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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Theatre Review: Green Day’s American Idiot – The Broadway Musical

On March 25th, 2010, our recently roving reporter Laurachel Ventus headed to St James Theatre on Broadway (NYC), where Green Day is currently staging their American Idiot musical. It sounds both ridiculous and genius at the same time, so naturally, we were curious as to what it was all about. Thankfully, Laurachel was kind enough…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010: Day Four – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (04.04.10)

Growing up, there are several bands who I can distinctly remember singing along to in the back of my parent’s car. One of these bands was Supertramp. So let me be quite blunt here: Roger Hodgson, formerly of said band, was the reason I returned to Byron Bay for the 2010 Bluesfest… and while he…

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the AU interview at SXSW: Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli (Los Angeles)

As we just about bring our SXSW coverage to an end, we chat with Asdru Sierra from LA’s Ozomatli – who sings lead, composes and plays keys and trumpet for the band. He’s a busy man on that stage! We chatted all things Austin, as well as about their forthcoming album release, Fire Away, and…

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the AU interview at Bluesfest: Natalie Pa'apa'a (Singer / Guitarist) of Blue King Brown (Melbourne)

While I was up at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, I had the oppertunity to sit down with the face of Blue King Brown – singer and guitarist Natalie Pa’apa’a. We chatted about what Bluesfest means to her, the upcoming Blue King Brown album, and what it was like to record in Jamaica! So welcome back…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010: Day Three – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (03.04.10)

“Who on earth is that band rocking the socks off the main stage?” I thought to myself as I entered the Bluesfest showgrounds for my third day. “Led Zeppelin? The Mars Volta?” Whoever it was, they sounded absolutely incredible. I would later find out they were Carney, from Los Angeles – one of the surprise…

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The AU Perspective at SXSW II – Goons of Doom, Cassette Kids & Oh Mercy

The SXSW chats continue at the Aussie BBQ in Texas! Ozzy and Ray of GOONS OF DOOM (Sydney) How’s your SXSW experience been? Ray: Yeah it’s been cool! Catching a lot of bands and playing a couple of shows. Ozzy: Good times. Is it your first time here? Ray: Yep. Virgins no more. Highlights so…

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The AU Perspective at SXSW – Paul Dempsey, City Riots & Children Collide

You’ve already heard from Brisbane’s An Horse, but while I was in at the SXSW Aussie BBQ, I chatted briefly with a few other Australian bands performing at SXSW. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences. RICKY KRADOLFER Guitar and Vocals – CITY RIOTS (Adelaide) ”We’re here playing at the Australian BBQ (in…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010: Day Two – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (02.04.10)

As I headed into the festival grounds on Friday, I couldn’t help but feel a great deal of excitement as the sun beamed down on me. Today was a ridiculously fantastic line-up. Entering the gates, Old Man River could be heard opening on the main stage – the familiar “Sunshine” wafting through the air, to…

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Album Review: Blood Red Shoes – Fire Like This (2010 LP)

It’s been too long since I’ve a) listened to music from this century and b) found myself thoroughly enjoying it. Thankfully, my hunger for exciting new music has finally been satisfied (for now) with the release of Blood Red Shoes’ latest album ‘Fire Like This’. Hailing from Brighton, UK, the two-piece have infused a delicate…

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the AU interview at Bluesfest: The Snowdroppers (Sydney, NSW)

Meet four boys who grew up in and around Sydney, who now live in the Inner West and bring us some pretty damn entertaining music. They call themselves The Snowdroppers, a name derived from 1920’s slang for cocaine addicts. It’s this sort of nostalgia that they bring to the stage with their fresh (slight tongue…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010: Day One – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (01.04.10)

Oh Hark, The Sun Approaches! The Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival (aka Bluesfest) and sun are not two things that necessarily come hand-in-hand – think more along the lines of rain and mud. Like any good festival, really. But this year Mother Nature gave attendants a bit of a treat – amazingly beautiful weather,…

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Kid Sam + Mick Turner + Seagull – Northcote Social Club (02.04.10)

The Northcote bandroom was packed out early with a bevy of Kid Sam lovers lining the stage, eagerly awaiting the delights of Kieran and Kishore Ryan. First on the bill were a little known act called Seagull, another band that Kishore happens to do percussion for. Seagull is the baby of Christopher Bolton who seems…

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Erland and the Carnival – Self-Titled Special Edition (2010 LP)

Comprised of singer, guitarist and namesake Erland Cooper, guitarist Simon Tong (The Verve) and David Nock (Paul McCartney’s The Fireman) on drums/percussion/keys and production, Erland and the Carnival are the latest buzz band to emerge from the London underbelly. And now the trio, who met at Tong’s What the Folk club night on Portobello Rd…

