Exclusive: Ian Laidlaw captures Sugar Mountain artists backstage in this special portrait gallery

This year we headed backstage at Sugar Mountain Festival to capture some of the performers from the day. Ian Laidlaw set up his studio and got straight to shooting throughout the day. Enjoy them exclusively on the AU, starting with the one and only Dan Deacon, above:

Photo Gallery: Sugar Mountain Festival - Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne (24.01.15)

The boutique festival Sugar Mountain returned to Melbourne yesterday following a year off in 2014, moving to its new home of the Victorian College of the Arts for a day of music, arts and great times. Rebecca Houlden brings us photos from the epic day:

The Church, Chet Faker, Twerps & Movement join The Strokes, Patti Smith & more at Primavera Sound!

Primavera Sound has, for another year, got us wanting to pack our bags for a Spanish getaway this May! For its 15th year, the epic music festival will be bringing together the likes of The Strokes, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, Sleater-Kinney and more to celebrate in Barcelona. While a lot of the bands featured on this year's Primavera line up you'll note as having visited Australia over the past 12 months or are perhaps set to come out this way, the calibre of bands on this bad boy is just ridiculous good.

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:

Single Stream: Twerps "I Don't Mind" (2015)

Melbourne band Twerps have recently dropped their second single from the forthcoming Range Anxiety album, "I Don't Mind". Earning Pitchfork's seal of approval overnight, being named a 'Best New Track', it's no surprise that the acclaim for the song and the reach it's now had on the internet has grown exponentially in its short time online. It's a simple song in its arrangement, but it definitely grows on the listener; between Marty Frawley's dry vocals and the eventual feature of Julia McFarlane in the song's final moments, "I Don't Mind" culminates in what's a great taster of what we can be expecting from Twerps and their new album.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 27th November 2014.

In This Issue: Augie March announces Melbourne Recital Centre show, William Arthur (Glide) tribute show for the Workers Club, Frente! announces Gasometer gig, Mo Louie set for single launch at The 86, Twerps performing headline show at The Curtin, DJ Jazzy Jeff spinning at The Prince Bandroom and Jimmy Junk Heart announces launch show at the Prince of Wales!

Conor Oberst, Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko and more head up the Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series next year.

The Melbourne Zoo has announced their biggest Twilight Series yet today, with a stomper line up of artists set to perform in amongst the unique environment which is the Melbourne Zoo itself. Under the stars, with the animals around, the following Australian and international musicians will perform some of the most memorable shows you're likely to see come summer 2015.

The Church, Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music & Bloods among first Australian bands announced for SXSW!

The first round of bands and speakers have been announced for SXSW 2015! The Texan music festival and conference has also outlined some of their planned conference programme for next year, which looks set to be providing some great sessions for those holding Music passes.

New Music Video: Twerps "Back To You" (2014)

Melbourne's Twerps have had a lot of things happening at once of late, including but not restricted to new record deals, festival and tour announcements, and now a new single - and it's all good news. The quartet's second album Range Anxiety is coming out in January, from which this is the excellent lead single.

Golden Plains line up to feature Sharon Van Etten, Something For Kate, Courtney Barnett and more!

Once again, Aunty Meredith delivers! The 2014 Golden Plains Nine line up just had its reveal online, with another cracker line up of Australian and international talent set to head to the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre in March 2015! The ballot of tickets is open now until 9:09pm on October 21st - be sure to get involved at!

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW - 17th July 2014

In this issue: Twerps announce EP launch shows, Presentation Night hits Sydney to discuss football and music, Little Rippers + The Groove CoOp play free show this August, Jenny Broke The Window release new single and announce hometown shows, Oliver Downes launches debut EP, Cabins hit Sydney this July, Wagons return to Australia this August, Tomorrow Never Comes returns to GoodGod + more.

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW - 14th July 2014

In This Issue: Twerps announce EP launch in Sydney, Damon Albarn announces second performance at Sydney Opera House, Rita Satch announces EP launch in Sydney, Pentatonix announce second Sydney show, Salt announce free show at Katoomba RSL Club as Thundamentals announce a 'So We Can Remember' hometown show for Katoomba too!

Big Scary and more added to the final lineup of the Panama Festival.

The latest addition to Australia's ever-growing crop of boutique festivals, PANAMA, has just gotten bigger! The Tasmanian festival, set to go down on March 8 and 9 this year, is going to be quite the intimate and secluded affair, as far as festivals go. With only 1000 tickets being made available, PANAMA is set to offer punters quite the unique experience; spending two days with some amazing acts, pop up cabarets, storytelling sessions and more!

Tour Updates: Action Bronson, Patrick James, Guineafowl, The Bamboos, Half Moon Run and more!

In this issue: Action Bronson joins The Rapture 2014 line up, Patrick James announces tour supports, The Bamboos announce support for their national tour, Birds of Tokyo announce Guineafowl as tour supports, Half Moon Run announce Tigertown support for Australian tour, Rudi Thompson joins The Members tour line up, Passenger’s Australian tour has sold out; Indent announce supports for Spit Syndicate, Forever Came Calling postpone Australian tour, Mac Demarco announces more shows, Eros Ramazzotti cancels Brisbane show, Australian Girls Choir join Celtic Woman on tour and Leonard Cohen has important changes for Melbourne and Sydney tour dates.

Event Review: BIGSOUND Day Three (12.09.13)

The mood at BIGSOUND early this morning was notably more sombre in comparison with the exciting flurry of activity of the previous day. More than a few people were nursing the aftermath of a big night with the help of coffees, energy drinks and sneaky naps in the foyer. Thankfully for those who managed to get there in time, the morning began with a Q&A with Amanda Palmer, an event that has certainly been one of the highlights of the conference. In an interview with Mikey Cahill, Palmer talked extensively about Kickstarter, her poem about the Boston bomber, feminism, her new band, record and touring.