The Best of: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Five: 10-1)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year. The top 20 albums will follow, but for now here are the singles, non-singles, and mixtape cuts from Australia and around the world that owned 2014. This is part four; positions 20-11. Each part will be published progressively throughout this week. No one artist (unless they are a guest artist) is featured more than twice.

Bankstown: Live set for Sydney Festival's 2015 season!

The Sydney Festival has long been about showcasing some inventive and thought provoking material, all the while being incredibly entertaining and attention grabbing. Next year's program is no different, with Sydney being transformed into a hub of bubbling creativity and artistic diversity. One such production sure to be a highlight of course, is Bankstown:Live, the follow up event from the creators of the hugely successful Minto:Live.

Single Stream: Light Pressure "Silverland" (2014)

Dave Rennick's new project Light Pressure, formerly And., has released their latest single in "Silverland". A great slow jam track, the vocals and production come together beautifully. Written and produced by Rennick and Dappled Cities bandmate Ned Cooke, "Silverland" is a perfect addition to any summer playlist.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part 2: 30-21

Following on from yesterday's first ten tracks, today we bring you the next ten songs that have been voted as the best of the year by the AU review contributors. So, without any wasted time...

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 19th December 2014

In This Issue: we have the news on new labels, new radio shows, and new opportunities for up-and-coming artists, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Book Review: Ben Lerner's "10:04" (2014)

10:04 is Ben Lerner’s second novel, which is named after that important scene in Back to The Future. The book looks at the idea of time travel but it is only insofar as a lot of semi-autobiographical stories are told in a non-linear and circular way. In sum, 10:04 is the equivalent of peering through the looking glass at its author, Ben Lerner’s life.

the AU interview: Jason Leca of Kingfisha (Brisbane) talks The Big Chill NYE Festival

Ahead of The Big Chill, an anticipated New Year's Eve music festival in Brisbane's West End, we're catching up with a few of the bands to find out what we can expect from their sets, who they're looking forward to seeing and what 2015 may bring. Next up we chat to keyboardist Jason Leca of Brisbane's Kingfisha.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part 1: 40-31

It's that time of the year again when the AU team vote on their favourite songs of the year, resulting in our annual top 40 song list... taking in a mix of local and international music that we haven't gotten enough of this year. We start things local though at number 40...

New Music Video: The Jensens "Fears" (2014)

Another summer indie-rock feelgood type of hit. Who could have seen that coming? But in all seriousness, Brisbane’s The Jensens are doing some pretty damn cool things. Check out "Fears" below, fast becoming a favourite here at AU HQ:

the AU interview: James Randi on debunking, rational thought and the biopic 'An Honest Liar'.

Despite having apparently retired from the magical game for a number of years, James Randi was keen to showcase an audience a few tricks at his recent Sydney appearance,. He also espoused some thoughts on being a skeptic and theories behind clear, rational thinking for what he says is his last time in Australia. He gave a bit of time to us at The Au Review to answer some questions on his ideas.

the AU interview: We chat to Jake Stone (Sydney) on the ARIA Red Carpet about 2014 and the end of Bluejuice.

As we come to the end of 2014, we've been talking to a lot of our favourite local and international artists about their year in music. Few have had bigger years than Bluejuice's Jake Stone, who has spent the last few months playing shows to bring his time in Bluejuice to an end (though Falls Festival is yet to come!). We spoke to Jake about it all on the ARIA red carpet...

Stumbled Upon #009 - The Brave (Brisbane)

In our 9th installment of our series "Stumbled Upon", we meet Brisbane's The Brave, and chat about their debut EP, Endless.

the AU interview: Roy McVeigh (Dragoncello) speaks on the newest Surry Hills restaurant-bar experience

Surry Hills restaurant/bar Dragoncello just opened up last week, sitting pretty on Cleveland Street with an open entrance and a fiery, den-like feel to it. Don't go thinking about Dragons though; Dragoncello is Italian for terragon, speaking to the restaurant's fresh, innovative food menu. We caught up with Chef Roy McVeigh who is the brain behind this brand new venue, seeking a bit more insight into what this interesting venue will be adding to Sydney's thriving restaurant-bar scene.

Party with the AU: Facebook Party at Sea ft. Nathanial and Reigan Derry - Royal Carribean's Voyager of the Seas

Last Monday, in an Australian first, a mix of media, travel industry and 100 Facebook competition winners got the chance to party on board Australia's largest cruise ship - Royal Carribean's Voyager of the Seas - in a Facebook Party at Sea.

F&L Guide: the AU review's last minute Christmas gift guide

We're sure many of you leave Christmas shopping to the very last minute, and that's completely okay, because you're not alone - that's why many shopping centres do that 24hr shopping special a few days before the 25th. There could be a number of reasons why you have left Christmas shopping until the final week and a bit, one of which could be that you just don't know what to choose; there's a lot out there. To help, we bring you a variety of ideas to consider from the lush gift right down to the bargain. We've also thrown in some food and drink products we think would be nice just for the big day after everyone is done unwrapping their shiny new toys.