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Illusive announces Lil Jon 2015 Australian DJ Set Tour

Illusive have just announced that they're bringing back the 2x Platinum single seller, Lil Jon back to Australia in March for a DJ tour. He'll be heading to six cities in ten days, including serving as a special guest for under 18s music festival, Good Life.

Live Review: Nas + MC Dusk - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (23.01.14)

The last time I saw hip hop luminary Nas play the Enmore Theatre was on Halloween in 2010; I broke my foot in two places on the small raised platform against the front barrier about 3 minutes into his set. Sometime after support act Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) wrapped up, Nas burst out onto the stage with "Hip Hop is Dead", assisted by two Halloween-themed guitarists and a drummer. It was at this point where my right foot landed half-on, half-off the platform and my fifth metatarsal snapped in two places. I have no idea how I stumbled out of that crowd to the lobby, but the next thing I remember is sitting down with an ice pack, chatting to DJ Q-Bert and - instead of going straight to the hospital like any rational person would do - listening to the entirety of Nas' set, which wrapped up with a bongo-heavy "One Mic" and the loudest, most excited hip hop crowd I've ever heard at an Australian show. Aside from the increasing amount of pain, I'm still glad I never went straight to hospital.

Red Bull Music Academy announces Sydney studio takeover

Applications are now open until the 4th of March to apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. In celebration of this, RBMA have taken over Studio 301 in Sydney to provide lectures, parties, and radio broadcasts to future applicants.

Eating with the AU: Gradi at Crown - Southbank (Melbourne)

I was quite overawed when I walked into the newly opened Gradi at Crown. The expanse was much larger than expected with diners seated at every single table. It was a Monday night and it was absolutely packed! As we were directed to our seats I noticed the simple yet eclectic elegance of the decor, and the intelligently designed layout. The hum of excitement was intoxicating, as were the smells drifting to us from the kitchen.

Stumbled Upon #016 - Jake McMullen (Nashville, USA)

In our 16th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Nashiville's Jake McMullen , and chat about his latest single ‘Always’.

the AU interview: Will Jarratt of Storm The Sky (Melbourne) talks about their debut album "Permanence"

With their debut album Permanence just released and touring already kicking off, 2015 is looking up for Melbourne 6-piece Storm The Sky. The AU Review chatted with vocalist Will Jarratt about the record, religion, and what it takes to keep six rowdy Aussies silent.

VideAU Games Interview: CD Projekt RED's Philipp Weber talks The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Last week I was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with CD Projekt Red’s hotly anticipated RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at Bandai Namco’s Sydney headquarters. While I was there, I got to chat to quest designer Philipp Weber about the game, it’s setting and what’s changed since we last saw Geralt The Witcher 2.

New Music Video: Pluto Jonze "Wear Purple at My Funeral" (2015)

Pluto Jonze wants you to wear purple at his funeral. You may also take acid at his funeral. Just, whatever happens, ensure there are no ex-girlfriends on site. The Sydney artist officially releases the video for the insanely catchy track, taken from his acclaimed sophomore release, Sucker.

Kim Churchill + Pepa Knight + Boo Seeka - Oxford Art Factory (24.01.15)

The Oxford Art Factory is a funny venue. For many artists, both Australian and international, it’s the place that catalyses their trajectory towards bigger things. For all the acts on show at this Kim Churchill headlined show, it may well prove to be true.

Exclusive Album Premiere: DRAAG - Traci Lordz (2015 EP)

The long weekend is officially over, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer through the rest of the week! LA shoegaze-rock purveyors Draag premiere their new EP Traci Lordz with the AU today - if you're keen to power on through this week with some new music to do it to, you've come to the right place. Produced by Jeff Byron of Mae Shi fame, Traci Lordz is a great blend of genre and musicality.

Photo Gallery: St Jerome's Laneway Festival Part 2 - The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore (24.01.15)

Part two of our Laneway Singapore photo gallery includes Banks, Chet Faker, FKA Twigs (pictured above), Future Islands, Jungle, Little Dragon, St Vincent and more. Photos by Johnny Au.

Album Review: Harts - Daydreamer (2014 LP)

Harts is in a league of his own with debut album Daydreamer. A Melbourne man, Darren Hart released his long-awaited first album back in September of last year, following has rocket to fame in Australia with lead single “Red & Blue” in high rotation on Triple J. The acclaim is also worldwide with high profile fans championing his music, one such being the iconic Prince. Harts was invited to jam with the purple one in Minneapolis and the album has the legend's tick of approval.

Photo Gallery: Territory Rock Festival ft. Unbroken Expanse, Roymackonkey + more - The Chippo, Darwin (25.01.15)

Like the preverbal Aussie BBQ - a delectable smorgasbord of Territory talent was served up by The Chippo Darwin at the Territory Rock Festival on the Australia Day long weekend. It was the lineup you wanted to be apart of, with some bands travelling 988km for the gig. Two stages, nine acts and meat pies for sale at the bar… yep it was perfect.

Single Stream: The Medics "Wake Up" (2015)

On Australia Day, The Medics released a powerful new single in "Wake Up". On a day where, for many, the actual brutality woven through the fabric of this country's history is cast aside, The Medics draw attention to the suffering which still continues within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Eating with the AU: Japanese BBQ Yakiniku GYUZO - CBD (Sydney)

Gyuzo is tucked away at the end of Liverpool Street, as you begin that frequent bridge walk to Darling Harbour, so it might be easy to unknowingly walk past this valuable Japanese BBQ. Walk slowly though, and be on the look out, because this place is well worth discovering. Meat is obviously the focus here, and the staff take great pride in knowing that they offer very high quality Wagyu among their rich range of meats, sushi, and other traditional Japanese dishes.