It was a huge night for Australian music in Singapore when the annual Aussie BBQ - put on by the fine folks at Sounds Australia - took over the Beer Market in Clarke Quay on Friday night. Ten artists from around the country made up the night, kicking things off early with Melbourne's Dru Chen before introducing us to the likes of Angus Dawson and Alice Springs artist Dave Crowe, who performed his keys drenched material with a drummer.
The Peep Tempel blasted through their home town on their first national headline tour "Gettin' On By", selling out Brunswick venue, Howler while supported by YIS and Pselodux. Tony Proudfoot snapped for the AU Review!
Today's second announcement for Soulfest 2015 was a big one. Headlined by Lauryn Hill and Miguel the list of acts joining the already announced artists once again positions Soulfest as a dream come true for hip hop, soul, and R&B fans around Australia. Come October, we're going to be witnessing two of the strongest female presences in music history lead a diverse and great line-up that spans from the 70s all the way to now.
Craig David, that guy who absolutely dominated the charts back in the early 2000's with tracks like "Seven Days" and "Walking Away", is popping down to Australia later this year. Announced via his project TS5, the UK artist will be touring across Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney for a round of club shows behind the decks.
From hanging out with SXSW pals Far Away Stables and wrapping up her shows at Canadian Music Week with Sounds Australia's Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ, Demi Louise shares in her final part of her tour diary how much of fun time she had exploring the beauty of Canadian culture by going to a Blue-Jays Game as well as appreciating the amazingly nice people that she met who made her feel at home...
Their last single was one of the top 20 most played tracks on Triple J, and Brisbane’s The Belligerents have returned with a killer new single, “Voices”. They’ve also given us a bunch of new tour dates to follow up their announcement that they’ll be playing Big Pineapple Music Festival this year. Listen to “Voices” below.
The Jungle Giants played a sold out show at the Oxford Art Factory over the weekend - check out these photos from the night, snapped by Bruce Baker!
The Smith Street Band, along with their record label Poison City Records, are bringing I Love Life, a mini-festival stuffed with awesome local and international bands, to Sydney and Brisbane this September.
In our 50th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Brisbane's Black Limousine, and chat about their upcoming self-titled EP and performing dirty blues pop through to retro alt. country and classic blues.
Second line up announcements for music festivals are traditionally on a somewhat lower scale than the first announcement. Not this one though. Joining the already massive announcement of Mary J Blige as headliner for Soulfest will be none other than Ms Lauryn Hill.
Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, embodies the three pillars of Vivid Sydney, so it's surprising that it has taken this long for the now world renowned festival of light, music, and ideas to lure him to Australia. In giving Jenkinson the John Sutherland Theatre, an intimate theatre in the Sydney Opera House, to showcase two hours of electronic mastery, Vivid Live delivered us quite the exciting journey into high-end technology, immersive visuals, and productions focusing on Squarepusher's latest album Damogen Furies.
While winter has probably arrived a bit early, with Thredbo seeing 25cm of snow fall since last Saturday, the official start of the winter season at one of the most famous snow-filled destinations in Australia is still set to kick off over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. As always, Thredbo is packing the weekend with a massive schedule of parties, events, and celebrations to usher in the official start of the season and hopefully make this winter the resort's biggest yet.
Photo: Daniel Boud
It’s the hardest part of being an artist – letting go of your work – and Sufjan Stevens lets go all the way. In the first of his performances for Vivid 2015, he transformed the Concert Hall into a mesmerising montage of his life’s narrative. First thought when the lights came on is that it had to be this venue – such a large sound compared to the record and the seating meant that most of the crowd didn’t hold up their smartphones for the entire show.
Motley Crue brought their final tour through Adelaide on Thursday night. With Alice Cooper also on the bill, you knew it was going to be a night to remember. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.
East Coast rap giant A$AP Rocky is almost ready to unleash his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, and has already pushed several tracks out to the world. We've already heard impressive sounds like "L$D" and "Beef" but this one just about takes the cake. "Electric Body" with the equally unstoppable ScHoolboy Q is an exciting display from both artists as they ride over a constantly evolving production. DJ Envy pops up every now and again to remind us that this is a leak.