AU at SXSW

Interview: Houston “raptivist” Genesis Blu on balancing psychotherapy and hip hop

May 9, 2018

Rising Houston rapper Genesis Blu doesn’t seem like your typical Third Coast emcee. She’s not rapping about the things often ascribed to the Lone Star State’s unique brand of hip hop, but instead represents a unique fusion of professional life and art. She’s a psychotherapist by day, and that life is bleeding over into her […]

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Interview: Getting to know rising Brooklyn R&B artist, Adrian Daniel

April 16, 2018

One showcase at SXSW clearly wasn’t enough to spread the word about Brooklyn R&B artist Adrian Daniel. The relative newcomer, fresh off releasing his excellent sophomore album Flawd, flew under the radar at last month’s quintessential showcase event but there’s little doubt the music world will be hearing more from him as people start picking […]

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Interview: Austin’s Deezie Brown on Kanye West comparisons, Judith, and more

April 9, 2018

Every young rapper has to be the “next something”. The next Jay Z; the next Ice Cube; the next MC Lyte; the next Nas. Reference points are handy for upcoming artists, although they may be frustrating in the long term. It’d be no surprise if Deezie Brown has run into a far few of those […]

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Interview: Compton emcee Buddy talks “Black”, L.A. and putting a band together

April 4, 2018

When he released Idle Time back in 2014, Compton rapper Buddy immediately showed the world he was bound to be one of the next big names in hip hop. Keeping up with features from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and even pop star Miley Cyrus, the young emcee proved his penmanship was as sharp […]

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Introducing UK duo BONES: The next big thing

April 3, 2018

While in Austin, Texas for SXSW, we sat down with UK duo BONES at Australia House. In their chat with Larry, Rosie and Carmen talk us through their latest single, “Limbs” and more as we get to know more about this buzz act who are based in LA, but hail from London. And we reckon they might just […]

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Interview: Tinashe on new album Joyride and not letting herself get boxed in

April 3, 2018

Fans, critics, and commentators the world over have constantly filled articles and comment sections with confused question marks bemoaning Tinashe’s lack of stadium-sized success (her 2014 debut album Aquarius is so underrated it’s ridiculous). That’s not to say she hasn’t met with success though; with an enormous social media following and plenty of critical acclaim […]

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Tour Diary: Hitting SXSW with Campbell Burns and Newcastle’s Vacations

April 3, 2018

Hi, hello. My name is Campbell Burns and I’m based in Newcastle, NSW. I lead Vacations, a music project I started about two years ago. I sent out an application to perform at SXSW towards the end of 2017, about two weeks before the closing date, completely on a whim. About a week later I […]

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SXSW Interview: Nilüfer Yanya on her first trip to Texas, tackling a new year of music & more

March 29, 2018

UK artist Nilüfer Yanya sat with Larry at SXSW this year, her debut performances in Texas for the massive music festival. Here, they discuss introducing her music to larger crowds, how her local scene differs to ones elsewhere internationally, and more. Listen to the full interview, below! ———- This content has recently been ported from its […]

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Luck Reunion Interview: Sunny War and Micah Nelson on collaboration, new music and more

March 23, 2018

Performers and now-fierce collaborators Sunny War and Micah Nelson (aka Particle Kid) have been bringing their own brands of rich music together in LA for a minute now, with SXSW being the latest platform for the artists to strut their stuff. And now they’re releasing a split LP under the name “Particle War“. With shows throughout the Austin festival […]

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SXSW Interview: Fatai chats about life in Chicago, the role music plays in her day to day, and more!

March 22, 2018

Talented singer and songwriter Fatai has been calling Chicago home for some time now, but the Melbourne-born artist has maintained strong links with home, even from the other side of the globe. A newcomer to the SXSW fold, Fatai caught up with Larry recently to touch base and share her experiences in the States. What are the […]

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Chris Singh’s Picks: Five of our favourite soul, R&B and hip hop live discoveries at SXSW 2018

March 21, 2018

SXSW has always been a massive melting pot of musical influences and a platform for musical discovery but in the last few years in particular, the festival has played host to an enormous hip hop, R&B and soul community that has come together from all over the world. Whether they be some of the biggest names […]

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SXSW Thursday: The Aussie BBQ bring some of our best to Austin’s Australia House

March 17, 2018

Australia House and G’Day USA weren’t messing around when it came to this year’s The Aussie BBQ, kick starting the annual showcase event with nothing but top quality Australian music, sweeping through everything from one of the country’s most dynamic (and intense) indie-rock acts Bad Pony on the Backyard Stage to the delicate sounds and […]

