The AU Preview: May 2012

As we introduce yet another feature to The AU Review, there are plenty of things to be excited about over the next month. What are they, exactly? Well, read on…

1. Digitalism Australian Tour

For the longest time, the German duo have played across the nation at various festivals including Parklife and Field Day, but it is a rare occasion to see them perform at a standalone event. For that reason, it would be worth your while to catch them at one of their sideshows, starting from tomorrow! Tickets are available at

2. Interview with Josh Pyke

We will be speaking to Josh Pyke, one of Australia’s most prolific singer-songwriters, to catch up with him and find out what’s in the near future for the musician, as well as just looking forward to having a good ol’ chin wag. Stay tuned for more on this interview!

3. Sydney Comedy Festival (April 24 – May 12)

Some of the biggest and best comedians are touring as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival, including Stephen K Amos, Akmal Saleh, Frank Woodley, Ross Noble, Axis of Awesome and also an annual Yo Mama Battle, which promises to send you in stitches. It ends very soon, so time is running out!

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4. Vivid Sydney 2012 (May 25 – June 3)

The fourth annual festival of light, music and ideas is back once again, along with an impressive line-up featuring the likes of Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Florence & The Machine, The Temper Trap, Sufjan Stevens, Janelle Monae & The ArchAndroid Orchestra, PVT, Seekae, Zola Jesus and more. We will be there to report back with images and reviews from the festival.

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5. Tickets on sale for Splendour in the Grass sideshows

For those unfortunate souls who missed on nabbing a ticket for Splendour: have no fear… sideshows a plenty are here! You can catch The Shins, Smashing Pumpkins/Wolfmother, Lana Del Rey, Metric and more on their own and tickets should be available now to purchase. Run, don’t walk!

6. Boy & Bear ‘Remembering The Mexican’ Australian Tour

To coincide with the massive success of their debut album, Moonfire, the boys from Sydney will be extensively touring the country throughout May and a second time ’round in June to more remote locations. This means there is no excuse to miss out on seeing Boy & Bear live as they continue to move from strength to strength, amongst all their accolades.

7. Silversun Pickups release Neck of the Woods tomorrow!

After the lingering effects of Carnavas and Swoon stays fermented and familiar in our minds, it’s almost time to let in an array of new sounds as the alternative rock band decide to try something new, as demonstrated by their latest single, “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)”:

Single Stream: Silversun Pickups "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" (2012)

8. The much awaited album from Beach House, Bloom, is materialised on May 11.

It has been too long since we last heard anything from Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, otherwise known as Beach House. Well, the wait is almost over as they launch the follow up to critically acclaimed, Teen Dream. In the meantime, you can listen to their debut single “Myth” from the forthcoming Bloom here:

Single Stream: Beach House "Myth" (2012)

9. The Temper Trap’s self-titled record is out on May 18.

Ever since The Temper Trap decided to drop the phenomenal “Sweet Disposition”, the hit single has won them a few ARIA Awards for the category of Most Popular Australian Single and also Best Group, back in 2010. They are ready to rumble with a release of the new record and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

10. Ladyhawke returns with her next LP, Anxiety, which is available from May 25.

With a slew of singles in progression from “Sunday Drive” to “Black, White & Blue,” it is only a matter of weeks for Pip Brown until her album, Anxiety is unleashed upon us. In celebration of the upcoming LP, tickets for Ladyhawke’s Australian Tour in July are available through Ticketek now!