Bluesfest 2016 – Day 2

Another year, another Byron Bay Bluesfest, right? Not quite. This year’s Bluesfest was unlike any other to come before it. In addition to having what is undoubtedly the biggest and best lineup of 2016 so far (including new additions Eagles of Death Metal), it was the start of a new phase...

The National: Why We Love Australian Audiences So Much

It’s been over two years since The National released their most recent feature album Trouble Will Find Me, but according to the band’s guitarist and songwriter Aaron Dessner, touring is just as important. “Playing together is so much a part of who we are even more so than just releasing...

Sweden Hosted The World’s Most Hipster Festival, And We Were There

Gothenburg, a city in Sweden that boasts only around 550,000 inhabitants (or 950,000 if you count the surrounding areas), yet each year they play host to Way Out West Festival, one of the most incredible music festivals in the world. Running from the 7th – 9th August this year’s line-up included...

Why Boston Calling Is The City’s Most Important Music Festival

Americans love their music festivals. They’re responsible for the some of the biggest and best music events the world over. And for every US music city there usually comes a festival or two that brings the big indie and pop acts to that particular town. For Boston though having a...

This Week’s 9 Best New Tracks

Every week a plethora of big name acts, Australian musicians and little-known musos drop brand spankin’ new tracks on the internet. We’ve trawled through the internet to find some of our favourites and plucked them from the masses. The Vines – ‘Metal Zone’ Now that we have the second full-length...

This Might Be The Most Perfect Music Festival Lineup Ever

One of music’s great debates may have just been brought to an end. International music festival Riot Fest has just announced an incredible lineup for its 10th anniversary edition this year that will definitely have you considering stockpiling your frequent flyers’ points and certainly gives big name internationals like Glastonbury and...

Paléo Nyon Festival

Switzerland has long been famed for its neutrality and with this event originally started as the Nyon Folk Festival in 1976 it’s fair to say it never set out ruffle any feathers. In 1986 the festival rebranded as Paléo Festival Nyon with James Brown kicking things into overdrive and leaving...

Aussies Invade Pukkelpop 2014 Lineup

As many Australian bands wave the ‘Aussie Music Pride’ banner at the mecca of all music festivities, SXSW in Austin, Texas, there arrives a fresh wave of Down Under sounds to take to international festival shores. Pukkelpop, one of Europe’s most celebrated music festivals, has at last unveiled its lineup...

The Most Hipster Bands In The World, As Proven By Science

The running joke of hipsters is the “you’ve probably never heard of it” line that they take great enjoyment in things that fall far outside of the mainstream. Where popularity is equal to being terrible and the more obscure, the better. But the great crisis of conscience every fixie-riding, manicure bearded,...

The National

There are a lot of artists that produce a fantastic first record, but unfortunately the follow-up release doesn’t quite meet the hype or expectation. The National however, have been growing stronger and more prominent in the international music scene. Since works such as ‘Fake Empire’, ‘Mistaken For Strangers’, and just...

The National Talk Grammys, Perfectionism, & Plans For Album #7

It’s safe to say that Scott Devendorf was midway through a pretty good week when the call was connected for this interview. Not only was it just days before his wife would give birth – which, in turn, would force him to later announce that he would not join his...

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The National

“We’re not as depressed as we appear.” The Brooklyn-based band are much more than the dour, melancholic indie-rockers that many peg them as. Behind The National’s moody, dark facade is a funny, complex and often intriguing band that has maintained a consistent output across their six albums in which lead...

The Best Album Artwork Of 2013

As we approach the end of what has been 2013, the time for a torrent of ‘best of’ lists and ‘year’s greatest’ articles is at hand yet again. Before we kick things off in full, what better way to ease into a reflection of the last 12 months of music...

The National, Public Enemy Among Perth Festival 2014 Lineup

The Perth Festival 2014 lineup has been announced with the annual arts and music festival announcing an eclectic mix for its music programme. Now entering its 62nd year, the Perth Festival has enlisted an impressive selection of eclectic choices for its 2014 edition, running from the 7th February through to...