Win a double pass to The Big Chill Festival in Brisbane!

The amazing Boundary Street Markets, surrounding the best new venue in Brisbane – The Motor Room – has become the go-to place for live music in a magical village-like atmosphere. Featuring world-class music over 3 big stages - namely The Motor Room (soul & roots), The Market Stage (world/blues), The Factory One Stage (rap/trap) – plus live art, street food, vintage & artisan markets, an urban beach and tiki bar and much more, The Big Chill Festival promises to be the most chill mega-party ever.

Live Review: Ghostface Killah + Pharoahe Monch + The Tongue + Soul Benefits - Metro Theatre, Sydney (18.12.14)

As one of the most animated and memorable emcees in hip hop history Ghostface Killah, a man known by many aliases, of legendary collective Wu-Tang Clan hit the Metro Theatre for his long overdue return to Australia, teaming up with co-headliner Pharoahe Monch for a strictly Australia-meets-NYC rap affair. To add some Aussie spice to the mix, accomplished emcee The Tongue joined the bill alongside up-and-comers Soul Benefits.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part Four: The Top Ten!

Today we conclude our list of best songs of 2014, as voted by the AU's amazing group of contributors... in case you haven't been keeping up to date on where we've gotten to so far, you can check out 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11.

Hello Asia! Japanese Film Festival 2014 Review: A Drop of the Grapevine (ぶどうのなみだ) (Japan, 2014)

“Earth is all that live here.”

The magic of Japanese cinema is its vibrant, often startling diversity; perhaps most favoured for samurai action flicks, or dream-like anime films, Japanese filmmakers have become synonymous with movie masterpieces. More prominently, however, dramas have similarly come to the fore; following the 2012 film Bread of Happiness, Yukiko Mishima’s A Drop of the Grapevine is the second of three “Hokkaido Plan” films, a trilogy that is set within the densely rich natural environment of (yep, you guessed it) Hokkaido!

Arts News Weekly: 21st December 2014

In this issue: The NOW now festival, Mardi Gras 2015, Michael Palin live on stage, Art-Town, The Whitney Houston Show, AYO National music Camp, Col Elliott and Suddenly Last Summer.

Sun Kil Moon set to tour Australia in March 2015

Fresh from the release of his 6th studio album Benji which received critical acclaim the globe over, Sun Kil Moon is now heading to Australia next year.

VideAU Games News Byte: Final Fantasy XIV gets 14-day trial

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For the curious main series devotee, or those who’ve knocked over Warlords of Draenor already and are looking for their next MMO fix, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has dropped a free 14 day trial for PlayStation 4 and you can grab it right now.

Single Stream: Miguel Featuring Kurupt "N.W.A" (2014)

With 2014 nearing a close, R&B maestro has decided to join in on the surprise release trend by streaming a free three-track EP with absolutely no lead up. It'd be a risky move had Miguel not already established himself as one of the most reliable artists in R&B right now, still coating himself with massive acclaim from his masterful 2012 LP Kaleidoscope Dream. While all three tracks are essential listening, we're particularly fond of the slick "N.W.A" featuring west coast legend Kurupt.

5 Christmas Singles to be Getting Behind This Holiday Season...

We're heading quickly towards Christmas Week, which usually means that you're running around like a mad person, trying to pick up presents you know run a chance of earning a 'Oh, just what I wanted...!' response and scribbling on Christmas cards that probably won't be sent until you're back at the shops for the Boxing Day sales. While you're doing this, I'm imagining that a fair few of you, the Christmas-devoted, are enjoying the stack of Christmas albums which have been released or breaking out the good old favourites. Mariah Carey. That fab Earth, Wind and Fire Christmas LP. We've been seeing artists from across all genres penning Christmas tunes and we've listed five that you should get around as you begin shelling the prawns and stocking your fridges for Christmas lunch.

Darude set to tour Australia as part of Future Music Festival 2015

Yes, Darude, that guy behind the ominous, late 90/early 2000’s dance anthem ‘Sandstorm’ is joining the line-up for the Future Music Festival.

the AU interview: Sacha Got of La Femme (Biarritz/Paris) ahead of So Frenchy So Chic in the Park!

The electrifying La Femme are set to bring their popular live show through to Sydney and Melbourne in the New Year for So Frenchy So Chic in the Park! Having fused genres brilliantly in their career so far, the group has proven that music is indeed universal, with their sounds traversing any language or cultural barrier. Sacha Got gives us an idea of how this year has treated La Femme and how travelling the globe with their music has changed their output..

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part 3: 20-11

We continue on with our best songs of 2014, as voted by the AU's amazing group of contributors... in case you haven't been keeping up to date on where we've gotten to so far, you can check out 40-31 and 30-21.

Flying with the AU: Malaysia Airlines - Sydney to Kuala Lumpur (MH122)

In this week's Flight Review on AU Abroad, Johnny Au takes us from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines flight MH122 on board their A330-300, looking at the food, entertainment and service.

the AU interview: Dave Elkins of Mae (USA) talks about "The Everglow", his Schematic project and reunion of the band.

Influential Virginia rock band Mae will be touring Australia nationally in March 2015 for the first time in seven years to celebrate the anniversary of their album The Everglow. Earlier this month, I caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Elkins to talk about the tour, and the return from their hiatus.

Drinking with the AU: Jack Daniels warms up Christmas with Single Barrel Holiday Select..and holograms

It's uncommon to see super popular Sydney bar Palmer & Co. and not be startled by the amount of people that flock into the underground, prohibition styled venue day after day; unless you're there on Jack Daniels behalf. We were fortunate enough to head along to the unveiling of Jack Daniel's Christmas campaign; a campaign which ushers in one of their renowned limited edition Christmas special expressions, and this time it's the Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Holiday Select.