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Single of the Day: Big Scary "Organism" (2015)

Big Scary have today released a brand new single in "Organism" and it's made us realise how much we've missed Tom and Jo! The Melbourne duo have always been known for producing some stellar pieces of inventive pop music and this single is another example of their exciting and unique take on the genre. Having been working on their new album and putting the final bits and pieces together, "Organism" is a great glimpse into what's still to come.

the AU interview: Gurrumul collaborator Michael Hohnen on 'The Gospel Album' & their new theatre tour!

On Saturday evening, Gurrumul took to the stage at the National Indigenous Music Awards to enthusiastic applause. Led out to his seat and guitar by collaborator, Skinnyfish's Michael Hohnen, the worldwide acclaimed performer debuted three songs from his highly anticipated new record, The Gospel Album. As the audience watched on, Gurrumul's voice filled the ampitheatre and the haunting beauty behind the delivery of each lyric hung in the air. As we look ahead to his national theatre tour, this performance was a special glimpse as to what thousands are about to experience.

Music Video of the Day: Kimbra “Gold Mine” (2015)

Kimbra knows how to make great pop music, and she also knows who to work with the make the videos stunning. The new video for “Gold Mine”, lifted off her incredible second album The Golden Echo was filmed in Berlin and directed by fellow New Zealander’s Chester Travis and Timothy Armstrong, and is the most vibrant black and white video you’ll ever see.

Live Review: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (27.07.15)


© Gwendolyn Lee for the AU review.

In the country as part of the three day mud fest that was Splendour In The Grass, The Wombats continued the fine form and amphitheatre filling music they performed on Saturday night with their own headlining spot at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Rachel Costanzo "Miles Away" (2015)

Melbourne pop artist Rachel Costanzo came on to our radar with her catchy single "Starlight" a little while ago and we're proud to be featuring her latest effort, "Miles Away" on the AU review today! Since we last heard from her, Costanzo has been wasting no time in capitalising on the popularity of previous releases ("Starlight" and "Blindside"), writing new music with the talented folk at MSquared Productions (Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis) - "Miles Away" being the latest gem co-written and produced by the duo.

Album Review: The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It (2015 LP)

The English have always struggled at maintaining a forceful presence in the world. Gone is the Empire the sun never set on, Scotland tried to divorce them last year, their football team has never quite hit its straps and an Australian has been called on to try and fix the mess that was their national men’s cricket team. These aforementioned struggles aside, one thing the English have always been pretty good at doing it releasing quality music and with The Maccabees releasing their new album Marks To Prove It, maybe it is the marks of previous national failures that the band have definitely gone a long way to proving they’re still a force to be reckoned with.

Splendour Photo Gallery: Purity Ring - 170 Russell, Melbourne (24.07.15)

Purity Ring's fans were in for a treat when the duo returned to Melbourne as part of their current Aussie tour for Splendour in the Grass. 170 Russell was turned into a magical environment for the Canadians - check out these shots by Kimberley Salmond, who was down there for the AU review!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Best Coast + Totally Mild - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (26.07.15)

Best Coast performed their Splendour In The Grass festival sideshow at The Corner Hotel last night, with local melancholy dream popster Totally Mild in support. Tony Proudfoot snapped the moments...

Splendour Photo Gallery: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Hordern Pavilion (27.07.15)

Liverpudlian legends The Wombats have been kicking a solid amount of ass on Australian stages since arriving back in the country last week for Splendour and a run of shows in the capitals with Circa Waves. Stoked to have them back! Check out these photos from their Sydney show at the Hordern, shot by Gwen Lee.

Lollapalooza Announces 2015 Livestream Lineup featuring Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Paul McCartney, and more!

Chicago’s massive Lollapalooza festival has announced its livestream lineup which includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence + the Machine. Other notable acts include Alt-J, Of Monsters & Men, and Chet Faker. Lollapalooza has redefined the current day festival experience through its large mix of genres and attractions, and people at home are now able to experience this online. Click through to find out how to have access to the immersive Lollapalooza experience.

the AU interview: Northlane (Sydney) talk changing lineup, self-empowerment and new album "Node"

Following the arrival of new frontman Marcus Bridge, Sydney-based metalcore band Northlane have just released their latest LP Node (out now). Delving into weighty themes supported by a set of equally heavy breakdowns, the album is a familiar yet groundbreaking endeavour for the band. Bassist Alex Milovic talks us through recent struggles, change and triumph.

Hotel Review: Dream Downtown Hotel - New York City

Located between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District on the West side of Manhattan in what was once the National Maritime Union headquarters, a building sticks out with a unique design - like a cruise ship sitting amongst the concrete waters of New York City. This is the home of the not-so-inconspicuous, hip boutique hotel Dream Downtown. Not too long ago, I had the chance to enjoy a night in one of the most architecturally original hotels in New York City. Read on to find out more...

Splendour Sideshow Review: Blur + Jamie T - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (25.07.15)

Although it was a thought that was not too distant from our minds, Damon Albarn reminded us early in the set that it’s been 18 years since the iconic band Blur has played in Australia. Could the band return to our shores in triumphant Brit-pop glory? Lachlan Mitchell brings us this review…

Announcing The Recipients of the 2015 Helpmann Awards!

The best and brightest of the Australian Arts scene were dressed for the nines tonight as into the glorious foyer of Sydney’s Capitol Theatre they strolled. Yes, it is that time of the year again, the time when we honour and celebrate the incredible talents of our arts right across the country at the 2015 Helpmann Awards!

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Sunday (26.07.15)


Blur shot by Andrew Wade

The Sunday Splendour Struggle was always going to be a tough one to get through, and as if it wasn't already enough wading through the thick and squishy, alcohol obviously got the best of many who forced themselves to show out early. No one was left wanting in terms of hangover food, with Splendour once again absolutely nailing festival eats, but the physical effects of an epic Saturday clearly took the spring away from our collective steps. Despite the slow moving and slightly zombie-esque crowd of the morning, Sunday did manage to stand out as the festival's best (an honour that usually goes to Day 2) and it was mainly due to that highly anticipated triple-hit of Royal Blood, Tame Impala, and headliners Blur from 7:30pm.