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Opinion: Why Meredith is the strongest music festival in Australia

It has been just over a week since the 24th Meredith Music Festival wrapped up and the “Post Merry Depression” is still hitting hard. It’s always a bit sad when a festival ends, isn’t it? Especially those camping sorts, when you can escape the stress and drama of the real world for a few days, reunite with your friends, make new ones and enjoy good music. Then you return to reality sunburnt, tired and hungover. The depression lingers for a few days but you survive, you push on.

New Music Video: Laura Marling "Short Movie" (2014)

Everything Laura Marling does is magic, isn't it? We've been blessed with the news of her forthcoming new album, Short Movie, and as a bonus, she's also released the music video for the record's title track! The album, due out on March 20th (Caroline Australia/Virgin Records) is Marling's fifth and, going by "Short Movie", we can expect to see a shift in her creative output.

Photo Gallery: Tkay Maidza - Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide (20.12.14)

Tkay Maidza

After a massive 2014 Adelaide's Tkay Maidza rounded out the year with a sold out gig at Pirie & Co. Social Club. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.

the AU interview at Festival of the Sun: Allday (Adelaide) reflects on 2014

We're wrapping up our year by bringing you backstage coverage from Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, talking to some of Australia's finest artists about the festival and getting them the reflect on 2014. First up, we bring you our full chat with Adelaide based rapper Allday:

Photo Gallery: Orianthi + Richie Sambora - The Gov, Adelaide (21.12.14)

Orianthi and Richie Sambora

Orianthi played a sold out hometown show The Gov on Sunday. With a band made up of bandmates from her very first cover band, and complete with extra special guest Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi, she showed the Adelaide crowd why she is one of the greatest guitarists out there. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.

Best of 2014: 5 Best Film Soundtracks

Kat Czornij counts down her five favourite motion picture soundtracks of 2014. To avoid any confusion, this list only takes into account the original soundtracks - the ones that feature the film scores and original compositions - rather than the soundtracks inspired by a motion picture. You know, the one that has 14 tracks that probably weren't in the film. This is the music that made the film...

SongHubs India Photo Gallery: Watch as Cloud Control, Peking Duk and more collaborate with Indian artists.

the AU Review's head photographer Johnny Au was invited to travel to Mumbai, India to capture the annual songwriting camp called SongHubs. SongHubs India is an initiative of APRA|AMCOS that teams up four Australian artists with local Indian musicians to come up with four songs of demo quality daily. This year we saw Cloud Control, Money For Rope, Peking Duk and Appleonia make the trip.

Hands on with Singapore Airlines' new In Flight Entertainment System (Currently available on new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft)

Alongside a new cabin outfitting which was launched in September 2013 - optimising travel primarily for its premium customers - Singapore Airlines introduced a state of the art upgrade to KrisWorld - its In Flight Entertainment (IFE) system - for its brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, currently operating from Singapore to Sydney, London and Tokyo Narita - with plans to come to Melbourne in March 2015.

New Music Video: Seekae "The Stars Below" (2014)

This year's been a good one for Seekae. Bringing their music to more venues around the world, as well as releasing their acclaimed third album The Worry to eager fans at home. They released their latest music video, this time for "The Stars Below", one of the impressive cuts from the record.

the AU interview: Dannie McKenzie of The Woohoo Revue (Melbourne) 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. Melbourne's Woohoo Revue are guaranteed to bring an unforgettable party through to the Sunshine State, and Dannie McKenzie tells us a bit about what to expect.

Eating with the AU: Ribs & Burgers - Various Locations

The idea of burgers as a cheap, franchise-tainted food has long been challenged by some really top quality restaurants popping up all over Australia, one of which is Ribs & Burgers, satisfying that need for great, inexpensive, and conveniently located burgers while also throwing in some of the juiciest ribs around. Their reputation as one of the best places to grab a burger AND one of the best places to grab some ribs doesn't come lightly; but people shouldn't be forgetting about their other offerings as well, especially the shakes.

Freddie Gibbs touring Australia and NZ in 2015

Ever since his appearance at the second edition of OutsideIn, U.S emcee Freddie Gibbs has been in high demand here in Australia. That demand will be met next year with a round of very intimate shows around Australia and NZ.

Win a double pass to see Seu Jeorge in Melbourne!

Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge brings his vibrant Latin American music straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro to Australia for his debut visit this January. Here for the Sydney Festival, Jorge will play one headline show at the Forum in Melbourne on January 13.

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

Now that we've brought our best songs of 2014 countdown to an end, it's time to get to the albums. And what an incredible year it's been for the album - this was definitely the harder of the two lists to put together. Both at home and across the globe, 2014 was an amazing year for the record. And this list will prove why... We start our list in New Orleans:

the AU interview: Myele Manzanza (NZ) on rhythm, performing overseas and his solo album 'One'

Melody, harmony and all that notes-based stuff is kinda critical for music to really exist, but if you don’t have that rhythm section, then you just won’t cut it. Myele Manzanza is a drummer who has flowed between many critical rhythm positions in his career, from playing along with his father’s (Sam Manzanza) band, to his technical prowess as a drummer for Electric Wire Hustle.