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GOLDEN PLAINS

the AU interview: Cut Chemist (United States) talks Aussie tour, life-changing moments and using mixed media

Q-Tip once spat lyrical re: “giving nuff respects to Afrika Bambaataa”. Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow are here to do just that. Their Renegades of Rhythm tour see’s the iconic pair pay homage to the legend who so crucially moulded the fundamental nature of hip hop culture.

the AU interview: Sharon Van Etten (USA)

Ahead of her Australian tour next year, with visits to Golden Plains Festival, Womadelaide and the Perth International Arts Festival, we caught up with American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten to find out a bit more about her most recent album Are We There, her approach to songwriting, and her thoughts on touring Australia, and the Australian festival circuit.

Golden Plains line up to feature Sharon Van Etten, Something For Kate, Courtney Barnett and more!

Once again, Aunty Meredith delivers! The 2014 Golden Plains Nine line up just had its reveal online, with another cracker line up of Australian and international talent set to head to the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre in March 2015! The ballot of tickets is open now until 9:09pm on October 21st - be sure to get involved at www.goldenplains.com.au!

the AU interview: James McNew of Yo La Tengo (USA) discusses the 23rd anniversary of his first rehearsal, the WFMU Marathon and upcoming archival releases

Indie legends Yo La Tengo are about to start touring Australia, a tour that coincides with their 30th anniversary as a band. I got the opportunity to talk to bassist James McNew on the 23rd anniversary of his first rehearsal with the band, a fact that genuinely surprised him. We also talked about the recent WFMU marathon, where the band plays any song requested by listeners pledging $100 or more, and an upcoming, yet to be determined archival release to commemorate their 30 year achievement.

the AU interview at Future Music Festival: Cut Copy (Melbourne)

the AU review interviews two parts of Cut Copy backstage at the Future Music Festival in Brisbane to talk about the festival, their latest album Free Your Mind (out now), their American adventures, the fact that they're fitting in both Golden Plains AND Future Music Festival in the days ahead and more...

Golden Plains 8 lineup revealed!

The lineup for Golden Plains 8 has been announced! With Public Enemy having already been announced to perform at the Supernatural Ampitheatre in Meredith next March (8th to 10th), a whole stack of Australian and international acts have been unveiled in what represents, 'The Sound of Now, Then and Forever'.

Festival News: Future Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Stone Music Festival, Live It Up Festival and more!

In this issue: Ellie Goulding announces Future Music sideshow, Sydney Road Street Party to go off this Brunswick Music Festival, local acts announced for Future Music, Aussies announced for Stone Music Festival; Live It Up Festival announce more artists for Brisbane events, Carnival of Suburbia reveals full line-up for its tribute to Peter Lillie, the 2013 Gumball Festival final artist line-up is revealed and playing times for Golden Plains 7 are set!

the AU interview: Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (New York)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be bringing their ever-changing live shows back to Australia for the first time since 2011. With a new album (Meat + Bone) in tow, the New York rockers will be back for Golden Plains, as well as their own run of headline dates. I spoke to Jon Spencer himself before the band heads to Europe about the upcoming tour.

Dinosaur Jr touring Australia from March 2013

While J Mascis enjoyed a sold-out solo tour of Australia earlier in 2012, it's about time his band Dinosaur Jr had a shot at performing to the Australian crowds! With an appearance at this year's Golden Plains festival already locked down, Dinosaur Jr have announced that they'll be visiting many of the Australian capital cities while they're over here in March for a run of headlining shows that are sure to impress.

Golden Plains Lucky Seven Line Up Revealed!

Joining a slew of epic festival announcements this year is Golden Plains. To be held in the majestic surrounds of the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre in March 2013, Golden Plains Lucky Seven will feature the music of the following artists:

CAT POWER
DINOSAUR JR
TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
PURITY RING
FLUME
MOODYMANN