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the AU interview: Stephanie Ashworth of Something For Kate (Melbourne) talks 20 years of S4K and Twilight at Taronga

Something For Kate has been a bonded musical machine that never seems to make a step in the wrong direction. Whether it be moody melodic refrains within Official Fiction or the more gritty sounds of earlier albums like Elsewhere For Eight Minutes, the band have an ability to just keep on keeping on. After twenty years, the group are still performing and will do so at an upcoming Twilight at Taronga concert. Stephanie Ashworth from the group was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.

New Music Video: KUČKA "Divinity" (2015)

Laura Jane Lowther, the Perth artist who performs under the moniker of KUČKA, is one wickedly talented lady. I was blown away when I saw her and her band perform at BIGSOUND last year and was surprised to connect the dots to realise she was behind those vocals on A$AP Rocky's "Fashion Killa" track. With an emerging profile on the Australian music industry growing for herself in her own right, KUČKA is making a definite impression and we're excited that more people are starting to notice.

Hello Asia! Feature: Profiling the 7 artists playing K-Pop Night Out 2015 at SXSW in Austin, Texas

The K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase is back for its third year at SXSW. Held on Thursday, March 19th at Elysium (705 Red River), the KOCCA sponsored event will again showcase the best of Korean music. From DJ/Producer (Hitchhiker), K-Pop (Crayon Pop), Hip Hop (Epik High) to 1950s doo-wop (The Barberettes) and Korean indie rock, The K-Pop Night Out showcase will again be an anticipated event on the SXSW calendar. The team at Hello Asia has profiled the 7 artists showcasing this year.

Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins + Gerard Way - Big Top Luna Park, Sydney (25.02.15)

Smashing Pumpkins played a fantastic set on Wednesday night at the Big Top in Luna Park finishing with a cover of David Bowie's "Fame". Gerard Way played a tight supporting set for the Pumpkins.

5 Reasons to attend the Between the Bays Festival this weekend!

The Between the Bays Festival returns in 2015 as the Mornington Peninsula's leading gathering of music lovers and general fans of a damn good time - celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend! There is plenty of reason Between The Bays always brings the good times and, music line up aside (you've got the likes of Henry Wagons, James Reyne and Sweet Jean this year), there are a few reasons why this bad boy should be on your list of things to attend if you're in the area.

5 Acts Not to Miss at Future Music Festival 2015

Future Music Festival packed a lot into their 2015 line up, the most glaring being Canadian emcee and megastar Drake, who has never toured Australia until now. FMF favourites The Prodigy, Avicii, and Sven Vath will also be headlining, presenting punters with a pretty big clash at end of the night. But it isn't just the headliners that's reason enough to head along to this years massive FMF, the festival has managed to curate quite the line up, diverse across the various styles of EDM and hip-hop. Here's 5 acts one should not miss, all whom are known for their exciting, high velocity live shows.

Live Review: Slash + Steel Panther - Festival Hall, Melbourne (26.02.15)

Slash + Steel Panther

Being the young whippersnapper that I am, I'd never been to what one would call a 'classic' rock show before, but it turns out that every stereotype associated with these shows is absolutely 100% accurate. And that's not a bad thing. Veteran world-famous guitarist Slash along with Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators put on the very definition of a rock and roll show, and with glam-metal parodists Steel Panther providing many a laugh as the support act, it was clear that all those who had filled Melbourne's Festival Hall were going to have a good time.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Soundgarden - Big Top Luna Park (27.02.15)

Soundgarden by Lachlan Mitchell for The AU Review

Like old friends reuniting, “The Telephantasm” played over the speakers as Soundgarden strutted onto the Big Top Luna Park stage and met their adoring fans with a hit-laden and triumphant 2.5 hour set that proved the band have been in their ‘prime’ for 25 years and counting.

Lenny Kravitz cancels Australian tour, including Bluesfest appearance, due to scheduling issues.

One of the feature artists for this year's Bluesfest in Lenny Kravitz, has just announced that his whole tour of Australia has been cancelled. Citing scheduling issues, Kravitz's run of Australian dates haven't been rescheduled at this stage, it's been made clear that the circumstances leading to the tour's cancellation were definitely unforseen. Kravitz was due to perform in Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Byron Bay festival, not to mention dates in South East Asia and Japan as well this April.

Adelaide Festival Review: Beckett Triptych - Adelaide Festival Centre (Performances until March 15th)

The State Theatre Company's production of three of Samuel Beckett's shorter plays (Eh Joe, Footfalls, Krapp's Last Tape), brought together under the name Beckett Triptych, made me very, very uncomfortable. That's not a bad – anyone who knows anything about Beckett's work knows that you're supposed to feel uncomfortable, off-centre, confused. He doesn't write about easy subjects – it's all tramps and drunks, hoarders and mad women, the alienated and the chronically lonely. It's a testament to the very talented cast and crew behind Beckett Triptych that I felt so very discomfited for the entire evening.

Photo Gallery: Incubus + Antemasque - The Forum, Melbourne (25.02.15)

Possibly one of the most anticipated of the Soundwave Festival sideshows would have to be those Incubus were scheduled to perform. Supported by Antemasque, the US band took to The Forum in Melbourne and whipped out an incredible set - Kimberley Salmond captured these moments from the gig.

the AU sessions - Now a Regular Live Event in Sydney!

the AU review is excited to announce the start of a monthly sessions series in Sydney, the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the lineup for the second event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!

Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins + Gerard Way - The Big Top, Sydney (25.02.15)

For a long while there Billy Corgan’s eccentricities overshadowed his music. Every month another piece of click-bait drama emerged; dating Courtney Love, forming his own wrestling company, and waging war on everyone from his contemporaries to pop music itself. It was a thrill to walk out of Luna Park’s Big Top with The Smashing Pumpkins music having been the epicentre of the night.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 27th February 2015

In This Issue: we look at the relaunch of the Australian Cultural Fund, the open slots on the She Who Rocks Tour for upcoming bands, and the industry guests for FBi Radio’s Music Open Days, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

the AU interview: Corin Roddick of Purity Ring (Canada)

The thirst for new Purity Ring was only recently relieved with the abrupt and whimsically unexpected release of a number of tracks from their new album, Another Eternity. With the release of the rest of the LP looming, I had a chat to Corin, one (splendidly lovely) half of the duo on the perks of audiovisual, genre restrictions and their progression of sound.