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John Legend announces December 2014 Australian tour.

John Legend has just announced that he will headline a national tour in support of his fourth album, Love in the Future, featuring six-times platinum ARIA #1 single “All of Me”.

Single Stream: Grace “Pluto” (2014)

Fresh off her recent support gig with alt-j, Perth songstress Grace has dropped “Pluto”, the lead single off her upcoming album of the same title. Produced by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio),”Pluto” sees Grace take her music in a different direction of pulsating synths with an explosive chorus, yet she still maintains a dark and moody ambience through those ethereal vocals that we were first introduced to.

Woodford Folk Festival Announces 2014/2015 Programme

Woodford Folk Festival returns for its 29th year this December with a vibrant and ambitious programme. They have just released their program and this year, the festival will feature more than 400 acts in 35 performance venues over six days and nights.

the AU interview: Mike and Dan of Horsehunter (Melbourne) on their highly anticipated debut "Caged In Flesh"

Having shared the stage with legends High On Fire, Conan, and Windhand, Melbourne four-piece Horsehunter are inarguably the most sought after and exciting young doom bands in the country. On September 30 they released their highly anticipated debut album Caged in Flesh, which is currently the most popular doom metal album on bandcamp. I caught up with Mike (guitar + vocals) and Dan (guitar) to chat about the band, recent success, and the album.

Event Review: Armageddon Expo Day 1 - Melbourne Showgrounds (18.10.14)

The Armageddon Expo dropped by Melbourne this weekend, providing a fun environment for geeks to well, 'geek out' on their favourite fandoms and share their obsessions for all things television, sci-fi, mystical and comical with other fans.

Album Review: Little May - Little May (2014 EP)

It’s all too easy to lose yourself in the tranquil, haunting and utterly majestic sounds of up-and-coming Sydney band, Little May. In their debut self-titled EP, the trio have proven that they are far more than just another folk group with sweet voices and acoustic guitars. Little May are on another level. Their stunning harmonies, beautiful lyrics and melodies, and phenomenal song structures weave together flawlessly to form something that not only hasn’t been heard before, but needs to be heard by as many people as possible.

Photo Gallery: The Beautiful Girls + Pierce Brothers - Metro Theatre, Sydney (17.10.14)

Mikki Gomez was at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on Friday night to witness the return of The Beautiful Girls and the Pierce Brothers. She brings us these photos from the pit:

Hello Asia! Interview: BACK-ON (Japan) on their Anime background and future plans

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au travelled to Tokyo to interview Japanese rock act BACK-ON. BACK-ON is known to many Anime fans as the creators of the opening theme song for Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, Air Gear, Murder Princess and Eyeshield 21s. BACK-ON has also released four albums with their current album Reload released in October 2014. TURN ON YOUR CAPTIONS FOR ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

Single Stream: Càbãnå "Done As Dinner" (2014)

“Done As Dinner” is the debut single from Melbourne’s Càbãnå and whilst they do come as a new name to many, we can confirm that all three members Càbãnå of are still in high school, one of them being Japanese Wallpaper and they are the newest addition to Pilerats Records.

the AU interview: Johnny Marr (Manchester) talks "Playland", a renewed passion for playing live & his relentless work ethic

Fresh off stage from a sold out show, the legendary The Smiths guitarist and prolific collaborator and songwriter Johnny Marr takes the time to talk to the AU about his new album Playland, why it was time to go solo and how he came to love playing live.

Album Review: Augie March - Havens Dumb (2014 LP)

Expectation is a burden that follows any elite outfit that have a proven catalogue of gems. It’s this price of genius that brings out the nerves in some and the anticipation in others when word of a new release hits. Augie March fills that rarefied air with their fifth album Havens Dumb; a vintage effort that is the band’s first collection of songs in six years, making expectations even harder to overlook. It’s not unfair to ask whether Augie March still have something to say after such a significant hiatus and a lukewarm solo spin off from Glenn Richards but it’s with healthy dose of relief that I say, yes they do.

VideAU Games News Byte: Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Launch Trailer has explosions, guns and political rhetoric

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Typically, you wouldn't expect to see a launch trailer until a game actually, you know, launches, but it seems Activision is determined to get you hyped for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. They've dropped a minute-and-a-half of fresh footage that introduces characters, touches on the story and shows off a whole bunch of gameplay.

Live Review: The Griswolds + Castlecomer - Jive, Adelaide (17.10.14)

The Griswolds' Australian tour has been a while in the making for many fans. Their debut album, Be Impressive, was received incredibly well upon its release a few months back, though it's fair to say a lot of the excitement surrounding the record also came down to the fact that Australian fans hadn't seen the Sydney band play many gigs extensively through 2014. Instead, the band has been generating a strong international fan base, touring and appearing at festivals in the US for the past few months. It made sense that their Australian album tour would be popularly attended and as Adelaide falls on the midway mark of their run around the country, it's glaringly evident that The Griswolds are becoming quite the powerhouse live band.

Photo Gallery: Soulfest - Victoria Park, Sydney (18.10.14)

Soulfest came to Sydney over the weekend, with the likes of D'Angelo, Aloe Blacc and Anthony Hamilton bringing some amazing soul and R&B vibes through to Victoria Park. Nathan Atkins brings you this gallery from the event!

the AU interview: Demi Louise (Melbourne) talks about CMJ, performing in Korea and the UK

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au chats with Aussie artist Demi Louise in Seoul, South Korea. Demi was in Seoul as Australia's first showcase artist at the MU:CON conference. Demi spoke about her past year performing in the UK, Malaysia and her experiences in Seoul. We also spoke about her upcoming CMJ appearance and a lounge room tour in November.