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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.

F&L news: luxury cruise ship to hit our shores for the first time

Attention boat aficionados, water lovers and those with the travel bug: MSC Cruises is bringing its famous MSC Orchestra cruise ship to Australia for the very first time in March next year.

Arts News Weekly: 29th November 2014

In this issue: Yangjiang Group, David Lynch, Pop Artist David Bowers, Tim Minchin, Bryony Kimmings ‘Sex Idiot’, Reflection Model (Itsukushima), KINGSWOOD Release Short Film For Micro Wars, magician James Randi tours Australia, and more.

Single Stream: Frank Ocean "Memrise" (2014)

There's an unfinished new Frank Ocean song floating around the internet, serving as a preview of his follow up to 2012's blockbuster Channel Orange. Titled "Memrise", the track was leaked by Frank on his Tumblr less than 12 hours ago and has already sent music publications around the world into "listen to this new Frank Ocean song that is totally not unfinished and is completely mastered...ha, we've got your click, suckers!" mode. But even if it is unfinished and just a snippet, it's still some new music from the impossibly smooth and stylish R&B crooner.

Air Asia X extending reach into North Asia with direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Narita

Airline AirAsia X are furthering their commitment to convenience and ease by expanding their reach into Japan with direct flights between Narita and Kuala Lumpur. The flight path will be the second KL-Tokyo connection for the airline, making AirAsia X a big presence in both Narita and Tokyo Haneda.

The AU Interview: M4SONIC (Adelaide) talks Stereosonic, The Launchpad and Viral Videos!

Who said there wasn’t an art to pushing buttons? The Launchpad, made famous by music instrument manufacturer Novation, has allowed musicians to manipulate samples to an extent that the inventor of the Amen Break will simply go “whaa?” One proponent who has mastered the instrument is M4SONIC, who has wowed people with his Launchpad skills via his Youtube channel. He was kind enough to tap out some answers with his dextrous fingers to us via a keyboard too.

Canadian artist Ruth Moody announces Australian tour

Australian-born (residing in Canada) soprano singer-songwriter Ruth Moody has announced a handful of shows here in Australia for February through to March 2015. Best known for her contribution to Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody has branched out on her own to showcase the "exceptional depth and grace" of her musicality.

the AU interview: The Kin (Adelaide) talk about new songs, experimenting with their set lists, future plans, and more

In part two of our video chat with Adelaide brothers The Kin, Larry chats to the boys about some new songs, crafting their set lists, their future recording plans, and more.

the AU interview: Kristina Chan talks "Puncture" for the Sydney Festival

Puncture is one of the most exciting dance performances at the upcoming Sydney Festival 2015 so we caught up with lead performer Kristina Chan to gain a little bit more insight into what is bound to be one of the highlights of the festival's art program. The performance is all about the intimacy on a dance floor, and how rhythm can communicate everything from restraint and formality, to the rebellion of youth.

Stereosonic Single Feature: Generik Featuring Nicky Van She "The Weekend" (2014)

DJ and now musician in his own right Tyson O’Brien (aka Generik) is making a whole bunch of noise in a very summer-y way with ‘The Weekend’. The single has some pretty bouncy piano riffs which scream out “party time” beside beaches and pools everywhere in overly expensive suburbs. While Nicky Van She provides vocals with a bunch of “oohs” and “ehhs” and something about going to “jack”.

the AU interview: Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones talk playing Guy and Girl in "Once: The Musical"

We sit on the set of Once: The Musical at Melbourne's Princess Theatre to talk to the "Guy" and "Girl" of the show, Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones, about how they came to be in the production, their Glen Hansard and Swell Season experiences, their musical histories and more.

Album Review: Have Mercy - A Place Of Our Own (2014 LP)

Have Mercy are a band responsible for sending people's emotions into turmoil. It's quite exquisite and almost empowering to know that a band's music can mess with someone's feelings from the first track to the last. Last year they brought heartaches and unwritten love letters with The Earth Pushed Back and this year they amplify this with their sophomore album, A Place Of Our Own. Some songs bring back unforgivable reminders of pain and frustrations, others beckon the calling of one's name when left in isolation after losing a loved one, bringing back haunting memories dawning upon one's shadow in the darkest hour.

Dash Berlin announced for Marquee Sydney's Stereosonic after party

EDM icon and Stereosonic act Dash Berlin has confirmed to play Marquee Sydney’s Stereosonic after-party this Saturday 29th November, following the two-day festival's first day. Marquee Sydney is host to some of the world's most notable DJ's and producers, and is offering all Stereosonic ticket holders the chance to party on well into the AM after day one of the electronic dance festival concludes.