Posted by Danni Le Toullec on February 16, 2011
Off the back of their debut self-funded album, Gorilla Manor, Local Natives pulled a surprisingly large crowd at Sydney’s Metro Theatre last Thursday night. But the five-piece, who hail from Los Angeles, did not disappoint. Well known for their soaring harmonies, Local Natives have been (favourably) compared to bands like Fleet Foxes, a likeness that was particularly clear with the band's performance of 'Shapeshifter'.
In between strumming their beautiful Les Paul guitars, Ryan Hahn, Kelcey Ayer and Taylor Rice swapped instruments and took turns in leading the vocals. As a band that collaborates on everything (even their artwork), the changes served to enrich their performance even further rather than confusing their sound.More...
Posted by KB on February 3, 2011
That festival that had such small beginnings has not only blown up in Australia (covering five Aussie cities at last count) but now has plans to take over the US.
Ahead of the first Australian shows (which kick off in Brisbane tomorrow), the folk at Laneway have announced they’ll be hosting a party at every music buff’s favourite festival, SXSW.
To be held on March 16, the party kicks off at noon and includes music from Cloud Control, Cloud Nothings, Foster The People, Givers, Hanni El Khatib, Huw Stephens (DJ set), Noah & The Whale, Royal Bangs, The Holidays, Twin Shadow and a special guest performer.
For more info, hit up the Laneway website.
Posted by KB on October 12, 2010
Today’s the day, when the legendary Laneway Festival announces its line-up for another year. What started as a small gig in a Melbourne laneway has grown to include hot international acts and dates around Australia. So without further ado, the line-up:
!!! (Chk Chk Chk), The Antlers, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beach House Bear In Heaven, Blonde Redhead, Cloud Control, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Foals, Gotye, The Holidays, Holy Fuck, Jenny & Johnny, Les Savy Fav, Local Natives, Menomena, PVT, Rat vs Possum (Excluding Perth), Stornoway, Two Door Cinema Club, Violent Soho, Warpaint, World’s End Press, Yeasayer
Laneway Festival will be gracing cities around Australia and New Zealand on the following dates:
Mon Jan 31 - Auckland
Aotea Square, 303 Queen Street. Auckland Central
Fri Feb 4 - Brisbane
Alexandria St off St Paul's Terrace, Fortitude Valley (Twilight event)
Sat Feb 5 - Melbourne
Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)
Sun Feb 6 - Sydney
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Rozelle
Feb 11 - Adelaide
Fowler's Live, North Terrace (Twilight event)
Sat Feb 12 - Perth
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Tickets for all shows go on sale Wednesday October 20 at 9am on the Laneway Festival site, or over the phone on 1300 369 882. Don’t miss out.
Posted by kluster on February 5, 2010
For the last few years running St Jeromes Laneway Festival organisers have proven that they know how to successfully curate an independent music festival. Thankfully 2010’s efforts allowed them to maintain their unsoiled reputation. We use the word thankfully because we all know how ugly a festival line-up fall from grace can be. Yes, Big Day Out, we are looking at you.
We managed to squeeze in quite a few bands during the course of the day and not one disappointed. The new venue provided ticket holders with more room to move - in space imparting a rather 20th-century-institutional vibe - and the fact that all stages were completely removed from one another meant that they each ended up developing a vibe of their own.
Speaking of institutions, Whitley, post beginning their set with sounds twinged with musical grandiosity, admitted there could think of no better place to play than somewhere reminiscent of an insane asylum. Over on the Clock Tower stage (Playschool imagery, anyone?) Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit were warming up with a spot of ethereal guitar-driven indie rock. ‘Keep Yourself Warm’ rounded up what proved, for us, a pleasing first-time FR experience.
Wild Beasts win Kluster’s non-existent award for Most Pleasant Surprise of The Day in The Form of a Band. Stepping out onto the stage to the sounds of an extended si-fi-esque voiceover they won over the audience with their delightfully discombobulated sound – encapsulating theatrical vocal lines, pulsating beats and windswept hair served on a bed of singer swapping, with a side of Jamaican undertones.More...
Posted by kluster on November 23, 2009
Since our good friends at Laneway Festival announced the lineup for next year’s multi-city tour we’ve been gushing like an open hydrant during a Brooklyn summer. Words of affection and admiration, for the job they have done pulling together a stellar selection of bands, spill forth from our open gobs.
In order to warm our Australian readers up for the festivals, and in aid of the Kluster subscriber drive, Laneway have kindly provided us with a five CD pack to bequeath to one lucky new subscriber.
Florence & The Machine - Lungs
The XX - X
Hockey - Mind Chaos
Whitely - Go Forth, Find Mammoth
Dappled Cities - Zounds
To be in the running to win the pack simply follow the instructions below. Already signed up? No problem, just convince a friend to let you subscribe them too (include name their name and email address in the body of the email).
To enter simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Pre-Laneway Listening.
Entries close 15/01/2010
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on November 4, 2009
Are you an unsigned artist/band living in Melbourne’s western suburbs? Well, put down your guitar and step away from the microphone because this is one opportunity you don’t want to miss!
The popular Laneway Festival has joined forces with Footscray Community Arts Centre to bring you ‘The Very West’. Musicians will perform for a panel of judges and the winner(s) will score the ultimate foot in the door by performing at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Sydney in January 2010.
Applications open Tuesday 27 October and close at 5pm on Friday 27 November, 2009.
Posted by KB on October 21, 2009
Festival season is just around the corner, and today we got the first taste of what's to come for the new and improved Laneway Festival.
You'll need to check the festival website for details of dates and places in your city, but we can give you the lowdown on what to expect on the musical front:
Echo & the Bunnymen, Florence & the Machine, Black Lips, The XX, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Blasko, NASA, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Hockey, Dappled Cities, Mumford & Sons, The Very Best, Radioclit, Wild Beasts, Whitley, The Middle East, Kid Sam and Dirty Three.
Phew! To say we are excited would be an understatement of the grandest proportions.
Tickets go on sale Friday October 30 at 9am from GreenTix.