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The AU Mixtape: Nine Songs By American Bands Every Australian Should Be Listening To

Help us help you. Listen to some of the best music coming out of the US right now. 9 tracks from 9 artists that you may not be listening to. And we at the AU think you should be. Enjoy this little piece of music discovery to end your Thursday...

the AU interview: Brendan Lukens of Modern Baseball (Philadelphia) talks social media, higher education and more!

Editor's Update: Not long after posting this interview, the band announced they would be cancelling their Australian tour. However, the interview remains here for your enjoyment. Please just ignore the dates at the end.

Social media has provided a myriad of new opportunities for today's band; from Facebook to Twitter, we see the music industry constantly evolving through the instant connection brought by the Internet. Enter Modern Baseball - a band who fuse together the genres of emo and pop punk, containing infectious guitar hooks and emotive lyrics which tamper on subjects of love and heartache. The band have successfully garnered a loyal fanbase and founding member and primary vocalist, Brendan Lukens had a lot to say about the band’s current achievements when I spoke to him ahead of their upcoming Australian tour.

Live Review: The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies, I Have None - The Rosemount Hotel, Perth (29.11.14)

The hype had been building for this show since the tour sold out shortly after release. Following a strong touring schedule with a headline tour early in the year and the high octane stage shared with Violent Soho a few months back, The Smith Street Band were back on the stage once more to celebrate the release of their latest album Throw Me In The River.

Photo Gallery: The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies I Have None - The Gov, Adelaide (20.11.14)

The Smith Street Band absolutely killed it at the Gov. There was a seething sea of people at the sold out show with wicked support acts Apologies, I Have None from the UK and US band The Front Bottoms, with local band The Grenadiers opening the show. Our photographer John Goodridge brings you these photos from the pit.