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the AU playlist: Panama presents their 10 Favourite Tracks

Hot on the heels of releasing their latest music video Stay Forever, the boys in Panama will be hitting the stage tomorrow night for the Halloween party at Luna Park in Sydney: Ouija Beats. In anticipation for the night, we asked the band to share with us their ten favourite tracks at the moment for today's featured Playlist:

the AU playlist: Mariah Carey - 10 songs we love from the iconic songstress

Highly regarded pop icon Mariah Carey is about to set off on an Australian tour in support of her latest album Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. Earlier this year, TIME placed her at the top of the list of their most successful, enduring pop stars ever. With a knack for taking even the most vapid melody and sprucing it up with her crystalline five-octave vocal range, Mariah has given us some of the best R&B and pop songs of the past couple of decades, so it's only right we share some of our favourites. Consider this a reminder of how much she has done over the years and venture over the our competitions page where you can win yourself a double pass to see her show in either Sydney or Melbourne.

Tour Diary: My Fiction (Brisbane) in America for CMJ - Part One!

Having been invited to showcase at this year's CMJ it was high time My Fiction headed back to the grand old US of A. Our last trip over had paid dividends with some solid college radio support and USA TV placements. Therefore we washed our hair, brushed our teeth, grabbed our sleeping bags and begun the long haul flight bound for New York City.

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!