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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.

the AU playlist: Drake - 13 songs that best represent the Future Music Festival headliner

Drizzy Drake; that endearing Canadian emcee who surpassed his criticism as 'flavour of the month' and has extended a profile far beyond any commercial rapper in the 21st century. Who knew an actor would crossover and go on to dominate hip hop? And it wasn't just hip hop either; the world over there are fans of Drake who openly admit a bias against rap. There's something in his tone, his topics, his rhymes, and his unique style that has propelled him into the upper echelon of the music industry. Despite being famously characterised as 'the emotional one', Drake has gone on to show a diversity in his music that more than justifies his success, whether his half sung, half rapped rhymes are flowing over Santigold, or going toe-to-toe with Jay-Z.

Win a delegate pass to the Electronic Music Conference in Sydney!

Asia Pacific’s leading Electronic Music Conference has released details of this year’s daytime program with more than 80 artists and industry leaders speaking on over 20 panels to be held across four premier Darlinghurst venues The Eternity Playhouse, The Beresford Upstairs, Lo-Fi and The Standard Bowl.

Hello Asia! KStar FanFest 2014: Girl's Day - Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore (21.11.14)

K-Pop girl group Girl's Day performed their Girl's Day Everyday concert as part of the KStar FanFest in Singapore last Friday. In addition to the 10 songs performed, Girl's Day also participated in extensive games with fans and left every Girl's Day fan with a big grin on their face. Photos by Johnny Au.

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.

Live Review: Guy Pearce + Dancing Heals + Emma Anglesey - The Basement, Sydney (19.11.14)

I have always found it strange how people approach an artist with cynicism and skepticism when that artist attempts to dabble in a mode of expression different from that they are most known for. It's something that happens constantly, and it's not too hard to understand when you look at people like Paris Hilton who start DJ careers and end up making more money than actual DJs; but Guy Pearce is no Paris Hilton. Pearce, one of our country's most acclaimed and recognisable actors, has decided that, after years and years of hesitation, he is going to delve into the music world and give recording a genuine and complete go. It's worked. Broken Bones, his debut album, has been subverting any cynicism with it's charm and undeniable musicality. It's a collection of someone who is a superb talent in singing and songwriting.

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!