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Sam and Jack Weaver share 10 tunes that have helped influence their work as Ocean Bones!

Sam and Jack Weaver aka Ocean Bones, are the Darwin duo we've introduced you to recently. Having formed in a music scene where originality is well-supported but is bound by their isolation at the same time, the duo have developed a musical output that represents the music they've grown up making and also tunes that have been influenced by a wide range of Australian and international artists. From hip-hop to hardcore music, these two have got quite the diverse palette. We got in touch to see which songs they're currently digging and the artists who have been influential on their musicianship.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Earl Sweatshirt - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (28.07.15)

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has been making headlines unsurprisingly while touring NZ and Australia this month, but it was all love when the young rapper came through Melbourne. Perri Cassie was down at the Prince Bandroom to see him do his thing and brings us these snaps.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: July 24th - July 26th - The Splendour Edition!

It's Splendahhh weekend! For those of you who aren't going to Byron for the festival, the east coast is about to get hit with a tonne of killer sideshows. Here's some of our picks!

The Best of 2015 (So Far): Top 20 Hip Hop Tracks (Part One: 20-11)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part one, 20-11.

Earl Sweatshirt Splendour sideshows just announced; already on sale! Run, don't walk.

Hip Hop's rising star Earl Sweatshirt is returning to Australia this July to play the Sold Out Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay, and now he's got three sideshows to keep him busy while he's here. The shows will see him play Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

SXSW Live Music Review: SPIN Day Party ft. Run The Jewels + Courtney Barnett + Earl Sweatshirt + Will Butler - Stubbs Bar (20.03.15)

By the time Courtney Barnett slips into the slack jawed “Avant Gardner”, the closer of her excellent set, the crowd is already sold on her brand of lazy suburban grunge.

Single Stream: Gangrene Featuring Earl Sweatshirt & Samuel T Herring "Play It Cool" (2015)

Renowned rapper-producers The Alchemist and Oh No have spent the past few years making quality music under the collective name of Gangrene, a collaboration that was a huge driving force behind that Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack in 2013. The duo aren't done with GTA though, and are preparing to release a mixtape, The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos, inspired by the iconic video game. They have decided to turn it up a notch for first single "Play It Cool", recruiting big names Earl Sweatshirt and Samuel T Herring (of Future Islands). Equally rough and smooth, the infectious production and Herring's buttery hook break up the slick raps beautifully, giving us enough reason to believe that this mixtape is going to be a big deal.

Pandora Internet Radio announces lineup for 4th Annual Discovery Den at SXSW

Just when you thought it was near impossible for South by Southwest to get any bigger, Pandora drop their Discovery Den lineup. This will mark the fourth annual event the leading internet radio service has produced with 2015 seeing 37 diverse artists from eight countries performing.

Courtney Barnett and Run The Jewels to play SPIN at Stubb's SXSW party

Amidst the 2015 South by Southwest festival, SPIN Magazine is set to host the thirteenth annual SXSW day party, Spin at Stubb’s, in Austin, Texas. This year’s headliner is hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, who will share the Main Stage with Twin Shadow, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, and more. Also gracing the event will be Australia’s very own Courtney Barnett, who will perform a half hour set on the North Stage.

Single Stream: Earl Sweatshirt & Lil' Herb "Knucklehead" (2014)

Red Bull have now long associated their brand with contemporary music, with studios around the world serving as the stomping grounds for some of the world's most in demand artists like Pharrel and Skrillex. Making full use of the creative network that they have built over the years, Red Bull will deliver a series of 20 exclusive new tracks from 20 artists before the year is over - 20before15 - all for free for the first 1000 downloads. Today's track comes from hip hop prodigy Earl Sweatshirt and laid-back Chicago emcee Lil' Herb. Entitled "Knucklehead", both rappers exchange tough, gritty verses over a sample-heavy production. Check it out below.