Five things you have to eat when in Hong Kong

Welcome to our new series where we take you on a culinary journey around the world, picking up our favourite food treats along the way. We begin in Hong Kong - a city for business, a city for shopping and a city for FOOD. It's hard to go wrong when it comes to a good meal in Hong Kong, but there are definitely plenty of highlights. Here, in no particular order, are five such meals we don't think a trip to the city is complete without...

Album Review: Megan Washington - There There (2014 LP)

I know we’re a bit slow on the uptake, but Megan Washington’s (our artist of the month) latest release There There is definitely worth the wait. It combines everything we know and love about the artist with a certain sophistication that can be seen through the delicate and emotion filled ballads that are dotted through the album.

Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Four 20-11)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year. The top 20 albums will follow, but for now here are the singles, non-singles, and mixtape cuts from Australia and around the world that owned 2014. This is part four; positions 20-11. Each part will be published progressively throughout this week. No one artist (unless they are a guest artist) is featured more than twice.

New Music Video: Edukate "Beauty In The Blind Spot" (2014)

Edukate has just dropped a video for his down to earth track "Beauty in the Blind Spot". Equal parts social commentary and life experience Edukate's unique perception and ability to weave such into a well flowing rhyme is evident here in this stripped back music video.

The Top 5 Performances from the 2014 Meredith Music Festival!

Tell you what, it was a bloody good feeling returning to the ‘Sup for my second Meredith Music Festival. In her 24th year, the demand to visit Aunty Meredith continues to outweigh ticket supply and with a no dickheads policy, a nude sprint race, BYO tinnies and couches, it’s not that hard to see why. This year was no exception, particularly with such a stellar line up boasting the likes of The War On Drugs, De La Soul and Factory Floor but for me, there were 5 standout acts that made my Meredith experience THAT much better.

At home with The Growlers (US) - Part Two!

The Growlers made quite the impact on Australian crowds with their debut tour dates smashing expectations earlier in the year. Perhaps it's a shared love for the sun, party vibes and a chilled disposition on living it up. Maybe it's a shared appreciation for good, raucous tunes. Either way, we weren't really surprised when the Californians announced a larger return tour, this time off the back of album number five, Chinese Fountain. Ahead of their 2015 tour, the band gives us a little insight into their world of beach, surfing, and beer on the other side of the globe.

the AU interview: Resin Dogs (Brisbane) talk about The Big Chill NYE Festival

Ahead of The Big Chill, an anticipated New Year's Eve music festival in Brisbane's West End, we're catching up with a few of the bands to find out what we can expect from their sets, who they're looking forward to seeing and what 2015 may bring. First up, we catch up with the legendary (we can say that now, can't we?) Resin Dogs.

the AU interview: Jason Mraz (USA) talks about "connecting our humanity" through his music and refining his message

the AU review sat down with Jason Mraz during his brief December 2014 Australian tour. In part one of the interview, Mraz talks about his experiences touring Australia, Asia and the world. He talks about sharing his "tools of transformation... to remind people that our thoughts, speech, actions and attitudes... that's what dictates our life experience".

the AU sessions: Trevor Hall (South Carolina) "Wish Man"

In our final AU session for 2014, we capture South Carolina's Trevor Hall performing his track "Wish Man" in a park in Sydney, Australia. The track is taken from his record Chapter Of The Forest, out now. Trevor will return to Australia in 2015 to play Bluesfest and shows with Michael Franti.

Nominations for the annual Sydney Theatre Awards for 2014 have been announced!

The nominations for the annual Sydney Theatre Awards for 2014 have been announced! Leading the charge is Hayes Theatre Co’s Sweet Charity with a massive nine nominations. This is followed by Sport for Jove’s All’s Well That Ends Well with eight, and Sydney Theatre Company’s Switzerland and Squabbologic’s The Drowsy Chaperone each with seven apiece. Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V and Red Line Productions’ Howie the Rookie have also each received six nominations.

Kendrick Lamar premieres an untitled new song on The Colbert Show

With the world premiere of his brand new song, Kendrick Lamar took to the final 2014 episode of The Colbert Show and showed the world a completely different sound to previous single "i".

Album Review: Antemasque - Antemasque (2014 LP)

When you've got a partnership of the likes of Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, chances are you're not going to be completely disappointed with whatever project they come together on. Both prolific musicians in their own right, the duo have been behind some of the best and indeed influential post-hardcore and prog music in The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In. Their new music venture is Antemasque and I can already tell that some fans are going to be left wanting. You're not going to get the epic jazzed out prog solos fused with some intense post-hardcore threads with this, their self-titled effort. But this certainly isn't to say Antemasque isn't worth your time.

New Music Video: Devil's Crossroad "Runaway" (2014)

"Runaway", the new fandangled music video for Adelaide quartet Devil's Crossroad, is a tongue in cheek snapshot of the bands unusual lifestyle. The raucous times accentuate the fuck off blues sensibility of the band. Not to mention that the video had to be re-edited a total of three times before the powers that be would let it be published... censorship these days, right? You'd almost think we are living in an Orwellian society. Make sure to light one up with the boys when you hit play on the video!

VideAU Games News Byte: Final Fantasy XV gets English-language trailer

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Get excited, Square fans. The developer has debuted a new version of the Final Fantasy XV trailer that debuted at Tokyo Game Show back in September with a single, major difference: it’s in english now. Hit the jump to check it out.

the AU interview: Luke Steele on returning home for Falls with Empire of the Sun, 'Dumb and Dumber To' and more!

Empire of the Sun may have been absent from Australian stages for quite a while now, but this isn't to say the duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore have been enjoying downtime anywhere. Touring solidly around the globe off the back of their successful sophomore album Ice on the Dune, Empire of the Sun have been continuing to add to their dreamy electro-pop dominion, acquiring new fans, taking on larger stages at more festivals around the world and even foraying into film scores, with Steele and Littlemore taking the reins over the Farrelly Brothers' latest effort, Dumb and Dumber To.