Icelandic folk-pop sprite Ásgeir kick started the night, charming the impatient crowd with an acapella lullaby in his native tongue before emerging from the dark. A nonchalant calm radiated from the frontman and his supporting four-piece, all indulging full Nordic beards bar one.
One of our favourite groups here at the AU are Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders, and on Friday night they were joined by Alex Cameron to play The Brightside in Brisbane. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos from the night!
Melbourne metal lords King Parrot celebrated the release of their new album Dead Set by playing a blistering show in Adelaide on Friday night, accompanied by Victorian comrades High Tension. Lauren Connelly went and checked out the riffs.
Japanese pop-rock duo moumoon helped bring iconic British festival The Great Escape - held annually in Brighton and now in its tenth year - to an end yesterday, performing their second and final performance at the event in the intimate Brighton Museum.
Gang of Youths celebrated the launch of their new album The Positions with a sold out Oxford Art Factory gig in Sydney last Friday night. The boys gave a taste of the new album with a cover of Joni Mitchell's 'A Case of You' thrown in. Supports were ECCA VANDAL and Big White. Photos by Johnny Au.
Nobody really knows what to expect from a BABYMETAL show. After finally having witnessed the frantic craziness of one, I’m still left wondering what was faster; the trio of black and red-clad idols dashing around the stage with limitless energy, or the assaulting banging of double kick drums hitting so hard you feel like your insides are being pummeled. In the end it doesn’t really matter as strangely enough the mix of the two seem to work together so well, and it’s clearly what makes the “kawaii metal” act so successful.
Adelaide pop-rock band At Sunsethave well and truly earned a name for themselves in the music scene this year, working with acts as big as Hot Chelle Rae and Ed Sheeran. The boys have recently released their new single "Every Little Thing", so we thought we'd catch up with one of the three members, Harrison Kantarias, and have a chat about things.
Photo: Hugh Black
Adelaide's West Thebarton Brothel Party will be launching their new track "Misophonia" as part of Clarity Records' epic birthday celebrations set to take over Adelaide's east end tomorrow - if you've not seen the film clip for the single, check it out today. The garage rockers show off their city with the video showing them at a number of Adelaide sites that locals and music fans from the area will know - all too - well.
We can't wait to get back to Singapore for the Music Matters Live Festival this month! With the spotlight on Singapore, bands from around the world will be heading to Asia to showcase their tunes and meet other industry members from different areas of the business. Australia has always maintained a strong presence at the festival and we're keen to see how the below artists in particular fare. Of course, heading to Asia means getting to see some of the biggest up and coming and established artists doing their thing in their own territory - stay tuned to the AU and Hello Asia! for extensive coverage on both fronts.
Officially released tomorrow, we're happy to be premiering the new single by Melbourne's Bears on the AU today! The track, "Our Own Way", is another dreamy pop cut from the band who have drawn comparisons and influences with the likes of POND, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Tame Impala in the past. Taken from their forthcoming EP, "Our Own Way" is a killer follow up to their last release in "Little Fun" and offers a cool little insight into what we may be seeing expanded upon on their debut EP release.
Today marked the first day of The Great Escape in Brighton, England for 2015. Now in its 10th year, the festival was completely sold out for the third consecutive year - with both delegate passes and live music only wristbands flying out the door. The calibre of artists showcasing today proved why this was the case. Here are just some of our highlights from the first day of the event:
The Music Matter Live 2015 Music Festival in Singapore has announced their FULL list of performing artists from the Asia region. The second announcement included an assortment of artists from countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Kuwait. Music Matters Live runs from May 20 - 23 from 7pm onwards in the Clarke Quay precinct in Singapore.
In our 47th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Bristol's Meadowlark and chat about experimenting with their sound and their second EP, Dual, which is out now.
In This Issue: we have the news about Phil Collins' new catalogue deal, ARIA's new Audio & Visual charts, and Rdio's latest streaming initiative, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their brilliant record Themata, Karnivool have been ensuring that these headline shows are ones to remember. Kenny and the boys wrapped a three-night stint in Melbourne this week, killing it at The Corner Hotel each time. Rebecca Houlden brings us these shots of the second show alongside Cairo Knife Fight.