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the AU interview: Grand Pavilion (Byron Bay) talk about new release, performing in Sydney and moving to London!

the AU review's Larry Heath had a chat with Byron Bay electronic band, Grand Pavilion. Here in this interview, he speaks with lead vocalist, Tom Hunt and drummer, Stu McNair on their upcoming new release, their experience playing live to a Sydney audience and their move to London. The duo have a busy year ahead and it's safe to say that excitement looms over them. Read on for the full interview.

Hello Asia! Interview: Perfume (Japan) talk about their 10th anniversary dance cover contest

J-Pop girl group Perfume talk about their 10-year anniversary and their commemorative dance cover contest for fans. The girls of Perfume will be judging the contest themselves and see dance as a special way of connecting with their fans worldwide and a fun way to thank them for their ongoing support.

Reps from Title Track, Footstomp, 4ZZZ & Smack Face Music join second Little BIGSOUND speaker announcement!

Some more speakers have been announced to be taking part in Little BIGSOUND for its fifth year, from all different corners of the music industry. The youth music forum is going down at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane on July 27th, aimed particularly at high school and university students and already, the line up this year is looking particularly sweet. Programmed and facilitated by a group of young people who've been mentored brilliantly by Q Music, Little BIGSOUND offers the opportunity for attendees to gain some excellent insights into our growing industry and some invaluable tips to take into burgeoning careers.

F&L News: Harry's Ice Cream wants to deliver you free tubs for International Ice Cream Month

July is international ice cream month, obviously a day marked so by someone who is enjoying a warm summer right now. In Australia, things are a bit chilly, but that shouldn't stop you from grabbing a tub of free ice cream when it's basically given to you, right? Australian brand Harry's Ice Cream are championing this month of months with a real neat social media based giveaway, delivering emergency ice cream drops everyday across Australia. Right up until Friday 31st July.

Exclusive Single Premiere: Creature Kind "Shadow" (2015)

Here's something new for you on a nice Thursday - Gold Coast indie lads Creature Kind have followed in the footsteps of other bands to come out of the Sunshine State in writing some effortlessly catchy pop tunes and we're glad to be premiering their new single "Shadow" on the AU today!

Photos and Wrap Up from the AU sessions #005 featuring Ed Wells + Lincoln - The Hive Bar, Erskineville (30.06.15)

Last night, The AU Sessions returned to The Hive Bar in Erskineville for our fifth instalment, featuring local artists Lincoln and Ed Wells. Both talented artists graced us with the accompaniment of a keyboard - while Ed also had a backing guitarist to round out his amazing sound. We may be a bit bias, but we think it was the best AU Sessions yet!

Exclusive Acoustic Session: Frank Turner (UK) performs the beautiful "The Angel Islington" off his upcoming new record!

the AU review presents an exclusive AU session with UK artist Frank Turner, filmed while he was in Australia earlier this year for Bluesfest. The video captures Frank playing a solo and acoustic version of his brand new song "The Angel Islington", taken from his just announced new record, Positive Songs For Negative People, which will be released August 7th via Xtra Mile Recordings / Universal Music Australia.

The Filth returns to Sydney after five years with free weekly events in Bondi and Erskineville

After a five year hiatus, the weekly live music night The Filth has returned to Sydney and it's about to enter its second week after a successful launch with Asta, Grand Pavilion and Filthy DJs. The event is set to be held every Thursday at the The Imperial Hotel Erskineville and Friday at The Beach Rd Hotel in Bondi and this week will see B Wise and Citizen Kay bust open their round two events.

the AU playlist: 10 songs we cannot wait to hear at OutsideIn 2015

For fans of hip hop and soul, today's first line up announcement for OutsideIn has been some big news. First, we've got neo-soul luminary Bilal heading down with his 8-piece band in tow, and then we've got two southern rap heavyweights from two very different eras, both obsessed with Cadillacs: Devin the Dude from the 90's, and Big K.R.I.T from the now. In addition to this, we've got nice list of acts that span various styles in electronica, techno, and house, most of which have a very loyal fanbase to place Sydney's most innovative boutique festival once again at the front of the pack of music events happening later this year. While half the line-up is still yet to be announced (20 acts coming, to be exact), we thought we'd look at the current list of names and bring you 10 songs we cannot wait to hear live at Manning House on Satuday 26th September.

Music Video of the Day: Ayla "Waiting" (2015)

One of the many talented individuals flourishing under the wing of Mucho Bravado, 19 year old Sunshine Coast songstress Ayla recently released a new music video for her tantalising single "Waiting". The tune has been gaining some solid momentum on community radio as well as triple j and has been a song that was fast stuck in our heads when we first heard it.

Best of 2015 (So Far): Our top 20 hip hop tracks of mid-2015 (Part Two)

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 two, 10-1

Album News Weekly: 1st July 2015

In This Issue: This week features a strong range of releases to bring some rock and pop into this officially wintry season. From Britain to the US to our own backyard enjoy this weeks array of EPs and albums!

Feature: Spencer White of Morning Harvey (Brisbane) & five Australian songs he wishes he'd written!

Brisbane's Morning Harvey are soon to be out on the road with their new EP love&loveand, hitting venues down the east coast through the month. Already being touted as one of the exciting new bands coming out of Brisbane's scene, blending some psych, post-punk and indie tones brilliantly, frontman Spencer White is also earning his fair share of acclaim as an entertaining vocalist and performer.

F&L Guide: The best $1 eats in Sydney


The Soda Factory's popular Dollar Dogs (Tuesdays only)

On the one hand you have cheap eats, and on the other hand you have really cheap eats; we're talking one slightly rusted gold coin cheap. Sydney is surprisingly full of them - $1 eats that actually don't make you feel like you are desperately scooping up rejected leftovers. Surry Hills' institution The Soda Factory quickly became famous for their quality dollar dogs, but there are much more around Sydney that give you some bang for your buck. Here's our guide to the best $1 eats around the city.

Feature: Best Songs of All Time by The Getaway Plan

In celebration of The Getaway Plan's new release coming Friday, Dark Horses (review of it can be found here), we take a look at our favourite songs by the band. With their strong alternative rock sound and emotive lyrics, The Getaway Plan have gone from strength to strength and we can only expect great things from them.