Whilst the standout act for this weekend appeared to be Mother Nature and her thirst for dehydration and sweat, Austin City Limits in Texas still brought a collection of the worlds Music Powerhouses together to get bodies jumping this weekend. Today, Geoffrey D'Unienville takes us through this experiences and delivers his six highlights of the weekend - the acts destined for big things, and the ones who rocked it...
We return to Austin for the second weekend of the annual Austin City Limits Festival. The first day brought us the likes of the Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Billy Freakin' Idol, The Maccabees, Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels, Tame Impala and much, much more... Geoffrey D'Unienville flew over for the event and brings us all the action here:
As if we needed further proof that no one is on their level right now, Run the Jewels, that masterful team of Killer Mike and El-P, have helped Adult Swim end their 2015 singles program with a bang, releasing new track "Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)". With a hard, gritty bassline, the track features in the upcoming documentary Rubble Kings, about 1970 gangs in the Bronx. And if you're providing a soundtrack to the Bronx crime scene, then you best be coming hard.
Giant cats. Explosions. Lasers. Run the Jewels have released the first official video from their new remix album Meow the Jewels, giving us some visuals to the meow-tastic "Oh My Darling (Don't Meow)". The results are as off-the-wall as you'd expect, mirroring the album's larger-than-life concept with two giant cats who take over what looks like NYC, blowing up tanks in low-budget glory. Watch the clip below and make sure you download Meow the Jewels.
What a time to be alive. Earth-shaking duo Run The Jewels have been teasing their concept remix album, Meow The Jewels, for awhile now, and it's understandably led to some pretty high expectations. For one, nothing like this has ever been done before - at least on a scale like this; RTJ have taken their acclaimed sophomore LP and remixed it with almost nothing but various cat noises, cleverly tweaked to form some surprisingly powerful beats.
US late night talk shows are a showcase of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing we see before we go to sleep. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers. Our own talk show fiend Lachlan scours the masses of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan and now The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brings us the second list of the top 5 standout music performances from US late night talk shows of last week!
Photo: Stephan Flad.
Lollapalooza branched out into Europe for the first time over the weekend, taking Berlin's Tempelhof Airport by storm. The sold out event drew huge numbers of music fans down to the defunct airport (one of the coolest festival venues I've been too, I'll add) for some brilliant sets by artists who've been away for a little while, some of the biggest names touring at the moment and some recent festival favourites. Having attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last year, I felt like I was going into this one at least a little prepared, but Berlin's festival game was another beast in itself.
Photo: Danny Clinch
Only some hours ago in Berlin, music fans saw out the first official Lollapalooza event in their city. Across three stages at the Tempelhof Airport, Muse, Tame Impala and Martin Garrix brought 50,000 plus people together to celebrate the end of a weekend of great music, perfect weather and a successful festival line up.
Lollapalooza comes to Berlin this weekend, taking over the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday and Sunday for the first time ever in its extensive history. The event marks the festival franchise's inaugural European event and as we look ahead to the weekend of live music from the likes of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala, Muse, Fatboy Slim and more, it's no surprise that the latest addition to the European festival circuit has well and truly sold out. A mixture of heavy hitting international touring artists, as well as a strong line up of DJs and producers has set the tone for an impressive debut in the territory for Lollapalooza and we're going to be on site for all the action!
In a very rare interview with The Guardian, subversive genius Banksy has taken his time to explain why he recently opened up the oddly wonderful, slightly disconcerting dystopian 'bemusement' park, Dismaland, and what it represents.
It's here! It's finally here! After much teasing Run the Jewels have released the first full track from their unique Meow the Jewels project, flipping "Early" into "Meowly". The beat, which is made up entirely of cat noises manipulated to make sense with the fiery rhymes, is still every bit as punchy as the original. If the whole album sounds like this, Run the Jewels' quirky concept looks like a winner. Listen below.
Photo: Run The Jewels. Captured by Mark Horton.
North American Hip Hop was a dominating force on the 7th day of the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, though a last minute cancellation from De La Soul may have disappointed some (this writer included! They always put on a great show). US powerhouse Run The Jewels, Canadian rapper , local MC G. Grand (who filled in for De La Soul) and Montreal duo Heartstreets all showed off their take on the genre to great response. Alongside them were modern blues icons, one of Canada's biggest pop rock bands, a Scottish group playing their first show in eight months and one of Canada's finest psych rock bands.
Day Seven of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa include artists such as The Gaslight Anthem, Run The Jewels, CHVRCHES, G.GRAND, Hedley and many more. Check out the photos from this fantastic event and stayed tuned for the full review of Ottawa Bluesfest Day Seven's events.
Photo: Danny Clinch
British festival favourites Muse have been announced as headliners for Lollapalooza Berlin, it's been revealed overnight. The two day festival happening in September is the latest event to be added to the Lolla franchise, taking place at Tempelhof Airport and already features the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Franz Ferdinand, Run the Jewels and Crystal Fighters on its inaugural festival bill.
Coming October, Austin City Limits (ACL) festival will be running for two consecutive three-day weekends from 2nd-4th & 9th-11th at Zilker Park. With a killer lineup including the likes of Foo Fighters, Drake, Florence + The Machine as well as eight stages and 130 acts to choose from, festival goers will have to look out for this one! Read on to find out which Aussie artists are being featured!