Sydney-based designer, illustrator, and artist, Lalita Lu, has many creative feathers pinned to her cap, and now, we can officially add kick-arse seamstress, too. Under the guidance of a menagerie of creatures, shoppers can choose a me and oli print, match it with their favourite garment shape, punch in their size specs then hit send. Bespoke designs handmade to suit your actual shape. This is how shopping should be.
From the dusty depths of Western Australia comes the making of another great Aussie band. Tame Impala have just released their self-titled EP and it’s already seducing ears across the airwaves. With a psychedelic sound akin to the rollicking groove of Led Zeppelin mixed up and delicately caressed with the sound of modern day hope [...]
David Holmes’ fourth solo album has been a long time in the making. The man who is best known for his scoring of films such as Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13, and remixing for bands like U2 and The Manic Street Preachers, took just over ten years to make his latest album.
As the final festival devotees gather their bags, pick up their muddy gumboots, and make their long journey home, the hills of Byron Bay seem eerily quiet. Over 17,500 music fans poured into Belongil Fields for the three day Splendour in the Grass event to watch music juggernauts Devo, Sigur Ros, Wolfmother, The Presets and The Cold War Kids do their thing.
Twenty-six year old Beth Rowley hails from Bristol, England, but her smoky gospel style creates a beautifully mysterious impression of a dark diva from yesteryear, sashaying across a small stage to a packed crowd. Her debut album Little Dreamer is an enchanting mesh of country, blues and gospel that draws heavily on Rowley’s talents as [...]
Sydney band Circle have just released their debut album Just Keep Swimming and boy does it make me smile. It’s an album that works hard to take your mind elsewhere — and succeeds.
For those who missed the amazing debut album of Amy Winehouse, you’re in luck. They’ve just re-released Frank in it all its award-winning glory, with extra bonuses such as unreleased tracks, B-sides, original demos and live performances.
In the milliseconds between pressing play on the latest album from James and settling back onto your comfy bed and adjusting yourself just so, life is seemingly ordinary. Then the music begins.
Dark and somewhat extraterrestrial, The Preset’s sophomore album Apocalypso has just landed on my desk and I’m beside myself. Starting off with the aptly titled Kicking and Screaming, the boys, true to form, dress their fans in space suits and rocket around the galaxy with techno pop anthems such as My People and If I know You.
It was late afternoon in Sydney on a rare sunny summer’s day when I pressed play on Cut Copy’s latest album, In Ghost Colours, and immediately felt like I was in the midst of an awesome chilled out holiday.
Inspiration can come from strange places. Singer-songwriter (and former pro-skateboarder) Matt Costa credits staring at his green wall for his second album, Unfamiliar Faces. The method to his madness involved placing his most treasured items on the wall’s shelves — and staring at them until the memories and inspiration flowed.
That street art has defined our cities as a myriad of individual cultures has nothing to do with most people’s knee-jerk reaction to it. Despite negative media coverage, most people do enjoy the randomness and intricacies of street art. It’s only when the ingenuity wears off and our cityscapes are vandalised with meaningless second-rate versions — commercial and otherwise — that we tend to get bored or angry at its appearance. How fitting then that culture commentator, Francesca Gavin, has taken on the task of documenting the latest talents in street art in her book Street Renegades: New Underground Art.
I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve never listened to The Eels before. Yup, blame it on all the other sweet stuff circling the globe right now. So how lucky am I then that The Eels have decided to release the aptly titled Meet The Eels, a compilation of their sweetest music from 1996 -2006.