1. Punk rockers Skaters strutted their matching tracksuits and paid tribute to the recent passing of punk rock icon Tommy Ramone with the shortest (and possibly loudest) cover in Like A Version history, The Ramones’ ‘Judy Is A Punk’.

  2. Porter Robinson on his new album Worlds: “I was trying to recreate The Legend Of Zelda”.

    Porter Robinson on his new album Worlds: “I was trying to recreate The Legend Of Zelda”.

  3. Legendary producer Rick Rubin talks to Richard Kingsmill about working how and why he worked with Angus and Julia Stone on their third album.

  4. Sticky Fingers, Live At The Wireless
Splendour In The Grass, 26/7/2014
Listen here.
Freddy Crabs HeadlockThese Girls Gold Snafu Show No Shade If You Go (feat. DMAs)Dreamland Just For You Caress Your Soul How To Fly Australia Street

    Sticky Fingers, Live At The Wireless

    Splendour In The Grass, 26/7/2014

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    Freddy Crabs 
    Headlock
    These Girls 
    Gold Snafu 
    Show No Shade 
    If You Go (feat. DMAs)
    Dreamland 
    Just For You 
    Caress Your Soul 
    How To Fly 
    Australia Street

  5. After a spot of Tenacious D karaoke, Swedish sister folk duo ‘First Aid Kit’ went from Jack Black to Jack White with an acoustic cover of his track ‘Love Interruption’ for Like A Version.

  6. The Best of Splendour

    OUTKAST

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    The headliners of this festival showed anyone and everyone why they are still held in such high regard after such a lengthy hiatus. Outkast drew everyone to the Amphitheatre, possibly the biggest Splendour crowd in history, and delivered hit after hit of insanely fun hip hop goodness. If there were naysayers before the show, we couldn’t find them afterwards.

    YOUNG ACTS RUN FREE

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    Seeing young artists make the step up from the clubs we usually see them during the year is one of the best things about any festival. Splendour was no exception.

    Both of our triple j Unearthed winners – Airling and Tora – absolutely dominated in their opening Amphitheatre shows.

    DMAs looked and sounded like they came pretty much fully-formed. Tkay Maidza sent things into a dinoriffic frenzy early on day one. New Zealand’s Broods are likely to threaten the best Kiwi pop acts around at the moment (and there are stacks of them). Wave Racer had the Mix Up Tent grooving and Brisbane’s The Creases were a noise pop delight on the final day.

    COVER FRENZY!

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    The Preatures dropped a ruling version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and dedicated it to fallen Aussie rock greats Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.

    As mentioned, Tkay Maidza gave us Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’ early in the day, which sent the crowd bananas.

    The Kite String Tangle’s rendition of Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’ got the crowd moving after a somewhat sleepy start.

    Ball Park Music ended their set in the most epic fashion with a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a massive talking point for the day and a highlight for heaps of people.

    Ásgeir joined in the fun with a version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’, played in his typically low-key style.

    Saskwatch double-dipped into the covers pool. Firstly they brought back memories of Splendour past by playing sadly defunct Aussie band Little Red’s ‘Coca-Cola’, before a great version of Jagwar Ma’s ‘Let Her Go’.

    The warm and wonderful Vance Joy set ended with a hearty rendition of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’.

    Danny Brown smashed out an awesome version of A$AP Ferg’s ‘Shabba’ in between chucking toilet paper at everyone in the crowd.

    Skaters slipped a little bit of Violent Femmes’ ‘Kiss Off’ into the end of their set, while Kingswood slipped some QOTSA ‘Field Good Hit Of The Summer’ into the middle of theirs.

    A CAVALCADE OF SPECIAL GUESTS

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    Some bands got famous friends on stage. Peking Duk’s star studded set was a first night highlight, featuring cameos from 360, Ben from SAFIA, Yeo and The Kite String Tangle. Dan Sultan got up with both Spiderbait and the Hilltop Hoods and a DMAs cameo leant even more awesomeness to the Sticky Fingers set.

    There were a few not so famous friends on stage as well. Bender, the Mayor of Splendour, got up and did the running man during Ball Park Music’s set (check out the video of that here), Violent Soho bassist Luke Henery got his three-year-old son Oscar on stage during their massive main stage set and Outkast dragged a whole swarm of ladies up to dance to their smash hit ‘Hey Ya!’.

    HAPPY BANDS = HAPPY FANS

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    Check out the look on Grouplove’s faces. Bands say this kind of stuff all the time, but this has truly got to be one of the best places in the world to play.

    Honestly, the crowds who go to so much effort to pack out events like Splendour are the reason we get to see bands of this calibre returning year after year.

    So, who’ll be on the bill for 2015?

  7. Splendour Day Three: Wrap Up

    The final day is done. It’s all over. It’s sad, of course, but some damn fine memories have been made.

    Here are a few of the best bits from day three.

