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5 artists not to miss at Sounds of the Suburbs this weekend!

This Sunday, the monster lineup that is the Sounds of the Suburbs Festival descends on Cronulla for a jampacked day of live music from both Australian and American bands alike! Presented by US label Burger Records in 2014, punters can be expecting some great music from some artists who represent a diverse and burgeoning music industry at home and abroad. We take a look at just five of the 24 band lineup who are set to be lighting things up down at Wilbar Lane on Sunday.

'Make It or Break It' as an Indie Artist: Some tips from Courtney Barnett ahead of the Independent Music Awards!

With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards only around the corner, local independent music is set to be celebrated for another year. One of the nominees, Courtney Barnett, is simply one of the Australian artists whose work over the past 12 months is going to be highlighted at the event, no doubt. The Melbourne girl, who's been strongly establishing an enviable international performing and touring profile for herself as well as on the homefront, has given us some tips on how indie artists can help themselves out when embarking on those crucial early stages of a career, and when it can be time to bring in some other professional figures to assist.

Event Review: The iPhone 6 Australian Launch - Telstra Pop Up Store Sydney and Telstra's Andrew Volard Interview.

the AU review’s Johnny Au was invited to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Telstra Retail Pop Up Store in George St, Sydney. He got to have a hands on demonstration of the two new iPhones plus speak with Andrew Volard – Director of devices at Telstra about the new iPhone.

Editor's Picks: The Best Conference Sessions of Bigsound 2014 - Sose Fuamoli names her five top keynotes & panels.

While BIGSOUND brought a lot of memorable highlights out during the night events, the conference sessions and keynote addresses and interviews during the day provided an equal amount of great moments too. While I wasn't able to get to absolutely everything, I did manage to see some great conversations between artists and industry folk alike at the Judith Wright Centre.

Editor's Picks: The Best Music of Bigsound 2014 - Sose Fuamoli picks her five favourite performances from Brisbane

Now that the chaotic bubble that is BIGSOUND has been popped and the hundreds of delegates and musicians have gone home, bonded in varying levels of the same sense of exhaustion and hangovers, we take a look at which performances stood out the most. Larry brought you his Top 5 picks and below are just some of the artists who I managed to see totally owning it at the music love in that was Wednesday and Thursday night in the Valley.

Editor's Picks: The Best Music of Bigsound 2014 - Larry Heath picks his five favourite performances from Brisbane.

The annual music industry gathering that is BIGSOUND has come and gone this week in Brisbane, and as we all make our way home, curled up in balls of exhaustion, we're looking back on our highlights of the week. In the first of our editor's picks, I count down what were my five favourite performances of the week. Of course, I didn't see everything on offer, so keep checking back for picks from our other editors!

the AU playlist: The Notorious B.I.G - 10 tracks we love

Today (U.S time) marks 20 years since one of the most celebrated hip hop albums of all time was unleashed onto the world. Ready to Die, the seminal debut by The Notorious B.I.G has stood the test of the time, remaining a reference point for the artistic value of street-focused hip-hop and it's ability to transpose the listener into a world that is often far removed from their own, doing so via brutal wordplay and dark, atmospheric production. Biggie's beautifully twisted way of storytelling has frequently seen him cited as the greatest rapper to ever live; his style is fully realised on each and every track on Ready to Die and so we dive back into the classic album, along with the rest of his catalogue, to fish out 8 of our favourite Biggie tracks.

Mosman Alder gives us a guide to Brisbane for BIGSOUND!

BIGSOUND, arguably Australia's biggest music industry get-together, is approaching fast and many folks who witrh wrok with or play in bands will converge in Brisbane for good times, good music and general advice on how to get ahead in Australia's music industry.

Get pumped for BIGSOUND with the following warm up parties in Brisbane this Tuesday night!

Well, the moment is upon us. BIGSOUND 2014 is getting ready to officially open its program on Wednesday with panels and showcases being hosted right throughout Fortitude Valley. As delegates, music fans, artists, media and more begin flying in and/or establishing themselves in Brisbane, there's going to be a number of parties going on Tuesday night, offering you an avenue (or many) to get warmed up for the next two days of meetings, liquid lunches, live music and the hangovers which are no doubt going to follow. We've taken a look at what's going down in the Valley tonight and have listed some top picks below - we may see you out and about!

10 Artists to Watch at BIGSOUND 2014 (Part Two)

With BIGSOUND kicking off next week, we've been taking a look at the artists who are set to perform throughout Brisbane's Fortitude Valley district over two spectacular nights of showcase events. A diverse group of musicians representing the great and strong nature of the Australian music industry at the minute, the BIGSOUND Live program for 2014 is going to be no doubt bringing many new names to the radars of those set to attend, while we also will be seeing sets from some Australian names who've been away working tirelessly on new material for some time. the AU brings you a mere ten names who should be on your list if you're BIGSOUND-bound next week or if you're not, get to the internetz and look them up now!

My Playlist: Wax Witches' Ten Favourite Tracks (Right Now)

We first got to know Alex Wall as one-third of Brisbane's Bleeding Knees Club. Then he delivered his impressive solo effort as Wax Witches, which has seen him move to New York City to develop the project. Alex will be returning to Australia next week, however, for BIGSOUND and some solo Wax Witches shows - in support of his new album Centre Of Your Universe.

the AU playlist: Beyoncé - 8 unreleased songs and guest appearances we love

Peerless pop megastar Beyoncé celebrates her 33rd birthday today, so we thought it best to dig up some of the lesser known tracks and guest spots from Bey's consistently successful career in reflection of how far she has come to sit atop the industry as the most dominant living pop star in the world. Here are a few of our favourites from both her solo career and Destiny's Child days.

10 Artists to Watch at BIGSOUND 2014 (Part One)

With BIGSOUND kicking off next week, we've been taking a look at the artists who are set to perform throughout Brisbane's Fortitude Valley district over two spectacular nights of showcase events. A diverse group of musicians representing the great and strong nature of the Australian music industry at the minute, the BIGSOUND Live program for 2014 is going to be no doubt bringing many new names to the radars of those set to attend, while we also will be seeing sets from some Australian names who've been away working tirelessly on new material for some time. the AU brings you a mere ten names who should be on your list if you're BIGSOUND-bound next week or if you're not, get to the internetz and look them up now!

Ten shows not to miss at Sydney Fringe Festival 2014

The Sydney Fringe Festival kicks off today and over the next month there’s a very long list of things to do. But, we’ve helped you out and cut through the list and picked the ten things you shouldn’t miss at 2014’s Sydney Fringe Festival. Here goes! (in no particular order)

Gettin' to know our 6th Birthday Bands: Kathryn Rollins (Perth)

Next up in our Getting To Know You series, we turn our attention to our Brisbane 6th Birthday Party, which takes over the Black Bear Lodge two weeks from today (Friday September 12th). First up, we get to know the amazing West Australian artist Kathryn Rollins who'll bring her unique sound to the night: