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Theatre Review: Strictly Ballroom The Musical - Lyric Theatre (Sydney)

Baz Luhrmann's timeless tale of ballroom rebellion remains one of the most endearing Australian films of our time. Back when Strictly Ballroom was released in the early 90's, it captivated audiences with its lovingly playful characters, and witty satire, balanced by dignified theatre. It's a tale which has lingered in the hearts of Australians irrespective of generation, so it makes perfect sense to update it with Strictly Ballroom the Musical, the current iteration of the story.

the AU interview: Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak (Baltimore)

Popular indie-folk duo Wye Oak are fresh off successful performances at Coachella and are about to head off on a U.S tour in support of their latest album Shriek. Vocalist Jenn Wasner takes some time to have a chat with Larry about Coachella, the new album, and the upcoming tour. Check out our transcript below:

Live Review: Erykah Badu + Hiatus Kaiyote - The Star Event Centre (17.04.14)

Often labelled the 'Queen of Neo-Soul,' the incomparable Erykah Badu stands as a true luminary in the realms of hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk AND jazz. Her impact upon contemporary music is unquestionable to those who have explored her exceptional body of work, and she continues to demonstrate just why she is a muse to many around the world, from rappers like OutKast's Andre 3000 to designer brand Givenchy.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (17.04.14)

All the action from Day 1 of Byron Bay Bluesfest with headlining acts Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (pictured above), Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Buddy Guy and more! Photos by Johnny Au.

Byron Bay Bluesfest Photo Gallery: John Mayer - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (17.04.14)

John Mayer brought some of his classic tracks as well as his Blues performance to a packed out Mojo Stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014. Photos by Johnny Au.

Festival Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest (Day One) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (17.04.14)

The Byron Bay Bluesfest has many things to be celebrating in 2014. Not only has it brought thousands once again to the gorgeous surrounds of the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for a long weekend of stellar Australian and international music, but it’s also celebrating its 25th anniversary. This evening’s opening bill of bands provided the perfect ‘welcome back’ soundtrack to those who make the pilgrimage to Bluesfest annually, but also a perfect introduction to the festival for those visiting for the first time.

A Mighty Fine Meal: The Sandwiches of Two Good Eggs - Surry Hills (Sydney)

Cruising through one of the inner-west's most iconic suburbs is never a boring day out; the suburb with hidden gems in almost every corner remains a hub for great coffee and even greater food. I recently discovered the much buzzed about Two Good Eggs and their exceptional sandwiches.

New Music Video: Wagons "Why Do You Always Cry" (2014)

Wagons are back at last with their new record Acid Rain and Sugar Cane. Single "Why Do You Always Cry" is perhaps their most powerful song yet, spiralling down an emotional drain that is equal parts Lee Hazlewood and Nick Cave. The video - which has frontman Henry Wagons filming the band himself - captures the seasick feeling of the song perfectly.

Photo Gallery: Devendra Banhart - The Factory Theatre, Sydney (16.04.14)

Devendra Banhart performed his Sydney Bluesfest sideshow at The Factory Theatre and Belinda Dipalo was there to take these photos.

Drinking with the AU: Newtown Hotel Cider Fair - Newtown (Sydney)

The hipster haven that is Newtown Hotel was a perfect spot to host stalls from several cider brands, turning the showcase into a full afternoon fair complete with delicious pork & apple burgers and breezy folk music. There is something about cider which lends itself to a laid-back atmosphere, whether it's the fresh fruit hand-picked from all across Australia, or the clean, sweet taste of the finished product; cider is, and is looking to always be, the drink we run to when we want to relax.

Photo Gallery: Steve Earle and the Dukes + Kasey Chambers - The Tivoli, Brisbane (15.04.14)

Legendary US songwriter Steve Earle brings his band The Dukes to Brisbane's Tivoli for a Byron Bay Blues Festival sideshow playing songs from his 15th studio album The Low Highway and greatest hits. Opening for Steve is the wonderful Kasey Chambers. Mark Tainton was there to bring you photos from the night.

the AU interview: Cedric Gervais (France) on Pacha Sydney and 'Summertime Sadness' Tour

Currently one of the most sought after electronic music producers in the world, Grammy-winner Cedric Gervais touches down in Sydney to headline a massive Pacha at Ivy in just two days. The Easter Weekend is bound to be cause for celebration within the gorgeous walls of Ivy this Saturday as Gervais has planned quite a show for punters.

the AU interview: Nick "Peanut" Baines of Kaiser Chiefs (Leeds) on the new chapter of the band in album number five!

There as a period of time where my housemate and I would drive around the city blasting Kaiser Chiefs tunes loudly, venting aggression and anger towards various uni assignments/people through "Every Day I Love You Less and Less", "The Angry Mob", "Oh My God" and...well you get the gist of it. So when Peanut Baines opens up to me about the band's new album Education, Education, Education & War, a wry smile crosses my face when he mentions that intrinsic aggressive element which exists in the British band's infectious sound.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Easter/Anzac Special 2014

Here at the AU we make it our aim to help you get the most fun you can possibly get out of each holiday. With Easter and ANZAC day fast approaching, we have listed some of the premium events and foods that we think will serve you well in the upcoming holidays! Happy Easter!

the AU interview: Brett Jansch of Dune Rats (Brisbane) on SXSW, touring the globe and the upcoming Dunies album!

Sitting in a bar in downtown Austin last month, I was busy telling a guy in town from San Francisco how good Brisbane’s Dune Rats were and how they were probably going to be a highlight of my time at the Aussie BBQ. 2pm, the band’s set time, rolls around and they’re nowhere to be seen.