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the AU interview: Eugene Tan (Sydney) talks Canon Shine and the power of photography

Revered photography brand Canon Australia have amassed a group of select photographers in Australia which they have dubbed the 'Canon Masters.' Prominent Bondi-based photographer Eugene Tan deservedly stands in this exclusive circle, revered for his daily routine of documenting beach culture around the world. Many who live in the iconic suburb of Bondi also know him as the founder and owner of the gorgeous Aquabumps gallery.

Single Stream: Die! Die! Die! "Sister" (2014)

I saw Die! Die! Die! play in in a cramped pub with really expensive beer once; I accidentally knocked a full pint out of someone's hand but fortunately he was dancing so hard he didn't even notice; such is the band's magic. "Sister" (from the forthcoming S W I M) is an instant hit of the noisy, anthemic excitement the Kiwis have perfected which I'm sure will have people dancing just as hard.

Single Stream: A Sunny Day in Glasgow "Crushin" (2014)

After a long layoff after 2010's still-luminous Autumn, Again, Brooklynite dreamgazers A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back with "Crushin". Coming from the forthcoming Sea When Absent, it's a welcome reminder of how easy it can be to drift off completely.

VideAU Games PS3 Review: The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog, 2013)

Survivor horror. The sick brain loving zombie is here to get you once again. Low ammo, bad weapons, and hordes of enemies – yeah the genre is a hard one to shake off. Looks like it’s just me and Naughty Dog who are going to end all the expectation of a trope that comes back from the dead more times than it’s in-game denizens.

Live Review: Jake Bugg + The Creases + The Growl - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (20.04.14)

Yet another British singer-songwriter whose popularity seems to be growing exponentially, the sold out Enmore Theatre crowd consisted of about 90% British attendees. That would probably explain why this show was sold out, as I don’t think Jake Bugg is as well-known amongst Australian fans that would warrant such a packed room. Regardless those in the crowd were definitely eager to see him perform.

Festival Review: Byron Bluesfest (Day Four) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (20.04.14)

A slow start for many today, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm seemed to be easing in to Sunday at Bluesfest - snoozily/slowly working through hangovers from Saturday night, it was an easy guess that there may not be as many in attendance today as there had been over the past few days. It was of no matter to me however, as I scored myself a spot on the lawn at Crossroads for C.W Stoneking to kick off my music schedule for the day.

Photo Gallery: Deni Blues & Roots Festival Day Two (20.04.14)

Deni Blues & Roots Festival kicked on over the Easter long weekend with 2 days of fantastic performances. Here are the shots of the second day with acts including Gary Clark Jr and The Doobie Brothers by our very own Ian Laidlaw:

Photo Gallery: Jake Bugg + The Creases - Enmore Theatre (20.04.14)

UK rising star Jake Bugg headlined a massive show at the Enmore Theatre last night supported by The Creases and Mikki Gomez was there to bring you these photos:

Byron Bay Bluesfest Photo Gallery: Passenger - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (20.04.14)

UK troubadour Passenger packed out the main Mojo tent during Bluesfest yesterday and Johnny Au was there. He brings you these photos from the anticipated performance.

Byron Bay Bluesfest Photo Gallery: Erykah Badu - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (20.04.14)

Closing out day four of Bluesfest, Erykah Badu brought her impressive show (not to mention voice) along - Abe Lincoln hat and all. Johnny Au was in the Mojo tent for the performance and brings us these photos:

Five Highlights from Day 2 of Deni Blues and Roots Festival (20.04.14)

From Gary Clark Jr to The Wailers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Byron Bay isn't the only place to see the legends and finest up-and-coming artists this weekend. The Deni Blues and Roots Festival is happening in Deniliquin, NSW, near the Victorian Border. Our writer Lachlan Mitchell is there and brings us these five highlights from his first day:

Photo Gallery: Deni Blues & Roots Festival Day One (19.04.14)

Deni Blues & Roots kicked off their second annual festival with an impressive line up including John Mayer, Elvis Costello & The Doobie Brothers. Here are the shots of the first day from our man on the ground, Ian Laidlaw:

Guest appearances, birthday celebrations and Erykah Badu come to Byron for Bluesfest Day Four!

With the final day and night of the Byron Bluesfest around the corner, the Sunday program continue to bring the goods. Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary was celebrated with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to Peter Noble by the public and Playing For Change, who had previously wound up their Mojo Stage set.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 3 Part 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (19.04.14)

In the second part of our photo gallery from Day Three of Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Johnny Au brings us photos of Jeff Beck, Morcheeba, Ozomatli and the special Playing For Change concert.