City Calm Down

Photo Gallery: City Calm Down + Exhibitionist – Manning Bar, Sydney (11.10.19)

October 12, 2019

City Calm Down are touring their latest album Television, in what appears to be their final tour, so it was with much sadness but keen anticipation that we hit the Manning Bar last night to see them one last time. After 12 years together and 3 albums, the 4-piece is bringing the band to an end. […]

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Track of the Day: City Calm Down, “Stuck (On The Eastern)” (2019)

June 17, 2019

We’ve still got a couple of months to go before City Calm Down drop their third album, Television, and singles like “Stuck (On The Eastern)” aren’t making the wait any easier! Consisting of Jack Bourke (vocals), Sam Mullaly (keys), Jeremy Sonnenberg (bass) and Lee Armstrong (drums), 2019 sees a slight shift in direction for the […]

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Live Review: Beyond The Valley Day One ft. Joey Badass + Client Liaison + Winston Surfshirt and more (29.12.18)

December 30, 2018

Beyond The Valley (BTV) in Lardner, an hour and a half outside Melbourne has been proving itself to be a hot contender in the battle for the ideal New Years Festival, against tough competition from Falls Festival, Lost Paradise, Field Day and a stack of others. Although Falls generally has the biggest international names, Beyond […]

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Splendour Interview: Woodes (Australia) talks evolving her live show for “Change My Mind” & her favourite music

August 2, 2018

In our final interview from Splendour in the Grass 2018, we sit down with acclaimed Townsville artist Woodes, who is just about to hit the road on a tour in support of her latest single “Change My Mind”. We talk about the track, her experiences touring with City Calm Down and how her live show […]

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The 20 Best Australian Albums of 2018 (So Far…)!

July 3, 2018

As we enter July, a stacked second half of 2018 awaits us when it comes to new music and if the first half was anything to go by, music fans are in for a good one. We’ve been poring over some of our favourite homegrown releases of the year so far, from Middle Kids‘ long awaited […]

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Live Review: City Calm Down display prowess as one of the country’s best live bands at Sydney’s Metro Theatre

June 25, 2018

I’m going to let you in on a little secret here: I was quite late jumping on the City Calm Down train. I’ll happily admit that. My first real exposure to the band was at Splendour In The Grass a few years back, when they covered David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”. At the time, I was […]

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Interview: Jack Bourke on City Calm Down’s ambitious run of touring with Echoes in Blue during the Aussie winter

May 28, 2018

City Calm Down‘s huge jaunt across Australia is set to kick off next week in Brisbane, with the Melbourne heroes’ new record Echoes in Blue ready and primed to be introduced to fans nationwide in all its glory. The international market has been loving the album too and as we were able to see in the […]

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Album Review: City Calm Down – Echoes In Blue (2018 LP)

April 3, 2018

When sitting down to listen to new music, I’ve recently taken to making the first listen of an album a passive experience. In a time poor society, using the album as the soundtrack to your daily tasks, whether they’re mundane work tasks or other articles you’re reading and creating, having those new sounds play in […]

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Festival Photos: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – FCAC & The River’s Edge, Melbourne (03.02.18)

February 6, 2018

Saturday in Melbourne brought the sunshine and the great vibes down at Footscray’s Community Arts Centre and alongside the Maribyrnong River, as the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival took hold for another year. Photos by Rochelle Flack. [print_gllr id=52370] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home on The AU Review: Music and may […]

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Festival Review: Anderson .Paak rules, while Dream Wife & Father John Misty prove Laneway Festival highlights in Sydney

February 5, 2018

Returning once more to the Sydney College of the Arts, the Laneway Festival again made its presence felt throughout Sydney’s inner west. With a line up packed from front-to-back, it promised to be a stellar day as the early clouds cleared to a warm, but pleasant, Sunday afternoon. Obviously a cost cutting measure, having a single […]

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Festival Photos: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Sydney College of the Arts & Callan Park (04.02.18)

February 5, 2018

The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival train rolled into Sydney on Sunday afternoon, taking the punters well into the evening with sets by the likes of Tokimonsta, Odesza, Dream Wife, Pond and more. Photos by Belinda Dipalo. [print_gllr id=52236] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home on The AU Review: Music and may have formatting errors – […]

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Music Video of the Day: City Calm Down “In This Modern Land” (2017)

December 18, 2017

Melbournian alt-pop group City Calm Down are known for new wave jams that induce long, thoughtful stares into the distance. Their latest offering is no different, “In This Modern Land” serving up a melancholy exploration of loneliness in the internet age. Frontman Jack Bourke’s bold baritone offers striking vocals, with the slow burning track building […]

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Festival Photos: Yours & Owls (Day One) – Stuart Park, Wollongong (30.09.17)

October 3, 2017

A shining element of Wollongong’s events calendar is the annual Yours & Owls Festival! Bringing huge numbers out this year, the event saw the likes of City Calm Down, SAFIA, Dune Rats and Ali Barter hit the stage at Stuart Park on the first day and evening. Photos by Belinda Dipalo. [print_gllr id=46313] ———- This content has recently been ported from […]

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Focus turns to international hype generators for the 2018 St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

September 11, 2017

The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival line up for 2018 has dropped a day ahead of schedule thanks to a bluff by Pedestrian overnight but heck, why not – it’s a pretty tops line up. Turning the focus to artists on the come up, the Laneway Festival has curated a line up of international names that will […]

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The 20 Best Singles of 2017 (So Far) from Australia and Around the World

July 6, 2017

Earlier this week, we unveiled our list of the 20 Best Albums of 2017 so far – as voted by our team – with The Smith Street Band reigning supreme with their acclaimed album, More Scared of You Than You Are of Me. Breaking things down even further, today we throw the spotlight on some of the […]

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Live Review: City Calm Down + Middle Kids + Ali Barter – 170 Russell (28.09.16)

October 3, 2016

Supporting last year’s extremely successful debut LP In A Restless House, City Calm Down seem more at home than ever. Straight off the line up from Splendour in the Grass, the electronic-rock band excitably rounded out their month of touring with a string of homegrown gigs at Melbourne’s own 170 Russell. Although a gradual crowd welcomed City Calm […]

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London Grammar, The Avalanches, Violent Soho & more join Childish Gambino for the 2016 Falls Festival!

August 23, 2016

Following on from this morning’s announcement that London Grammar would be joining Childish Gambino on this year’s Falls Festival tour, the festival organisers have continued to make our Tuesday by following through with a stack of international and local names set to hit festival sites in Lorne, Byron and Marion Bay and of course for its first year, Fremantle, […]

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ICYMI: A look back at our favourite music videos of April 2016

July 7, 2016

April brought us some sexy, hilarious and goddamn captivating music videos – from the likes of George Maple to NGAIIRE, through to City Calm Down and West Thebarton Brothel Party, there definitely was a diverse bunch of clips we were vibing on. Hit ‘play’ and revisit! Playlist 1. George Maple ft. GoldLink “Sticks and Horses” 2. NGAIIRE “Diggin” 3. Alex […]

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City Calm Down take their live show to larger venues around the country this September

June 3, 2016

Fresh off the back of some impressive shows in the UK, Melbourne’s City Calm Down dropped news of their new Australian tour this week. With debut album In a Restless House continuing to generate a considerable amount of positive momentum, the band now sets their sights on larger venues around the country, and are bringing two fantastic Aussie talents […]

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Impressions at The Great Escape: Who made their mark at Brighton in 2016?

