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5 Aussie Acts Killing It In The States

Breaking into a new scene, let alone a new country, is always a challenging. In saying that, a wave of Aussie artists are smashing it overseas, showcasing that we’ve got the musical goods people need. Here are five artists who leapt over to the States, nailed the first impression and are continuing to build up momentum in the music industry goldfield.

Jagwar Ma

Still riding the high from Every Now & Then, this Sydney trio are huge at the moment. Having followed the festival season across the globe, Americans were lucky to see the boys play at a little festival called Coachella with a handful of sideshows dotted across the west coast. After their appearance, it seems like the U.S needed​ a stronger dose of these psych rockers as a string of American shows are lined up for the next week or two.


Armed with two EPs, Kllo recently embarked on a west coast tour with Rufus, playing solid out shows from their collective fan bases. It is no small feat to break into a new market with very limited music out there but this electro duo’s refined productions are strong enough to carry them throughout a tour. Having recently been added to California’s Lighting In A Bottle, it seems that this is the start of something special with the yanks.

The Griswolds

Even before the release of High Times For Low Lives, The Griswolds have been a relentless force in the states since 2014. Spending much of the time touring and building up a solid fan base, the band have established themselves as the U.S’s favourite Australian party band. Though, naming your band after a American pop culture reference and proceeding to write songs about the country probably helps to break the market.


Though a highly respected producer in Australia and New Zealand’s EDM scene, this year marked Kilter’s debut in North America. Bringing along local superstar Lanks with him for a 15 date conquer-fest of America. Having already gained some presence through his remixes of Duke Dumont and ODESZA, Kilter has set himself up to hit the U.S EDM scene hard with his blend of live sampling and gritty productions.

Middle Kids

A little endorsement can go a long way and nothing rings truer for Sydney’s Middle Kids. Earlier this year they played (and killed) their performance on Conan with the man himself calling the performance “brilliant”. They follow a series of other Australian bands who have used the show as a launchpad into America and are already down to play Bumbershoot in Seattle so it’s safe to say, they’ve made quite the impression already.

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