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the AU interview: Alex Bleeker of Real Estate (USA) talks Austin City Limits, The Twerps, Atlas, touring Australia and more!

With their latest record Atlas now sitting comfortably under their belts, Brooklyn-via-New Jersey’s Real Estate have finally announced a return to Australia at the end of February 2015. Larry Heath got to talk to Alex Bleeker from the band about their experiences in Australia as part of Laneway, touring with The Twerps, their future touring plans - including Austin City Limits this weekend - how they're feeling about Atlas now and much more...

Real Estate set for Australian tour next February!

New York's Real Estate have gone and made many Australian fans' Wednesday afternoons, in announcing a run of shows out this way for next February! The headline dates will see the band their critically acclaimed Atlas in Australia for the first time, with Dick Diver along on support duties in Melbourne (Sydney and Brisbane special guests are still to come!). The announcement today comes with the added note that Real Estate will not be appearing on any Australian festivals, so you can cross them off your Laneway wishlists.

SXSW Live Review: Real Estate + The Districts + St Paul and the Broken Bones - Spotify House, Austin (14.04.14)

Though the bright green Spotify House has been part of SXSW for a few years now (this is the third year they've been at the event), 2014 marked my first visit to the venue's electric lineup. From Blondie's Deborah Harry joining Dum Dum Girls to hosting the hottest emerging talents - there was no shortage of quality entertainment at Spotify house this year.

The Festival Diaries: CMJ Day Three Ft Courtney Barnett, Real Estate, Tiny Ruins + More - New York City (17.10.13)

Staying up until 3am last night broke the record of staying up until 1am on the 16th October for me. The range of places that I went to varied insanely - too much probably. Going from living-room sized tiled rooms underneath restaurants to larger rooms that could fill hundreds of people was an experience and a half for a music lover like. But there was a downside, that being that my head was spinning, I'm getting a sore throat and I think I'm dying in one slow churning process because f it.

New round of artists announced for the CMJ Music Marathon!

We're getting so close to the annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and they've still got more exciting developments to reveal! The huge music event that will be taking over the city from October 15-19 has had some more impressive names added to the already announced list, surely set to make scheduling harder for those attendees already scratching their heads, trying to work out a timetable that will fit as many artists in as possible.

Festival Review: St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Perth Cultural Precinct (09.02.13)

Well that’s it. The last Laneway Festival of the year has come and gone. The festivals run of shows came to a sweltering sold-out climax at Perth’s Cultural precinct. Looking at the line-up (Of Monsters and Men & The Reubens in particular) it’s hardly surprising that Perth along with a number of the other dates sold out. Though despite it’s sold out status, it felt fairly quiet until the majority of the punters arrived a couple of hours into the day.

Live Review: Kings of Convenience + Real Estate + Moon Holiday - Hamer Hall (05.02.13)

On a balmy summer’s night in Melbourne city, hundreds of hip 20-somethings, 30-somethings and smitten couples flocked to the ever-elegant Hamer Hall for a dose of Scandinavian folk-pop music from Kings of Convenience.

Photo Gallery: Kings of Covenience + Moon Holiday + Real Estate - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (05.02.13)

Fresh from the 2013 Laneway Festival, Kings of Convenience play their sideshow at Hamer Hall with support from Real Estate and Moon Holiday. Carl Dziunka brings us these photos:

Festival Review: St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Sydney College of the Arts (02.02.13)

Far from the laneways it originated in, the boutique St Jerome's Laneway Festival is now a three country, seven city touring juggernaut, with huge crowds and unthinkable logistics. And though it still attracts the fringe acts that gave it its idealic indie reputation in its early days, it also attracts (or, rather, predicts) bands who litter the triple j Hottest 100, proving they are as much on the pulse of the "what's hot now" mainstream as the next festival, if not moreso. With this including electronic artists like Flume (this year) and SBTRKT (last year), this also sees a much more diverse crowd coming into the grounds than one might have a few years ago. Does this mean the festival has changed? Definitely. After all, the crowd is as much of a festival as the acts and its surroundings. But does that mean the festival is any less enjoyable for a fan of the Laneways of the past? Well, let's a look...

Yeasayer, Bat For Lashes, Japandroids plus more to feature at the Laneway Festival in 2013.

The line up for the Laneway Festival has been released for another year, with 30 acts from Australia and around the globe set to tour the country in 2013. With last year's festival featuring the likes of M83, Active Child and The Horrors, music lovers can catch the stylings of the following bands in a laneway setting near them in February next year.