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F&L News: Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards Winners Revealed

As we edge closer towards the end of the year, the time to when we reflect on and recognise the biggest and best on the Australian dining scene is amongst us. One of the most prestigious and influential ceremonies to celebrate Australia's rich food and drink industry is the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, of which the list of 2015 winners has just been released.

Eating With the AU: Chinatown Chow Down Preview - Fortitude Valley (Brisbane)

The Valley Fiesta has given Brisbane years of entertainment. Every year the music line up is stellar, and it gives people a night they’ll never forget. Now with the recent renovations to Fortitude Valley and the increasing popularity of the Fiesta the event stretches over 2 days. This year, the celebrations have spilled over into Chinatown, with the fantastic new Chinatown Chow Down banquet and entertainment extravaganza on August 23. The AU got a great sneak peak of the Chow Down, so here’s what you can expect.

Win a double pass to Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane or Sydney!

Television star Nicholas Brendon is heading to Australia for Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney, becoming one of the latest celebrity guest to be added to the growing lineup for the pop culture conventions’ debut events this September. A familiar face for cult-TV fans, Brendon starred as the loveable Xander Harris alongside the titular heroine in Joss Whedon’s beloved television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Ten shows not to miss at the 2014 Brisbane Festival (Part Two)

The 2014 Brisbane Festival has offered up so much variety and choice for fans of music, theatre and performing arts, as well as visual arts culture as well - in a few weeks, the Sunshine State capital is going to be the place to be! We bring you Part Two of our feature on simply unmissable shows taking place in the program this year, in no particular order...

the AU interview: The Naked Magicians' Chris Wayne (Brisbane) on the importance of foreplay & the show's return to Adelaide!

Adelaide audiences last saw Chris Wayne and Mike Tyler get nude on stage back in March, when The Naked Magicians debuted their raunchy magic show at the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Since then, the Brisbane duo have been selling out venues across the country, drawing fans who want a little some'n some'n more with their usual magic fare. Over a weekend in September, Wayne and Tyler will be bringing their antics back through the City of Churches for two nights of less than holy fun, this time taking on Her Majesty's Theatre.

the AU interview: Max Bemis From Say Anything (USA) talks "Hebrews" and upcoming Australian tour

You've probably got a few preconceived notions about Max Bemis, lead singer of aggressively eclectic indie-pop-punk-electro band Say Anything, but he's very cool and a lot calmer than the frenetic energy of Say Anything would have you believe. Ruby Niemann spoke with frontman Max Bemis about Hebrews, fatherhood, and Australia in anticipation of the tour later this year.

the AU interview: John Murry (US) reflects on his relationship with Australia, the music industry and his second album!

Speaking with John Murry off the back of his acclaimed debut record The Graceless Age and the following Sydney Festival shows he was set to perform in the early part of 2014 stands out as one of the more interesting ones I've done in the however many years I've been interviewing artists. Incredibly open and honest from the onset, the Californian-via-Mississippi musician delved into some pretty dark and painful places as we spoke about the record and his relationship with it. Recently, I was able to have another chat with Murry, this time about his next album which is being recorded in Melbourne this month.

Drinking with the AU: Brooklyn Social - Surry Hills (Sydney)

Let's be honest, dude food is a trend that's not going to die out anytime soon, along with American style diners. It's a welcome current in Sydney's dining scene and not only gives us some superb food and drink, but transposes us into the hip and trendy surrounds of Brooklyn or Manhattan simply because we walked through some doors. Surry Hills latest addition to this scene is Brooklyn Social, a bar with draws upon that undeniably hip borough and bridges the gap between Sydney and New York. Bright red neon signs, black and white photographs, and the odd vinyl record lying around; this is New York 40 years ago spliced with a modern take on the American Diner atmosphere.

the AU interview: GXNXVS (Gold Coast) talks remixes, collaborations and his new single 'Easily'.

20-Year-old producer GXNXVS is building an array of atmospheric beats like in his musical arsenal. A look at his soundcloud page simply has fellow electronica lovers bop head to the beautiful wonkyness in his tunes. His first EP Lately set this Gold Coast producer on his way to deeper explore sounds, and it’s reflected with his latest single ‘Easily’.

The OzFest India Diaries: A journey in ten parts...

Back in November 2012, I was lucky enough to be invited along on an trip around India with The Aussie BBQ and Australian bands Sheppard, Jinja Safari, The Aston Shuffle, Karnivool and Big Scary. Not a bad list, eh? As The Aussie BBQ - and the AU - prepares to return to India in November, we revisit this content in our new section AU Abroad. A unique way to see a country to say this least, the content looks at what happened on the road, the experiences we had traversing the unique terrain for the first time and much more...

the AU interview: Dewayne Everettsmith (Tasmania) talks "Surrender" and future plans...

the AU review sat down with Tasmanian Singer/Songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith before he performed in Sydney for his own shows and as the special guest of Gurrumul at the Sydney Opera House. We chat about talk about his album and single "Surrender", future music plans and more...

New Music Video: The Murlocs "Loopholes" (2014)

Get ready to have your eyeballs melted by The Murlocs and their new single "Loopholes". The Geelong quintet let all their '60s garage and psychedelic influences run wild on this song and video, and it works well, in an extremely chilled-out kind of way.

The AU Interview: Josh Bentley of The Paper Kites (Melbourne) talks international touring and playing the Dungog Festival.

The AU sat down with drummer Josh Bentley from The Paper Kites last week ahead of their upcoming headline appearance at the Dungog Festival in New South Wales alongside Tim Rogers, Husky, and Meg Mac. Coming off a number of international tours, a string of homeland shows and celebrating the first anniversary of their debut LP States, we talked about how they are continuing to build their sound and what we can expect from the group.

Hello Asia! Interview: B1A4 (South Korea) chats about "Solo Day", Australia and upcoming Road Trip world tour

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au interviewed K-Pop boy group B1A4 in Seoul recently. B1A4 was in the middle of their promotion schedule for their latest hit song "Solo Day". Since their debut in 2011 B1A4 has been a constant success in the Korean pop charts due to their good looks, stage presence and top musical abilities. B1A4 is about to embark on their first world tour titled "Road Trip World Tour" and Melbourne and Sydney are two of their destination. NOTE: TURN ON CAPTIONS FOR ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Photo Gallery: Airling, The Jezabels and Gossling join Curve Lurve at Splendour in the Grass 2014

Photographer Tom Ellwood captured Airling, The Jezabels and Gossling as they stopped by the McGrath Foundation's "Curvey" Van at Splendour in the Grass. Part of the Curve Lurve initiative to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness in young women. Head to http://www.curvelurve.com.au/ for more details.