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the AU interview at SXSW: Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch (Boston) talks about his solo record and upcoming Australian tour!

the AU review sat down in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW with Dispatch's Chadwick Stokes, about to head to Australia to play shows in Australia for the first time with his band - as well as appearing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay and playing solo shows of his own. Chadwick's solo record The Horse Comanche, is out in Australia on Friday 3 April.

Live Review: Iron & Wine - Sydney Opera House (23.04.14)

That silky voice from artist Iron & Wine has guided us through some of the most emotionally powerful folk-rock songs of the past decade. Always poetic, always engaging, and always leaving crowds breathless, Iron & Wine takes his seasoned band around the world, charming fans with his relaxed, casual cool which seeps through every time he addresses the crowd.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 4 Part 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (20.04.14)

Part two of Johnny Au's photo gallery from Day Four of Bluesfest in Byron Bay featuring Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Iron and Wine, Jimmie Vaughan, Kasey Chambers, Robben Ford, Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang and WAR!

Guest appearances, birthday celebrations and Erykah Badu come to Byron for Bluesfest Day Four!

With the final day and night of the Byron Bluesfest around the corner, the Sunday program continue to bring the goods. Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary was celebrated with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to Peter Noble by the public and Playing For Change, who had previously wound up their Mojo Stage set.

Byron Bluesfest brings the big guns in Jeff Beck and the Dave Matthews Band for third day of music!

The surprises kept on coming for the 25th anniversary of the annual Byron Bluesfest tonight, with guest appearances, surprise busking sets and more carrying on throughout the day.

Tour Updates: Iron and Wine, Kingswood, Ball Park Music, D.R.I and more!

In this issue: Iron & Wine announce their support act, Kingswood release explosive new music video while Ball Park Music are eager to release their anticipated new album. New info regarding D.R.I, RÜFÜS, and Holy Fuck about their Australian tour is availiable whilst Monster Magnet has just announced their full line up and to top it off, Jake Bugg has added another show in his upcoming tour!

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW - 30th September 2013

In This Issue: Guineafowl announces EP launch, Opera House to host Iron & Wine, Jason Derulo coming to The Star in October, The Model School launching new album at the OAF, James Reyne headed to The Basement for two gigs in November; Phenom and more to launch 'STATIC' at Valve Bar, Big Village launching 'Big Village Brew' at the Factory Theatre in October, Amaya Laucirica launching "Found Some Secret" at the Vanguard, Kilter and Paces set to headline FBi Social, Ginger and the Ghost launching new track "The Mark of Hearts" in October, Jay Brannan playing special show at The Basement in November and Tiago to headline Icebergs party in October!

Feature: Top 10 Songs from the First Bluesfest Artist Announcement.

In the lead up to the 2014 Bluesfest, we've been throwing ideas back and forth about who's still to be added to the line up and the already impressive spread we know we can be looking forward to. I dug into my own collection of tunes and picked out 10 of the best songs from 10 of the artists featured on the first lineup announcement.

John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band lead first Bluesfest announcement!

It's that time of year again! The first artist announcement for the annual Bluesfest has been announced, with John Mayer,the Dave Matthews Band and more to head to Byron next year. Held over the Easter long weekend at the sublime venue that is the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, Bluesfest celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014 and, by the looks of this line up, we're in for a mighty celebration indeed.

Album Review: Iron & Wine - Ghost On Ghost (2013 LP)

My first introduction to the work of Sam Beam and Iron & Wine came back in 2005 with the release of Woman King. At the time I was captivated by the sparse acoustic driven tracks that dominated those early recordings. Each new release since has seen Beam move steadily further and further from that early folky aesthetic. Now five records in, Ghost On Ghost sees Beam’s musical journey progress even further, with his most experimental album to date.

SXSW 2013 Live Review: Iron and Wine + Devendra Banhart + The Milk Carton Kids + WALL. - Central Presbyterian Church (16.03.13)

With Prince a no go, Justin Timberlake a pipe dream and an overload of fantastic rock and roll making up the vast majority of my SXSW Music experience (and how!), it wasn't the obvious choice to go see The Smashing Pumpkins, either. I also wasn't overly willing to stand through a pile of pop acts at the Perez Hilton party just to catch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. So, I went for something a bit more relaxed. A chance to sit down after a week of dancing, moshing, and an overall nine day experience that made me want to cut off my sore, sore feet. Yes ladies and gentleman, on the night that everyone who was anyone was performing in the city of Austin, I went to Church.