Top 20 Splendour in the Grass 2010 Music Videos: Part Four – 5 to 1

The day has just about arrived! Tomorrow morning you’ll find out whether or not you’re one of the lucky ones who’ll be heading to Woodword, QLD, for the tenth annual Splendour in the Grass Festival. But before the day arrives, here are the top FIVE music videos by the bands you can’t miss at this…

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Album Review: British India – Avalanche (2010 LP)

The latest from Melbourne indie rockers British India is ‘Avalanche’, a ten-track album and the third to grace their discography. It opens with the smashing guitar riffs of ‘Safari’, a quick tempo’d beat designed to infiltrate your mind with the absolute desire to drop everything and dance. This song would be the epitome of a…

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the AU interview: Thomas L. Fagerlund of The Kissaway Trail (Denmark)

One of the buzz bands at this years SXSW, Denmark’s The Kissaway Trail just released  their second LP Sleep Mountain in Australia. While they were in Pheonix Arizona, touring around the States with The Temper Trap, I chatted to lead singer Thomas L. Fagerlund about the tour, the new album, and going home. Larry: I understand…

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the AU interview: Craig Jackson of The Sirens of Venice (Melbourne)

As we await a new Gersey album, Craig Jackson has been hard at work on a new project with wife Camilla – The Sirens of Venice. The duo have teamed up with six others to make a truly beautiful album, and just before it’s released in stores, alongside an accompanying tour, I chatted to Craig about…

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the AU interview: Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro (Scotland)

As he prepared for a show in Scotland, I chatted to Ben Johnston, the drummer from Biffy Clyro in advance of their anticipated Australian tour later this month. We chatted about the tour, the Biffy Army, “The Captain”, the success, the shivers and the Cajón. Good Afternoon Ben! Where abouts am I speaking to you? Funnily…

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the AU Big British Sound interview: Fergus Brown (Sydney)

In advance of his stint as part of the Big British Sound in Sydney this Friday night, we chatted to Fergus Brown about the genius of Jon Brion, his not-so-secret soft spot for Green Day, experiences in Canada and at SXSW, and of course, what we’ll expect from his show later this week! Larry: I…

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Top 20 Splendour in the Grass 2010 Music Videos: Part Three – 10 to 6

Next week will bring one of the most stressful days for any music fan in Australia with a chunk of change in their pockets – the day Splendour in the Grass goes on sale – it’s Australia’s Glastonbury in more ways than one. And to celebrate the amazing lineup, we’re counting down the top 20…

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Live Review: Revival Tour featuring Chuck Ragan + Frank Turner – Rosemount Hotel (28.04.10)

Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour rolled into Perth on Wednesday, bringing with it some acoustic wielding musos in the form of Frank Turner, Tim Barry and Ben Nichols. Here are some of the things we learnt (in no particular order): 1. Whiskey causes Feedback. 2. Whiskey makes your voice sound awesome! 3. 6 Guys, 4 Guitars,…

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Album Review: Gayngs – Relayted (2010 LP)

They are the latest to jump on the recent supergroup trend, but Gayngs are a band with a difference. For one, its members hail from a wide and diverse range of acts, and for another, they’re more like a ‘super-music-community’. More than 25 musicians contributed to the making of Relayted, led by Gayngs’ founding members…

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Major Label Launch with Made in Japan + Guineafowl + Underlights – Oxford Art Factory (28.04.10)

While some may criticise the fact a brand like General Pants is starting up an event like Major Label simply to sell more jeans… wait a minute, this surely isn’t a criticism anyone with half a brain would make, would they? With the music industry the way it is, it’s through companies like General Pants…

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Eagle and the Worm – Futureman / Goodtimes (2010 EP)

Describing sound is a difficult thing to do, and with Melbourne 9-piece Eagle & the Worm the best I can come up with is chilled out chaos. Led by Jarrad Brown (Custom Kings and Your Animal), Eagle & the Worm have reinvented the happy-go-lucky acid infused tunes of the 70’s with their gem of a…

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Lucy Hall + Young Werther – Raval (25.04.10)

When Melbourne’s Young Werther took to the stage in the gorgeous Raval room at the Macquarie Hotel, launching into “I Don’t Want to Go to the Circus”, I have to say I was a little surprised. I thought they were headlining! But it was local Lucy Hall who took these honours, so I went ahead…

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Chicks Who Love Guns + Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun – Oh My! Rebel Rebel Bandroom at Home Nightclub (23.04.10)

The Friday night experience known as “Oh My!” at Home Nightclub has received an additional push of late, by way of the Rebel Rebel Band Room. Those playing along at home may remember Rebel Rebel as the run of nights that launched many years ago with Liars and Shout Out Louds (what a night!!)– and…

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Top 20 Splendour in the Grass 2010 Music Videos: Part Two – 15 to 11

We’re back with the best music videos from the bands you can’t miss at Splendour in the Grass 2010! You better believe we’re excited… So without further ado, here’s 15 to 11: 15 LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls  Coming in at number 15 is the brand new track from LCD Soundsystem, “Drunk Girls”. They’re well…

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the AU interview: Adam Harris and Ric Albert of LO-STAR (London)

By pure chance, I briefly caught up with the Lo-Star boys in Austin. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to do an interview. Let me be honest here. It was going to involve a hot tub, and possibly a few drinks before we had to jet out of town. But the morning of, was the…

