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THE RUBENS

Photo Gallery: Yours and Owls Festival 2015 (Part Two) ft. Smith Street Band - Stuart Park, Wollongong (2nd to 4th October 2015)

Ian Laidlaw brings us photos from the amazing weekend that was the Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong. Kicking off on Friday and running through until Sunday night, the event capitalized on the October long weekend with an incredible local lineup - with Canadian artist Bahamas popping along too. In the second part of Ian's photo gallery, check out Russel W And The 5 Islands, Salmonella Dub, Saskwatch, Skegss, The Bungalows, The Delta Riggs, The Pinheads, The Rubens, The Preatures and The Smith Street Band!

Live Review: The Rubens + Saskwatch + Winterbourne - The Astor Theatre, Perth (18.09.15)

After a couple of regional shows down in Western Australia’s South West, The Rubens national tour, in support of their new record Hoops, hit Perth over the weekend for a sold out show at the Astor Theatre.

Photo Gallery: The Rubens + Saskwatch + Winterbourne - The Astor Theatre, Perth (18.09.15)

The Rubens at the Astor Theatre

The Rubens play at the Astor Theatre in Perth where they put on excellent performance. Joining them were the energetic Saskwatch and Winterbourne. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was to capture the highlights of the night.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: September 18th - September 20th

As we head into the final few weeks of September (eek), our contributors are getting their fine selves along to some stellar shows around the country this weekend in particular! From The Rubens on the West Coast, to SAFIA coming through to embrace South Australia, there's plenty to be getting to - check out some of our picks for this weekend, below.

Album Review: The Rubens - Hoops (2015 LP)

Hoops bleeds blues and booze. The Rubens tell an honest narrative of a 20-something-year-old through smart, nuanced Rock and cheeky lyrics. It’s an album for the cynical - full of heartbreak, one-night stands and arrogance.

Flight Facilities, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, RL Grime and more confirmed for Beyond the Valley!

The 2015 Beyond the Valley Festival has confirmed its line up of Australian and international artists today, along with details of its new location and event information - pack your bags for this one, it's going to be killer! The New Year's Eve party is going to be held amongst the lush surrounds of Lardner Park, only 90 minutes driving distance from Melbourne City, and will feature the likes of Northeast Party House, Jamie xx, Pusha T, RL Grime and more performing!

the AU interview: Sam Margin of The Rubens talks 'Hoops', maturing as a songwriter & more!

Sam Margin is recovering from Splendour in the Grass when I get him on the phone. Like most of the music industry and music fans involved in the hectic music festival bender down at Byron Bay a few weekends ago, the post-Splendour haze hit hard. For The Rubens, the festival was a great way to step back on to their Australian tour circuit in style, having been off the road lately working on their sophomore album Hoops.

Splendour in the Grass Photo Gallery: Friday (24.07.15)

Andrew Wade brings us all the action from Friday at Splendour in the Grass in Byron! The gallery features: #1 Dads, Client Liaison, Death Cab For Cutie, DZ Deathrays, Ecca Vandal (pictured), Everything Everything, Gengahr, Harts, Harvey Sutherland, Johnny Marr, Mark Ronson, Marmozets, Of Monsters and Men, The Rubens and Tired Lion!

The Rubens announce huge Australian tour with Saskwatch and Winterbourne!

It's been a while since we've seen The Rubens on the road, with the band working hard on the follow up album to what was an acclaimed debut. The new album, Hoops, has already spawned the great track "Hallelujah" and today, The Rubens have announced that they'll be touring the new record as well as fave cuts from their self-titled debut - it's not a small east coast jaunt, either. The Australian tour will see The Rubens play 22 dates around the country through September, October and November, no doubt going to level up with their last national tour which saw the band sell out three shows at The Forum in Melbourne and two gigs at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. ...No big.

the AU review's 15 most anticipated Australian records of 2015

After an incredible year of new Australian music in 2014, we have an incredible array of records in the pipeline for the new year. Some are from bands who we've been waiting to hear from again for years... some for the first time... others are continuously pumping out incredible music and we have no desire for them to stop! In no particular order, here are the fifteen Australian albums (some confirmed, some still to be...) that we can't wait for (or at the very least are hoping for...) in 2015: