Five shows not to be missed at Sydney Comedy Festival 2015

With the Sydney Comedy Festival now well and truly underway, we're bringing you a list of the five comedic performances that you won't want to miss at this year's festival. Now in its 11th year, the event is the biggest it has ever been, and though it goes without saying that you need to see the likes of Noel Fielding, here are some of the other names on the lineup who are unmissable...

Exclusive Album Premiere: Takaakira "Taka" Goto (Mono) "Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty" (Japan, 2015 LP)

Takaakira "Taka" Goto is a composer based in Tokyo, Japan, who is also known as the lead guitarist and composer for Japanese group MONO. Today on Hello Asia! We're excited to bring you Taka's incredible debut solo record Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty, streaming in full below, almost a week out from its official release! The records were originally written and recorded in 2003, but only finished and perfected for release this year.

Splendour headliners Blur release new track "My Terracotta Heart" and hold Record Store Day listening parites

Record Store Day brought with it a myriad of new music - but not all of it was available on vinyl. In advance of the day, Brit-pop icons Blur released another sneak peak from their upcoming record The Magic Whip in the form of the track "My Terracotta Heart", while they teased fans with listening parties for the record around Los Angeles on Record Store Day itself. Via a travelling ice cream van, no less.

Ed Sheeran set to be the first artist to play an Australian stadium tour completely solo this Summer!

Following his seventeen sold-out arena dates around Australia and New Zealand, Frontier Touring have revealed they're bringing Ed Sheeran back to Australia before the end of the year to play a run of all ages stadium concerts. The shows will make him the first ever artist to tour stadiums in Australia and New Zealand completely solo. The dates are after the jump!

Five of the best live surprises at Coachella 2015

Both weekends of Coachella are now in the bag for 2015, and while the rest of the world nurses their FOMO, those who were in the crowd are no doubt going through the laundry list of surprise guest appearances to try and pinpoint their favourite live moment at the festival. Thanks to Coachella - the global live stream of the festival - and, of course, social media, we got to witness some of these incredible, and genuinely unexpected, on-stage guest appearances. Here's five our our favourite:

Getting to Know AU sessions performer Brendan Maclean

Before his performance at this month's AU session taking place April 28, the AU review caught up with Brendan Maclean - the solo singer-songwriter and vocalist for international queer music movement: Stereogamous. We chat to the man himself about first instruments, influences, plans for the year ahead and more. Further information about the performance below...

the AU interview: Lucette (Canada) talks single 'Able May', SXSW experience and future plans

the AU review spoke to Canadian country folk singer, Lucette, while she was at SXSW in Austin. She had been performing at SXSW to showcase her first album Black Is The Colour, which was released in August last year. Lucette speaks about her song ‘Able May’, and how it was inspired by the story of a murderer, Bobby Reid. Lucette states that “the idea behind it was to come up with a character that kind of pushed Bobby into becoming a murderer”.

Single Stream: Run The Jewels "Bust No Moves" ft. SL Jones (2015 Record Store Day Release)

Amongst the many exclusive releases for this year's Record Store Day was an unreleased track from hip hop rulers Run The Jewels. "Bust No Moves", with rapper SL Jones, was taken from an exclusive vinyl that the duos put out on the day which also featured "Pew Pew Pew" and "Blockbuster Night Pt 2". The bouncy track reiterates both Killer Mike's and El-P's distinctive, rhythmic deliveries and once again shows that these boys can do absolutely no wrong as they continue shooting up the ranks.

Tour Diary: Avers (Virginia) take on SXSW, whiskey and oysters for breakfast, their sweatiest show yet and more

Rock band Avers from Richmond, Virginia take the AU review along for the ride as they head to Austin's iconic SXSW. From whiskey and oysters for breakfast to their Sweatiest show yet, this tour diary offers up insights and snaps from their action-packed trip. Click through to check it out...

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

Pictured: Hannah Joy

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. After sending you to Melbourne yesterday, today we continue our series in Sydney with these five artists, in no particular order:

VideAU Games Review: Mortal Kombat X (PS4, 2015)

With Mortal Kombat 9 receiving such universal acclaim, heralded as a major revitalisation for the long-running and controversial series, and deemed 'the best MK so far', it's only right that Mortal Kombat X completely top it's predecessor. With the NetherRealm team jogging in the right direction, they have managed to take make their first foray into next-gen gaming their best, most fun, and most violent outing yet. And isn't that to be expected?

Live Review: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls + Lincoln Le Fevre - Barwon Club, Geelong (17.04.15)

There aren’t many acts that would take me to the lost world that is Geelong but when Frank Turner, who is beginning to become a bit of a Bluesfest staple, announced a massive wave of sideshows from the festival including the town’s Barwon Club, I knew I needed to be there. And so, I stand in front of the club/bar hybrid hours outside of the city, listening to the in-house speakers blaring The Smith Street Band. It’s a bit of a step down after his last tour two years ago with Boston’s Dropkick Murphys at Festival Hall but whether it be playing to 5000 or 50 people, Turner still treats it like the show of his life.

the AU interview at SXSW: Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes (British Columbia) talks about his next record.

the AU review sat down with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes after they played us one of their new songs in SXSW. The new song comes ahead of their next album, released August 18th, which Frog Eyes played a lot of while at SXSW. Of the anticipated response to the new songs, Mercer says "it doesn't really matter, they are what they are. It's too late if they don't go down well."

Event Review: Oz Apocalypse Lazarus - Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale (Continues to May 10th)

If you’re reading this, it may already be too late. We’re at an abandoned medical facility at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale. There are six of us, I’m not too sure how many others are left. We are armed with military grade tactical weaponry, however have limited ammunition. We are under attack. You may not believe what i’m about to say but, our attackers are not human.

Album Review: Squarepusher - Damogen Furies (2015 LP)

The first time I saw Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) play live was at the Newtown RSL in Sydney on a cold winter's night nearly 15 years ago. He was running late and there was an eager crowd of around 50 people keen to hear the Warp records breakbeat wunderkind. As the room filled up the lights began to dim, whilst a low static hiss exuded from the bass speakers building into an ear-piercing drone. People were covering their ears as the sound was getting louder and louder - suddenly one of the light bulbs shattered in the chandelier overhead and Squarepusher walked out onto the stage grinning maniacally. Now, I review his latest album Damogen Furies...