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Editor's Picks: 5 Aussies Not to Miss at The Aussie BBQ at CMJ - Larry Heath gives his top 5 artists ahead of the NYC event!

Kicking off in New York a matter of hours is the annual CMJ Music Marathon, a showcase of the finest up and coming bands from around the world. This year over 50 Australian bands have made the cut, and over the past week, Sose and Chris have delivered their festival picks. We also interviewed some of the Aussie artists before they jumped on the plane over. And now today I deliver my own picks. New York (and visiting guests)! I present to you the five Aussie artists I reckon you can't miss at The Aussie BBQ at CMJ this week:

Listen as we challenge Ed and Jamie from Bombay Bicycle Club (UK) to a round of Australian Music Trivia

We challenged Ed Nash and Jamie Maccoll of UK quartet Bombay Bicycle Club to a game of Australian Music Trivia while they were in Australia last month. it's slightly possible we made the game a little harder than we need to - but in any case, listen back and enjoy as we delve into the past and present of Australian music through ten trivia questions:

'Rock the Gate' - why one music concert is taking over Enmore Road this November.

This November, a stellar group of musicians are coming together in Sydney for what looks set to be a great day and night of live music. 'Rock the Gate', featuring the likes of Pete Murray and The Herd, will be taking over the Enmore Theatre on the 23rd, but the music is set to continue outside and down Enmore Road, with the busy cafe and business strip coming to the table and taking part in what's going to be a huge street party. This all sounds good, but why? Well, 'Rock the Gate' isn't just about providing Sydneysiders some good times on a Sunday, it's also about shedding light on and raising awareness about a serious issue many Australians now face, but may know little about.

the AU playlist: Ranking the BET Awards 2014 Hip Hop Cyphers

The BET Awards have become an apex event in the hip hop community over in the U.S, with more and more people around the world tuning in to reflect on the year that was and the year that will be.

the AU playlist: Homecooked Soul Food - 6 Australian artists you need to see at Soulfest

We are now at this point where we no longer have to pinch ourselves when we look at the line up for the inaugural Soulfest. D' Angelo, Maxwell, Common, Mos Def, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild - they're all here, and they're all playing the same stage. We're the envy of hip-hop, R&B, and soul fans the world over right now, but the day isn't - and should not be - just about the big names. To complement the dizzying amount of talent at this festival, the promoters have done well to recruit Australian artists who fit seamlessly with the ethos of Soulfest. Some of these locals are exclusive to just one city only, but some are travelling with the entire festival across all three of the Australian dates. Here are six Australian artists you shouldn't be overlooking when you head along to Soulfest in your city.

Six bands not to miss at The Blurst of Times Festival!

The Blurst of Times Festival is just days from kicking off, with the first date landing this weekend in Brisbane. With a strong line up of Australian talent set to perform, Blurst is going around the Sydney and Melbourne for the first time to truly bring some exciting and ultimately party-ruined times to more live music fans. We've taken a look at the line up and have listed just some of the bands you can't be missing.

Five ways we want to see Converse give away their gig tickets...

Converse's latest campaign SNEAKERS WOULD (celebrating the FA14 All Star Collection) will be seeing free concerts happening in Sydney and Melbourne next week, with the sneaker makers giving out tickets to fans in unique ways. So far, they've used job search service Seek to find a "front row fist-pumper" in Melbourne. With other giveaway methods a hotly kept secret, we'd like to suggest five other ways Converse should find their fans...

Editor's Picks: 5 Aussies Not to Miss at CMJ - Chris Singh gives his top 5 artists ahead of the NYC music marathon!

The yearly CMJ Marathon is approaching fast, and this year will see 50+ Australian artists head over the New York for a series of showcases, bringing global attention to how rich and diverse the Australian music scene has been lately.

Lucy's Country and Blues Corner: October 2014 feat. Little Bastard, Emmylou Harris and Stoney Joe

In her new monthly column, our resident Blues, Roots, Folk and Country aficionado Lucy Inglis delves into three recently released albums from said worlds - breaking down what's worth listening to and what's not. In her first installment, Lucy takes us to Sydney with Little Bastard, to the recent re-release for the legendary Emmylou Harris and across to Perth to meet Stoney Joe.

the AU playlist: Maxwell - 10 songs we can't wait to hear at Soulfest and his Sydney sideshow

In just over a week there is a festival touring four cities across Australia and NZ which has been attracting attention from all over the world. There's usually a scenario where we see this kind of line-up drop for an American festival and then wipe away tears of jealousy (or book a flight); but Soulfest has flipped that script and made Australia the centre of envy from soul, hip-hop, and R&B fans worldwide.

the AU playlist: From "Come Close" to "Resurrection" - 10 songs we can't wait to hear Common perform at Soulfest

In just over a week there is a festival touring four cities across Australia and NZ which has been attracting attention from all over the world. There's usually a scenario where we see this kind of line-up drop for an American festival and then wipe away tears of jealousy (or book a flight); but Soulfest has flipped that script and made Australia the centre of envy from soul, hip-hop, and R&B fans worldwide.

Watch our six favourite "Like a Versions" from Volume 10!

Released last Friday, Like a Version returned for a tenth CD set, looking back at some of the best covers performed as part of triple j's much loved weekly feature. Today, we're counting down our six favourite performances from the new compilation which you can purchase HERE!

Editor's Picks: 5 Aussies not to miss at CMJ - Sosefina Fuamoli gives her Top 5 artists ahead of the NYC music marathon!

The CMJ Marathon is coming up in a matter of weeks now, with hundreds of bands from around the world converging on New York City for five days and nights of live music. A sheer show of diversity within industries around the globe, the CMJ Marathon has seen some now-major touring bands unearthed, while some new discoveries have also been made over the course of the event. The Australian contingent of artists headed to New York for CMJ is strong again for another year and below, I've listed just five of them who are going to be having eyes turned on them for sure.

the AU playlist: Anthony Hamilton - 10 songs we can't wait to hear at Soulfest

In just over a week there is a festival touring four cities across Australia and NZ which has been attracting attention from all over the world. There's usually a scenario where we see this kind of line-up drop for an American festival and then wipe away tears of jealousy (or book a flight); but Soulfest has flipped that script and made Australia the centre of envy from soul, hip-hop, and R&B fans worldwide. How did they do this? I'm still trying to figure out how they managed to put together such a dream line-up, and admit that I was pretty skeptic that this festival would even happen.

the AU playlist: D'Angelo - 10 songs we can't wait to hear at Soulfest

In just over a week there is a festival touring four cities across Australia and NZ which has been attracting attention from all over the world. There's usually a scenario where we see this kind of line-up drop for an American festival and then wipe away tears of jealousy (or book a flight); but Soulfest has flipped that script and made Australia the centre of envy from soul, hip-hop, and R&B fans worldwide. How did they do this? I'm still trying to figure out how they managed to put together such a dream line-up, and admit that I was pretty skeptic that this festival would even happen. But here were are, just over a week out from the first stop for Soulfest, which will give us a chance to see the legendary Maxwell, the iconic D' Angelo, the consistently excellent Common, and more - all on the same day. In the lead-up we're bringing you a few playlists of some of the artists which we are most excited about, starting with the incomparable voice of D' Angelo. These are 10 songs from his rich body of work which we hope to hear live.