Photo Gallery: The AU Sessions ft Picture Perfect + Hannah Robinson - Hive Bar (28.07.15)

The sixth AU Sessions was held at the Hive Bar in Erskineville this week with fantastic performances from Sydney band Picture Perfect & singer/songwriter Hannah Robinson. A great evening was had by all as the crowd braved the chill to watch both perform. Many thanks to both Picture Perfect and Hannah for performing and we look forward to seeing you at our seventh event next month! Stay tuned to our sessions page ( for more details. Photos by Johnny Au.

Single of the Day: Micachu & The Shapes "Sad" (2015)

It's been three years since we've heard from Micachu & The Shapes (their 2012 record Never had some of my favourite tracks of the year on it), but today the first cut from their forthcoming album Good Sad Happy Bad has been dropped and I for one, am stoked. Entitled "Sad", the jam still retains the experiment-pop elements that brought the trio to the attention of many in the first place, is straight up in its arrangement and is weirdly hypnotic.

Event Recap: Middlebar's official launch party - Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Gin-drinkers rejoice! G&Ts and gin cocktails will be the order of the day at Taylor Square’s newest drinking den Middlebar. Previously Lo-Fi, wedged in between Kinsela’s and Standard Bowl, Middlebar opened with a bang and a celebration of gin – its spirit of choice. The brainchild of industry veterans Lee Potter Cavanagh and David Rozario (formerly of Sydney-favourite Baxter Inn) the bar aims to bring a little of Havana and its embrace of good times to Sydney.

Album News Weekly: 29th July 2015

In This Issue: July is done bring on August! Fresh off the tracks with Dead Letter Circus and The Bastard Sons there is also a slew of debuts coming up, check it out!

the AU interview: Wolf Alice (UK) talk Splendour in the Grass, festival experiences and more!

the AU review's Johnny Au had a sit down chat with UK alternative rock outfit, Wolf Alice during their run of headlining shows for Splendour in the Grass in both Sydney and Melbourne cities. Kicking off their first ever Australian headline show in Melbourne, the band were super impressed by how well it ran. On vocals and guitar, Ellie Rowsell explained how lucky they were to share the stage with great acts like Blur. "We've heard so many good things about Splendour. People keep talking about it and saying it's the best festival in Australia and in general so we're super pumped about it," She continues. "The stage we're playing on Sunday has a really-good lineup and there's bands that we've wanted to see."

Hello Asia Golden Melody Awards & Festival Interview: Randy Jackson (USA) and Wiltay (Singapore) on their collaboration and Golden Melody Awards

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au chats with famed US producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson in Taiwan during the Golden Melody Awards & Festival. Randy also brought along his latest Asian signing Wiltay to Taiwan as well.

Album Review: Art of Sleeping - Shake Shiver (2015 LP)

I remember coming across Art of Sleeping while lurking through YouTube. Songs like "Colourblind" and "Breathe" blew me away with their incredible sound, having a strong focus on their acoustic and alternative rock roots. I had a feeling that this band would go places but unfortunately their debut album, Shake Shiver felt like a step backwards for the them.

Exclusive Playlist: PVT (Sydney) Bring Us 10 Songs For Responsible Drinking

In the lead up to their slot at Small World Festival the lads from PVT have curated a list of their favourite songs for responsible drinking. In their words 'Music is one of the few things we would reject the idea of consuming in moderation. With that in mind, looks like we're playing a festival run by the maker of particularly good tasting local beer. We would prescribe a full glass of water and one of these tracks for every Young Henrys ale you consume at Small World Festival. Stay safe out there kids'. Wise words, mull these choice cuts over your sonic palette and maybe check out a few of PVT's own.

the AU sessions: Nor'easters (Boston) perform covers of "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" and "Geronimo" for the AU review

Coming from Boston, Massachusetts, talented a'cappella group, Nor'easters (Isaac, Sam, Carly, Beejul and Jimmy) took the time to visit our Sydney office to bring us refreshing performances of two songs: Meghan Trainors' (ft. John Legend) "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" and Sheppard's 'Geronimo". With a clear passion for harmonies, the talent they have is flourishing. Being awarded with Best Mixed Collegiate Album for both 2013 and 2014 at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, we can only expect greater things ahead of them. Click through to see their amazing performances below!

the AU interview at Canadian Music Week: Japanese Tongue Sisters (Perth) talk about their unique duo dynamic

Perth based Indie-alternative-pop duo Japanese Tongue Sisters also known as Sophie and Tom, discuss their last minute Canadian Music Week booking with Larry. Luckily enough for Sophie and Tom, CMW managed to squeeze them into the showcase after receiving their acceptance letters late. After a stressful ordeal, they made it onto the bill,being the only Australian band at The Velvet Underground venue, playing a successful show on the Thursday. Click through for the full interview...

F&L News: The Grounds of Alexandria to expand to Sydney CBD

One of Sydney's biggest and most popular food hubs, The Grounds of Alexandria, has announced this week that the ultra successful concept will be expanding next year, making it's way to The Galeries in Sydney CBD. Trading the inner-west gardens for a more concrete and corporate environment, this CBD venture, which will be designed by the same team (Acme & Co), will seek to bring that same wondrous all-in-one approach that has made The Grounds the internationally recognised success story it is.

NGAIIRE, Tired Lion, The Belligerents and more fill out the 2015 BIGSOUND Live roster!

Photo Credit: Stephanie Alcaino

BIGSOUND has indeed lived up to its name once again this year, with the addition of over 100 new names to its live showcase roster! The full 150-strong list of artists from Australia and beyond have been confirmed today, with the likes of NGAIIRE, Fraser A. Gorman, Tired Lion, The Belligerents and more joining the already announced crew featuring Cosmic Psychos, Gang of Youths and City Calm Down.

F&L News: Keg & Brew to Host Australia’s Biggest Tap Takeover of Feral Beers (Sydney)

For one day only, on Wednesday 19th August, the team at Surry Hills venue Keg & Brew will be attempting beer history by hosting the largest number of individual beers on tap by one brewer, tapping the fine folk from Feral Brewing Co. and dedicating all 33 tapes to them.

The AU Interview: The LuLu Raes (Sydney) get keen for Small World Festival

the AU review is already getting excited for Sydney's Small World Festival presented by Young Henrys. Sydney-siders can salivate and get ready to rock out to another laneway party that isn't so much a laneway as it is a full-blown line-up now. Favourites like DZ Deathrays, Palms and even old time legends The Church will be sending rock tunes your way while you sit and sip, or perhaps dance and indulge. The LuLu Raes are another local outfit who have joined the line-up. Their newest single "The Way Life Runs" hit no.4 on Triple J's Unearthed charts. Unearth them yourselves if you haven't already this September at Small World Festival or read a bit more about them in their interview with us below.

F&L News: Glenfiddich puts out last call on Artists in Residence program

There is only two more days to enter the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence contest, with entries closing on July 31st. This is the first year the competition has been opened up to Australian artists, giving one lucky winner the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, a prized valued at over $20,000. The finalists’ artwork will be judged by Glenfiddich Artist in Residence curator Andy Fairgrieve and the Sydney Contemporary 2015 Australasia’s International Art Fair Advisory Council, including legendary actress Rachel Griffiths, former Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull AO, Sue Kato, Mark Hughes, Nick Tobias, Dr Gene Sherman and Evan Williams.