Ethereal Splendour headliner Florence & The Machine has added a second Sydney show to the limited run of sideshows being scheduled for this month. To celebrate the release of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, this exclusive event will be an intimate show, strictly for the fans, in a secret Sydney location on Friday 24th July.
In This Issue: We look at the newly-established Australian Music Week, a new regional touring opportunity for young artists, the now-open artist applications for EMCPlay, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.
The details for the 11th Australian Music Prize (AMP) have been revealed today as the new panel of judges have entered the process of listening to the wide array of albums already submitted for the competition. With a history of recognising and promoting creative excellence within Australian music, The AMP is once again offering all eligible artists the chance to submit their 2015 released album for the opportunity to walk away with the $30,000 cash prize, courtesy of the PPCA.
Hip hop phenomenon Eminem has released his second single from the soundtrack for forthcoming film Southpaw, and this time he has hooked up with the divine Gwen Stefani who provides the calming hook. The song follows the disappointing "Phenomenal", and thankfully feels much more inspired with Slim Shady twisting rhymes about the ups and downs of fame with his signature idiosyncratic, rapid-fire flow. Listen to it below:
Sydney's Born Lion celebrate the release of their new album Final Words today and as a debut offering, the record is already picking up much acclaim for its ferocious approach to punk rock and the delivery of some truly kickass music. Released via FOUR|FOUR Music, we're going to be spinning this one in office today to kick them work-week blues and keen up for the weekend and now that the band has announced a run of album tour dates, we're even more amped to see this album given the live treatment.
Crystal Castles will continue without long-time vocalist Alice Glass, with producer-songwriter Ethan Kath dedicated to continuing the popular project by enlisting a new vocalist. The new other-half of the experimental dance duo is a woman named Edith, as mysterious as the ethereal vocals she showcased on "Frail" earlier this year. Our second taste of the new Crystal Castles comes in the form of "Deicide", a pounding rave anthem in-line with what we've come to expect, and love, from the Ethan's music.
Canberra boys SAFIA have premiered a new tune in "Embracing Me" on the j's this morning and to back it up, thwe trio also dropped news of their final headline shows for the year! It's been a big 2015 for SAFIA, with numerous shows overseas in the earlier parts of the year going down well, not to mention a few special dates at home promoting "Counting Sheep" further positing the electro/indie group as quite an exciting musical group emerging out of Australia.
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They ain't finished yet! Jebediah had so much fun on their recent 20th anniversary tour around the major capitals that they've decided to extend the celebrations for another run of dates in the regional areas! Starting with a gig in Darwin, before working their way down the east coast through to Tasmania, Jebediah will be bringing their well-received two headline sets of material to fans who have been hanging out to party with one of the country's best loved live acts.
Some more speakers have been announced to be taking part in Little BIGSOUND for its fifth year, from all different corners of the music industry. The youth music forum is going down at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane on July 27th, aimed particularly at high school and university students and already, the line up this year is looking particularly sweet. Programmed and facilitated by a group of young people who've been mentored brilliantly by Q Music, Little BIGSOUND offers the opportunity for attendees to gain some excellent insights into our growing industry and some invaluable tips to take into burgeoning careers.
After a five year hiatus, the weekly live music night The Filth has returned to Sydney and it's about to enter its second week after a successful launch with Asta, Grand Pavilion and Filthy DJs. The event is set to be held every Thursday at the The Imperial Hotel Erskineville and Friday at The Beach Rd Hotel in Bondi and this week will see B Wise and Citizen Kay bust open their round two events.
In This Issue: This week features a strong range of releases to bring some rock and pop into this officially wintry season. From Britain to the US to our own backyard enjoy this weeks array of EPs and albums!
Following his stirring BET Awards performances, Kendrick Lamar has finally released the long anticipated music video for single "Alright", taking the form a a 7-minute short film by Colin Tilley.
Following the 'save the date' announcement from OutsideIn, the innovative music festival has today revealed their first-round line up, continuing it's eclectic aesthetic and dedication to carefully curated line ups.
The rise of Courtney Barnett to internationally recognised and acclaimed songwriter and performer over the past few years has truly fascinating to watch. While we've known of her talents on the local front for some time now, being able to watch her completely entrance and hook international audiences in in recent times had us (and no doubt any other Australian in the crowd) feel pangs of pride. Over the last few days, publications have been rolling out their 2015 Best Of (so far) lists - stay tuned for the AU's - and according to Rolling Stone in the US, Barnett's "Pedestrian At Best" tune taken from her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, has taken the #1 position as the best song of 2015.
Save the date for Memory Lane, the all new music festival in Port Macquarie set to take place on Sunday October 18 2015, from 12pm until 7pm. And tickets are only fifty bucks! It will be held in the laneway behind Port Central in Port Macquarie and will provide music, food and more for all ages.