Photo: Andrew Wade captures DZ Deathrays at the Bovine Sex Club during CMW 2012.
Tomorrow, the ten day Canadian Music Week festival kicks of in Toronto, Canada. Australia is the focus country of the event this year, and as part of the celebrations, there will be three major showcases of Australian talent. Two of which are being put on by our friends at Sounds Australia, and the other by Footstomp Music in partnership with us here at the AU review!
Photographer: Belinda Dipalo
ALVVAYS, Caribou (pictured), Mac DeMarco and Death From Above 1979 are among the nominees across 26 categories for the 2015 SiriusXM Indies - the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre on May 9th as part of Canadian Music Week.
For the first time ever, and with Australia as its Spotlight Country for 2015, the AU review is partnering up with Footstomp Music to throw a massive party as part of Toronto music conference and festival Canadian Music Week next month. Nine incredible Australian acts are set to showcase at the event, to be held at one of Toronto's finest venues, The Painted Lady, on Thursday, May 7th - with entry completely free! Here's the lineup!
The first 40 bands have been announced for the annual Music Matters LIVE showcasing festival in Singapore, featuring 11 bands from Australia and a group of musicians from all over the world. Russia, Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, Vietnam, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and even Kuwait are among the countries represented in this first announcement, with more names still to come.
It's no secret that Holy Holy have become strong favourites on the live scene in Australia over the past year. With the growth of the band in the addition of Ryan Strathie, Graham Ritchie and Matt Redlich to the permanent tour line up, Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson have been able to further develop the Holy Holy sound on the live front and it wasn't going to be long before they took it beyond Australian venues. This May, Holy Holy will be heading to the UK where they'll be touring through the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. The news comes off the back of the announcement of their new single, "You Cannot Call for Love Like a Dog", which has seen Holy Holy harness this larger sound developed through a large amount of live shows, and represent it on record.
We're excited to be heading over to Ottawa Bluesfest for the first time this July, and in the last couple of weeks the festival has announced its massive lineup, with Kanye West among the many, many major names to grace the event's stages from July 8th to the 19th.
Sydney post-rock band sleepmakeswaves have announced more dates for their extensive ‘Great Northern’ tour, which stretches across Australia, New Zealand and 20 other countries this March to June.
Brighton, UK based Festival The Great Escape has completed its 2015 lineup. Adding to the likes of Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest and Skepta and JME are The Cribs, frontman turned soloist Gaz Coombes, Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza, Afrikan Boy, Hyena, Tropics, Hollysiz Australian Electro Pop outfit KLO, Tora and more.
With SXSW at an end, the music world is looking ahead to the rest of the major festivals to take over America this year. Following the announcement of Outside Lands in San Francisco earlier this week (see that lineup HERE), it's now Lollapalooza's turn - the iconic Chicago festival set to take place from July 31st until August 2nd. This year, Beatles legend Paul McCartney will join Metallica and Florence + the Machine as headliners for the festival - which at the time of publishing has already sold out of single and 3-Day passes (some VIP and Travel Packages are still left, however).
The third annual Grulke Prize has been awarded in three categories to some of the showcasing artists taking part in SXSW this year. The special accolade, created in honour of the late Brent Grulke, who was the Creative Director of the SXSW Music Festival, recognises artists from both the US and abroad who have shown considerable promise and have been breaking ground with their creativity and music. This year, Courtney Barnett has taken out the 'Developing non-US Act', noted as a 'boundary pushing breakout performer'.
The spotlight was strictly on Australian music at the 2015 APRA Music Awards, which saw some stunning performances from new and old locals as those who have driven Australian music forward, whether in current or past generations, were honoured. Unsurprisingly world-dominating singer-songwriter Sia - who sadly couldn't attend the ceremony in person - walked away with two of the biggest awards, trying at two wins with ubiquitous family band Sheppard.
Headlined by Swedish pop star Tove Lo, Perez Hilton's 'One Night In Austin' closed out the Saturday, and essentially the last night, of SXSW for 2015. His eighth year of hosting the showcase, with all proceeds going to charity, Hilton personally chooses the lineup himself, based on artists that he's featured on his website - and artists that he thinks are about to break.
For the 8th consecutive year, Rachael Ray's Feedback Party took over Stubb's BBQ for the final afternoon of SXSW, seeing a mix of bands from around the world play across three stages, while four Rachael Ray recipes (which you can see HERE), were enjoyed by the masses (you have to try the tacos!) - some of whom had lined up since the early hours of the morning to get their position in what has become one of the most popular and anticipated events of SXSW each and every year.
For the last four days, the Pandora Discovery Den at SXSW has been taking audiences through the world of music, starting with Electronic, moving through Hip Hop, Americana and closing the week out with a day dedicated to Rock. Performing through the final day were artists like Big Data - who earlier in the day also rocked the Rachael Ray Feedback Party at Stubb's - Joywave, Ex Cops, Zella Day, Priory and Palma Violets.
As the music program of SXSW steams towards an end for 2015, the action only seems to get more intense as bands take to pop-up venues to debut new material, remind everyone of their greatness, or just simply do what they love doing the most, performing for appreciative fans. One such pop-up venue which has seen a tremendous amount of highlights at SXSW this year is Spotify House, and day five of their temporary digs has seen a surprise from none other than genre-bending gems Passion Pit.