Multi-talented pop star Kiesza will be headlining to hotly anticipated Harbour Party this Saturday 28th February in one of Sydney's most loved locations - Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point. The unrivaled view will set the scene for one of the most lavish and talked about parties of the year, as is the case each year when this event rolls around.
Photo: Gabriel Green
We've still got a few months before alt-J return to Australian shores, but in the meantime, the British band have unveiled their latest music video for "Pusher" - an evocative number from their latest album, This Is All Yours. An idea by the band's frontman Joe Newman and director Thomas Rhazi, the video is dark, thought provoking and arresting.
In This Issue: This week is showing a penchant for profile shots with releases from Tobias Jesso, Karin Park and Daniel Avery. There's also the latest collaboration from Xavier Rudd and his team for those craving a good dose of earthy instrumental vibes. First up however is the singer who specialised in crazy cute relationship songs before Swifty hit the scene.
Aussie indie band British India are releasing their brand new record Nothing Touches Me on Friday, March 13. The fifth studio album will feature recent single “Wrong Direction” and their new track, "Suddenly". In support of the release, the band have just announced an eighteen date Australian tour, spanning from Darwin to Hobart.
The discerning folk from Astral People have brought one of contemporary hip hop's finest, Freddie Gibbs, back down to Australia for a very in-demand tour, playing in smaller, intimate venues to complement his very underground hip hop sound. Gibbs has come a longer way than his time in the spotlight would suggest, with him only really hitting a worldwide audience following his acclaimed 2010 mixtape Str8 Killa No Filla. What fans see before them now is a rapper with a world of confidence behind him, using that air of authenticity and his rough and tough street-minded raps to adapt to any beat that's thrown at him. That's why his 2014 collaboration album with Madlib, Piñata, worked so very well; that's why this first Sydney show was completely sold out.
Andrew Wade captures Foo Fighters' first Australian per-foo-mance of the Australian tour, supported by Rise Against and The Delta Riggs!
Artist Tongues, a member of Glasgow band Kill the Waves, has released a new single, "Anymore", staking claim as one of the more interesting pop-electronica artists around right now. The slow, two-stepping beat is reason enough to chuck this on your favourites playlist, recalling 80s electronica and giving us a fun little, melismatic hook to welcome into our heads.
Sydney's Why We Run have debuted their film clip for their new single, "Comfortable Lie", a track which has been generating favourable response since its release last Monday. You may be familiar with Why We Run in their previous incarnation as Cogel, but if you're not, this is a great introduction to the type of music we can be expecting.
Recently, Spanish band Hinds, FKA Deers sat down at the AU review HQ to chat about their upcoming tour in Australia and the highlights of traveling the world, (though they can’t pinpoint just one), “Every time we choose a highlight, the next week we have another one.” Embarking on their first tour outside of Europe, Hinds are hitting up Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, calling it “the biggest thing we’ve done.”
The second massive day of the Soundwave Festival hit Adelaide with another scorcher. Slipknot and Marilyn Manson headlined the main stage, but there was plenty more from The Smashing Pumpkins, Judas Priest, smoking hot band The Butcher Babies plus Japanese hardcore bands Coldrain and Crossfaith. John Goodridge was front and centre to bring you this collection of photos.
Perhaps the best sign that the Future Music Festival is just around the corner is the news that Drake has finally landed on Australian soil. The hip-hop star makes his debut Australian appearances on the 2015 festival tour, as well as some highly anticipated headlines shows around the country also on his busy schedule. To keep that party rolling, Drake will host an exclusive Future Music Festival after party at the Sydney venue following the festival wrapping up in the city on Saturday night.
Rebecca Houlden brings us photos from the second day of Soundwave Festival in Melbourne, with the likes of Faith No More, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, Fear Factory, Soundgarden, Hollywood Undead, Incubus and many more...
Old Man River is back! He releases a roots-soaked track in "One Step" and the film clip that accompanies is a few minutes of cheeky, dancing around in your underwear fun. Starring Tiah Eckhardt and produced by Jamie Hilton, "One Step" marks Ohad Rein's second collaboration with director Spencer Susser. It's good to see Old Man River releasing some new stuff - keen to see what else he has on the horizon!
The duo of Willow Beats are mysterious musical makers. Unconventional recording techniques are creeping into their songwriting methods, which in turn are making some of their work the most unique dance music to come out of Australia for a while. Narayana from the duo chatted to The AU Review ahead of their shows at WOMADelaide next month.
I've loved Okenyo's music for a while now and I'm really happy to see she's garnering more acclaim; that soulful voice, those playful melodies over some gorgeous beats and production...she's a dynamite package. The Sydney artist releases her new single "Just A Story" today and again, Okenyo hits the nail on the head. Lyrically, it's clever and catchy, with the arrangement once again marrying some light with great neo-soul licks of influence that's made Okenyo a definite artist to watch.