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SXSW Day Three: The Vevo & Australia Houses Launch, Ready Player One premieres, Elon Musk answers questions, Tumblr Parties and more

March 12, 2018

It’s Day Three of SXSW, and from the launch of the first music venues that will run through the week, to a talk from a leader of innovation, and the world premiere of a Hollywood Blockbuster, it was the most jam-packed 24 hours yet at the festival, snaking through Austin, Texas with irrepressible energy. Vevo […]

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A headline set from Ludacris packs out the first night of Vevo House at SXSW

March 12, 2018

The best shows are when they are intimate like this, and we can do whatever the fuck we want”, shouted ATL hip hop veteran Ludacris as he headlined the frenzied first night of the Vevo House at SXSW. For the next three nights, Vevo will be posted up at 508 Bar & Pelons Tex Mex […]

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The Roots announce super jam session with Ludacris, Rapsody and more at Bud Light’s SXSW party

March 10, 2018

There are very few names in music that define the very concept of collaboration more than The Legendary Roots Crew (AKA The Roots), so when you’re an enormous brand celebrating “music, friendship, and collaboration” at SXSW you’d be remiss not to call upon the iconic band to lead the party. That’s what Bud Light are […]

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Muse to team up with NIN and Jet at SXSW to take on The Beatles with Dr Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band

March 9, 2018

Once again, Rachael Ray will be hosting her annual Feedback party at SXSW, set to take over Stubb’s BBQ on Saturday 17th March from 10am to 4pm. It’s going to be a packed, incredibly diverse line up of big acts throughout the day, including hip hop veterans Salt-n-Pepa, masterful party starter Girl Talk, and the […]

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Fader Fort announces SXSW return with a new location and a growing lineup

March 8, 2018

Returning for its 17th time at SXSW, the famous Fader Fort will once again be bringing the ruckus to the enormous festival with hot-ticket hip hop and R&B acts mixed up with a little variety. Running from March 14th to March 16th, the Fort will change spots and move on over to 1501 East 7th […]

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Billie Eilish and Tinashe to join Common and more at the Vevo House during SXSW

March 6, 2018

Vevo returns to SXSW for another year with another bolstered line up of artists set to hit the stage for their 2018 showcase series. Headlining the events running from March 10th – 14th is rapper (and SXSW 2018 speaker) Common, bringing some heavy hip hop cred to the Vevo table. A slew of artists who are either set […]

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The Road to SXSW 2018: Vacations

March 6, 2018

Catching up with Vacations‘ own Campbell Burns recently ahead of the band’s upcoming debut at SXSW, it’s evident that the magnitude of this festival has not escaped the Newcastle indie group. Already gearing up to kick through 2018 with brand new music and a smashing live show to match, it seems that the America should be the perfect […]

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The Road to SXSW 2018: Benji Lewis

March 5, 2018

Melbourne songwriter Benji Lewis is soon to take his first steps on the SXSW stage next week, bringing his lush sounds through to Austin, Texas and some undoubtedly eager ears. As part of our pre-event series, we find out some more about this emerging talent, and get to know Benji’s anticipation surrounding SXSW. What are your expectations the […]

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The Road to SXSW 2018: Bad Pony

March 1, 2018

Sydney’s Bad Pony will soon be heading out to the States to explore Austin, Texas as part of SXSW this year – a trip that will be adding to the band’s already growing list of international accomplishments. Ahead of their trip out, we check in to see what the Bad Pony perspective of the world’s biggest […]

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The Road to SXSW 2018: Pretty City

February 28, 2018

Bringing their sounds back to SXSW for the second time this year, Melbourne’s Pretty City are set to return to Texas with a brand new show, as well as an inkling of what’s to come for the group. As their sophomore album, Cancel the Future, edges closer to release, the band gives us a little insight into how they’re anticipating […]

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The Road to SXSW 2018: The Teskey Brothers

February 27, 2018

For Liam Gough, heading to SXSW isn’t exactly foreign territory but this year, he (and The Teskey Brothers) will be performing at the music festival for the first time. As part of our pre-event series, we checked in with Liam to see how the trip and the band’s ensuing American tour was sitting with the […]

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The Road to SXSW: Thandi Phoenix

February 26, 2018

She’s one of Australian indie pop’s shining lights at the moment and with praise levelled her way by American counterparts in Tinashe and Jhene Aiko (for example), there’s no surprise that Thandi Phoenix would be answering the international call sooner rather than later. The Sydney songwriter and performer is bound for Austin, Texas this month, […]

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