The Kill Devil Hills + Gun Street Girls + James McCann – The Corner Hotel (20.02.10)

Another Saturday night at the Corner Hotel with beers flowing and an interesting mix of people treading on my toes, eager to see the bands and spastic dance their arses off. Gun Street Girls got the party started with their fun, pub rock tunes. It was fantastic to see Dave Larkin back in action, the…

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the AU interview: Richard Lucano of One Flew East (Sydney, Australia)

Your EP Panic Notes has been rated highly by music critics across the country – are you pleased with how it has been received? It’s felt great to finally have something that represents us. It seemed like we were a band for a fair while before actually recording our first EP and we seriously went…

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The Aussie BBQ debuts in Sydney and Melbourne

If you happen to be in the States around March, you’ll notice quite an influx of Aussie bands making movements around the country. This is due to the conjoined efforts of Stage Mothers and SXSW – the latter, a showcase of bands for the world to see (in Austin), and Stage Mothers, the creators of…

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the AU interview: Dan W of Art Vs Science (Sydney, Australia)

On the back end of their Hottest 100 celebrations, we chat with Dan W (Drums/Vox) of Sydney’s Art vs Science, who are getting ready to board the Bacardi Express – and then go on to tour forever. Larry: It’s been but a few days since you guys received the number two spot in Triple J’s…

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the AU interview: Richard Lucano of One Flew East (Sydney, Australia)


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Your EP Panic Notes has been rated highly by music critics across the country – are you pleased with how it has been received?

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the AU interview: Carus Thompson (Australia) talks Creature of Habit

Carus Thompson, perhaps more recognisable to some as the front man of the folk rock group Carus and the True Believers, has moved out on his own – donning the mantle of folk troubadour. He is a stalwart of the Aussie roots and folk scene, plays over 200 gigs each year and has a passionate…

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sosume feat. Boy and Bear + DJ Joyride – Q Bar (12.02.10)

Folk rock (with an extra injection of country flair) is certainly hot property in Australia. Mumford & Sons took out the Hottest 100, The Proclaimers just dominated Australia, touring alongside the B52s, Dropkick Murphys gain more fans by the day (“I’m Shipping Up to Boston” became an AFL song last year, strangely enough) and locally…

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Summer Festival Spotlight: Week Six – Playground Weekender

Boutique festivals are few and far between in Australia – let alone ones that involve camping! It comes with great relief, therefore, that Playground Weekender is here to create an original atmosphere and an unbeatable experience for punters. Are you ready to experience this? Are you ready to party? While I personally have never made it up…

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Introducing S.L.A.M – Saving Live Australia's Music!

S.L.A.M. (Save Live Australia’s Music) is a collective of Victoria’s broader musical community who have joined forces to make their voice heard as local music becomes increasingly under threat due to these ill conceived Liquor Licensing Laws. S.L.A.M. are calling on musicians and music lovers from all genres, creeds and generations to unite together to…

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Interview: Fraser Harvey of Cameras (Sydney, Australia)

So out of the Cameras trio (made up of Fraser, Eleanor and Ben) I understand that two of you share both songwriting and vocal duties. Which two would that be, and could you give us a bit of insight as to how this process goes down? This is true – Eleanor and myself (Fraser) both…

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Album Review: Owen Pallett – Heartland (2010 LP)

Owen Pallett is not a name you will be instantly familiar with, but you will have heard his musical fingerprints all over some of the best releases of the last couple of years. He has been in constant demand for his string arrangements; recent work includes the string arrangements for The Last Shadow Puppets, Arcade…

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The Beach Boys with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Sydney Opera House (04.02.10)

Performing up to 150 shows annually, The Beach Boys remain one of the hardest working groups in show business – but tonight was the first time they’d ever played the Sydney Opera House – as they joked – “it may have taken us 50 years to play this beautiful venue – but it hasn’t even…

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Mumford and Sons + Jonathan Boulet – Oxford Art Factory (03.02.10)

Not since Franz Ferdinand, have a band made such an impact with their first ever single, that they’ve stormed right to the top of the Hottest 100 – and now only Susan Boyle can keep them from the top of the ARIA charts! Yes indeed, the London based lads that are Mumford & Sons have…

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the AU interview: Ash Grunwald (Melbourne, Australia)

On the eve of Australia Day, and his performance at the Oversea’s Passenger Terminal in Sydney, I had a chance to chat to Ash Grunwald, who’s just about to release a new live album, and continue a relentless touring schedule – this time with the Funkoars by his side. So you’ve got a new Live…

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the AU interview: Yves Klein Blue (Brisbane, Australia)

One of Australia’s favourite young talents, Yves Klein Blue, are getting ready to launch onto the Bacardi Express in March! Kat Mahina had the chance to talk to the group ahead of the tour, as they reminisce on their recording experiences in LA, and make us a bit curious as to what exactly went down…

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Philadelphia Grand Jury – The Good News (Yacht Club DJ's Remix 2010)

