Amy Shark, nominated for six awards, is another serious Aria contender. The Gold Coast singer-songwriter came second in this year’s Hottest 100 with her track Adore. Since then, she has played a run of dates in the US supporting Bleachers, the main project of Taylor Swift and Lorde collaborator Jack Antonoff, and made her US late-night debut on the Late Show with James Corden this month. … [Read more...] about Arias 2017: Gang of Youths poised for wins at Australia’s biggest music awards
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Wolf Shield – Residuum This is Wolf Shield’s debut, but I’ve heard these songs before. Well, fragments of them anyway. These days Randy Reimann is best known as the founder of electronic act Tralala Blip – composed of members with and without disabilities – but in the early 90s he was the vocalist of legendary Sydney hardcore/thrash/punk band, Massappeal. They were Sydney’s most ferocious live act, and I’d come down from the Blue Mountains for their all-ages shows. … [Read more...] about Music you missed: 10 Australian underground releases from Cable Ties to Au.Ra
When there was time between concentrated art sessions I headed out to explore scenery that must be inspiring for Lucy’s landscape courses (in good weather, painting outside would be glorious). Crickhowell’s great foodie shops and gastro pubs are a short drive away, too. Even closer are little-known discoveries such as Tretower, a mile or two south, dominated by a huge Norman circular castle, and Llangynidr to the west, where drivers politely take turns to cross an ancient narrow bridge over the Usk. … [Read more...] about I loved this dreamy bohemian place: my art holiday in south Wales
Also likely to put up a fight for the crown is Childish Gambino’s racially charged This Is America. Released last May, during a week in which Kanye West infamously called black slavery a choice and Donald Trump spoke at the annual NRA rally in Texas, Donald Glover’s track inspired instant praise and widespread thinkpieces. Both somatic and intelligent, subtle and blunt as a police baton, the song was inextricably linked to Hiro Murai’s shocking, artful video clip, and Glover’s own Atlanta series, the season two finale of which aired the following week. An indictment of gun culture, police violence and the inequalities of American life, it will go down as a vital and urgent piece of protest art. … [Read more...] about From Childish Gambino to Amy Shark: who’s set to sweep Triple J’s Hottest 100?
It has been a huge few years for Shark, who spent the better part of a decade making music before her breakout hit Adore got its first spin on Triple J in 2016. Like Barnett, she has since become a favourite of the talkshow circuit in the US, where she is currently on tour before a series of festival slots back in Australia and a full European tour through January. … [Read more...] about Aria awards 2018: Amy Shark and Courtney Barnett lead nominations