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Courtney Barnett named best "Developing Non-US Act" amongst the 2015 Grulke Prize winners for SXSW

The third annual Grulke Prize has been awarded in three categories to some of the showcasing artists taking part in SXSW this year. The special accolade, created in honour of the late Brent Grulke, who was the Creative Director of the SXSW Music Festival, recognises artists from both the US and abroad who have shown considerable promise and have been breaking ground with their creativity and music. This year, Courtney Barnett has taken out the 'Developing non-US Act', noted as a 'boundary pushing breakout performer'.

the AU interview: Britt Daniel of Spoon (Austin, TX) at the end of their first Australian tour in some five years...

Yesterday, before they headed to the airport back to the US, I had the chance to sit down with Britt Daniel, the frontman of iconic Austin based rockers Spoon to talk about their just wrapped Australian tour. We also looked back at their career - including their 1997 Soft Effects EP which Daniel described as "one of my favourite things we've done". He looks ahead to SXSW, the year ahead and future album plans. Have a listen to our full chat here:

Live Review: Spoon + Deep Sea Arcade - Metro Theatre, Sydney (14.02.15)

It's been almost five years since we last saw Spoon in Australia, as part of the Groovin' The Moo tour, off the back off their 2010 record Transference. A lengthy hiatus followed, resulting in the emergence of projects like Britt Daniel's Divine Fits, who made it down here as part of Laneway a couple of years back. But now we have the group that rose him and his three other members (now four) to fame, and we couldn't be more excited. But was the return worth the wait? You bet it was.

the AU's Weekend Gig Guide: February 13th - February 15th.

We've taken a look at some of the shows we're going to be heading to through the weekend ahead and deliver you this guide - our gig pick of the week!

Sasquatch! Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup Including Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Flume, Robert Plant & More

Annual Washington-based music festival, Sasquatch! has recently announced their 2015 lineup. Set to take place at Gorge Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25) the line up includes Modest Mouse, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Lana Del Ray, Kendrick Lamar, Spoon and Ryan Adams. Holding their own amongst these top-billed international artists are several Australian acts, including Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett and Flume.

the AU interview: Jim Eno of Spoon (Austin, Texas) reminisces about the Big Day Out, talks this week's tour and SXSW!

Ah, Spoon. It’s hard not to love that band. And wouldn’t you know it, the band kick off their all-too-brief Australian tour tomorrow in Brisbane. In anticipation, I spoke to drummer and producer Jim Eno last week while at home in Austin, not long before he was set to fly to Australia. We talk about the tour, their past experiences in our country, adding a fifth member to the band, their latest album They Want My Soul, SXSW and more…

Spoon confirm Australian tour dates for early 2015!

Rumours of an Australian Spoon tour have been circulating for a while now, but we were always having those hopes dashed with each festival announced with their name missing from the bill. The Texans, last seen in the country on the 2010 Groovin' The Moo tour, have confirmed their much anticipated Australian return today, for February 2015! The band will be playing three dates on the trip, showcasing their brilliant new album They Want My Soul, as well as highlights from their popular catalogue for these unforgettable shows.

Laneway Festival line up speculation - Who can we expect on the tour in 2015?

The official artist announcement for the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival will be dropping tomorrow and, like everyone else, we can't wait to see who's going to be spending a bit of the summer with us next year. While some names have been dropped, leaked, unofficially spoiled already, the truth is, the crafty folk behind Laneway could and have pulled artists out of left field in previous years, so we're always going to be surprised in some way or another with elements of the final result. But, we like to play the rumour game, so we've come up with 10 artists and bands who we think may be fitting out the bill for Laneway 2015...at the very least, we'd love to see them on it.

New Music Video: Spoon "Do You" (2014)

Spoon are edging towards the release of their highly-anticpated eighth studio album in They Want My Soul and to keep us all hyped, they've dropped the film clip for the lead single, "Do You". Directed by Hiro Murai, the clip for "Do You" is the 20th installment of Urban Outfitters' UO Music Video Series. Britt Daniels fans are going to love.

the AU interview: Jim Eno of Spoon (Austin) on 'They Want My Soul', the band's creative dynamic in 2014 and more.

Come August 1st, Australian Spoon fans will be able to get their hands on the first album the band has made since 2010's Transference and arguably more importantly, since the Texan indie rockers returned from what looked like an indefinite hiatus. The record, They Want My Soul, is Spoon's eighth studio record and for many, it's been way too long in the making. Speaking with founding member and drummer Jim Eno, they're more than excited to be back in the game.

Album News Weekly: 16th June 2014

In This Issue: IT'S BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG news this week with the announcement that British band alt-j are releasing their new record later this year. Also, The New Pornographers are back unexpectedly with a new one, Kimbra has just put out a new video, D At Sea has a new EP, and 5 Seconds of Summer are getting ready to take over the world. It's a great week in music, have a read.

New Music Video: Spoon "Rent I Pay" (2014)

The hard-hitting, head bopping catchiness of this tune is out of control. "Rent I Pay" is the first single from Spoon's soon be released LP, They Want My Soul. With big international appearances on the horizon including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, these guys have big things ahead of them, and we at the AU are pretty excited to have them back...