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the AU interview: Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot (Florida) on New Album "Haven" and Plans to Return to Australia

Twenty years since releasing their first record, symphonic metal icons Kamelot are back with Haven, their 11th studio album and second featuring Swedish frontman Tommy Karevik. Infused with post-apocalyptic sentiment and cinematic ambiance, Haven is classic Kamelot, showcasing powerful melodies and the haunting and beautiful lyrics the band are renowned for. Founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood spoke to Maria Nayef about the inspiration behind Haven, how the band has changed since the addition of Karevik, and their plans to return to Australia.

Vocal injury causes Sam Smith to cancel remaining Australian tour dates.

Following the first of two Sydney shows last night Sam Smith suffered a vocal hemorrhage that has now caused the British singer to cancel the remaining dates on his Australian tour. The cancellation also rules Smith out of his performance at the Logie Awards, where he was set to be one of the main entertainment acts of the event.

Theatre Review: Armour - Blue Room Theatre (Performances to 9th May)

Armour, presented by 610 Productions, is the latest work from writer and director Tom Jeffcote and the second production in the current season at The Blue Room Theatre. The premise was a promising one; four men go into the wilderness and talk about their feelings. Unfortunately, Armour failed to live up to this early promise, and I left the theatre feeling frustrated, really quite disappointed and that a really great opportunity had been squandered.

F&L Guide: Mother's Day in Sydney - events, gift ideas, and more

Mother's Day (Sunday May 10th) is right around the corner, bringing with it that universal reminder to treat our mothers like the queens they are, or at least try to. If you're like the majority and don't plan far ahead you'll find these listings of events around Sydney and surrounds, as well as some gift ideas very helpful. Bookmark this one.

the AU interview: Joy (Brisbane) talks touring, music videos, and triple j unearthed

the AU review sat down with JOY while she was in Sydney touring with Tkay Maidza. She talks about what she has in store for her shows. "I'm kinda working on a new set of stuff from the new EP which I haven't actually fully written yet, so I'll probably be playing that stuff". In addition, JOY says: "I'm trying to make my set a little more interesting, a little different to what I've been doing until now".

the AU interview: Ellis Ludwig-Leone of San Fermin (Brooklyn) talks about new LP, Nico Muhly and dream music collabs

Described as having a “Baroque Pop” sound, San Fermin are a band fueled by orchestral chemistry, approaching classical instruments with a modern-day edge. With the release of their sophomore album, Jackrabbit, we see a band that takes pride in their music. Alongside their SXSW shenanigans, this band are destined to have many opportunities coming their way... We speak to Ellis Ludwig-Leone who's behind the music composition, about how the band took shape, his inspirations and what he hopes to achieve in the near future. Perhaps one day we will see his band collaborate with one of the greatest hip-hop artists known to mankind.

Snot coming through Australia with classic 'Get Some' album this October!

'Funk/Punk/Nu-Metal'. That's a fusion. October will see purveyors of this hybrid of genres, Snot, tour Australia on a special tour that will see the band perform their seminal 1997 album Get Some in full. Upon its release, Get Some earned acclaim for the music's melody, punk riffs and heavy funk grooves that brought a new spark of energy to the nu-metal scene of the late 90s and those interested in something a little different. From there, a cult following across the globe grew and stuck with the band, even through the devastating passing of lead vocalist Lynn Straight, who died shortly after Get Some's release.

Watch Rowen (Brisbane) perform "Alaskan Bears" at the AU sessions #002

Brisbane artist Rowen performs her track "Alaskan Bears" at The AU Sessions #002 in Sydney, Australia. The AU Sessions is a monthly acoustic sessions series that happens at The Hive Bar in Erskineville. The next free event is tonight! Head along HERE for all the details.

F&L Guide: Where to find the best ramen in Sydney


Ramen Ikkyu's Pork Rib Ramen

There is no shortage of good ramen in Sydney, with the popular Japanese creation rightfully treated as an art. The presence of such quality, from the CBD to Kingsford to Crows Nest, forces many ramen-focused restaurants and stalls to constantly up their game but none can really compare to the following 10. Chris, Sarah, and Nicholas have put their ramen-obsessed minds together to bring you the best ramen you'll find in Sydney. The following list is not ranked because it's just too damn hard to sort (although if I [Chris] had to choose a #1 it would be Ramen Ikkyu).

Theatre Review: The Book of Mormon - Prince of Wales Theatre, London, England (Opens January 2017 in Melbourne, Australia)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are better known as the creators of a satirical, blasphemous and overall hilarious television cartoon South Park. It is not for the feint of heart, with insults flying at everything from songs cashing in on 9/11 trauma, to AIDS, even to Jesus Christ himself – who in the world of Colorado’s most famous town has his own talk show. It could be said they are unafraid of any subject which they feel needs a right satirising at that moment.

Single of the Day: Buffalo Sunn "Told You So" (2015)

Dubbing themselves a "cosmic rock" group hailing from Dublin, Buffalo Sunn have fast become a favourite here at AU HQ. Today we're proud to feature their new single “Told You So” as our track of the day. It’s taken from their debut album “By The Ocean By The Sea”, produced by Pat McCarthy (R.E.M, Madonna, U2, The Waterboys). Listen to the track here and just try not to enjoy its excellent production. We dare you:

the AU interview: John Sheedy - Director of STC's "Storm Boy" discusses the classic novel and puppet pelican poop

Set on the coast of Coorong in South Australia, the classic novel Storm Boy has long been a childhood favourite. The tale follows Hideaway Tom and his son “Storm Boy”, and the friendships they form with a local indigenous man called Fingerbone Bill and three orphaned pelicans. The theatrical production of Storm Boy premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company in 2013, and this year sees the productions triumphant return to Wharf 1 under the careful guidance of Director John Sheedy.

Photo Gallery: Groovin The Moo - Hay Park, Bunbury (26.04.15)

Groovin The Moo Festival 2015 at Hay Park, Bunbury Western Australia.

The sun came out to plat on the second stop on the Groovin the Moo festival with a lineup featuring Wolfmother, Charli XCX, You Me at Six, Sticky Fingers, One Day, Tkay Maidza and more. Stuart Sevastos was on the ground to capture the highlights of the day.

VideAU Games News Byte: The latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight shows Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin gameplay

Rocksteady have dropped the latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight and it debuts the feature many have been waiting for since the series inception - other playable members of the Bat family outside of the challenge rooms. Arkham Knight will feature Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin as playable characters through an on-the-fly character switching mechanic. Hit the jump to check it out.

Live Review: Steve Smyth + Spookyland - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (25.04.15)

It isn’t hard to imagine Steve Smyth as some depression era tramp, travelling across the country trading a story and a song for a meal and then moving along to the next destination. Sure his wild and wiry beard lend themselves greatly to this image, but there is more to it than that. There is an unbridled spirit and passion that is contained within his performances and music. Each song is played as if his life depends upon it and that he would be lost if he was anywhere else. It’s this passion that has seen him move from playing small pubs and clubs to headlining the Oxford Art Factory on ANZAC Day with minimal promotion.