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the AU interview: Erland Cooper of Erland and the Carnival (London)

It was a long wait, but the debut album from Erland and the Carnival was finally released in Australia at the beginning of the month to great critical acclaim – not the least of which from yours truly. Shortly after the release, we chatted to Erland Cooper, the ringleader of the carnival about the album, supporting Wild…

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Top 20 Splendour in the Grass 2010 Music Videos: Part One – 20 to 16

God bless the Australian Dollar. First we had Laneway blow us away with a supremely impressive indie line-up. Bluesfest brought us legend after legend. Soundwave brought a horde of the finest ‘rockier’ internationals. And now here comes Splendour 2010, with what is easily the most impressive line-up Australia has seen in many years. In fact,…

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the AU interview: Ben Ellingworth of MM9 (Sydney)

I recently chatted with Ben Ellingworth, drummer of Sydney quartet MM9. The recently, finally, released their debut LP “The Air Between”. We chat about the new album and life on the road. Special thanks to David Young, who contributed to our questions. Congratulations on the release of your debut album “The Air Between” – it…

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the AU interview at Bluesfest: Patty Larkin (Boston, USA)

Another beautiful day in Byron Bay, and we had the opportunity to chat with iconic Boston-based singer/songwriter Patty Larkin – or as she prefers, “Patty Gaga”! She brings us up to date on her latest LP, “25”, celebrating her 25 years in the industry. Welcome to Bluesfest Patty! Is this your first time performing here?…

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The Vasco Era + Simon Carter – Oxford Art Factory (17.04.10)

In the years that followed the success of their breakthrough debut LP, Oh We Like To Be Beside The Seaside, Australia has eagerly awaited new material from Melbourne’s The Vasco Era. Finally, they have returned, emerging with a new album, Lucille, and an energy that sees them reborn. It had been well over two years…

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the AU interview: Julie Campbell aka Lonelady (Manchester, UK)

With her debut album Nerve Up now available in Australia, Manchester’s Julie Campbell, aka Lonelady, took time out of her busy European touring schedule to chat to the AU review! She provides us with some insight into the “Mancurian Sound”, recording in a concrete box and expectations of the European audiences. Hey Julia thanks for taking…

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the AU interview at Bluesfest: Dan Sultan (Melbourne, Victoria)

Shortly after he left the main stage, I sat down with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Dan Sultan, who alongside bandmate Scott Wilson, teaches us what a Skin Flute is, and chats extensively about being an independent artist in Australia, and shitting himself before he hits the stage. Welcome back to Bluesfest Dan! Thanks to for talking to…

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Revenant Club II feat. FLRL and WIM – Oxford Art Factory (14.04.10)

Back in February, Oxford Art Factory launched a new band night – The Revenant Club – a celebration of local music curated by the folks behind Exquisite Corpse. Featuring Danimals, Dark Bells, Virgo Rising and more, it gave us a taste of what was “hot right now” in the underground Sydney scene – and most…

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the AU interview at Bluesfest: Poor Man's Whiskey (San Francisco, USA)

While at Bluesfest, we had a chat to one of the bands invited to play the festival each and every day – Poor Man’s Whiskey. Dressed in Wizard of Oz attire, the San Fransisco based six piece were here to play tracks off their immensely entertaining Dark Side of the Moonshine double album – an…

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Album Review: The Kissaway Trail – Sleep Mountain (2010 LP)

In recent years, the Danes have been showing us that their small European country has a lot of big musical potential. Already, bands like The Raveonettes, Mew and The Elephant s are gaining recognition across the waters; now, Denmark’s most recent export to come to our attention is The Kissaway Trail. Hype began to form…

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Philadelphia Grand Jury + Teen Archer + The John Steel Singers – The East Brunswick Club (10.04.10)

The East Brunswick Club was packed to capacity with a bevy of boozed up fans who’d trekked on down to say a fond farewell to our favourite Aussie sons, The mighty Philadelphia Grand Jury. The boys are completing their final national tour before the band relocates to the UK & they brought a couple of…

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The Jezabels + Deep Sea Arcade – Oxford Art Factory (09.04.10)

Here at AU review HQ, one Australian band you’ll often hear me rave about are incredible Sydney quartet The Jezabels. They’re just about to embark on a national tour with Tegan & Sara – a band who have a history of taking bands away from us (An Horse). So I beg of you, T&S, please…

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the AU interview at Bluesfest: Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello (New York)

The opportunity to sit down with the enigmatic frontman of New York’s Gogol Bordello was something I couldn’t pass up. For Eugene Hutz, Movember is every month, and purple is the greatest colour. Sitting in his dressing room just before he heads on stage, we chat about Australia, performing live, women and the new album!…

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Album Review: Nice Nice – Extra Wow (2010 LP)

Experimental bands can often be, to put it bluntly, a pretty boring spectacle to watch. But when you hear about the jaw-dropping, improvisational live shows that Nice Nice are renowned for, it’s not hard to believe that they could be an exception to that rule. Guitarist Jason Buehler and percussionist Mark Shirazi are self-described ‘musical…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010: Day Five – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (05.04.10)

On the final day of Bluesfest,you can’t help but feel a combination of sadness and relief. By the fifth day, Bluesfest has become a way of life, something you almost couldn’t imagine being without. But by the fifth day, your body and feet aren’t in agreement on the topic. You’re lucky to get 6 hours…

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