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The Five Best Bits (and observations) of Bluesfest Byron Bay

While Sose brought you the daily coverage of the 25th annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay, I was mainly out the back doing a series of interviews. You can see them posted periodically on the website, or you can check them all out HERE on our YouTube channel (there are THIRTY videos up for your enjoyment!). But I did see plenty of amazing acts along the way, too. It was five days of music after all! Here are my five highlights from the event, as well as a few observations about the changes they made to the event this year; things they did well and things they could do better for their 26th year!

the AU interview at Bluesfest: Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule (USA)

the AU review sits down with Warren Haynes backstage at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia - April 2014 - to talk about the festival, his return to the country with Gov't Mule, performing on stage with the Dave Matthews Band at the festival, plans for the year ahead and much more...

Win a DVD comedy prize pack including Stand Up @ Bella Union!

Rapid fire jokes, biting social commentary and smart observational humour is what the newest crop of Australian comedians are delivering.

the AU interview: Glenn Barkley (Sydney) on curating Merivale's first pop-up bar 'A Work in Progress'

Synonymous with quality venues, Merivale Group have recently acquired a new space for an exciting CBD bar which will fuse the art world with drinking culture in a way that's never been seen before in Sydney. With the playful name A Work In Progress, the bar will constantly evolve as an entire art project, allowing guests to be part of the art-making process, and witness the pop-up bar evolve over time.

Five of our favourite guest appearances at Coachella

Coachella 2014 was awash with amazing artist cameos, speaking highly to the collaborative vibe at one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Some were expected, some weren't, but all added to a very memorable couple of weekends. Here are 5 of our favourite moments.

Single Steam: Lykke Li Feat. ASAP Rocky "No Rest for the Wicked" (2014)

The unlikely duo of Swedish singer Lykke Li with Harlem emcee A$AP Rocky makes for one of the sweetest pairings 2014 has heard so far. The powerful, commanding voice of Lykke Li gives way to Rocky's swagger while both blend with the piano-driven beat so perfectly. While the original track hails from Li's upcoming I Never Learn LP - which us slated for a May 6 release in the U.S - we're kind of hoping this excellent remix makes the cut.

New Music Video: Chet Faker "1998" (2014)

Chet Faker's star has been on the rise ever since that cover of "No Diggity" popped up in 2011, but he kept us waiting a long time for his first proper album. Built Like Glass finally dropped last week to a heap of deserved acclaim, and now there's a video to pair up with the moody highlight "1998". Like the song, it slowly crawls out of some grim vibes into something a lot more technicolour. Peep it below.

Win a double pass to see Flannelette in Brisbane!

Brisbane heavy rockers, Flannelette, are catapulting themselves back into the limelight with the release of their new EP, Valley Nights, and the official launch party at The Hi-Fi on May 2.

the AU interview: Andrew Batt-Rawden talks New Wave: Sound at the Seymour Centre for VIVID Sydney 2014!

the AU review sits down with Andrew Batt-Rawden, the man behind "New Wave: Sound" at the Seymour Centre during VIVID Sydney in June 2014. We find out what the event - now in its second year - is all about; a weekend of 100% Australian artists performing 100% Australian music. We learn about the highlights and find out the best ways to experience the event...

Photo Gallery: The Doobie Brothers - Hordern Pavilion (23.04.14)

It was a trip down memory lane for the packed out audience at the Hordern Pavilion last night as The Doobie Brothers played all the hits for their Sydney fans. Photos by Johnny Au.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: The Evening Cast "Questions" (2014)

Geelong quintet The Evening Cast have released their catchy single "Questions" onto the world, and now they have a stunning music video to go along with it. The clip has been directed and shot by The Ayvee Space and you can buy the track over on iTunes HERE. But before you go to there, watch the world premiere of the clip here, exclusively on the AU:

Win a double pass to see The Jezabels in Sydney!

Fresh from closing the main stage at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival dates across the country and off the back of the release of their second LP The Brink, which debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts, The Jezabels are excited to announce their first headline dates for 2014, with two dates slated at Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

Album News Weekly: 24th April 2014

In This Issue: After the long weekend we're back into it this week, with big announcements from Australian favourites Angus and Julia Stone, and The Amity Affliction. Overseas and Current Swell, Luka Bloom, and Crowd Company are releasing records left, right, and centre. Also locally, Fishing are coming out with an album, Pharaoh's Playground have one for us, and there's heaps more inside!!

the AU interview: FreeThought (Brisbane)

Brisbane-based progressive metal six-piece FreeThought have just released their debut EP with plenty of complex riffage and grand sounds in the tradition of prog-rock. We sat down with the whole band to have a talk about their inspiring debut.

the AU playlist: 12 essential TLC classics

With the recent announcement of immortal R&B group TLC heading to our shores in June causing mass hysteria, it's only appropriate that we compile some of the quintessential TLC jams for those that want to breeze through the group's stack of multi-platinum albums. With tickets to this hotly anticipated tour being made available to the general public this morning, take this time to remind yourself just why TLC are one of the most celebrated all-girl groups in music history. In no particular order: