Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) on co-writing "Crazy If We Don't" and Songhub experiences (Part Two)

The AU review brings you Part Two of Demi Louise's tour diary as part of her experience at Canadian Music Week. From co-writing a song called "Crazy If We Don't" to her rewarding experience exploring the Songhub with SOCAN curator, Gavin Brown who has made millions in sales through his work with bands such as Three Days Grace and Billy Talent, we see Louise learn more about the Canadian music industry as her CMW ventures progress. Read on for her second take Canadian adventures here.

Music Video of the Day: Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (2015)

Courtney Barnett’s debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, debuted at number #10 on the US Billboard charts and #4 on the ARIA charts here in Australia, and “Dead Fox” is the new single off it. Animated and directed by Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge is it’s new video, a beautiful but slightly disturbing children’s story. Watch it here:

Album Sampler Review: Years & Years - Communion (2015 LP)

Note: The following review is based on an album sampler consisting of six tracks from the record.

If this sampler of British electronica trio Years & Years' upcoming debut album Communion is anything to go by, itis bound to be a cracker. Heading into this musical taste-tester I was admittedly hoping for more of the upbeat, radio-friendly vibe that lead single "King" brought because it is, quite frankly, a killer tune. I was very much surprised then when the majority of the six-track offering in the sampler were laid back and, in a stroke of genius, totally chill. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not.

the AU interview: Dave Le'aupepe on growing up in a Samoan household, the current Gang of Youths tour & more!

Gang of Youths at the Oxford Art Factory, 2015. Photo: Johnny Au.

Dave Le'aupepe and his Gang of Youths band mates are somewhere in Melbourne about to get tattooed when he phones me. We're doing a last minute interview about the success of the tour they're currently on but he's forgotten to call at the right time, so when the call finally comes through, he's minutes away from getting his neck inked.

the AU interview: Jamie Eden (TT Games) talks Lego Jurassic World, building the game, and more

The LEGO video games are now well established amongst this generation of gamers, with a unique aesthetic that massively draws upon nostalgia and inches forward in innovation every installment. The trend for these LEGO games is to take famed movie franchises and adapt them to the well-constructed world of building blocks; it's a formula which has resulted in some of the most playful, fun, and engaging all-ages games in recent memory, and there's no signs of the franchise slowing down when they take very comprehensive look at the Jurassic Park movie series with LEGO Jurassic World by TT Games.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 22nd May 2015

In This Issue: we have the news about AMM’s Artist Management Program for 2015, LPA’s partnership with the Heads Up campaign, and the speakers and panel announcements for FEEDBACK, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Stumbled Upon #049 - Love Like Hate (Brisbane)

In our 49th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Brisbane duo Love Like Hate , and chat about their upcoming English summer tour and get a sneak peak at their latest track Unnoticed.

Eating with the AU: The Ternary - Pyrmont (Sydney)

Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder

Versatility is what new Pyrmont restaurant The Ternary is fast becoming known for. Located in Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, the new concept restaurant boasts three very different kitchens for a true 3-in-1 dining experience that attempts to cater to a very wide range of tastes and preferences. All three kitchens are neatly arranged in a row, each distinct from one another, designed to fit different moods and preferences, while at the same time in harmony with one another. It's this design which sets Ternary apart the minute you walk in, and whether you're after a relaxing hang at the very The Wine Bar, or a decadent experience at The Grill Kitchen, you're very well catered for.

Single of the Day: Eves The Behavior “Electrical” (2015)

After supporting Courtney Barnett, Sky Ferreira and playing at Laneway Festival this year, 20-year old Eves The Behavior has had a busy year. But hasn't stopped her making new music of course, releasing new single "Electrical" this week. It's more clever, original pop music and it's off the currently untitled debut EP we’ll see from Eves The Behavior later this year. Listen to "Electrical" here:

Photo Gallery: Jack Colwell - The Standard, Sydney (21.05.15)

Jack Colwell performed at The Standard in Sydney last night and Belinda Dipalo was there to capture these photos!

F&L News: Darlinghurst's Civilian Bar & Kitchen introduces new Head Chef and new menu (Sydney)

Darlinghurst gem Civilian Bar & Kitchen is starting to prepare to winter with a new menu, a brand new Head Chef, and a new direction. The focus is now on casual dishes designed to share, put together by Aaron Mihelic who joins the kitchen with a wealth of experience from his previous roles at Fish Face, Becasse, and Guillaume at Bennelong.

Arts Feature: A preview of the light installations at Vivid Sydney 2015

Shot by Nathan Atkins for the AU review. "Monet" the Vivid street performer

Tonight from 6:00pm (Friday 22nd May), Sydney will become a beacon of innovative lights, music, and ideas as Vivid Sydney once again spreads throughout the city. This year will see additional precincts, more installations, more music, more ideas, more people (*sigh* more prams), and probably more public transport issues. But one thing is for sure; once you step into Circular Quay, the beating heart of Vivid, anything it took to get to that point will all seem worth it when you set your eyes upon the many inspired installations.

Drinking with the AU: Grandad's Supper (Good Beer Week 2015) - Beer Deluxe (Melbourne)

Beer lovers, rejoice! The fifth Good Beer Week has hit Melbourne in style. Featuring more than 250 events across Melbourne and Victoria, this is a festival that attracts some of the best local and international brewers, providing a platform for them to team up with local venues and the wider food and beverage industry to showcase what they do best. This year, the festival hub is located in Beer Deluxe at Federation Square, where we headed for the distinguished return of the much-lauded event, Grandad’s Supper.

Jamie Lawson returning to Australia for August tour with Harry Hookey!

Following a successful tour with Ed Sheeran, British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson has announced a return tour of Australia as a headliner this time round! His tune "Wasn't Expecting That" has been getting an incredible amount of airtime following his tour with Sheeran, who has signed him to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records.

Music Video of the Day: Oh Mercy "If You Come Around Tonight" (2015)

Melbourne's Oh Mercy will be back on the road this August and September, the first time in a little while fans have seen the band headline venues around the country. Showing off their new album in When We Talk About Love, Oh Mercy is looking to be one of the most personal collections of music Alex Gow has written yet and, as we know of the songwriter's efforts in the past, when he channels those feelings, the result is often stirring, arresting and just plain stunning to listen to.