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Event Wrap Up: APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2014 - Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne (26.08.14)

Held at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom, the APRA Art Music Awards were presented last night with some of Australia's most talented performers and industry members in attendance to announce the winners of the 2014 awards, recognising the artistic achievement and excellence within the field of this Australia's art music industry. Presenter Virginia Trioli, the Walkley award-winning journalist, author and co-host of ABC-TV News Breakfast hosted this year’s event.

Eating with the AU: Mr Mason & State of Grace Progressive Dinner - CBD (Melbourne)

His name was Mr Mason and the charm he exuded was instantly intoxicating. He welcomes me with champagne and entices my palate with gorgeous canapés. French songs are sung in the background as I mingle under the stars on the outdoor terrace. He leads me inside and seats me at an elegantly laid table where a cleverly designed menu greets us. This was a journey between two nearby restaurants in Melbourne's CBD, driven by the characters these beautiful establishments - Mr Mason and State of Grace - call upon.

Single Stream: Bored Nothing "Ice-Cream Dreams" (2014)

Melbourne's Fergus Miller, AKA Bored Nothing's first single from his second album is "Ice-Cream Dreams"; an image that fits nicely into his realm of lo-fi slacker rock. What 'ice-cream dreams' are can't be said for certain, but they sound pretty damn good. Bored Nothing will release Some Songs on October 24.

Album Review: Sticky Fingers - Land of Pleasure (2014 LP)

With their relentless tour schedule both nationally and across Europe, it’s hard to believe that the Sticky Fingers boys have had enough time to pick their nose, let alone release an album. Yet here they are, Australia’s favourite cheeky Sydneysiders are back with their second offering, Land of Pleasure. A devilishly sweet sophomore to Caress Your Soul, and one that does not disappoint.

Gettin' to know our 6th Birthday Bands: Martin King (Melbourne)

We get to know the bands playing our 6th Birthday Party in Melbourne next Tuesday night... first up is Martin King, best known as one half of Oscar + Martin. He'll be pumping out a live set on the night so let's take a moment to learn a bit more about the man himself:

Hello Asia! Feature: Introducing J-Rock group VAMPS

Let us introduce the Vampire gods of Japanese Rock ‘n’ Roll. VAMPS have recently caught our eye (a bit late in the game), and so we wanted to show you just how hot J-Pop and rock can be.

the AU sessions: Sydney soul songstress Ms Murphy covers Emeli Sandé's "My Kind of Love"

Watch as Sydney soul songstress Ms Murphy covers Emeli Sandé's beautiful track "My Kind of Love" - LIVE and Exclusive for the AU sessions.

Hello Asia! Feature: Top 10 Japanese Music Industry Breadwinners

Japanese Pop can be credited to developing the Asian Pop scene, even though recently the international hype has died down a little bit, that doesn't mean the breadwinners of J-Pop aren’t still around and pumping out platinum hit after hit. Here are the top 10 best selling J-Pop artists of all time.

the AU interview: Cam Avery (Perth) of The Growl, Tame Impala and Pond talks to the AU about his solo tour...

the AU’s Aidan Hogg caught up with Perth's resident overachiever Cam Avery - a part of The Growl, Pond and Tame Impala. Because, everyone has time to be in three successful bands, right!? How does he do it... Well, we try to find out as we chat about his upcoming solo tour, the band he fronts, The Growl, and his incredible amount of side-projects.

Classic Album Review: Something For Kate - Echolalia (2001 LP)

It's a weird feeling looking up interviews that were made over a decade ago. Back in 2001, Something For Kate were just ramping up their successful music career, with Beautiful Sharks already considered a huge achievement and their 2001 release Echolalia the album that confirmed them as one of our finest talents - here to stay, no less.

New Music Video: Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" (2014)

So much has been written and said about this music video by Nicki Minaj in the short time it's been in the public sphere, and not a jot of it has been about the song. With over 75 million views at the time of writing, this video has to be doing something right... right? The jury is out.

the AU interview: Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate (Las Vegas) chats Soundwave Festival 2015

John Goodridge chats to Craig Mabbitt, lead singer of Escape the Fate about life on the road, his side project, The Dead Rabbitts and joining the upcoming Soundwave Festival tour.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브) (South Korea, 2014)

The Terror Live is not your conventional movie, with a low budget and basically one visual set. With this in mind it didn’t have me running to the cinema in anticipation. I had heard the film was mainly shot in a TV studio, and being a fan of action films, I wasn’t too excited to watch a one set movie. Thankfully director Kim Byung-Woo delivers with an absolute compacted thriller.

Photo Gallery: Gabrielle Aplin Secret "Pop Up" Show - The Vanguard, Sydney (26.08.14)

Gabrielle Aplin performed a "secret pop-up show" for fans in Sydney tonight. Mikki Gomez was there and brings us these photos from the special, intimate gig at The Vanguard.

the AU playlist: Aaliyah - 8 songs we love from the late R&B icon

Today (U.S) time marks the day that the world lost one of the most consistently excellent contemporary R&B artists to have ever done it. Always playfully sliding over top notch production with her silky smooth voice and unfailing wit, the acclaimed 'princess of R&B' stands as one of the top 30 most successful R&B artists in history, winning fans from all over the globe with memorable songs like "Back & Forth" and "Try Again". Not only worshiped by her many fans, Aaliyah was and is well loved amongst the industry, evidenced by all the dedication songs and general outpouring of grief following her tragic death, which resulted from an aviation disaster in The Bahamas following the filming of the video for her single "Rock the Boat."