Interview: Foals’ Jimmy Smith on Life Is Yours, Glastonbury and the silver-lining of lockdown

July 12, 2022

The UK’s alt-rock favourites Foals are back with their seventh studio album Life Is Yours, but their first as a three-piece outfit. Created through London lockdowns, Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan and Jimmy Smith transported themselves and now listeners to a utopian place for escapism. “Personally speaking, I was stuck in London for a year away from […]

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Best Albums 2022

The 20 Best Albums of 2022… so far

July 8, 2022

With 2022 just past its halfway point, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite albums released over the past six months. 2022 has started off with plenty of quality releases that are sure to remain on repeat as we head into the second half of the year. With the year already off to […]

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Album of the Week: Foals’ Life is Yours is a pop laden masterpiece

June 17, 2022

Almost 15 years since the release of their debut album Antidotes, English legends Foals are back with LP 7, the incredibly dance and groove heavy Life Is Yours and I’m here to tell you it’s a pop laden masterpiece. One of the best bands to ever do it in a studio and on a dance […]

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Everything Everything (UK) talk Re-Animator: Sometimes I sing so high it’s just insane

September 10, 2020

Last month I sat down on a Zoom call with Jonathan Higgs and Alex Robertshaw from the British group Everything Everything, who tomorrow release their long awaited new album Re-Animator. It’s their fifth album in a decade and their first since 2017’s brilliant A Fever Dream – which saw them tour Australia at the end […]

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Some of Australia’s finest live music photographers have put their works up for sale for the first time

April 1, 2020

With the COVID-19 shutdown bringing the arts industry to a standstill, there are plenty of ways you can help out those affected by the current crisis. The first port of call for the Australian music scene is the Sounds of Silence website – an industry initiative to bring together various industry bodies to collate efforts […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2019

December 18, 2019

It’s time for the AU review’s annual list of the best albums from Australia and the rest of the world for 2019. Across this list, we take you through a wide range of genres, with music that represents the exciting, vibrant time of music right now. It’s fair to say that there are some notable […]

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Live Review: Splendour In The Grass 2019, Day One, North Byron Parklands, (19.07.19)

July 20, 2019

After selling over 40,000 tickets this year – a sell out, as always – Splendour in the Grass led up to headliners Tame Impala with a string of stunning performances by both international and Aussie acts. A testament to how strong the festival’s curation has gotten, those strictly in it for the love of live […]

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Photo Gallery: Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, Day 1 (19.07.19)

July 20, 2019

What a beautiful sunny day to start the three day Splendour in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay. With stellar performances from the likes of Tame Impala, Foals, Broods, and Wolfmother, there was something for everyone. John Goodridge was there to bring you these photos.  

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Seven essential Splendour in the Grass sideshows you can still get tickets for

July 2, 2019

The sold-out Splendour in the Grass is just weeks away now, once again bringing in a line-up of local and international acts entirely worthy of the festival’s legacy. From headliners James Blake and Chance the Rapper to must see mid-cards like a returning Friendly Fires and UK emcee Little Simz, there’s going to be a […]

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Live Review: Foals promise a spicy night of rock ‘n’ roll in Toronto with Preoccupations and Omni (and deliver)

April 23, 2019

Fresh off the release of the first part of their two part record Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, UK quartet Foals are on a world tour that tonight saw them play Toronto venue Rebel supported by Canada’s Preoccupations and Atlanta outfit Omni. First up, three piece Omni were singing songs with entertaining lyrics like […]

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Festival Review: Thursday & Friday at Lollapalooza – Grant Park, Chicago (28.07.16 & 29.07.16)

July 31, 2016

In 1991, Perry Farrell had an idea to create something no one had tried before. 25 years later, Lollapalooza has been perhaps one of the most influential things ever to happen to live music. Over 160,000 people flock to Grant Park in Chicago to catch singers and bands from all over the world spanning every […]

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Foals have released a chilling new ballad with “Rain” ahead of Record Store Day

March 10, 2016

With Record Store Day coming up next month we should be getting some pretty great unreleased material from musicians across the globe. That drip feed has started with a chilling unreleased ballad from unstoppable UK band Foals. Titled “Rain”, the skeletal song was reportedly recorded during the What Went Down sessions, which was released last […]

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Venue Spotlight: The Best Gigs at the Oxford Art Factory (so far…)

February 25, 2016

As live music and entertainment venues establishes are facing closure not just in Sydney, but elsewhere in the country too, we’ve been reminiscing on some of our favourites around the country over the years. There are notable hotspots in each capital for sure, where some incredible musical talent have cut their teeth as live touring bands […]

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A look back at Foals’ headline Sydney & Melbourne shows – which was better?