May 26, 2016

Heading to the UK last week, I had no proper idea of what to be expecting from The Great Escape. I had assumed it would be like SXSW but colder and by the beach, but aside from that, all I had to go on were stories from friends who’d showcased in Brighton in the past or […]

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Aussies at The Great Escape: 9 Artists to Watch in Brighton

May 17, 2016

As we proceed further into 2016, the international live music showcase train also continues to chug along; from SXSW to CMW in Toronto recently, the next major stop on the calendar is Brighton, England for The Great Escape Festival. Regarded as the major event for new music discovery in Europe, The Great Escape this year […]

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Splendour line up drops; The Strokes, The Cure & The Avalanches lead 2016 bill!

April 12, 2016

Well, god damn. After weeks of speculation, triple j today announced the line up for the 2016 Splendour in the Grass festival and it is huge. Headlining the Byron Bay event this July 22nd – July 24th at The Strokes, while rumoured headliners The Cure have also been confirmed. The Avalanches, who sparked excitement yesterday with updates to their social media channels, […]

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Music Video of the Day: City Calm Down “Fix You” (2016)

April 11, 2016

City Calm Down have had a dream run of a tour, the Melbourne band selling out shows right round the country over the past few weeks. With their album In a Restless House settling with the band’s fans as one hell of a debut effort, City Calm Down have continued to build upon the album’s success […]

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Julia Jacklin, Gang of Youths, City Calm Down & more added to The Great Escape line up!

March 31, 2016

Brighton mega-festival and industry convention, The Great Escape, has just added a whole new round of artists to the 2016 bill because evidently 300 musicians on the first announcement signified that they were only getting started. The new announcement includes exciting artists including Thomas Cohen, Barns Courtney, SG Lewis  and Carnival Youth, while Australian acts like Julia Jacklin, Gang of Youths, City Calm Down, Vallis Alps and Kim […]

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Aussies Abroad: Julia Jacklin, Gang of Youths, City Calm Down & more added to The Great Escape line up!

March 31, 2016

Brighton mega-festival and industry convention, The Great Escape, has just added a whole new round of artists to the 2016 bill because evidently 300 musicians on the first announcement signified that they were only getting started. The new announcement includes exciting artists including Thomas Cohen, Barns Courtney, SG Lewis  and Carnival Youth, while Australian acts like Julia Jacklin, Gang of Youths, City Calm Down, Vallis Alps and Kim […]

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City Calm Down at Falls Festival on taking their time with In a Restless House & a busy year ahead!

January 12, 2016

Jack and Lee from City Calm Down catch up with us at the Falls Festival at Mt. Duneed ahead of what’s going to be a huge summer, especially with the release of In a Restless House. “It was a long process, getting the album done.” Jack says of the album’s release. “Now it’s out, things […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2015: Part Two – 30 to 21

December 17, 2015

We continue our countdown of best albums of the year, as voted by the AU review’s contributors… If you want to look back at the first ten on the list, head HERE. 30. Justin Bieber – Purpose “This was a surprising one for me. There seems to still be a stigma around vibing on this […]

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Music Video of the Day: City Calm Down “Wandering” (2015)

November 8, 2015

City Calm Down have been on our radar for a long time now, and their debut album (out now) had become one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Seamlessly blending live instrumentation with subtle yet powerful electronica, City Calm Down have cemented themselves as a band with a distinctive sound that sticks out above […]

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Jack Bourke of City Calm Down (Melbourne) chats ‘In a Restless House’, reinvigorating live shows & more!

November 5, 2015

City Calm Down have, after a while away and the some recent extremely well-received shows, finally released their debut album to the world. Fans have been getting bits and pieces of In a Restless House in recent months, both with single releases and it’s current position as triple J’s Feature Album this week, but there’s […]

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The Wombats, Dune Rats, Tuka & more announced for Falls Festival Lorne!

October 19, 2015

It goes without saying that the Lorne edition of the Falls Festival always stands out as the favoured site of the tour’s three for many people. Almost always a sell out event, the coastal Victorian site boasts a great environment for campers and a unique little Falls vibe all its own. This year, Falls Lorne sold […]

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