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Vote for your Favourite Live Act in Australia in The People's Choice for the 2014 AU Awards!

Pictured: Nominees Ball Park Music (Photo by Kerrie Geier)

Voting has opened for the 1st annual AU Awards' Peoples Choice category, with 12 bands and artists up for the gong... So vote now for your favourite Australian live act! Voting closes December 5th and the winner (plus 2 runners up) will be announced on December 9th.

Canadian artist Ruth Moody announces Australian tour

Australian-born (residing in Canada) soprano singer-songwriter Ruth Moody has announced a handful of shows here in Australia for February through to March 2015. Best known for her contribution to Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody has branched out on her own to showcase the "exceptional depth and grace" of her musicality.

the AU interview: The Kin (Adelaide) talk about new songs, experimenting with their set lists, future plans, and more

In part two of our video chat with Adelaide brothers The Kin, Larry chats to the boys about some new songs, crafting their set lists, their future recording plans, and more.

the AU interview: Kristina Chan talks "Puncture" for the Sydney Festival

Puncture is one of the most exciting dance performances at the upcoming Sydney Festival 2015 so we caught up with lead performer Kristina Chan to gain a little bit more insight into what is bound to be one of the highlights of the festival's art program. The performance is all about the intimacy on a dance floor, and how rhythm can communicate everything from restraint and formality, to the rebellion of youth.

Stereosonic Single Feature: Generik Featuring Nicky Van She "The Weekend" (2014)

DJ and now musician in his own right Tyson O’Brien (aka Generik) is making a whole bunch of noise in a very summer-y way with ‘The Weekend’. The single has some pretty bouncy piano riffs which scream out “party time” beside beaches and pools everywhere in overly expensive suburbs. While Nicky Van She provides vocals with a bunch of “oohs” and “ehhs” and something about going to “jack”.

the AU interview: Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones talk playing Guy and Girl in "Once: The Musical"

We sit on the set of Once: The Musical at Melbourne's Princess Theatre to talk to the "Guy" and "Girl" of the show, Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones, about how they came to be in the production, their Glen Hansard and Swell Season experiences, their musical histories and more.

Album Review: Have Mercy - A Place Of Our Own (2014 LP)

Have Mercy are a band responsible for sending people's emotions into turmoil. It's quite exquisite and almost empowering to know that a band's music can mess with someone's feelings from the first track to the last. Last year they brought heartaches and unwritten love letters with The Earth Pushed Back and this year they amplify this with their sophomore album, A Place Of Our Own. Some songs bring back unforgivable reminders of pain and frustrations, others beckon the calling of one's name when left in isolation after losing a loved one, bringing back haunting memories dawning upon one's shadow in the darkest hour.

Dash Berlin announced for Marquee Sydney's Stereosonic after party

EDM icon and Stereosonic act Dash Berlin has confirmed to play Marquee Sydney’s Stereosonic after-party this Saturday 29th November, following the two-day festival's first day. Marquee Sydney is host to some of the world's most notable DJ's and producers, and is offering all Stereosonic ticket holders the chance to party on well into the AM after day one of the electronic dance festival concludes.

Album Review: Bear Hands - Distraction (2014 LP)

When it comes to New York’s Bear Hands, a lot of what’s involved in their latest album Distraction is what I’d call, “beautifully flawed”. For starters, in the first half a decade of being a band, they managed to split up, fall out as a band and with their manager, get back together all over again and release a debut album. To date, they have been trucking along for almost a solid decade and have released two full lengths with label support (their latest included), their popularity growing at a reasonably steady rate everyday. It took them a long time to get to this point, and despite a short backlog on hand the boys from Bear Hands have made sure that on first listen of the new album, you’ll find quality truly does kick quantities ass.

The AU fashion: Desigual the latest international brand to take on Australia

Spanish fashion retailer, Desigual is bringing Australians a little bit closer to the nation most of us associate with amazing food (paella paired with a glass of sangria anyone?!), picturesque coastlines and beautiful weather, thanks to the launch of its first Australian store in Melbourne earlier this month.

Wordlife announce national EP tour and release new single

Australian record label Motorik (MTK) have announced their 16th release on the label will be Dat Groove by Sydney act Wordlife, of which the title track features DJ Funk, with remixes from Mak & Pasteman, Sinden and Carisma. Following this release, Wordlife have confirmed a national EP tour of Dat Groove which will open in Queensland in the beginning of December 2014 and conclude mid-January 2015.

Chinese Lantern Carnival for Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival 2015

To celebrate the Chinese New Year 2015, Sydney Harbour will light up with the ethereal hand-made lanterns as the city hosts the inaugural Chinese Lantern Carnival from 19-22 February 2015 at Darling Harbour. This celebration serves as an associate event of City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and a partner of Month of Love, presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. The Chinese Lantern Carnival will offer Sydney-siders a spectacular Chinese New Year experience, boasting a line-up of cultural performances, dazzling lanterns, diverse folk arts, more than 50 stalls selling everything from dumplings to rice balls, handicrafts, open air cinema, workshops and fun activities for the whole family.

Single Stream: Wu-Tang Clan "A Better Tomorrow" (2014)

Following their brilliant performance on Letterman earlier this week, iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan have released the title track from their long-awaited new album A Better Tomorrow, recreating the famous "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Teddy Pendergrass with their own signature style. Method Man opens the track with one of his slickest verses in awhile, while all emcees spit fiery, socially conscious verses in their usual highly technical bravado.