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the AU interview at SXSW: An Horse (Brisbane, Australia)

During SXSW, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kate Cooper and Damon Cox of Brisbane outfit An Horse, one of our most recent international success stories.  The duo chatted to me as we sat by the Colorado River – the ducks swimming by, and the music from SXSW already drifting along the streams,…

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Live Review: West Coast Blues and Roots Festival – Fremantle Park (28.03.10)

This year saw the West Coast Blues and Roots move to a new home, this move was billed as a move to make the festival more comfortable and to make use of a bigger space to entice a greater audience. Unfortunately the opposite occurred; parts of the festival were incredibly cramped, with bottlenecks turning up…

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Summer Festival Spotlight: Week Seven – Byron Bay Bluesfest

This Thursday we celebrate the launch of the 21st annual Byron Bay Bluefest – one of Australias most loved music festivals. We’ll be there covering the event, but before we do, I wanted to take us back to 2006 – I was 18 and it was my first ever Bluesfest. I wrote a blog about…

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SXSW 2010: Perez Hiton's Party feat. Snoop Dogg & Hole (20.03.10)

When I started my final night adventure, there was only one band on my mind: She & Him – the quirky duo that is Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. They’d been playing all over town throughout SXSW, yet I kept missing their appearances. Well, tonight was my final chance, as they headlined Auditorium Shores –…

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the AU interview at SXSW: Dave Schulz (USA)

At the SXSW Stimulus day party at The Parish, I was introduced to Dave Schulz – perhaps best known for his work on the keyboards with the Goo Goo Dolls. He’s here in Austin promoting his debut solo album Connect, and I had the chance to chat with the artist before he hit the stage….

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SXSW 2010 – Final Day Introduction and the Aussie BBQ (20.03.10)

While the posters say the music goes until March 21st, it’s on the 20th that 90% of the music in Austin comes to an end, so with that in mind, welcome to my fourth and final day from Austin. SXSW really was something truly amazing – an event that’s quite hard to fathom – let…

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The Boat People + The Hello Morning + [ME] – Newtown Workers Club (26.03.10)

It was a steamy Friday night in The Workers band room. Sweat seemed to be dripping off the ceiling as first act for the evening The Hello Morning took to the stage. The little known Melbournians played a standard pub rock set with an alt country twist. Musically, this band knows how to play and…

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SXSW 2010: Muse + The Antlers + Les Savy Fav (19.03.10)

As rumours were indeed correct, the UK three-piece and powerhouse that is Muse managed to fit a last minute SXSW appearance into their schedule – an hour long set at Stubbs – an outdoor venue which holds little more than 1,500 people. If that. I arrived during the encore break and found myself surprised when…

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SXSW 2010: Cheapo's with Batusis + The Bellrays // Company + Band of Horses + JJ – Central Presbyterian Church (19.03.10)

Heading next to the Cheapo’s record store for an interview, I caught a bit of Batusis, a tongue-and-cheek rock group who are quite the supergroup, featuring Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) and Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From The Tombs/Dead Boys) they were a guaranteed good time. And with little more than 150 people watching the icons,…

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SXSW 2010: Day Three – Stimulus Party + Nuke the Soup (19.03.10)

Friday brought with it one of the craziest days in my role as a journalist. I took care of many of the interviews you’ll soon be reading and watching on the AU review. Thankfully, it also happened to be stunningly beautiful weather. I began the day sitting down with An Horse by the beautiful Austin river, as…

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SXSW 2010: Day Two – Ray Davies (The Kinks) + The 88 + Roky Erickson with Okkervil River – La Zona Rosa (18.03.10)

To have the opportunity to see a great like Ray Davies is not something that comes around too often – let alone in a room with a capacity of around 1,000 people, and supported by the great band The 88. So it was to this showcase I headed to half-way through The Soft Pack’s set…

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SXSW 2010: New Zealand Party feat. Gin Wigmore and Stubb's feat. The Besnard Lakes and The Soft Pack (18.03.10)

Next-door to Sounds of Spain, a 42 below sponsored New Zealand party was pumping along, and the one woman machine that is Bachelorette was enjoying the stage. Recently supporting Animal Collective on their Australian tour, I have had the opportunity to witness Annabel Alpers in action, and was wholly impressed in the encounter. As such,…

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SXSW 2010 – Day Two – Introduction, SXSW Block Party and Sounds of Spain Showcase feat. Amaral (18.03.10)

It took a great deal of effort to get me out of my bed on my second day of SXSW. After heavy drinking, eating and almost 40 hours of no sleep, I had a good deal of catching up to do. You feel bad when you sleep in at SXSW – there’s always so much…

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