Music

RETURN TO RIO PROMISES TO BE A WEEKEND OF PURE BLISS

Return To Rio is to music festivals what Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is to factory tours: inspired and highly sought after. That second thing tends to happen when there are only 1,500 Willy Wonka-esque golden tickets up for grabs and they can’t be acquired through normal means.

But that’s all part of the festival’s charm. Return To Rio 2014, the second outing for the event, aims to take a weekend of live music and give it a, if you will, splendiferous twist. Held... read more

WATCH: THE STAR-STUDDED TRAILER FOR ASAP ROCKY DOCUMENTARY ‘SVDDXNLY’

While many critics might dispute the legitimacy of his album Long.Live.ASAP, none can deny the fact that ASAP Rocky is one of this generation’s most influential rappers. His aesthetic has been replicated by fans and competitors alike, and you only need to hear how often ‘Goldie’ or ‘Fuckin Problems’ gets dropped in a club to see that the Harlem spitter’s popularity has been nothing short of remarkable. Now Noisey have decided to mark the rise of ASAP... read more

LISTEN: BANKS ‘BEGGIN FOR A THREAD’

The hype for Banks is very real – we named her beautiful track ‘Fall Over’ one of the Best of 2013, and she’s been releasing new material throughout 2014 in preparation for the release of her debut (and fittingly titled) album Goddess in September. The latest offering is ‘Beggin For A Thread’ – and although it’s more upbeat than what we’re... read more

JILLIONAIRE OF MAJOR LAZER ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR

We’re pretty sure that many punters will have fond memories of Major Lazer’s insane, sweat-drenched shows from earlier in 2014 – which included a run of dates on the Big Day Out as well as headline shows with fellow production wizards Flosstradamus. That’s all the more reason to celebrate the return of Jillionaire from Major Lazer, who’s set to grace clubs across the country this September. He’s toured here solo before, so expect a party and a half when he hits... read more

LITTLE MAY’S TOP 5 ACTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS

Overwhelmed by the massive number of acts playing Splendour In The Grass this weekend? Let’s be real — we all know the big guns. Outkast, Angus & Julia Stone, Vance Joy, Foster The People, Childish Gambino… the list goes on. Here are a few names, big and small, compiled by Little May (who are playing at 1.45 in the GW McLennan Tent on Saturday), that some might miss when trying to navigate the ... read more

LISTEN: TROYE SIVAN ‘HAPPY LITTLE PILL’

Hot off Soundcloud, we have Troye Sivan’s brand spankin’ new debut single ‘Happy Little Pill’. If you don’t know this name, you will soon – the 19-year-old Perth bro has been taking the blogosphere by storm with his magnetic voice, showing maturity far beyond his years. Furthermore, he’s also appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so he’s got acting abilities as well as some top-notch vocal chords. Here on ‘Happy Little Pill’,... read more

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: LA ROUX ‘UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN (LIVE IN NYC)’

We’re still frothing over La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise album that dropped last week, and it seems that almost all music fans and critics agree – this is a brilliant pop record that sees the fiery UK songstress maintain all of her infectious energy with confidence. Now, we’re very lucky to have the Australian premiere of this video, which sees La Roux perform opening track ‘Uptight Downtown’ live in New York. It was recorded back in June, but is only... read more

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SPOTLIGHT: FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Despite their relatively young existence, Foster The People have managed to become one of the most popular acts in modern times – their eclectic sound draws all the best elements from pop, indie rock and dance into an infectious mix that refuses to leave the heads of listeners worldwide. The group made their Splendour In The Grass debut back in 2011, hot from the success of their signature smash hit ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ – a debut single that saw them propelled into stardom,... read more

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS UPDATE THEIR TIMETABLES

We couldn’t be more excited to kickstart our journey to Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass tomorrow morning, and we’d just like to remind all punters to check out the updated timetables in the midst of some last minute cancellations. Just a little recap for anybody in confusion: London Grammar, ... read more

AVICII ENLISTS VOCALISTS OF GREEN DAY, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, BON JOVI FOR NEXT ALBUM

After the rapid success of hit single ‘Levels’ and in all of it’s fistpump-worthy goodness, it seemed that Avicii had plenty to prove – that he wasn’t just a one hit wonder or a producer streamlined for commercial, club-catering house music. Many will argue that he achieved that with his 2013 album True, which saw him release the monumentally successful folk-tinged single ‘Wake Me Up’, as well as collaborations with everyone from Aloe Blacc to... read more