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Vote for your Favourite Live Act in Australia in The People's Choice for the 2014 AU Awards!


Pictured: Nominees Ball Park Music (Photo by Kerrie Geier)

Voting has opened for the 1st annual AU Awards' Peoples Choice category, with 12 bands and artists up for the gong... So vote now for your favourite Australian live act! Voting closes December 5th and the winner (plus 2 runners up) will be announced on December 9th.

Single Stream: Nick Hill “Know This” (2014)

Is it just me, or is there a lot of really good looking people making really good music lately? I mean, first we had Robbie Miller just a few weeks ago and now this guy, Sydney’s Nick Hill.

Eating with the AU: Meat Lovers Lunch at Alpha Restaurant - CBD (Sydney)

Alpha Restaurant is one of the best looking restaurants in Sydney, there's no doubt about that. The heavenly hub of Greek food - both traditional and progressive - is fronted by Chef Peter Conistis, who has brought his 20+ years of championing Sydney's Greek cuisine to create something entirely worthy of being part of the official Hellenic Club of Sydney. At a very special one-off event for the recent Good Food Month, Alpha teamed up with the fine meat purveyors at Haverick Meats to stage the 'Meat Lover's Lunch", a packed out affair which saw the city's most carnivorous and discerning diners spread out in the open space and dine and chow down on some exceptional meat creations.

Canadian five-piece Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything announce debut Australian tour

Heading down to Australia for the first time, Ontario 5-piece Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything is set to showcase their creative worldly style when the tour between 9th January and 1st February next year. The debut Australia tour will features headline performances in addition to appearances at Cygnet Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Broken Doll - Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (21.11.14)

Broken Doll @ GOMA

Japanese kawaii-rock fashionistas Broken Doll kicked off GOMA's Future Beauty: Up Late series on Friday with a lot of colour, plenty of energy and some seriously Japanese fashion. Erin Smith brings you these photos.

Hello Asia! Japanese Film Festival 2014 Review: It All Began When I Met You (Japan, 2013)

There is something about Christmas time that makes our relationships stronger and the power of love seem even more magical. This magical time is so often the basis of a beautiful story. It All Began When I Met You tells many of these stories, following many different relationships in the lead up to a snow covered Christmas eve. Each has it’s own kind of love, and not all are a happily ever after, but all show the power of love and it’s ability to withstand time, distance and absence.

New Music Video: Run The Jewels "Blockbuster Night Part 1" (2014)

Now that we've had time to digest the abrasive new album RTJ2 from the unstoppable Run The Jewels, it's only right that we are treated to a music video for one of the LPs most exciting cuts. "Blockbuster Night Part 1" makes you picture something a bit more chaotic and explicit than Mike Bigga and El Producto as EMTs, but watching them haphazardly drive around the street of Atlanta in an ambulance half-assing their way through a day on the job is pretty fun. Let's just hope they never become EMTs though.

Eating With the AU: Watt Restaurant & Bar’s Brand New Summer Menu - New Farm (Brisbane)

Nestled underneath the towering structure of the Brisbane Powerhouse lies the amazing Watt Restaurant & Bar. It offers breathtaking views of the Brisbane river, and brilliant food at reasonable prices. The notorious venue is now offering a fresh Spring and Summer menu, with food cooked by new head chef Jason Norris. The new menu has food that is sure to wow everyone.

New Music Video: Beyonce "7/11" (2014)

Following the full versions of "Ring Off" and "7/11" which were released yesterday by Beyoncé, the queen of music has released a fun music video for the latter. There's less in the way of production here, rather, Bey takes advantage of some effects to spin her and her dancers goofing around into one of her most playful videos to date. Watch out for the Blue Ivy cameo.

Hello Asia! Live Review: Broken Doll - GOMA, Brisbane (21.11.14)

In conjunction with Brisbane's "Future Beauty" exhibition, which exhibits and celebrates 30 years of Japanese fashion revolution, Broken Doll stopped by in Brisbane to perform as a part of their world tour and the exhibition. The Japanese punk-rock group originates from Tokyo, and they are easily distinguished by their colourful "Harajuku" appearance and music style that would be considered "kawaii", or "cute" punk rock. The band usually consists of Sachi as the vocalist and Kensuke as the guitarist, but tonight they were also accompanied by Shin as the bassist and Hideya as the drummer. All of the band members were wearing vibrant and colourful, yet also clashing outfits, which has its own charms.

Hello Asia! KStar FanFest 2014: Girl's Day performing "Expectation" LIVE in Singapore

K-Pop girl group Girl's Day performing their hit track "Expectation" LIVE at the KStar FanFest 2014 in Singapore. The KStar FanFest is part of the annual Korea Festival Singapore. See you favourite members of Girl's Day - Sojin, Yura, Minah and Hyeri performing LIVE!

TV Review: Chicago P.D Season 1 Episodes 1 and 2 (USA, 2014)

Chicago P.D premiered to Australian audiences with a double episode last night. The series is the newest in but a long line of crime dramas by Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf, and so it makes sense that all the experience will pour into making the show something special, right?

Single Stream: Beyonce "Ring Off" and "7-11" (2014)

When Beyoncé drops a new song it's treated as more than just your everyday leak, it's an event - she's just dropped two new songs. The reigning queen of the music industry has a profile that is often hard to believe, but there it is; frequently displayed throughout popular culture, blogs, websites, and the like. So it comes to no surprise that her release of the full versions of new songs "Ring Out" and "7/11" - which appear on the re-release of her self-titled album - is a pretty big deal. Listen to both songs below.

Eating with the AU: La Svolta Italian Restaurant - Prahran and Hampton (Melbourne)

As I enter La Svolta I am warmly welcomed by owners Valerio Calabro and Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Russo and I immediately feel like I've come to an Italian home as my hand is shook, names are vocalised and I am ushered outside to their new, ready for summer, dining space to eat and drink their exclusive new menu range.

the AU review celebrates live music by announcing nominees for the 1st annual "AU Awards" including public voted category!


Picture: Amy Hetherington captures Violent Soho in Darwin...

Today the AU review - and parent company Heath Media - are excited to announce the nominees for the first annual AU Awards, a celebration of the best in live music in Australia.