Shining a light on some of the finest in independent talent, UBERfest is underway for another year. Performing bands include Euryale, Dead Villain Society, The Reason, The Unknown Artists, Madeleine Hunt, The High Collide, Slightly Left of Centre, Meredith, Ex Curia, Spectral Fires, Miracle Remedy, Shorty Mic, Legs XI and RDZJB. The Elephant & Wheelbarrow – August 10.
Hey, London Grammar fans. I am sure you have heard the news that the band is set to make their way to our shores next year to make up for bailing on their Splendour gig and sideshows due to illness. I hope you have your tickets in a safe place – like the vegetable crisper – because purchased tickets will remain valid for the new show. And the new show is at Festival Hall on March 14.
Be fooled no longer by those imitation Soundwave posters! Soundwave is giving you the line up one pinch at a time, announcing a band each evening of this week! The 2015 event is already shaping up nicely with Japanese Rock outfit, Coldrain announced on Monday and punk-pop rockers from New York, Patent Pending added last night!
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has revealed details about his new solo album, A New Testament. The album is the quick follow-up to 2013’s Lysandre. According to Pitchfork, the album features contributions from John Anderson, Darren Weiss and Danny Eisenberg, all of whom the singer-songwriter shared time with in Girls. A New Testament is due for release late September.
Ken Jeong (Leslie Chow – Hangover) has landed the lead in a new project appropriately titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. The series, which revolves around 22-year-old Andy who rear-ends Jeong’s car, only for Jeong to take pity upon him and teach him the ways of being a man, is being written by Andy St. Clair (Arrested Development) and Paul O’Toole. Jeong is also currently filming Ride Along 2.
With tickets for their shows being snapped up at a healthy rate, Angus & Julia Stone have done what all good musicians do in a situation like this: add more shows. The duo spent time with Rick Rubin on forthcoming release Death Defying Acts (out August 1), so it’s going to be interesting to see what they have concocted. Fans can also expect to hear all their favourites. The Palais – September 25 (new show).
Known by their nickname The Poppies, Pop Will Eat Itself will make their first trip to our shores in two decades. Known in part for their sample-driven music, the band would score their biggest hit in 1993 with ‘Get the Girl! Kill the Baddies!’.
After doing all they could do in New Zealand, rock quartet These Four Walls made the move to sunny Gold Coast. In New Zealand they managed to score two Top 40 albums and two Top 10 rock singles, and they’re hoping they can follow suit here. Their latest release is the single ‘Rain’, lifted from their album Living to Write the End. Star Hotel – August 29 & The Reverence Hotel – August 30.
Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”, Westworld is the upcoming new series from J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan. A pilot for the series, which is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film about a robotic theme park, was given the green light last August. Nolan is writing the pilot with Lisa Joy (Burn Notice). He will also direct.
Okay, so we’ve heard it all before, but apparently Guns N’ Roses are close to releasing their new album. Speaking with Rolling Stone, keyboardist Dizzy Reed said: “If the new record is not done, then it’s close to being done. I think it’s just a matter of picking out which songs will be on it.”