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Tkay Maidza, Grenadiers, Timberwolf and more unveiled as SA Music Award nominees!

The nominees for the 2015 SA Music Awards have today been announced, with successful Adelaide export Tkay Maidza leading the charge, nominated for seven awards across 14 categories! Music SA this morning revealed the results of what has been a months-long judging process for a panel of local industry minds, reflective of the amount of talent South Australia has produced over the past 12 months. The awards ceremony will be held on November 11th, set to be opened by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Lord Mayor Martin Haese at The Mercury Cinema.

Nominees for the 2015 AIR Award for Best Independent Label announced!

We're two weeks out from the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards and with the performers and first round nominees already announced, the good folk at AIR have today announced the latest nominees to the pool of great talent already up for awards. The nominees for Best Independent Music Label have been rolled out this morning, including Elefant Traks, Milk! Records, Liberation Music, Future Classic and Ivy League Records. The category, introduced in 2012, saw I OH YOU win at last year's ceremony, held at North Melbourne's Meat Market venue in October.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: September 25th - September 27th.

With festival season right around the corner, there are plenty of shows to get yourself to this weekend. From underground rock 'n' roll in Adelaide to rap in Sydney and Sound of the Suburbs festival in Cronulla here is our eclectic mix of shows you can get to this weekend.

Album Review: Bad//Dreems - Dogs at Bay (2015 LP)

With a name like a synthwave band, and origins in a classic house party for a mate, Bad//Dreems seem to be taking the right steps to cement themselves in Australia’s garage rock culture for the next generation. Below, Meredith reviews their debut album Dogs at Bay...

the AU interview: Ben Marwe (Adelaide) on challenging perceptions with Bad//Dreems' debut LP, 'Dogs At Bay'!

Tomorrow sees Bad//Dreems release their debut album, Dogs At Bay. It's an album that has been highly anticipated by many corners of the industry and the growing fan base around the country who have followed the four piece rock band from their early "Chills" days, through to the breakout Badlands EP in 2013.

Bad//Dreems announce debut album 'Dogs At Bay', plus national tour dates for September & October!

After performing shows around Australia and overseas consistently over the past year and a half to growing crowds, Adelaide's Bad//Dreems are cutting to the chase in finally announcing details of their debut album. The record, Dogs At Bay, is scheduled to drop on August 21st and if new single "Hiding to Nothing" is any indicator, there are some bigger, brasher sounds to come from the Baddies from the City of Churches.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: June 12th - June 14th.


Photo: Thom Rigney

Mad to think we're already hurtling through June, but here we are. Some of our faves are out on the road this weekend, check out who we'll be turning up for tonight and through the weekend!

Impressive list of Australian artists including APES & REMi UK-bound for The Great Escape!

For many bands around the world, earning a spot on The Great Escape Festival in the UK means a great deal - you've got a huge load of exposure, the potential to discover new bands and of course, the opportunity to be discovered. In its 10th year in 2015, the Brighton-based festival releases a stellar line up of bands from around the globe, all set to descend on the site in May for what is touted as Europe's leading festival for new music.

Remi, Bad//Dreems, Twinsy and more confirmed for Bowled Over 2015.

Australia Day is just weeks away now and if you're anything like us, you may still be trying to suss out how best to celebrate. Events are set to go down around the country with live music indeed being a massive feature, and if you're going to be kicking around Melbourne all dressed up with no place to go come January 26th, the St Kilda Bowls Club have got you sorted. Returning for its fifth year, Bowled Over, is going to be hosting all the good times, with the popular event broadcasting the triple j Hottest 100 party and featuring some killer live performances. This year, Remi, Bad//Dreems and Twinsy have been so far confirmed to perform, with Channel [V] on hand to document all the shenanigans!

Bass Drum of Death, The Mess Hall, DZ Deathrays, Bad//Dreems and more to play the Farmer & The Owl Festival in Wollongong!

The Farmer & The Owl Festival returns wot Wollongong this March and for 2015, organisers have brought together a great line up of Australian and international guests set to ensure the punters are well taken care of. The inaugural event in 2013 sold out and has now become somewhat of an institution, regardless of its short history. Returning to the University of Wollongong in a few months, The Farmer & The Owl Festival will be playing host to the following line up of bands for you!

Violent Soho, SAFIA, Remi and Courtney Barnett among the winners of the first annual AU Awards!


Editor-in-Chief Larry Heath with NSW Voice of the Year Steve Smyth. Photobomb from The Preatures' Gideon Bensen.

The Hive Bar in Sydney last night celebrated Australian live music, as the AU not only launched the first event in our LIVE sessions series, but also revealed the winners of the inaugural AU Awards!

Bad//Dreems, Timberwolf and more score at the 2014 Fowler's Live Music Awards!

South Australian music and its industry was celebrated last night, with the Fowler's Live Music Awards being held at Fowler's Live down Adelaide's West End. A great turn out, winners were announced from 17 Peer Voted Categories as well as those from the five Public Voted Categories, which were decided upon by over 2000 people who cast their vote. Bad//Dreems and emerging band Slick Arnold performed live at the ceremony, which was MC'd by APRA|AMCOS' Gary Burrows.

CMJ Live Review: Southern Exposure ft. Bad//Dreems + Tkay Maidza + The Delta Riggs + More! - Pianos, New York City (23.10.14)

CMJ, or “Country Music Jamboree”, as the Dune Rats so aptly coined the New York City industry event, recently wrapped up over the weekend. And with it, a whole lot of Aussie bands completed their first taste of the international stage. Among the hundreds of showcases spread across venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan in just four short days were multiple Aussie-only events. This year, Sounds Australia hosted - in addition to their usual Aussie BBQ affair on the Saturday - an additional Beat Pie showcase over two floors at Santos Party House; while over at Piano’s, we at the AU teamed up with Southern Exposure on Thursday night – jam-packing the venue with as many dancing bodies as there was sizzling talent.

Sincerely, Grizzly announce launch dates for debut album "Halves".

Adelaide's Sincerely, Grizzly have announced confirmed details surrounding the release of their anticipated debut album, Halves, with the record set to be released through Black Night Crash Records on November 14th. This morning, the rock trio's signing to the Melbourne record label was announced this morning, a perfect fit for the band, who has become synonymous with a captivating and strong live presence, as well as a dominating, loud knack for arrangements on record. The self-proclaimed 'literature-rock' trio will be celebrating the digital and physical release of Halves with three launch dates next month!

Aussie showcase "Southern Exposure" lineup and set times announced for CMJ, presented by the AU review.

Southern Exposure is a special showcase of Australian music taking over Piano's in New York City this Thursday night, from 8pm to 3am, as part of CMJ 2014 - proudly presented by Australian publication the AU review and showing off some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Great Southern Land. Today we're excited to announce the bands playing the event and the set times. Let's take a look at the bands playing the event: