Lance Ferguson has taken some time out from generating some serious soul/funk heat with The Bamboos to take a dip into the sun-drenched Pacific with his latest single under his Lanu moniker, "Dragon Sun". Teaming up with Megan Washington once more, Ferguson's new single conjures the romanticised images of the South Seas and the rhythmic ebbs and flows of the waves lapping against some idyllic and golden beaches.
The nominations for the 2015 ARIA Awards have taken place in Sydney today, with the winners of the Artisan and Fine Arts categories also being announced. Courtney Barnett won her first ARIA Award during the event, taking away a statue for Best Cover Art, while Kevin Parker won both Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year for Tame Impala's latest album, Currents. For Barnett, today's event revealed her as the artist with the most ARIA nominations for 2015, racking up a massive eight nominations.
With festival season right around the corner, there are plenty of shows to get yourself to this weekend. From underground rock 'n' roll in Adelaide to rap in Sydney and Sound of the Suburbs festival in Cronulla here is our eclectic mix of shows you can get to this weekend.
With BIGSOUND just around the corner now, many music fans are going to be training their eyes on the Valley in Brisbane as hundreds of Australian and international artists will be showcasing their wares over two hectic nights of live performance. This weekend coming then, is going to be the perfect way to get pumped for what's still to come, with some stellar names kicking off tours, making special festival appearances and bringing their new tunes to Australian venues dotted around the country in a venue near you. Check out our picks for the weekend below!
Some well known and beloved Australian names are hitting the road as we wrap up on August and look ahead to September, while some international favourites will be returning with some killer sounds and chaotic live shows. Check out some of the spots the AU will be heading this weekend - from Megan Washington's date with the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, to Dillinger Escape Plan's return to Brisbane, there's some great gigs happening!
Megan Washington's dance card's gotten that little bit fuller today, with the announcement of an extra handful of shows for her national 'Tangents Tour' that's already having the musician on the road through August and September. Washington's already set up to play Splendour in July and has recently scored a great support slot performing with Elton John in the Hunter Valley this December, so there's going to be plenty of chances for you to catching Miss Megan around the country throughout the second half of 2015 for sure.
In this issue: Megan Washington joins the PPCA board, Record Industry sales drop,#NotON Violence against women campaign picks up speed, Channel [V] launch new channels, Timmy Trumpet and Savage kick goals with "Freaks", DMA's release debut EP in the USA, who was signed this weel, plus the ARIA charts.
Disco balls, silver streamers and helium balloons were to be seen on stage as Megan Washington, supported by talented musicians Greg Chiapello and Montaigne, brought her contagious energy and entertaining talent to a crowd of 500 at the Gov, Adelaide. It was one of the last shows of her national tour and the first time visiting the Gov since supporting Sia back in 2009.
It was a party to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Triple J and what a party it was. With stellar performances from Hilltop Hoods, Ball Park Music, The Presets, You Am I and a slew of special guests, Johnny Au gives you but a taste of what went down last night in this gallery:
As the sun rose on a perfect final day of the Falls Festival, weary punters headed to the valley in anticipation of another great day of music. Alt-J, The Presets and Safia were just a few of the standouts on the day. Our photographer John Goodridge brings you these photos from the final day.
It was as if the gods suddenly looked down on the Lorne site of the 2014 Falls Festival and told each other, 'You know what? They've suffered enough with the rain.' - the clouds disappeared for our New Year's Eve in the forest and the temperature rose considerably, a perfect atmosphere for our final day at the festival. Moods were high (weed was probably helping in that regard, too) and the music was totally fitting as one's soundtrack to the end of the year.
The misting stations offered the only reprieve. The barometer was pushing higher and higher and with barely any shade to be found, walking through a green tunnel that sprayed water at you seemed like the best option. Shirts clung to skin, whether through sweat or water spray it was impossible to tell, as the second Falls Festival in Byron Bay shifted into life.
I know we’re a bit slow on the uptake, but Megan Washington’s (our artist of the month) latest release There There is definitely worth the wait. It combines everything we know and love about the artist with a certain sophistication that can be seen through the delicate and emotion filled ballads that are dotted through the album.
As part of the Sydney Festival next year, triple j are choosing to throw a huge ass birthday party in the Domain! The Beat the Drum event is already hosting the likes of Hilltop Hoods, The Presets and The Cat Empire, but today on the Matt and Alex show, a huge second artist announcement was revealed for the January 16th party!
Ahead of her There There national tour and appearances at Falls Festival on NYE, Aussie treasure Megan Washington has released some stunning visuals for her silky, emotive piano ballad "Begin Again". Featuring an intimate, blue-lit dance performance by members of the Australian Ballet, cut with Megan singing to the camera, the music video is appropriately delicate and stirring. Check it out below.