard to determine what has been classified a 'stand out' moment from the epic music festival. Between the four of us who scattered throughout Austin each day and night in an attempt to cover as much ground as possible, there were many memorable moments we all took away from the showcases we were able to attend (not marred by healthy amounts of tequila, of course) and below are just some of my choice artists who ranked highly this year.

SXSW Live Music Review: Future Islands + Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires + The Mowgli's - Clive Bar, Austin (18.03.15)

SXSW Music kicked off and into top gear tonight, with showcases happening at hundreds of venues through Austin. It's been a day where there has been an influx of musicians coming into the city, while those of us who have been in Austin for a few days to adjust prior to the chaos have prepared ourselves for the coming week of live music ahead. I take myself along to my first showcase, this year up in the Rainey Street district, the StubHub hosted show featuring some of the 'hot' acts we're encouraged to check out over the next week.

Single Stream: Gangrene Featuring Earl Sweatshirt & Samuel T Herring "Play It Cool" (2015)

Renowned rapper-producers The Alchemist and Oh No have spent the past few years making quality music under the collective name of Gangrene, a collaboration that was a huge driving force behind that Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack in 2013. The duo aren't done with GTA though, and are preparing to release a mixtape, The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos, inspired by the iconic video game. They have decided to turn it up a notch for first single "Play It Cool", recruiting big names Earl Sweatshirt and Samuel T Herring (of Future Islands). Equally rough and smooth, the infectious production and Herring's buttery hook break up the slick raps beautifully, giving us enough reason to believe that this mixtape is going to be a big deal.

Festival Review: St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Hart's Mill, Port Adelaide (06.02.15)

It turned out to be another hot day out by the river in Adelaide for the Laneway Festival but thankfully, the site down at Hart's Mill had been fitted out to deal with the conditions...just. With a line up boasting some of the best names in music in the moment, I was so excited to get down there and check the festival out; I hadn't been as excited for a festival as I was for this one in quite a while.

Photo Gallery: St Jerome's Laneway Festival (Part Two) - Hart's Mill, Port Adelaide (06.02.15)

Pictured: FKA Twigs

As the sun went down over the river, the rain came to cool down the punters as some big acts hit the stages. Here is part two of our gallery from the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival at Port Adelaide's Hart's Mill thanks to Kerrie Geier.

Future Islands (Baltimore) talk defying musical expectations, influences and death metal music at Laneway Festival.

Last weekend, the AU review sat backstage with American synth-pop band Future Islands at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore. In part two of the interview with the Baltimore natives, they talk about their writing influences, their most recent album Singles and the band reveals how they’ve managed to defy musical expectations.

Photo Gallery: Future Islands - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (01.02.15)

The party continued well into the night after the Laneway Festival wrapped in Sydney, with the official after party kicking on with DJ sets and a live performance by Future Islands at the Oxford Art Factory! Photos by Chantel Bann.

Future Islands (Baltimore, Maryland) talk smoking, fame, Letterman and more backstage at Laneway Festival Singapore

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of interviewing American synth-pop band, Future Islands at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 in Singapore. In part one of this two part interview, we talk about Future’s recent tour and the band let’s us in on what they love to check out in every new city they visit.

Photo Gallery: St Jerome's Laneway Festival Part 2 - The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore (24.01.15)

Part two of our Laneway Singapore photo gallery includes Banks, Chet Faker, FKA Twigs (pictured above), Future Islands, Jungle, Little Dragon, St Vincent and more. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: St Jerome's Laneway Festival Part 1 - The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore (24.01.15)

Johnny brings us part one of photos from Laneway Festival's fifth year in Singapore, featuring Courtney Barnett, Angus and Julia Stone, Eagulls, .GIF, Mac DeMarco, Future Islands, Jungle and more!