Straight Outta Compton is fresh of a huge three-week dominance in the U.S Box Office, holding onto the number 1 position despite some strong competition. The N.W.A biopic, which currently has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has finally made it's way down to Australia and at the Sydney premiere we caught up with O'Shea Jackson, Jr, son of Ice Cube, who portrays his father in the film.
While they were walking the red carpet at the recent Sydney premiere for N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, we grabbed some time with Bliss N Eso (while DJ Izm was chopping it up on the decks in the background) to chat about The World's Most Dangerous Group and the respected Aussie hip hop group's experience with their music.
We sat with AU Sessions performer Tim Steward of We All Want To to discuss his musical style, influences and favourite records, as well as future plans. The band will be performing at The AU Review's 7th birthday celebration! Click through for the full interview.
Next week, Kim Moyes of Sydney electronic duo The Presets will be speaking at the annual Brisbane based music industry conference and festival BIGSOUND. In advance of the event, we spoke to Kim about his time at the Sydney Conservatorium - who have finally introduced a contemporary music program - he gives advice for people looking to enter the industry, reveals his favourite Australian album right now and reveals that he's working on a new Presets record! He also talks about the challenges facing the music industry. There's a lot to read, so we'll leave you to it...
Afie Jurvanen has been making waves recently with his latest record, Bahamas is Afie. A stellar live musician out of Canada, the album the artist has been bringing to thousands through Canada and beyond over the last 12 months is basically what it says on the bill. Performing as Bahamas, Jurvanen has been blending some excellent pop and indie folk with some well-crafted upbeat rocky melodies that have been striking the right chord with growing crowd numbers around festivals and headline dates to match. This month sees Bahamas bring his full band to Australia for the first time, though it's not his first time in our backyard - he was last in the country supporting old mate City and Colour a few years ago.
Perpetual Motion People the latest record from Chicago native and singer-songwriter Ezra Furman is his fifth release, and his first record since signing to Bella Union. It also happens to probably be my favourite record this year to date. It's a wondrous mishmash of genres and styles, delivered urgently and overflowing with dazzling hooks, guitar riffs and sax.
Photo by Cory Dewald Photography
I spoke to Brother Ali while he was at home in Minneapolis before he headed to the West Coast of the US for a few dates ahead of his arrival in Australia next month as one of the Keynote speakers at BIGSOUND - as well as a few dates along our East Coast. We speak about fellow Keynote speaker Peter Garrett, which leads into the inevitable question "would you ever get into politics?". We reflect on his last Australian tour with the late Sean Price and we get a hint at what he'll be talking about at BIGSOUND and performing when he's here next month!
In our 74th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Victorian singer/songwriter Harrison Storm and chat about recording his debut EP Sense of Home, and moving to Melbourne to pursue music.
After just releasing their second album Wellness, and the AU's Aidan Hogg spoke to Last Dinosaurs' singer Sean Caskey about touring internationally, being hungover at Splendour and the writing and recording process of their new record.
Photo by Daniel Boczarski, backstage at Lollapalooza
From touring the USA, electronic duo Peking Duk are gearing up for this year’s Stereosonic playing among the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso and DJ Snake. They have undoubtedly killed it these past couple of years with the success of their singles “High”, “Take Me Over” and now with their new single “Say My Name”. We had a chat to Reuben about the origin of their name, David Hasselhoff and of course Stereosonic.
Long-haired Melbourne troubadour Tim Wheatley has just released his debut solo album Cast of Yesterday, delving into the past and unearthing touching sentimentality. On the cusp of launching the LP at The Grace Darling on August 30 (tickets here), Wheatley is preparing to wrap up his national dates and jet overseas to the USA. Taking a quick break from his busy life, he lets us in on his latest release and everything that comes with it.
In our 73rd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet the adorable and charming Sasha McVeigh from Nashville (by way of the UK), and chat about being a British country singer in the USA, Dolly Parton to Elvis and get a sneak peak at her latest track ‘Someone To Break My Heart’.
After the success of his first single “This is Afrika”, hip-hop artist Zii is back with a new single titled “Belief” featuring Natalie Ruiz. Having lived in Australia for just over 10 years, this new track expresses Zii’s journey which has been fueled by his faith. Click through to read our interview with Zii in full, where he discusses collaborations, plans for the future and more...
Editor's Update: Not long after posting this interview, the band announced they would be cancelling their Australian tour. However, the interview remains here for your enjoyment. Please just ignore the dates at the end.
Social media has provided a myriad of new opportunities for today's band; from Facebook to Twitter, we see the music industry constantly evolving through the instant connection brought by the Internet. Enter Modern Baseball - a band who fuse together the genres of emo and pop punk, containing infectious guitar hooks and emotive lyrics which tamper on subjects of love and heartache. The band have successfully garnered a loyal fanbase and founding member and primary vocalist, Brendan Lukens had a lot to say about the band’s current achievements when I spoke to him ahead of their upcoming Australian tour.
In our 72nd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Scottish rockers Monogram and chat about the summer festival circuit, How to Train Your Dragon and their release Anno.