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the AU interview: Nick Diener of The Swellers (USA) talks about Farewell Tour, Soundwave and life on the road.

Residing from Flint, Michigan, The Swellers have called it day. With their farewell tours coming up, as well as being part of the massive lineup for Soundwave next year, it's safe to say that the band will be saying goodbye with a bang. With constant label switching, band members coming and going as well as being broke half the time, Nick Diener has no regrets about anything.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 30th October 2014

In This Issue: we bring you the news about TEDxSydney 2015, Deezer, a special Kings Cross ARIA Week Event, plus the latest signings, the announcement of the winner of the Mercury Prize and the ARIA charts.

the AU interview: Cody Carson of Set It Off (USA) talks about new album "Duality" and his journey as a musician.

For their follow-up to 2012's Cinematics, Florida's Set It Off have unleashed Duality, a record that's been well-received by fans. From working his ass off in his clarinet performance major, to singing on stage with one of his favourite bands and to now being in a band of his own, it's musicians like Cody Carson which make me realise how important it is to give it your best shot while you can because in the words of Coldplay, "if you never try, you'll never know, just what you're worth."

Album Review: Bluejuice - Retrospectable (2014 Compilation)

I was in America when I found out Bluejuice were calling time on their 13 year long career. My Facebook feed was full of 'What the fuck?' statuses, but at the same time, I think there was a bit of sad acceptance there. You could tell it was coming. Along with the massive tour that has taken Jake, Stav, Jamie and crew around the country over that past few months, fans have been gifted one last record, a little 'thanks for the good times' parting album in the 'Greatest Hits' compilation, Retrospectable. Featuring cuts from their three studio albums, as well as some new tracks, it's the perfect playlist for the Bluejuice fan who isn't quite ready to let go yet, and for those of us who can now look back fondly on the past few years of creative chaos and fun that have been associated with this bunch.

Melbourne Festival Live Review: Pop Crimes- Foxtel Festival Hub (23.10.14)

Rowland S. Howard would have been 55 on Friday 24th October, a day after the opening of Pop Crimes a tribute to his career spanning more than 30 years. “We’re walking a thin line here. It’s not getting any wider. We’ll be better tomorrow night, don’t forget to book a ticket” exclaims Harry Howard (brother of the late rock icon) while performing the music of Rowland’s first band, The Young Charlatans .

Randa named winner of the NZ On Air Critics' Choice Prize at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards!

Mainard Larkin, the 21 year old rapper who performs under the moniker of Randa, has taken out the NZ On Air Critic' Choice Prize as part of the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Up against other finalists in Estere and Lake South, Randa performed an electric set at the King's Arms in Auckland last night to a vull venue of punters and music industry figures alike.

Arts Review: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake - Theatre Royal, Sydney (Performances to November 2nd)

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake was first staged at Sadler's Wells theatre in London in 1995. Now, almost 20 years on, the performance remains as powerful and relevant as when it was first conceived. Broadly based on the Russian ballet Swan Lake and with music by Tchaikovsky, Bourne famously employs male dancer in the traditionally female role of the swans. The result is a stunning and harrowing display of ballet based contemporary movement.

Single Stream: GUNNS "The Fool" (2014)

Chilled-out psychedelic music harking with it’s roots in the sixties and seventies is where GUNNS hail from. And it’s grand. It’s almost a perfect morning after song – chilled enough to not wake the neighbours, but upbeat enough to make you want to clean up that mess from last night. Seriously, do yourself a favour and have a listen to "The Fool", here:

Theatre Review: Cirque du Soleil's "Totem" - The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top), Sydney (Performances Through January 2015)

Following the recent successes of Ovo and Michael Jackson The Immortal in Australia, Montreal's famed Cirque du Soleil returned to Sydney this week with their latest production Totem sitting under The Grand Chapiteau, some four years after it first premiered in Montreal. It arrives just in time for the company's 30th anniversary and from the minute the show begins it's clear what makes Cirque du Soleil the hottest ticket in town whenever it passes through, as well as what has made them international leaders in circus entertainment: a whole lotta "wow" factor, and a true beauty in their art.

the AU playlist: Panama presents their 10 Favourite Tracks

Hot on the heels of releasing their latest music video Stay Forever, the boys in Panama will be hitting the stage tomorrow night for the Halloween party at Luna Park in Sydney: Ouija Beats. In anticipation for the night, we asked the band to share with us their ten favourite tracks at the moment for today's featured Playlist:

Harmony James & Lachlan Bryan announce the 'Common Grounds Tour'!

Harmony James, a two-time music award winning songwriter and Lachlan Bryan, a CMAA award winner will be touring together for a short run of live dates throughout November this year. They will be hitting the road as solo performers with Harmony presenting and delivering music from her new album Cautionary Tales and Lachlan featuring songs from his acclaimed album Black Coffee.

Rufus Wainright announces Australian tour off the back of WOMAD!

Already announced on the WOMADelaide line up, Rufus Wainright brings his broad spectrum of talents back to Australia after 3 years for a headline tour.

Album Review: Glass Caves - Alive (2014 LP)

Showing remnants of the Arctic Monkeys, four-piece alternative/indie-rock band Glass Caves have released their debut album, Alive. What can I say? The band are off to a great start. With electrifying vibes resonating in the record, and vocals that echo from track to track, it's something quite accessible for anyone that wants something that will satisfy their thirst for indie music.

NSW's Former Chief Funster Andrew Smith Reveals his 5 Favourite NSW Experiences

From December to June of the past year, Andrew Smith was appointed Destination NSW's "Chief Funster", and travelled all around NSW to see the best of what our country had to offer. Among this time, he went to Tamworth, joined the AU on a weekend in Newcastle and much more.

Single Stream: KLP "Medicine" (2014)

In what has arguably been the biggest year of her music career, Sydney’s very own KLP continues to reach new heights with the release of new single “Medicine”.