The UK’s legendary Club NME will be hitting our shores this month for a party night of mayhem featuring Australia’s own Philadelphia Grand Jury, Yacht Club DJ’s, Purple Sneaker’s DJ’s and a special set from Andy Rourke (The Smiths). In celebration of the impending Austral ian Tour the phenomenal Yacht Club DJ’s have put their…

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Laneway Festival – Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle (31.01.10)

It’s been a few years since I last attended the Sydney Laneway festival. As impressive as the lineups always are, I’d been content with their sideshows, knowing the negative attributes of the original venue. Having to line up for the Basement, noise restrictions making hearing bands on the main stage difficult (already made much the…

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Them Crooked Vultures + Fangs – Hordern Pavilion (27.01.10)

When it comes to “supergroups”, let’s face it: the majority have been disappointing at best. But then again, none of them had the calibre of talent that Them Crooked Vultures has at its disposal. On drums, the legendary Dave Grohl (tonight playing in the same venue he played with Nirvana back in 1992). On guitar…

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL: Rogue's Gallery – Sydney Opera House Forecourt (28.01.10)

As I sit down to write this review, I’m reading a newspaper article on Rogue’s Gallery, comprised almost entirely of reactions to the show from Twitter. Many of which seemed to be negative, and thus they argue: Sydney was outraged by the show! Since when did out-of-context comments on Twitter become a voice of authority?…

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(Larry's) Big Day Out (Blow Out) – Sydney Olympic Park (22 and 23 January 2010) – Two very big days…

I’ve done 5 days of Bluesfest, the two and a bit days of Splendour – I even did 2 V Festivals one year. I’ve done 8 consecutive nights of live music. But going to 2 Big Day Outs in a row, in Sydney, on the two hottest days of the year – I don’t think…

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the AU interview: Adam Carson of AFI (Drummer, USA)

If there’s one success story worth looking into, it’s that of A Fire Inside (AFI), a Californian alternative rock band who exploded into worldwide prominence in 2003. Little do many know, however, that this happened 12 years after they’d formed. But they’ve been unstoppable since. I recently had the opportunity to speak with drummer Adam Carson, ahead…

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Album Review: Decibully – World Travels Fast (2009 LP)

Decibully is a Milwaukee based folk-rock band, formed in 2001 by front man and general all-rounder William Seidel. World Travels Fast is their third major release, and their first on new label Listening Party Records. For a relatively young band, they have been heavily lauded thanks to their prior releases Sing Out America! and City…

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The Decemberists + Bridezilla – Beck's Festival Bar (20.01.10)

First up were Sydney’s own Bridezilla – or as Colin “Grizzly” Meloy, Decemberists unshaven frontman, called them – our local heroes! And indeed they are, continuing to impress crowds wherever they pop up… which seems to be just about everywhere at the moment, keeping the girls (and boy) very busy no doubt. We’ve spent plenty…

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Live Review: Big Day Out Festival 2010 – Gold Coast Parklands (17.01.10)

Big Day Out 2010, here we come. In contrast to pleasant cloudy weather at last year’s event, it is so hot today you could practically cook eggs in the sunrays (cue plenty of exposed flesh, Southern Cross tatts, silly sombreros etc in the crowd) by the time we arrive on the Gold Coast – so…

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Danimals' New York Diary and Photo Album

One line to describe working with each artist:  Dap Kings: Scary, but a hell of a lot of fun playing with some of the raddest musicians around   John Taylor: incredibly inspiring. We knew it was going to be good, but jamming with John and Alex Greenwald was one of the best feelings we had…

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Album Review: Midlake – The Courage of Others (2010 LP)

The four years since the release of Midlake‘s sophomore record has seen an interesting shift in the broader spectrum of ‘alternative’ music, with a massive rise in a more hybridized, synthesised and crossover sound championed by groups like The Presets, MGMT and Crystal Castles. In these electro-driven times, it’s a real pleasure to find a…

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL: Vieux Farka Touré + The Mess Hall + Dan Sultan – Beck's Festival Bar (15.01.10)

Heralding all the way from Mali, Vieux Farka Touré headlined Beck’s Festival Bar on Friday night for his first ever Sydney performance, carrying on the legacy of his father, Ali Farka Touré, while being a highly respected musician in his own right. First up was Dan Sultan and band, who has been dubbed “the black Elvis” by fellow performer Clare…

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the AU interview: La Roux (Brixton, UK)

Ahead of her upcoming Australian Bacardi Express headlining tour, the AU review had a brief chat with the pop star. Enjoy! She keeps it short and sweet. This is the second time you’ve visited Australia in the last 6 months, what is it about Australia that keeps you coming back? The crowd. Everyone at our…

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the AU interview: Kieran Ryan of Kid Sam (Australia)

Last week, I had the opportunity to chat to Kieran Ryan, one half of Melbourne two piece Kid Sam – the project he shares with cousin and drummer Kishore Ryan. The pair are about to embark on one of the most exciting periods of their lives, performing on the national Laneway bill, and supporting Daniel…

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