Popular producer SBTRKT has been on quite the roll lately, drip feeding us several tracks to reiterate the diversity that has seen him in high-demand ever since he dropped his 2011 debut LP. With his latest LP, Wonder Where We Land, due in a matter of weeks, the unstoppable artist has teamed up with A$AP Ferg and Warpaint to give us "Voices In My Head", a decidedly jilted arrangement which strikes a balance between the calm and the chaotic, giving the reigns to A$AP Ferg who drives the track's infectious energy.
Walking into Grant Park, it really did hit me how large Lollapalooza is. We got a press release stating there was an expected 100,000 attendees through the gates over the three day event. Usually when you rock up to even the bigger Australian festivals (Soundwave, Falls etc), you get the impression you're in for a big time gradually over the day. Here, it was honestly like a good 40,000 people from all over the country and beyond were just transported and plopped down in the middle of downtown Chicago at 11am.
In the second part of our countdown of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, AU contributors ranked the following albums as some of the best pieces of music produced by both international and Australian artists as of this point in the year. Some may be surprising, others may not, either way, if you've not yet checked out the following, perhaps now is the time to do so!
If it wasn't big enough already - it's taking place over one continuous 48 hour period in Templehof airport - Berlin Festival has just announced a heap of artists to join their current lineup. Australian electronic favourites RUFUS are one of the artists added - bringing a great Australian presence to a bill that now includes monster electro duo Digitalism, British artists Jessie Ware and Bombay Bicycle Club, and California psych rockers Warpaint.
If ever in doubt of where to go at SXSW, a good bet is to pick a headliner you'd like to see and get there early. There'll usually be a few artists on that bill who might surprise and impress along the way. Or, as I said here, the church is always a good bet, too. In any case, out of my desire to check out Warpaint and Band of Skulls at one of the House of Vans showcases at Mohawks, I got there early enough to check out a couple of the other acts on the bill.
Music publication SPIN returns to SXSW with their SPIN @ Stubb's Day Party. The line up included artists such as The Orwells, Temples, Warpaint, ScHoolboy Q, Cloud Nothings, Against Me! and Future (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au.
By now, you've probably heard about the tragic accident which occurred in downtown Austin on Wednesday night. Thankfully myself and the rest of the AU team weren't in the vicinity when it happened, though I had only decided a short time before that I wouldn't head to Mohawk, mainly because I was hungry and already on East 6th, but also because I'd stumbled on some dope bands at Maggie Mae's, a venue I hadn't yet explored. In the Gibson Room, Ireland was on show, with a number of bands having taken to the inside venue through the night, while upstairs in the Chop Shop, there was more of an eclectic line up warming the cold temperature.
SPIN's annual SXSW party is always a popular event for the music loving public who converge on Austin's Stubb's venue each year. They've pulled out all stops with their 2014 event, with a diverse line up set to impress. The gig is taking place across two stages on March 14th and will be featuring live performances by the following artists.
the AU caught the ladies closing out St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Adelaide on Friday night. Lauren Connelly caught sets by Lorde, The Jezabels and Warpaint and brings you the third and final gallery from a successful festival for another year!
The final part of the AU Review's photo series from St Jerome's Laneway Festival at Sydney College of the Arts. Featuring Grammy Award winning artist Lorde (pictured above), Savages, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Control, Jamie XX, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Jezabels, Four Tet and Warpaint. Photos by Johnny Au.