the AU playlist: 12 essential TLC classics

With the recent announcement of immortal R&B group TLC heading to our shores in June causing mass hysteria, it's only appropriate that we compile some of the quintessential TLC jams for those that want to breeze through the group's stack of multi-platinum albums. With tickets to this hotly anticipated tour being made available to the general public this morning, take this time to remind yourself just why TLC are one of the most celebrated all-girl groups in music history. In no particular order:

Album Review: Ted Danson With Wolves - WWTDWWD? (2014 LP)

album cover for Ted Danson With Wolves: loading cranes in an industrial skyline

Sydney post-punk outfit Ted Danson With Wolves describe themselves as “a noodly four piece”, which isn’t inaccurate, but neither would “shouty four piece”. I just described them as “post-punk”, by which I really just mean they demonstrate an appreciation for the aesthetic pleasure of abrasion, without dwelling unimaginatively in that space. An arguably equally lazy description would be “experimental rock”. They are fresh, unusual, and hard to categorise.

Album Review: Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love (2014 LP)

Buzz band Perfect Pussy continue to excite with their debut album Say Yes To Love. This spunky punk rock band from Syracuse have resurfaced from their 2013 EP I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling, releasing an infectious album that will have you jumping from all four walls.

Hello Asia! Special Feature: B.A.P - invading a planet near you!

Unless you're already hiding in your bunker, you would have heard that South Korean boy group B.A.P will be performing in Sydney and Melbourne next month!

Win a copy of Bonjah's new album "Beautiful Wild"!

The Bonjah boys are at it again. With a third studio LP release ready to share with the world, a special one-off album launch show in Melbourne and European tour in their midst, the boys are showing no signs of slowing down.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Bonez "Foxy Lady" (Jimi Hendrix Cover, 2014)

the AU is proud to premiere the new music video from Sydney based rockers Bonez. The track, "Foxy Lady", is a cover of legendary rock n roller Jimi Hendrix classic track and is taken from Bonez debut EP On The Pig's Back Vol. 1 - the first in a series of three EPs planned for release this year. The video was shot and edited by Johnathan Devoy, best known as the front man for heavy rock bands Jerk/Ink/Melody Black and more. The video also features the pole dancing prowess of Miss Summer Blazin' and was shot onsite at Oxford Art Factory. Enjoy the clip here:

Asian artists set to shine at Music Matters Live 2014

Music, Digital and Social Media Matters are back in Singapore in May and the first Asian artist announcement for the Music Matters Live with HP program is out!

the AU interview: Adam Hyde from Peking Duk (Canberra) talks about America and the Groovin' The Moo Festival!

Larry had the chance to catch to catch up with Adam Hyde, one half of Canberra electronic duo Peking Duk to talk about recent US adventures, their upcoming tour with the Groovin' The Moo festival, musical plans and much more...

New Music Video: The Murlocs "Paranoid Joy" (2014)

Considering what the Murlocs had to go through to get their debut record Loopholes out into the world, "Paranoid Joy" sounds like a pretty apt state of mind for the Victorian dudes to be in. Having had most of their work wiped out due to a stolen laptop, the band had to start from scratch and record nomadically, assembling their sun-damaged jams during borrowed time in the living rooms of friends. Fortunately for us they persevered, and "Paranoid Joy" is an eccentric, gorgeous slice of weirdo psych, with an equally wiggy video to match:

the AU interview at Bluesfest: Michael Franti (USA)

Larry sits down with Michael Franti backstage at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia - on his birthday, 21st April 2014 - to talk about his time at the festival over the years, his latest music, and much more...

Win a double pass to see Xzibit in Brisbane!

Rap royalty Xzibit is heading to Brisbane’s iconic Chalk Hotel on April 26th, bringing with him special guests including Funkoars, REMi, Briggs and more to kick off Chalk’s Sound Check festival series. Sound Check is a monthly event creating an inner city festival with the best live music lineups, festival food, an outdoor stage and much more. This first event includes an incredible 11 hours of live entertainment including a full 90 minute set from Xzibit as he closes his Australian tour in style.

Feature: OutKast will be in top shape come Splendour In The Grass

Eric B & Rakim had the flow; Mobb Deep had the ambience; UGK had the character; 8Ball & MJG had the chemistry; Gang Starr had the depth; and EPMD had the style. But there has never been a hip hop duo quite like OutKast. The eccentric Andre 3000 and the lyrically dextrous Big Boi will forever be the quintessential experimental rap duo that put Atlanta on the map and opened the flood gates for the left-field sounds coming from the South. In an era when gangster and mafiaso rap were bounced back and forth between the East and West Coasts, OutKast completely flipped hip hop on it's head.

Five must-see acts at Groovin' the Moo 2014

Groovin' the Moo is the biggest travelling music festival to hit regional towns in Australia, bringing impressive line-ups year after year to places like Oakbank, Townsville, and Bendigo. It's no secret that these crowds make the most of the festival, navigating the line-up with nothing but enthusiasm for each and every act. Most have undoubtedly locked in who they want to see, we're hoping these five are included:

Samsung presents the massive Digital Matters program for 2014 while Australians shine on the Music Matters Live line up!

The huge Music, Digital and Social Media Matters programs are back in Singapore this May, with the three intensive and diverse conference and showcase line ups providing the opportunity for industry members from all around the globe to come together and learn, network and exchange ideas. The May 20-25 event sees Samsung coming onboard as Presenting Sponsor for the Digital Matters conference, which is a huge coup!