the AU interview: Benjamin Plant of Miami Horror (Melbourne) on the upcoming record and eighties love!

It's been a while between releases for Miami Horror. Fans of the band will say it's been an age, looking back on the 2010 hit Illumination with fond memories of a summer well spent, wondering where the time went. But with a new full length short on the horizon and the new single "Wild Motion (Set It Free)" already pegged to be yet another summer favourite, Jesse Lewis chatted to Benjamin Plant about where the time went, eighties love and the upcoming Australian tour.

the AU interview: Tim John of The Vines (Sydney) on 'Wicked Nature', being part of the new band line up and what lay ahead!

Fans of The Vines were excited to find a new album in the works after a decent few years out of the spotlight. Wicked Nature, dedicated to the fans who have stuck with Craig Nicholls through what can only be described as tumultuous times, is out now and naturally, we're looking forward to seeing the new line up consisting of Nicholls, Lachy West and Tim John (both members of The Griswolds) bring the new material - as well as the classics - to life on stage. Tim takes some time out to give the AU the lowdown on his and Lachy's background, Wicked Nature and the future of The Vines.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) (South Korea, 2013)

Secretly, Greatly

Freedom, loyalty, duality and betrayal are among the themes of Jang Cheol Soo’s 2013 big screen smash Secretly, Greatly (titled 은밀하게 위대하게 in Korean) - a film that combines comedy, drama and action in an unusual, thrilling and tear-jerking mix.

New Music Video: Briggs "Bad Apples" (2014)

While the love for his album Sheplife continues to pour in, Briggs is busy showing Australia his value to hip-hop. His powerful, forceful flow is a perfect vessel for his deft lyricism, capturing his frustration about the darker side of society in an incredibly vivid way. Not only a certified head-nodder, "Bad Apples" is an insightful, expressive tale about growing up in a less than ideal society.

Eating with the AU: Sake Restaurant and Bar Launches Cherry Blossom Festival

Only in it's sophomore year, the celebratory Cherry Blossom Festival at Saké Restaurant & Bar is back, improving on it's first year with a bigger number of events, spread across the three Saké restaurants in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The month-long celebration is focused at ushering in the light and airy joy which cherry blossoms ('sakura') bring not only to Japan, but to the culture around the world.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: IndOz Festival 2014 - King George Square, Brisbane (30.08.14)

IndOz Brisbane 2014

Brisbane welcomed the IndOz Festival 2014 - a celebration of the partnership between Australia and Indonesia that encompasses business, education, defence, security, culture and arts, to King George Square and City Hall in Brisbane on Saturday. Erin Smith brings you these photos.

Single Stream: George Maple "Talk Talk" (2014)

Future Classic's newest signee George Maple is busy prepping her debut EP Vacant Space which she has just announced with the release of breezy single "Talk Talk". The song has already been given the live treatment while she supported Little Dragon just a few weeks ago, proving to be a nice showcase for what Maple brings to Australian music. The muffled bass and slow-burning house play nicely with her smooth, soulful vocal work. This one is a certified hit, get across it now!

Bluesfest names The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and more on first artist announcement for 2015!

Bluesfest returns to Byron Bay over the Easter Weekend next year for its 26th year! 26! Worthy of a party, we're sure. As usual, the country's premier blues and roots festival has turned up with their A-Game strong, with their first artist announcement set to excite both the long-time Bluesfest attendees and those still tossing up what they're planning on doing during the April long weekend. Without further ado...

Principal Cast for 2015 Opera Australia Production of "Anything Goes" Announced

Anything Goes has captivated millions of people over decades with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American. The winner of three Tony Awards, Anything Goes is a nautical favorite and is returning to Australia in 2015 with a brand new production that reunites Opera Australia with producer John Frost, as their production of The King And I wraps up in Melbourne.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Ali Campbell "Silhouette" (2014)

You know Ali Campbell best as the lead vocalist of classic group UB40 - but today the AU is proud to bring you the exclusive Australian premiere of the title track of Ali's new solo album Silhouette, out October 3rd. Enjoy the track here and don't miss Ali when he tours Australia in December. Dates after the jump!

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: The Terror, Live (더 테러 라이브) (South Korea, 2013)

If you think a twisted thriller movie requires a complicated settings and a state-of-the-art computer graphic effects, director and writer Kim Byung-Woo would have proved you wrong with his movie The Terror, Live (Hangul: 더 테러 라이브). The movie followed a hectic and fast-paced setting about a news anchor trying to catch a bomb terrorist and managed to sneak in some interesting plot twists. What made this movie great was that the movie was thrilling and action-packed from the start to the finish, making the audience grip onto their seats tightly.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Monday 1st September 2014

In this week’s issue: Criniti’s Express Lunch for those who are time poor offers to not only give you a quick food which is expertly made; it also offers to pay for your cab fare to and from the venue, Fairfield RSL Club offers secret garden tours, the Spring Ladies’ Luncheon at The Glenmore, the brand new powdered energy drink “REIZE”, the Australian Gardening Show in Sydney, and so much more!

Live Review: The Aston Shuffle + Just A Gent + CLN + Jordan Burns vs Jordan James - The Zoo, Brisbane (29.08.14)

There was a lot to love and a lot to dislike about The Aston Shuffle's gig at the Zoo on Friday night. The good things came from The Aston Shuffle themselves, however the long wait before the boys hit the stage was much less enjoyable.

Single Stream: Jack Carty "Be Like The Water" (2014)

Jack Carty's new single, "Be Like the Water", is the first to be taken from his upcoming third LP Esk is makes us very excited for the new music to come! As usual, Carty's vocal talent shines here, though the arrangement on "Be Like the Water" also has to be noted. It's a stunning atmosphere conjured on this one but considering the music Carty's become synonymous with producing, it's hardly surprising this one's a winner.

the AU interview: The Used (USA) on tour with Taking Back Sunday and their new album "Imaginary Enemy"

the AU review chat to two parts of The Used about their Australian tour with Taking Back Sunday, their latest album Imaginary Enemy, barber shop quartets and much more.