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VideAU Games Review: Screamride (Xbox One, 2015)

Remember Roller Coaster Tycoon? Man, that game was awesome. Building crazed, malevolent roller coasters specifically to make anyone who dared ride them barf up a lung the moment it ended? Brilliant. It’s clear that the people at Frontier Games have played a lot of Roller Coaster Tycoon because Screamride is both an ardent homage to that series, and a game that works hard to eschew many tropes common to the “Tycoon” genre.

Lauren Webster's Top 10 Must-Do Wildest Destinations!

Sydney artist Lauren Webster has delivered a colourful and unexpected installation to public art space Lane Four, transporting a surreal desert landscape to the heart of the city with The Wayward Way. Through a series of painted and hand drawn works in her signature stylistic and expressive renderings; Webster presents a romanticised Western dreamscape – complete with larger-than-life cacti and retro neon signage.

Lucy's Country and Blues Corner: March 2015 feat. Shovels & Rope, Shakey Graves & Joshua Black Wilkins

In the third instalment of her monthly column, our resident Blues, Roots, Folk and Country aficionado Lucy Inglis delves into three albums from said worlds - some new, some newly discovered - breaking down what's worth listening to and what's not. This time, Lucy takes us through Shovels and Rope's second album Swimmin' Time, Shakey Graves' And The War Came and Joshua Black Wilkins' LP Settling The Dust.

Festival Review: Future Music Festival - HBF Arena, Perth (01.03.15)

”Fkn Insane! Sexy Amazing. Dance like nobody is watching. I’m off-chops right now, loving everybody. This is sick! 2 Chainz is lookin 4 my booty cos I got a big booty. Do you want to go out with me then break up right before Drake? We love Future!”

the AU interview: Patrick & Joe of Fall Out Boy (Chicago) talk about Big Hero 6, the Oscars, having kids and more

the AU review's Larry Heath chats to Patrick and Joe of Fall Out Boy at Soundwave Festival 2015 about writing songs for Oscar-winning movies, their attitudes towards the band before college, how having kids changes your perspective and the sense of responsibility they feel towards their fans.

Album Review: I, Us and We - Mono (2015 EP)

Californian brothers I, Us and We have just released their new EP Mono. With the perfect opening song and thought-provoking lyrics, this EP offers diverse and beautifully produced tracks, making it an effortlessly cool example of dream pop.

Photo Gallery: Soundwave Festival [Day 2 Part 2] - Sydney Olympic Park (01.03.15)

The final part of our photo coverage of Soundwave Festival Day 2. Artists include Escape The Fate, Judas Priest, Slash, Of Mice And Men, Butcher Babies, Slipknot (pictured above), The Smashing Pumpkins and Fall Out Boy. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: Soundwave Festival [Day 2 Part 1] - Sydney Olympic Park (01.03.15)

The first part of our photo gallery of Soundwave Festival Day 2 in Sydney featured artists such as Killer Be Killed, Tonight Alive, The Vandals, All Time Low, Papa Roach, Exodus and Marilyn Manson (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au.

Exclusive Single Premiere: Birds With Thumbs "Glasses" (2015)

We're excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the fast and solid new single from Blue Mountains surf punks Birds With Thumbs, "Glasses" - officially released this Friday, March 6th. It's a killer track and we don't want to waste any more time with this introduction... let's get to the good stuff. Listen now!

The F&L Top 5: Best Fried Chicken in Melbourne

Our writers have travelled the mean streets of Melbourne to bring you the best, greasiest, finest - dare we say most mouth watering - fried chicken in their city. Here are their top five, presented to you in no particular order. Because it's all just too damn good. Can I get an Amen?

the AU interview: Craig Heath (Melbourne) on Nashville, influences and his upcoming album.

Veteran front-man of rock-group Velvet City, Craig Heath is set to release his first solo single off his recently launched own label, Global Records this March. The single "All Because of You" is co-written by Craig with country-music superstar Keith Urban and Monty Powell. The song features vocals by Rick Springfield who is best known for his Grammy winner "Jessie's Girl".

Festival Review: Soundwave Festival Sydney (Day 1) - Sydney Olympic Park (28.02.15)

Being an avid goer of Soundwave for six years, every year I’ve always been happy with the turnout of the event. This year, the festival panned across two days which was something I wasn’t used to, but then again, this meant that it would bring me more time to explore the talented bands out there. Going to any music festival with an open mind enables you to uncover some gems along the way which is essential to fully experiencing the true joy of a huge music festival like Soundwave.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Coldrain - Soundwave Festival, Sydney (01.03.15)

Japanese rockers Coldrain brought an incredible performance to the Soundwave stage in Sydney on Sunday, wrapping up their Australian tour. Johnny Au was in the pit to bring you this exclusive gallery:

Album Review: Darren Hanlon - Where Did you Come From? (2015 LP)

Journeyman, troubadour, and master wordsmith. While these words may have become quite clichéd and overused, they more than rightly describe Australian folk musician and vocalist Darren Hanlon. The Brisbane musician has been making well-crafted stories since releasing his debut album in 2002 and Where Did You Come From?, his 6th solo album, continues the path his previous five albums have laid. Almost five years on from 2010’s I Will Love You At All, Where Did You Come From? is a 13 track journey showcasing Hanlon’s witty charm and crafty lyricism.

Single Stream: Fade In Mona Lisa "Green Carnations" (2015)

Get some great psych-rock into ya, with the latest from Blue Mountains rockers Fade In Mona Lisa, "Green Carnations". You may have seen the band performing the new single at various shows over the past few weeks - it's definitely got a live favourite feeling around it. Fade In Mona Lisa have only been together for a year, but have wasted no time in getting the ball rolling; crafting some music that sets them apart from other guitar bands on the scene, there's a vintage rock quality about these guys that I can't escape, and I don't want to. I'm excited to see this potential flourish over 2015 and with "Green Carnations", I think they're on to a good one.