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the AU Interview: Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds (Wales) talks new album, her enduring aesthetic, cartoons and more

Marina Diamandis, the creative force behind Marina And The Diamonds, is back this year with a new record and a new tour that brings more of her eclectic, quirky pop sound to the masses. Marina was kind enough to answer some questions for the AU review about her style, her music, and her new album Froot.

Live Review: Dorsal Fins - The Gasometer, Melbourne (27.03.15)

Noise rock is the heart of the Melbourne rock scene. Sorry, but it's the truth. While you have your Chet Fakers dominating the land of melancholy-subdued-sad boy-electronica and your Amity Afflictions doing whatever they're doing, the local scene is writhing with grimy garagey goodness. And of this goodness Dorsal Fins are arguably one of the best. A ten-piece trash masterpiece filled with members of both Saskwatch and Eagle and the Worm? It's not surprising that despite only finding themselves releasing their debut album Mind Renovation this year the band are dotting festival lineups all around.

the AU interview at SXSW: Steve Smyth (Aus) talks SXSW, partying, touring and what's next

the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with Aussie musician Steve Smyth at SXSW. In this interview, Steve tells us about his SXSW experience, "I've come for the party, and to enjoy and catch up with great bands all in the one place..." Bar-hopping was also definitely on the agenda, "the drinks just keep flowing (they're very generous with their pours)... It's such a circus, it's wild."

the AU interview at SXSW: Years & Years (UK) on airplay vs social media and breaking new music markets in 2015!


Photo: Mike Massaro

The final night of the SXSW Music Festival is upon us as I sit down with British trio Years & Years in the lobby of The Intercontinental for a chat. The band had at that point, battled their fair share of live show obstacles during the festival, but had been meeting expectations as one of the buzz bands of SXSW 2015. Later on that evening, they would bring it all home with a triumphant late night club set at the Empire Control Room.

International artists we would love to see play Soulfest 2015

After bringing the likes of D' Angelo and Maxwell down to Australia (and New Zealand) for the first time - and for the first time, making an Australian (and New Zealand) festival the envy of those around the world - Soulfest is back for its second year to once again show us that the demand for good hip hop, soul, and R&B isn't going anywhere. While we'll always be appreciative to Soulfest simply because they made that dream line-up actually happen, it's hard to deny a few teething issues for the first year around. We're looking towards the second edition though, and with the line up coming soon we thought it'd be good to put together a wish-list of sorts and present you with some international artists we think would be a really good fit for Soulfest.

Album Review: Nantes - Limbo (2015 EP)

Sydney act Nantes have been in and around the local music scene for a few years now and are looking to cement their position within the landscape with their new EP Limbo. Far removed from previous releases, Limbo is a much more cohesive record that touches on heavier topics and is both thematically and lyrically much more darker than the group's earlier work.

the AU interview: Anna Zlokovic, director of Jack Kovacs' music video “The Empty House”, talks production, challenges and more

the AU review had the opportunity to chat to Anna Zlokovic, the director of the music video, “The Empty House,” for musician Jack Kovacs. In our exclusive interview, we talk to Anna about SXSW, recognising music videos as art, the challenges of the shoot and what it's like working with Jack Kovacs. Anna also shares her insights about the concept behind the video, her favourite parts of the shoot and the band she dreams of working with... Click through for our in-depth interview and to see the music video for "The Empty House"!

Drinking with the AU: The Powder Keg - Potts Point (Sydney)


The Gunpowder Plot

Renowned cocktail maestro Grant Collins has been standing proudly watching his Potts Point small bar The Powder Keg jetting up the ranks of Sydney since opening up shop on Kellet Street late last year. TPK - as the venue is affectionately referred to - is leading a bunch of small bars which are breathing some fresh air into the surrounding area, and seems to be all-in with an attempt to become one of the best small bars in Sydney; I think it's safe to bet on them.

The AU interview at SXSW: Wayne Petti from Grey Lands (USA) talks new record, life after SXSW and touring

Editor Larry Heath caught up with Wayne Petti from Grey Lands at SXSW and talked all things SXSW (seeing great bands, discovering new bands) "that, and eating good barbecue" said Wayne. In town for the Paper Bag Records Showcase, with shows that afternoon and the following night, Wayne admits: "I can't keep track of where everything is".

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Ninth of May "Ramen" (2015)

Today marks the day that Brisbane-based "edgy chunk rockers" Ninth Of May are releasing the music video for the brand new single "Ramen", and we're proud to exclusively premiere the track on the AU today. The entirely self-produced project sees jjj unearthed winners collaborating with some of Brisbane's finest musicians, delivering a striking yet mesmerizing sound. Produced in collaboration with Blueroom Productions (blueroomproductions.org), the music video is as compelling and as mesmerizing as the song itself. Watch it here:

New Music Video: White Shadows "Give Up Give Out Give In" (2015)

Put the creative minds of Craig Nicholls, Nick Littlemore and Sam La More together and we've got White Shadows, the mysterious new project between the three artists that was unveiled just under two months ago. The first taste from the group in "Give Up Give Out Give In" sent fans a-talkin' - what kind of music was still to come from the frontman of The Vines, creative force of Empire of the Sun/PNAU his brilliantly savvy producer brother? Well, come April, we'll know, with the debut White Shadows album set to drop next month.

Eating with the AU: Nel. Restaurant - Surry Hills (Sydney)


One of the most sightly features in the restaurant

Highly celebrated chef Nelly Robinson brings his world of experience and concentrates it within an atmospheric fitted-out bunker-style space below street level, on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Wentworth Avenue in Surry Hills. Strutting the line between fine and casual, Nel. delivers a distinctive and valuable range of degustation-only dining that has it fast becoming one of the most exciting new restaurants in the inner-west, driven by good food, great wine, and a really effective atmosphere.

Six local comedians not to miss at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) through 19th April!

Kicking off over the weekend, it's hard to know where to begin with the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival schedule. Every night there is so much amazing comedy - both from local and international talent - that it's a job within itself to try and decide what to see. Well, we thought we'd lend a hand and bring you some of our picks for the festival. We're kicking things off today by highlighting six local talents whose shows we don't think you're going to want to miss...

Photo Gallery: Jack Carty + Jordan Millar - The Newsagency, Sydney (28.03.15)

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar sold out two shows at The Newsagency on Saturday night. They were ‘by request’ shows with the set list pulled from a hat during the gig. Bruce Baker was there to capture the magic of the night.

Single Stream: Bad//Dreems "Cuffed & Collared" (2015)

Adelaide rockers Bad/Dreems have been busy tinkering away in the studio with the legendary Mark Opitz (AC/DC, Cold Chisel, The Angels, INXS) and have come out swinging what is perhaps their best song to date. "Cuffed & Collard" is taken from the band's forthcoming debut LP and smashes rough and rugged garage rock on top of heartfelt vocals and a nice sense for melody.