Six local comedians not to miss at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) through 19th April!

Kicking off over the weekend, it's hard to know where to begin with the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival schedule. Every night there is so much amazing comedy - both from local and international talent - that it's a job within itself to try and decide what to see. Well, we thought we'd lend a hand and bring you some of our picks for the festival. We're kicking things off today by highlighting six local talents whose shows we don't think you're going to want to miss...

Photo Gallery: Jack Carty + Jordan Millar - The Newsagency, Sydney (28.03.15)

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar sold out two shows at The Newsagency on Saturday night. They were ‘by request’ shows with the set list pulled from a hat during the gig. Bruce Baker was there to capture the magic of the night.

Single Stream: Bad//Dreems "Cuffed & Collared" (2015)

Adelaide rockers Bad/Dreems have been busy tinkering away in the studio with the legendary Mark Opitz (AC/DC, Cold Chisel, The Angels, INXS) and have come out swinging what is perhaps their best song to date. "Cuffed & Collard" is taken from the band's forthcoming debut LP and smashes rough and rugged garage rock on top of heartfelt vocals and a nice sense for melody.

the AU interview at SXSW: Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION (Los Angeles) talks touring, surfing, the new record "Run" and more!

the AU review sat down with Los Angeles based group AWOLNATION's frontman Aaron Bruno while at SXSW earlier this month. We talk about the madness of SXSW, "it's kind of like how life on the road is in general... I think people come together at South by and experience a little bit of what it's like for us touring folk on a day to day basis..."

Watch M Phazes and Thief join Penelope Austin to cover the Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning track "Bittersweet"

Last Tuesday saw the annual tradition of the APRA Music Awards hit Sydney, a celebration of the Australian music which has made the biggest impact at home and around the globe over the past 12 months. Thanks to a special between Moshcam and APRA, the "Song of the Year" live performances were recorded and streamed, seeing the tracks covered by some of the nation's most talented musicians. The fourth video in this series sees M Phazes and Thief join Penelope Austin to cover the Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning track "Bittersweet":

Album Review: Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon (2015 LP)

Our most-loved songs are often from a heartbroken man. And while Goon has an undoubtedly autobiographic touch to it, Tobias Jesso Jr at least takes on the persona of any sad lover pining helplessly for what once was. Sure a whole album dedicated to heartbreak has its melodrama, but Jesso Jr brought his real-life experience to song writing and the marriage of straight-talk lyrics and a vintage orchestral touch has somewhat of a soundtrack quality.

Single Stream: Ruby Boots "Wrap Me in a Fever" (2015)

Ruby Boots is busy prepping her forthcoming debut album Solitude and has given fans the second single, "Wrap Me in a Fever". The track wraps itself snugly around her tender vocals, lifting it with a bright instrumental and a nice, catchy melody. Listen to the soulful track below:

the AU interview at SXSW: P.S. (Paul Saulnier) of PS I Love You (Kingston, Canada) on Australian bands, the live show, leaving your home and old musicians.

the AU review sits down with Paul Saulnier of Canadian outfit PS I Love You at SXSW to talk about the festival, their latest music with For Those Who Stay, working with Paper Bag Records in Toronto, potential trips to Australia, his favourite Australian bands, evolving the live show "we've gotten better at it, I think... we don't even have to practice anymore", seeing old musicians like Neil Young live, plus he gives us an idea of what's coming next and more...

The best ways to get to Toronto, Canada from Australia (and a few travellers tips for your arrival)

This May, the annual music festival and conference Canadian Music Week will be opening its doors to the world, shining a spotlight on Australia and New Zealand, bringing with it dozens of bands and delegates from our countries up to the great city of Toronto. Why not come and join us? Over the next two weeks on AU Abroad we'll be taking you on a special journey to the city to firstly, let you know how to get there and then give you some insight into what to do while you're there, as they finally leave their cold winter behind and head towards the beautiful Canadian Summer. But we start off with the journey itself, which can be as quick or as lengthy as you see fit.

Stumbled Upon #034 - Edgarville (United Kingdom)

In the 34th installment of ‘Stumbled Upon’, we meet the UK's Edgarville and chat about keeping things simple, their upcoming 3 month tour around the UK and get to know a little more about the band. Read on:

the AU interview: Greg Sanders from Emperors (Perth) talks honesty before egos, their second (and final) album and the end of the band.

With the release of their second album Chupacabra signalling the end of the band, we chatted to Greg Sanders from Emperors about his time with the band, thoughts on the industry and what new projects there may be coming up...

VideAU Games Review: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Xbox One, 2015)

This might vilify me in the eyes of die-hard series veterans but I feel like Final Fantasy, as a series, has been in a bit of a rut for years now. And with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, we see exactly the sort of fresh perspective that could return the series to greatness.

Eating with with AU: March Into Merivale Presents "Wok On" - CBD (Sydney)

As an event which ended this year's incredible March Into Merivale on a high note, Wok On brought together all of Merivale's Asian eateries under roof Sydney’s Establishment bar. The event added to their March Into Merivale calendar portfolio with a smorgasbord of Asian eats from Mr. Wongs (with 2 stalls), Sunee Thai, Sushi E and Ms. G’s.

Win a $250 voucher for QT Sydney's Luxury Spa, Spa Q

Five star health spa Spa Q proudly offers a variety of services, all of which are a bit pricey given how highly rated and committed the quality they are. To help you navigate that price point a bit easier we're offering you the chance to win a $250 voucher to spend however you please at Spa Q.

Exclusive Single Premiere: Quintessential Doll "Thunder Gods" (featuring Clio Em) (2015)

Self-described as "darkly whimsical folktronica", Quintessential Doll are an up-and-coming Brisbane outfit fronted by Steph Linsdell, who is today premiering her new track "Thunder Gods", featuring the incredible vocals of Clio Em, on the AU. The genre-bending track, jumping between the words of Opera, Electronica, Indie Pop and, indeed, "folktronica", is a stand out of the material released by the artist to date and to make your own decision on how you'll define her sound, listen to it here: