Playing their first Australian show since the departure of founding member Chris Walla, Death Cab for Cutie show no signs of abandoning their beloved roots.
Nathan Williams and Dylan Baldi are two sides of the same coin. Both artists released their first two records from their parent’s garage and basements, to slowly amass a following. Both took this success to bolster their ranks, expanding into full band formations and release more expansive critically acclaimed and commercially successful records. Williams on King of The Beach; Baldi on Attack On Memory.
Recently Azealia Banks claimed that Australians are a “terrible crowd to play for,” but this statement starkly contrasts the atmosphere at her Splendour in The Grass sideshow in Melbourne on Sunday night.
It's that time of year again as tens of thousands of people head to Chicago's Grant Park for the iconic Lollapalooza festival - a three day music festival that's considered one of the finest in the world. Headlining this year we have Paul McCartney, Metallica and recent Australian visitors Florence + The Machine. You may have heard of them. But the headliners aren't the only bands worth seeing at the event - over the next few days, we're going to bring you five bands you can't miss for every day of the event, starting with, naturally, Friday! Naturally, you have to see Paul McCartney... after all, Kanye discovered him. But here are five of the best of the rest:
Front man Matthew Murphy from Liverpool's electro-pop trio The Wombats caught up with Johnny moments before going on stage in front of a crowded house at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. No strangers to a sold out show in Sydney, hear what Murph had to say on these dedicated crowds and their experience at Splendour In The Grass..
Photo taken at 170 Russell, Melbourne by Rebecca Houlden
MS MR returned to Sydney to play a Splendour in the Grass sideshow to adoring fans at The Metro Theatre.
Big Scary have today released a brand new single in "Organism" and it's made us realise how much we've missed Tom and Jo! The Melbourne duo have always been known for producing some stellar pieces of inventive pop music and this single is another example of their exciting and unique take on the genre. Having been working on their new album and putting the final bits and pieces together, "Organism" is a great glimpse into what's still to come.
On Saturday evening, Gurrumul took to the stage at the National Indigenous Music Awards to enthusiastic applause. Led out to his seat and guitar by collaborator, Skinnyfish's Michael Hohnen, the worldwide acclaimed performer debuted three songs from his highly anticipated new record, The Gospel Album. As the audience watched on, Gurrumul's voice filled the ampitheatre and the haunting beauty behind the delivery of each lyric hung in the air. As we look ahead to his national theatre tour, this performance was a special glimpse as to what thousands are about to experience.
Kimbra knows how to make great pop music, and she also knows who to work with the make the videos stunning. The new video for “Gold Mine”, lifted off her incredible second album The Golden Echo was filmed in Berlin and directed by fellow New Zealander’s Chester Travis and Timothy Armstrong, and is the most vibrant black and white video you’ll ever see.
© Gwendolyn Lee for the AU review.
In the country as part of the three day mud fest that was Splendour In The Grass, The Wombats continued the fine form and amphitheatre filling music they performed on Saturday night with their own headlining spot at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.