Single of the Day: Pack Animals “Cold Call” (2015)

Photo: John Feeney

Lifted off their newly-released sophomore EP Feeding A Fever is a new track from Brisbane 5-piece Pack Animals. It’s called “Cold Call” and it's kind of a cross between Boxer-era The National and Bombay Bicycle Club, with its powerful deep vocals and driving drums. Give it a listen here:

Florence & the Machine confirm exclusive Splendour in the Grass shows for Melbourne and Sydney.

Florence & The Machine's first appearance at Splendour in the Grass is one that many fans will count as one of the best years of the festival. With the likes of The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Ben Harper and Pixies all performing alongside the British band, Florence & The Machine definitely stood out as one of the bands of Splendour 2010. Since then, full tours by Florence Welch have been scattered, especially down this way, so when her return to Australia for 2015 was announced, the idea of her potentially throwing down some headline dates on the visit were obviously exciting.

F&L News: Belle's Hot Chicken pop up coming to Sydney for Queens Birthday Long Weekend

Unimpeachable Melbourne institution Belle's Hot Chicken will be popping up in Surry Hills for a return to Sydney. The temporary pop up will occupy Harpoon Harry, taking control of their level 1 Diner, Lounge, and Outdoor Terrace.

the AU sessions: Alex Gibson and Emma Beau to play the AU sessions #004 on Tuesday, May 26th!

the AU review is excited to announce the start of a monthly sessions series in Sydney, the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the lineup for the fourth event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!

F&L News: Madame Truffle is returning to Melbourne and opening up a shop in Sydney!

Sydney has been steadily improving in terms of restaurants and bars these past few years, but there's always been one thing missing. Australia's most sightly city has never really had a fully-focused store dedicated exclusively to all things truffle. Madame Truffle, a successful business in Melbourne going on five years now, has decided to change that and deliver a pop-up store to Sydney while also operating a reopened store in Melbourne.

VideAU Games Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, 2015)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is finally here. Years of waiting, delays and many, many trailers with glimpses of what Geralt of Rivia’s next adventure would look like have built fan hype to fever pitch. The question everyone seems to be asking now is: can CD Projekt Red deliver a game that achieves its lofty ambitions and satisfies fans? Hit the jump. We have a lot to talk about.

Music Matters LIVE Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ - Beer Market, Clarke Quay (22.05.15)

It was a huge night for Australian music in Singapore when the annual Aussie BBQ - put on by the fine folks at Sounds Australia - took over the Beer Market in Clarke Quay on Friday night. Ten artists from around the country made up the night, kicking things off early with Melbourne's Dru Chen before introducing us to the likes of Angus Dawson and Alice Springs artist Dave Crowe, who performed his keys drenched material with a drummer.

Photo Gallery: The Peep Tempel + YIS + Pselodux - Howler, Melbourne (23.05.15)

The Peep Tempel blasted through their home town on their first national headline tour "Gettin' On By", selling out Brunswick venue, Howler while supported by YIS and Pselodux. Tony Proudfoot snapped for the AU Review!

the AU playlist: 12 more songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

Today's second announcement for Soulfest 2015 was a big one. Headlined by Lauryn Hill and Miguel the list of acts joining the already announced artists once again positions Soulfest as a dream come true for hip hop, soul, and R&B fans around Australia. Come October, we're going to be witnessing two of the strongest female presences in music history lead a diverse and great line-up that spans from the 70s all the way to now.

F&L News: Ananas Bar & Brasserie prepares special Mad Hatter's Champagne Brunch for end of May (Sydney)

The magical ambiance inside wondrous The Rocks restaurant Ananas Bar & Brasserie will be the perfect setting for them to transform and shape into a Mad Hatter's theme for the latest edition in the popular Long Champagne Brunch series. On Sunday 31st May, the acclaimed French dining hot spot will aim at dazzling guests with exquisite sandwiches that look like lollipops, an endible garden, and a spectacular dessert station comprising giant marshmellows, tiny meringue mushrooms, and a rainbow of candies. Oh yeah, and a two-hour bottomless flute of Champagne.

Craig David announces dates for Australian DJ tour

Craig David, that guy who absolutely dominated the charts back in the early 2000's with tracks like "Seven Days" and "Walking Away", is popping down to Australia later this year. Announced via his project TS5, the UK artist will be touring across Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney for a round of club shows behind the decks.

Eating with the AU: The Pizza Box by Salt Meats Cheese - Alexandria (Sydney)

Margherita Pizza

Just the other week Sydney got a big new player in the pizza scene courtesy of the very reliable Salt Meats Cheese in Alexandria. The official launch part of The Pizza Box previewed what the gourmet grocers have in store for all the pizza-lovers around Sydney, and from what we previewed, the venue is set to make a big impact this year.

Weeknight Highlight: The Gantry Restaurant and Bar x Black Star Pastry dinner (Wednesday, Sydney)

Hey Sydney, this week your weeknight highlight is quite special. The increasingly popular The Gantry Bar & Restaurant in Walsh Bay at Pier One Sydney Harbour is teaming up with Black Star Pastry for the second time to throw another collaborative dinner that is obviously something no one should miss. Those familiar with either or both venues are already in a frenzy for tickets to this one.

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) continues her CMW journey with Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ experiences! (Part Three)

From hanging out with SXSW pals Far Away Stables and wrapping up her shows at Canadian Music Week with Sounds Australia's Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ, Demi Louise shares in her final part of her tour diary how much of fun time she had exploring the beauty of Canadian culture by going to a Blue-Jays Game as well as appreciating the amazingly nice people that she met who made her feel at home...

Single of the Day: The Belligerents “Voices” (2015)

Their last single was one of the top 20 most played tracks on Triple J, and Brisbane’s The Belligerents have returned with a killer new single, “Voices”. They’ve also given us a bunch of new tour dates to follow up their announcement that they’ll be playing Big Pineapple Music Festival this year. Listen to “Voices” below.