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F&L News: The Cut Bar & Grill looks to Whisky pairings, announces partnership with Glenmorangie (Sydney)

The Rocks' New York inspired steak restaurant The Cut Bar & Grill has recently undergone a bit of a menu revamp courtesy of new Head Chef Joseph Webb, welcoming new menu items such as Flat Iron Steak and lesser-known secondary meat cuts to mix it up with the classics like the restaurant’s famous 4 Hour Slow Roasted Wagyu Standing Rib dish. That's not all that's new though; the restaurant has announced a new partnership with acclaimed whisky brand Glenmorangie to help lead the way in the latest International movement of whisky and food pairing.

Getting to know AU Sessions performer Ben Wright Smith

Before his performance at this month's AU session taking place April 28th, the AU review caught up with Ben Wright Smith - the emerging singer-songwriter who talks about how he got started playing music and how he fell into his style. We find out what we can expect from his live show and what his plans for the year ahead are... plus more! Don't miss him performing free next Tuesday night! Details at the end of the article.

Theatre Review: Le Noir - Adelaide Festival Theatre (Performances to May 2nd)

Le Noir comes to Adelaide for a limited run into May and it's safe to say that in the lead up to the premiere of the season, there was a lot of talk and buzz surrounding this display of 'the dark side of cirque'. Once inside the Festival Theatre, I was already impressed with the set up of the stage and the use of the space by the company; the first few rows of seating had been removed to install landing mats over which a massive cage/wheel construction used for the finale hung suspended. Cabaret style seating on the stage just begged for audience interaction and as the show continued, it was made very obvious that this was a critical element of the show's entertainment.

Splendour in the Grass Sideshows: Years & Years set for debut headline Australian gigs in Melbourne and Sydney!

You've probably heard "King" being flogged on commercial radio in the last few months but come July you'll be able to hear more of Years & Years' music when they come through for Splendour. The London-based trio will be making their debut headline Australian appearances in Melbourne and Sydney, coming off the back of their first ever UK headline tour and raved about spots supporting the likes of Sam Smith and Clean Bandit.

Hotel Review: Executive Queen Room at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel (Texas)

Situated along San Antonio's famous Riverwalk, the Wyndham couldn't be better located for the visiting tourist. A short walk to the city's entertainment area and tourist hotspot The Alamo, the sizable 410 room hotel, spread over 21 floors, serves as an excellent port for both business guests, tourists and their families.

Eating with The AU: Kazbah - Harbourside, Darling Harbour (Sydney)

Kazbah is the exotic jewel in Darling Harbour’s crown at Harbourside Centre. Except that with it's fusion of Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Mediterranean food perhaps a more appropriate analogy is to a sultan and his wares.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 24th April 2015

In this issue: Megan Washington joins the PPCA board, Record Industry sales drop,#NotON Violence against women campaign picks up speed, Channel [V] launch new channels, Timmy Trumpet and Savage kick goals with "Freaks", DMA's release debut EP in the USA, who was signed this weel, plus the ARIA charts.

Stumbled Upon #041 - Rob Heyes (Melbourne)

In our 41st instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet the Melbourne 's Rob Heyes , and chat about his debut album, Pales with Grace, we find out how he got started, who inspired him and more!

the AU interview: Rian Dawson of All Time Low (US) talks 'Future Hearts', fan connection and 2015 tour plans!

All Time Low have visited Australia on a few occasions now but with their latest trip out for Soundwave, there was an added bit of hype and buzz surrounding the US band. Given the opportunity to bring their - at the time, unreleased - album Future Hearts to a crowd so far away from home for the first time, All Time Low wound up being able to put the feelers out in a live setting and see what the reaction to some new material would be. Drummer Rian Dawson reflects on the festival tour, as well as their two headline shows, at the beginning of the year positively.

the AU interview at SXSW: Jeff Innes of Yukon Blonde (Canada) on the follow up to 'Tiger Talk' & returning to Australia!

After their set at the Canadian Blast BBQ at SXSW, Sose sat down with Yukon Blonde vocalist Jeff Innes for a chat about touring, preparing new material for the follow up to 2012's Tiger Talk record and more. Although it's been a little while in between new records, Innes is stoked with the final result of their new material, noting that it was a much more cohesive effort.

Single Stream: West Thebarton Brothel Party "Misophonia" (2015)


Photo: Hugh Black

Adelaide's West Thebarton Brothel Party have released their new single, "Misophonia" this week and like material we've heard from the band previously, it encapsulates everything brilliant about seven mates getting together to make some excellent rock music. Having consistently developed themselves as a band from early shows in 2014 through to supporting the likes of Cloud Nothings and Northeast Party House in recent memory, West Theb have been carving out a spot of their own within the Adelaide music scene and it's a great deal of work that's paying off in a great way.

Splendour in the Grass Sideshows: MS MR returning to Melbourne and Sydney in July!

MS MR were definitely one of the standout bands we were able to see at SXSW recently, that is, when we could worm our way into the crowds that were packed out for them each time! With a new album being prepared for a July release, Australians can be getting around Lizzy and Max soon when they play Melbourne and Sydney as well as the sold out Splendour in the Grass.

Exclusive Live Video Premiere: Project24 Presents Closure in Moscow Performing at Jungle Love Fest!

Today, the AU brings you episode number 43 in the Project24 series. Executed by Blueroom Productions, the project sees a band/artist perform during a special session which is filmed live, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered in 24 hours. In this installment, Melbourne's Closure in Moscow step up to the plate and perform from Jungle Love Fest.

Feature: Five emerging artists from Brisbane you need to have in your life right now

There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. We move onto Brisbane today, where these five artists, in no particular order, call home:

Splendour in the Grass Sideshows: BLUR to hit arenas in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth!


Photo: Linda Brownlee

Ah, the big one. Yesterday, when it was revealed the Splendour in the Grass sideshows were being unveiled, the obvious reaction from many was BLUR. The iconic British band who broke hearts when they pulled out of the Big Day Out tour in 2014 was added to the winter festival instead, set to make good on the last boo-boo that kept them from coming to Australia last year. Today, they've gone and one upped the original festival announcement in confirming three exclusive arena shows for fans in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this July.