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THE DISTRICTS

Splendour in the Grass Photo Gallery: Sunday (26.07.15)

Our exclusive photo coverage of Splendour in the Grass comes to an end with the earth-shaking performance from the one and only Blur. Check out photos of the UK legends alongside the likes of modern UK superheroes Royal Blood, Australia's psych kings Tame Impala and many, many more...

the AU interview: Braden Lawrence of The Districts (US) ahead of their first Australian shows & Splendour in the Grass


Photo Credit: Sophie Euler.

"Not sure how to wrap our minds around this, somebody should pinch us please, because this is too surreal...but tonight, somehow we're opening for The Rolling Stones..." reads a recent Facebook post by Pennsylvanian rock band of the moment, The Districts. This sense of surrealism and suspended belief in how far their music has taken them so far this year is one that extends to their upcoming shows in Australia. As a music fan and writer, it's always a bit of a bonus to catch a band in this stage of their career. Their eyes are wide open, the excitement is fresh.

Splendour in the Grass Sideshows: The Districts bringing acclaimed second album to Melbourne and Sydney!

The Districts are one of those bands on the Splendour line up we can see being strong contenders for festival highlight; they've been killing it overseas at the moment with their sophomore album A Flourish and A Spoil, with shows at SXSW successfully in the bag and a dance card of festival spots at the likes of Reading & Leeds, Lollapalooza and OutsideLands still to come. Breaking through initially with their debut Telephone, the Pennsylvanians have cultivated for themselves a strong and enviable fan base that is hankering for some more Australians in the international contingent - we can't wait to have music fans out this way get introduced to what's a great live show and brilliant output from the band.

SXSW 2015 Photo Gallery: Rachael Ray's Feedback ft. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - Stubb's BBQ (21.03.15)

US celebrity chef Rachael Ray held her annual Rachael Ray's Feedback SXSW music showcase at Stubb's BBQ. In addition to the delicious food (tacos, sausage in blanket, sliders and sweet corn salad was on the menu) we had fantastic music from the likes of The Cringe, Big Data, Delta Spirit, The Districts, Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts, Raekwon and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros (pictured above). Johnny Au was there to sample the food and bring us these pictures.

Album Review: The Districts - A Flourish and a Spoil (2015 LP)

It seems with every new year there is always an up and coming band with all the right attributes that allow them to slay festivals and airwaves, all the while still being in High School or having just completed it. While this is a mostly true statement, what sets The Districts apart from similarly situated acts is that they’ve been doing the band thing for a while now, and sophomore release A Flourish and a Spoil goes about showing just how well they have their music down pat.

Album News Weekly: 31st December 2014

In This Issue: We're hitting up the rock and funk on this last day of 2014, was it as big a year in music as you hoped? Whatever the case you have a crazy lot to look forward to in the new year with a bunch of sound bytes packed in for your listening pleasure. Starting out with production king Mark Ronson, there are some live recordings, solo debuts and a 15 year anniversary.

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.