In this issue: Martha Wainwright performs at Sydney Opera House, The Conversations play Lizottes, The launch of Sophie Hanlon, Sunnyboys home at last, Telegraph Tower EP launch, Spirit of House secret block party, Redfoo announces exclusive performance, Regular John announce intimate show, Live at the Loft with Kieran Ryan, Karl Hyde makes his solo debut, The Cat Empire Steal the Light Tour, Vigilante Quality of Life launch shows, Blackchords album launch and Line-up announced for official launch of Marquee Mashup Fridays.
With their unique sound of heavy rock mixed with acoustics, Birds Of Tokyo have become a favourite for many Australians. Their recent performance at Enmore Theatre, featuring supporting bands Regular John and The Guppies, demonstrated that Birds Of Tokyo came to prove exactly why they are as popular as they are.
Birds of Tokyo delivered an incredible night of entertainment, with their impressively long set list and visually exciting light show at the Newcastle Panthers on Friday night.
The two hour trip down to Towradgi was a new experience for me. The Beach Hotel that houses Waves reminds me a bit like Coogee Bay Hotel, but stuck in the middle of the bush. The other surprise was how big the club was and how many people made it out on a Wednesday night to see Birds Of Tokyo. It says a lot about the power of the band if they can attract 600 on a school night.
There’s an interesting bunch of people gathering for Birds of Tokyo in Adelaide tonight. HQ seems to bring out the old men trying to hang onto their youth by mixing it with the scantily dressed ladies, teenagers and even their parents, members of the media who (if you’re in the circles) stick out like sore thumbs and the bitchy females who work there but look like they’ve arrived at the club under the assumption it’s a normal Saturday night at the complex. Tonight is a Tuesday however, so I had less time for verbal scuffles on the door than usual. Get thee to the music.
The third day of the Falls Festival sees bands such as Ash Grunwald, Cosmo Jarvis and Oh Mercy in the Grand Theatre and Boy and Bear, The Flaming Lips and Hot Chip on the Valley Stage. The Theatre reaches capacity for Flume later in the evening. Our photographer on the ground, John Goodridge was there to bring us some photos.
We continue our Top 40 Albums of 2012 list with 30 to 21... These albums were voted by 42 of our fine contributors and the list that has resulted is an eclectic mix; from local indie, to international chart toppers, Australian Black Metal and all the way back again. We hope you enjoy our annual trip down memory lane...
This week in the column: news on the upcoming ARIA Awards, the Screen Music Awards get awarded, and Jonti gets signed to a huge deal with Universal.
Number 15 Parramatta Road Annandale has been demolished, and its days as a music space are over. But just a few days ago, at the Block Party in its honour, it was a bustle of crowds, market stalls, and of course, bands — all turning up for one last celebration on site. The setlist included She Rex, The Upskirts, Chicks Who Love Guns, Sures, Regular John, and The Preatures, who, with varying degrees of success, provided the entertainment of the day.
No matter what may happen on stage, there's always something happening behind the stage: we do that every week here on The State of Affairs. This week: Sam Sparro gives producers an opportunity to remix his music, an opportunity to educate yourself to get into DIY audience expansion, and a bunch of Australian artists grab a heap of grants to tour around Australia and provide workshops.
The nominees for the 2012 J Awards have been announced, showcasing some of the best releases from Australian talent this year. Over the past seven years, the J Awards have presented the best talent Australia has to offer, with past winners including Gotye, Wolfmother and Sarah Blasko.
Check out the full list of nominees below! The AU congratulates everyone nominated.
THE 2012 J AWARDS - FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Heading into the weekend, I caught up with Regular John's guitarist and vocalist Ryan Adamson for a bit of an interview about the band's latest record Strange Flowers and their recent addition to the Falls Festival. Read on to see what he thinks of Regular John's recent recording process and which he'd rather, being stuck in a studio, or being onstage.
In this issue MXPX announce 2013 tour, Battleships to hit Melbourne, Peter Murphy at the Gov and much much more! Much.
MXPX here in March 2013!
Punk's not dead, it just got a little older/wiser and had some kids. Celebrating 20 years ripping out short and fast tunes MXPX have announced some shows for March 2013. Repeat visitors to these shores expect fans old and new to be turning up to the shows.
Wednesday 6th – Brisbane – The Zoo [18+]