US late night talk shows are a showcase of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing we see before we go to sleep. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers. Our own talk show fiend Lachlan scours the masses of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan and now The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brings us the second list of the top 5 standout music performances from US late night talk shows of last week!
Today, the AU brings you episode number 43 in the Project24 series. Executed by Blueroom Productions, the project sees a band/artist perform during a special session which is filmed live, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered in 24 hours. In this installment, Melbourne's Closure in Moscow step up to the plate and perform from Jungle Love Fest.
In celebration of Record Store Day, which is happening around the world tomorrow, we bring you this special video of Perth band The Love Junkies at Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas, as they spend an afternoon record shopping after their crazy week at SXSW. While there they share with us some of their favourite music and probably spend a little too much money along the way... something everyone should do tomorrow!
Paul Mac takes the AU review on a tour of his favourite spots in Sydney's inner west suburb Newtown. Starting at South End for "the best coffee", and finishing up at Sydney Park, Paul tells us about his experiences living in Newtown. He says: "(Newtown) is just really free. I can wear whatever I want, I can walk down the street holding my boyfriend's hand, I could do whatever - be dressed any way and I feel safe here... because the freaks are in the majority. It's a really nice neighbourhood and has a really good community feeling..."
Ahead of tomorrow's Hottest 100 countdown, we ask The Preatures, Ball Park Music and Tkay Maidza to talk about the first time they heard themselves or their band on triple j. We also talk to KLP about the first time she hosted House Party... Filmed during the radio station's 40th anniversary celebrations in Sydney: Beat The Drum.
the AU review asks The Preatures, Ball Park Music and KLP to talk about their earliest memories of listening to triple j. Do they remember the first time the listened to the station? Filmed last week during the radio station's 40th anniversary celebrations in Sydney: Beat The Drum.
the AU review was backstage at triple j's Beat The Drum concert, held in the Domain in Sydney on Friday, January 16th. Celebrating the iconic youth broadcaster's 40th Birthday. While there, we spoke to The Preatures, KLP, Tkay Maidza and Ball Park Music about their performances at the event - who they were going to perform with, what their experiences were like (so far) and more...
We've been deliberately trying to avoid taking part in the whole "Taylor Swift for Hottest 100" debate because, frankly, too many people were talking about it and it was a bandwagon we didn't want to be a part of. We're glad people are talking about Australian music though (as a byproduct) and ultimately, we just want to see great Australian artists get supported by the public and therefore the countdown. So that's our two cents... but then we got sent this video and knew we had to post it. It's pretty hilarious.
The AU Awards may have come an gone earlier this month, we're excited to be ending the year by bringing you some footage from the intimate Sydney event, in case you couldn't make it yourself! In the first highlights clip, watch Steve Smyth accept his award for NSW Voice of the Year as well as Cloud Control's Heidi Lenffer for Instrumentalist of the Year and Holy Holy's manager Jess Beston accept the Heatseeker award on their behalf.
Hip-hop legends 1200 Techniques recently announced their return, with their new EP Time Has Come being revealed and slated for a January 23rd release. Fans have already gotten a taste of the new material, with the "Time Has Come" single dropping through Rubber Records earlier this week.
The AU is excited to bring you the premiere of the latest installment - number 39 no less - of the Project24 series. A video project that brings you a new live video on the 24th of each month, with each video performed live, recorded, filmed, mixed, mastered and edited... in 24 hours. This month we see Sabrina Lawrie & The Hunting Party performing their track "From The Edge". Watch it now!
In 2006, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger called it quits on a band they "started out of boredom and necessity". That band was Death From Above 1979. In 2011, after five years of silence between them, they reunited for Coachella - and as we now know, this went pretty well. The new documentary Life After Death From Above 1979 directed by Eva Michon tells the story their rise, break-up, and coming back from the dead, and we're proud to bring you this exclusive clip from the film, which is available now. Watch it here:
Megan Washington performed threee seperate pop up shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney over the weekend to promote her latest album "There There". This special 30 minute set captured at Westfield Sydney includes new tracks "Begin Again" and "To Or Not Let Go" plus a few favourites from her previous record.
In parts two and three of our In The Studio... video interview series with Sydney's Katalyst, we delve deeper into his career, festivals, his past and future - plus, Katalyst reflects on the Quakers track "War Drums" with Guilty Simpson.
"In some ways it's better to take the money from a brand (than a record label)... because you don't have to pay the money back". "We've done the whole having no money thing, and it's not romantic". "I'm not going to feel like a sell out until I've stopped driving my Mum's Yaris".
How do bands survive in today's digital age? What does it mean to "sell out"? A new 10 minute documentary - The Truth About Money in Music - from Director Dan Graetz has emerged this week, talking to Australian musicians asking them these very questions. The responses are honest and the short film that results is a much watch for anyone who appreciates music - and in particular, the plight of the everyday musician.