Groovin' the Moo is the biggest travelling music festival to hit regional towns in Australia, bringing impressive line-ups year after year to places like Oakbank, Townsville, and Bendigo. It's no secret that these crowds make the most of the festival, navigating the line-up with nothing but enthusiasm for each and every act. Most have undoubtedly locked in who they want to see, we're hoping these five are included:
The West Coast Blues and Roots Festival has long been one of my favourite festivals to attend. It’s chilled out, relaxed and normally boasts an impressive line-up of legends and up-and-comers. It also happens (for the time being) to be the closest I am going to get to Bluesfest. This year’s festival was my fifth (or maybe my sixth) West Coast Blues and Roots – so here, in no particular order, are five of my highlights from this year’s event.
We're just hours away from Coachella kicking off in Indio, California and so it's time for the second part of our list of the ten acts we reckon are unmissable at this year's festival. If you couldn't make it this weekend or next, make sure you tune into the festival on YouTube, and you can look back at the first part of our article here.
This weekend, Coachella hits the Californian desert for the first of two sold out weekends. There's so much to choose from at the event - where do you even begin? Well, we cut through the fuzz to bring you ten acts we think are unmissable at the event. And if you're not at the event, select performances well be streaming through the weekend on YouTube. And now, here are the first five...
Discerning Australian and NZ fans of neo-soul and hip-hop are still in shock from the announcement of the dream line-up the ingaural Soulfest will bring to our shores this October. We've never before seen a festival of this stature purely dedicated to the best in neo-soul and hip-hop.
Having returned from our fifth SXSW a little over a week ago, we've spent some time reflecting on our experiences and now present to you the AU review SXSW Music Awards - acknowledging the bands who made the biggest impressions on us at the event. These awards were voted on by our team at the event: Larry Heath, Sosefina Fuamoli and Johnny Au! Read on:
As SBS 2's The Feed turn their attention to addiction for a week of special features on the subject, so do we. You may have seen our special on TV characters with addictions of their own over on The Iris, and today on the AU we bring you a playlist of ten tracks we love that focus on, or are inspired by, the topic of addiction. It's something that we've lost many musicians to - be it drug, alcohol or something else - so it's only natural that their music speaks on the topic. Sometimes about others, often about themselves, and in these cases the results are classic songs in their own right.
For the fifth year in a row, the AU review is heading to the musical mecca of Austin to cover the annual SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festival. Though we should be used to the sheer size of the event by now, we are still constantly floored by the range of artists putting on showcases all across the city. The AU's head writer, Chris, shares with us his five essential international artists at SXSW 2014 (in no particular order).
It’s that time of year again when the AU review heads to Austin to cover the annual SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festival. In anticipation, the AU’s deputy editor Sose, shares with us her five international artist picks (in no particular order, and indeed - no Australians here). Believe us that this was not an easy list to put together… read on! And see you in Texas…
Every year, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival serves its position as the festival with its "finger on the pulse" on what's new, what's cool and what's hot. By the time the festival rolls around, many of the bands who you had never heard of 12 months before are well and truly ingrained in your consciousness. triple j is playing them... they're on your iPod... they have become the reason you are looking forward to the festival.
We've taken a bit of time getting this one together - what a year it was! - but we finally bring you our annual look back at the best videos of 2013. This year we have a mix of local and international, with a dose of interactive experiences thrown in for good measure. Enjoy this trip down memory lane...
God damn, I love this time of year. It's festival season and with Soundwave approaching, metal, punk and hardcore lovers should be waking in wet patches. The Soundwave crew has compiled another epic line-up and if you can't find 10 bands that blow your mind at this festival, I'm sorry to break it to you but your mum lied, you're a loser.
The long awaited new (sixth!) album from John Butler Trio was released in Australia today; Flesh & Blood, the group's first record since April Uprising back in 2010. To celebrate the release of the record, we're taking a look back at five of our favourite JBT tracks from over the years - one of Australia's most successful Independent artists of all time.
Last month we revealed our top 40 albums of 2013, which included 13 albums from Australia. Since then, we've received a few e-mails, asking for more recommendations from the world of Australian music in 2013, from readers both at home and abroad. So, we've gone back to our list of votes from AU's fine contributors and put together a list of the top 40 Australian albums (LPs and EPs both eligible) of 2013!
As we continue looking into the future of 2014, there are a pile of video games that are piquing the interest of the writers for our newest section, VideAU Games, and so we thought we'd let you in on the 10 games we can't wait to play over the next 12 months...