Posts Tagged ‘australia’


Kimbra Announces Fall US Tour Dates

In 2011, Kimbra made her splash in the US by starring in Gotye’s massive hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” and received high praise for her own full-length record, Vows. Now the New Zealand singer-songwriter is dropping bizarre, infectious hits like “90s Music” off her upcoming sophomore album, The Golden Echo, due out August 19 via Warner Bros. In support of that release, she will be hitting the road this fall for a short US tour.

The headlining tour kicks off on October 20 in San Francisco, sees a stopover at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in …


The Acfields May Soon Be Your New Favorite Folk Duo

Brother and sister duos are not the rarest commodity in the modern music landscape, but finding one that stands out as undeniably unique is a true rarity. I won’t guarantee I have found such a duo just yet, but it’s certainly possible The Acfields will be winning over many hearts worldwide in no time at all.

Dan and Hannah Acfield are a brother and sister folk duo who reside in two different corners of Australia – Brisbane and Melbourne. One might think that would make creating music together difficult, but in the digital age nothing could be further from the …


Angus and Julia Stone Release Video For “A Heartbreak”

Critically acclaimed Australian folk-pop duo Angus and Julia Stone have released the video for “A Heartbreak” via The New York Times. “A Heartbreak” is taken from the duo’s Rick Rubin-produced third full-length Angus and Julia Stone which is due for release on August 1 via Republic Records.

“A Heartbreak” joins the album’s first official single, “Heart Beats Slow,” and the teaser track “Death Defying Acts,” in providing the perfect introduction to the duo’s unique sound. A hauntingly beautiful track built around a gorgeous melody, “A Heartbreak” juxtaposes soothing harmonies with a heartbreaking lament on lost love, creating a truly …

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MUSIC VIDEO: The Jezabels – “Time To Dance”

Australian indie pop group The Jezabels have a tendency of sneaking up on you with their quaint, lovable songs and getting you to question why exactly you haven’t been listening to them for longer. Their new music video for The Brink track “Time To Dance” will do the same.

The graceful single follows a dancer as she wakes up, stretches, and lets her moves out on a rooftop (with several outfit changes as well). It will probably leave you feeling fresh and awake just based off the beautiful shots. When paired with their poppy guitar lines and some naturally scaling …

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LIVE REVIEW: Closure In Moscow – ‘Pink Lemonade’ Album Launch (5/10/14)

It’s been five years since Australia’s Closure in Moscow announced themselves to the world with their critically acclaimed debut First Temple. So it’s with a sense of great anticipation and joy that the band’s ever faithful fan-base enters the Evelyn hotel tonight to witness the birth of its follow-up, the bombastic progressive-rock opus known as Pink Lemonade.

Taking the stage to the sounds of “Pinku Remonado,” the colourfully dressed quintet wastes no time introducing us to the world of Pink Lemonade whipping the hometown crowd into a frenzied state with an incendiary rendition of the spasmodic “Neoprene Byzantine” …

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Watch Arctic Monkeys Cover Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

While in the midst of their current tour across Australia, Arctic Monkeys stopped by Triple J to deliver their contribution to the radio station’s cover series aptly titled “Like A Version.” Siding with a cover of Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” couldn’t be more appropriate since the two groups will be sharing the stage at London’s Finsbury Park on May 23 and 24.

Within the cover, frontman Alex Turner tastefully draws attention away from the unnecessary layers of the track by relying off of his acoustic guitar and psychedelic-tinged voice, making for an almost haunting experience. …

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UTG PHOTOS: Iggy Azalea (5/5/14)

Under The Gun sent guest photographer, Laura Murray, to Irving Plaza in New York City to photograph Iggy Azalea on May 5, 2014.

Iggy Azaelia is on the path to next level pop stardom. Currently, she is featured on Ariana Grande’s single “Problem,” which is #1 on the iTunes song chart. The Australian native’s debut album The New Classic has had an outpouring of fan approval since its release on April 21. She’s unique and we at Under The Gun love that.

The first thing fans saw on stage when they entered Irving Plaza was a structure that somewhat resembled …


Knapsack Announce Australian Tour, Vinyl Reissues

After an initial US reunion tour last fall, California emo rockers Knapsack have announced their first tour of Australia, which will take place this August. At the center of the four-date run is an appearance at Weekender Fest in Melbourne. You can see the full list of dates and a tour poster after the break.

In honor of the tour, Australian label Poison City Records will be reissuing two of the band’s classic albums, Day Three of My New Life and This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now on vinyl. Original pressings of these essential pieces of the emo canon …

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Watch Say Lou Lou’s Semi-Scandelous “Everything We Touch” Music Video

Australia-based (but Swedish-born) duo Say Lou Lou have shared a new music video for their current single, “Everything We Touch.”

The song is a less moody version of Lorde, keeping bright tones without ever going full pop star. ​The video, however, does. The twins are apparently nude and floating about in lots of outer space visuals. Nature, planets, and the sisters touch, as the song title would imply, before they turn into gold. There’s nothing surprising here, but hey, at least it’s straightforward.

Watch the video below:…


INTERVIEW: HELENA Talks “Levity,” Working With Ultra Records and More

“If I’m not fist-pumping and jumping around in the studio when it drops then I know it’s not going to transpose well into a festival set. “Levity” was about combining classic house with the more energetic sounds of now.”

HELENA has blessed the electro house community with multiple massive singles in recent months, but “Levity,” her brand new Ultra Records-backed collaboration with esteemed vocalist Shawnee Taylor, just might be the one that launches the Australian producer to her inevitable position as an instantly recognizable staple of electronic music.

After hearing the exciting new material, UTG had the chance to talk …

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UTG Review @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Bryony Kimmings – ‘Sex Idiot’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Bryony Kimmings
Show: Sex Idiot
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

Every now and then a piece of performance art comes along that is so unique, daring and confrontational that words simply cannot do it testament. Bryony Kimmings’ Sex Idiot is not one of these shows, but only because you’d need to add ‘hilarious’ to the description.

A thought-provoking yet wildly humorous examination of the awkward aftermath that follows being diagnosed with an STI, Sex Idiot is at once a biting social critique of our archaic attitudes towards STIs and a heartfelt dissertation on modern relationships. Oh, …

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UTG Review @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Alex Williamson – ‘Dumb Things I’ve Done’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Alex Williamson
Show: Dumb Things I’ve Done
Venue: The Athenaeum Theatre

Over the course of the last seven years, Alex ‘Shooter’ Williamson has developed from brash comedic upstart to a multi-talented, verifiable YouTube sensation. With more than 35 million views and more than 370,000 people who have signed up as subscribers to his YouTube channel, as well as over 575,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, Alex has been able to cash in on that popularity and create opportunities for himself, including stints at LA’s The Hot Hits Live, regular commercial radio gigs and landing the lead role …