    SHOUT OUTS!

    Quite a few acts have been giving props from the stage.

    Today Kingswood gave Queens Of The Stone Age and Sticky Fingers shout outs, adopting some of their musical styles into their own songs.

    Mikhael Paskalev gave little old triple j big ups, saying he loves waking up to see the triple j plays twitter account mentioning that we’ve played one of his songs on the radio.

    Mark Foster from Foster The People gave a shout out to A$AP Rocky before ‘A Beginner’s Guide To Destroying The Moon’ this evening. The band sample the track at the start of the song.   

    Of course, if we go right back to Friday afternoon (it seems so long ago now) The Preatures dedicated their ripping version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ to the memory of Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.

    FORGET FESTIVAL FATIGUE

    Splendour is a massive undertaking for even the keenest live music lovers and that showed on the faces and body language of the punters out there today. Eyes were bleary, the walk up the massive Amphitheatre hill was a little sluggish and most people took advantage of the dry ground for a bit of a sit down.

    But once the sun started to dip below the hills, it was like we were back at the beginning. Hands were flailing for Grouplove and Hilltop Hoods’ sets and the grins around the site were bigger than ever. Well played, Splendour punters.

    RISE OF THE SLACKER

    Among all the awesome rock, hip hop, electro and folk music that has been at Splendour this weekend, it was great to see a couple of bands playing slacker pop songs packed with heaps of character.

    Parquet Courts were brilliant with the Velvet Underground meets Pavement songs from their last two records Lighten Up Gold and Sunbathing Animal.

    On a local note, Courtney Barnett continued her absolute world domination with a huge set at the GW McLennan stage this afternoon. Her songs are among the best of anyone else at the festival and tonight her and her band played them with serious guts.

    BONFIRES!

    The bonfires around the Splendour site have been pretty great all weekend, but tonight they were a godsend. The temperature got down to something far cooler than comfortable, but those big roaring flames kept us nice and warm. Plus, there are some pretty interesting characters to be met in those situations. 

  8. Splendour Day Two: Wrap Up

    Another day done. Here are some of the best things Splendour had to offer on day two.

    THE FASHION:

    A few of the acts really stepped it up in terms of fashion on stage today.

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    Wave Racer’s desktop wallpaper shirt was next level.

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    Sticky Fingers’ use of mink coat, no shirt, huge moustache and short shorts was to be admired.

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    Sky Ferreira just looked amazing. She couldn’t make up her mind about whether she’d keep her sunnies on or off though.

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    Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands kinda looked like a preacher.

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    This was the best the audience could come up with…

    ENTERTAINMENT PLUS:

    Awesome songs can be enough to make for a great set. But when you add in spectacular onstage antics, then it becomes incredible.

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    James from Violent Soho stabbed his amp with his guitar.

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    Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands was the best frontman of this festival so far.

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    Art Vs Science know how to create, then destroy their audience.

    AUSTRALIA: THE CENTRE OF THE SPLENDOUR UNIVERSE

    City and Colour and Foals may have been the headliners on day two, but the Australian showing today was a beautiful reminder of just how damn good this country’s scene is right now.

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    There was the madness of Violent Soho, Sticky Fingers and 360 on the main stage. The charming folk of Dustin Tebbutt, Gossling and Vance Joy at the GW McLennan Tent and the brilliant electro of Art Vs Science, Wave Racer, Touch Sensitive and RÜFÜS in the Mix Up Tent.

    THE PROPS:

    You know what’s good to do if you need a break from seeing bands? Looking at cool, weird shit.

    Splendour has really come to the party on that front this year, with a whole heap of wild props littered around the site to make you laugh, freak you out or just take your mind somewhere you weren’t expecting it to be.

    A giant, inflatable whale with ten breasts, a giant Lionel Richie head and a terrifying, bloody mouthed shark among the highlights.

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    There were some pretty sweet onstage props as well.

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    Art Vs Science had tall crystal topped pillars onstage that Zan Rowe said looked like “kind of a cross between Stonehenge and the Labyrinth”. While 360 had a confetti cannon that looked like a machine gun (though he reckons it ended up being more like a baby farting than some kind of sweet gangster prop).

    THE PEOPLE:

    Punters at Splendour are here to party and to see some killer live music. When that’s your goal for the weekend, it’s no wonder the mood is so good.

    From the moment we saw (and heard) the swarm of people bolting down the hill to catch local triple j Unearthed winners Tora first thing this afternoon, we knew it’d be a special day.

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    They come out in droves to dance and scream along to great bands and DJs.

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    They have no problems helping a robot Mayor feel on top of the world.

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    They share when it gets rainy.

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    Some people even make their own toilets (actually, that’s kinda gross).

    See ya tomorrow.

  9. Splendour Day One: Wrap Up

    Friday at Splendour In The Grass is done. An exhausting day full of everything that makes a festival awesome.