January 13, 2016

Following on from their hectic Falls Festival sets down the east coast Foals continued to make sure fans got their fix of What Went Down and the usual sweaty antics they’re known for bringing to live shows, with some excellently attended headline sideshows. Both Larry and myself split it up and hit both headline dates […]

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Festival Review: Falls Festival (Part II) – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (02.01.16)

January 6, 2016

As day three kicked off, there were thousands of live music fans in Byron Bay who had so far done just two things in 2016; dance and drink in the sunshine. Punters at the Falls Music and Arts Festival were treated to more great weather, as temperatures stayed in that exquisite sweet spot of the […]

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Yannis Philippakis of Foals (UK) chats What Went Down at Falls Festival!

January 6, 2016

Headlining the final night of the Falls Festival at Mt. Duneed Estate, Foals were understandably a large drawcard for many in attendance. The band’s frontman Yannis Philippakis sat down with us before they brought in the New Year to chat about the success of their latest release, What Went Down, and how they’ve been enjoying […]

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Festival Review: Falls Festival – Marion Bay, Tasmania (29.12.15 – 01.01.16)

January 5, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a reason The Falls Music & Arts Festival won our festival of the year for their 2014 event at the recent AU Awards, and it wasn’t just a one-off. With the line-up boasting a stellar and eclectic hoard of musicians and acts, expectations were high for three days of magic, […]

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Falls Top Five: Bridget names her favourite acts from Mt. Duneed!

January 3, 2016

It’s never an easy task to pick five standout acts from a stellar bill comprising of over 60 artists, especially when it includes the likes of Paul Kelly, Banoffee, The Wombats and our Live Act of the Year, Gang Of Youths. Honourable mentions to those four in particular and whilst the music is the focus, […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2015: Part Four – The Top Ten!

December 21, 2015

And here we have it: the top 10 albums of the year. We won’t waste any time and shall get right into proceedings – however if you want to look back at part one, head HERE, part two is HERE and part three from earlier today is HERE. 10. Florence And The Machine – How Big, How Blue, […]

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The 40 Best Songs of 2015: Part Four – The Top Ten!

December 16, 2015

Here we go. Our top 10 songs of 2015. What do you think of our list? Sound off on our Facebook page or Tweet us what we missed! 10. Dick Diver – Waste the Alphabet “This is Australian music at its best” – Larry Heath 9. Foals – Birch Tree “My favorite cut off their […]

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Bridges, Hoods, a Bloc Party and more – who we’re looking forward to at this year’s Falls Festival!

December 15, 2015

We’re under two weeks out from one of our favourite times of the year, aside from gorging ourselves on Christmas lunch leftovers, the Falls Festival. Again, the team have delivered a line up that speaks to those who are looking to get away and party hard into 2016, those who are keen to see some […]

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Falls Festival sideshows announced for Foals, Bloc Party, Halsey, Disclosure and more!

October 1, 2015

We’re two months out from the Falls and Southbound festivals kicking off for another year and like previous years, tickets have been flying for the events held around the country over the New Year’s period. With the likes of Foals, Bloc Party andThe Wombats headlining, the festival tour this year has represented a strong line […]

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Our 13 Favourite Records of 2013 so far… Part Two: 6 – 1

July 18, 2013

Way back when in January, we peered into our crystal balls and sought to predict the top albums of 2013 with the help of our excellent contributors. Whilst some of the albums are yet to be released, it’s now exactly half way through the year and time to check out how well our predictions went […]

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