17 bands that sound exactly the same live as they do on record

As a musician, playing a live show is pretty much your bread and butter. Sure, you go the hard yard trying to record in the studio what you hope to be your masterpiece, but then you have to go out on the road and take that music to the fans. It...

Check out Common’s awesome freestyle on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

Freestyle rapping is one of the most impressive aspects of rapping and MCing, and when it’s done right, especially by someone who knows their way around a word or two, it can be bloody phenomenal, as was the case on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Friday night. No stranger...

The Roots Had A VIP Album Party In New York & We Were There

It’s safe to say that this might’ve been the only album launch in history to combine a knee-deep deluge of multi-coloured blow up balloon animals, Rahzel, didgeridoo, avant garde jazz piano, a string quartet, interpretive breakdancing, a choir, sampling wizardry and spoken word poetry…while an imposing collection of nooses hung...

The Roots

Ever since the self-proclaimed “Legendary Roots Crew” became the house band for comedian Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show With Jimmy Fallon in 2009, it has become a rarity to catch the iconic rap/hip hop/jazz formation live in concert. On one hand, it’s great that such a talented and versatile group...

Falls Festival 2013 Set Times & Maps Revealed

The Falls Festival 2013 set times have landed, and right on cue, following the festival’s WA sister event Southbound 2014 dropping its timetable yesterday. The full artist timetables for all three legs of the New Year’s festival – the traditional home in Lorne, Tasmania’s Marion Bay, and the newly added...

Southbound 2014 Set Times Announced

The Southbound 2014 set times have been revealed, with the full timetables for two-day sister festival of Falls Festival now locked in. For Southbound’s 10th Anniversary edition, promoters Sunset Events are expecting more than 10,000 attendees to hit Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton for the impressive bill of 50+ bands...

The Roots’ Questlove To Release Book Chronicling History Of Soul Music

If you really want to prove your fandom to legendary live hip hop crew The Roots, and learn an awful lot of music history in the process, then the band’s leader has a great offer for your essential music library. Already headed to Australia as headliners of the Falls Festival...

Falls Festival 2013 Sells Out Byron Bay, As Sideshows Announced

Following strong demand for the stellar Falls Festival 2013 lineup, ticket allocations are now completely exhausted at the festival’s latest leg, Byron Bay. Arriving only a few short weeks after Lorne tickets completely selling out, punters now looking for a slice of Falls action need to look into the unique...

The Roots Australian Tour 2013 Announced

The Roots Australian Tour 2013 has been announced and with the legendary hip-hop crew headed Down Under for this year’s Falls and Southbound Festivals, Frontier Touring and Illusive are presenting special headline shows this December. The Grammy award-winning hip-hop visionaries will take to the stage for headline shows in Sydney...

Falls Festival 2013 Lineup Drops On Monday

Falls Festival is thrice as nice this year with the New Year’s arts and music festival expanding to Bryon Bay this year, complementing its annual appearances in Lorne and Marion Bay. Falls Festival’s Byron debut will use the Yelgun site at the North Byron Parklands that got its debut at the...

Big Day Out 2014 Headliners & Aussie Bands Among World’s Best Live Acts

Hip hop heavyweights Kanye West and Jay Z give a better live show than Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a psychedelic set from Tame Impala trumps that of Skrillex and Sigur Ros, while The Boss lives up to his title – all discoveries made in a new poll that...

Falls Festival To Avoid Splendour’s Byron Bay Pitfalls, Lineup Due “This Month”

Organisers of the recently expanded Falls Festival have revealed the details of the site to be used for the Byron Bay leg of this year’s edition of the New Year’s music festival. As previously reported, Falls has announced that along with its annual appearances in Lorne and Marion Bay, which have been...