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Artist Portraits From Firefly 2015 Sunday

Firefly is now officially over, but the buzz lingers. How could it not? The Killers covered Kings Of Leon, Sturgill Simpson had EDM kids do-si-doing in the mud, and Morrissey trolled every carnivore in sight. In the quieter moments, Mallory Turner took portraits of some of the festival’s rising stars. Check out her Sunday work… More »

By: Stereogum / June 22, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Empire Of The Sun Debut “Welcome To My Life” In Absolut Commercial

Alcohol and live music have a long and storied relationship, and lately more and more spirit brands such as Anheuser Busch and Smirnoff have partnered with festivals and ticketing companies, marrying their products to the live music experience while highlighting artists that mesh with their brand philosophy. Absolut Vodka also has a history of collaboratio… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / May 11, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Empire Of The Sun – “Wandering Star”

Empire Of The Sun’s new track “Wandering Star” is featured in the film Dumb And Dumber To. The Australian band composed the film score, and this track is a bit more subdued than the other anthems we’ve heard from them in the past. Listen below. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 4, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Watch Empire Of The Sun Play Leno

Empire Of The Sun have made a name for themselves with their absurdly theatrical live shows. They brought that huge performance by The Tonight Show on Friday, and you can stream it now. You’ll have to click through to the last section of the video (and sit through a couple ads) which is roughly 36:30. More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 4, 2013 - 10:35 am

Lady Gaga – “Applause (Empire Of The Sun Remix)”

Lady Gaga has recruited another indie staple for an official remix of ARTPOP lead single “Applause,” following Purity Ring’s take on it last week. This time, Australian synth-poppers Empire Of The Sun take a stab at the song. Fresh off the release of their sophomore album Ice on the Dune, the duo manages to transform… More »

By: James Rettig / September 24, 2013 - 11:20 am

Empire Of The Sun – “DNA” Video

Aussie dance-pop duo Empire Of The Sun have gone all operatically ridiculous for their new album Ice On The Dune, and their new video for “DNA” gets the overblown absurdity of their whole act just right in ways that their too-serious “Alive” video couldn’t manage. In the video, we see both band members, in full-o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Photos: Made In America 2013

The second annual Budweiser Made In America festival, which is curated by Jay-Z, took place over the weekend in Philadelphia with performances by Phoenix, Beyoncé, HAIM, Dairrhea Planet, Kendrick Lamar, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Nine Inch Nails, who covered Johnny Cash (LOL jk). Check out Luis Ruiz photos from the fest in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Turntable Interview: Empire Of The Sun

Australia’s Empire of the Sun dropped their debut album Walking On A Dream in 2008, introducing the world to their intergalactic dance vibe. The music, created by members Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, was imaginative and fantastical and led them to tour for three years before finally heading back to the studio to record this year’… More »

By: Melissa Locker / August 22, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Watch Empire Of The Sun Play Kimmel

Sydney natives Empire of the Sun brought their theatrical brand of fantasy synth-pop to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night in Los Angeles. Appearing in support of their sophomore album Ice On The Dunes, the band gave a dynamic performance of the record’s leading single, “Alive” (whose video is as epic and drugged out as one… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / June 19, 2013 - 11:58 am

Stream Empire Of The Sun Ice On The Dune

As you can probably tell from the cover art, the trailer, and the motherfucking headdress, Aussie synthpop duo Empire Of The Sun are absolutely going for absurd levels of grandeur on their new album Ice On The Dune. We’ve already posted that album’s first single “Alive,” as well as live video of some other songs. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Watch Empire Of The Sun Debut New Songs At Sydney Opera House

Empire Of The Sun debuted their new album Ice On The Dune last Friday at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid LIVE series. As it should be expected for such a visually-oriented band, the performance is quite a spectacle with an impressive light show. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 3, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Watch Empire Of The Sun Play “Alive” In Dallas

Alive,” the new single from Aussie synthpoppers Empire Of The Sun is as much a grand and absurd spectacle. as it is a song; the group made good and sure of that with the video. They’re all over the festival circuit this summer, which means they’ll play the song live a fuckton of times. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Empire Of The Sun – “Alive” Video

Empire Of The Sun’s sense of silliness was beyond apparent when they released the trailer for their sophomore album Ice On The Dune. We continue where it left off in the video for first single “Alive.” It features the band and others in a desert-jungle situation, many dressed as wild animals. But between the bawdy… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 29, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Empire Of The Sun – “Alive”

Last month, with great fanfare, Australian synth-rock stars Empire Of The Sun announced the impending release of their sophomore album Ice On The Sun. That album’s goofily epic trailer might’ve indicated a move toward cosmic prog, but the album’s first single “Alive,” which the band just shared, is actually a peppy and festival-directed blast of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2013 - 9:04 am

Watch Empire Of The Sun’s Ice On The Dune Trailer

The Australian dance-rock duo Empire Of The Sun are massively popular, and they always show up near the top of festival bills despite only having one song that everyone knows. And judging by the trailer they’ve just posted for their forthcoming sophomore album Ice On The Dune, they might just be the first non-K-pop band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2013 - 9:37 am

Governors Ball 2011 In Photos

The single day, two stage Governors Ball brought Big Boi, Girl Talk, Empire Of The Sun, Pretty Lights, Neon Indian, Das Racist, and a Passion Pit DJ set to NYC’s Governors Island on Saturday. It was the first year for the fest, which featured no overlapping sets. There was also sanctioned beer pong. Check out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 20, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Scenes From Coachella ’11: Saturday

While we wait for Kanye’s Super Secret Surprise Guests (Rebecca Black?), let’s glance back at yesterday’s highlights. AnCo, Erykah Badu, Arcade Fire, Big Audio Dynamite, Bright Eyes, Cults, Suede, Glasser, Mumford & Sons, and many more were on hand for Day 2 in the desert. Photos by Graeme Flegenheimer. Enjoy. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 17, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Outside Lands 2010 In Photos

When we posted the Outside Lands festival lineup, we mentioned how the San Fransisco festival tried to fit it “between a jam and a rock space,” especially with Further (featuring the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh) and the Strokes headlining on Saturday. According to our photographer Graeme Flegenheimer there was a hippie/hipster divide… More »

By: jessica / August 16, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Lollapalooza 2010 Saturday: Green Day Is For The Children

Even if you’re not a fan (I’m not) you gotta give Green Day credit, first for introducing Lookout! to mall-punks back in the day, later for showcasing political awareness on an MTV-sized scale. Now middle-aged dads, with armfuls of Grammys and a Broadway pedigree, they commanded the biggest crowd at Lolla so far this weekend. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 8, 2010 - 12:02 pm
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