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.
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:
Overnight, Tame Impala brought the sounds of Currents to US TV, rolling out a killer performance of "The Less I Know The Better" on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Colbert, who is currently striding through his debut season of the Late Show gig with an impressive array of musical guests, added the Perth band to his roster - not a bad addition! For Tame Impala, their hit rate currently remains at an all time high, recently adding a swag of ARIA nominations and two 2015 wins already for Kevin Parker to their pile.
South Americans are in for a treat at next year's Lollapalooza, with Eminem, Florence + The Machine, Jack Ü, Mumford & Sons, and a slew of other high profile artists announced to perform at the run of two day events happening in three cities across the region.
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.
Tame Impala and POND multi-instrumentalist Jay Watson has just released the first taste of his second album under the moniker Gum, Glamorous Damage, set for release November 13th. "Anesthetized Lesson" takes a crazy, psychedelic take on pop, and the final product is ridiculously cool. Give it a listen here:
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.
Soulwax have come out of the studio in a big way, stretching out Tame Impala's dominant "Let It Happen" into a prog-electronica jam completely in line with the inventive style we've come to expect from the respected dance outfit. Funk drives this rework, tugging on a different side of Kevin Parker's hypnotic performance to transform the Currents opener into a club-ready beast.
After breaking all the internets when pre-sale tickets went on sale earlier this week, Australia's favourite band Tame Impala have added a second Sydney Opera House Forecourt show on their new, massive Australian headlining tour, their first in three years. Tame Impala are set to head out on a European tour next month, followed by a handful of American dates, before kicking off their Australian tour in November.
Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana.
When Tame Impala returned to Australia for Splendour this year, it wasn't simply the return of the WA psych-rock lads after a while away. Having become strong international favourites in both a headlining and festival capacity, Tame Impala returned home incredibly victorious, especially with new album Currents in tow. Their show in Byron went down brilliantly well (not surprising) and today, the band has announced that they'll be bringing such vibes to more people around the country in November as they embark on their first headline Australian tour in three years.
What ever happened to Children Collide? Their fade away from making music is a lot easier to deal with due to Fascinator, the project from frontman Johnny Mackay. Know for taking psych and synth pop influences and putting them to some of the strangest visuals you’ll ever see, the new track from Fascinator is on form with his previous work, but with a slightly more pop-oriented production and arrangement. Check out the video for "Dead of the Night" here:
If you went to Splendour, you may have heard some of Tame Impala’s latest album live. Currents is their latest LP to hit the airwaves and while they go touring it around the globe, we here at the AU are enjoying listening to it at the moment.
With what must have been hundreds of performances over three days on more than eight stages, Chicago's iconic Lollapalooza festival has its fair share of eclectism and choice for all attendees. And alongside the big names - from Paul McCartney to Metallica - there are plenty of unknowns too. Emerging local, national and international artists who the festival wants to give you the chance to discover. Our following feature runs through a couple of our own favourite discoveries at the festival, alongside our favourite performances from the bands we already know.
Daniel Boczarski heads along to day two of Lollapalooza in Chicago, and bring us photos of Sam Smith, Banks, Brand New, Hermitude, Tame Impala, Chet Faker, Tyler, The Creator (on his giant bed), Walk The Moon, Kid Cudi, G-Easy and many, many more...