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Single Stream: Kendrick Lamar "I" (2014)

Kendrick Lamar's global profile has reached astronomical heights, so much so that when he drops the first taste of his follow up to the universally acclaimed Good Kid, M.A.A.D City the internet is bound to go insane. And it has, Kendrick Lamar has dropped a left-field, funk dripped track which is reported to serve as the first single off the new album. Producer Rahki has taken a common approach in hip-hop, sampling a classic track by The Isley Brothers (That Lady) to give King Kendrick a gorgeous palette over which to drop his incredibly potent rhymes.

Album Review: Willow Beats - Water (2014 EP)

Water is more than a name on Willow Beats new EP. It is an aesthetic theme that encompasses the release and ties together this diverse set of songs. Samples are littered across the record, sounds of dripping taps, gushing waterfalls, trickling streams, waves lapping against the shore litter the record. It’s an ambitious technique from the young uncle and niece duo, which in lesser hands could have come off as gimmicky. Here they exhibit more than enough song writing smarts to meld them into the narrative rather than being a novelty unto themselves.

How to eat in Singapore: The Hawker Centres

There is a general misconception about the food and drink culture of Singapore that puts it as an expensive, primarily upper class enterprise. Indeed, most of the tourist traps hold true to this - and the bar culture in Singapore makes the already overpriced $7+ schooner at Australian pubs seem like a bargain (we're talking $15+ in most Singapore bars). But venture out to what are known as the hawker centres - a food court like arrangement featuring Chinese, Malaysian and Singaporean street food - and you'll find $3 meals, $5 beers and the finest example of the region's cuisine. And unlike other regions in Asia, you can eat here knowing you're in safe hands thanks to Singapore's world-renowned cleanliness.

'Make It or Break It' as an Indie Artist: Some tips from Courtney Barnett ahead of the Independent Music Awards!

With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards only around the corner, local independent music is set to be celebrated for another year. One of the nominees, Courtney Barnett, is simply one of the Australian artists whose work over the past 12 months is going to be highlighted at the event, no doubt. The Melbourne girl, who's been strongly establishing an enviable international performing and touring profile for herself as well as on the homefront, has given us some tips on how indie artists can help themselves out when embarking on those crucial early stages of a career, and when it can be time to bring in some other professional figures to assist.

the AU interview: Otto Wicks-Green of sleepmakeswaves (Sydney)

It's been a huge year for sleepmakeswaves with the long-awaited release of their second album and a jaunt over to Europe to play a number of dates. We sat down at the keyboard with guitarist Otto Wicks-Green to talk about the band's evolution of sound on their new album, the crowd-funding process and some hints about the future.

Feature: Reflecting on Oz Comic-Con's Sydney debut.

If you’re as obsessed with The Simpsons as I am, you may recall the Duff Gardens episode where one of the attractions is a Line Ride. This is how I felt about Oz Comic-Con. Don’t get me wrong, there were some amazing elements to the weekend, you just had to wait for all of them. This status quo was established well before anyone who wasn’t fortunate enough to secure one of the very few cars spaces at Glebe Island even arrived. As novel (and pretty) as it is to catch a ferry to a convention, it certainly takes a chunk of time out of your day.

the AU interview: Neelanthi Vadivel - Cirque du Soleil Artistic Director talks "Totem" - premiering in Sydney next month!

With the show still enjoying performances in Auckland, we caught up with Cirque du Soleil Artistic Director to talk about her latest production TOTEM. We discuss how the show differs from other Cirque productions, the challenges of bringing it to life and the 30th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil.

Melbourne Fringe Festival Photo Gallery: Bridget Bridge "Tell Tails" - The Butterfly Club (22.09.14)

"Tell Tails" is on until 28th of September 2014 at The Butterfly Club (@butterflyclub), as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. To entice us all for the performance, Bridget Bridge danced barefoot on broken glass yesterday. Here's a few photos by Tony Proudfoot from the... unique photo opp.

the AU inteview at BIGSOUND: Dean and James of Rolls Bayce (Brisbane)

Larry sat down with Dean and James of Rolls Bayce at BIGSOUND earlier this month where they spoke about the band's formation, their sound, getting plugged in NME, an upcoming EP release and Australian tour. Watch the two part interview here:

Album Review: Mere Women - Your Town (2014 LP)

On my first listen to Mere Women’s Your Town, I was hardly surprised to find that after the album had finished I had grown a natural glaze of eyeliner and a feathered mullet. Your Town is the Sydney Post–punk trio’s second album, though the first signed to Melbourne label Poison City Records and it could not be more different than the labels usual pop-punk offerings. Touring near nonstop since the release of Your Town, including the beloved Weekender Fest, it’s clear that this record already has a cult following. Whether it's a Scientology or a Jonestown cult isn't clear, but what is clear is why the album already has so many devoted followers.

Exclusive Album Stream: Miss Elm "Hybrid" (2014 EP)

Miss Elm's knack for producing some great pieces of folk-pop music has only gotten better with their new EP, Hybrid! Featuring the already released "Bitter Taste" and more tunes which highlight the infinitely fun nature of the band, the EP streams IN FULL on the AU this week! Recorded, mixed and produced by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz Studios, the EP is another great step forward for the band who are only continuing to strike goals. Hybrid is released this Friday, so click on to check it out and begin your musical prep for the upcoming Miss Elm tour, which kicks off on October 2nd.

New Music Video: We Were Promised Jetpacks "Keep it Composed" (2014)

Some of us here at the office were fans of JJ Abrams' series LOST. It would appear the boys from Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks were as well. Well, at least their new film clip for “I keep it Compromised” from their new album Unravelling would seem to say that. Hey, maybe they want to know what the polar bears were doing there as much as us. Either which way, it’s pretty cool – and the song is as well. You can check it out below.

the AU interview: Matthew Wright of The Getaway Plan (Melbourne), talks new album "Dark Horses", Pledge Music, depression and cats on Instagram.

Fresh off the road as support band for Anberlin, and recently opening up a Pledge Music campaign for their upcoming album Dark Horses, The Getaway Plan are taking a step forward, releasing an album without the help of a record label.

Drinking with the AU: Wild Turkey Introduces the Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary

At a very special event at Neil Perry's iconic Rockpool restaurant earlier this month, it was unveiled that renowned Kentucky distillery Wild Turkey have produced an ultra-rare, limited edition bourbon to honour 60 years of Wild Turkey great, and Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell. The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary was launched in Australia at this event, spread out on tables in a beautiful commemorative box as guests were treated to a showing of some of the finest bourbon in town.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: Miles and James of Bad//Dreems (Adelaide) talk about Australian tours and their CMJ debut.

Miles and James from Bad//Dreems caught up with Larry at BIGSOUND earlier this month where they spoke about how they’re going on a little Australian tour before heading over to the US for CMJ. They are interested in how they will be received over there as Australians "because of Ivan Milat and Wolf Creek and stuff they think we’re a little bit weird".