Interview: Slaves (UK) chat about Download Festival, being pals with DMA’s and playing Cal Jam 18

Last month, we sat down with UK rock duo Slaves while we were backstage at the Cal Jam Festival in Los Angeles. Today, the group have been announced alongside the likes of Sum 41, Pennywise and Thy Art is Murder in the second round of announcements for Download Festival, being held in Sydney and Melbourne…

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Sampa The Great reigns supreme as The Great Escape Festival wraps up its first night

The Great Escape brought its A-game to the first official day of proceedings out in Brighton this Thursday. The rain did not deter the delegates and punters from embracing the sheer wealth of live music to be absorbed across the wide variety of music venues within the city. While the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA Sound Gallery showcase…

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SXSW welcomes Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hockey Dad, Gabriella Cohen & more to 2017 Music program

ICYMI this week, SXSW Music bolstered its line up for the 2017 festival, adding 210 more artists from around the world as well as some more impressive keynote announcements. The legendary Nile Rodgers will be delivering a special keynote speaker – his legacy speaking for itself, quite obviously. I mean, when you’ve got over 200 production credits…

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The Best Gigs of 2015: AU Editor’s Picks

Last week we published our contributors’ picks for the best gigs of 2015, bringing up memories of some diverse, amazing shows by local and international artists alike. Below we’ve got some memories from our editors from the year past, taking in shows both in Australia and abroad. Roll on 2016… Sosefina Fuamoli #1 Gig of…

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Mercury Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The albums which will be up for the 2015 Barclaycard Mercury Prize have been announced, with the shortlist containing 12 of the most acclaimed British albums of the year. The winner is selected by a panel of industry experts and has, in past years, been seen as one of the most reliable accolades for a…

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Album Review: Slaves – Through Art We Are All Equals (2014 LP)

Through Art We Are All Equals, is post-hardcore/experimental rock band Slaves‘ debut record. The group have created a shapeshifting record that has a soulful edge. Although some songs feel out of place and don’t fulfil their potential, Jonny Craig (formerly of Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance and Isles & Glaciers) worshippers will nonetheless enjoy this album. As you would from a guy with…

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