NEWS: weekly recap – Aussies at SXSW, Bluesfest times, and tours

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SXSW draws awesome Aussie lineup
If American Forefather Thomas Jefferson could have envisioned a physical embodiment of his ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’, then he would have created an annual cultural festival in Austin, Texas that celebrates music, film and interactive media. And called it an abbreviation-friendly name which would attract thousands from around the world.

This is only slight hyperbole – artists such as John Mayer and James Blunt were launched into record deals thanks to the exposure SXSW gives artists to broader industry. So it’s wonderful to see such a huge festival again host The Aussie BBQ – a showcase solely for Australian bands.

Artists such as The PreaturesThe Jungle GiantsGlass TowersGossling and Boy and Bear will perform on Saturday March 15 – proof that Australian music is still holding strong in the US. Better yet, SXSW gives gives our artists the chance to tour interstate America and build up an international fanbase. SXSW continues until Sunday March 16. The one tiny imperfection in an otherwise awesome festival? Lady Gaga is keynote speaker – proudly celebrating being individual, because Doritos:

Lorde loves us
If you still don’t know who Lorde is then you don’t belong on the internet. Take your coat and go. For the rest of us who sorely missed out on her last Australian visit, Lorde has announced an all ages national tour. The best bit is that Lorde is from New Zealand, so surely it’s not long before we appropriate her and pretend she was Australian all along.

Megan Washington loves us too
For once, Brisbane gets dibs. Megan Washington has announced two special, intimate shows to support the release of her new single “Who Are You” (no question mark). She’ll be playing at The Rev in Brisbane on April 3, followed by Howler in Melbourne on April 12. Brisbane tickets can be bought here. Unfortunately, Washington has just confirmed on Facebook that the Melbourne show has sold out.

Byron Bay Bluesfest set times released
The Bluesfest organisers have released the set times for 2014, a year which marks the 25th annual blues and roots event. The huge list of talent includes John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jake Bugg, Kasey Chambers, KT Tunstall and Matt Corby. Blessed are we. Bluesfest takes place on April 17 – 21.

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Lily Allen gives more detail on Sheezus
Despite landing herself in hot water over some poorly phrased comments about feminism this week (still obviously blown out of all proportion to anyone who read the article), Lily Allen continues to reveal more about her latest musical endeavours. She has not only revealed the track listing for her third album Sheezus, but has released the video for her next single “Our Time.”

Allen’s last album came out in 2009, but her song-writing seems as on form as it ever was – tongue in cheek humour alongside thoughtful social commentary. Not to mention the video below – that’s one hell of a taxi ride. Sheezus is slated for release in May.

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