Melbourne's Oh Mercy will be back on the road this August and September, the first time in a little while fans have seen the band headline venues around the country. Showing off their new album in When We Talk About Love, Oh Mercy is looking to be one of the most personal collections of music Alex Gow has written yet and, as we know of the songwriter's efforts in the past, when he channels those feelings, the result is often stirring, arresting and just plain stunning to listen to.
One of our favourite Australian artists, Fraser A Gorman, is going to be releasing his much awaited debut album Slow Gum this July but already, we've been digging his single "Shiny Gun", taken for the record. If you've seen Gorman perform, you'll note that his talent as a live performer is one that is definitely unique and intriguing. His blend of folk and country-soul music has seen him compared to some of the great troubadours and rightly so, Gorman is a storyteller who has been channelling some great vibes on stages around the world.
The Maccabees' fourth studio album Marks to Prove It is getting closer and closer to being released and by this stage, fans are getting to the chomping at the bit, ravenous for any new updates level of anticipation. Thankfully, the band have delivered - the music video for the eponymous lead single has been released and as many may have expected from the British group, it's a stunning indication of what we can be expecting from the new album.
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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.
Birds of Tokyo have embraced their pop sound, and they’ve done it really well. Their new song "Anchor" was released a few weeks ago, and it now has a visually stunning video which was directed by Australian born, Los Angeles based Kris Moyes. Give it a watch here...
All you need to do is take a look at the above photo and assume that whatever is to follow is going to be a bit of a trip. Norwegian band The Fjords have been making a bit of a stir around the place recently, landing themselves radio play on the likes of BBC Radio 1 and XFM in the UK while Channel [V] and SYN have also had their heads turned on the local front. We recently were switched on to their new music video for "All In" and instantly had to share it. If you love your video games, this may be right up your alley.
Sydney artist Brendan Maclean performs a cover of Robyn's "Dancing on my Own" live and unplugged at The AU Sessions #003 in Sydney, Australia. The AU Sessions is a monthly acoustic sessions series that happens at The Hive Bar in Erskineville. Watch Brendan Maclean's performance below before checking out who's playing next at Sessions #004...
Surfer Blood have been favourites of the AU's for some time now and, like many others, our hearts went out to the band when news of Thomas Fekete's cancer treatment broke recently. The support the band has seen from not only their peers, but the fans around the globe has been nothing short of incredible and the band have remained tight throughout. Amid everything happening, Surfer Blood have announced a special benefit show for Fekete, a full US album tour and the release of their latest film clip, this time for "I Can't Explain".
Hopium have to be one of the most exciting and intriguing acts coming up and out of Australia at the minute. Sure, they may have only made their splash in 2014 with the Triple J Hottest 100 charter "Dreamers" and also the excellent "Cut", but the well-crafted pieces of music haven't stopped being turned out by Hopium and we're once again left listening thinking, 'Wow - this is something special'. The latest Hopium track, "Right Now", saw a stunning music video released and it's just great to watch as this polished production of the song itself soars. "Right Now" sees Hopium link up with the maestro that is M-Phazes, so you may not be totally surprised when you take this one for a spin and pick up on his undeniable flair that has been applied to this piece of music.
Sydney's The Art have recently unveiled their new music video for the great track, "Dead Inside"! A dark beauty revolves around the band's fusion of punk and classic rock sensibilities and it's one that comes through the lyrics brilliantly. "Dead Inside" was recorded and produced by Stevie Knight at Electro Sun Studios in Sydney, while the film clip was made by Sydney filmmaker and videographer Oliver Heath.
There is an ever increasing amount of great music, from all genres, coming out of Scotland these days. Glasgow’s Kill the Waves are one such band; having recently released their debut album The One That Could Have Been on April 20th the band are set to release their new single “The Oak Tree” and accompanying music video this Friday. We're proud to bring it to you a day earlier as an exclusive premiere on the AU.
Sydney musician Goldheist was one of the talents we showcased as part of our acoustic sessions event recently and we're happy to be getting back on board with Hester Fraser in premiering her new music video for the entrancing single, "Dragons". The song has been included in the soundtrack for art house film Beijing Being, directed by Australian director Emma Jaay and as you can tell by listening and now watching, the single has a strong narrative of its own.
Let's be real, King Parrot aren't a band to hold punches. The music video for latest track "Home is Where the Gutter is" definitely falls in line with this ethos. Known now for creating music and videos that are well and truly gnarly and out there, King Parrot have gone and created something, well, special, for this single. And we love it.
Two members of Sydney hip hop collective One Day, Joyride and Jackie Onassis' Raph Lauren, have formed The Meeting Tree, a duo that seems hellbent on taking the best parts of contemporary hip hop, trap, and pop and using them to dominate the scene. Their horn-heavy, refrain-heavy single "r u a cop?", a collaboration with Adam "Adamio" Hyde of Peking Duk has been given a video fun and confusing enough that it's our Music Video of the Day. Watch below
Brad Butcher has been touring his latest album Jamestown around the place since March and while the singer songwriter was in Sydney near the end of April, we were able to be treated to a great acoustic performance. Filmed in a Sydney park, the APRA New Songwriter Finalist performs his single "Simple Things" - a coming of age song, as he describes it - for the AU as part of our exclusive AU Sessions.