Future Islands (Baltimore) talk defying musical expectations, influences and death metal music at Laneway Festival.

Last weekend, the AU review sat backstage with American synth-pop band Future Islands at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore. In part two of the interview with the Baltimore natives, they talk about their writing influences, their most recent album Singles and the band reveals how they’ve managed to defy musical expectations.

Stumbled Upon #018 - Daryl James (Brisbane, Australia)

Photo: Lizz Maggs Photography

In our 18th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet North Wales’ born and now Brisbane local Daryl James , and chat about arriving in Brisbane with nothing to spare to playing a series of shows at the Brooklyn Standard.

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Kim Churchill backstage at Lorne!

Photo: John Goodridge

January has been a huge month for Kim Churchill, with the multi-talented performer taking his new single "Single Spark" around the country over the past few weeks. We were blown away by his performance over New Year's at the Falls Festival and were lucky enough to snare some of the blonde troubadour extraordinaire's time at Lorne.

Mac DeMarco talks about teeth, crowdsurfing and sings The Grateful Dead backstage at Laneway Singapore

Last weekend the AU review had the opportunity to sit in a media conference with Canada's Mac Demarco at Laneway Festival in Singapore. Mac talks of his infamous gap tooth and his guilty pleasures - like enjoying listening to Coldplay - despite the strange reactions he may get.

the AU interview: Xavier Rudd (VIC) chats about his new album, 'Nanna', and working with new band, the United Nations!

Xavier Rudd has just finished recording his eighth studio album, Nanna, with his new band United Nations. John Goodridge chats to Xavier about the spirituality behind the album and how it all came together.

Watch Royal Blood chat to media backstage at Laneway Festival about Rock n Roll, Music Criticism and more.

Last weekend, the AU review had the opportunity to sit in a media conference with UK rock duo, Royal Blood, at Laneway Festival in Singapore. The duo discuss the greatness of being in a popular rock band and admitting the best part is to "throw our (their) equipment around".

Little Dragon (Sweden) talk about their musical journey, influences and being away from home at Laneway Singapore

Last weekend, the AU review had the opportunity to sit in a media conference with Swedish outfit Little Dragon at Laneway Festival in Singapore. The band discuss their musical journey up until now, admitting that they are on the right path and their love for playing music... despite it taking a long time to develop.

the AU interview: J and T from Jungle (UK) talks about Australia - "The Happy England" - at Laneway Singapore

Last weekend the AU review had the opportunity to chat to J and T from UK's Jungle at Laneway Festival in Singapore. The boys talk about their love of touring Australia - "The Happy England". They discuss how it's the most amazing feeling to have people connecting to their music and let us in on what we can expect from their Laneway sets...

the AU interview: Vic Mensa (Chicago) speaks on his debut album, Laneway Festival, the Chicago music scene, Kaytranada, SAVEMONEY, and more

Chicago artist Vic Mensa is coming off a strong year, with both "Down On My Luck" and "Wimme Nah" receiving nods from critics and fans the world over for their refreshing, anthemic sounds. Armed with a whole heap of material both new and old, Vic performs on our side of the world for the first time as part of St Jermone's Laneway Festival. Following his recent performance at the Auckland leg of the festival, we caught up with Mensa soon after he touched down in Brisbane to chat about his shows, the direction of his debut full-length album Traffic, the Chicago music scene, his collective SAVEMONEY, and more.

Stumbled Upon #017 - World Wild (Adelaide)

In our 17th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Adelaide's latest synth pop minstrel World Wild , and chat about being in a band full of his friends and his latest release, ‘Coast to Coast’.

Angus and Julia Stone (Sydney) discuss "indie music", future touring & album plans and Rick Rubin at Laneway Singapore

This past weekend the AU review had the opportunity to sit in a media conference with Australia's folk brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone at Laneway Festival in Singapore.

the AU interview: Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (US) on his connection with Australia & pulling off 'Somewhere Under Wonderland'.

Counting Crows are set to make their Australian return this April, following their announcement on this year's Bluesfest line up. No strangers to this part of the world, the Californians have fit in a run of headline dates on either side of the Byron Bay festival, which will see them bring their latest album Somewhere Under Wonderland to audiences here for the first time, as well as their catalogues of hits, natuarally! Frontman Adam Duritz doesn't downplay the appeal of their upcoming trip, regardless of how well-seasoned a travelling band Counting Crows now are.

Jon Hopkins (UK) talks about his musical process, dream collaborations and more backstage at Laneway Singapore

This past weekend the AU review had the opportunity to sit in a media conference with UK's Jon Hopkins at Laneway Festival in Singapore. He talks about his definition of 'indie' music as being more "independently spirited music" and "music that's a little more messier and free".

Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) chats backstage at Laneway Festival in Singapore with drummer Dave Mundie

This weekend the AU review sat down amongst other media with Melbourne’s singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett (accompanied by drummer Dave Mundie) at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore. Together we find out which city Barnett refers to as ‘the best place in the world.’ They discuss the origin of Barnett’s witty lyrics and she reveals how sarcasm has become her safety net. They go on to talk about her angst-ridden teen years and her love for 90’s grunge band, Nirvana.

the AU interview: Ratking (New York) talk Laneway, New York Hip Hop and their upcoming free record.

the AU review sits down with Wiki and Sporting Life from New York's Ratking to chat about their Australian tour with Laneway Festival, the New York Hip Hop Scene, their upcoming album release - which will be dropping for free next month (February 2015). Find out all the details here: