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the AU interview: Ash Grunwald (Melbourne) talks new music, getting his Synth on, Bluesfest and more...

We caught up with Ash Grunwald while he was at Canadian Music Week about writing his new album, Bluesfest vibes, future plans, and more. Click through to watch part two of the interview, and to find out what to expect with his upcoming material...

A Day in San Antonio, Texas: Part Two - Touring the missions, visiting El Mercado and eating plates and plates of tacos.

When it comes to rich cultural history, there are few cities in America with more to offer than San Antonio, Texas. Situated less than 90 minutes drive from Austin, Texas, San Antonio used to be one of the State's best kept secrets. But now, it's one of the fastest growing cities in the USA, with the second largest population in the State of Texas, home to 1.6 million people. In part one we took you down the city's famous River Walk and to lunch at the Pearl Brewery. As we continue our journey, we discover other ways to explore the city...

Single of the Day: Lupa J "Quiet Here" (2015)

Here's a jam to bliss out to on a Tuesday afternoon. 17 year old - yes, 17 - Sydneysider Lupa J has recently released a new tune in "Quiet Here" and it's a lush piece of instrumentation. Lupa J (Imogen Jones) has been crafting her talents for a few years and off listening to her compositions, it isn't so surprising to learn that she's been classically trained. While her music now sits with the contemporary electronica realm, there are nuances within not only "Quiet Here", but previous release "Waiting For Her" that indicate a decent knowledge on arrangements and delicate textures within the sounds she plays with.

Album Review: Seth Sentry - Strange New Past (2015 LP)

When it comes to hip hop, lately I have been hard pressed to find an Australian album that I am content to sit the whole way through without skipping songs. Consistently it’s the same drawl, 90’s beats, recycled lyrics and a bogan Australian accent rhyming every second word with a curse word. That was, until I stumbled across Melbourne MC Seth Sentry’s Strange New Past with witty lyrics, amazing production and a barrage of emotions this album has gone far and beyond.

The Best of 2015 (So Far): Top 20 Hip Hop Tracks (Part One: 20-11)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part one, 20-11.

Eating with the AU: Rice Workshop - CBD (Sydney)

The level 5 food court in Westfield Sydney is a hub of well-curated shops that meet a certain fairly high standard, ensuring that the entire floor only brings in the best of quick service food. You find this time and time again with the bigger franchises such as Ippudo, Charlie & Co, and Din Tai Fung, and now the hub can add another successful, quality chain to the space - Rice Workshop.

Nosaj Thing announces national tour, presented by Red Bull Music Academy!

Another killer tour has been announced by the awesome folk at Red Bull Music Academy; this time, they're teaming up with LA's beatmaker Nosaj Thing in touring around the east coast for some dope club sets not to be missed. Oh, and did we mention they're free to attend? No? Well, they are.

Tour Diary: HOLY HOLY (Australia) take on The Great Escape, travelling, and more

While in England touring for The Great Escape festival, HOLY HOLY documented their experiences while on the road and share with us their tour diary. From driving through Europe and being regular tourists, to pre show exercises and visiting the great John Bonham's grave, follow the band through their travels overseas. Click through to see the full tour diary...

F&L Guide: Where to celebrate the Fourth of July in Sydney

When one part of the globe celebrates an important holiday they are far from alone; all across the world we take any excuse to throw a themed shindig, sometimes the holidays we mirror are a bit ridiculous, and sometimes they have a deeper meaning behind them. Case for the latter: The Fourth of July. Best known as Independence Day in the U.S, where the celebration is, July 4th is a celebration of freedom and should any Sydneysider want to get involved, there are a handful of venues around the city getting into the spirit. Here's how to do Fourth of July in Sydney.

Music Video of the Day: Requiem ft. Dave Crowe "Louvres" (2015)


Photo: Daniel Hartley-Allen

Darwin artist Requiem has taken his experiences of living up in the Top End and channelled the unique nature of the city and its surrounds in "Louvres", the lead single taken from his debut album of the same name. Requiem (Clayton Bennett) has been all about that Darwin life for over four years now, ditching the pace of Melbourne for that welcome, warm embrace of the Darwin tropics.

Toni Braxton announces dates for debut Australian tour

Grammy-winning R&B artist Toni Braxton has announced dates for her first-ever tour of Australia, which will see her performing at some of the finest venues across the country. The celebrated singer will perform in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, bringing with her a very rich catalogue full of hits from her long career.

the AU interview: Gustav Wood of Young Guns (UK) talks recording process for "Ones and Zeros" and music journey

It's been a huge year for British alternative-rockers, Young Guns. Since releasing their new record, Ones and Zeros, the band recently wrapped up a headline tour in the UK and will be doing several overseas trips to treat international fans with anthemic and powerful tracks. The band's visit to Australia has been long overdue but they are doing the best they can to relive their experiences since their two trips in both 2011's Counter Revolution and being Tonight Alive's support act in 2012. We took the opportunity to speak with frontman, Gustav Wood about the inner workings of the new record, working with producer Steve Osborne and their musical progression.

Bad//Dreems announce debut album 'Dogs At Bay', plus national tour dates for September & October!

After performing shows around Australia and overseas consistently over the past year and a half to growing crowds, Adelaide's Bad//Dreems are cutting to the chase in finally announcing details of their debut album. The record, Dogs At Bay, is scheduled to drop on August 21st and if new single "Hiding to Nothing" is any indicator, there are some bigger, brasher sounds to come from the Baddies from the City of Churches.

Weeknight Highlight: 24 Hour Long Lunch at The Lord Gladstone with The Meeting Tree (Wednesday, Sydney)

You've never been on a ride like this before, a 24 hour long lunch designed to welcome in the 2015-2016 Financial Year, hosted by one of the most dynamic duos in Sydney. The Meeting Tree will be taking over Sydney hot spot The Lord Gladstone this Wednesday 1st July to help us all welcome what they have dubbed The Financial Year of the Long Lunch.

Album Review: Kill The Waves - The One That Could Have Been (2015 LP)

Kill The Waves is one of the many UK bands producing music at the moment that could be loved globally. Paired with a sound that only continues to improve they’re definitely one to watch this year. They have a unique sound that is a total game changer in Electric Indie Pop. Find out what I thought of their latest album The One That Could Have Been...