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Chet Faker, Augie March, Hilltop Hoods and more shortlisted for the APRA Music Awards!

The nominees for the 2015 APRA Music Awards were announced today, with the Sydney event set to celebrate some of the country's best at Carriageworks in March. The shortlisted artists for the prestigious Song Of The Year Award will be whittled down to five finalists, the winner of which will be announced at the ceremony on March 24th. Hosted by Brian Nankervis again this year, the event will also be joined by APRA Music Awards Director Robert Conley, who will be curating the live peformances on the night.

Woodford Folk Festival Announces 2014/2015 Programme

Woodford Folk Festival returns for its 29th year this December with a vibrant and ambitious programme. They have just released their program and this year, the festival will feature more than 400 acts in 35 performance venues over six days and nights.

Gig Announcements: Adelaide & Perth, 3rd October 2014

In this issue: Mia Dyson to headline Blues on The Parade, Hiatus Kaiyote to play The Gov, Chaos Divine launch new single 'Soldiers' at The Amplifier Bar, West Coast hip-hop crew Cypress Hill to play in Perth, Johnny Marr to play in Adelaide next year, The Dead Daises are returning to Australia and The Preatures to play in Adelaide this November.

Violent Soho, Sia, Courtney Barnett and more nominated for 2014 Carlton Dry AIR Awards!

The nominees for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards have been announced, once again representing a great and diverse range of Australian musicians who have produced some standout material over the past 12 months. Alongside some of the country's best emerging artists (REMi, Kilter, DMA's), are nominations for some of Australia's established favourites, including the likes of the John Butler Trio, Sara Storer, Violent Soho and more.

Complete Line Up revealed for the Melbourne Rolling Stone Live Lodge.

The complete line up of the Rolling Stone live Lodge has just been announced! The Live Lodge will see Fitzroy’s iconic Workers Club be transformed especially for the event which runs over three entertainment packed weeks between September 25 and October 12. Seven more acts have just been added to the already extensive line up:

The Church set to headline the 2014 Mullum Music Festival!

The Mullum Music Festival will be celebrating its seventh year in style, with another great line up for the November event! Headlining a festival featuring over 80 international and Australian bands will be The Church, who will be performing with the new line up and tunes fans have been hanging out for!

Album Review: Mia Dyson - Idyllwild (2014 LP)

Following from her critically acclaimed 2012 album The Moment, the much loved Australian singer/songwriter Mia Dyson has returned with Idyllwild, another beautiful album full of fun rock tunes as well as returning to her roots with slower bluesy ballads. Despite being her fifth record, she has created another stunning album that reflects her musical integrity and musical talents.

Mia Dyson performs "When We're Older" and "That Sugar" exclusively for the AU sessions.

the AU review presents Mia Dyson performing her track "When We're Older" and "That Sugar" LIVE, acoustic and exclusive for the AU as part of our laneway sessions series. Both tracks come off Mia's latest record Idyllwild, which is due out this Friday June 6, 2014 and is available for pre-order now.

We review 15 Australian bands at Canadian Music Week 2014 in Toronto! Part Two: From Lili Kendall to Mia Dyson.

Following on from my overview of Toronto's CMW for 2014, a review of Broods and a bunch of interviews, photo galleries and tour diaries, it's finally time to get to more of the Australian music at the event. But honestly, I saw too much great Australian music in too little time. Out of the 26 Australian artists in attendance, I managed to catch 15 of them... sometimes only briefly. So, I'm delivering some bite-size reviews! So, alphabetically, here are my thoughts for the next five, from Lili Kendall to Mia Dyson!

Live Review: Mia Dyson + Jep & Dep - The Factory Floor, Sydney (03.04.14)

When Mia Dyson walks on - cutting a lean figure in tight blue pants, short brown hair flopping rock-star like across her face – and launches into the rolling “When The Moment Comes”, a great wave of warmth comes pouring off the stage. It’s bluesy and bruising, pushed forward by Dyson’s muscular guitar chops and the snare rolls of drummer Danny McKenna. The sound is eminently comfortable, so rooted in the traditional that it all feels familiar. Or perhaps Dyson just makes it so.

the AU interview at SXSW: Mia Dyson (Victoria)

We sit down with the wonderful Mia Dyson while at the Aussie BBQ at SXSW to talk about her US experiences and much, much more... watch the chat here:

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW – 30th March 2014

In this issue: Mia Dyson previews new album, Have/Hold + Apart From This announce Sydney dates, Infinity Broke announce Sydney in-store performances, Belvue launches album, Newtown Social Club announces first shows, My Sauce Good hit foundry 616, Larry Graham announces second Sydney show, Soul Of Sydney Block Party tickets selling fast, Sydeny Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Markets happening next weekend + more.

SXSW 2014 Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ - Maggie Mae's (15.03.14)

The annual The Aussie BBQ music showcase returns to Maggie Maes at SXSW. This year's lineup include fantastic Australian acts such as Dune Rats, Gang Of Youths, Gossling, King Parrot, Mia Dyson, Miami Horror, REPTILES, The Griswolds, The Growl and The Kite String Tangle. Photos by Johnny Au.

SXSW Live Review: The Aussie BBQ presented by Sounds Australia - Maggie Mae's (15.03.14)

Undoubtedly one of the biggest, if not the biggest, events of my SXSW calendar had to be the Aussie BBQ. Taking over Maggie Mae's on Saturday, a staggering amount of Australian artists were divided up over three stages inside the venue, set to fly the flag and let the Americans know how good Australia is having it right now as a music and creative industry.

Album News Weekly: 11 March 2014

In This Issue: So this week it’s a little... big. Some massive announcements have just come through. Coldplay are releasing a new record, along with Band Of Skulls. Back on home soil Mia Dyson and a new Byron act Toy Boats are dropping new records. Back again overseas and Swedish pop singer Lykke Li is releasing a new one, and Lune is also dropping a record. Plus there’s tons more in here, so have a read!