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the AU interview: Birds of Tokyo (Perth) talks "Anchor" EP, live shows and musical progression

After releasing their EP, Anchor, a couple of weeks ago, Birds of Tokyo have been busy, busy, busy. Last week the band wrapped up a national tour around the country to promote their new release and it was clear that vocalist, Ian Kenny and guitarist, Adam Spark were still buzzing from the shows, as they revealed to the AU review's Jana Angeles. "We were playing some of our favourite venues around the country - it was killer." Kenny states.

Our 13 Favourite Records of 2013... so far... Part Two: 6 - 1

Way back when in January, we peered into our crystal balls and sought to predict the top albums of 2013 with the help of our excellent contributors. Whilst some of the albums are yet to be released, it's now exactly half way through the year and time to check out how well our predictions went and what our contributors have been listening to on repeat.

Album Review: Sigur Rós - Kveikur (2013 LP)

The last offering from the Icelandic soundscape kings, 2012’s Valtari, was a deep, sonic bath: huge swells of keyboards and vast stretches of what was more like sound imprints than actual songs. Devoid of any clear structure it meandered, content to scale dizzying, elfin heights without caring whether you were along for the ride.

The State Of Affairs - Latest Music Industry News: 14th May 2013

Anniversary celebrations are coming up for both the iconic Hottest 100 and the legendary FBi Radio this month, and Laneway has unveiled its lineup for the Detroit leg of the festival. Also new signings, a new short-form record label named after an obscure webcomic (as far as we can tell), and a great opportunity for songwriters. Here is the industry news for the last week!

Single Stream: Sigur Ros "Isjaki" (2013)

"Isjaki" is the second single to be lifted from Sigur Ros' forthcoming album Kveikur due out on June 17th. They've released the lyrics video, though as expected the words are all in Icelandic. Or is it Hopelandic? There's an English translation in the comments on YouTube if you wish to seek them out. In the meantime, have a listen.

Album News Weekly: Friday, 29 March 2013

In this weeks album news we’re greeted with a whole range of exciting new releases. Deerhunter have announced the release of their highly anticipated newie, old school legends Queens Of The Stone Age are getting a new album out there, plus there’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sigur Rós, our aussie lad Chet Faker and a whole heap more!


New Music Video: Sigur Rós "Brennisteinn" (2013)

Sigur Rós will release their new album Kveikur in Australia on Friday 14 June and 'Brennisteinn' is the first track from it.

Our 12 Favourite International Tours of 2012

2012 has been an interesting year for international tours around Australia, with more than a handful of eagerly anticipated acts (read George Michael - admit it, you were gutted too), unfortunately cancelling their tours and a few festival dramas thrown into the mix. Thankfully, those that did make it to our shores more than made up for the cancellations. Without further ado, here are the top twelve international tours of 2012 as voted by the AU Review contributors.

Best of 2012 Countdown: Top 40 Albums - Part 4: The Top Ten!

As the triple j Hottest 100 opens up its digital doors for voting in its 2012 edition, we come to an end of our top 40 albums list with ten phenomenal albums. Stay tuned for our top 40 songs of 2012... they'll be launching tomorrow and running through to the New Year!

Live Review: Harvest Festival - Brisbane Botanic Gardens (18.11.12)

Sigur Rós. Beck. Ben Folds. Cake. Silversun Pickups. And they were just my picks! With a line up like this, how could anyone even consider missing the 2012 Harvest Festival? The Brisbane leg of the tour was held at the Botanic Gardens, which provided to perfect backdrop for the festival. But due to the severe storms the day before it was well after the advertised time of 11am when the gates finally opened.

Photo Gallery: Harvest Festival - Brisbane (18.11.12)

Harvest Festival wound up for the year in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens. Heath Carney braved the rain, hail, lightning and sunshine to capture it for us. Pictured: The Dandy Warhols.

Live Review: Harvest Festival - Parramatta Park, Sydney (17.11.12)

Harvest Festival may only be in its second year, but it has well and truly established itself as a world class event. Last year we tentatively made our way to the brand new festival at Parramatta Park, lured in by its unbelievably dreamy line up which included the likes of Portishead, The Flaming Lips and The National. The live music was extraordinary, the grounds spacious and the crowds anything but obnoxious. This year, Harvest once again delivered.