    Special guests, secret covers and super weather.

    You can’t ask for more than what happened today. The weather, the music and the vibe at the festival were sweet. Keep your radio on and you’ll get a sense of that wherever you are for the rest of this weekend.

    Here are the highlights from today’s action.

    YOUNG BLOOD:

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    The day kicked off with sterling performances from some Splendour debutantes.

    This year’s triple j Unearthed Splendour winner Airling was oh so smooth in her Amphitheatre opening set. ‘The Runner’ had more than a few hips swaying among the early punters. At least those who weren’t having fun rolling down the massive hill in front of the stage.

    Tkay Maidza dominated the Mix Up Stage early. ‘Brontosaurus’ and a cover of Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’, as well as some gnarly visuals ft psychedelic cats, got people very excited indeed.

    People are going to compare DMAs to Oasis for a long time. We prefer to think of them as a good band playing great pop songs (and wearing oversized winter clothing, even if it’s a glorious, sunny 26 degrees at the time).

    It’s always so exciting to see this fresh talent do so well. There are surely plenty more Splendours in store for them.

    EVERYONE LOVES A COVER:

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    The Preatures dropped a ruling version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and dedicated it to fallen Aussie rock greats Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.

    As mentioned, Tkay Maidza gave us Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’ early in the day, which sent the crowd bananas.

    The Kite String Tangle’s rendition of Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’ got the crowd moving after a somewhat sleepy start.

    Ball Park Music ended their set in the most epic fashion with a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a massive talking point for the day and a highlight for heaps of people.

    Ásgeir joined in the fun with a version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’, played in his typically low-key style.

    Saskwatch double-dipped into the covers pool tonight. Firstly they brought back memories of Splendour past by playing sadly defunct Aussie band Little Red’s ‘Coca-Cola’, before a great version of Jagwar Ma’s ‘Let Her Go’.

    SUNNY DAYS:

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    If you’ve ever done a muddy Splendour, you’ll understand why we were so stoked to be in full sun all day. Let’s hope this doesn’t jinx things for the next couple of days.

    FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS:

    How good are guest appearances at a festival? It’s even better when whoever appears by surprise isn’t even on the bill. Today a few bands got their mates on board for a bit of help.  

    During their barnstorming main stage set, Spiderbait dragged the brilliant Dan Sultan onstage for a powerful cameo.

    It seemed like Peking Duk had half of Australia’s best talent on stage with them tonight. 360 dropped some rhymes, Yeo sang his guts out in the world premiere of a brand new track, The Kite String Tangle came back to the Mix Up stage after his earlier set to lend a hand, while Ben from SAFIA rounded out this cavalcade of talent.

    Matt Okine started a rumour that Chance The Rapper would be joining Childish Gambino on stage. This is despite him continually saying “I’m not starting rumours”. Alas, the closest we got was a shout out to the Chicagoan during one of his songs.

    WE GET TO COME BACK TOMORROW:

    And we’re bringing you with us again. Check out the acts we’ve got lined up for you tomorrow afternoon, kicking off with a replay of tonight’s very classy Interpol set at 12.15pm.

  10. Northeast Party House stick with their tradition of dropping their dacks after a great take, nailing a complete electro reworking of Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’.

  11. Chet Faker, Live At At The Wireless
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 26/06/2014
Listen here. 
ArchangelI’m Into YouBlush1998I Want Someone To LoveLove And FeelingNo DiggityDrop The GameTo MeTalk Is Cheap

    Chet Faker, Live At At The Wireless

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 26/06/2014

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    Archangel
    I’m Into You
    Blush
    1998
    I Want Someone To Love
    Love And Feeling
    No Diggity
    Drop The Game
    To Me
    Talk Is Cheap

  12. Briggs, Gurrumul, Dewayne Everettsmith, Corey McGregor (Funkoars), Ben Hauptman and James Mangohig (Sietta) perform a sequel to Archie Roach’s ‘Took The Children Away’ for triple j’s special NAIDOC week Like A Version.

  13. Interview with Milwaukee Banks - Feature Artist →

    triplejunearthed:

    Milwaukee Banks stroll a perfectly fine line between electronica, R’n’B, and rap, making sounds so sexy, you cannot help but sway your hips to. A collaboration that pushes both of these talented artists into new territory as yet undiscovered by man or machine. Check them out as this week’s…

  14. Lewi McKirdy fanboys out over meeting Greg Sestero aka Mark from the best/worst movie ever, The Room.

    Lewi McKirdy fanboys out over meeting Greg Sestero aka Mark from the best/worst movie ever, The Room.

  15. We’re giving away two awesome triple j hoodies on our Facebook page!
All we want to know is, ‘what’s good in your hood?’

    We’re giving away two awesome triple j hoodies on our Facebook page!

    All we want to know is, ‘what’s good in your hood?’