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:
Now that Splendour in the Grass is over for another year, Australian festival goers can now look ahead to the next major run of festivals coming up over the New Year period and for 2015, the crew behind the Falls and Southbound festivals have delivered a pretty slick line up of artists set to bring in your New Year right. Leading the first artist announcement of the festival tour are Foals and Bloc Party, both British bands who have long enjoyed a successful relationship with fans in Australia.
The English have always struggled at maintaining a forceful presence in the world. Gone is the Empire the sun never set on, Scotland tried to divorce them last year, their football team has never quite hit its straps and an Australian has been called on to try and fix the mess that was their national men’s cricket team. These aforementioned struggles aside, one thing the English have always been pretty good at doing it releasing quality music and with The Maccabees releasing their new album Marks To Prove It, maybe it is the marks of previous national failures that the band have definitely gone a long way to proving they’re still a force to be reckoned with.
In This Issue: We're keeping it mellow this week as the winter chills have been setting in all over the country, we have Josh Pyke celebrating his fans, the new one from The Maccabees, and compelling tributes from Gurrumul Yunupingu and WE LOST THE SEA.
The Maccabees' fourth studio album Marks to Prove It is getting closer and closer to being released and by this stage, fans are getting to the chomping at the bit, ravenous for any new updates level of anticipation. Thankfully, the band have delivered - the music video for the eponymous lead single has been released and as many may have expected from the British group, it's a stunning indication of what we can be expecting from the new album.
Photo: Ponneh Ghana
The Maccabees are soon to release album #4 and let's be real, it's been a while in between drinks. The British band has established themselves as favourites on the international touring scene and while Australia has hosted them for a few shows in the past, a return visit is overdue now. The album, which will be released later in the year, has today been teased with the release of The Maccabees' new single, "Marks to Prove It".
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...
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A dusty, regional showground housing some of the biggest Australian and international acts can only mean one thing, Groovin' The Moo is here! Lachlan Mitchell brings us these photos from the Maitland leg.
Alex Ritchie's solo guise Argentina launches his latest single 'Chalk Outlines' at Alhambra Lounge tomorrow night, May 3rd! With the captivating live band and show, this launch follows a spectacular line up of support slots (including Neon Indian, San Cisco and Pluto Jonze) as well as supporting British indie-rockers The Maccabees sideshows in both Brisbane and Sydney; it's simply not a show to miss.
Few bands have been able to elicit a longstanding loyalty from me. The Maccabees have been able to do just that since their debut, Colour It In. With tracks like "First Love" and "Lego", they've always had an uncanny ability to be able to mould intricate melodies through the use of manipulated equipment, and an ability to play regular instruments in an incomparable way.