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MANSIONAIR

Single of the Day: Mansionair "Speak Easy" (2015)

With a support slot for Alt J’s national tour, and a packed out set at Splendour, Mansionair have achieved a lot before even releasing an album. They’ve just treated us to some new music however, the track "Speak Easy”. The track was co-produced by Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Tim Finn, John Butler Trio), and is an atmospheric track packed with lush guitars and synths. Give it a listen here:

Mansionair confirmed to support Florence + The Machine as last minute tickets for Splendour sideshows are released!

Aussie Florence + The Machine fans who missed out on tickets to the original Splendour in the Grass sideshows have a last shot to get their mitts on them, with a final release going on sale tomorrow morning. The gigs in Melbourne and Sydney were originally balloted shows, with fans entering a system to get tickets, but with an unprecedented number of people registering in the ballot, heaps missed out. The organisers are stoked to have this last batch go on sale Friday morning, though the number is extremely limited.

Tour Diary: on the road with Mansionair (Sydney) in and around SXSW and record signing in New York

This year, Sydney band Mansionair headed to SXSW for a range of showcases, including the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival Showcase. The band was then off to New York to sign their record deal with Glassnote Records, joining the likes of Mumford & Sons, CHVRCHES, The Temper Trap and Phoenix. Throughout these massive few weeks, Mansionair documented their milestones for the AU review. Check out their tour diary below.

SXSW Live Music Review: Mansionair + Kate Boy + Kate Tempest - Laneway Festival Showcase, Red 7, Austin (18.03.15)

The sun is scorching in the small, concrete backyard that makes up the outdoor stage for the Laneway Festival Showcase. Sydney band Mansionair is swimming through their set, the clear, the guitars ringing amid the thick hum of synths. It’s the vocals that penetrate through: Lachlan Bostok’s voice spears high and clear through the sheets of synth effects, drawing out his falsetto into luxurious curls. “Second Night” pops with skittish, drum machine percussion, “Morning” delves further into chillwave. It’s single “Hold Me Down” that fully realises Mansionair’s aesthetic – clean, gorgeous sounds, hung on a simple skeleton melody.

Are these the bands set to play St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2016? Here's their SXSW Party lineup...


Pictured: METZ / Photo by Andrew Wade in Brisbane

For the past four years, Laneway Festival has celebrated their internationally renouned festival by throwing a special party at SXSW. The event often serves as an indicator of some of the bands we might end up seeing at Laneway in Australia in the following year. Well, next Wednesday it's happening again for the fifth consecutive year, and we have the full lineup here for you to enjoy, from METZ to Viet Cong and East India Youth.

Jules LeFevre's Five artists to watch at SXSW Music Festival 2015

In a weeks time, the music industry will descend en masse to Austin for the biggest music event of the year. Over the course of an incredibly crammed week, thousands upon thousands of artists will perform at showcases and parties, put on by some of the biggest media outlets and tastemakers in the industry. As always, the AU review is heading over there to cover the insanity, and to scope out the talent that we think will be made or broken in 2015. Contributor Jules LeFevre is heading to Texas with the team, and ahead of it all, picks 5 acts that she thinks will be made at SXSW 2015.

Five Australians not to miss at St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015.

The St. Jerome's Laneway Festival kicks off in Singapore tomorrow before coming to Australia for its 2015 national tour! We recently gave you our five international acts not to miss at the festival and now we take a look at the Aussies set to take to one of the many stages set to be put up at sites in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle over the next few weeks.

The Laneway Festival announces partnership with the Red Bull Music Academy, presenting the Future Classic Stage!

With a line up as delectable as the Laneway Festival one is, fans around the country have quite a task on them this year in deciding who to get along and see. There have been minor line up additions, with the announcement of Tkay Maidza, stepping into Lykke Li's original place on the bill and now, Laneway has announced that all legs of the festival are very close to selling out.

FBi SMAC Awards nominees announced!

FBi Radio today announced the nominees for the 2014 SMAC Awards, celebrating Sydney's music, arts and culture industry for its 7th year! Recognising musicians, artists, restaurants, events and performers who have stood out in their artistic and business endeavours in Sydney in 2014, the SMAC Awards once again represent a diverse and incredibly talented bunch of trailblazers.